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Zulily plans new distribution center to keep up with strong sales growth

Zulily said it will be opening a third distribution center next year in order to keep up with the breakneck sales growth it has been experiencing. The announcement was made on the company’s conference call this afternoon, which discussed results including revenue growth of 97 percent. But despite beating analyst expectations, it is clear the need to increase its distribution… Read More

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Uber, Lyft rolling out ways to share rides with strangers heading in the same direction

Late Tuesday, Uber announced a new way for people to carpool with others who are riding on similar routes called UberPool. Today, Lyft is rolling out its own carpooling option with Lyft Line. Lyft Line, which is now available in San Francisco, lets users share Lyft vehicles with others heading in the same direction and as a result, reduce their… Read More

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Surface losses reach $1.7B, testing the patience of Microsoft’s new leadership

Microsoft’s accumulated losses on its Surface tablets have reached $1.7 billion, according to an estimate this week by reporter Gregg Keizer of Computerworld, based on an analysis of Microsoft’s financial notes in its latest Form 10-K filing with the SEC. With cash and short-term investments of more than $85 billion, the company can certainly absorb the loss, but it’s still… Read More

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The Airbnb for boats: We tested out Boatbound and saw Paul Allen’s floating helipad

If you’re looking for some serious return on investment, owning a boat isn’t a great idea. Not only are there storage and maintenance fees to pay every year, but a boat typically isn’t used all too often — especially in a place like Seattle, where the sun doesn’t shine as much. That problem is exactly why Aaron Hall started Boatbound… Read More

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Amazon employee’s departure hints that more consumer devices are coming

After working at Amazon for two-and-a-half years, Scott Blanksteen is leaving to join VUDU, the video streaming service owned by Walmart. Blanksteen’s departure is notable for two reasons: First, because he is joining a competitor to Amazon’s Instant Video service, and second, because the project he was working on at Amazon has yet to be announced. While at Amazon, Blanksteen… Read More

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Here’s where CenturyLink is installing its high-speed gigabit network in Seattle

Some Seattle residents will now have access to laser-quick Internet. CenturyLink announced today that it will begin offering broadband upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) — about 100 times faster than the average national broadband speed — to residential and business customers in four Seattle neighborhoods: Ballard, West Seattle, the Central District,… Read More

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‘Yelp for marijuana’ startup Leafly places full-page ad in Sunday New York Times

Welcome to 2014, where you can buy legal marijuana and pot-related startups are advertising in the New York Times. Seattle-based Leafly, a marijuana strain resource that won GeekWire’s App of the Year award in May, is placing a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times tomorrow. This marks the first time that the Times has run an advertisement… Read More

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Realtor association draws inspiration from Steve Jobs in wake of Zillow deal, says ‘data does not define us’ and time to ‘stand up for ourselves’

The U.S. real estate industry trembled earlier this week when Zillow announced its intentions to buy Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The deal, if approved, would create a colossus in the industry with more than 130 million monthly visitors and over 2,000 employees. For years, many real estate organizations have viewed Zillow with a… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Software engineer Eli White makes the world his workspace

Software engineers are in high demand, and Eli White had no shortage of opportunities upon graduating from University of Washington in December 2013, after interning at Google and Airbnb, and spending almost two years at Microsoft. His experience also included a wide range of personal projects — including a World of Warcraft bot, light tubes that flashed… Read More

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Australian team wins Microsoft Imagine Cup with eye-scanning health app

Two medical students from Australia won Microsoft’s Imagine Cup global student technology competition this morning, prevailing over teams from around the world with Eyenaemia, their app for screening for anemia by taking a picture of the eye. Apart from producing an innovative app, the team of Jarrel Seah and Jennifer Tang didn’t hurt their chances by making a none-too-subtle reference… Read More

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Tableau Software continues to grow, tops 1,500 employees

Tableau Software is bursting at the seams at its Fremont headquarters, growing so fast that it even plans to move into the former Sound Mind & Body gym later this month. And the pace of hiring does not appear to be slowing down at the maker of data visualization products. In the company’s second quarter… Read More

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Chart: Venture capitalists are once again seeing solid returns (and beating Wall Street)

The high-risk, high-reward game of venture capital appears to be paying dividends again. After a long dry spell in which investors were better off putting money into public stocks, venture capitalists are now beating their public market compatriots. Venture capital fund performance improved in nearly every time period for the quarter ended March 31, with… Read More

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How geeks go camping: Drones, lasers and more from ToorCamp 2014

Editor’s Note: Amal Graafstra was one of hundreds of people who attended ToorCamp, a summer camp for geeks earlier this month on the Washington coast. The author of the book RFID Toys and a “double RFID implantee,” Graafstra documents the experience in this guest post. A whole gaggle of hackers, makers, breakers, and shakers gathered on the shores of Neah Bay, on the Washington… Read More

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Kyle Kesterson relocating to Vegas after raising $350K for Freak’n Genius from Tony Hsieh’s VC fund

Freak’n Genius is moving south. The Seattle animation startup is re-locating to Las Vegas after receiving $350,000 in funding from the VegasTechFund, a seed stage investment group that includes partners like Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. Freak’n Genius founder and CEO Kyle Kesterson will be packing up and moving his company to Sin City, where he’ll… Read More

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Microsoft should dump Windows Phone, says former Windows evangelist Robert Scoble

You probably know tech pundit Robert Scoble from his experiences as an early adopter of Google Glass. But long before he showered with the high-tech specs, the 49-year-old spent three years as Microsoft’s technology evangelist for Windows. It’s been nearly a decade since he’s worked in Redmond, but Scoble has some simple business advice for his former… Read More

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We ordered lunch on Amazon, and here’s what it was like

Amazon.com is certainly no stranger to the food market, having delivered groceries to the doors of customers in Seattle — and more recently California — for the past several years via Amazon Fresh. Now the Seattle giant is taking it one step further with a new food takeout service powered by its Amazon Local mobile app. Unlike many… Read More

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Zillow buying Trulia: An industry perspective

Zillow announced that it plans to buy Trulia today for $3.5 billion, positioning the combined company as the unquestioned leader in the online real estate space. What does this deal mean for the real estate industry? And, more specifically, what does it mean for the real estate brokerages and agents who are their paying customers like… Read More

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Cool hack: Here’s how to find your Uber passenger rating

One unique part about companies like Uber and Lyft is the ability for riders to rate their drivers, and vice versa. The transparent grading system helps the startups monitor driver performance, while also giving passengers a way to provide feedback on their experience. But while Uber and Lyft riders can see driver ratings, it’s not possible to… Read More