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Fuze jolts the enterprise video collaboration market, led by former Yammer execs

When Groupon took stock of the video-conferencing and collaboration tools being used inside the company, executives were surprised to discover a critical mass of employees who had started using an application called Fuze on their own. Fuze offers fast setup of HD video-conferences across a variety of devices, with integrated cloud storage and quick content sharing, supporting up to 25 participants at a time for free,… Read More

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Poachable helps techies find new jobs — without being busted by the boss

It’s a familiar conundrum for many employees: Exploring new career opportunities sounds appealing, but having your current employer find out about a potential new gig probably isn’t the most ideal situation. That’s where Poachable wants to help. The newest creation from Seattle-based Yabbly is designed to help passive job candidates find new jobs — in private, and anonymously. The tool is a… Read More

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Ready for takeoff: Microsoft’s iconic Flight Simulator revived, coming to Steam

Microsoft Flight Simulator is making a comeback — but Microsoft won’t be doing any of the work to make it happen. Dovetail Games, makers of the Train Simulator franchise, has signed a global licensing deal with Microsoft for Flight Simulator and plans on releasing a new game in 2015 based on Microsoft’s popular flight sim. In addition, UK-based… Read More

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Amazon quietly rolls out Sunday delivery in Seattle and Portland; Coming soon to Bay Area, Boston and more cities

After starting in selected cities around the country, Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service are closer to rolling out Sunday parcel delivery on a nationwide scale. In recent weeks, Sunday delivery has launched in Seattle and Portland, and various other cities are potentially only weeks from going live — including the Boston area and a huge swath… Read More

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A cross-platform wearable? Microsoft might be on to something here

The persistent rumors about Microsoft releasing a smartwatch or fitness band raise natural questions about the company’s chances for success with another “me, too” product. But a new report puts a different spin on things — pointing to plans by Microsoft to make its wearable device work not just with Windows Phone but with iPhone and Android,… Read More

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New record: University of Washington spun out 18 startups last year

Startups are sprouting out of the University of Washington at record pace. The school announced today that it helped launch 18 startups in fiscal 2013, breaking last year’s record of 17. A majority of the companies, which received support from the UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) and have signed patent-licensing agreements with the university, are health-care… Read More

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Can you hear me now, John Legere? Here are the results of my T-Mobile Test Drive

“When are you going to do your Test Drive, Tricia?” That was the question T-Mobile CEO John Legere laid on me during our interview following a very passionate — some may argue controversial — performance at the Paramount Theater two weeks ago, where he outlined the Bellevue carrier’s next moves for disrupting the wireless industry. If you haven’t yet heard, T-Mobile’s Test… Read More

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Airtight Games closes, just weeks after debut of new game

Airtight Games has quietly closed its Redmond headquarters, bringing an apparent end to its 10-year run as an independent video-game development shop less than a month after the debut of its newest title for PCs and consoles. Company executives haven’t yet responded to requests for comment about the closure, but Airtight’s former office space in Redmond has been shuttered,… Read More

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These high school entrepreneurs built an iPhone case that calls emergency services with a squeeze

Most entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of starting a company in their 20s, 30s, and beyond. But for 31 Seattle-area teenagers, lessons of idea creation, execution, and teamwork came a little bit early. For the fifth consecutive year, a group called TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Seattle helped mentor more than 30 high schoolers who spent the past eight… Read More

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Amazon sues former employee for taking Google cloud job, in new test of non-compete deals

Amazon is suing a former Amazon Web Services strategic partnerships manager, Zoltan Szabadi, alleging that his new job at Google Cloud Platform violates the terms of a non-compete agreement that he signed when he originally joined Amazon. The suit will be closely watched in the tech industry as a new test of the standard employment agreements that Amazon and some other large… Read More

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Job vacancies surge in Washington state, now taking longer to fill open positions

A new report out today from Washington state’s Employment Security Department confirms what many companies in the burgeoning tech industry already know. It’s getting harder to recruit workers, and it’s taking longer to fill open positions. The latest Job Vacancy and Hiring Survey Report indicates that job vacancies increased by 23 percent in the fall… Read More

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Amazon Fire Phone nosedives on company’s bestsellers list, dropping to #61 after debuting in top five

Amazon’s first smartphone isn’t setting the world on fire, judging from the company’s own rankings. Less than two weeks after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the device, the Amazon Fire Phone has plummeted on the company’s list of bestselling electronics across Amazon.com. Today, Amazon’s 32 GB model is ranking as the 61st best-selling electronic, far below its fourth-place position two days… Read More

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Online sales exceeded physical retail revenue for US book publishers in 2013

An annual report from BookStats reveals that U.S. publishers are now seeing more revenue from online sales than from physical retailers. Last year, BookStats found that publishers brought in $7.54 billion in online orders — which include revenue from e-books — compared to $7.12 billion made from sales at physical retailers. However, while e-book sales… Read More

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HBO doubling Seattle engineering office, expects to top 100 people by year-end

HBO’s Seattle engineering office has grown to 55 people since opening last year, and the company is planning to double the size of the operation by the end of this year — taking over a second floor in its existing building to accommodate the expansion. The growth of HBO’s engineering office in the city “certainly has exceeded my expectations,” said Otto Berkes, HBO’s… Read More

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Why you won’t find Zillow’s new ‘Coming Soon’ feature in its hometown of Seattle

Zillow launched its new “coming soon” feature earlier this month to much fanfare, noting at the time that it would provide “unparalleled marketing exposure to the more than 81 million home shoppers who visit Zillow every month.” But there’s one place where home shoppers won’t be seeing the “Coming Soon” listings: Zillow’s hometown of Seattle…. Read More

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Startup road trip: Why we’re exploring South America’s entrepreneurial cultures

We’re embarking on the entrepreneurial journey of a lifetime. As recent college graduates who view the world as their playground, nothing was going to hold us back from combining the two things we love: innovation and travel. Sure we could have taken steady jobs after graduating. And sure, that may have been the safe choice…. Read More

Protesters voice their disdain for Common Core standards and Bill Gates' involvement in U.S. education reform last week.

Teachers protest in downtown Seattle, say Bill Gates is ruining education

Bill Gates has poured millions of dollars into public education reform in the U.S., and some teachers aren’t too thrilled about that. About 150 instructors from the Badass Teacher Association marched through downtown Seattle toward the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday evening to demonstrate their disdain for the Common Core standards that have been implemented… Read More

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How Microsoft Bing is doing with its World Cup predictions

It’s harder to forecast World Cup matches than reality TV contests, it turns out. Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine, which was dead-on its past predictions for The Voice and Dancing with the Stars, is emerging from the group stage of the World Cup with a record of 29 accurate predictions and 19 misses, for a success rate of 60 percent. All in… Read More