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Some of the happiest states in the U.S. are the most ‘connected’

What makes you happy? Sunshine. Long walks on the beach. A cool mountain stream. How about Internet connectivity? A poll conducted by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that those states with the best home Internet connections, also happened rank high for having the happiest people. “Statistically significant evidence exists to conclude, in general, people who live… Read More

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Geeky study: Yes, Geocaching can help you lose weight

When you think about geocaching, the first thing that probably comes to mind are GPS-enabled nerds walking around the woods or city streets in search of hidden treasure. Well, that’s in part true. But there’s actually more to the hobby then meets the eye — or the waist line for that matter. A new study… Read More

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These techies just invested $15 million in a Seattle pizza chain

MOD Pizza just completed a very special order — closing a $15 million funding round. That’s usually not news on a tech site like GeekWire, but then look at who is involved in the Seattle pizza chain’s latest financing. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff; T-Mobile COO Jim Alling and Madrona Venture… Read More

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This wacky Englishman plans to spend 72 hours this weekend piloting a virtual jet around the world, all for a good cause

Some people spend Memorial Day weekend barbecuing with friends, or hitting the local parade. Not Zeke Iddon, a 30-year-old video game nut from Aylesbury, England. Iddon, who runs the comedy gaming site Iron Man Mode, plans to spend up to 72 hours in an epic virtual flight around-the-world. The flight, which will be livestreamed and… Read More

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Watch this 15-year-old Seattle entrepreneur pitch an amazing iPhone-enabled stethoscope to Jimmy Fallon

Check this out. 15-year-old Seattle inventor Suman Mulumudi recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, showcasing his new Steth IO iPhone-enabled stethoscope. The son of a cardiologist even gave the late night comedian a heart check, to which Fallon replied: “Did that sound alright? Maybe I am a devil baby.” Fallon calls the Steth… Read More

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These geeks spent hundreds of hours building Lego robots that do amazing things

Legos. Robots. Software. Yes, EMP was turned into a geek paradise Thursday night as seven teams from top technology companies in the state faced off in the “Build for Good Robot Competition,” a unique competition sponsored by Lego Mindstorms. Teams — including developers from Amazon, Expedia, HTC, Microsoft and Zulily — competed for glory and prestige with… Read More

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Man vs. Robot: The ultimate ping pong challenge

As many of you know, we love our ping pong here at GeekWire. In fact, we’ll be hosting our annual GeekWire Anniversary Bash & Ping Pong tournament next Thursday at the Showbox Sodo. We’ve got some awesome players in the lineup this year — including past champions Avi Cavale of Shippable, Sanjay Puri of 9Mile… Read More

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Zach Galifianakis to President Obama: Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your Web site?

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama This is pretty hilarious stuff. President Barack Obama goes toe-to-toe with comedian Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns” — with the two shooting from the hip as they touch on everything from gay marriage to football to Bradley Cooper. The best part is when Galifianakis… Read More

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Zillow was just an answer on Jeopardy! Can you answer these 5 other geeky questions?

Well, it looks like Zillow has finally made it. The Seattle online real estate company was the subject of a Jeopardy! answer Monday night. Appropriately enough, it occurred in a category dubbed “dot-com,” and a history professor from Cypress, Texas by the name of Babu Srinivasan nailed the $400 question. In fact, Srinivasan is probably a fan… Read More

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Steve Jobs to appear on U.S. postage stamp in 2015

Steve Jobs is joining the ranks of Ray Charles, Joe DiMaggio, Dwight D. Eisenhower and countless other American heroes. Yep, the Apple co-founder will be immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp, starting in 2015. The Washington Post uncovered a list of those who will appear on stamps in the future, with the Jobs stamp currently… Read More

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It’s on! Seahawks vs. 49ers is now GeekWire vs. Re/code

Just when you thought the stakes in Sunday’s NFC title game couldn’t get any higher, GeekWire has challenged those upstarts down at Re/code — the new California-based tech news venture from Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and crew — to a friendly bet over the game, matching our Seattle Seahawks against their San Francisco 49ers. Yes, the… Read More

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Drink geek: Four wines to please the geek palate

If you’re a geek, you probably like to think. Conventions annoy you. New things intrigue you. Puzzles beg to be solved. If you’re a geek, you might reward experimentation, loathe limits and have a soft spot for the uninhibited, the unexpected and the unexplored. So when a geek wants to close her laptop and open… Read More

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Hey, y’all: Meet the Seattle researcher responsible for the awesome U.S. dialect quiz

My family is spread out across the country — from Charlotte, North Carolina to Wooster, Ohio to Seattle, Washington. Three distinct geographic locations in which people use different vernacular to express themselves — everything from the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street (A tree lawn of course!) to the carbonated beverages we… Read More

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Poll: Who has the best geek mustache in Seattle?

There was a bit of mustache mania going on this past month as dudes everywhere participated in the annual Movember challenge, raising awareness and money for mens’ health by showcasing their staches. We saw some wild and wacky whiskers here in Seattle, asking members of the GeekWire community to submit their handlebars, walruses and horseshoes… Read More

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Photos: Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who

  Yesterday was the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who — the iconic and award-winning British sci-fi TV show which first aired in 1963. There were parties happening all over the world on Saturday, so I dropped by the Scarecrow Video bash and the EMP celebration in Seattle. The line to get in to EMP… Read More