Alibaba on tour: Chinese tech giant draws a crowd in Amazon and Microsoft land

A standing-room-only crowd filled a hotel ballroom in Bellevue on Tuesday evening to hear from some of Alibaba’s top executives — illustrating the intense interest in the IPO-bound technology company that is essentially the Amazon, eBay, Google, and PayPal of China, all wrapped into one. Alibaba executives said they weren’t there to recruit, but many of the… Read More


Intellectual Ventures to battle Google in court over mobile patents this week

For the first time ever, Intellectual Ventures finds itself in patent court this week. The Bellevue-based company run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold is in a battle with Google’s Motorola Mobility unit over patents relating to smartphone technologies. Intellectual Ventures originally sued Motorola back in 2011 and was ultimately unsuccessful in reaching a licensing deal. As a… Read More


Google’s latest crazy idea: Contact lenses that measure glucose levels for diabetics

Balloons that provide broadband Internet, cars that drive themselves, walking sticks that have image-capturing capabilities. Yes, Google is well-known for its ridiculous ideas, and today the tech giant has a new one: Smart contact lenses that can measure glucose content in the tears of people who have diabetes. In a blog post, Google describes the… Read More


Google’s market share climbs in latest U.S. search stats

Google’s share of the U.S. search market climbed to 67.3 percent in December, its highest point in nearly a year, according to numbers just released by the comScore research firm. The result was an increase of 0.6 percentage points from November, a notable jump in a market where monthly gains are measured in fractions of… Read More


Chart: Google’s top 10 acquisitions, and where Nest ranks

Google has made some big buys over the years, expanding its presence in mobile phones (Motorola) and online advertising (DoubleClick). And now it is making a huge bet in the connected home through its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, the maker of the digital thermostats and smoke detectors. As the chart from Statista shows, Nest… Read More


Chart: Look out Windows, Android is the new ubiquitous operating system

“Windows Everywhere” ought to be repurposed to “Android Everywhere,” given the state of the market for Internet-connected devices. Shipments of new Android devices have already passed Apple and Microsoft’s sales combined, and by 2015, projections from Gartner show that they could be well on their way to eclipsing the rest of the entire connected device… Read More


Tech veteran Mike Koss joining Google, winding down StartPad

Mike Koss spent nearly two decades at Microsoft, playing a key role in the early development of products including Excel, Outlook and SharePoint. For the past decade, he has been working in the startup world as an investor, entrepreneur and the “launch director” of the StartPad co-working space in downtown Seattle. And now, at 53… Read More


Google’s new social networking patent is truly comical

Google+ could be getting a lot funnier, at least in theory, if the company follows through on the approach described in a new patent. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office today awarded Google a patent on “Self-creation of comic strips in social networks and other communications.” In other words, Google has just patented the ability to… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Amazon at $400, favorite gadgets of 2013, and the new world of airplane tech etiquette

We have a lot to talk about this week on the GeekWire radio show, starting with Amazon’s gravity-defying share price, passing $400/share for the first time this past week. Despite the company’s tradition of razor-thin profit margins, investors seem to have faith in Jeff Bezos’ long-term vision — or at least in Amazon’s ability to… Read More