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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Seahawks star Richard Sherman make TIME’s 100 most influential list

TIME released its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world and several tech leaders made the cut this year. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who had made the list in previous years, was deemed “tech’s most enduring innovator,” by TIME. Here’s what PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel wrote about Bezos: Twenty years ago Jeff Bezos… Read More

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Should Amazon buy Sears? Retail analyst makes the case

Amazon should acquire Sears Holdings, including 2,400 Kmart and Sears stores, creating a major physical retail presence in the U.S. and allowing the stores to double as new distribution centers. And the Seattle company should axe the Kmart and Sears brands. At least, that’s the contention of retail industry analyst Robin Lewis, writing this week… Read More

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No Bitcoin for Amazon: Online retail giant says it’s not seeing enough demand

Overstock.com has made a big fuss about accepting the digital currency to the point where you’d expect other major online retailers to follow suit, but Amazon says it won’t be one of them. In an interview with Re/code’s Jason del Rey, Amazon payments head Tom Taylor said they’ve considered accepting bitcoin, but there’s no rush. “We’re… Read More

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Here’s why Amazon pays $5K to warehouse workers who quit

In Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to shareholders, the Amazon.com CEO and founder revealed an interesting program that pays workers at the company’s warehouses to quit. Yes, that’s right: Amazon gives money to those who jump ship. “Pay to Quit,” an idea born at Amazon-owned Zappos.com, was put into place to get rid of employees who… Read More

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More funding for cancer research in Seattle: Adaptive Biotechnologies raises $105M

Researchers from Seattle who are finding ways to eliminate cancer are bringing in some serious funding today. On the same day the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced a $20 million donation from the family of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies announced a big $105 million investment. Adaptive, which had previously only raised $15 million, was… Read More

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and family donate $20M to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The family of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos just made the largest single contribution to the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, pouring in $20 million to help researchers develop new ways to cure cancer. The money will help support the development of groundbreaking cancer immunotherapies. This marks the second time the Bezos family has donated money… Read More

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Jeff Bezos recruits Business Insider’s Henry Blodget to advise Washington Post staff

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos is serious about improving the Washington Post’s digital footprint — and he’s having Business Insider founder Henry Blodget help him in the process. In this detailed New Yorker piece about Amazon’s future in the book industry, reporter George Packer wrote that Bezos — who owns a significant part of Business Insider — recently asked Blodget… Read More

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos rescued by Ecuadorian Navy after kidney stone attack

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos suffered a kidney stone on New Year’s Day while vacationing in the Galapagos Islands and was rescued by the Ecuadorian Navy. Galapagos Digital cited two Ecuadorian news websites, which reported that a Ecuadorian Navy helicopter airlifted Bezos from a cruise ship in Santa Cruz Island’s Academy Bay to his private jet on Baltra… Read More

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Vote: What was the top tech news story of the year?

OK, geek fans. We’ve compiled our list of the top quotes of 2013, and just yesterday posted the top 50 most popular stories of year. Now, here’s your chance to join the fun. As part of our year-end wrap-up, we’re asking our devoted readers — yes, that’s you — to vote on the top story… Read More

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The year in quotes: From Ballmer to Bezos to Bitcoin

Wow, what a year! From Amazon drones to Steve Ballmer’s retirement to spectacularly performing IPOs, the tech industry took some wild twists and turns in 2013. Here’s our look back at the action, with some of our favorite quotes of the year. What are your favorite (or least favorite) moments of the year? December  “I… Read More

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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

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New milestone: Amazon stock surpass $400 for first time ever

This summer, Amazon.com’s stock hit $300 for the first time. Now, five months later, it has reached a new milestone: $400. Amazon’s stock surpassed $400 this morning, marking a 60 percent growth in 2013 alone. The stock continues to rise as Amazon fails to turn a profit, investing its large revenues back into fulfillment centers… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amazon Drones, Artefact’s ‘Juice Box,’ a beautiful app and a classic console challenge

We’re getting very futuristic on this week’s GeekWire radio show — starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s surprising “Prime Air” delivery drones project. Then we get the inside story of Artefact’s “Juice Box,” a new energy storage design concept for the developing world, created to the specifications of Bill Gates as part of a feature… Read More

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Paul Allen snags key Amazon architect as top tech advisor

Paul Allen has created a new position of executive technology advisor, to work with him across all of his personal and professional projects, and filled the job by hiring Parag Garg, an Amazon product architect who had been playing a key role on multiple unannounced products under development by the Seattle company. GeekWire heard rumblings… Read More

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Here they are: GeekWire’s 2013 Newsmakers of the Year

It has been a giant year for news at many of the Seattle region’s technology companies — with successful IPOs, historic transitions, surprising technology plans and comeback stories keeping the GeekWire news team busy throughout the year. And with that as the backdrop, we are pleased to present an annual tradition, the unveiling of the… Read More