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Apple sets Sept. 9 press event: Get ready for the iPhone 6?

Apple fans, mark your calendars. The company will be holding a major announcement on September 9, according to reports from Re/code and Bloomberg. Like other September events, Apple watchers (myself included) expect that the company will take the opportunity to unveil the new iPhone 6, which is supposed to sport a larger screen compared to its predecessors…. Read More

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Chinese protesters reportedly slam Microsoft over ‘hostile takeover and violent layoffs’

Microsoft is facing more pressure in China. Five days after a report surfaced that Chinese officials were investigating Microsoft’s offices in the country, protests reportedly have erupted in the country against Microsoft over layoffs associated with the acquisition of Nokia’s phone business. According to Reuters, hundreds of protesters held banners and shouted “Microsoft’s hostile takeover and… Read More

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Wireless pioneer John Stanton named to Microsoft board in latest bid by software giant to gain ground in mobile

John Stanton helped transform the mobile industry over the past three decades, serving in executive roles at McCaw Celluar; Western Wireless and VoiceStream Wireless. He’s also the former chairman of Bellevue-based Clearwire. Now the mobile phone pioneer is going to help guide Microsoft as it embarks on a challenging course of catching up to Apple… 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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App of the Week: CoupConnect lets you manage, buy and sell daily deals

So you bought a coupon for discounted car repair, or a haircut at the local salon, but it turns out you can’t use it? An app called CoupConnect aims to solve the problem — providing a secondary market for users to buy and sell daily deals. CoupConnect, developed by Seattle-area entrepreneur Prateek Jetly, was originally launched as a way for users… Read More

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Seattle police say cell networks may get bogged down at Torchlight Parade, urge revelers to text

Heading to Saturday’s big Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle? The Seattle Police Department has a message for you: Text instead of call, and limit your social media tendencies. In a blog post, the police department noted that the “region’s privately-owned cellular networks may become taxed by throngs of cell-phone wielding revelers.” Because of that, they… Read More

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Could Android apps be the key to growing Windows Phone?

One of the major problems facing Windows Phone is the relative immaturity of its app ecosystem. Microsoft has worked hard to encourage developers to work with the platform, but many aren’t releasing top apps for Windows Phone at the same time they’re launching apps and features for Android and iOS. To combat that, Microsoft may allow Windows… Read More

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Tech Moves: Cyanogen hires mobile vets; Blucora taps ex-Buy.com exec; Ben Elowitz leaves Wetpaint; and more

—Cyanogen, which is looking to disrupt the mobile operating system market, has named former Amazon and Hulu employee Dave Herman as VP of product; former HTC engineering director Tyler Carper as VP of engineering; and former MediaTrek marketing executive Vik Natarajan as VP of global partnerships and distribution. Founded in 2013 in Seattle by Steve… Read More

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How a trip to Africa helped Facebook retool its Android app for the developing world

One of Mark Zuckerberg’s goals for Facebook is bringing the “next 5 billion” people onto the social network. But that isn’t as simple as increasing the company’s advertising spending in the developing world. So how can it be done? Alex Sourov, an engineer from Facebook’s Seattle office, traveled to Africa with colleagues to identify the challenges for Facebook… Read More

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Google just quietly bought this stealthy Seattle startup led by ex-Clearwire researchers

Sometimes startups attract corporate attention after releasing cutting-edge products, or nailing down key customers. Others get gobbled up before they ever really get going. The latter situation appears to be the case with Alpental Technologies, a stealthy Seattle area startup that was just recently acquired by Google. Haven’t heard of Alpental? Don’t worry. Not much… Read More

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Hands-on with Amazon’s Fire Phone: 3D, battery life and other first impressions

GeekWire’s Tricia Duryee and I just emerged from some hands-on time with Amazon’s new Fire Phone, and an interview with Ian Freed, the Amazon executive who led the project — a 4-year initiative inside the company. Here are some of our impressions and key takeaways from both sessions … Dynamic Perspective/Gestures: This is shaping up as the signature… Read More

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Cellular service provider Solavei files for bankruptcy

Solavei emerged on the scene two years ago with a high-profile list of investors, celebrity endorsers and an ambitious business model that relied on customers to spread the word about the company’s cellular phone service, earning cash along the way. From the beginning, Solavei’s multi-level marketing approach drew criticism, sparking hundreds of comments on GeekWire…. Read More

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Shares of Amazon jump nearly 3% after unveiling of new Fire Phone

Wall Street seems to like the Fire Phone, the Amazon.com smartphone that was announced today at an event in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Shares of Amazon.com jumped nearly $10 in trading this afternoon following the announcement of the device, which will begin shipping on July 25. The stock increased nearly three percent to $334, giving the… Read More

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Mayday button could broaden appeal of Amazon smartphone

The rumored 3D interface for Amazon’s expected smartphone may get the buzz later this week. But there is another potential killer feature for those tech-averse consumers. Eight months ago, Amazon launched the Kindle Fire HDX, and with it, the “Mayday” button, which allows users to connect to a live chat advisor who can help with whatever… Read More

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Bootstrapping vacation rentals startup Dwellable raises $2M from Seattle angels

For years, Adam Doppelt refused to take venture capital financing, using a strict bootstrapping ethos to build companies such as restaurant locator Urbanspoon and tech talent identifier CubeDuel. “Just build little things, and then see what happens,” Doppelt told GeekWire in an interview nearly three years ago. Well, Doppelt’s latest “little” startup — the online… Read More