Revelers at the Torchlight Parade. Photo via Torchlight

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

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Meet Wagon: An Uber for delivering giant objects

Back in 2008, Mike Hanson decided to do a little A/B test on Craigslist. He listed the same piece of furniture online twice — one with delivery included, and the other without. “I received so many calls from buyers interested in purchasing the couch with delivery that I had to pull the ad after just one hour,”… Read More

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Hey AT&T, don’t throttle me!

There’s a great debate that occasionally rages here in the GeekWire offices. Unlimited cellular data plans, or lower-cost metered plans? GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop dumped his unlimited data plan with AT&T in 2012, and has preceded to flog me both privately and publicly ever since. I’m wasting money, he says. I’ve stuck with the higher… Read More

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Time Inc. buys family scheduling app Cozi

Seattle startup Cozi, founded in 2005 by former Microsoft manager Robbie Cape, has been acquired by Time Inc. in a deal of undisclosed size. The company, with about 10 million users, developed a Web site and mobile application designed to help families better schedule activities. “Cozi is a terrific fit for Time Inc.,” said Time… Read More

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Microsoft buys Paris startup Capptain to better analyze mobile app usage

Microsoft is buying Capptain, a small Paris-based startup that helps mobile developers get a better sense of how people are using their applications. Terms of the deal — announced today on the Capptain Web site — were not immediately known. The Capptain service analyzes user behavior within apps, and then compiles push notifications with specially-targeted messages,… Read More