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T-Mobile says goodbye to monthly corporate discounts

T-Mobile CEO John Legere recently announced that the Bellevue-based wireless carrier is simplifying its rate plans even further by replacing a system of variable corporate discounts with a system that will give qualifying customers a $25 T-Mobile reward card whenever they purchase a new device. Legere dismissed the traditional system of negotiating special employer rates as… Read More

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Mobile health app maker Mindbloom acquired

  Mindbloom, a Seattle maker of mobile apps designed to help people live healthier lives, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Denver-based Welltok. Mindbloom’s 11 employees will be joining Welltok, which plans to use the acquisition as a base for expansion in Seattle. It will continue to operate Mindbloom’s apps, which… Read More

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Starbucks to let customers skip lines by ordering from smartphones

Ever wish it was possible to skip the line at Starbucks by punching in an order through the company’s smartphone app? It’s coming soon. Adam Brotman, Starbucks’s Chief Digital Officer, told Bloomberg that the company is “actively working” on making mobile ordering a reality. According to Brotman, it’s one of the features the company’s customers… Read More

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This Microsoft vet just scored $4 million to radically change the way you use email on mobile devices

Let’s face it. Managing email on a mobile device kind of sucks. It’s nearly impossible to find archived messages, let alone seamlessly connecting to one’s calendar, contacts or other third-party services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn or Facebook. The whole thing just seems ready for a refresh. Gordon Mangione, a tech industry veteran who worked as a corporate… Read More

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Sprint cutting 91 staffers in Seattle area following Clearwire acquisition

Sprint continues to trim staff in the Seattle area following last year’s acquisition of Clearwire, the Bellevue broadband wireless operator started by telecommunications pioneer Craig McCaw. Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S., notified the state via a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification that 91 employees at the company’s operations in Bellevue and Kirkland will… Read More

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Sprint posts $1B quarterly loss, but surprises Wall Street with customer additions

T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier adding customers. Surprisingly, Sprint too just laid down positive results, adding 58,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter. Analysts had expected a loss of about 83,000 subscribers, according to Reuters. In total, the company, which sold an 80 percent stake to Softbank last year, had 53.9 million platform subscribers, its highest total… Read More

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T-Mobile wins injunction against AT&T unit over magenta trademark

A federal judge has ruled in favor of T-Mobile, ordering a preliminary injunction against AT&T’s Aio Wireless that bars the subsidiary from using a color that’s similar to T-Mobile’s trademarked magenta. In a ruling last month, federal judge Lee Rosenthal wrote that Aio’s use of a plum color in advertisements and marketing materials was “confusingly similar”… Read More

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Decide.com co-founder leaves eBay to start Weave, a mobile app to connect you with nearby LinkedIn contacts

Brian Ma likes going to networking events. But what he doesn’t particularly care for is stepping into the room and not knowing where the interesting people are located. “It’s awkward, inefficient, and completely hit and miss,” says Ma. That’s why the Decide.com co-founder started Weave, a new mobile app for iOS that allows people to… Read More

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Facebook exec: Mobile is ‘the best thing that ever happened to our business’

LAS VEGAS — Facebook’s mobile initiatives have recently been helping to fuel the company’s business, but it wasn’t always that way, as demonstrated by the widespread concerns about Facebook’s mobile strategy in the social network’s early days as a public company. As it turns out, “mobile is the best thing that happened to our business,” said Carolyn… Read More

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Seattle mobile game maker Z2 cuts support staff

Z2, the Seattle mobile game maker behind titles such as Battle Nations; Metalstorm and Nitro, has laid off an undisclosed number of staffers in its quality assurance; localization and customer support groups. A combination of full-time and contractors lost their jobs as part of the changes. “We have pushed out the anticipated launch windows of… Read More