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Q&A: Margaret O’Mara on the history of innovation and what makes a tech hub tick

Margaret O’Mara, an associate professor of history at the University of Washington, spends her days analyzing the ingredients that make up technology hubs like Seattle and San Francisco. The author of Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley sat down with Todd Bishop and John Cook for the latest… Read More

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The Next Big Thing: MoxTree CEO Victoria Oldridge

[Editor's Note: GeekWire is pleased to present the latest episode of The Next Big Thing, the popular podcast by Seattle media entrepreneur Jenni Hogan, produced by our partners at KIRO Radio and MyNorthwest.com. ] This week on the Next Big Thing, I talk with Victoria Oldridge, CEO of MoxTree, a social network platform that matches moms with… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Ballmer stepping down, Plants vs. Zombies 2, the ‘Jobs’ movie and a slice of Raspberry Pi

We’ve got an epic GeekWire podcast for you this week, with an extended version of our weekly news segment, featuring our thoughts on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he’ll be retiring from the company within the next 12 months. Our guest in the studio is the Raspberry Pi Foundation‘s Rob Bishop (no relation), who… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Bill Gates on tech, philanthropy, robots, and why you don’t want be a billionaire

This week on the GeekWire radio show, we’re listening back to highlights from Bill Gates’ recent public appearance in Redmond for a major Microsoft Research event with academic researchers from around the world. In his introduction, Gates started with his thoughts on the state of technology today and where things are headed over the next… Read More

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Q&A: FiftyThree’s Jon Harris on the power of the iPad as a creation device

The New York and Seattle startup FiftyThree is made up of Microsoft vets. But they’ve certainly mastered Apple’s iPad with their blockbuster app Paper, named Apple’s 2012 App of the Year for iPad. We chatted with FiftyThree co-founder Jon Harris in a recent episode of the GeekWire podcast and radio show. Here are edited excerpts from the… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: How data is turning the tide against disease

Powerful computing and affordable genetic analysis are improving our understanding of our bodies and leveling the playing field against disease. This week on the GeekWire radio show, we get a glimpse into this world with our guest, Dr. Eugene Kolker, chief data officer at the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute. After diving into Kolker’s… Read More

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Love line: Amazon debuts Kindle Love Stories podcast, will tap into Goodreads network

For those who love talking, hearing and discussing everything about love, Amazon may have an answer. Looking to reach out to romance novel fans and tap into its recent acquisition of social network Goodreads, Amazon Publishing today debuted a weekly romance podcast called Kindle Love Stories. The focus is all about romance novels and will… Read More

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Mobile tech, social good: How these computer scientists are making an impact

Our latest episode of the GeekWire Podcast featured former Geek of the Week Yaw Anokwa. He’s a graduate of the University of Washington computer science program, the co-founder of the software startup Nafundi, and one of the computer scientists behind the Open Data Kit project (ODK), which provides smart forms for collecting data on mobile devices in rural areas, developing countries and other places with… Read More

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Q&A: How this Seattle startup could take a bite out of Microsoft PowerPoint

Giant Thinkwell’s latest product, Haiku Deck, has been getting quite a bit of attention over the last few weeks.  We covered the team of three — Adam Tratt, Kevin Leneway, and Marc Kamaka — and the launch of their iPad-based presentation tool earlier this month. They were also one of the few startups that Valley celeb Robert Scoble interviewed while… Read More

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Rewind: How to recycle those old computers in your attic

Our guest last weekend on the GeekWire podcast was Charles Brennick, the founder and director of InterConnection.  The nonprofit, located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, refurbishes donated PCs and distributes them around the world to humanitarian organizations, nonprofits and other deserving groups. We had a fun time catching up with Charles, joking about all of the used computers… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Kinect on Windows, Apple on the rise, and Xconomy’s Curt Woodward

This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, we talk about Microsoft’s plan to develop a new Kinect device for Windows PCs, a research firm’s prediction that the iPad will lift Apple to the top of the personal computer market in 2012, and John’s discussion-generating commentary on the need for a top-notch, tech-oriented private university… Read More

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Name that Tech Tune for tickets to Jet City Comic Show

[Updated below with answer and winner.] Our popular “Name that Tech Tune” challenge returns this week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast with a chance to win tickets to the Jet City Comic Show, a comic book and pop culture convention Sept. 24 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. We’ve chosen an epic tune appropriate… Read More