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GeekWire Calendar picks: Ride-sharing hacks, Nate Silver, Sci-Fi Film Fest, and more

With controversial ride-sharing rules dividing Seattle, next week’s Seattle Legal Innovation and Technology Meetup will explore the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the “sharing economy” — the phenomenon that’s transforming industries as diverse as transportation, housing, errands, and yes, even dog-sitting. The free meetup, on the theme of “Hacking the Sharing Economy,” will be held from… Read More

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Microsoft hires key HP exec Tony Prophet as new Windows marketing leader

Microsoft has hired Tony Prophet, a longtime HP exec who oversaw operations in the computer maker’s key Printing and Personal Systems group. Prophet will lead Windows marketing, the Redmond company said this afternoon. The company said in a statement, “We can confirm Tony Prophet will be joining Microsoft as corporate vice president, Windows Marketing, reporting to Chris Capossela. Tony… Read More

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Hulu Plus “Remote Control” brings Chromecast-style features to Xbox One, PS4

Hulu Plus subscribers are getting a little bit more control over their streaming experience on game consoles with a new update. The company launched a new feature called “Remote Control” today, which allows subscribers to its premium streaming service to control Hulu Plus apps on the Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 with their… Read More

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eBay refreshes mobile apps and homepage to tell stories, create community

EBay is rolling out of a mobile update and is refreshing one of its online experiences today in hopes of creating a customer experience it describes as hunting for treasure and being part of a connected commerce community. For frequent eBay users, the updates may appear minor, but the language being used by eBay’s President Devin Wenig hints at where… Read More

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Alaska Airlines’ $2.5M gift will fund Aerospace Education Center at Museum of Flight

Alaska Airlines will fund a new Aerospace Education Center at Seattle’s Museum of Flight with a gift of $2.5 million, aiming to promote and enable science, technology, engineering and math careers among students. The gift was announced this morning. Construction of the center, inside the Museum of Flight’s T.A. Wilson Great Gallery, is expected to… Read More

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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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Geek of the Week: Lytro Illum lead designer Markus Wierzoch, Artefact design director

Camera technology company Lytro is getting lots of headlines this week for its second-generation light field camera, called the Illum — a DSLR-style device that creates “living images” designed to be refocused after taking the shot. As it turns out, the design of the new camera has roots in Seattle, at the Artefact product design and development company, and a… Read More

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Jeff Bezos-backed Juno Therapeutics closes series A at $176M, appoints new execs

Seattle biotechnology startup Juno Therapeutics, which is developing immunotherapies for cancer, said it has closed its series A financing round at $176 million. That marks one of the largest early-stage financing rounds for a biotechnology company. Juno had previously announced $145 million in funding, including cash from ARCH Venture Partners; the Alaska Permanent Fund; Bezos… Read More

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Code.org partners with 30 school districts to help teach kids about computer science

More than two million students across the nation will learn how to code thanks to a Seattle-based organization that is on a serious mission to teach kids about computer science. Code.org today announced partnerships with 30 schools districts — including three of the top 10 largest districts in the country — that will allow teachers to use the… Read More

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Geek pride: Here are the nerdiest states in America

Utah has a bunch of nerds, while Washington D.C. lacks any geek pride. Those are a few data points from a study of the “Nerdiest States in America,” by Seattle online real estate startup Estately. To determine which state has the most geeks, Estately looked at Facebook data to see what percentage of users from each state listed… Read More

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Facebook Messenger app passes 200M users, Zuckerberg focused on ‘private content’

After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in February, it was clear that the social media giant saw potential on the messaging space. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about that strategy today during the company’s first quarter earnings call when asked about building out Facebook’s communication ecosystem. Zuckerberg noted that Facebook has historically focused on friends and public content,… Read More

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Facebook beats Q1 expectations with $2.5B in revenue; CFO resigning

Facebook beat Wall Street’s expectations today with a Q1 revenue of $2.5 billion and an $0.34 EPS. The company also announced that CFO David Ebersman will be stepping down in June. Analysts predicted revenue somewhere between $2.36 and $2.4 billion — with EPS at about $0.24 — and Facebook certainly exceeded that, with Q1 revenue increasing 72 percent… Read More

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Microsoft hopes to move students away from Google with ad-free version of Bing

Microsoft has rolled out a custom Bing search engine for schools, allowing administrators to enable an ad-free version of Bing with privacy controls and filters that block adult content. Microsoft first debuted this program in August — back then it was called “Bing for Schools” — to 4.5 million students in a select number of schools, but now is… Read More

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Whole Foods is turning overripe produce into fertilizer with this geeky machine

Just when you thought Whole Foods couldn’t get any more green, well, now the organic grocery store is. The Austin-based market announced today that its Bellevue, Wash. location will soon begin converting food scraps into organic fertilizer that can be sold to farmers and consumers. The process is made possible by Redmond-based WISErg, which has built a geeky machine called the “Harvester.” WISErg… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Gadget of the Year

An iPad-enabled microscope camera. A sensor that can detect water leaks in homes. A camera lens for mobile phones. These are just a few of the sweet devices up for our GeekWire Awards Gadget of the Year category, which features some of the most impressive pieces of hardware that entrepreneurs in this region have built. As… Read More

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Placester closes $5.5M round for yet another online real estate idea

Here’s another spin on bringing the real estate industry online that could enable any agent to compete directly with the likes of Zillow or Redfin. Boston-based Placester announced today it has raised $5.5 million in capital to create a publishing platform that offers consumer search, real estate inventory info and related ad products. The company’s founder, Matt Barba, who was a… Read More

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Startup advice: CEO shares lessons in company culture, employee morale with free book

When you travel to 15 countries and interview entrepreneurs about their advice on management, culture and leadership, you’re bound to come away with some useful insight. That’s exactly what TINYhr CEO David Niu did two years ago, buying a one-way ticket to New Zealand with his wife and 10-month old daughter. Not only did the six-month trip… Read More