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Poll: Will Uber’s questionable marketing tactics force you to choose Lyft, or a taxi?

The Verge has a fascinating story today that examines Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics that is part of an attempt to take down its largest competitor. Internal documents show that Uber hires independent contractors to take Lyft rides as a way to convince drivers to leave Lyft and work for Uber. Some of these recruiters cancel Lyft rides to… Read More

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T-Mobile expands family plan deal, adds data for tablet owners

Another day, another deal from T-Mobile. The Bellevue-based wireless carrier today revealed yet another promotion, this time expanding its family plans and offering more data capacity for tablet owners. T-Mobile customers on a family plan can now add up to 10 lines for $10 each per month, up from a previous allotment of five lines. The… Read More

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Q&A: How technology can help police departments, and make officers more accountable

Our guests on the latest GeekWire radio show were Marcus Womack, general manager of Seattle-based Evidence.com, which provides devices and services for police departments across the country; and Hadi Partovi, a technology entrepreneur and board member of Taser International, Evidence.com’s parent company. In light of the recent tragedy and controversy in Ferguson, Mo., we spent a lot of… Read More

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Amazon vs. Google: Twitch deal highlights growing war between tech giants

Now that the initial shock from Amazon’s purchase of Twitch is starting to wear off, the synergies between the two companies are becoming more obvious. Over the past three years, Twitch has become the ESPN of the video game industry, where viewers go to watch live footage of videogames. The company’s streaming technology could strengthen a number of… Read More

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Another food delivery service: Uber brings lunch to your door with UberFRESH

In addition to the company’s popular transportation service, Uber has also been aggressively experimenting with other uses for its technology over the past couple years to see how far its service will go. The company has delivered a variety of products, including ice cream, and kittens. Just last week, it announced that it will deliver goods from… Read More

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Simply Measured cuts 10% of staff in ‘course correction’ to set up next phase of growth

Seattle social media analytics startup Simply Measured cut 15 employees, or 10 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring that occurred this week, GeekWire has learned. The cutbacks come five months after the company raised $20 million in venture funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, Four Rivers Group, Trinity Ventures and others. Simply Measured CEO Adam Schoenfeld said… Read More

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Instacart arrives in Portland, offering grocery delivery from Whole Foods and Costco

Portland folks now have a new way of ordering groceries to their door. Grocery delivery service Instacart today launched in the Rose City, giving customers a way to get groceries delivered from Whole Foods, Costco, and Uwajimaya in an hour. This is the 13th market for San Francisco-based Instacart, which plans on expanding to 17 cities by the… Read More

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Bill & Melinda Gates give $1M to gun law; Nick Hanauer pours in another $1M

Bill & Melinda Gates had already donated $50,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy firearms at gun shows and online. But now the couple is reaching deeper into their pockets and late last week poured in $500,000 each to the organization. The Gates’ have joined Steve… Read More

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Amazon’s $970M acquisition of Twitch is largest in its history

Confirming reports from earlier this morning, Amazon announced this afternoon that it has agreed to acquire video game streaming site Twitch for $970 million in cash. This is Amazon’s biggest acquisition in its 21-year history, and particularly noteworthy given that Google had reportedly agreed to purchase Twitch for about same price just last month. In its last earnings report, Amazon noted… Read More

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Update: Amazon acquires video game streaming site Twitch for $970M

Update: Amazon’s $970M acquisition of Twitch is largest in its history Original story:  Amazon is on the verge of acquiring video game streaming company Twitch. The Information and The Wall Street Journal report today that the Seattle online giant is in “late-stage talks” to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. This is particularly interesting given that Google had reportedly agreed… Read More

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As eBay’s Portland office pushes past 200 employees, Kevin Hurst is named general manager

EBay has tasked Kevin Hurst with getting the word out that it’s aggressively hiring in Portland. As part of the announcement, Hurst, who was eBay’s former VP of mobile product, will become the office’s general manager. It’s been known for some time that eBay had leased additional office space in Portland, but in an interview this morning, Hurst told GeekWire how many people… Read More

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You won’t believe what this story is about! Facebook cracking down on ‘click-baiting’

Facebook today announced that it is cracking down on posts it deems as “click bait,” or headlines that try to convince people to click on content that they aren’t actually interested in. The social media giant surveyed its users about content in their News Feed, and unsurprisingly found that 80 percent of the time, people preferred… Read More

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Seattle startup vet Kelly Smith heading to Shanghai to lead Starbucks digital push in China

Seattle startup vet Kelly Smith is headed to Shanghai. But Smith — the founder of RocketVox (sold to ThePlatform), ImageKind (sold to CafePress) and Zapd (sold to RealSelf)— isn’t checking out China’s startup scene. Instead, he’s been tapped by Starbucks to lead digital efforts in the fast-growing country, one of the coffee retailer’s most important… Read More

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GeekWire Calendar Picks: A Chat with Dan Shapiro, Pitch Karaoke, and more

When Dan Shapiro invented Robot Turtles, a board game that teaches kids to code, he had no intention of becoming the man behind the most-funded board game campaign in Kickstarter history. He created the game because he thought his children would enjoy it — and then “accidentally” raised $631,230 on the crowdfunding platform. Robot Turtles, which uses… Read More

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Meet Purewatercraft: This startup is building the ‘Tesla for boats’

Tesla has already changed the way we think about electric cars. Now one Seattle startup vet wants to do the same for motorboats. Andy Rebele, an entrepreneur-turned-investor, is the founder of Pure Watercraft. His three-year-old company is building high-performance all-electric recreational boats that Rebele says mimic the quality and engineering of Tesla’s vehicles. “This is like the… Read More

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The end of airport check-in? Hawaiian Airlines testing pre-printed bag tags in Seattle

The Internet and smartphones have made it easier to skip lines at airports by checking in and bringing a boarding pass in advance. But checking luggage for a long trip often still means waiting in line to get bags tagged and sent into the bowels of the airport. Hawaiian Airlines is tackling that challenge, testing two pilot programs at… Read More

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‘Coolest Cooler’ inventor explains how he raised $9 million on Kickstarter

Ryan Grepper tried raising $125,000 on Kickstarter last year for his geeked-out cooler, but fell just short. He decided to give it another shot again last month and, well, let’s just say the second go-around turned out a little bit better. Grepper has raised nearly $9.2 million on Kickstarter from more than 46,000 backers for his “Coolest Cooler,”… Read More