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Xbox One August update includes mobile purchasing, new social features, low battery notifications

Microsoft is rolling out another update for Xbox One owners beginning next week, and gamers will see several new additional features on their console. Here’s a rundown of some of the new updates: Mobile purchasing: You’ll be able to buy games remotely on a mobile device using Xbox SmartGlass or Xbox.com, and have them automatically… Read More

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Tech Moves: Gates Foundation CFO steps down; Urban Airship hires new execs after CEO leaves; and more

— Two top execs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are stepping down: Dick Henriques is leaving the organization after four years as CFO, while Martha Choe is moving on after spending ten years with the foundation. Henriques is credited with helping better manage grants and improving the foundation’s financial systems. He’ll be replaced by… Read More

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Uber gives away free ice cream to Oregonians while Portland still not allowing service to operate

In what’s become somewhat of a tradition, Uber is delivering ice cream to people in 38 countries around the world today. Most customers will have to pony up a few bucks for their sweet treats. However, a close look at the list of 144 cities featured in the promotion — a huge spike from the 33 cities included last year — reveals… Read More

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Venture capital investments surge 73% in the Pacific NW

Cash was flowing to startup companies during the second quarter in the Pacific Northwest as venture capitalists pumped $410 million into 40 deals, including fast-growing companies such as ExtraHop Networks, Puppet Labs, Igneous Systems, Smartsheet.com and Avvo. That was a 73 percent uptick from the same period last year in which venture capitalists invested $237… Read More

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Mobile marketing startup HasOffers rebrands to Tune

One of Seattle’s fastest-growing startup companies has a new name. HasOffers announced today that it’s taking on the new corporate moniker of Tune. The company will continue to operate HasOffers and MobileAppTracking as products of Tune. The announcement was made today at the company’s Postback Conference in Seattle. “We’ve known for a couple of years… Read More

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Amazon’s new Fire phone commercial features tech-savvy 9-year-olds who read Sheryl Sandberg’s book

First Gary Busey, now 9-year-olds. Amazon’s first TV commercial for its new Fire Phone debuted today. You can watch the 30-second spot here, or at the bottom of this post. The ad features two kids touting the fact that customers who purchase Amazon’s new smartphone will receive a $99 one-year Amazon Prime membership for free. To begin the… Read More

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ESPN partners with Valve to broadcast Dota 2 video game championships

If you tune into ESPN this weekend, you might catch some British Open golf action, perhaps some Sunday Night Baseball, or maybe a little MLS soccer. But the leading sports network is airing something rather peculiar on Sunday: A video game competition. Electronic sports — e-sports for short — has officially made its way to ESPN, which will broadcast Valve’s Dota 2… Read More

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Zillow exec tries to assuage real estate agents’ fears over ‘Coming Soon’ listings: We ‘don’t want to be a MLS’

SAN FRANCISCO–Zillow has taken heat from real estate professionals in recent weeks over its new “Coming Soon” feature, with some claiming that its one way for the Seattle online real estate powerhouse to bypass multiple listing services. But Zillow Chief Revenue Officer Greg Schwartz — speaking today at the Real Estate Connect Conference — says… Read More

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Sprint, T-Mobile looking to raise $10 billion for auctioned wireless airwaves

As Sprint and T-Mobile prepare to merge, the companies are now reportedly looking to raise money to bid for wireless airwaves. The Wall Street Journal notes that the wireless giants want to raise $10 billion for a 2015 auction of airwaves owned by television broadcasters. The money would be part of a financing package between the companies that, as… Read More

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Microsoft cuts will also hit ‘shadow workforce,’ going beyond announced layoffs

Microsoft’s decision to cut 18,000 jobs from its workforce represents the largest round of layoffs in the company’s history, but it also understates the impact on the company and the job market. In addition to those core cuts, the company is aiming to significantly reduce its reliance on contingent workers — the thousands of vendors and contractors who… Read More

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Roll the credits: T-Mobile’s John Legere named executive producer of “Love Child,” a film coming soon to a screen near you

Is there anything that this CEO can’t do? T-Mobile’s John Legere generally has his hands full trying to revive the Bellevue-based carrier, but here’s something else he can add to his resume: Executive Producer. We noticed recently that Legere’s name popped on the credits for “Love Child,” a film currently being pushed nationwide through various film festivals and… Read More

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Xbox One sales double, one month after $100 price cut

Offering up a cheaper Xbox One is helping Microsoft sell quite a bit more consoles. The company announced today that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut from the Xbox One with Kinect — sales doubled in one month. We’ll have more… Read More

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Cray to provide XC30 supercomputers in India

Cray announced today that it will provide the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai with one of its XC30 supercomputers – the first of its kind in India. The system will be used by a nationwide group of scientists known as the Indian Lattice Gauge Theory Initiative, which is researching a form of matter… Read More