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Facebook, you are dead to me … for now

Friends, and you are my “friends:” I’m giving up on Facebook. No more status updates, no more vacation photos, no more links to interesting columns (even those I haven’t written). While I’ll leave what I’ve posted over the past eight years up for now, I will no longer participate in what has become a time-wasting farce. Why?… Read More

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Quiz Masters! Scenes from GeekWire Tech Trivia Night

The GeekWire team had a blast hanging out with more than 250 of you last night for GeekWire Tech Trivia Night at the Spitfire in Seattle. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and a big thanks to our event sponsors — Avvo, Greythorn, Groupon and Filter — for helping to make the night possible. The competition was fierce,… Read More

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Name that Tech Tune: Chance to win a pass to MozCon

This week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge has a World Cup theme, with a great prize up for grabs: We’re giving away one pass to MozCon, the annual inbound marketing conference in Seattle, organized by Moz. The event, coming up July 14-16 in Seattle, is all about getting ahead on the web and mobile, featuring sessions… Read More

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3 ways Glenn Greenwald changed how I look at privacy

Glenn Greenwald doesn’t mince words. The government is “truly devoted to the elimination of privacy in the digital age,” the lawyer and journalist told a sold-out crowd of 850 at Town Hall Seattle Tuesday night. “That’s not hyperbole.” It’s a call to arms. And part of it got to me. Seattle was Greenwald’s first stop… Read More

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Hello, Google Glass: Microsoft tries to patent touch input for eyeglass frames

Microsoft has filed for a patent on methods of using touch input to interact with smart glasses — including techniques very similar to the approach used by the Google Glass augmented reality glasses. The application, spotted by the blog Microsoft-News.com, seeks to patent multi-touch interactions with eyewear by tapping, pressing, swiping or pinching sensors located in the frame, lens or… Read More

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The madness begins: Join GeekWire’s World Cup pool

Do you have World Cup fever? We do! And now you can join the greatest four-week spectacle in sports as a participant in GeekWire’s World Cup Challenge, a fun competition in which you’ll get the chance to pick who will hoist the “Copa Mundial” in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. The World Cup pits the… Read More

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I see dead words: Terminology that technology has left behind

There are words that are dead. They just don’t know it yet. The advance of technology has left, in its wake, zombie terminology. It’s the verbal equivalent of junk DNA, inserted as anchorless references in complex strings of day-to-day communication. Sometimes, it might cause us to briefly hesitate. While the words flow from our mouth or keypad,… Read More

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Hey AT&T, don’t throttle me!

There’s a great debate that occasionally rages here in the GeekWire offices. Unlimited cellular data plans, or lower-cost metered plans? GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop dumped his unlimited data plan with AT&T in 2012, and has preceded to flog me both privately and publicly ever since. I’m wasting money, he says. I’ve stuck with the higher… Read More

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Lies my Fitbit tells me

It started at that stage in a relationship where the exhilaration and newness wears off. After eight months, I could no longer ignore worrisome behaviors. They’d become patterns. I finally had to confront my Fitbit about its deceptions. When I was first given my petite Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker last September, I didn’t just like it…. Read More

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This wacky Englishman plans to spend 72 hours this weekend piloting a virtual jet around the world, all for a good cause

Some people spend Memorial Day weekend barbecuing with friends, or hitting the local parade. Not Zeke Iddon, a 30-year-old video game nut from Aylesbury, England. Iddon, who runs the comedy gaming site Iron Man Mode, plans to spend up to 72 hours in an epic virtual flight around-the-world. The flight, which will be livestreamed and… Read More

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GeekWire’s Taylor Soper named a New Journalist of the Year

GeekWire is proud to report that staff writer Taylor Soper has been selected as one of three New Journalists of the Year by the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists — a well-deserved recognition for a key member of our team. GeekWire readers know Taylor for his constant presence on the site, posting numerous stories a day on deadline,… Read More

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Watch this 15-year-old Seattle entrepreneur pitch an amazing iPhone-enabled stethoscope to Jimmy Fallon

Check this out. 15-year-old Seattle inventor Suman Mulumudi recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, showcasing his new Steth IO iPhone-enabled stethoscope. The son of a cardiologist even gave the late night comedian a heart check, to which Fallon replied: “Did that sound alright? Maybe I am a devil baby.” Fallon calls the Steth… Read More

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Video: Seattle, A History of Innovation — from Boeing to Zillow and beyond

Last night’s GeekWire Awards in Seattle celebrated the top technologies, people and companies in the Pacific Northwest in 2014 — but we started by putting everything in a much broader historical context. The team at Killer Infographics created this motion graphic for the event, in collaboration with GeekWire, tracing the roots of innovation in the Seattle region from the… Read More

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GeekWire Awards FAQ: What to know if you’re going to our sold-out celebration of Northwest tech

We can’t wait to see more than 800 of you for Thursday’s big GeekWire Awards bash. Here are some important details as you prepare for this one-of-a-kind celebration, honoring the very best in the Pacific Northwest tech community. A big thanks to all of our sponsors, including presenting sponsor Wave Business Solutions, for making this event possible…. Read More