Trending: It’s true: Amazon has been profitable for nearly two years, even without AWS cloud windfall

T-Mobile USA today rolled out its first 4g BlackBerry device, dubbed the BlackBerry Bold 9900. And the super thin smartphone doesn’t come cheap, with Boy Genius Report noting that it sells for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. “…CIOs can trust that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will give their employees the ultimate combination of speed, productivity and security,” said Femi Lakeru, vice president of business sales at T-Mobile.

David Cohen, a 16-year-old from West Seattle, won the Pokémon World Championships in San Diego on Sunday, reports The West Seattle Blog.

Washington state unemployment numbers for the the month of July are out today. Despite an increase of 5,700 jobs in the state last month, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.3 percent. That’s higher than the national average of 9.1 percent. While job growth has been stead, with 11th straight months of growth, state economist Dave Wallace said it is just not enough to “chip away at the unemployment rate.” Full report here.


Lee Rhodes, the founder of Glassybaby, a Seattle maker of glass votives backed by founder Jeff Bezos, is a finalist for Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Award. A three time cancer survivor, Rhodes donates a portion of the company’s sales to charities supporting cancer healing and research. To date, Glassybaby has donated $600,000 to cancer-related charities.

For every hour of TV you watch (after the age of 25), your lifespan decreases by 22 minutes, according to a study from The University of Queensland in Australia. (We’re more worried about computer use).

Imperium Renewables CEO John Plaza has come out in support of President Barack Obama’s $510 million stimulus plan to inject more money into the biofuels industry. “The administration’s significant commitment to developing renewable drop-in aviation and marine biofuels in partnership with the private sector will allow companies like Imperium to continue to grow, create domestic jobs and provide operational security for our country’s national defense by the increased production of advanced renewable fuels,” Plaza said in a statement.

Headline of the day comes via David Aronchick on Seattle 2.0: “What Having a Baby Taught me About Running a Startup”

Here’s an awesome video from the UW’s Foster School of Business featuring Golazo and Cranium co-founder Richard Tait who talks about being an entrepreneur, noting how it takes an odd type of person who wants to break from the flock and pursue a dream. “I am driven by the fear of failure, rather than the glow of success,” he says. Enjoy.

Lavin Video Project: Entrepreneurship Is… with Richard Tait from Foster School of Business on Vimeo.

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