November was a big month for GeekWire.
We kept our growing community of geeks well fed on tech news, breaking stories on Apple’s new engineering office in Seattle, Zillow’s expansion at the Russell Investments Center and former Microsoft GM Rahul Sood’s stealthy new gaming startup Unikrn.
Meanwhile, GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop kept us well informed on his activities using the Microsoft Band, and we met our first piece from a canine columnist. We also had some fun with gadget-lover Andru Edwards, talking tech for our annual holiday gift guide on GeekWire Radio.
As we head into the holidays, we’ve got some big things in store, including the festive GeekWire Gala on Dec. 3. We’re also cooking up some new content options, including a partnership with UP Global to cover Startup Week events across the country and a new channel designed for those who like the lighthearted side of the tech industry. Stay tuned for more details on both.
In case you missed any of the action in November, here’s a look back at the top posts for the month. Thanks to everyone for reading GeekWire!
1. Microsoft shocker: Open-source .NET, free Visual Studio, support for Linux, Mac, Android and iOS (20,300 Facebook likes, 38 comments)
2. ‘Amageddon’: How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future (11,900 Facebook likes, 269 comments)
3. CNN election commentators use Microsoft Surface … to hide iPads (1,500 Facebook likes, 95 comments)
4. Bob Marley’s family launches global marijuana brand, with help from a Seattle company (849 Facebook likes, 8 comments)
5. Apple hiring for mysterious new engineering office in Seattle (1,500 Facebook likes, 21 comments)
6. Protesting outside Amazon HQ, former employee asks current employees to stop working so hard (818 Facebook likes, 88 comments)
7. How to buy an Xbox One for less than $250 (54 Facebook likes, 1 comment)
8. World’s greatest movie theater? Paul Allen’s Cinerama gets a massive, high-tech upgrade (4,500 Facebook likes, 11 comments)
9. Let it code! Disney’s ‘Frozen’ teams with Code.org to inspire young programmers (4,900 Facebook likes, 6 comments)
10. Meet the Seattle 10: These innovative startups are looking to change the world (1,400 Facebook likes, 3 comments)
11. Big Fish Games to be acquired for $885 million by racetrack operator Churchill Downs (1,400 Facebook likes, 13 comments)
12. Microsoft slashes the price of the Xbox One to $329 for a limited time (140 Facebook likes, 37 comments)
13. Mattel apologizes for horrific Barbie book ‘I Can Be a Computer Engineer’ that implies girls can’t code (1,100 Facebook likes, 15 comments)
14. From Apple and Alibaba to Salesforce and Splunk: A guide to tech giants with outposts in Seattle (697 Facebook likes, 13 comments)
15. This $99 wearable wristband uses speed-reading technology to help digest notifications faster (30 Facebook likes, 3 comments)