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June 05, 2015
An employee on Microsoft’s board? Shareholder proposal floats concept, board calls it ‘unnecessary’

An employee on Microsoft’s board? Shareholder proposal floats concept, board calls it ‘unnecessary’

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire File Photo) A shareholder resolution up for vote at Microsoft’s Dec. 4 annual meeting asks the company to consider putting a rank-and-file employee on its board of directors — citing “strained” relations with employees over controversial issues such as gender...

Tech Moves: DocuSign hires trust and security chief; Opendoor beefs up leadership; Avanade names chair

Tech Moves: DocuSign hires trust and security chief; Opendoor beefs up leadership; Avanade names chair

Emily Heath. (DocuSign Photo) — DocuSign landed former United Airlines executive Emily Heath as chief trust and security officer. Before she led information security at United, Heath was the CISO at AECOM in San Francisco. She started her career as a detective investigating fraud in the UK. “The...

Don’t sleep on the chance to check out Purple, as high-tech online mattress maker pops into Seattle

Don’t sleep on the chance to check out Purple, as high-tech online mattress maker pops into Seattle

(Purple Photo) Watch out for Purple near the University of Washington. No, not more of the color associated with the school and its Huskies, but rather the high-tech mattress maker. Purple is the latest direct-to-consumer online retailer popping into Seattle with a pop-up store to get in front of...

Oregon counties test mobile voting, allowing overseas citizens to cast ballots using smartphones

Oregon counties test mobile voting, allowing overseas citizens to cast ballots using smartphones

Voatz is a Boston-based company that makes a mobile voting platform. (Voatz Image) Two counties in Oregon are piloting mobile voting in the upcoming special elections in November. It’s the latest in a series of tests that advocates for blockchain-based mobile voting hope will turn into a broader...

Inside MoPOP’s ‘Minecraft’: Fans of hit video game will dig the creepers, crafting and more in exhibition

Inside MoPOP’s ‘Minecraft’: Fans of hit video game will dig the creepers, crafting and more in exhibition

Life-size “Minecraft” characters, or Mobs, are scattered throughout a new exhibition celebrating the popular video game at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) In the world of “Minecraft” — the best-selling video game in history — players know that they’re never...

Hubble gets snapshot of interstellar comet

Pictures captured by the Hubble Space Telescope show the second known interstellar object, 2I/Borisov, in all its cometary glory. The images were taken by the telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 on Oct. 12, when 2I/Borisov was 260 million miles from Earth. The object was discovered by Crimean amateur...

FCC officially approves T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint but lawsuit still looms

FCC officially approves T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint but lawsuit still looms

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. (Flickr Photo / FCCDotGov The Federal Communications Commission approved T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint on Wednesday, formalizing a commitment that Chair Ajit Pai made back in May. The vote — coupled with the Justice Department’s approval earlier this year — gives the...

Univ. of Washington researchers make futuristic baby monitors from smart speakers

Univ. of Washington researchers make futuristic baby monitors from smart speakers

Researchers at the University of Washington created a system that can monitor babies’ breathing by reading how white noise sound waves reflect off of sleeping children. (Dennis Wise / UW Photo) Alexa could soon be the ultimate baby monitor. Researchers at the University of Washington created a...

Seattle progressives fired up over Amazon’s $1.45M spending on local elections

Seattle progressives fired up over Amazon’s $1.45M spending on local elections

Councilmember Kshama Sawant holds a press conference at City Hall in 2017 during a debate over a new tax on big business. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Amazon’s $1 million political contribution announced Tuesday — on top of $450,000 the company previously spent on elections in its hometown...

Andrew Yang’s Bing ding creates a debate of its own over Microsoft, Google and tech history

Andrew Yang’s Bing ding creates a debate of its own over Microsoft, Google and tech history

Andrew Yang greets supporters during a Seattle campaign stop. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Andrew Yang, the data-driven candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, delivered a real zinger of a line at Microsoft’s expense during Tuesday night’s debate. But was it fair to Microsoft, and...

WeWork teams with Washington state for new maritime startup accelerator

WeWork teams with Washington state for new maritime startup accelerator

WeWork Labs Seattle. (WeWork Photo) WeWork today announced a new program to bridge the gap between one of Washington state’s oldest industries and the booming technology sector that dominates the region today. The co-working giant is teaming up with the Port of Seattle and Washington Department of...

Amazon Alexa Accelerator Demo Night: Read about the 8 startups that pitched voice-related tech

Amazon Alexa Accelerator Demo Night: Read about the 8 startups that pitched voice-related tech

Team members from the third Alexa Accelerator cohort gather on stage after Demo Night at Amazon HQ in Seattle on Tuesday evening. (GeekWire Photos / Taylor Soper) Amazon’s voice technology has made some big leaps over the past two years — and so have the startups participating in the company’s...

Virgin Galactic and Under Armour reveal spacewear clothing line for suborbital trips

Virgin Galactic and Under Armour reveal spacewear clothing line for suborbital trips

Virgin Galactic’s billionaire founder, Richard Branson, joins the younger set in modeling the line of spacewear created in partnership with Under Armour. (Virgin Galactic Photo / Stephen Counts) It’s a bit of a stretch to call them spacesuits, but the “spacewear” clothing line unveiled today by...

Remitly opens 2nd U.S. office in Spokane, 300 miles east of Seattle HQ

Remitly opens 2nd U.S. office in Spokane, 300 miles east of Seattle HQ

The Remitly team. (Remitly Photo) International money transfer heavyweight Remitly is opening its second U.S. office, and it didn’t have to stray far from home for a location. Remitly announced plans for a new office in Spokane, Wash., about 300 miles east of its Seattle headquarters. The office...

Watch out, Coachella? Amazon gets into music festival business, releases lineup for ‘Intersect’

Watch out, Coachella? Amazon gets into music festival business, releases lineup for ‘Intersect’

(AWS Image via Instagram) An impressive lineup of musicians will be assembling in the desert in December for a two-day festival, but it’s not some sort of extension of Coachella — it’s Amazon. There are a plethora of music festivals going on every weekend throughout the country, but it’s certainly...

Salesforce and Tableau in regulatory purgatory: UK review stymies integration of $15.7B acquisition

Salesforce and Tableau in regulatory purgatory: UK review stymies integration of $15.7B acquisition

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, shown here at the company’s 2018 Dreamforce conference, has said the Tableau deal will make Seattle the company’s second headquarters. (Salesforce Photo) Hold on, didn’t Salesforce complete its $15.7 billion acquisition of Tableau Software? Not just announce it, but...

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn jumps into real-life networking with new event planning feature

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn jumps into real-life networking with new event planning feature

(Bigstock Photo) LinkedIn is getting into networking in the physical world for the first time, expanding on its bread-and-butter of connecting professionals digitally. The Microsoft-owned business social network unveiled a new Events feature that lets people plan, announce and invite people to...

Amazon’s Alexa can now pay utility, phone and cable bills in India

Amazon’s Alexa can now pay utility, phone and cable bills in India

(GeekWire Photo) For the first time, Amazon is combining its digital payments platform with Alexa to let users in India pay their utility, cable and cell phone bills through the digital assistant. TechCrunch reports that the tech giant chose India as the first market for these new features because...

Democrats slam consolidation and power in Big Tech during presidential debate

Democrats slam consolidation and power in Big Tech during presidential debate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Democrats running for president in 2020 spent nearly 15 minutes debating Big Tech during the latest debate Thursday, the most time the issue has earned in any of the debates thus far. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to...

NASA unveils spacesuits for moon missions, featuring red, white and blue

NASA unveils spacesuits for moon missions, featuring red, white and blue

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine looks on as spacesuit engineer Kristine Davis models a red-white-and-blue prototype for NASA’s new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit; and Dustin Gohmert, project manager for Orion Crew Survival Systems, gives a wave in the Orion Crew Survival System suit....

Amazon claims apparel industry group is undermining its fight against counterfeit products

Amazon claims apparel industry group is undermining its fight against counterfeit products

(Jonathan Weiss Photo) Amazon responded Tuesday to the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) with claims of its own after the industry trade group asked the U.S. Trade Representative to designate several of the tech giant’s international online stores as “notorious markets” for...

Sports Illustrated owner Maven raises $20M to power controversial publishing plans

Sports Illustrated owner Maven raises $20M to power controversial publishing plans

Maven CEO James Heckman. (Maven Photo) Maven, the Seattle-based media company that purchased Sports Illustrated earlier this year, has raised $20 million and revealed more of its strategy for the iconic sports publication, as well as plans to enter political news ahead of next year’s presidential...

SpaceX seeks to reserve spots for 30,000 more Starlink broadband internet satellites

SpaceX seeks to reserve spots for 30,000 more Starlink broadband internet satellites

A stack of 60 Starlink satellites is in position for orbital deployment during a SpaceX Falcon 9 mission in May. (SpaceX Photo) SpaceX has filed paperwork with the International Telecommunication Union to add up to 30,000 Starlink broadband data satellites to the 12,000 it’s already been cleared to...

Benioff: Amazon’s Seattle tax fight stoked tech industry opposition to S.F. homeless initiative

Benioff: Amazon’s Seattle tax fight stoked tech industry opposition to S.F. homeless initiative

Marc Benioff’s new book, “Trailblazer,” is the story of the Salesforce co-founder and co-CEO’s emergence as an accidental activist on LGBTQ rights, the environment, immigration, gender pay equity and other issues that are increasingly demanding attention and action from global business and...

The Seattle sound? Napster and Amazon both partner with Sony on immersive ‘360 Reality Audio’

The Seattle sound? Napster and Amazon both partner with Sony on immersive ‘360 Reality Audio’

The Echo Studio smart speaker from Amazon will be able to play Sony’s immersive 360 Reality Audio. (Amazon Photo) Sony’s effort to replicate the immersive soundscape of a live musical performance is coming to listeners this fall, and Seattle-based Napster and Amazon are among several partners...

Startup returns analysis shows Seattle as the ‘most overlooked innovation market’ in North America

Startup returns analysis shows Seattle as the ‘most overlooked innovation market’ in North America

Traffic snakes past downtown Seattle on Interstate 5. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Early stage startup investors looking for strategic advantages should pay attention to Seattle. Founders’ Co-op Managing Partner Chris DeVore. (Founders Co-op Photo) That’s one takeaway from an analysis of...

Review: The gig economy collides with psychiatry, AI, and tech industry burnout in Seattle-set visual novel ‘Eliza’

Review: The gig economy collides with psychiatry, AI, and tech industry burnout in Seattle-set visual novel ‘Eliza’

It’s tough to make a traditional recommendation for Zachtronics’s Eliza. It’s a thoughtful, short visual novel – an interactive, illustrated story – that makes a point of realistically depicting someone who’s wrestling with depression and burnout. “It’s not an easy sell. ‘Hey, play this game with...

Amazon gives $1M to group seeking to upend Seattle City Council in upcoming election

Amazon gives $1M to group seeking to upend Seattle City Council in upcoming election

Supporters of the head tax rush the City Council chambers during a vote to repeal the controversial legislation. Behind the banner, Councilmember Kshama Sawant calls for order. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Amazon is dramatically increasing its financial commitment to reshape politics in...

Amazon gaining on Google in search advertising market share

Amazon gaining on Google in search advertising market share

(BigStock Photo) Google is still king of search ad revenue but Amazon is coming for the throne. That’s according to a new analysis by eMarketer, which predicts Amazon’s share of search ad revenue will grow over the next two years as Google’s drops. eMarketer expects the overall market for search...

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

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

The orange line above depicts what Amazon’s operating income would be without the Amazon Web Services cloud division. The blue bars show the company’s operating income as reported. Amazon has compiled a run of record profits over the last few years. There’s a perception that the highly profitable,...

Seattle Children’s opens a ‘cure factory’ to explore treatments for childhood cancer and other diseases

Seattle Children’s opens a ‘cure factory’ to explore treatments for childhood cancer and other diseases

Building Cure is a new 540,000 square-foot pediatric research center located at 1920 Terry Avenue in Seattle. (Seattle Children’s Photo) Maryn Sage remembers the words she heard on the day she learned that her 16-year-old son, Jedd Feliciano, was cancer-free. “His marrow’s clean,” the doctor told...

Everything Google announced at its Pixel hardware event

Everything Google announced at its Pixel hardware event

Google unveiled its latest hardware products today, joining fellow tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft and Apple in refreshing existing gadgets and releasing new ones ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. Leaks in advance of the event gave hints as to what Google would present, including a new...

From prison to Google: Seattle software engineer found hope working in a computer lab behind bars

From prison to Google: Seattle software engineer found hope working in a computer lab behind bars

Gareth Small as seen in his prison orientation photo in Ohio, and during Google orientation as a new employee at the tech giant’s Kirkland, Wash., offices. (Photos courtesy Gareth Small) Gareth Small seems like any of the many thousands of people who have moved to Seattle in recent years to work in...

WeWork cancels 36-floor ‘WeLive’ mixed-use Seattle residential project

WeWork cancels 36-floor ‘WeLive’ mixed-use Seattle residential project

A rendering of the Third & Lenora building in Seattle. (Martin Selig Real Estate Image) The WeWork fallout is now affecting Seattle, where the troubled company has canceled plans for its WeLive co-living residential project at a 36-story building in the Belltown neighborhood. WeWork originally...

State of streaming: Twitch’s new growth category; the Ninja effect on Mixer; ‘Fortnite’ viewership down

State of streaming: Twitch’s new growth category; the Ninja effect on Mixer; ‘Fortnite’ viewership down

(GeekWire Photo) Amazon-owned Twitch still dominates the streaming space; Ninja’s move to Mixer hasn’t helped Microsoft with user growth; Fortnite viewership is dropping; and a non-gaming related category is gaining popularity. Those are some of the takeaways from a third-quarter streaming market...

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