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Pyramid Analytics CEO Omri Kohl. (Courtesy of Omri Kohl) Omri Kohl started his first business — making and delivering sandwiches — while he was in college. Within a year, the business funded his education. For more than 20 years, Kohl, who calls himself “an entrepreneur at heart,” has been building startups and “turning them into successful, industry leading companies.” He’s now the co-founder and CEO of Pyramid Analytics, a Bellevue, Wash.-based business-intel...
The Alcatel A30. Photo via Amazon. An expansion of Amazon’s discounted smartphone program for Prime members is at the center of a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles last week. Pay Per Swipe, a Los Angeles-based mobile advertising company that builds apps to put ads on smartphone lock screens, sued TCT Mobile, an entity that shares an Irvine, Calif., address with phone maker Alcatel, for breach of contract and unfair business practices, among other charges. Pay Per Swipe alleges that TCT broke a...
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The Infectious Disease Research Institute’s drug discovery program is finding new ways to develop TB drugs. (IDRI Photo) To many people, tuberculosis is a disease confined to places far away or to times long gone by. But the distance between us and this deadly pathogen is far smaller than we may imagine: in just the last six months, there have been two TB scares in the Seattle area, and one out of every three people in the world carries the TB bacteria. TB is one of the oldest and smartes...
The future world headquarters of pop culture merchandise makers Funko, in downtown Everett, Wa. (GeekWire Photo / Tim Ellis) Funko, makers of pop culture figurines and much more, is growing so rapidly that it needs more space for its headquarters in Everett, Wash. With its move to a historic building downtown, the company will also be opening a giant flagship retail location this summer. A couple of Star Wars POP! figurines from Funko in the GeekWire offices. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) K...
Uber Pacific Northwest General Manager Brooke Steger addresses the ongoing legal fight over Seattle’s union law. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Uber’s popular ride-hailing service may leave Seattle if a first-of-its-kind law allowing drivers to collectively bargain is implemented as planned. So said Brooke Steger, Uber’s Pacific Northwest general manager, at a Public Relations Society of America event in Seattle that focused on communications lessons from the company...
(credit: Microsoft) Microsoft's embrace of open source software continues, with Azure Service Fabric making the first tentative foray into the open world. Today, the SDK was (mostly) published to GitHub under the MIT license. The team behind the move described it as the "beginning stages" of a wider use of open source. Service Fabric, first revealed in 2015, grew out of the infrastructure Microsoft developed to build and run large-scale cloud services, including Azure SQL, Cortana, and Skyp...
A release candidate version of the Tesla Model 3 hits the streets. (Elon Musk via Twitter) Tesla’s billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, is showing off a video of the company’s more affordable Model 3 electric car – but he’s also touting Tesla’s pricier models. A clip that shows a black release candidate version of the Model 3 zipping down the street popped up this morning on Musk’s Twitter and Instagram feeds, and quickly picked up tens of thousands of views, plus thousan...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | KrulUA) The US Senate yesterday voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced ISPs to get your consent before selling Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers. Within a week, the House of Representatives could follow suit, and the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission last year would be eliminated by Congress. So what has changed for Internet users? In one sense, nothing changed this week, because the requirement...
Rebecca Ferguson plays Miranda North, a planetary protection officer aboard the International Space Station, in the movie “Life.” (Sony Pictures Digital Productions) Spoiler Alert! This article doesn’t reveal any major plot twists, but wait to read it if you’re trying to stay totally in the dark about the plot of the movie “Life.” Let sleeping Martians lie, particularly if they have a strong grip: That’s one of the lessons you could take away from ̶...
Welcome to your new Hangout. Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent to GSuite administrators and subsequently posted to Reddit, Google will remove the SMS messaging feature from Hangouts on May 22. Anyone using Hangouts as both a Google messaging app and their primary text messaging app won't be able to send SMS texts after that date. Hangouts users will be notified of this change via an in-a...
 Done betting, Alibaba is getting down to work in Southeast Asia as it bids to lead the region’s promising e-commerce space and maximize its early mover advantage over Amazon. Alibaba became the first major international player to enter Southeast Asia, a region with more than 600 million cumulative consumers, when it bought a majority stake in Lazada, the Rocket Internet-backed… Read More
The Socedo team. Photo via Socedo. Socedo is raising more cash to build out its platform that helps companies target sales leads from social media activity. Socedo CEO Aseem Badshah. Photo via Socedo. The Seattle startup today announced a $1 million investment from TechStars Ventures, Vulcan Capital, Divergent Ventures and angel investors. Total funding in the 4-year-old company is $2.5 million. Socedo, a 2013 graduate of the Microsoft Windows Azure accelerator, helps clients like Microsof...
We’ve documented the decline of Motorola under Lenovo extensively. We still liked the phones, which had probably been developed mostly under Google’s ownership anyway, but in 2015 we started to see slower updates and shorter support lifecycles. Last year was when the wheels really started to come off. Not only did the company mostly ruin its flagship phone by swapping the inexpensive and competent Moto X for the expensive and weird Moto Z, b...
Amazon today added two new devices to its discounted smartphone program for Prime members. The unlocked Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 are now available for pre-order at a discounted price to those who pay for a Prime membership. The A30 is priced at $59.99 for Prime members ($40 off retail); the Moto G5 is priced at $184.99 ($45 off retail), or $239.99 for the G5 with more RAM and internal storage. This is Alcatel’s first device in the Prime program, and Motorola’s third — it also ...
 Amazon buys Souq, the “Amazon of the Middle East,” Apple acquires Workflow, Instagram blurs sensitive photos and adds two-factor authorization while Facebook rolls out mention alerts and reaction emoji and the latest list of Mac exploits from WikiLeaks. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
Two pups on the Dogs of Amazon Instagram feed. (Instagram Photo / @dogsofamazon) Dogs are a big deal at Amazon. And on #NationalPuppyDay, which is apparently today, it’s worth noting just how big. The official @AmazonNews Twitter feed did just that with a tweet saying that there are over 2,000 dogs registered at the tech giant’s headquarters in Seattle. DID YOU KNOW: There are over 2,000 dogs registered at our Seattle HQ? That means every day is #NationalPuppyDay! pic.twitter.com/g...
A photo of the Orion Nebula from the June 1905 issue of Astronomical Journal, at left, can be matched up automatically with WorldWide Telescope’s sky atlas, at right. (AAS / NASA / SAO Astrophysics Data System / WorldWide Telescope) A new project called Astronomy Rewind is recruiting citizen scientists to bring decades-old cosmic images back from the dead and restore them to their rightful place. It’s the latest offering from Zooniverse, a crowdsourcing platform that got its start a...
Enlarge (credit: Nyttend) In a severe rebuke of one of the biggest suppliers of HTTPS credentials, Google Chrome developers announced plans to drastically restrict transport layer security certificates sold by Symantec-owned issuers following the discovery they have issued more than 30,000 certificates. Effective immediately, Chrome plans to stop recognizing the extended validation status of all certificates issued by Symantec-owned certificate authorities, Ryan Sleevi, a software engineer on...
Enlarge / One of these things is a CIA implant dropper. (credit: From an original image by Scott Ackerman) WikiLeaks today dumped a smaller subset of documents from its "Vault 7" collection of files from a CIA software developer server. Yet again, these documents are more important from the perspective of WikiLeaks having them than for showing any revelatory content. The exploits detailed in these new files are for vulnerabilities that have largely been independently discovered and patched ...
Coders value the ability to work from home. (Bigstock Photo) Stack Overflow CEO Joel Spolsky is adamant in his belief that the open office is no good for developers. They want quiet, private space that allows them to focus on the task at hand. “Facebook’s campus in Silicon Valley is an 8-acre open room, and Facebook was very pleased with itself for building what it thought was this amazing place for developers,” Spolsky said during the 2016 GeekWire Summit. “But developers don’t want...
Greg Beams, a partner at EY and head of the Entrepreneur of the Year program in the Pacific Northwest, speaking at the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year awards. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) The tech boom is powering the Seattle region’s economy, with thousands of people moving to the area to work for companies large and small, and the unemployment rate continues to drop to new lows. But the underlying fuel for many of these companies is funding, in the form of venture capital and other f...
(Amazon Photos) In a saga that could very well be ripped from the pages of the very books involved, two science-fiction novels with near-identical covers prompted Amazon to take action this week and temporarily block sales of one of the books. Sales of “The Corroding Empire,” by Castalia House author Johan Kalsi and editor Vox Day, were halted and then resumed by Amazon. The book was released one day before Tor Books’ “The Collapsing Empire,” by fellow sci-fi autho...
Is your head spinning with ideas about containers, microservices, serverless architectures, machine learning and APIs? Or do you just want to know the latest trends in cloud technology? If so, we’ve got a can’t-miss conference just for you. We’re excited to launch our first-ever technical conference — the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit. Taking place June 7 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash., the Cloud Tech Summit will bring together top technical minds to discuss the future...
Seattle may require businesses to offer 6 months of paid family leave by 2020, if a current proposal moves forward. (Photo via Shutterstock). The City of Seattle and Washington state are considering policies that would require businesses to offer paid family and medical leave — both of which would be funded through payroll fees. A representative from Olympia met with the Seattle City Council Wednesday to discuss the separate but related initiatives. The state’s divided legislative bran...
Virgin billionaire Richard Branson reflects on the passing of Virgin America. (Virgin Photo) The Virgin Group’s billionaire founder, Richard Branson, says “many tears” are being shed over Alaska Airlines’ decision to retire the Virgin America brand in the wake of its $4 billion acquisition. Branson bid farewell to the brand in a “Dear Virgin America” letter posted online today, even though the brand isn’t likely to be phased out until 2019. He compared t...
Enlarge (credit: Christiaan Colen) In early 2015, architects of Google's Android mobile operating system introduced a new feature that was intended to curtail the real-time tracking of smartphones as their users traversed retail stores, city streets, and just about anywhere else. A recently published research paper found that the measure remains missing on the vast majority of Android phones and is easily defeated on the relatively small number of devices that do support it. Like all Wi-Fi-en...
Can a computer fill out a March Madness bracket better than humans? So far this year, it doesn’t look like it. As the Sweet 16 kicks off Thursday with four NCAA men’s basketball tournament games, we took a look at Microsoft Bing’s bracket performance thus far. Bing, which used “intelligent machine-learning technology to analyze social and search signals” to make its bracket predictions, is 34-14 so far through 48 games played. It missed eight picks in the first round, and...
Amazon is reportedly set to acquire Middle East e-commerce giant Souq.com as it furthers its quest of global online shopping domination. TechCrunch, Reuters, and CNBC all reported that the deal was in place, but Amazon hasn’t confirmed the news. An Amazon spokesperson told GeekWire that “we’ll decline to comment on rumors and speculation.” Souq is a 12-year-old e-commerce marketplace based in Dubai and is often referred to as the Amazon of the Middle East. The company, whic...
Warmer weather’s just around the corner, those tax returns are coming in, and … oh, who are we kidding? We don’t need a special occasion to drink craft beer and hang with our favorite geeks! Join us Thursday, April 20 at Pike Brewing Company 6 – 9 p.m. for a night of drinks, snacks, games, and dazzling conversation. This happy hour is a chance to unwind after work over local spirits, connect with the geeks behind the bylines, and make friends with the young professionals powering Seattle...
Some projects require an advanced level of organization. When you’re managing multiple groups of people, for projects with varying levels of priority, over an extended amount of time, you’ll need more than just good file folders. Today’s GeekWire Deals offer handles tasks big and small so you can complete projects on time. Enlist the experts with the Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac and Windows. Create different channels for different teams, organize a master schedule, hold or review documents, or...
Designers can work on the same project at the same time with the Picnic plug in for Sketch. (Thomas Street Photo) Collaborating on documents has become easier than ever with a host of tools, but for web and graphic designers, the options can sometimes be lacking. That’s why Seattle-based Thomas Street and Makefast Workshop are working on a new plug-in for the popular design program Sketch, which is used by tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook, that will let multiple designers work ...
The Apple A8 die shot as mapped out by Chipworks. (credit: Chipworks) The semiconductor industry is beyond remarkable when it comes to the the complexity and precision of the processes. A modern integrated circuit is not a single layer of circuitry, but many layers, all stacked on top of each other. This is all done through photolithography, where a pattern is imaged on a silicon wafer. Each layer requires a separate image, and all the images have to be aligned. If you take the 14nm number...
Location sharing is back in Google Maps. Google announced the addition of "real-time location sharing" to the Android and iOS apps, coming soon to an app store near you. The process seems pretty simple: Open the navigation drawer and press the new "Share Location" button. You'll be able to send a sharing permission to a Google contact or send a link over a messaging app, and you'll be able to pick how long you want to share your location for—p...
 Amazon continues its march across the globe, and one of its newest targets is the Middle East. According to multiple reports that we have confirmed with our own sources, the e-commerce giant has acquired Souq, often described as the Amazon of the Arab world and the region’s biggest e-commerce player, for a price of $650 million, to spearhead its Middle East business. “The ink… Read More
Sarah Harlow with her toddler, Nyla, working on her blog in the Women’s Business Incubator’s co-work/co-play space in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Lisa Stiffler) Instead of forcing women to choose between career and caring for their children, Women’s Business Incubator wants to help them do both. The Seattle-based nonprofit recently opened a space at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood, that combines co-working and childcare to help women w...
Security analysts at IBM X-Force Command Centers are using Watson to augment their investigations into cybersecurity incidents. (John Mottern/Feature Photo Service for IBM) LAS VEGAS — IBM CEO Ginni Rometty seemed this week to be the living embodiment of what could be the company’s new mission statement: work with everyone. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty during her keynote address at IBM InterConnect 2017. (Feature Photo Service for IBM) When Rometty arrived here for the IBM InterConnect confere...
Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) Specs at a glance: Corsair One Lowest Middle Best (as reviewed) OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit CPU Intel Core i7-7700 (liquid cooled) Intel Core i7-7700K (liquid cooled) Intel Core i7-7700K (liquid cooled) RAM 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz (8GBx2) 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz (8GBx2) 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz (8GBx2) GPU Nvidia GTX 1070 (air cooled) Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB (liquid cooled) Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB (liquid cooled) HDD 240GB SATA SSD, 1TB HDD 480GB SATA SSD, 2TB HDD 960GB...
Android O is actually here! After diving into Google's blog post, we fired up our developer tools and got Android O loaded on a sacrificial device. There are a few new interesting features, lots of UI tweaks, and plenty of odd bugs and unfinished areas. Let's dive in! Notifications: Snooze, channels, and a terrible new ambient mode My favorite new feature in Android O is the ability to do system-wide notification snoozing. If you don't want to d...
Enlarge / The Workflow app. (credit: Workflow) Late yesterday, Apple closed a deal to acquire Workflow, an app for iOS power users that lets you string a series of repetitive actions together to make them easier and quicker to accomplish. In many ways, the app accomplishes for iOS what the Automator app does for macOS. Late last year Apple laid off Sal Soghoian, the product manager in charge of automation-related products like Automator and AppleScript, and eliminated his position; the purch...
Houses dot the hillside in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, with the city skyline in the distance. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Home values and rents are rising in Seattle faster than almost any other place in the United States according to new data released Thursday by Zillow. The Seattle-based real estate media company’s February Market Report put the median home value in the Seattle metro area at $420,200 — up 11.2 percent over last year. Tampa, Fla. (11.6 percent increase)...
Alaska Airlines will be retiring the Virgin America brand and logo by the end of 2019. (Alaska Air Photo) It all comes down to cost and consistency of branding: That’s why Alaska Airlines announced today that it would retire the Virgin America name for the airline it acquired last year. Seattle-based Alaska Air Group completed the $4 billion transaction (including debt and lease payments) to take over Virgin America’s operation and its routes late last year – but the question of ...
 Amazon has postponed its much-anticipated entry into Southeast Asia. The company initially planned to launch local e-commerce services in Singapore during the first quarter of this year, as we reported in November, but two sources with knowledge of the plans told TechCrunch that the schedule has slipped to “later this year”. Amazon did not respond to multiple requests for… Read More
Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz passes the company’s key to incoming CEO Kevin Johnson. (GeekWire photos/Kevin Lisota) Howard Schultz passed the keys to Kevin Johnson on Wednesday at Starbucks’ 25th annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. Schultz, who will step down in April after nine years as CEO, told shareholders that he’s kept “one piece of Starbucks in my pocket for almost 35 years” — the key to the company’s first store in SeattleR...
(credit: Qualcomm) When it announced the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm promised that the latest in its family of ARM systems-on-chips would boost performance by 27 percent with a 40 percent reduction in power consumption. The first early benchmarks of the processor that Qualcomm doesn't want us to call a processor have been run and the results are... well, they're a little uneven. Anandtech went to Qualcomm's San Diego headquarters and was shown the 835 running in a hardware platform reference—a...
Publicis Groupe is expanding its alliance with Microsoft — combining the ad company’s Cosmos A.I. marketing technology with the tech giant’s Azure cloud platform and Cortana Intelligence Suite, aiming to help big businesses better understand and reach customers. The partnership, announced today, aims to use artificial intelligence and behavioral data about customers to target email messages and digital display advertising to customers. Cosmos A.I., from Publicis’s Sapie...
Amazon and DHL are teaming up in Kentucky as well as Germany. (GeekWire / Fly Away) Amazon is reportedly partnering with the German-based DHL delivery service for its Prime Air transport operation in Kentucky as well as for Amazon Fresh food deliveries in Germany. The Lane Report says Amazon will begin processing shipments at DHL’s facility at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in May. The arrangement would give Amazon a head start on its $1.5 billion plan to use the airpor...
Starbucks chief technology officer Gerri Martin-Flickinger announces the new Apple Messages social gifting integration at the company’s shareholders meeting on Wednesday in Seattle. (GeekWire photo/Kevin Lisota) Starbucks wants to make it easier for Apple users to send coffee and food to one another. The Seattle company announced Wednesday a new feature that allows people to send Starbucks gifts within Apple’s Messages app and with Apple Pay. Starting in April, customers will be able...
Gamers Outreach founder Zach Wigal during a ceremony to donate 10 Xbox GO Karts to Seattle Children’s Hospital. (Photos courtesy of Gamers Outreach and Microsoft) Hospitalized children often crave any sort of distraction that might help them cope with their surroundings and whatever illness they’re dealing with. At Seattle Children’s Hospital this week, a generous donation brought entertaining relief right to kids’ bedsides. An Xbox GO Kart for bedside use in a hospital...
An Amazon Web Services employee claims the company had never heard of CafeX Communications and its competing Chime service when it decided to christen its new set of conferencing and collaboration tools Amazon Chime. Soon after AWS announced the new Amazon Chime service, New York-based CafeX slapped Amazon with a federal trademark lawsuit. In court documents filed Wednesday, AWS Product Manager Jennie Tietema, who was involved in naming Amazon Chime, disputes claims made by CafeX that Amazo...