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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 non-disclosure agreement and used confidential information about lock screen ad products the two firms worked on together for its own gain. TCT allegedly used that information… Read More
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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 smartest known pathogens, and despite huge success in decreasing TB deaths in the past few decades, it still kills 1.5 million people every year. “It’s co-evolved with humans throughout all… Read More
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. KING 5 reported Friday that the 19-year-old company plans a store with 17,000 square feet of retail space which will also serve as a worldwide tourist destination for Funko products. The location at 2802 Wetmore Ave. is set to open Aug. 18. The company holds hundreds of licenses for tens of thousands of characters across such franchises as Star… Read More
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. “We’re unsure of the future of Uber in Seattle,” she said. “We don’t know if we will be able to continue to operate here and so it’s very important to us, obviously. It also is important to us nationally because I think us leaving a big city like Seattle, one of our first cities, has some pretty… Read More
Service Fabric started as an internal platform for Azure SQL, Cortana, and other services.
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 thousands of shares: First drive of a release candidate version of Model 3 pic.twitter.com/zcs6j1YRa4 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2017 Tesla is counting on the Model 3 to bring electric cars to the masses: It’s thought… Read More
How the Senate's vote to kill privacy rules affects you.
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 “Life,” the first monster movie set on the International Space Station. Previously: ‘Life’ draws upon real-life biology and worst-case space scenarios The movie – which opens today and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds – blends the gory horror of “Alien” with the harrowing suspense of “Gravity.” It’s a… Read More
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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
Socedo is raising more cash to build out its platform that helps companies target sales leads from social media activity. 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 Microsoft, Lenovo, Google, Extreme Networks, and more than 170 other customers streamline the process of finding sales leads on social media. The company’s software combines real-time social media activity monitoring with profile data from sources like Twitter and LinkedIn. That information is then synced with a… Read More