TLDR: A ride-hailing app without surge pricing, meet Apple’s new recycling robot, James Comey to visit Amazon

[Editor’s Note: TLDR is GeekWire’s daily news rundown, hosted by Starla Sampaco. Watch today’s update above, subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube for every episode, check back weekday afternoons for more, and sign up for TLDR email updates below.] Today’s featured stories There’s a new ride-hailing app in town: Moovn wants to challenge Uber and Lyft in Seattle Apple adds Earth Day donations to trade-in and recycling program James Comey is visiting Amazon for an employees-only event Monday Subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube. …read more Source:: GeekWire       

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Working Geek: Textio co-founder Jensen Harris taps musical skills to orchestrate harmonious code

Jensen Harris with Kieran Snyder, his wife and fellow co-founder of Textio, and their children. (Photo courtesy of Jensen Harris) Jensen Harris, co-founder and chief technology officer for Seattle’s Textio, has a passion and talent for classical music — and a music degree from Yale to back it up. But Harris feared that even with his Ivy League chops, he could wind up composing the music for dish soap jingles, toiling in obscurity. Luckily, Harris was also skilled in coding, writing and selling shareware while in college. He had a choice. “Did I want to be a musician with a computer hobby, or someone doing software with a music hobby?… Read More

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SmugMug acquires Flickr, and a hopeful picture emerges for the once-pioneering photo platform

Flickr, the longtime, online photo-sharing community that has changed hands a few times in its 14-year history, has been acquired by SmugMug, the independent photo-sharing and storage company. USA Today first reported the news on Friday afternoon, and a visit to my own Flickr page brought up a large banner announcing the change. “We’re all shooting for the same thing,” the announcement read. “A place where perspective is shared, not forced. A place where photographers belong.” Flickr, which was started by Vancouver, B.C.-based Ludicorp in 2004, was acquired by Yahoo in 2005. The site became part of Verizon in 2017 (and then its subsidiary Oath) when that company acquired Yahoo… Read More

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‘Throttle’ the raccoon rescued from under hood of vehicle in Emeryville

EMERYVILLE — A baby raccoon that stopped traffic after climbing its way into the engine block area of an SUV waiting at a stoplight was rescued Friday morning by a veteran police lieutenant. Lt. Fred Dauer, a 22 1/2 year Emeryville veteran, said it was the first time he has rescued a raccoon, which was later named “Throttle” at the Berkeley Animal Shelter where it was taken. Dauer was on patrol just before 11 a.m. Friday when he saw traffic stopped at the intersection of Powell and Hollis street, with people standing around using their cellphones and a woman sitting on the curb. He first thought there had been a… Read More

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Amazon, Netflix and major studios sue Set TV streaming service alleging ‘mass infringement’ of content

(Set TV Photo) Oft-rivals Amazon and Netflix are teaming up with major movie and TV studios to go after streaming service Set TV, alleging in a lawsuit that the company is disguising piracy and “inducing mass infringement” of copyrighted material within an interface that looks just like any other online content provider. The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Central California, and the all-star list of plaintiffs includes Amazon, Netflix, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. The defendant, Set TV aka setvnow, bills itself as a means to cut the cord from cable with more than 500 live channels and access… Read More

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GeekWire Calendar Picks: Seattle’s Women in Tech Regatta; A VR film festival; and more

On April 23, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood will become the mecca for the second annual Women In Tech Regatta, a week-long event that aims to foster a community of mentors, peers and resources for women in Seattle’s tech world. The event is inclusive of all genders, areas of expertise and career levels and will feature educational workshops, meetups and talks all about tech. The regatta has 30 different break out events across the city that are organized around five ports, or themes: Tech Mavens (keeping you relevant in tech); Inclusive Culture (allyship); Leadership (CEOs and startups); All about YOU (build your story); and Career Acumen (building relationships). The week… Read More

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True shade: Ombraz raises $100K for its unique sunglasses — and commits to tree-planting efforts

Broken sunglasses or sunglasses that simply won’t stay on your face served as the motivation behind a product and Indiegogo campaign that has raised more than $108,000. But the best part might be that for each pair of Ombraz sold, the folks behind the endeavor say 20 trees will be planted. Jensen Brehm, a 2009 graduate of Bellevue High School, is the original creator of Ombraz. During a trip to the Thar Desert in India in 2011, someone sat on his sunglasses and broke the sidearms off. Brehm improvised by tying a piece of twine to the frames and wrapping it around his head. When he got back to Delhi,… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Entrepreneur and ex-poker pro Phil Gordon places his latest bet on Chatbox

Phil Gordon started Seattle-based Chatbox in 2014. (Chatbox Photo) After his first startup, Phil Gordon spent about 10 years as a professional poker player. Four more startups later, it’s clear that the tech veteran is not done gambling on his entrepreneurial chops. Gordon is now the founder and CEO of Chatbox, an integrated messaging ecosystem where businesses and customers seamlessly exchange real-time information to achieve instant results. “I lead a small, but extremely talented team building a technology that gives businesses everything they need to create, automate, and integrate hyper-personalized customer experiences at scale,” said Gordon, who is GeekWire’s latest Geek of the Week. “Although my background lies in computer… Read More

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Geeks Give Back Award 2018: Vote for the community-powered organization that’s making Seattle a better place

Tableau Foundation Director Neal Myrick and PATH Chief Communications Officer Carla Sandine receive the Geeks Give Back Award in 2017. (GeekWire Photo) Technology promises to do great things for humanity, but many of its benefits are funneled toward a narrow, predominantly white, predominantly male segment of the population. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The five nominees for the GeekWire Awards‘ Geeks Give Back category are working to shift the paradigm by supporting women and girls, racial diversity, low-income students and budding entrepreneurs. Through our Impact Series, GeekWire regularly tells the stories of people and initiatives that are using tech and innovation to make meaningful, positive changes in… Read More

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Pivotal goes public at $15 a share, raises $555M to help enterprises embrace the cloud era

(Pivotal Photo) Pivotal broke free of the Dell Technologies conglomerate Friday morning, listing its shares on the New York Stock Exchange at $15 and becoming the latest enterprise tech company to go public in the process. Trading actually opened at $16.75, but fell back a bit in the early go. The $15 price values Pivotal at $3.75 billion, according to Marketwatch, and generates much-needed cash for principal shareholder Dell Technologies, as well as Ford and Microsoft. Pivotal was created in 2013 as a standalone company with assets from EMC and VMware and an investment from General Electric. It is primarily known for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, platform-as-a-service technology that helps development… Read More

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