Protestors aim to ‘block Amazon’s bid on Biden’ as executive hosts Seattle fundraiser for the candidate

Sawant declares victory. (Photo via KshamaSawant.Org) It’s only been a few days since Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant declared victory in her re-election campaign, but already she’s using Amazon’s attempt to elect her opponent as a rallying cry. The outspoken socialist leader is co-hosting a demonstration this weekend protesting an Amazon executive’s fundraiser for presidential candidate Joe Biden. The event page invites supporters to come out in protest of the private fundraiser and “block Amazon’s bid on Biden.” It’s the first signal that Amazon’s involvement in Seattle elections this fall will have a lasting impact in the tech giant’s hometown. The Democratic Socialists of America, along with Sawant and defeated… Read More

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Software development startup DjangoForce wins clients by pulling back the curtain on coding

DjangoForce co-founders Patrick Falvey (left) and Jason Martin. (DjangoForce Photo) DjangoForce, a software development company, is by all measures a tech startup. But the CEO of the Boise-based business attributes much of their success to something a little more analog: their customer service, communication and trust. “A huge challenge with developing software is there’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes, and the client just sees the money going out,” said chief executive Jason Martin. So DjangoForce goes all in on transparency. The startup invests time upfront to understanding the challenge their customer is facing and helping shape a targeted software solution. Then they provide a front-row seat… Read More

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Help your company stay competitive with healthcare plans through GeekWire and ALLtech

“What are your benefits like?” Startup hiring managers often hear that question from top job candidates. When it comes to health and wellness benefits, you shouldn’t have to worry about your answer. That’s why GeekWire has partnered with ALLtech since 2014 to offer Washington technology businesses exclusive pricing on health insurance and other employee benefits. We want to help startups compete when it comes to recruiting and retaining great talent by offering attractive health insurance plans that rival the big players. Learn more about GeekWire’s Health Benefits program here. Beyond recruiting, we believe having a rich benefits plan helps with company culture and employee retention. Whether your company has as… Read More

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Microsoft will bring Project xCloud game streaming service to Windows 10 PCs

(Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images) Microsoft said it will bring its new cloud-based game streaming service to Windows 10 PCs, as part of a flurry of other announcements revealed at this year’s X019 show. Project xCloud had the most running time of anything else at Thursday’s show, showing the company’s investment in the new technology. The service is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year, and Microsoft is currently working to expand the territories in and platforms on which it’s available. Microsoft last month began rolling out a public preview for xCloud, which lets users play high-powered Xbox games such as Halo on their smartphones. The service is… Read More

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Google’s Totally Creepy, Totally Legal Health Data Harvesting

The summer after college, I moved back home to take care of my widower grandfather. Part of my job was to manage his medications; at 80, he was becoming a fall risk and often complained his prescriptions made him lightheaded. But getting someone on the phone was exhausting, and privacy law prevented pharmaceutical call-line employees from answering some of my questions about side effects. So, I’d ask Google. I’d sit at my laptop and type incomprehensible words like “methocarbamol” or “meloxicam” into the search bar alongside my concerns. Does it cause dizzy spells? Can you take it without eating? Can you mix it with other medicines? What about caffeine or… Read More

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Moving app Dolly blocked by Washington regulators in ongoing gig economy dispute

Dolly’s main service is no longer available for customers in Washington state. (Dolly Photo) Washington state residents who rely on Dolly for the Seattle-based startup’s peer-to-peer moving service are finding their options limited. Because of an ongoing dispute with state regulators, the app no longer allows people in the state to connect with truck owners for help moving. In October, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) stated its intention to deny Dolly’s latest attempt to gain authorization to operate in its home state. The legal battle is preventing Dolly from providing its signature service in Washington: connecting people who need help moving with helpers who have trucks and vans… Read More

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Ready for a Geek Style Reboot? Win a day of pampering at Nordstrom ahead of GeekWire Gala

Lana Neyolova and Kellen Ball are seen before, left, and after their Geek Style Reboot at Nordstrom in Seattle before the 2018 GeekWire Gala. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Here comes gift-giving season, and have we got a good one for your or a special geek in your life. For the third year in a row, GeekWire is teaming with Nordstrom for a Geek Style Reboot ahead of our annual GeekWire Gala. If you’re feeling like you could use a refreshing day of pampering courtesy of the longtime Seattle retailer, this is your chance. GeekWire will select one man and one woman from a pool of submissions to spend an… Read More

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Together again? Microsoft and Salesforce deepen cloud partnership despite years of rivalry and rifts

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff. (File Photo) Microsoft and Salesforce are strengthening their relationship, putting aside a complicated history for a new cloud partnership. Salesforce will move its Marketing Cloud off its own infrastructure to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The deal gives Microsoft another boost in its cloud challenge to Amazon Web Services, just a few weeks after it beat out its cross-town rival for a $10 billion contract to build new infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Defense. Salesforce also pledged to build an integration between its services and Microsoft’s Teams collaboration app. “In a world where every company is becoming a digital company, we want to enable… Read More

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Amazon dominates global smart speaker sales as Google continues to lag behind

Despite a growing list of challengers, Amazon remains the dominant force in the global smart speaker market, accounting for more than a third of all sales in the quarter, according to a new report. According to an analysis from Canalys, Amazon sold 10.6 million smart speakers in the third quarter, good for a 36.6 percent market share. Amazon smart speaker sales rose 66 percent over a year ago, an impressive stat given Amazon’s history as a pioneer in the market. Canalys pointed to a strong Prime Day and a new speaker trade-in program as major contributors to Amazon’s surging sales. Those efforts helped Amazon gain significant market share over the… Read More

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Walmart’s surging e-commerce division grows 41% in Q3, amid online retail battle with Amazon

(Bigstock Photo) Walmart’s e-commerce business grew 41 percent year-over-year in the third quarter, continuing the rapid rise of the division amid a retail battle with Amazon. Walmart doesn’t break out revenue from e-commerce, so it’s impossible to know how big of a part of the overall business the division has become. Walmart reported $128 billion in total revenue for the third quarter, up 2.5 percent year-over-year and short of Wall Street expectations. Walmart did top expectations for profits with earnings per share of $1.16. Walmart stock is up approximately 3 percent in pre-market trading Thursday. A year ago, Walmart’s e-commerce sales grew 43 percent, per CNBC, and last quarter online… Read More

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