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GeekWire is an independent technology news site and online community based in Seattle, Wash. — covering the people, companies and innovations emerging from the Pacific Northwest and impacting the world. Founders John Cook and Todd Bishop bring their popular website to radio life weekends on KIRO Radio.

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Startup Spotlight: Modaym helps consumers find unique products directly from fashion designers

Modaym CEO Medya Farshchi
When it comes to online shopping, the options are vast. Almost every fashion retailer has an e-commerce presence. The ubiquity of options can be great for the languorous online shopper with time to search several portals for the right item. But for busy professionals looking for a unique item, the process can seem daunting. That’s a pain point Modaym aims to address. The Seattle-based startup, which just launched in the U.S. last month, curates emerging clothing and accessory brands. Customers can shop for products from a variety of sources and have them shipped for free, directly from designers. “Many people … Read More on GeekWire

GeekWire Radio: MyLackey’s former CEO on the new world of on-demand services

Brian McGarvey in the KIRO Radio Studios. (Erynn Rose photo).
The past year has brought a new wave of on-demand services to cities around the country ? with groceries, dinner, a personal driver and much more available at your door with the press of a button on your smartphone. Brian McGarvey has been here before ? minus the smartphone ? as the chief executive of MyLackey during the dot-com boom. Remember MyLackey? This was the ambitious startup that offered a wide variety of errands and tasks ? everything from picking up dry cleaning to walking your dog ? which ultimately became one of many companies to go bust when the dot-com bubble burst. We had fun catching up with McGarvey on … Read More on GeekWire

Inside the Seattle Police hackathon: A substantial first step

Henry Kroll demonstrates facial redaction of his own photo in real time, using open source software. Photos Bill Schrier
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) held its first-ever hackathon on Friday. The event was focused on a single problem: How to redact the video streams recorded by police officers from their dashcams and (soon) body-worn video cameras. More than 80 people filled the room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. About one-third were technology professionals or part-timers like Henry Kroll, who makes a living as a salmon fisherman but focuses on video and other technology issues in his spare time.  The remainder were Seattle police and other public officials, a few members of the community, and a number of people from … Read More on GeekWire

Juno Therapeutics stock rises 45% after first day as public company

Juno CEO Hans Bishop.
Juno Therapeutics‘ first day as a public company is in the books ? and it certainly was a good one. The Seattle biotech startup priced its initial public offering Thursday night at $24 per share and sold 11 million shares to raise $264 million. By the end of Friday, the company’s stock was trading at $35, or up 45 percent in just one day. The heavily-funded cancer research company that was formed just 16 months ago priced its IPO above the expected range of $21 to $23 per share, signaling strong demand for the spin out of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, … Read More on GeekWire

App of the Week: Amazon’s Surprise makes last-minute gifting a snap

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We?ve all had those moments ? you look at the calendar, notice a holiday or someone?s birthday, and think ?oh no, I?ve forgotten a gift.? What?s worse is realizing it at a time when there?s no way you could possibly pick one up before it?s too late. Amazon has come to the rescue with a new, free app for iPhone and Android called Surprise. It allows users to create e-cards for a variety of occasions, including Hanukkah, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and more, with a variety of designs for each holiday and event. The app?s killer feature is the ability to easily … Read More on GeekWire

The geeky tech behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of one of the technological marvels of modern geek culture. I am, of course, referring to the animated Rankin/Bass television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Unlike A Charlie Brown Christmas and Dr. Seuss? How the Grinch Stole Christmas (which mark their five decades in 2015 and 2016, respectively), Rudolph employed the painstaking, and Lego minifig friendly, technique of stop-motion animation. So when the #Rudolph hashtag flashed across the screen during this year?s golden jubilee broadcast on CBS, it wasn?t just a quaint attempt by nostalgia to be nerdy. It was an echo of how … Read More on GeekWire

T-Mobile to pay $90 million over bill ‘cramming’

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T-Mobile will pay out $90 million in a massive settlement over the company’s involvement in “cramming” practices, following months of legal wrangling with the Federal Trade Commission and states’ Attorneys General. The settlement stems from so-called premium SMS providers charging wireless subscribers for services they didn’t want by adding a fee to their wireless bill. Premium SMS providers would send users snippets of information in text form, like daily horoscopes or weather reports, and then add a charge for that service to a user’s phone bill. At times, they’d sign people up without informing them of the charge for such … Read More on GeekWire