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Sidecar CEO responds to Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics: ‘I can’t say I’m surprised’

The Verge story that published earlier this week and exposed Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics was a shock to many. After learning how Uber’s independent contractors take Lyft rides as a way to recruit new drivers ? and sometimes canceling those rides to avoid being caught by Lyft ? many vowed never to use Uber again. Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul, however, wasn’t surprised at all. Paul, whose company is far smaller than Uber and Lyft in terms of funding and ridership numbers, told GeekWire this afternoon that he’s seen Uber use similar tactics with Sidecar drivers. “Frankly, it’s not surprising given the reputation and culture of [Uber],” Paul said... Read More on GeekWire

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Silicon Beach meets Seattle tech, Bellevue Tech Hive, and more

The (somewhat contentious) phrase “Silicon Beach” has surfaced to describe the few miles between Santa Monica and Venice that have emerged as the heart of Southern California’s burgeoning tech scene. The affluence of the entertainment industry and idyllic weather continue to draw startups and venture capital firms to the region. Although Silicon Valley and Seattle still outrank SoCal as tech hubs, Los Angeles lays claim to some heavy hitters ? Hulu, Snapchat, and Tinder to name a few. ?People tend to be very outgoing and realize that you need to meet other people to get your start-up going,? Kevin Winston, founder of Digital LA, said... Read More on GeekWire

Former eBay VP Peter Mansour named president of InfoSpace

Peter Mansour, who led eBay’s Bellevue operation and served as the company’s vice president of shipping and marketing technologies, has been named president of InfoSpace, the Internet search business that’s now a part of Bellevue-based Blucora. Earlier this week, Mansour was publicly announced as general manager of eBay’s Seattle area operations, replacing Ken Moss who left to become CTO at Electronic Arts. He had been serving in that role since June 18. Prior to eBay, Mansour worked at Microsoft as a general manager, working on Bing and OneApp. Mansour replaces Mike Glover, who is leaving the company to pursue other... Read More on GeekWire

Why in the world is AT&T asking our permission to retweet news stories?

Chalk this up as one of the oddest emails of the week. A person who represents AT&T asked our permission to retweet a story we published on GeekWire a few days ago. Our response: Ugh, yeah. We appreciate AT&T taking the time to ask, but isn’t the whole idea behind Twitter to showcase stories, thoughts, photos and other random tidbits of information ? all of which are shareable and consumable by the general public? At least that’s how I thought Twitter worked. No need to get a green light from us or any of the other millions of people on... Read More on GeekWire

Who’s up for some binge-watching? Amazon’s new slate of original TV pilots arrives

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Well, I know what I’m doing this weekend. Amazon launched its new slate of five new original television pilots today for users to watch and comment on before the company decides which ones it wants to turn into full seasons of content. The pilots include “The Cosmopolitans,” a show about American expatriates in Paris; “Hand of God,” which stars Ron Perlman as a judge/vigilante who receives visions from God through his comatose son; and “Hysteria,” a show about a town struck by an illness that spreads through technology. Here’s a sizzle reel that shows off what’s coming: All in all, they... Read More on GeekWire

Gamers can pre-load Destiny on their Xbox One starting today

For Xbox One owners that want to avoid waiting in line late at night to purchase Destiny, Microsoft is allowing people to pre-load the highly-anticipated game on their consoles. That means those that pre-order the first-person shooter can pre-load a $59.99 digital version of the game onto their Xbox One and begin playing at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 9. Sony announced back in May that it was also supporting pre-loading for Destiny, while Microsoft has enabled a similar feature for FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon 2. Destiny, which is coming to the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, was developed by Bellevue-based... Read More on GeekWire

T-Mobile shares rise after Deutsche Telekom expresses interest in sale

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Shares of T-Mobile went up today after Bloomberg reported that Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company, is willing to negotiate a sale for the wireless carrier. Bloomberg noted that Deutsche Telekom, which owns 67 percent of the Bellevue-based U.S. carrier, is entertaining offers that value T-Mobile at $35 per share or more. This comes after Deutsche Telekom turned down a $15 billion acquisition offer ($33 per share) for T-Mobile from France’s Illiad earlier this month. It also follows Sprint’s attempt at acquiring T-Mobile. Sprint had reportedly offered as much as $32 billion to buy the nation’s fourth-largest carrier. In June, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made it... Read More on GeekWire