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Uber now charging drivers $520 per year to lease company iPhone

It looks like UberX drivers won’t be making quite as much money anymore. The Uber Seattle team sent out email notices today to UberX drivers notifying them that as of this Monday, they will have to pay $10 per week for a “device subscription fee.” Uber said that the new fee is being enforced due to “the steep cost of continuous GPS data on the Uber phone,” which is given to every driver to use to coordinate pick-ups. “Uber Seattle has previously waived the device subscription fee for uberX partners, but as we continue to grow rapidly, this cost is no longer realistic for us... Read More on GeekWire

Capitol Hill Block Party: Experts discuss the future of technology and music

Kevin Stapleford
Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party ? a three-day neighborhood music festival ? kicks off today with live music from acts such as Spoon, Robert DeLong and Man Or Astroman. But earlier today, in the small underground reading room of the Elliott Bay Book Company, members of the Seattle music community gathered to look forward, not just to the next three days, but to the future of music itself. The event, entitled Digital Technology and the Changing Face of Music Promotion, featured a panel of speakers, each from a different sector of the music industry. While the conversation ranged from the creative process,... Read More on GeekWire

App of the Week: CoupConnect lets you manage, buy and sell daily deals

So you bought a coupon for discounted car repair, or a haircut at the local salon, but it turns out you can’t use it? An app called CoupConnect aims to solve the problem ? providing a secondary market for users to buy and sell daily deals. CoupConnect, developed by Seattle-area entrepreneur Prateek Jetly, was originally launched as a way for users to track and aggregate their daily deals, by linking their Groupon, LivingSocial or AmazonLocal account, and those capabilities remain a core part of the app. The marketplace was added as a new feature in a recent update. Apart from selling a daily deal they don’t plan to redeem,... Read More on GeekWire

Portland’s Househappy raises more cash for real estate listings portal

Househappy CEO Kevin McCloskey.
Portland-based real estate listings startup Househappy has raised $2 million of a $2.75 million round, according to a regulatory filing. The company, which launched last year and previously reeled in $1.5 million this past November, offers a simple photo-driven website that lists more than 2 million properties for sale. Real estate agents can post their listings on Househappy for free, while buyers can access property data and agent contact info. Househappy is operating in a crowded real estate space that includes big players like Zillow, Redfin, and Trulia, but also features new startups like Surefield, BuildersCloud, Flipt,, Porch, and Lasso. All of those startups are taking a crack at... Read More on GeekWire

Geeky study: Yes, Geocaching can help you lose weight

When you think about geocaching, the first thing that probably comes to mind are GPS-enabled nerds walking around the woods or city streets in search of hidden treasure. Well, that’s in part true. But there’s actually more to the hobby then meets the eye ? or the waist line for that matter. A new study conducted by Texas A&M found that geocachers were physically and mentally healthier than there non-geocaching compatriots. ?Geocaching is one option for people to have fun and be physically active at the same time without going to the gym and may be just what America needs... Read More on GeekWire

Want bricks for some sheep? Microsoft releases browser-based Settlers of Catan game

The work week is winding down, which means that it’s a perfect time to find some Friday night fun. Luckily, the Internet Explorer team is here to help. They’ve created a fully playable online version of the popular board game Settlers of Catan that will run in any modern browser. Entitled Catan Anytime, the game allows people to trade resources, build structures and amass victory points to beat their friends without having to set aside time to sit across the table from one another. Users play asynchronously on their phones, computers and tablets, and get notifications via email every time their turn... Read More on GeekWire

Seattle man sentenced to prison for Microsoft insider trading

Sean Stokke, an online stock trader from Seattle, has been sentenced to 1 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of insider trading, according to a report by Reuters. Federal prosecutors said Stokke used information fed to him by Microsoft manager Brian Jorgenson to make trades that earned the pair more than $400,000 in an 18-month period. Stokke was charged last December. Stokke cut a plea bargain with U.S. attorneys, and the prison sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman is in line with what the U.S. Attorney’s office requested, but well short of the... Read More on GeekWire