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These 8 tech CFOs just took the Ice Bucket Challenge, then jumped in a lake

Seattle tech CFOs get ready for the ice bucket challenge in Fremont.
It’s not every day that one gets the opportunity to dump a bucket of ice water on the head of a finance chief at a multi-billionaire dollar tech company. But there I was on a dock in Seattle today holding a bucket of water over the head of Tom Walker, the 6-foot, 3-inch chief financial officer at Tableau Software. Walker was one of eight CFOs who banded together this afternoon in Fremont for the ?Ice Bucket Challenge,? which is raising awareness and money for ALS. As of today, the challenge has raised more than $22.9 million from more than 450,000... Read More on GeekWire

UW football coach who once banned his players from Twitter joins social network

University of Washington head football coach Chris Petersen is finally on Twitter, but don’t expect the 49-year-old to be posting his thoughts on the social network. Petersen on Monday created a personal Twitter account and has already racked up nearly 5,000 followers without scribing a single tweet. “First of all, Twitter is not for you guys,” Petersen told reporters Tuesday. “It’s for the recruits.” While the NCAA has placed restrictions on phone calls, texting, and in-person meetings, football coaches are allowed to use Twitter’s direct messaging feature to contact recruits starting in their junior year of high school. Petersen, who enters his... Read More on GeekWire

CenturyLink faces potential $170k fine over San Juan Islands outage

Staff members with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission today recommended that CenturyLink pay more than $170,000 in penalties over its handling of a 10-day-long service outage on the San Juan Islands last year. In November, an underwater cable that provided internet and phone service to residents of the San Juan Islands was severed, leaving many residents without internet or phone service. The lack of service led San Juan County to declare a state of emergency. An investigation conducted by commission staff found that the company violated state laws and rules related to major outages in addition to requirements about... Read More on GeekWire

App of the Week: Alaska Airlines facelift brings iOS 7 to the skies

Airline websites and airline apps get a bad rap, and for good reason. They?re usually cluttered with poor design decisions, and hard to understand user interfaces, assuming the apps actually work. Visiting the review pages for any number of airline apps on the various app stores usually involves reading just about as many irate reviews as positive ones. Using Alaska Airlines? app, however, has always been a good experience for me, and it recently got even better. I?ve been a somewhat frequent flyer on Alaska for the past 5 years, and for much of that time, I used the company?s... Read More on GeekWire

Famstr now delivers organic farm food, testing partnership with Uber

Surprise, surprise ? there’s another food delivery service in Seattle. This time it’s Farmstr, the new organic food marketplace that connects farmers directly with consumers. The company just began testing a delivery option to 11 zip codes within Seattle on Wednesdays and Fridays, and is starting with produce only. CEO and founder Janelle Maiocco is looking at a number of potential partners who will deliver food to people’s doorsteps, including Uber, which today launched a drug store delivery service in Washington D.C. Farmstr, which raised $1.3 million in May, gives farmers the chance to offer their food online without having to use traditional means like grocery stores or... Read More on GeekWire

Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures cuts 140 employees from its patent-buying workforce

Nathan Myhrvold
Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue, Wash.-based patent holding firm run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, has laid off 20 percent of its employees. The layoffs will affect around 140 people, leaving 540 people at the firm, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which spoke to Edward Jung, the company’s co-founder and CTO, about the staffing changes. Jung claims that it needs fewer people to do the job now that it has automated the patent-buying process, but the report by Bloomberg BusinessWeek suggests that it is also because the company has fallen on hard times as some of its bigger investors become less interested in... Read More on GeekWire

Microsoft relaunches OneNote for Android, with tablet and handwriting support

Android tablet users now have a better note-taking app from Microsoft. The company announced today that it’s launching a new version of OneNote for phones and tablets running on Google’s operating system, just in time for back-to-school season. The app, which is available for free, offers popular OneNote features including support for handwriting and a new tablet UI that’s similar to the one used in OneNote for iPad. It’s a big upgrade for users of large-format Android devices like the Galaxy Note phablets, or tablets like Google’s Nexus 7. The previous OneNote for Android user interface worked well on phones, but didn’t... Read More on GeekWire