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Confirmed: Zillow to lease five more floors at downtown Seattle HQ

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Fast-growing Zillow continues to gobble up space at its downtown Seattle headquarters, with the company confirming today that it will take over five new floors at the Russell Investments Center at 1301 Second Avenue. ?This is an exciting time at Zillow,? CEO Spencer Rascoff said in a release. ?We continue to hire the best and brightest to support our record growth. At the same time, we?ve maintained our start-up like culture where we think big, move fast, and everyone has an impact.? GeekWire broke the news on the expansion last week. With the new office space, Zillow will become the largest … Read More on GeekWire

Apple and developers to raise money for Global Fund to Fight AIDS

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People who open up their iOS devices this week may be seeing red, and for good reason: Apple and developers of a slew of popular apps have teamed up to raise money for the Global Fund to fight AIDS. The promotion, which coincides with World AIDS Day, will put a portion of the proceeds for certain apps and games towards the fund, which supports local programs in more than 140 countries. It’s a part of the fund’s Product(RED) initiative, which partners with companies like Apple and Starbucks to raise awareness about AIDS and contribute a portion of certain products’ sales … Read More on GeekWire

Microsoft hires Seattle startup guru Andy Sack as a consultant to help software giant move faster

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When Andy Sack stepped down from his role at Techstars Seattle earlier this month, the startup vet stressed that he’d continue to help Seattle entrepreneurs in any capacity that he could. Interestingly, that work is now turning to one of the region’s largest startups: Microsoft. Sack tells GeekWire that he’s been hired as a consultant to help the software giant incorporate startup practices. “I’m working on applying the best practices of startups to Microsoft product teams,” said Sack, a well known entrepreneur who previously led Judy’s Book, The Body Shop Digital and Abuzz. “Training/mentoring all layers of the (organization) to … Read More on GeekWire

Amazon pushes further into fashion with 46,000-square-foot photo studio in London

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Amazon is opening a 46,000-square-foot photography studio in London, where it plans to crank out photos of the latest European fashions. The studio, once its completed next year, will complement a 40,000-square-foot studio in Brooklyn, New York, which opened a year ago. Together, the two studios signal that Amazon is serious about fashion, including clothing, shoes and accessories, even though it has been a category that it has struggled with in the past. In 2012, Amazon shut down Endless.com, a five-year-old high-end online fashion site that sold handbags, shoes, jewelry and other accessories, although it still operates other standalone sites today, such … Read More on GeekWire

Car2go app update lets users reserve, drive vehicles with smartphone


Good news for car2go users who would rather ditch their physical member card for something more digital. The company today updated its app with “Mobile Access,” which lets customers access a car2go vehicle and start driving with a few taps on their smartphones. Previously, car2go’s app only allowed for the searching and booking of a vehicle ? members had to use an actual card to unlock a car. The new update, available on iOS and Android, is available today for each of car2go’s 12,500 vehicles across 15 North American cities. The company said it now has more than 900,000 registered members ? a large … Read More on GeekWire

Google updates mobile search results with 3D views of products

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Google has updated the product listings for mobile devices just in time for Black Friday with new features designed to help shoppers on the go. Some of the results from Google’s shopping search engine now include 3D views of a product, which users can swipe through on their mobile phones to see what the item would look like before ordering it or going to pick it up. In addition, the product listing results now include more details, like where a product is available for purchase, and which stores have it in stock. All of that is the first thing to show up when … Read More on GeekWire

ESPN considering new online video subscription service for Cricket World Cup

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ESPN wants to sell a-la-carte live sports content ? without requiring a cable subscription ? as early as February. Recode reports this morning that ESPN is planning to sell streaming video subscriptions for the Cricket World Cup early next year, marking the first time the cable giant has sold access to its live feeds to non-cable TV subscribers. Pricing details are scant at this point, but this follows a report from the Wall Street Journal last month that hinted at ESPN’s plans for an online service that will stream live regular season NBA games to fans without requiring a paid TV subscription. ESPN already streams … Read More on GeekWire