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Microsoft to pay $140 million in ‘tax evasion’ settlement with Chinese authorities

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Microsoft is slated to pay Chinese authorities 840 million yuan (roughly $137 million) in back taxes and interest, according to a report by state-sponsored news agency Xinhua. In addition, the Redmond-based software company is on the hook for an additional 100 million yuan tax payment next year. The report doesn’t mention Microsoft by name, but says that the company involved in the tax evasion case is among the 500 largest in the U.S., has the first initial “M,” and opened its Chinese subsidiary in Beijing in 1995. Microsoft is the only company that fits those criteria. Microsoft, for its part, did not … Read More on GeekWire

Startups on the small screen: Highway1 and 500 Startups to be featured in mini-doc series

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As anyone involved in the operations of a startup will tell you, getting a company off the ground can be hard work. Thanks to a new TV deal, families across America will get the chance to witness what it’s like. Highway1 and 500 Startups have teamed up to create a new TV show on Syfy that features 12 companies (6 from each accelerator) getting their start and heading for demo day. It’s being developed by Zero Point Productions, the company that was behind Anthony Bourdain’s popular series “No Reservations.” Right now, the working title is “The Bazillion Dollar Club,” which Highway1 Vice … Read More on GeekWire

Judge denies Microsoft’s request to dismiss Getty lawsuit, alleging copyright concerns

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A judge has denied Microsoft’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Getty Images, which is claiming “massive” copyright infringement. Back in September, Getty Images sued Microsoft over a Bing search tool that allowed people to easily embed digital photographs onto their websites. The lawsuit essentially alleged that Microsoft was making it too easy to steal copyrighted images. Since Seattle-based Getty has one of the largest photo depositories on the Internet, it has a clear stake in the outcome of this case. But even though Microsoft has temporarily removed the widget from its site, pledging to address Getty’s concerns, it appears the court case … Read More on GeekWire

How Concur nearly landed in Austin, and why co-founder Raj Singh is so glad they picked Seattle

Concur execs Steve Singh, Rajeev Singh and Mike Hilton at the opening of the company's new headquarters in 2013.
Can you imagine this scenario? Austin, Texas-based Concur, the maker of travel and entertainment expense management software with 4,200 employees worldwide, agreed to be sold to SAP for $8.3 billion. That’s right. One of the Seattle area’s most successful technology companies over the past two decades, nearly landed in Texas. Good thing Concur co-founder Raj Singh hopped on a flight to Seattle back in 1993, before making his decision where to move. Even better, that the sun was shining, and the mountains were glowing. Otherwise, Bellevue-based Concur ? whose $8.3 billion acquisition by SAP is expected to close Dec. 4 ? may … Read More on GeekWire

Yahoo and Microsoft looking for search engine love from Apple

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Yahoo and Microsoft are fighting to be the search engine provider for the iPhone when Apple’s contract with Google expires next year, according to a report by Amir Efrati at The Information. The two companies are each vying to be the default search provider for Safari, Apple’s web browser on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. Microsoft may have an advantage in this case, since Bing is already the default search provider for Apple’s Siri and OS X’s Spotlight search service. And initially, the search would likely be powered by Microsoft even if Yahoo won the contract, as long as the search partnership … Read More on GeekWire

Nordstrom partners with eBay to test futuristic fitting rooms, complete with touchscreen mirror

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New fitting room technology being tested at Nordstrom will make trying on clothes a surreal experience. The technology, which was developed by eBay, will include a touchscreen mirror that will track what items are brought into the room, and provide additional recommendations to the consumer. “Nordstrom and eBay Inc. are joining forces to bring the best of ecommerce technology into the physical world,” said Nordstrom spokesman Dan Evans. “Nordstrom has long been a leader in the retail industry for technology innovation to enhance the service experience we offer our customers.” The initial pilot will include “connected fitting rooms” in two stores: Westfield’s Southcenter … Read More on GeekWire

Twitter launches Groupon-esque deals, just in time for Black Friday

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Want $15 off a $75 massage? Try checking Twitter. Seriously. The company rolled out a new Offers feature today that lets businesses promote their wares by offering Groupon-style deals on the social network. People who see an ad from a business for one of the offers will be able to purchase it with their credit or debit card, right from Twitter. Once users purchase one offer, their card is linked to Twitter so that they can purchase the next one with just a tap. Users who purchase an offer will have it linked to the credit or debit card that … Read More on GeekWire