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New Village Voice owner distances alt weeklies from Backpage.com

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Late yesterday a new holding group, Voice Media Group, announced it would purchase the media properties of Village Voice Media Holdings, owners of alt-weekiles such as the Village Voice, LA Weekly and Seattle Weekly, as well as the free classified service Backpage.com. While the new group will take all existing newspapers and...
New Village Voice owner distances alt weeklies from Backpage.com
Next up for Startup Weekend: Making government move at Internet speed

Seattle mayor pulls plug on controversial drone program

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The Draganflyer X6 is an electric powered Unmanned Aircraft System that weighs about 4.4 pounds. It can automatically take-off and is manually flown. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is ending the controversial unmanned aerial vehicle program — before the drones ever took official flight. “Today I spoke with Seattle Police Chief...
Seattle mayor pulls plug on controversial drone program

Seattle's tech office market is red hot, but rents aren't rising like the Valley or NYC

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Two-Year Growth Trend – Q2 2012 vs. Q2 2010. Source: CBRE We’ve been covering a number of high-tech office expansions in the Seattle area in recent months, from Google’s plans in Bothell to HTC’s moves in Pioneer Square to Amazon’s ambitious redevelopment in the Denny-Triangle area of downtown Seattle to Zillow’s downtown...
Seattle's tech office market is red hot, but rents aren't rising like the Valley or NYC

Latest links and tech news from the Boston Marathon explosions

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Like everyone else across the country, we’ve been closely following the tragic events in Boston this afternoon, including a number of tech-related angles in the story of the two explosions that hit the finish line of the Boston Marathon. For the benefit of GeekWire readers, here’s a roundup of...
Latest links and tech news from the Boston Marathon explosions

Internet report: 98.7 percent of Washington residents have access to broadband

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The Washington State Broadband Office released its third annual Broadband Report today and more than 500 of the state’s 629 communities saw better access and/or higher speeds to broadband internet this past year. Based on data derived from the National Broadband Map, the report found that 98.7 percent of the state’s residents...
Internet report: 98.7 percent of Washington residents have access to broadband
Hoping to make Seattle a startup kingdom, Mayor McGinn launches initiative supporting entrepreneurs

Seattle redesigns public transit map with focus on frequency

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Seattle redesigned its transit maps to help riders find out about bus and train frequency. Speaking last month at an Ignite Seattle talk, mayor Mike McGinn stressed that city needed to find ways to better use and present data to help the everyday lives of its citizens. A recent redesign...
Seattle redesigns public transit map with focus on frequency

Sonics Update: Steve Ballmer offers 'characteristically enthusiastic' presentation to NBA

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year. (Microsoft photo) Whether it’s talking about Microsoft or bringing the NBA back to Seattle, Steve Ballmer certainly has lots of energy for supporting causes he believes in. Along with fellow investment partner Chris Hansen and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Ballmer was in New York City...
Sonics Update: Steve Ballmer offers 'characteristically enthusiastic' presentation to NBA

Sonics update: 44K season-ticket requests and a music video featuring Macklemore

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Lots going on with the Sonics today, from a “stunning” season ticket priority wait list to a Sacramento group trying to block an arena being built in their city. But first, important to note that tomorrow is a huge day. The two leaders of the Seattle investment group trying...
Sonics update: 44K season-ticket requests and a music video featuring Macklemore

Welcome to Seattle, Bertha: World's largest tunnel boring machine arrives in Emerald City

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Photo via our news partner KING5. Welcome to Seattle, Bertha. Coming all the way from Osaka, Japan, the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine arrived on the Seattle waterfront this afternoon. It’s arriving in pieces and will be assembled in the pit where Bertha will begin digging the new Highway...
Welcome to Seattle, Bertha: World's largest tunnel boring machine arrives in Emerald City

A place to poo: Seattle may install a $90,000 public toilet downtown

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A Portland loo. Photo courtesy of portlandoregon.gov. Those roaming around downtown Seattle and needing to hit the John may soon have a place to go. The Seattle Times reported today that the city is working with The Alliance for Pioneer Square and a local developer to purchase a $90,000 public toilet...
A place to poo: Seattle may install a $90,000 public toilet downtown

Gigabit Screwed: Missing out on Seattle's high-speed Internet pilot, just barely

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We at GeekWire were excited to hear Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announce plans to expand the Gigabit Squared super-fast Internet pilot to two more areas of the city, West Seattle and our home turf of Ballard, bringing the total to 14 neighborhoods. Then we looked at the map. The southeastern...
Gigabit Screwed: Missing out on Seattle's high-speed Internet pilot, just barely

Seattle mayor touts South Lake Union as an 'engine for job growth'

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McGinn Anyone who has stepped foot near Amazon.com’s new headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood can feel the change happening around them. Perhaps no neighborhood in the city is undergoing such a radical overhaul. And now Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is touting that growth, saying that the redevelopment of...
Seattle mayor touts South Lake Union as an 'engine for job growth'
Geek paradise: A video tour of the MakerHaus workshop

Bidding war: Hansen, Ballmer increase bid for NBA team to $625M

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The effort to bring the NBA back to Seattle isn’t over quite yet. Hoping to convince NBA owners that Seattle is ready for a professional basketball franchise, the Seattle investment group led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer increased its bid for the team by $75 million to...
Bidding war: Hansen, Ballmer increase bid for NBA team to $625M
Seattle mayor scraps police department's drone program after strong public opposition

Mayor McGinn on guns, jobs and upgrading Seattle PD's IT

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn appeared on KUOW 94.9 FM this morning, discussing a wide range of issues related to the city’s police department, transportation initiatives, guns and, of course, the prospects of the city getting a NBA (and NHL) franchise. And while he only briefly touched...
Mayor McGinn on guns, jobs and upgrading Seattle PD's IT
Mayor McGinn convenes startup roundtable: Could these 5 ideas transform Seattle’s startup community?

LIVE: Mayor Mike McGinn announces plan to develop "ultra-fast broadband network"

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Seattle mayor Mike McGinn is set to announce plans to develop an “ultra-fast broadband network” today at 10:30 a.m. Follow his news conference with the live stream above. The conference is on the University of Washington campus. UW president Michael Young and Mark Ansboury, president of Gigabit Squared, will...
LIVE: Mayor Mike McGinn announces plan to develop "ultra-fast broadband network"
Seattle announces its own gigabit Internet service

A mayor, CEO and bachelor forming teams to raise health awareness with EveryMove

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EveryMove wants to help people get healthy and is hoping that three well-known Seattleites will help drive interest to its fitness-focused platform. EveryMove, a Seattle-area startup that lets users track their healthy habits and rewards them with gift cards and reduced health-care premiums, is putting on a 2013 Resolution Team Challenge...
A mayor, CEO and bachelor forming teams to raise health awareness with EveryMove
Anticipating where crime happens: Seattle rolls out 'Predictive Policing' across city

Attention geeks: Your government needs you (and it's offering $75,000 for new apps)

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Ready, set, develop. The City of Seattle, King County and Washington State officially kicked off the first-ever Evergreen Apps Challenge today, a competition in which geeks from around Washington state are encouraged to build new travel, transportation, recycling or other apps that could benefit those living here. We first wrote about the...
Attention geeks: Your government needs you (and it's offering $75,000 for new apps)

City of Seattle releases mobile site and wants your feedback

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The City of Seattle’s new mobile site. The City of Seattle is making it easier for on-the-go citizens to check snow plow maps and see the latest news from the Mayor with a new mobile website optimized for smartphones.  Here are some of the features of the mobile-optimized site: Crime activity...
City of Seattle releases mobile site and wants your feedback

New bill looks to curb B&O taxes for startups in Washington state

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Washington state residents don’t pay an income tax, one of the reasons why some companies have found the area an attractive place to invest and expand. But go anywhere in startup circles in the state and you’ll hear the story of the dreaded B&O tax. The business and occupation tax — which...
New bill looks to curb B&O taxes for startups in Washington state

A 6-year-old’s pitch; an app to save your marriage; and other comments of the week

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Ashwin Gowland The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “Feature request: Deduct points points when phone is thrown across room.”–GeekWire reader Jay Force commenting on Kouply, a new mobile app that awards points to couples for positive behavior, such as cleaning the dishes or vacuuming the...
A 6-year-old’s pitch; an app to save your marriage; and other comments of the week
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn: We are the city of the future

Tech Moves: Blake Cahill departs Banyan Branch; Red Russak joins Apptentive; and more

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Blake Cahill Blake Cahill has stepped down as president of Seattle social media agency Banyan Branch to take a new job at Royal Philips. Cahill is relocating to the Netherlands where Royal Philips is based. In the new role as global head of digital and social marketing, Cahill will lead digital and social...
Tech Moves: Blake Cahill departs Banyan Branch; Red Russak joins Apptentive; and more
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