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    Led by two brothers, this startup turns smartphones into microphones at events and big meetingsMESA, Ariz. ? During a session on Thursday at Phoenix Startup Week, an investor advised entrepreneurs in the crowd that founders within the same family may have a harder time raising money for their company, let alone building a successful business. Two brothers inside a small garage in Mesa are proving that theory wrong. Sean and Tim Holladay are the co-founders of CrowdMics, a two-year-old startup that lets audie...
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    Fired managers sue Microsoft in ‘hostess bar’ expense dispute, confirm secret project to compete with AmazonTwo longtime Microsoft employees have filed suit against the company over their terminations. The suit alleges they were the targets of internal retaliation after raising red flags about more than $7,000 in expenses submitted by an unnamed employee who was entertaining corporate partners at “hostess bars” in Korea. Microsoft disputes the claims and says it believes it will prevail in court. The suit by George (Eric) Engstrom ...
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    Amazon Echo getting third-party apps: SDK planned for smart speakerAmazon’s Echo team is working on a software development kit, setting the stage for outside developers to create third-party apps for the intelligent, talking home speaker. The company disclosed the plans in an email to Echo users today. “For those who want to help shape Echo’s future, the team is working on an SDK to help hobbyist and enthusiast developers create new apps and experiences,” the message said, pointing de...
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    GeekWire Radio: Envisioning the future of work, and life, in 5-10 yearsThis week on the GeekWire radio show, we get a glimpse of the future, going behind the scenes of Microsoft’s new “Productivity Future Vision” video with one of the people responsible for the project. The video presents a vision of work and communications in 5 to 10 years ? with 3D holograms annotating the world around us; bendable, fluid displays that adjust depending on who’s viewing them; intelligent virtual age...
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    It’s all BS … and that’s the best part of this new fontHad enough of tech buzzwords? There’s a font for that. For all of us who have suffered through once-meaningful terms that have descended into marketing-speak, the Sans Bullshit Sans font comes to our rescue. By disrupting the paradigm shift enabled through cloud-based end-to-end communication, the freely downloadable font replaces every buzzword it recognizes with a frequently colorful, censored bar — in equally dreaded Comic Sans. Du...
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    Seattle 3D laser printer startup Glowforge raises $1.3M in fundingGlowforge, a once secretive hardware-and-software company founded by startup veteran Dan Shapiro, has raised $1.265 million to build what it calls “the first 3D laser printer.” In a new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Glowforge indicates it’s raised the funds from 31 investors. None of the investors are named in the SEC Form D, but we reached out to Shapiro, who told GeekWire a few of the new part...
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    Startup Spotlight: Cartogram raises cash for interactive indoor mapsOnline maps allow you to track so much today ? restaurants in certain neighborhoods, locations of supermarkets or the closest casino. But what if you want to look inside that restaurant, supermarket or casino? That’s the promise of Cartogram, a 17-month-old Kirkland startup that just scored $250,000 in seed financing. Led by Will Stryker Clausen and Krishnan Gopalan, the 7-person startup is rolling out live interactive maps that let users...

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