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Starbucks to deliver food and coffee in 2015: Howard Schultz calls it ‘e-commerce on steroids’

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Coffee lovers could get their daily java jolts delivered in the near future, thanks in part to a new effort that Starbucks announced today. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that the company plans to begin delivering food and beverages in select cities in the second half of next year, part of a larger effort by the Seattle coffee company to conquer the mobile payments arena “Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot to your desk daily,” Schultz said in a conference call with analysts. “That’s our version of e-commerce on steroids.” The company isn’t offering … Read More on GeekWire

GeekWork: Great jobs from EveryMove, Julep, Bonanza, Zillow and more

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Two weeks ago, Seattle-based fitness startup EveryMove launched @Work, a version of its fitness tracking platform for businesses. The new service is designed to help companies give employees incentives to be more active. It’s the latest in a series of new initiatives from the TechStars Seattle grad, which lets users track their healthy habits and receive rewards. Now, EveryMove is hiring a Senior Product Manager to focus on the consumer experience. The startup is looking for someone with at least five years of product management experience to own and lead consumer experiences ? both mobile and web. EveryMove is offering a competitive salary and … Read More on GeekWire

Xfinity customers can now return equipment via UPS Store, for free

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Need to return your Xfinity cable box, modem, remote control, or anything else? No searching for an obscure Comcast office in the boonies. That’s the promise of a partnership announced today between the cable giant and The UPS Store. Under the arrangement, Xfinity customers will be able to return equipment to Comcast by dropping it off at a UPS Store. It can be dropped off as-is, unpackaged, and will be shipped back to Comcast free of charge. Customers will receive a receipt confirming the equipment return, with the ability to track the return. The service is available at more than 4,400 UPS Stores … Read More on GeekWire

Startup Spotlight: Stand In helps mobile designers without coding skills create complex motions, interactions

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Stand In wants to redefine how mobile apps are designed. The Portland-based startup, currently in the Techstars Seattle 2014 class, is developing a platform that allows mobile designers to use a program like Photoshop CC and implement complicated motions and interactions at the same time. The idea is to allow designers to prototype in real time without having to know how to code. “We?re the interaction design layer on top of their favorite design software,” said CEO Kat Bobbitt. Prior to starting Stand In, Bobbitt met her co-founder Asa Miller at a mobile design firm in Portland and the pair later started a mobile user-interaction … Read More on GeekWire

Redbox revenues tumble 11 percent, company blames ‘weak release’ schedule from Hollywood

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Bad movies. That’s in essence what caused weak revenues at Redbox during the third quarter, with the movie rental service’s parent company Outerwall disclosing financial results today. Redbox, the biggest part of Bellevue-based Outerwall, said its revenues declined 11 percent during the third quarter due to “a weak release schedule in the second quarter of 2014 and the unfavorable timing and mix of content released in the third quarter of 2014.” Redbox posted revenue of $438 million, down from $491.7 million for the same period last year. Overall, Outerwall ? which also operates Coinstar and ecoATM kiosks ? posted revenue … Read More on GeekWire

‘Microsoft Band’ Diary: Can this new wearable device change my life?

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OK, so Microsoft has a new wearable fitness tracker and smartwatch. Whoop-dee-doo. Join the club. That’s the understandable reaction from some corners of the tech world this morning, but I’ve gotta say, I’m excited to give this thing a try. I’ve been using a Microsoft Band for a grand total of three hours so far, and already I’m seeing some things that could add some value to my life. But is it really worth $199? That’s the underlying question I’ll be attempting to answer in a series of posts in the coming weeks on GeekWire about my experience with the Microsoft wearable, starting with … Read More on GeekWire

Expedia shares up after Q3 earnings beat expectations with 29% spike in bookings

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Shares of Expedia are up more than 3 percent in after-hours trading following the company’s better-than-expected third quarter earnings report. The Bellevue online travel giant posted $1.71 billion in revenue ? up 22 percent from last year ? and non-GAAP earnings of $1.93 a share ? up 27 percent ? which both beat Wall Street’s expectations. Expedia also saw a 29 percent year-over-year increase in gross bookings, primarily driven by strong hotel room night and air ticket growth. Expedia’s stock has risen more than 60 percent in the last 12 months. Check out the most recent earnings here: