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Code.org partners with 30 school districts to help teach kids about computer science

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More than two million students across the nation will learn how to code thanks to a Seattle-based organization that is on a serious mission to teach kids about computer science. Code.org today announced partnerships with 30 schools districts ? including three of the top 10 largest districts in the country ? that will allow teachers to use the organization’s free computer science courses in elementary, middle and high school classrooms starting this fall. The non-profit organization will provide curriculum, professional development and mentorship support for teachers. ?We are delighted to bring computer science to our classrooms through our partnership with Code.org,” Robert Runcie, Superintendent... Read More on GeekWire

Amazon targets Walmart and Costco with new ‘Prime Pantry’ box deliveries

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Amazon launched a new Prime Pantry service today, letting customers in the lower 48 states order household products they might otherwise get from a grocery store. Prime subscribers can fill a 4-cubic-foot box with up to 45 pounds of selected items, then get it shipped to their home for $5.99, plus the price of the items included. An Amazon spokesperson told GeekWire in an email that the shipping fee allows Amazon to carry hundreds of new items, including those that would have been cost-prohibitive to ship for free. Those items include single boxes of breakfast cereal, “convenience-sized” personal care products and bottled... Read More on GeekWire

Geek pride: Here are the nerdiest states in America

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Utah has a bunch of nerds, while Washington D.C. lacks any geek pride. Those are a few data points from a study of the “Nerdiest States in America,” by Seattle online real estate startup Estately. To determine which state has the most geeks, Estately looked at Facebook data to see what percentage of users from each state listed interests like Star Trek or Anime Movies. The startup then took that data, ranked the states based on 12 geeky categories and came up with an overall average. Utah took the top spot, beating out all other states for interest in cosplay, Harry Potter, Star Wars, LARPing, fantasy literature, and Lord... Read More on GeekWire

Apple CEO: Microsoft should’ve shipped Office for iPad long ago

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Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks that Microsoft should have shipped Office for the iPad long before this past quarter. “I believe if it would have been done earlier, it would have been better for Microsoft, frankly,” he said on Apple’s quarterly earnings conference call today. While he’s happy to have Microsoft’s productivity suite on the iPad, Cook said Microsoft’s delay in launching Office for Apple’s tablet has allowed other productivity software to flourish. That includes Apple’s iWork suite, which the company made available for free to new purchasers of Macs, iPhones and iPads last year. Microsoft released Word, Excel and... Read More on GeekWire

Facebook Messenger app passes 200M users, Zuckerberg focused on ‘private content’

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After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in February, it was clear that the social media giant saw potential on the messaging space. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about that strategy today during the company’s first quarter earnings call when asked about building out Facebook’s communication ecosystem. Zuckerberg noted that Facebook has historically focused on friends and public content, but now is turning its attention to new approaches. “You’re going to see us do more things with private content,” he said. “That ecosystem is growing incredibly quickly.” That makes sense given the acquisition of WhatsApp, which just passed the 500 million active user mark,... Read More on GeekWire

Zynga beats Q1 expectations with $168 million in revenue, driven by mobile improvements

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For the first time, Zynga said more people are playing its games on phones than they are computers, indicating that the social-gaming leader has started to make progress on becoming a mobile-first company. In the first quarter, the San Francisco company lost $61.2 million, or 7 cents a share, on revenues of $168 million to beat analyst expectations of $148 million. Zynga’s loss, which was driven by restructuring charges of $30 million –  related to the closure of data center facilities — was also in-line with what analysts were expecting. The company’s financial performance, however, was largely overshadowed by announcing an executive-level shake-up. As I reported separately,... Read More on GeekWire

F5 Networks reports $420M in revenue, net income up to $69.6M

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F5 Networks posted a solid financial results for fiscal second quarter, reporting revenues of $420 million ? up 20 percent over the same period last year ? and net income of $69.6 million. That was up from $68 million in the prior quarter, and up from $63 million in the same period last year. “There were very few surprises in the second quarter of fiscal 2014,” said John McAdam, F5 president and chief executive officer, in a press release. “During the quarter, strong demand for our software-defined application services resulted in 22 percent year-over-year product revenue growth. F5 gained slightly in... Read More on GeekWire