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Juno Therapeutics stock rises 45% after first day as public company

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Juno Therapeutics‘ first day as a public company is in the books ? and it certainly was a good one. The Seattle biotech startup priced its initial public offering Thursday night at $24 per share and sold 11 million shares to raise $264 million. By the end of Friday, the company’s stock was trading at $35, or up 45 percent in just one day. The heavily-funded cancer research company that was formed just 16 months ago priced its IPO above the expected range of $21 to $23 per share, signaling strong demand for the spin out of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, … Read More on GeekWire

App of the Week: Amazon’s Surprise makes last-minute gifting a snap

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We?ve all had those moments ? you look at the calendar, notice a holiday or someone?s birthday, and think ?oh no, I?ve forgotten a gift.? What?s worse is realizing it at a time when there?s no way you could possibly pick one up before it?s too late. Amazon has come to the rescue with a new, free app for iPhone and Android called Surprise. It allows users to create e-cards for a variety of occasions, including Hanukkah, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and more, with a variety of designs for each holiday and event. The app?s killer feature is the ability to easily … Read More on GeekWire

The geeky tech behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of one of the technological marvels of modern geek culture. I am, of course, referring to the animated Rankin/Bass television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Unlike A Charlie Brown Christmas and Dr. Seuss? How the Grinch Stole Christmas (which mark their five decades in 2015 and 2016, respectively), Rudolph employed the painstaking, and Lego minifig friendly, technique of stop-motion animation. So when the #Rudolph hashtag flashed across the screen during this year?s golden jubilee broadcast on CBS, it wasn?t just a quaint attempt by nostalgia to be nerdy. It was an echo of how … Read More on GeekWire

T-Mobile to pay $90 million over bill ‘cramming’

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T-Mobile will pay out $90 million in a massive settlement over the company’s involvement in “cramming” practices, following months of legal wrangling with the Federal Trade Commission and states’ Attorneys General. The settlement stems from so-called premium SMS providers charging wireless subscribers for services they didn’t want by adding a fee to their wireless bill. Premium SMS providers would send users snippets of information in text form, like daily horoscopes or weather reports, and then add a charge for that service to a user’s phone bill. At times, they’d sign people up without informing them of the charge for such … Read More on GeekWire

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel plans to live to 120, with a little help from his friend HGH

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Well, here’s some more interesting news about the lifestyle habits of the tech world’s rich and famous. Venture capitalist and weed investor Peter Thiel takes human growth hormones to build muscle mass. In an interview with Bloomberg, the 47-year-old PayPal co-founder says that “he plans to live until he’s 120.” To help him hit that benchmark, Thiel also follows the Paleo diet and doesn’t have any refined sugar, other than some red wine now and again. He’s also hopeful that we’ll find a cure for cancer within the next decade. According to Bloomberg: “Thiel?s Founders Fund is investing in a number of … Read More on GeekWire

The ‘in’ crowd: Twitter and Instagram use up, Facebook down with teens

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Facebook’s popularity among the 13- to 17-year-old set dropped once again this year, according to a new report by Frank N. Magid Associates Inc. out yesterday. Users, or “people,” in that demographic dropped to 88 percent, from 94 percent in 2013. The kids are all right, at least social-media wise. They’re migrating to new apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp, and both Twitter and Instagram reported more engagement with teens. “Facebook stopped discussing teen usage on its earnings calls after last year?s disclosure alarmed investors. While the issue was all but forgotten as the company?s advertising revenue reached new highs, it?s … Read More on GeekWire

Man controls robotic prosthetic arms with his mind, thanks to Johns Hopkins

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Another one to file under the Science is Awesome category: Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory has engineered prosthetic arms that can be controlled with the mind. The recipient of the robot arms, Les Baugh from Colorado, lost both his arms 40 years ago in an electrical accident. With his new arms, he has become the person in history to control his bionic limbs with his mind. How does it work? “It?s a relatively new surgical procedure that reassigns nerves that once controlled the arm and the hand,” says Johns Hopkins trauma surgeon Albert Chi. “By reassigning existing nerves, we can make … Read More on GeekWire