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Nordstrom may partner with Apple for mobile payments

Seattle Nordstrom (Photo: Prayitno0
Nordstrom may be one of the key players in a new payments program being devised by Apple, according to a report by Bank Innovation today. Sources close to Nordstrom tell the news site that the two companies are in talks about payments, though it’s unclear how far along the talks are. Apple is reportedly interested in including a major fashion brand like Nordstrom as a launch partner for a new payments program that the company is rumored to launch alongside the next version of the iPhone later this month. The Seattle-based retailer was chosen because of its network of physical retail stores, as well … Read More on GeekWire

Amazon, Microsoft execs put $7M into Seattle fund that accelerates Indian startups

United Seed Fund founders Dave Richards and Will Poole.
A group of Amazon and Microsoft executives, along with organizations like the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, have poured in $7 million to the Unitus Seed Fund, a venture capital fund designed to help entrepreneurs in India get new ventures off the ground. People like Diego Piacentini, SVP of International Consumer Business at Amazon, and Steve Singh, CEO of Concur, participated in the new round. Others include execs at Microsoft like Soma Somasegar and Bharat Shah; Social Venture Partners leaders Todd Vogel and Lance Fors; financial services executive Geeta Iyer; and McKinsey executive Dilip Wagle. A handful of other foundations also contributed. The fresh … Read More on GeekWire

Launch Pads: Zulily revamps old RealNetworks HQ with playrooms, photo studios

Dylan McCarthy, the son of GeekWire staff reporter Tricia Duryee, accompanied us on the visit to Zulily and tried his hand at modeling.
Not many companies have a playroom for babies and toddlers in the lobby, but that’s exactly what you’ll see right as you enter Zulily’s headquarters. Zulily, which debuted in 2007 and went public back in November, has seen unprecedented growth in selling clothing, toys and home goods to moms. As a result, the daily deals site recently moved into the Seattle Trade & Technology Center along Elliott Avenue, which was previously home to RealNetworks. The new space is home to a vast majority of the company’s 1,716 employees, who range from apparel buyers to photographers to software engineers. Zulily also employs another 1,000 associates … Read More on GeekWire

Concur shares soar amid reports of potential sale to SAP, Oracle

The Concur executive team with Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee (far left) at their new HQ grand opening last summer.
Shares of Concur are up nearly 16 percent in after-hours trading following a report from Bloomberg noting the company’s interest in a potential sale. Bloomberg notes that the Bellevue-based travel expense company is working with SAP on a potential transaction, and previously reached out to Oracle, which has since pulled out of acquisition talks. Concur beat expectations with GAAP revenue of $178 million in its quarterly earnings report last month, marking an increase of 29 percent from the year-ago quarter. It?s been a busy past couple of months for the 21-year-old company, which added more than 1,000 new customers last quarter and inked partnerships with United, Airbnb and Uber in … Read More on GeekWire

Apple says celebrity accounts were part of a ‘targeted attack’ on usernames, passwords

Jennifer Lawrence was one of the celebrities whose pictures
Apple has responded to concerns today that certain celebrities’ private photos were leaked this weekend from their online accounts. In a statement this afternoon, Apple said it was a very targeted attack, and that there was no widespread security breach in any of its systems, including iCloud or Find my iPhone. Here’s the full statement: We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple?s engineers to discover the source. Our customers? privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 … Read More on GeekWire

Microsoft brings monthly subscriptions to Office for iPad

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iPad users can now use their Apple accounts to buy Microsoft Office subscriptions in recurring monthly installments, thanks to a new update to the Office for iPad suite. In the past, users who wanted to sign up for a monthly subscription had to visit Microsoft’s website and set up an account there before they could use the suite to edit documents on their tablet. Users can choose to pay $9.99 a month for an Office 365 Home subscription that allows them to register 5 computers and 5 tablets to use Microsoft’s productivity suite, or pay $6.99 a month for a Personal … Read More on GeekWire

Google rebrands enterprise products as ‘Google for Work’


Google announced today that it is rebranding its products for businesses as “Google for Work” as a part of the company’s ongoing push to get its services better integrated into companies that have traditionally been served by other technology vendors. The Google for Work brand encompasses all of the company’s enterprise products, including its Google Apps for Work productivity and collaboration suite. It’s a move by Google to continue to encroach on territory that has been controlled by Microsoft in the past. The company is trying to leverage the consumer popularity of Gmail, Google search and Android into a lasting … Read More on GeekWire