Geekwire http://kplu.org en Google patent enables pitching to caller based on background noise http://kplu.org/post/google-patent-enables-pitching-caller-based-background-noise <p>By <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/author/todd/" title="Posts by Todd Bishop">Todd Bishop</a> at <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/">Geekwire</a></p><p class="wp-caption-text">Google patented system would use noise at games and other settings to determine location and target ads.</p><p class="wp-caption-text"> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:06:44 +0000 KPLU 4588 at http://kplu.org Google patent enables pitching to caller based on background noise How much would you rent your driveway for? http://kplu.org/post/how-much-would-you-rent-your-driveway <p>By <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/author/john" title="Posts by John Cook">John Cook</a> of <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/">Geekwire</a></p><p>A new online service that allows home owners near airports, sports stadiums and movie theaters to rent out parking spots in their driveways is coming to Seattle. <a href="http://us.parkatmyhouse.com/">ParkatmyHouse</a>, a matchmaking service for drivers and property owners that&rsquo;s popular in Europe and recently expanded to New York, Boston and D.C., plans to launch its service in Seattle later this month.</p><p> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 00:26:22 +0000 KPLU 4466 at http://kplu.org How much would you rent your driveway for? Science fiction writers battle Amazon.com in pricing dispute http://kplu.org/post/science-fiction-writers-battle-amazoncom-pricing-dispute <p>By John Cook of<a href="http://www.geekwire.com/"> Geekwire</a></p><p>Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos <a href="http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/bez0int-1">traces</a> his love of books back to some of the classics of science fiction. But now one of the leading author organizations in the genre is taking up arms against the Seattle online bookseller.</p><p>The Science Fiction &amp; Fantasy Writers of America &mdash; which hosts the prestigious&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-weekend/">Nebula Awards</a>&nbsp;&ndash; announced on its <a href="http://www.sfwa.org/2012/02/sfwa-is-redirecting-amazon-com-links/">Web site today</a> that it is redirecting links to other booksellers including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.indiebound.org/">indiebound.org</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.powells.com/">Powell&rsquo;s</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/">Barnes and Noble</a>.</p><p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:57:27 +0000 KPLU 4282 at http://kplu.org Science fiction writers battle Amazon.com in pricing dispute Ben Huh on why we need to protect 'our greatest creation' - the Internet http://kplu.org/post/ben-huh-why-we-need-protect-our-greatest-creation-internet <p>By John Cook at <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/">Geekwire</a></p><p>Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh appeared today at the <a href="http://www.seattlechamber.com/Events/EventDetails.aspx?articleID=2534">In NW social media conference</a> in Seattle, offering an impassioned plea on the importance of protecting the Internet. Or, as the Internet entrepreneur dubs it: &ldquo;The greatest thing that mankind has ever created.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 23:24:21 +0000 KPLU 4168 at http://kplu.org Ben Huh on why we need to protect 'our greatest creation' - the Internet Hospitalized kids get personalized concerts through Seattle's Melodic Caring Project http://kplu.org/post/hospitalized-kids-get-personalized-concerts-through-seattles-melodic-caring-project <p>Guest feature by <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"><a href="http://www.geekwire.com/author/moniguzman" rel="author" title="Posts by Mónica Guzmán">Mónica Guzmán of Geekwire:</a></span></span></p><p>On Friday, Dec. 2 at Seattle Children&rsquo;s Hospital, 11-year-old Braydon Hutchison was crying. It wasn&rsquo;t because of his leukemia, which kept him quarantined, or the nausea and vomiting that had made him sick all day. A musician he&rsquo;d never met was playing a concert across town in his honor, calling out his name to the crowd. Braydon could see the live stream on his laptop from his hospital bed, and it finally moved him to tears.</p><p>It was the best thing that ever happened to him in the hospital, Braydon would later say. &ldquo;It made me feel really good.&rdquo;</p><p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 23:06:41 +0000 KPLU 4066 at http://kplu.org Hospitalized kids get personalized concerts through Seattle's Melodic Caring Project