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Comcast increases Internet speeds for customers in Washington, Oregon and other states

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Comcast announced this week that it’s increasing the speeds in some of its most popular bundles in many states for no extra charge. The Performance Pro tier pumps up speeds from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps, while Blast Pro ups browsing from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps. The free speed upgrades are available today in Washington and Houston, and are coming later this month to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin. – James Risley, GeekWire

Amazon Fire TV update includes support for streaming in hotels and dorm rooms

Amazon.com this morning announced a series of updates for its Fire TV set-top box and Fire TV Stick, including a new feature that will allow the streaming devices to work over WiFi in hotels, dorm rooms and other networks that require special web authentication before getting online. […] The updates are Amazon’s latest move to compete with the likes of Roku and Google’s Chromecast in the market for streaming media devices. – Todd Bishop, GeekWire
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Sling TV brings streaming channels to Xbox One with 1-month trial

Xbox one owners who want to ditch their cable connection have a new tool to speed them on their way today. […] Pricing for Sling TV starts at $20 for the “Best of Live TV” package that includes 17 channels. Users can also choose to add additional channels through the service’s Sports Extra, News Extra, Kids Extra, Hollywood Extra and Lifestyle Extra packages, which each cost $5 a month. People who own an Xbox will also get a whole month to try out the service, which is longer than the one week trial timeframe that’s available to other customers. – Blair Hanley Frank, GeekWire
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Techstars Seattle grad Magicflix raises $500K for kid-friendly video platform

Magicflix, a Seattle-startup that provides a curated video service for kids with safe and age-appropriate content, has raised a $500,000 seed round. […] Magicflix has built an ad-free video platform that curates fun and educational content from around the world. Co-founders Mamtha Banerjee and Nandini Shrinidhi came up with the idea after speaking with parents who shared a similar worry for their kids watching inappropriate videos on YouTube. […] The Magicflix app, which costs $4.99 a month, has racked up more than 65,000 downloads. – Taylor Soper, GeekWire 
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Spotify finally launches free music streaming on Windows Phone

Spotify released an update to its app for Windows Phone users that allows them to get free, ad-supported music streaming. The update finally brings the app to rough parity with its siblings on iOS and Android, which got the ability to stream gratis in December of last year. Like the capability Spotify brought to its other mobile apps, users can listen to a shuffled version of an artist’s entire discography on demand, or listen to playlists they’ve made or pre-selected. It’s not quite unlimited, on-demand streaming – which the company reserves for Premium subscribers – but it does provide free users more than just access to Spotify Radio like they had in the past. – Blair Hanley Frank,GeekWire
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