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 2018-01-16 21:20 

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As Amazon's Spheres near opening day, website launches to showcase unique Seattle structures...

Five years after they were first proposed as an indoor space filled with plants and tall trees, The Spheres at the base of the tall towers on Amazon's downtown Seattle campus are close to opening. And a new website is up and running to showcase all th...

 2018-01-16 21:17 

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Zillow sued over how it displays Zestimate home valuation tool in some partner listings...

A group in New Jersey sued Zillow Group this week, alleging that letting some partners move the Zestimate valuation tool lower down on listings hurts competition and amounts to a violation of U.S. anti-trust laws. In a suit filed Monday in U.S. District C...

 2018-01-16 21:01 

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Washington among 22 states suing over FCC's net neutrality repeal...

News Brief: A coalition of 22 states and the District of Columbia have filed a petition to appeal the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rollback. Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his counterparts in states cross the country claim the...

 2018-01-16 20:10 

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Will streaming kill off movie theaters? An argument for why Amazon and Netflix should buy big screens...

My kids had the day off from school on Monday, and went to the movie theater to see "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." They had a great time. But I'm at the point in my movie-going life where, if I was home, my reaction might have been, "Yo...

 2018-01-16 18:34 

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Amazon's health ambitions confirmed? Company seeks medical data compliance leader for mysterious new initiative...

Amazon appears to be preparing for a serious move into the world of health. GeekWire has unearthed an Amazon job listing seeking an "HIPAA Compliance Lead," referring to the federal privacy law that governs how health data is stored and used. The ...

 2018-01-16 18:33 

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Twitter COO predicts streaming devices like Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast will go extinct in 5 years...

Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, and other streaming devices won't be around in five years. That's the prediction Twitter COO Anthony Noto made last week at CES on a panel hosted by Turner Sports about the evolving content consumption and dis...

 2018-01-16 18:13 

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Seattle writer who wrote viral cinnamon roll post is 'tired and paranoid' after being hacked on Twitter...

Seattle writer — and viral baking sensation — Geraldine DeRuiter is back on Twitter after having her account taken over, wiped clean and locked by a hacker. DeRuiter is the voice behind The Everywhereist blog and author of the book "All Ov...

 2018-01-16 17:26 

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Google announces plans for five new cloud computing regions, as well as new undersea cables...

In 2018 Google will launch five new cloud computing regions around the world, adding capacity as it gears up to take on its cloud rivals. The company announced Tuesday that the new regions — Los Angeles, Montreal, the Netherlands, Finland, and Hong ...

 2018-01-16 16:21 

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Shortcut to Silicon Valley? Alaska Airlines will fly to 8 cities from Everett's Paine Field...

Alaska Airlines says it'll offer daily nonstop flights to eight cities including San Jose, Calif., from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., with the aim of helping travelers circumvent traffic jams on the road in Seattle and in the terminals at Seattle-Tac...

 2018-01-16 14:00 

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Comcast Cable signs new cloud deal with Amazon Web Services, building on its hybrid cloud strategy...

Amazon Web Services will start out the new year with an expanded cloud commitment from Comcast Cable to deploy new applications on AWS and move some older ones. You probably know Comcast Cable better as Xfinity, the cable TV and internet service provider ...

 2018-01-16 14:00 

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Smartsheet makes first acquisition, buys Converse.AI to integrate voice assistants and AI into workflow automation...

Smartsheet is making its first acquisition ever as the Bellevue, Wash.-based company aims to integrate artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology into its cloud-based work management platform. Smartsheet today announced the acquisi...

 2018-01-16 13:00 

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Jama Software acquires Notion, a fellow Portland-based product-development tool maker...

Portland's Jama Software has snapped up some new business intelligence technology with the acquisition of Notion, in hopes of adding some additional expertise to its own systems management software products. Terms of the deal involving crosstown start...

 2018-01-16 10:00 

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Tech Moves: Concur co-founder Mike Hilton joins Apptentive board; Samsung cloud leader lands at AWS; and more...

Mike Hilton, the longtime Seattle tech executive best known as the co-founder of expense management company Concur, has signed onto the board of directors of mobile tech startup Apptentive, the company announced Tuesday. Hilton will serve as an independen...

 2018-01-15 22:57 

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Microsoft and Alibaba AI programs beat humans in Stanford reading comprehension test for 1st time...

Machines can already outplay us in chess, poker and other games, and now they are becoming better readers as well. AI programs from both Microsoft and Alibaba outperformed humans earlier this month on a reading comprehension data set developed at Stanford...

 2018-01-15 22:03 

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Biologists sniff out another method that microbes use to make methane...

News brief: Every year, microbes produce hundreds of millions of tons of methane, a greenhouse gas that's more potent than carbon dioxide. Scientists had thought the job was done exclusively through methanogenesis. But in the journal Nature Microbiolo...

 2018-01-15 20:02 

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WeWork to double Seattle footprint in 2018 as co-working giant continues global expansion...

WeWork this month opened its fifth location in the Seattle area, with a lot more on the way. WeWork will open three more Seattle locations this year and another next year, the company said, bringing it to nine offices in Seattle and Bellevue. A WeWork spo...

 2018-01-15 19:29 

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Researchers unveil biomaterials that 'act like autonomous computers' to deliver drugs...

Drugs and other treatments can be life-saving, but sometimes those life-saving abilities can also have harmful side effects. Researchers at the University of Washington were looking for a way to eliminate those side effects, but the solution they came up ...

 2018-01-15 18:46 

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Scientists want future space telescopes to look for risky signs of alien civilizations...

Global warming and nuclear blasts may be bad for humanity, but astrobiologists say they could be good indicators of the presence of intelligent life on distant worlds. Such signatures of risky biological behavior should therefore be included in the list o...

 2018-01-15 18:17 

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JetClosing raises more cash to expand mobile-first real estate closing platform...

JetClosing is finding traction with its mobile-first real estate closing platform. The Seattle startup just raised another $800,000 via a convertible note from existing investors Trilogy Equity Partners and Pioneer Square Labs to help fuel growth. Total f...

 2018-01-15 17:52 

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Amazon and Seattle's NBA dreams: Steve Ballmer on the city's prospects for bringing back the Sonics...

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a unique perspective on Seattle's chances of bringing back the NBA, as the owner of the L.A. Clippers and a key player in past efforts to retain the Sonics and then land a new team. He has made it clear from the ...

 2018-01-15 17:14 

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Amazon leases 2 more Seattle office buildings, continuing hometown growth as HQ2 looms...

Amazon has leased two office buildings in its home base neighborhood of South Lake Union, showing yet again that its plan to open up a second North American headquarters has not slowed the company's explosive growth in Seattle. The buildings are a new...

 2018-01-15 15:56 

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Chart: Here are the U.S. states that attracted the most venture capital in Q4...

Looking for venture capital? You better cruise the streets of San Francisco and the boulevards of Silicon Valley. California remains the number one place for venture capital activity with $8.9 billion invested in the state during the fourth quarter, accor...

 2018-01-14 20:10 

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Charles Barkley on why we don't need smart toilets and more tech talk from our CES interview...

Wipe your own ass, America. That might not be the best campaign slogan if Charles Barkley decides to run for president in 2020, but it was his message to the geeks last week at CES. We had a lot of fun catching up with the NBA legend and current TNT hoops...

 2018-01-14 16:52 

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Indie survival game 'The Flame in the Flood' finds new life on Nintendo Switch...

Nintendo Switch may be the most indie-friendly game console the company has ever released. Every week more and more indie games are released in the Nintendo eShop, both new games and re-releases of games that came out before the Switch was launched. The F...

 2018-01-14 16:01 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 7, 2018...

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 7, 2018.... Read More...

 2018-01-14 16:00 

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Best fast food burger in Las Vegas? It's the one that's coming to Seattle's South Lake Union...

LAS VEGAS — Depending on your motivation, appetite, price point and more, Las Vegas is probably no different than any other place — you can eat really well, or you can eat really poorly. Factor in the crush of CES crowds, and the tendency to g...

 2018-01-14 00:24 

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'Cosmos' will return to television in 2019, countering alternative facts with science...

Like hope, "Cosmos" springs eternal. That's the message Ann Druyan is delivering with the news that "Cosmos," the science-minded TV show pioneered by her late husband, world-renowned physicist Carl Sagan, is returning to Fox and Nation...

 2018-01-13 19:13 

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Hawaii receives alert warning of incoming ballistic missile that turns out to be false alarm...

Hawaiians received a startling emergency alert on mobile devices and across televisions on Saturday morning warning that a ballistic missile was headed toward the state. But officials soon confirmed that it was a false alarm. Twitter was a mix of panic an...

 2018-01-13 16:00 

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Photos: It's not a car show, but CES sure is a showcase for some very cool vehicles...

LAS VEGAS — The biggest automakers in the world have certainly caught on, and joined the race that traditionally has served as a showcase for everything from home electronics and appliances to toys, gadgets and robots. Walking through and around the...

 2018-01-13 15:45 

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Week In Geek Podcast: We meet our ping-pong robot overlords, and a big shift in venture capital funding...

It's no average week for the tech world — in fact, this week marked the biggest tech event in the U.S., the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. A team of GeekWire reporters has been on the ground in Las Vegas following all the action, and on...

 2018-01-13 00:05 

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Amazon is expanding in Portland, as AWS Elemental signs lease for new space...

AWS Elemental is set to increase its presence in Portland, signing a lease to take over space in a building scheduled to be completed later this fall. The deal, first reported by Portland Business Journal, was confirmed by AWS Elemental. Amazon will take ...

 2018-01-12 22:49 

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Tech Moves: Hillel Cooperman named SVP at Oracle; Seattle architecture leader Karen Thomas promoted at Gensler; CrowdCow taps startup vet Fioca; etc....

Longtime Seattle tech design leader Hillel Cooperman has joined Oracle as the company's senior vice president of user experience and design, according to his LinkedIn profile. GeekWire reached out to Cooperman to discuss his new role, and an Oracle sp...

 2018-01-12 21:52 

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Geek of the Week: UW student Christine Betts wins first Allen Institute for AI engineering scholarship...

Christine Betts sometimes feels overwhelmed because she "only started programming in college" but a glance at her long list of accomplishments shows the college junior is miles ahead of many people well into their careers. She graduated high schoo...

 2018-01-12 21:05 

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GeekWire Calendar Picks: Hear Zoe Quinn, Bob Ferguson and others at the Crosscut Festival; Glimpse the future of AI; and more...

In 2013, indie video game developer Zoe Quinn became the target of relentless and coordinated online harassment by men in the video game community. The harassment spread to other women in video games and eventually became known as Gamergate. Quinn is now ...

 2018-01-12 20:03 

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Man vs. machine: Watch who wins as GeekWire takes on a ping-pong playing robot that never rests...

LAS VEGAS — I'm always on the lookout for the next great ping-pong playing machine. I just didn't think that player would actually be a machine. With the GeekWire Bash — our annual geeky anniversary extravaganza — coming up on Ma...

 2018-01-12 18:52 

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CES Day 4 recap: Checking in with Microsoft and wrapping up a wacky week at the big tech show...

It was another crazy week at CES learning about how technology may shape the future. Team GeekWire was on the ground in Las Vegas for the past four days at the world's biggest tech show, where we covered everything from robot lawnmowers to air taxis t...

 2018-01-12 18:37 

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I welcome our robot overlords, as long as they'll mow my lawn like this LG gadget does...

LAS VEGAS — I generally count myself as an automation skeptic. I worry about the impact it could have on jobs, and the fallout such changes could bring. But for the right innovation, I will apparently throw all that out the window. For you see, ther...

 2018-01-12 18:00 

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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $33M to fund scholarships for Dreamers as immigration battle heats up...

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon and Blue Origin founder and the wealthiest person in the world, is wading into the issue of immigration through his philanthropy. On Friday, Bezos and his wife, author MacKenzie Bezos, donated $33 million to TheDream.US, an organiza...

 2018-01-12 18:00 

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Catching up with sports stars at CES; NHL in Seattle a 'perfect fit'; and more sports tech news...

TAYLOR'S TAKE ON THE WEEK IN SPORTS TECH: I've just returned from a week at CES, where sports tech was once again a topic of focus at the world's largest technology show in Las Vegas. I ran into everyone from the world's fastest man &mdash...

 2018-01-12 17:08 

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Inside Seattle's startup scene: GeekWire and MOHAI partner on Jan. 22 event that explores entrepreneurship...

Startups are hard. We've all heard that adage before. But by sharing stories and lessons learned — including a few well-earned battle scars — we can make the entrepreneurial journey a little less turbulent. That will be the goal of a speci...

 2018-01-12 16:09 

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Catching up with Steve Ballmer on AI, sports tech, the economy, fake news and life after Microsoft...

It has been nearly four years since Steve Ballmer left his job as Microsoft CEO, and he's noticeably more relaxed these days. "One of the nice things about having four or five unrelated things you work on (is that) people always assume you're ...

 2018-01-12 15:00 

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MLS launches 'eMLS,' a new FIFA esports league with one pro gamer representing each team...

Major League Soccer is following in the footsteps of the NBA with its own esports league. MLS announced Friday the creation of "eMLS," a new competitive gaming league organized in partnership with EA Sports. MLS teams — 19 of 23 at the outse...

 2018-01-12 02:33 

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Intel: Our initial fix for the Meltdown and Spectre chip design flaws had flaws...

Intel continued to undermine the confidence placed in its chips by more than 90 percent of data center customers on Thursday by quietly advising those customers that the fixes it released for massive design flaws were, in fact, flawed. A report from The W...

 2018-01-12 01:56 

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Rocket launch in India tonight carries high stakes for Planetary Resources and Spaceflight Industries...

A rocket set to lift off from India's Satish Dhawan Space Center just before 8 p.m. Pacific time Thursday will be carrying important payloads for two companies from the Seattle region: Spaceflight Industries and Planetary Resources. The Arkyd-6 spacec...

 2018-01-12 01:16 

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Where's Cortana? Microsoft is playing the long game as Amazon and Google dominate CES...

LAS VEGAS — Lost in the shuffle of Amazon and Google's digital assistant showdown this week at CES is another tech giant's virtual brain: Microsoft's Cortana. Unlike fellow tech heavyweights Facebook and Apple, which don't go to CES,...

 2018-01-11 23:01 

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Hands on with Microsoft's hardware cornucopia at tech giant's behind-the-scenes CES booth...

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft is typically more low key at CES than fellow tech giant Amazon, and this year Google, but every year it opens its doors to the press to check out and play with its latest in-house devices and new offerings from its many tech gi...

 2018-01-11 21:23 

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Who will pay for Meltdown and Spectre? Chip flaws could leave a financial mess in their wake...

2018 greeted CIOs around the planet in quite rude fashion, following the revelation of two 20-year-old undiscovered security flaws in the chips that run their clouds and data centers last week. The patches required to fix the flaws haven't affected ev...

 2018-01-11 21:15 

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Unified Robotics program for intellectually disabled students looks to keep growing...

Sometimes a sea change can start with something as simple as wanting to make sure your sister feels included. That was the case for the launch of Special Olympics Unified Robotics, a program that pairs students with intellectual disabilities to those with...

 2018-01-11 20:53 

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Nintendo races into 2018 with new titles, remastered ports, and game updates...

What is the secret you're seeking? I know it, I know it, ha HA! I can't tell you! It's hiding somewhere and no peeking! Go find it, go find it, scra-CAW! pic.twitter.com/uOzojBR7A4 — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 5, 2018...

 2018-01-11 20:31 

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CES Day 3 recap: Power goes out at world's biggest tech show while human-like robots draw attention...

LAS VEGAS — The big topic of discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday was not so much about future gadgets and products, but rather a more basic technology: electricity. A power outage caused by heavy rainfall from a day prior turned...

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