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 2018-09-20 23:43 

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Paul Allen's Stratolaunch Systems lays out a roadmap for hypersonic rocket planes...

Stratolaunch Systems, the aerospace company created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it's exploring the development of a series of rocket planes that would serve as a testbed for hypersonic flight. Stephen Corda, Stratolaunch's senior tech...

 2018-09-20 23:19 

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TLDR: Amazon unveils Alexa-enabled microwave...

Today's featured stories Here's everything Amazon announced today, from a microwave to a subwoofer to new Alexa capabilities 'Alexa, cook my potato': Amazon unveils $60 WiFi-connected microwave Commentary: Alexa, stop! Amazon's smart h...

 2018-09-20 22:03 

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Why 'radical candor' is the key to providing employee feedback, according to Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader...

Providing feedback to your employees is not always easy, even for the most experienced managers. But it's a crucial part of an organization's long-term growth and success. For Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader, who helped lead the enterprise software comp...

 2018-09-20 22:02 

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Here's everything Amazon announced today, from a microwave to a subwoofer to new Alexa capabilities...

Microwave. Subwoofer. Smart plug. In-car device. Those are just a handful of the new devices Amazon debuted on Thursday as the tech giant continues to push its voice platform, Alexa, into the home and competes with others building similar technology, incl...

 2018-09-20 21:51 

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Amazon's new tools for third-party developers will put Alexa on even more screens...

Developers interested in building their own array of Alexa-powered devices will have some new tools to work with thanks to the arrival of a software-development kit and a hardware reference design introduced by Amazon during Thursday's marathon Echo e...

 2018-09-20 21:32 

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Wrench acquires rival Otobots to expand mobile car repair service nationwide...

Wrench is swooping up a rival company as it plans to expand nationwide. The Seattle car repair startup today announced the acquisition of Otobots, a Chicago-based company that also operated a marketplace matching mechanics with those needing their vehicle...

 2018-09-20 20:52 

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Adobe acquires Marketo for $4.75 billion to add enterprise marketing customers to its mix...

Adobe has been selling software to consumer marketing teams for decades, and it will start butting heads with enterprise marketing software vendors following the close of its $4.75 billion acquisition of Marketo, announced Thursday. Marketo's software...

 2018-09-20 20:31 

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Commentary: Alexa, stop! Amazon's smart home just sounds more and more like a lazy home...

I have three Amazon Echo Dot devices in my home, which is kind of an ironic admission to make at the start of a rant about new devices from the tech giant. Oh well, I don't make excuses for what the grandparents send to my kids, or the free stuff that...

 2018-09-20 20:03 

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Amazon aims to patent fulfillment centers that can ride the rails and dispatch drones...

If Amazon follows through on a pair of patent applications, future fulfillment centers could be transported on their rounds by trains, ships or trucks and deliver their goods with autonomous drones flying out from the tops of shipping containers. The on-d...

 2018-09-20 19:14 

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This app shows your friends' voting history and makes it easy to nudge them to get to the polls...

The 2014 midterm election saw the lowest voter turnout in 70 years, with just 36.4 percent of eligible voters making it to the polls. As we approach another, arguably more consequential, midterm election in November, a handful of Seattle and Washington D....

 2018-09-20 17:58 

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Watch: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' trailer is a geeky peek at the world we've created online...

Animated filmmakers figured out a while ago that the best way to get kids in theater seats is to create content that appeals to their parents, too. Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" looks like it will fit that bill for adult geeks if the ne...

 2018-09-20 17:55 

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'Alexa, cook my potato': Amazon unveils $60 WiFi-connected microwave...

Amazon really wants Alexa everywhere — even inside your microwave. Amazon unveiled a flurry of new devices on Thursday at a press event in Seattle, but perhaps most surprising was a new $60 WiFi-connected and Alexa-enabled Amazon Basics Microwave. D...

 2018-09-20 16:54 

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Tech Moves: Cloudability hires former Chef and Qumulo exec; Kymeta adds sales execs; and more...

Portland-based Cloudability has hired a new vice president of marketing: Cloud marketing leader and early Chef executive Jay Wampold. Wampold was most recently the vice president of marketing at heavily-funded cloud startup Qumulo. His LinkedIn profile in...

 2018-09-20 13:00 

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Can tech fix Seattle? Facebook, Twitter and others join new innovation council amid debate over group's role...

Tech titans and startups are joining forces to identify ways technology can help address some of Seattle's most pressing problems. The Innovation Advisory Council, announced by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in August, is coming into focus ahead of its fi...

 2018-09-20 13:00 

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Amazon set to unveil new line of Alexa-powered devices at Seattle event...

Amazon plans to unveil its next generation of devices, likely powered by the digital brain Alexa, Thursday at an event inside the famed Spheres on the tech giant's Seattle campus. GeekWire will be on the scene with all the news of the day, so check ba...

 2018-09-20 06:08 

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Search warrant links evacuation at solar observatory to child porn investigation...

A federal search warrant indicates that the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico and surrounding homes were evacuated this month not because of alien visitation, but because of a child pornography investigation. The warrant and an accompanying affidavi...

 2018-09-20 03:52 

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Transcript: 'Chief slowdown officer' Jeff Bezos shares Amazon management tips...

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke today at the Air Force Association's 2018 Air, Space and Cyber Conference, his head wasn't just up in the clouds. To be sure, he devoted a lot of attention to his Blue Origin space venture and what it could offer f...

 2018-09-20 02:00 

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Microsoft researcher cautions media not to fall prey to fringe groups flying 'false flag of conservatism'...

Fringe groups are seeking to manipulate the media and tech companies with accusations of anti-conservative bias, aiming to invoke anger among conservatives and provoke reactions from journalists and the tech industry, according to danah boyd*, a Microsoft...

 2018-09-19 23:53 

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Amazon 'Echo Sub' and Smart Plug images surface in latest Alexa leak...

Images and descriptions of two unannounced Amazon Alexa devices publicly surfaced Wednesday afternoon, providing an inadvertent sneak preview of what was previously reported to be a new wave of smart home devices from the Seattle-based tech giant. The dev...

 2018-09-19 23:47 

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TLDR: Nest secretly buys digital health startup...

Today's featured stories Nest's digital health ambitions revealed in records from secretive purchase of Seattle startup Senosis Backed by Seattle firm, Canadian pot company Tilray sees value soar to $20 billion after IPO Photographer sues Netflix ...

 2018-09-19 23:44 

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Jeff Bezos sells the Air Force on Blue Origin rockets and Amazon Web Services...

Billionaire Jeff Bezos made a subtle sales pitch for Amazon Web Services as well as the New Glenn rockets being built by his Blue Origin space venture today during a wide-ranging fireside chat at the Air Force Association's annual conference. But he s...

 2018-09-19 21:38 

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'Alexa, turn on the microwave!' Plus, the latest from Nintendo as its Switch Online service launches...

Amazon is reportedly working on several new Alexa devices to be announced in the coming weeks. They include a subwoofer, an in-car gadget and — the device getting the most buzz so far — a microwave. Is this a new era for the Alexa ecosystem? W...

 2018-09-19 21:00 

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Smartsheet expands 'second home' in Boston with room for 450 employees...

Smartsheet is growing its footprint in Boston. The Seattle-area cloud-based work management company just swooped up an additional 42,000 square feet of space at its Boston office, with room to bring on 300 more employees. Smartsheet opened the Leather Dis...

 2018-09-19 19:57 

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Amazon reportedly eyes opening up to 3,000 cashier-free Amazon Go stores by 2021...

The fourth Amazon Go store just opened, but a new report claims a lot more could be on the horizon. According to Bloomberg, Amazon is considering opening up to 3,000 locations of its cashier-less Amazon Go concept by 2021. To get to that huge number in ju...

 2018-09-19 19:29 

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What's not to 'like?' Amazon tests machine-learning driven Scout instant recommendation engine...

It's a moment familiar to many Amazon shoppers: search or browse, and you're presented with an overwhelming array of product choices. Sometimes, you freeze. But we all know how to click on a button to vote up or down what we like or don't like...

 2018-09-19 19:13 

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EU opens antitrust probe into Amazon over how the retailer uses data from smaller sellers...

The European Union is looking into how Amazon handles data from smaller sellers in its marketplace. Regulators want to find out whether Amazon is using that information to gain an advantage for products the Seattle e-commerce giant sells directly. If, for...

 2018-09-19 18:00 

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DNA evidence zeroes in on three African cartels behind illegal elephant ivory trade...

DNA evidence and lots of detective work have revealed the networks behind illegal trade in African elephant ivory, centering on three smuggling cartels in Kenya, Uganda and Togo. The case is laid out in a paper written by a team led by Samuel Wasser, head...

 2018-09-19 17:42 

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Nest's digital health ambitions revealed in records from secretive purchase of Seattle startup Senosis...

Google-owned Nest has been secretly laying the groundwork for a move into digital health products, a potential new line of business for a company that made its mark in smart thermostats and other connected home devices, according to previously confidentia...

 2018-09-19 17:24 

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Photographer sues Netflix after his storm cloud image shows up in 'Stranger Things' concept art...

Creepy storm clouds looming over the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., are a regular occurrence in the Netflix series "Stranger Things." But one particular cloud used for the streaming hit looked a little too much like a photograph captured many mi...

 2018-09-19 16:50 

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Backed by Seattle firm, Canadian pot company Tilray sees value soar to $20 billion after IPO...

A Seattle-based marijuana investment firm and a well-known Silicon Valley venture capitalist are seeing dollar signs this week as shares of Canadian pot company Tilray soar. Tilray's stock has spiked more than 300 percent since it became the first can...

 2018-09-19 16:17 

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Amazon employees donate the most money to these political candidates and issues...

For hundreds of Amazon employees, blue isn't just the color of the signature staff badges they wear to work. It's a political identity. Since 2006, 90 percent of the Amazon employee political contributions went to Democratic-aligned committees and...

 2018-09-19 14:35 

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Amazon to move past Microsoft for No. 3 spot in advertising revenue, new study finds...

Amazon is on track to displace Microsoft in U.S. advertising revenues this year, joining Google and Facebook as one of the top three digital ad publishers. That's the conclusion of the latest forecast from eMarketer. The marketing research firm now ex...

 2018-09-19 12:00 

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Silverback Therapeutics raises $37.5M, unveils tech that targets therapies to disease locations...

Silverback Therapeutics, a stealthy biotechnology startup, gave the first glimpse of its technology Wednesday as it announced an additional $37.5 million in funding, bringing its Series A round to a total of $47.5 million. The new funds come from Silverba...

 2018-09-19 12:00 

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'Work is broken': Limeade acquires Sitrion as company aims to boost employee engagement...

Limeade continues to march forward on its mission to improve employee engagement at work. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company today announced the acquisition of Sitrion, a Denver-based maker of an employee communications app called ONE. Limeade, which sells...

 2018-09-19 07:01 

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BluHaptics rebrands itself as Olis Robotics and acquires machine language startup...

For five years, a University of Washington spin-out called BluHaptics has been building up a business focusing on robotic control software for underwater robots — and now the Seattle startup is stepping things up a notch under a new name: Olis Robot...

 2018-09-19 07:01 

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BluHaptics rebrands itself as Olis Robotics and acquires machine learning startup...

For five years, a University of Washington spin-out called BluHaptics has been building up a business focusing on robotic control software for underwater robots — and now the Seattle startup is stepping things up a notch under a new name: Olis Robot...

 2018-09-19 01:10 

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TLDR: SpaceX's first customer for a flight around the moon...

Today's featured stories Japan's Yusaku Maezawa revealed as first customer for SpaceX trip around the moon After helping defeat a tax for affordable housing, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos step up on homelessness Amazon marks another Emmy Awards first ...

 2018-09-19 00:07 

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Fascinating! Astronomers spot super-Earth orbiting Mr. Spock's fictional home star...

Has the planet Vulcan been found? Vulcan's most famous fictional inhabitant, Mr. Spock of "Star Trek" fame, would certainly raise an eyebrow if he heard that astronomers have detected a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting the star that&...

 2018-09-18 23:00 

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After helping defeat a tax for affordable housing, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos step up on homelessness...

On a crisp fall Tuesday in Seattle, representatives from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's philanthropic organization joined with community groups to break ground on a new homeless resource center to house up to 94 families in the shadow of a new ligh...

 2018-09-18 22:32 

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Paul Allen's Stratolaunch Systems puts its brand on the world's biggest airplane...

News Brief: The mammoth plane that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Stratolaunch Systems is testing at California's Mojave Air and Space Port now bears the name of the billionaire and his air-launch venture. In photos tweeted this week, Stratolau...

 2018-09-18 22:26 

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Lessons from Amazon: How working at the tech giant helped this founder shape his new company...

Amazon DNA flows deeply within Perfect Loop. The Seattle startup, which helps match job candidates with employers, was founded in 2016 by three co-founders who have a combined 15 years of experience working at Amazon as product managers, machine learning ...

 2018-09-18 22:16 

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Batcave on lockdown? Man's smart doorbell locks him out of house when it thinks he's Batman...

It'd be one thing to not recognize Batman, since the famed superhero has been played by so many different actors. But what if your smart doorbell didn't recognize you, and thought you were Batman? Holy ding dong ditch, Robin, it happened! A Nest H...

 2018-09-18 21:10 

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SpaceX's round-the-moon trip could have VR, 'Space Bar' and in-flight entertainment...

It's been only a day since SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the plan to send Yusaku Maezawa and roughly half a dozen artists around the moon, but folks are already nominating themselves (and others) for a free trip. Maezawa is paying an undisclosed but r...

 2018-09-18 20:48 

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Microsoft launches 'groundbreaking' Flagship School initiative with 17 schools globally...

Microsoft is deepening its efforts in education by literally getting in on the ground floor. On Tuesday, it launched its Microsoft Flagship School Program, announcing partnerships with 17 schools around the globe. Or soon-to-be schools. Microsoft's pr...

 2018-09-18 19:12 

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Capcom Vancouver officially shut down; 'Dead Rising' developers let go as part of restructuring...

Capcom Vancouver is officially shutting down. The studio was primarily responsible for development on the popular but recently troubled Dead Rising franchise, as well as the now-shuttered mobile game Puzzle Fighter. As a result, 158 employees are expected...

 2018-09-18 19:00 

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Microsoft adds AI and mixed reality capabilities to Dynamics 365 business apps as it battles Salesforce...

Microsoft is putting some additional horsepower behind its Dynamics 365 business applications, with the addition of new artificial intelligence tools and mixed reality capabilities. Dynamics 365 combines customer relationship management software and enter...

 2018-09-18 17:36 

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Tesla stock declines after report of criminal probe into Elon Musk's 'funding secured' comment...

Tesla shares fell by as much as 6.5 percent today after Bloomberg News reported that the electric-car company was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department, focusing on CEO Elon Musk's claims that he had secured the funding to ...

 2018-09-18 17:20 

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Here are more than 50 women VCs and angel investors backing startups in Seattle and Portland...

Studies show that women-led startups outperform their male counterparts in revenue. Other research indicates that companies with more gender diversity generate better financial returns. Yet less than 3 percent of venture capital dollars went to all-women ...

 2018-09-18 16:30 

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NetApp acquires Seattle's StackPointCloud for its multicloud Kubernetes expertise...

If the multicloud movement has staying power, Kubernetes is the technology that will make it happen. NetApp added a Kubernetes service to its hybrid cloud product strategy Tuesday by acquiring StackPointCloud, a Seattle startup that offers an easier way t...

 2018-09-18 15:37 

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Postmates raises massive $300M round as CEO hints at 2019 IPO...

Delivery startup Postmates has raised a huge $300 million funding, pushing its valuation over $1 billion as it battles a bevy of competitors such as Amazon, DoorDash, Uber Eats and more. As first reported by Forbes, Tiger Global led the round, which value...

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