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 2018-12-09 23:42 

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Bezos-backed 10,000 Year Clock may open for tours in 00002 years, project chief says...

With $42 million in funding from Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, the Long Now Foundation can afford to take the long view about a massive clock designed to run for 10,000 years — but it's also open to hosting visitors in the nearer term. Tours to...

 2018-12-09 23:42 

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The team behind Bezos-backed 10,000 Year Clock is looking forward to visitors...

With $42 million in funding from Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, the Long Now Foundation can afford to take the long view about a massive clock designed to run for 10,000 years — but it's also open to hosting visitors in the nearer term. The lead...

 2018-12-09 21:03 

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'Are you there, God? It's me, Alexa.' Tech and religious leaders ponder the future of AI together...

Can a computer become God? Or, more to the point, could humans invent AI that can convincingly impersonate God — and if so, would humans bother to worship it? That was one of the questions explored Saturday by technology experts, the faithful and ev...

 2018-12-09 17:00 

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Microsoft-funded U.S.-China tech institute GIX graduates first class, reveals student projects...

The latest milestone for the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) came Sunday as the U.S.-China tech institute celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of 37 students. GIX is a partnership between the University of Washington in Seattle; Tsinghua Univers...

 2018-12-09 16:01 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 2, 2018...

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 2, 2018.... Read More...

 2018-12-08 18:00 

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'Bathtubs Over Broadway' unearths wacky corporate musicals: Where did they go?...

No fan of Broadway musicals should miss classics like "I Never Enjoyed My Operation More," "My Insurance Man" and "My Bathroom Is a Private Kind of Place." What's that? Never heard of 'em? For decades, those songs were hear...

 2018-12-08 15:00 

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How a 'driveway moment' with Microsoft's Brad Smith led to the creation of nonprofit Code.org...

As 2018's Computer Science Education Week comes to a close, a key detail has been revealed about how the week's organizer and now global computer-science advocate, Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org, began. It's what might be called, in the ling...

 2018-12-08 02:33 

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Morgan Stanley says market for self-flying cars could rise to $1.5 trillion by 2040...

The market for autonomous flying cars — also known as eVTOL aircraft, air taxis or personal air vehicles — could amount to nearly $1.5 trillion by the year 2040, according to an in-depth analysis from Morgan Stanley Research. The financial com...

 2018-12-08 00:29 

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One small step: Orion Span kicks off $5M crowdfunding campaign for space hotel...

Orion Span, a Houston-based venture that's planning to put a luxury hotel in orbit, has kicked off a crowdfunding effort aimed at raising up to $5 million in investment. The campaign is being run through SeedInvest, an online investment service that o...

 2018-12-08 00:29 

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One small step: Orion Span kicks off $2M crowdfunding campaign for space hotel...

Orion Span, a Houston-based venture that's planning to put a luxury hotel in orbit, has kicked off a crowdfunding effort aimed at raising up to $2 million in new investment. The campaign is being run through SeedInvest, an online investment service th...

 2018-12-07 22:38 

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'Celeste' and 'Into the Breach' take home prizes amid a few surprises at the Game Awards 2018...

The annual Game Awards presentation in Los Angeles on Thursday night included a few surprises, a lot of big announcements, and occasionally, the presentation of a trophy. The Pacific Northwest game-dev community was up for a lot of awards, including a sur...

 2018-12-07 22:03 

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Working Geek: Eugenio Pace's journey from failed startup to CEO of Auth0 with $110M in funding...

Eugenio Pace was destined to be a tech entrepreneur. He just jumped the gun. After earning a degree in electrical engineering and a master's in computer science in Buenos Aires, he launched a startup in his native Argentina. Young, inexperienced and l...

 2018-12-07 20:47 

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China launches Chang'e-4 probe, destined for landing and roving on moon's far side...

China's space effort launched its most ambitious robotic lunar mission to date, taking aim at a crater near the south pole on the moon's far side. The Chang'e-4 combination lander and rover were sent into space atop a Long March 3B rocket at 2...

 2018-12-07 18:58 

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NASA's InSight lander captures the first sounds of a 'windy afternoon' on Mars...

NASA's Mars InSight lander is designed primarily to study the Red Planet's interior, but it's already produced a big bonus in the form of the first listenable sounds of the Martian wind. The low-frequency sounds, plus an audio version that'...

 2018-12-07 18:42 

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Wizards of the Coast enters the esports ring with $10M for Magic: The Gathering tournaments...

Games that have been around for more than two decades need to shake things up to stay relevant. That's exactly what Wizards of the Coast is doing with Magic: The Gathering. The company announced on Thursday that it's overhauling its traditional ta...

 2018-12-07 18:38 

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Interview: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on privacy, regulating Big Tech and his presidential ambitions...

Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are debating how to regulate the tech industry, but the other Washington may beat them to the punch. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he expects the state legislature to address privacy in the upcoming session, speaking on stag...

 2018-12-07 18:23 

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Before and after: Nordstrom reboots our geeks as they show up in style for the GeekWire Gala...

Lana Neyolova looked at herself in a mirror and twirled. "Why am I an engineer?" she laughed. Kellen Ball sat on a couch nearby sipping champagne at 3 in the afternoon on a Thursday. "This is the life," he sighed. Neyolova and Ball had off...

 2018-12-07 18:08 

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Photos: Seattle celebrates the holidays in style at our 8th annual GeekWire Gala...

It was an electric scene at the historic Showbox on Thursday evening as the Seattle community came out in full force to celebrate the holidays. We had so much fun welcoming more than 800 of you for our eighth annual GeekWire Gala, presented by Smartsheet....

 2018-12-07 17:57 

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Planning documents give 1st look at Amazon's Nashville 'Operations Center of Excellence' project...

Amazon's plans for a "Operations Center of Excellence" in Nashville are starting to take shape. New plans submitted to Nashville's Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency this week call for a 300-foot, 20-story tower to be followed by ...

 2018-12-07 15:26 

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Expedia sees Google as a continuing threat, but its CEO sets aside calls for regulating the search giant...

Expedia is beating the drum that Google is a serious threat to its business — if not an existential one. Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom made that case for the Bellevue, Wash.-based travel company again on Thursday. "The internet has been litte...

 2018-12-07 00:38 

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Move over, Elon: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg 'absolutely' would go to Mars...

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg often says that the first person to set foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing-built rocket, but at today's Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit, he made it personal. "Would you go?" CNBC anchor Becky Quick, ...

 2018-12-07 00:00 

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Study: Global health ecosystem in Washington state is robust and growing, now employs 14,000 people...

Washington state's global health organizations employ more than 14,000 people and contributed about $8.8 billion to the state's economy in 2017, according to estimates from a report released this week by the Washington Global Health Alliance. The ...

 2018-12-06 23:07 

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Seattle tech scene takes center stage as Microsoft and Amazon become most-valuable companies...

Silicon Valley is thought of as the technology capital of the U.S., but it is the Seattle area that now boasts the two most-valuable companies. Microsoft and Amazon closed Thursday with market capitalizations of $838.1 billion and $830.8 billion, per CNBC...

 2018-12-06 22:39 

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More cash for Seattle startups: Local TiE network partners with Bay Area firm to create new fund...

More cash is available for Seattle startups and it's coming from a familiar place. TiE Seattle, a local non-profit startup group that helps entrepreneurs, has partnered with Bay Area-based venture capital firm Z5 Capital to create a new fund for Seatt...

 2018-12-06 22:00 

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Ably launches pop-up store to bring high-tech innovation to everyday fashion...

When most people think about cutting-edge technology, they picture electronics, software, robotics, medicine. Raj Shah thinks fashion. "There is so much room to constantly work on innovation in color, designs, styles," Shah said. "As a company...

 2018-12-06 21:46 

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Could '1984' become reality by 2024? Microsoft's Brad Smith calls for regulation of facial recognition...

Microsoft President Brad Smith is optimistic about the potential of facial recognition technology to solve a range of societal issues, like finding missing children and diagnosing diseases. But he also has serious concerns about a future in which facial r...

 2018-12-06 21:44 

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DocuSign beats Wall Street expectations, reveals executive and board shuffle...

DocuSign beat Wall Street expectations for its third quarter and raised its guidance to finish the year, sending its stock up slightly in after-hours trading. DocuSign turned a small net profit that pencils out to breaking even on earnings per share on re...

 2018-12-06 21:44 

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Showtime's 'Halo' project loses its director, but production will continue...

Rupert Wyatt, director on Showtime, Microsoft, and 343 Industries' TV adaptation of "Halo," has left the production, citing time conflicts. Back in June, Showtime announced that it had officially ordered a 10-episode season of a TV show based ...

 2018-12-06 21:09 

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Xbox head Phil Spencer foresees expanded cloud gaming, and more game monetization options...

The cloud will increasingly enable you to play the game of your choice on any device of your choice. So suggested Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's gaming division, at Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Wednesday, w...

 2018-12-06 20:09 

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NASA's Mars InSight lander snaps selfies galore, including a name check for its fans...

One week after landing on the Martian plain of Elysium Planitia, NASA's InSight lander is on a selfie-snapping spree — and the photos could be used as a guide for 2.4 million Earthlings and their descendants to look for their names. InSight'...

 2018-12-06 19:41 

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Thomson Reuters shuttering Seattle-area office of tech affiliate Legal Tracker as part of broader cuts...

Thomson Reuters will close the Bellevue, Wash. headquarters of Legal Tracker, an online billing and analytics affiliate, as part of a larger series of layoffs and office consolidations. Legal Tracker itself is not going away, but the office will close nex...

 2018-12-06 18:59 

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How climate change choked ancient life to death — and why it could happen again...

Scientists say rapidly warming oceans played a key role in the world's biggest mass extinction, 252 million years ago, and could point to the risks that lie ahead in an era of similarly rapid climate change. The latest analysis, published in this week...

 2018-12-06 18:58 

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How startups spend their money: New data shows how burn rates differ by industry and region...

After a startup raises venture capital, where does all that money go? What types of services do they purchase? Do burn rates differ depending on where a company is based? Brex, a San Francisco-based payments startup that raised $125 million in October, ai...

 2018-12-06 18:52 

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Stop the presses! WaPo employees tell HuffPo what they think of Amazon, that other Bezos company...

Getting Amazon employees to talk candidly about their company isn't the easiest assignment in journalism. But what if you technically don't work for Amazon, and yet the tech giant's CEO is still your boss? We're looking at you, Washington ...

 2018-12-06 18:20 

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Microsoft CEO joins tech leaders at White House summit on emerging technologies...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is heading to the nation's capital for a meeting at the White House Thursday. He'll be joined by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, IBM's Ginni Roomette, and other tech leaders to discuss emerging innovations like artificial...

 2018-12-06 18:20 

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Seattle biotech scores $67.5M to treat migraines and Parkinson's with drugs delivered deep into the nasal cavity...

Seattle-based biotech firm Impel NeuroPharma closed its latest round of funding, bringing in $67.5 million to develop treatments for central nervous system disorders, such as migraines and Parkinson's. This is Impel's largest fundraising round to ...

 2018-12-06 18:09 

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Microsoft confirms Chromium is the future of its browser, and Edge is coming to Windows 7 and 8...

Microsoft is giving its Edge to Chromium. On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it will adopt the Chromium open source project for its Microsoft Edge web browser on the desktop, "to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentat...

 2018-12-06 17:52 

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'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' and two other series help lead Amazon to nine Golden Globes nominations...

Amazon made another strong showing among the streaming TV pack on Thursday with nine nominations, and it also picked up one for film as the hopefuls were announced for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. Three nominations for "The Marvelous Mrs. Mais...

 2018-12-06 17:33 

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New York public radio station won't be calling Amazon's new home 'HQ2'...

When news broke that Amazon would split its immensely hyped second headquarters between two cities, journalists covering the year-long search were less than thrilled. The Information's Nick Winfield called it a "moment of reflection," adding, ...

 2018-12-06 17:24 

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This entrepreneur went from selling cookie dough to running one of Seattle's fastest-growing startups...

It was a normal day for Cole Morgan. The former collegiate quarterback was making the rounds, visiting different high schools as a salesman for cookie dough fundraiser programs. But his day — and life — changed after one particular visit to Un...

 2018-12-06 17:08 

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Bill Gates engages in potty talk with 'The Daily Show' as he explains need to reinvent the toilet...

WTF is wrong with Bill Gates? That was the question, literally, from "The Daily Show" and correspondent Ronny Chieng as the comedy news program ventured out to Seattle to find out why the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist is carr...

 2018-12-06 17:02 

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Amazon is crowdsourcing Alexa's ability to answer questions, says safeguards will keep out offensive content...

Amazon is enlisting customers to help make its digital brain Alexa better at answering questions. The tech giant today unveiled a new invite-only program called Alexa Answers, which will allow some customers to answer questions that Alexa isn't able t...

 2018-12-06 16:43 

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere dishes leadership advice and recipes in new #SlowCookerSunday cookbook...

All of those Sundays in front of the slow cooker have paid off for T-Mobile CEO John Legere — and fans of the recipes he dishes up as part of his weekly side gig. The Bellevue, Wash.-based wireless carrier announced the release Thursday of a new coo...

 2018-12-06 15:00 

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Amazon X-Ray lets viewers take a deeper dive into shows, as 2018's most popular are revealed...

Some 29 stories above the streets of Seattle, in a faux living room with a picture-perfect view of the Space Needle, Amazon managers were demonstrating technology to answer some of life's biggest questions, including a query that plagues TV viewers th...

 2018-12-06 14:00 

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Tech Moves: Google cloud vet returns to Microsoft; Ex-Avalara president joins Tango Card board; Suplari soaks up talent; and more...

It's there and back again for Seattle tech veteran David Aronchick, who is returning to Microsoft after more than a decade. Aronchick is taking on the intriguing title of head of open source machine learning strategy — a role that likely didn...

 2018-12-06 13:25 

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Lyft files for IPO in confidential SEC filing, number of shares and price range to be determined...

Ride-hailing startup Lyft is steering toward the public financial markets. In a brief statement issued Thursday morning, Lyft said it has confidentially submitted a draft registration on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for ...

 2018-12-06 00:50 

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Game Awards 2018 Preview: What to expect, who to root for, and how to vote and watch...

The video games industry hype machine has been spinning up all week for Thursday night's Game Awards, billed as the "biggest night in video games and esports." Since its founding in 2014 by Geoff Keighley, who also serves as the show's hos...

 2018-12-05 22:57 

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Microsoft AI exec joins real estate tech company Compass to lead engineering efforts...

Tech companies poach talent from each other all the time, but it's not every day that you see a tech giant lose a top executive to a real estate brokerage. Joseph Sirosh, who has been with Microsoft for the last five years, most recently as the chief ...

 2018-12-05 22:00 

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Valve adds Raspberry Pi support to Steam Link, giving gamers another streaming hardware option...

Game players who want to stream games from their Steam libraries to other devices now have a new option: the Raspberry Pi. Valve has announced through an official posting in its forums that the Steam Link service is in beta for streaming using the inexpen...

 2018-12-05 20:20 

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Tom Cruise says we're watching movies wrong on HDTV — watch him go Maverick with a hot tech tip...

No need to cue the "Mission: Impossible" theme music. This video featuring action film star Tom Cruise lacks the drama of most of the stuff he's involved with — but the message is still an important one for movie fans and tech geeks. Cru...

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