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 2021-02-25 07:43 

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Biden signs executive order to investigate semiconductor shortage affecting electronic goods...

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that will start an investigation into critical shortages of various necessary goods in the U.S. This includes the global semiconductor shortage, which has dramatically affected the manufactur...

 2021-02-25 06:44 

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'Halo' TV show will air in 2022, alongside 'Star Trek,' on new Paramount+ streaming service...

The long-awaited live-action adaptation of Halo has a new release date, as well as a new network. It's now scheduled to air in the first quarter of 2022, as a flagship show on the new Paramount+ streaming service. Paramount+, in turn, is a rebranding ...

 2021-02-25 01:06 

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Adaptive Biotech revenue up 25%; company launches T-cell test for past COVID-19 infections...

Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies, which develops technology to sequence the human immune system to diagnose and treat disease, posted revenue of $30.2 million for the fourth quarter, up 25% from a year ago. The company's quarterly net loss more ...

 2021-02-25 00:17 

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Paleontologists use fossilized teeth to flesh out ancient tale of earliest primates...

The shapes of fossilized teeth from 65.9 million-year-old, squirrel-like creatures suggest that the branch of the tree of life that gave rise to us humans and other primates flowered while dinosaurs still walked the earth. That's the claim coming from...

 2021-02-24 21:18 

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Redfin beats Q4 earnings estimates with $244M in revenue and record traffic...

Redfin beat analyst expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter, reporting revenue of $244.5 million, up 5% year-over-year, and earnings per share of $0.11. Wall Street expected revenue of $235 million and earnings per share of $0.04. Redfin's monthly ...

 2021-02-24 20:10 

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Seattle City Light to turn vacant lot into electric vehicle charging site run by third-party providers...

An empty lot near the western edge of Seattle is destined to become a charging site for electric vehicles, according to project plans from Seattle City Light. The gravel lot in the Ballard neighborhood at 2826 NW Market St. is owned by Seattle City Light ...

 2021-02-24 18:35 

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Immigration startup Boundless consolidates customer service team; 31 employees affected...

Seattle-based startup Boundless laid off four employees and asked 27 workers to relocate to Las Vegas as part of what CEO Xiao Wang described as a restructuring. The online immigration service in September raised $7.5 million and acquired its rival RapidV...

 2021-02-24 16:53 

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Junior Geek of the Month: Nithya Kemp's kind heart guides her tech path, with focus on mental health...

Nithya Kemp has always known that she wanted to pursue some kind of career around technology. Her kind heart and compassion toward the emotional suffering of others is impacting just what direction the teen plans to take. Nithya is a 17-year-old senior at...

 2021-02-24 16:09 

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Fry's Electronics shutting down all stores, ending 36 years as a big-box stop for tech enthusiasts...

Fry's Electronic's, the big-box chain that was a longtime, one-stop shop for tech enthusiasts, is shutting down after 36 years in business. The company cited "changes in the retail industry and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic....

 2021-02-24 14:00 

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Amazon donating $15M to Code.org to create AP computer science course with inclusive focus...

Amazon is making a $15 million donation to Code.org to help the Seattle nonprofit launch a new Advanced Placement computer science programming course aimed at underrepresented groups of students. The gift from Amazon Future Engineer will be used to create...

 2021-02-24 01:44 

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Second Wave: Meet the 11 startups picked for Washington state's maritime accelerator...

The Port of Seattle and non-profit strategic alliance Washington Maritime Blue continue efforts to merge the region's longstanding maritime heritage with the modern innovation economy as they launched a new startup accelerator cohort last month. The m...

 2021-02-23 22:48 

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ChefSteps founder returns to the kitchen with new startup and another high-tech cooking device...

Chris Young took the temperature on current kitchen innovation and decided the time was right to get back to the business of inventing devices to make home cooks smarter and food taste better. The longtime chef and onetime co-founder and CEO of high-tech ...

 2021-02-23 19:27 

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LinkedIn is down: 'An error has occured'...

LinkedIn is down today with a generic "An error has occured" (sic) message. You know it's not a typical outage when the homepage is showing you a typo. The LinkedIn API Status and Incidents page notes that the company is investigating the issu...

 2021-02-23 18:57 

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South African COVID-19 variant found in Washington state...

Public health officials on Tuesday announced that the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been detected in Washington's King County. The variant, known as B.1.351, was found using genomic sequencing at the University of Washington Me...

 2021-02-23 18:31 

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Internal memo: Top Amazon exec Jeff Blackburn officially leaving, hinting at new role elsewhere...

Another Jeff is moving on from his longtime Amazon executive role, filling out the picture of what has become a massive leadership transition at the tech giant. Jeff Blackburn, the senior vice president who played a key behind-the-scenes role as one of Je...

 2021-02-23 17:42 

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'Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2' publisher removes Seattle's Hardsuit Labs as developer...

The Swedish publisher of the upcoming Seattle-set horror RPG, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2, has opted to remove Seattle's Hardsuit Labs as the project's lead developer. While Bloodlines 2 has not been canceled, work on it will be continued...

 2021-02-23 16:00 

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GeekWire is turning 10: Seeking memorabilia from the past decade of Seattle and Pacific NW tech...

Help us celebrate a decade of tech news coverage in Seattle! GeekWire turns 10 in March, and we're seeking donations of swag, gadgets, photos and other items representing key people, companies, news and events from the past decade in Seattle and Pacif...

 2021-02-23 15:00 

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Pendulum, a new Madrona Venture Labs startup, aims to combat misinformation on video platforms...

Misinformation is a big problem. Tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube — which deleted 500,000 COVID-19 misinformation videos — are under scrutiny for the spread of false content on their platforms. A new startup out of Seattle ...

 2021-02-23 14:00 

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Pluto VR promises high-end VR without a computer via new PlutoSphere platform...

Seattle-based Pluto VR is launching a new streaming platform for virtual reality. The service, PlutoSphere, is meant to stream games live over the internet to compatible VR headsets without the need for a local PC as a go-between. That, in turn, dramatica...

 2021-02-23 14:00 

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SoundCommerce raises $15M to help online retailers 'think and act like Amazon'...

Another Seattle e-commerce logistics startup is raising more cash. This time it's SoundCommerce, which just announced a $15 million Series A round. SoundCommerce aims to help online retailers improve operational efficiency by gathering their data acro...

 2021-02-23 01:08 

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Riveter CEO and husband dispute FBI's seizure of their bank accounts in AWS kickback investigation...

In a new court filing, lawyers for Seattle entrepreneur Amy Nelson and her husband contend that her salary and earnings are being unfairly held by the government as part of the FBI's seizure last year of more than $892,000 from their bank accounts. Th...

 2021-02-23 00:04 

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NASA releases jaw-dropping video and audio from Mars, with an assist from AWS...

For the first time ever, NASA has captured video of a rover landing on the surface of Mars, plus audio of the wind whistling past it after the landing — and Amazon Web Services is playing a key role in making all those gigabytes of goodness availabl...

 2021-02-22 23:19 

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First Mode building hydrogen fuel cell to power one of the biggest zero-emission vehicles on Earth...

Seattle engineering company First Mode is building a hydrogen fuel cell generator capable of lighting up Lumen Field. But the technology is destined for an environment far from the bright lights of a football stadium. In a few months, First Mode will take...

 2021-02-22 15:50 

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Another unicorn in Seattle: Enterprise sales startup Highspot raises $200M round at a $2.3B valuation...

Highspot has joined the growing list of billion-dollar startups sprouting up in the Seattle area. Seattle's newest unicorn just raised a $200 million round that values the 9-year-old company at $2.3 billion — more than double from when Highspot ...

 2021-02-22 14:15 

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Zillow Group promotes Jeremy Wacksman to COO and Susan Daimler to president...

Zillow Group is promoting two longtime leaders as part of an "organizational realignment" to reflect the company's new focus on the end-to-end home-buying and selling experience. The Seattle company on Monday named Susan Daimler as president a...

 2021-02-21 22:16 

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Bezos and the Bills (a.k.a., the three B's): A Seattle Business Story...

[Sandeep Krishnamurthy is dean of the School of Business at the University of Washington, Bothell.] Commentary: Jeff Bezos just announced plans to step down as Amazon's CEO. He will remain as executive chairman, the model in vogue for CEO transition. ...

 2021-02-21 18:00 

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VC shares 5 tips for startup founders who are ready to raise their Series A round...

Your startup just hit $1 million in annual recurring revenue. You've got product market fit. Now you're ready for more capital to supercharge that growth — it's time to raise a Series A round. But how should you pitch investors? What are...

 2021-02-21 16:31 

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Amazon's new approach to 'Human Capital' is a telling takeaway from its annual regulatory report...

Customers are still No. 1 at Amazon, but the tech giant now wants it to be known, officially, that employees are also "critical" to its customer-centric mission. That's one of the insights gleaned from a close read of Amazon's new Form 10-...

 2021-02-21 16:01 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 14, 2021...

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 14, 2021.... Read More...

 2021-02-20 21:42 

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Alexa-enabled printer, Amazon's first product from Kickstarter-like program Build It, hits preorder goal...

Amazon on Wednesday announced Build It, a Kickstarter-like program that lets you preorder potential products that the company will only build if it gets enough support within 30 days. Three days later, the first product has already reached its goal: Smart...

 2021-02-20 20:30 

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How a yearlong sabbatical helped this startup founder recharge his passion and excitement...

The notion that "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is simple enough. But what if that absence means temporarily walking away from the company that you founded and lead because your passion for the business has waned? For James Hu it was a risk ...

 2021-02-20 18:40 

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Amazon vs. Shopify: What the tech giant's latest deal says about its larger retail ambitions...

When Jeff Bezos named e-commerce software company Shopify as an example of Amazon's growing competition in his testimony to a U.S. House antitrust subcommittee last year, e-commerce consultant and former Amazon seller Jason Boyce wasn't buying it....

 2021-02-20 16:00 

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Here's what Bill Gates is doing — and not doing — to help fight climate change...

Climate change is by definition a global challenge, and in his new book, "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," Bill Gates describes solutions that require an all-hands response including government, companies, institutions and individuals. But as one...

 2021-02-20 01:35 

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Bad weather slows COVID-19 vaccination drive, but experts see clearer skies ahead...

They say that the second vaccine shot for COVID-19 is rougher than the first one — and we're not just talking about the side effects. As a newly double-vaccinated member of the 65-and-older set, I can vouch for the claim that the side effects ca...

 2021-02-19 20:31 

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This former Microsoft engineering exec is now working to fix bugs in the U.S. political system...

Jon DeVaan, a former Microsoft Windows engineering leader, knows a thing or two about addressing flaws in complex systems. "When there was a bug or a class of bugs, you didn't just go and fix them," he says, describing the "systems perspec...

 2021-02-19 19:25 

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How researchers are mapping the future of quantum computing, using the tech of today...

Imagine a future where new therapeutic drugs are designed far faster and at a fraction of the cost they are today, enabled by the rapidly developing field of quantum computing. The transformation on healthcare and personalized medicine would be tremendous...

 2021-02-19 18:15 

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Will Bezos bounce? Amazon CEO's departure plan sharpens debate over 'billionaire tax' in Wash. state...

When Jeff Bezos announced plans to step down as Amazon CEO later this year, critics of a plan to tax the fortunes of Washington state billionaires had a field day. Surely this was a sign that Bezos will leave Washington before forking over billions in tax...

 2021-02-19 13:00 

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Study finds major disparities in vaccine clinical trials over the past decade...

As data shows racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, a new study has found racial and ethnic inequities across nearly a decade of U.S. vaccine trials. Minority communities and older adults were underrepresented when compared to their overall...

 2021-02-19 12:18 

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Redfin agrees to acquire RentPath for $608 million, owner of Rentals.com, Rent.com and ApartmentGuide...

Redfin is making a major push into the residential home rental market, announcing Friday morning that it is paying $608 million in cash for Atlanta-based RentPath. The deal, approved by the boards of both companies, will establish Redfin's online rent...

 2021-02-18 22:54 

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Tech Moves: Wyze names first CFO; OutSystems exec relocates to Seattle; Flying Fish adds partner...

— Smart home startup Wyze Labs named Francis Lee as its first chief financial officer. A longtime Nike exec, Lee was most recently head of Global Marketing Finance for the athletic retail giant and previously served as CFO for Nike Japan, among othe...

 2021-02-18 21:12 

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Bungie's growth plans: Destiny maker will expand Seattle-area HQ and release new IP by 2025...

Bungie, the Bellevue, Wash.-based video game company behind the popular online shooter Destiny 2, is preparing to take its business to the next level. Bungie announced plans Thursday to open its first international studio in Amsterdam in 2022 and more tha...

 2021-02-18 21:10 

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NASA's Perseverance rover touches down to start years-long search for life on Mars...

NASA's Perseverance rover touched down on Mars today and began a mission that's meant to store up evidence of past life on Mars, after a trip that came to a climax with seven minutes of delicious terror. "Touchdown confirmed! Perseverance safe...

 2021-02-18 19:44 

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Here's what makes Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg generational leaders, according to a former exec...

A passion for product. Constant curiosity. And a great sense of humor. These are some of the leadership qualities exhibited by two of the "greatest founders in history": Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg. Former Amazon and Facebook exec Dan Rose shar...

 2021-02-18 18:10 

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California eclipses Washington as Amazon's biggest state for jobs, with 153k employees and counting...

Amazon surpassed 153,000 full- and part-time employees in California as of the fourth quarter of 2020, rapidly outpacing the more than 80,000 Amazon employees in the company's home state of Washington, according to the latest numbers from the company....

 2021-02-18 15:39 

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E-commerce logistics startup Pipe17 raises $8M amid pandemic-driven online shopping surge...

New funding: Seattle startup Pipe17 announced an $8 million seed funding round for its platform that helps online retailers tie together various e-commerce software systems related to inventory, order flow, fulfillment, and more. GLP Capital Partners led ...

 2021-02-18 14:30 

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Knock raises $20M as pandemic drives demand for software used by apartment property managers...

New funding: Knock announced a $20 million round to fuel growth of its apartment property management software. It follows a $12 million round raised in May and pushes total funding to $47 million for the 7-year-old company that employs 104 people. Knock&#...

 2021-02-18 14:11 

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BlackSky satellite data venture makes a $1.5B deal to go public in SPAC merger...

BlackSky Holdings, which is operating a growing fleet of Earth observation satellites as well as a cloud-based platform to analyze geospatial data, says it will become a publicly traded company through a blank-check merger valued at nearly $1.5 billion. T...

 2021-02-18 00:29 

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Splatoon 3, Super Smash Bros., Zelda: Everything to know from Nintendo's latest Direct broadcast...

Nintendo has announced a new Splatoon game, a new character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a new entry in its Mario Golf series, and more, in its first major news broadcast in over a year. Under ordinary circumstances, Nintendo releases much of its game ...

 2021-02-17 21:59 

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Former Boeing CEO's blank check company raises $240M for future aerospace deal...

New Vista Acquisition Corp., the blank-check company founded by former Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to prime the pump for a future high-tech acquisition, went on the market today with an initial public offering valued at $240 million. That's significa...

 2021-02-17 18:34 

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Notch Therapeutics raises $85M for cancer treatments and plans to open Seattle location...

New funding: Notch Therapeutics has raised a $85 million Series A round, bringing its total funding to $91 million. The biotech company was founded in 2018 and is developing stem cell-derived immunotherapies for cancer. Seattle expansion: The startup has ...

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