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 2021-10-18 23:30 

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Did Amazon lie to Congress? Lawmakers give CEO Andy Jassy 'final opportunity' to correct record...

Citing news reports indicating that Amazon gamed its marketplace to favor its own products, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle and four of her colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee are giving the company "a final opportunity" to explain it...

 2021-10-18 22:02 

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Avalara continues acquisition spree with purchase of property tax compliance company CrowdReason...

Tax software giant Avalara made yet another acquisition, announcing Monday that it bought property tax compliance software developer CrowdReason Limited Liability Company. Avalara will use the deal to boost offerings related to document management, tax co...

 2021-10-18 21:12 

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Zillow Group stock falls 10% after company says it will stop buying additional homes this year...

Zillow Group announced Monday that it will not sign any new contracts to buy homes via its home-buying and selling service for the rest of this year due to "backlog in renovations and operational capacity constraints." The news sent Zillow's s...

 2021-10-18 20:37 

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Alaska Airlines launches investment arm to support goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040...

Alaska Airlines on Monday announced the launch of Alaska Star Ventures to invest in new aviation technologies as part of the airline's goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040. For its first partnership, the new Alaska subsidiary will invest $1...

 2021-10-18 20:28 

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Report: Microsoft knew in '08 about 'inappropriate' messages from Bill Gates to female employee...

Messages from Bill Gates to a female Microsoft employee were deemed "inappropriate" by the company in 2008, prompting two executives to speak to Gates about the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported today, citing unnamed people familiar with th...

 2021-10-18 19:49 

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Valve introduces Deck Verified, so users can see which games run on new portable Steam Deck device...

Valve Software will introduce a new system for games on its digital storefront Steam. With Deck Verified, users can tell "at-a-glance"; what games in their library are compatible with Valve's upcoming portable gaming PC, the Steam Deck. At time...

 2021-10-18 17:42 

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Amazon's Zoox will test its autonomous driving technology in Seattle's 'different driving culture'...

Zoox, the robotaxi company acquired by Amazon last year, will start testing its autonomous driving technology in Seattle for the first time this month, after focusing on Las Vegas and the Bay Area for the past four years. The company also plans to open an...

 2021-10-18 16:27 

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Amazon adding 150k seasonal workers as massive hiring push continues across operations network...

Amazon said Monday that it is adding 150,000 seasonal jobs to bolster the ranks of its operations network during the busy holiday season. The annual boost in holiday help comes as the tech giant has already been looking to fill tens of thousands of hourly...

 2021-10-18 15:00 

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The disappearing bathtub and OceanGate's other tales of the Titanic's rapid decay...

For evidence that the wreck of the Titanic is rapidly deteriorating, you need look no further than Captain Edward Smith's bathtub. That is, if you can find it. The case of the disappearing bathtub, as documented by Everett, Wash.-based OceanGate Exped...

 2021-10-18 14:47 

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Startup fundings: Dance Church lands $4.7M to fuel online fitness platform, and other recent PNW deals...

Here's our latest rundown on recent funding rounds raised by Pacific Northwest companies. — Dance Church, the Seattle-based creators of a high-energy, dance-focused movement class that also includes an online subscription platform, has raised $4...

 2021-10-17 15:01 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 10, 2021...

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 2021-10-16 21:46 

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Steam quietly bans games that feature crypto/NFT exchanges...

Games and other applications that involve minting or trading cryptocurrency or non-fungible tokens are no longer allowed on Steam. The company behind Steam, Bellevue, Wash.-based Valve Software, quietly updated its content rules and guidelines for studio ...

 2021-10-16 16:54 

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Tackling the climate crisis: 3 optimistic takeaways from climate tech experts at the GeekWire Summit...

The climate crisis is a big, scary challenge. But people are working hard to deploy technologies and policies to pull carbon emissions out of our lives and curb the warming. At last week's GeekWire Summit, we assembled a panel of experts to share thei...

 2021-10-16 15:36 

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GeekWire Podcast: The shared orbits of Microsoft and Amazon, and the tech industry's future in space...

Plenty of well-known tech leaders have jumped from Microsoft to Amazon over the years. So what does it say about the evolution of the companies that one of Amazon's most senior executives is now working at Microsoft? Former Amazon Web Services leader ...

 2021-10-16 15:00 

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The future of work: HR leaders from Zillow, Expedia on the pandemic-driven changes to the workplace...

The future of how we work, where we work, how that work is measured and even how we get to work has always loomed large in the tech community, but never more so than since the pandemic began and entire industries recalibrated to the reality of remote coll...

 2021-10-15 19:15 

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This is actually happening: Microsoft's Xbox Series X Mini Fridge is coming in December...

Paying off on a running joke from last summer, Microsoft's Xbox-themed mini-refrigerator is coming to retail in December. Pre-orders open next Tuesday, Oct. 19. The Xbox Series X Mini Fridge is exactly what it sounds like it is: a small refrigerator b...

 2021-10-15 17:38 

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Report card: Microsoft's board boosts CEO Satya Nadella's annual compensation to nearly $50M...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's total compensation rose more than 12% to $49.9 million in fiscal year 2021, ended June 30, the company's new proxy statement shows. Nadella's base salary remained the same, at $2.5 million. The increase in total c...

 2021-10-15 17:16 

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Seattle Seahawks launch 'Sandbox' gaming platform to engage with fans in esports and more...

While the Seattle Seahawks work out some of the kinks in their on-field game play this season, the team announced a new initiative this week to attract fans to some gaming off the field. A new gaming community called Seahawks Sandbox has launched with the...

 2021-10-15 14:00 

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Interview with creative director at Tencent subsidiary TiMi's new Seattle studio, 'Team Kaiju'...

TiMi Studio Group has announced that its Seattle-area subsidiary is now officially named "Team Kaiju." First announced back in June, the new studio is the result of TiMi's efforts to expand into North America. It's currently based out of B...

 2021-10-15 14:00 

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Is your company offering fair pay? New nonprofit certifies those with nondiscriminatory wages...

Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements inspired many companies over the past year to pledge their commitment to fighting inequities. But now that the streets are largely emptied of protestors and marches, some are left wondering what has changed. A new n...

 2021-10-15 05:52 

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Seattle mayoral debate: Both candidates want higher taxes but disagree on who should pay them...

In the first live Seattle mayoral debate of the election season, the two candidates — current council president Lorena Gonzalez and former council president Bruce Harrell — agreed on little except this: that tax increases are needed help the c...

 2021-10-14 22:21 

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Cell therapy startup Immusoft lands deal with Takeda worth potentially more than $900M...

Seattle-based cell therapy startup Immusoft will collaborate with pharma giant Takeda to develop treatments targeted to the central nervous system in a deal worth potentially more than $900 million. Immusoft's technology involves engineering a patient...

 2021-10-14 21:54 

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Microsoft nominates ADP CEO Carlos Rodriguez to board, reports Satya Nadella's 2021 compensation...

Carlos Rodriguez, the CEO of payroll services giant ADP, has been nominated to Microsoft's board of directors. Microsoft's board would expand to 12 members if his selection is approved by the company's shareholders at its annual meeting on Nov...

 2021-10-14 21:00 

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This new Seattle VC firm just raised a $10M fund to back women-led startups...

Female Founders Alliance launched in 2017 out of a group of women who wanted to help female entrepreneurs grow companies and land funding. Now the Seattle-based organization will be doing some of the funding itself. FFA on Thursday unveiled a new $10 mill...

 2021-10-14 18:47 

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Downtown Seattle in mayoral debate spotlight as candidates likely to sound off on tech hub's future...

The future of downtown Seattle could be in the spotlight tonight — alongside Bruce Harrell and Lorena Gonzalez — as the two mayoral candidates face off in their first debate ahead of the Nov. 2 election. The city's urban core and its conti...

 2021-10-14 16:00 

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Execs from GitHub and Microsoft Azure invest in new AI startup that helps devs build intelligent apps...

The news: Spice AI, a new Seattle startup that aims to help developers quickly build AI-powered software applications, raised a $1 million pre-seed round. The backers: There are several notable investors betting on the early-stage company. Madrona Venture...

 2021-10-14 14:57 

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Microsoft will shut down local version of LinkedIn in China...

Microsoft said Thursday that it will pull LinkedIn from China later this year as it faces a "significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements" in the country. LinkedIn launched a localized version of its sit...

 2021-10-14 10:00 

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Cannabis tech startup Dutchie raises $350M to double valuation to $3.75B in less than a year...

Dutchie is rolling in the green. The Bend, Ore.-based creators of technology to help facilitate legal cannabis orders has raised $350 million in a Series D funding round, announced Thursday. The influx of new cash comes just seven months after the startup...

 2021-10-14 07:13 

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Washington Attorney General says Facebook knowingly lied in lawsuit testimony...

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson accused a Facebook employee of knowingly providing false information during testimony over the company's purported violation of state campaign finance statutes. The accusation, contained in court documents spot...

 2021-10-13 19:04 

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Amazon opening new Fresh grocery location in North Seattle plaza; another planned south of city...

An Amazon Fresh grocery store will anchor a refresh of a sprawling shopping plaza along heavily traveled Aurora Avenue North in North Seattle. Signage is in place at the store which is still under construction at 13025 Aurora Ave. N., near the corner of N...

 2021-10-13 17:29 

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Microsoft will put government and police contracts through independent human rights review...

Microsoft will commission an independent human-rights review of its technology contracts with government and law enforcement agencies, seeking to address concerns from shareholders and employees. "The assessment will include consultation with BIPOC co...

 2021-10-13 15:19 

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Star Trek's William Shatner finally reaches the final frontier in Blue Origin spaceship...

Reality caught up with science fiction today when Star Trek actor William Shatner, a.k.a. Captain James T. Kirk, briefly crossed into outer space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital spaceship. In the process, the 90-year-old Shatner took the t...

 2021-10-13 14:00 

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Small businesses try to survive around Amazon in Seattle as company shifts remote work policy again...

While Amazon's latest shift in its return-to-office policy is likely welcome news for Seattle-based employees who have grown accustomed to remote work, Sayed Salem is suffering. Sitting in his food truck Spice on Curve, serving authentic Indian cuisin...

 2021-10-13 12:00 

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Technical interviewing startup Karat reaches $1.1B valuation as another unicorn emerges in Seattle...

The news: Karat, a Seattle-based startup that helps companies conduct technical interviews, raised a $110 million Series C round at a $1.1 billion valuation. It's the latest Seattle tech company this year to reach a $1 billion valuation, or "unico...

 2021-10-12 22:08 

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Microsoft's next moves: Biz dev and strategy leader Christopher Young is focusing on these key areas...

Christopher Young's priorities are a window into the future of Microsoft's business. Young, the former CEO of McAfee and a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, joined Microsoft a year ago as its executive vice president of business development, ...

 2021-10-12 18:22 

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Why this cephalopod expert is impressed with Seattle Kraken branding, as NHL team debuts on ice...

With Seattle Kraken hockey franchise making its NHL debut Tuesday, a lot of people have cephalopods on their mind. That includes David Gire, an octopus researcher and neuroscientist at the University of Washington who also happens to play hockey. "The...

 2021-10-12 17:55 

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How to watch William Shatner beam up to suborbital space on Blue Origin's rocket...

More than a half-century after William Shatner first played a starship captain roaming the galaxy in "Star Trek," he's getting a real-life ride to the edge of space — and you can watch the whole episode on real-life communicators, thanks...

 2021-10-12 17:27 

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Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena release new app, built in-house to guide fan experience...

Just before the puck drops on the inaugural season of Seattle Kraken hockey on Tuesday night, the team and its home base, Climate Pledge Arena, have dropped a new app to help fans with a variety of services and experiences. The combined Kraken + Climate P...

 2021-10-12 17:11 

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Photos: Stunning Northern Lights dance over Seattle — here are tips for catching the next one...

The Northern Lights are a mesmerizing but infrequent occurrence at our latitude in Seattle. Stargazers got a treat Monday night if they were looking northwards, as a moderate G2 geomagnetic storm from the sun produced a solar flare that pushed the Aurora ...

 2021-10-12 17:00 

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TikTok parent ByteDance sets up Bellevue WA office as first official presence in Seattle area...

ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company of social video app TikTok, is expanding in the U.S. with a 44,000-square-foot office in Bellevue, Wash. The space, subleased from enterprise tech giant SAP at downtown Bellevue's Key Center office tower, is...

 2021-10-12 17:00 

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Outreach makes second acquisition, swoops up revenue intelligence startup Canopy...

Seattle sales automation company Outreach announced the acquisition of Canopy, an Indianapolis, Ind.-based startup that aims to help companies analyze revenue operations and forecasting. Outreach said it will use the deal to offer a new forecasting produc...

 2021-10-12 13:00 

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Tech Moves: Delivery giant Gopuff adds Seattle-area execs; Wheels Up names CEO; and more...

— Heavily-funded delivery service Gopuff hired three more Seattle-based leaders: Former Beyond Meat COO Sanjay Shah as SVP of North America fulfillment. He was previously SVP of global energy at Tesla and VP of North American customer fulfillment at...

 2021-10-12 13:00 

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Tech Moves: Delivery giant Gopuff adds Seattle-area execs; Wheels Up names president; and more...

— Heavily-funded delivery service Gopuff hired three more Seattle-based leaders: Former Beyond Meat COO Sanjay Shah as SVP of North America fulfillment. He was previously SVP of global energy at Tesla and VP of North American customer fulfillment at...

 2021-10-12 11:00 

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Startup funding news: 'Plaid for e-commerce,' crop yield optimization, energy marketplace, more...

Here's a rundown on recent rounds raised by Pacific Northwest companies. FruitScout Yakima, Wash.-based FruitScout landed $4 million to develop technology that uses artificial intelligence to take the guesswork out of crop yield optimization. Bowery C...

 2021-10-11 20:11 

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Microsoft and Amazon reach truce allowing former AWS executive Charlie Bell to start in new role...

Microsoft and Amazon reached an agreement that clears the way for former Amazon Web Services executive Charlie Bell to start his new job leading a newly formed cybersecurity engineering organization inside the Redmond tech company. The breakthrough ends a...

 2021-10-11 19:34 

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William Shatner's space trek is turning up a spotlight on Blue Origin's highs and lows...

Star Trek captain William Shatner's scheduled suborbital space trip is bringing a renewed flood of attention to Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture — but like a movie reboot, the storyline is more complex the second time around. Three mont...

 2021-10-11 16:39 

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Amazon will leave remote work decisions to individual team leaders in new policy twist...

Amazon no longer plans to bring corporate employees back to the office en masse in early January but will instead leave the decisions to individual team leaders at the director level, CEO Andy Jassy told employees Monday morning in an internal email. This...

 2021-10-11 15:47 

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iSpot buys DRMetrix, makes another acquisition to fuel growth of TV ad measurement platform...

Seattle-area startup iSpot has acquired DRMetrix, a Southern California-based company that specializes in measuring TV ad performance for direct-to-consumer TV advertisers. DRMetrix has eight employees who will join iSpot, which now has 278 employees acro...

 2021-10-10 19:01 

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Weather forces a day's delay in William Shatner's Blue Origin suborbital space trip...

The Starship Enterprise never had to delay its mission to seek out new life and new civilizations due to bad weather, but that's precisely what Star Trek captain William Shatner is facing in his real-life bid to become the world's oldest spaceflie...

 2021-10-10 15:00 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 3, 2021...

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