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 2022-08-12 19:44 

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Amazon sues six alleged fake review sites — we chatted with one that didn't believe suit was real...

Amazon has been targeting alleged sellers of fake product reviews for the past seven years, starting with the first suit of its kind in 2015. A new wave of suits this week shows the company isn't giving up, and the issue isn't going away. The comp...

 2022-08-12 17:23 

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Tech Moves: Nuance engineering director lands at Ozette; AWS exec will depart; and more...

— Amarjit Kaur Sandhu joined Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center spinout Ozette Technologies as vice president of engineering. She previously was director of software engineering at Nuance Communications, which acquired Seattle digital health startup Sayk...

 2022-08-12 15:39 

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Please and thank you: Cannabis startup Polite sells science-backed products to treat yourself...

The co-founders of Seattle-based cannabis and hemp product company Polite have multiple explanations for their startup name. It's about self care that includes THC- and CBD-containing products that address specific health concerns. It's about repl...

 2022-08-11 22:45 

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How Amazon's mandate against media leaks helped to seal its $3.9B deal to acquire One Medical...

A new regulatory filing details Amazon's behind-the-scenes talks for One Medical, leading up to the Seattle tech giant's agreement to acquire the primary care company for $3.9 billion, announced by the companies July 21. The filing confirms that A...

 2022-08-11 21:55 

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Microsoft tells Brazilian regulator that Sony pays devs to not push content to Xbox Game Pass...

In a filing to Brazil's national competition regulator, Microsoft has claimed that Sony pays unnamed video game developers to prevent them from adding content to the Xbox Game Pass. The claim was found in an Aug. 9 document that Microsoft filed with B...

 2022-08-11 21:27 

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Sales software startup Outreach cuts less than 5% of staff, says it is still hiring...

Seattle-based Outreach is laying off less than 5% of its workforce, a move that comes at a time when many startups are being advised to reduce costs and extend runway by trimming staff counts. A company spokesperson confirmed the cuts to GeekWire. He said...

 2022-08-11 19:58 

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Transportation software company Inrix, which is profitable and nearly went public, raises $10M...

Inrix, the Kirkland, Wash.-based transportation software and data provider founded in 2004, has raised $10 million from investors, less than a year after the company nearly went public. A spokesperson confirmed the funding after GeekWire spotted a SEC fil...

 2022-08-11 15:21 

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This nonprofit shows how rigorous data analysis can dramatically reduce youth homelessness...

A Washington state organization is using data and analytics to help solve a crisis that is both unconscionable and has seemed intractable: the challenge of kids and young adults experiencing homelessness. The nonprofit A Way Home Washington recently annou...

 2022-08-11 14:56 

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Seattle startup HDT Bio lands $1.8M U.S. Army grant to develop nasal spray against viruses...

Seattle startup HDT Bio will develop a nasal spray designed to counteract a wide range of respiratory viruses with a nearly $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Army. "We hope to address not only disease progression, but transmission," chief operating...

 2022-08-10 18:39 

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Microsoft's belt-tightening is the latest sign of the economic times...

"As we manage through this period, we will continue to invest in future growth while maintaining intense focus on operational excellence and execution discipline." — Amy Hood, Microsoft chief financial officer, July 2022. "Given the choi...

 2022-08-10 18:30 

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Hootsuite lays off 30% of staff, says it's focusing on 'financial sustainability' amid downturn...

Hootsuite told employees on Tuesday that it would lay off 30% of its staff, becoming the latest tech company to reduce costs and extend runway amid the broader market downturn. The Vancouver, B.C.-based company confirmed the cuts to GeekWire. Hootsuite di...

 2022-08-10 18:13 

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The women writing checks: A list of female venture capitalists in the Pacific Northwest...

Back in 2018, GeekWire published a list of women investors based in the Pacific Northwest who were writing checks to help startups grow. A lot has changed in four years. We've put together a new compilation below, highlighting nearly 60 women venture ...

 2022-08-10 17:34 

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Publicly traded biotech company Absci lays off employees, citing 'macro-economic conditions'...

Vancouver, Wash.-based drug design and development company Absci laid off employees Tuesday, a little more than a year after going public. "The macro-economic conditions of the last few months prompted us to engage in a comprehensive business analysis...

 2022-08-10 16:44 

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Fred Hutch spinout lands $10M for precision test to guide cancer treatment, develop drugs...

Seattle startup SEngine Precision Medicine has raised $10 million to propel drug discovery and development and advance its test that tailors drugs to cancer patients. SEngine cultures patient cancer cells from a biopsy or other material and measures the r...

 2022-08-10 15:34 

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Ex-Adobe and Facebook engineers raise $2M for Seattle software startup that helps small landlords...

Marble, a Seattle startup building software-enabled rental management systems for smaller landlords, raised $2 million. The company was co-founded in 2020 by Daniel Li, a former software engineer at Facebook, and Daniel Kim, a former senior engineer at Ad...

 2022-08-10 03:13 

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Dr. Anthony Fauci stops in Seattle for Fred Hutch Q&A, throws first pitch at Mariners game...

Anthony Fauci, President Biden's chief medical advisor and a leader of the country's COVID-19 response, made a pit stop in Seattle for a fireside chat at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and to throw the first pitch at Tuesday night's Mariners ga...

 2022-08-09 21:11 

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Get a jolt: Starbucks and Volvo reveal cities where EV drivers can charge up...

Starbucks and Volvo Cars are installing 60 DC electric vehicle chargers at up to 15 Starbucks locations spanning the drive from Seattle to Denver. The companies on Tuesday announced which cities will receive charging stations. In Washington, they'll b...

 2022-08-09 15:22 

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'Radical experiment': HBO spinout led by industry veteran uses blockchain for new combat game...

Imagine you're playing Shrapnel, a first-person shooter due in late 2024 from Seattle game studio Neon. You've carefully plucked from your armory the right gear to carry into battle: A NEXGEN assault rifle with holographic smart site, a cloaking d...

 2022-08-09 14:00 

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Sella, which uses gig workers to promote and resell unwanted items, raises $3M...

Sella, a startup using gig workers to market, list and sell items from users on its platform, raised $3 million. The Portland, Ore.-based company has seen increasing demand for its services over the last five months, growing in size month-over-month. In F...

 2022-08-09 13:00 

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Melinda French Gates shares new data to stoke innovation and awareness in $648B 'care economy'...

Caregivers who provide for children, elderly people, and those who are sick or disabled are operating in an antiquated system that's ripe for innovation, experts say, and worth an estimated $648 billion. New research released by Pivotal Ventures tries...

 2022-08-09 01:08 

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Tech Moves: Rover appoints CFO; Smartsheet adds board member; Nautilus Biotechnology hires execs...

— Pet sitting marketplace Rover appointed Charlie Wickers to chief financial officer. Wickers joined Rover in 2017 and most recently served as vice president of finance. He replaces Tracy Knox, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Prior t...

 2022-08-08 19:33 

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Microsoft's 'deepened partnership' with Unity Technologies aims to expand game design toolset...

The company behind one of the most popular game development toolsets has entered into an agreement to use Microsoft Azure as its official cloud partner. Unity Technologies, headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Vancouver, B.C. and Bellevue, Wash....

 2022-08-08 18:50 

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Remembering Tom Alberg: How an understated investor had an outsized impact on Seattle tech...

Tom Alberg will be remembered publicly for everything he did to help create and shape the Seattle region's tech industry, and for his early investment in Amazon, seeing the potential of the internet, and helping to give Jeff Bezos the capital he neede...

 2022-08-08 16:20 

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Seattle AI startup that helps professionals improve public speaking by analyzing speech raises $6M...

The news: Yoodli, a Seattle startup with an AI-enabled software platform that analyzes speech to offer tips for improving communication skills, raised $6 million. The founders: The startup was co-founded by Varun Puri, who previously worked on special pro...

 2022-08-08 14:19 

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Vista Equity Partners will take Seattle tax giant Avalara private in $8.4B deal...

Avalara, a publicly-traded Seattle tax software company founded in 2004, is going private again in a $8.4 billion deal with Vista Equity Partners. Vista, a global investment firm based in Austin that manages $96 billion in assets, will acquire all outstan...

 2022-08-07 15:00 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 31, 2022...

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of July 31, 2022.... Read More...

 2022-08-06 21:03 

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Tom Alberg, 1940-2022: Early Amazon investor was a champion of Pacific Northwest tech...

Tom Alberg, a Seattle business and civic leader who played an instrumental role in the creation of industries ranging from e-commerce to wireless communications, died peacefully at his home on Friday. He was 82. An investor, lawyer and champion of Pacific...

 2022-08-06 17:10 

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The state of the tech economy: Takeaways from Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Meta and Alphabet...

This week on the GeekWire Podcast, we play highlights and offer our thoughts on the recent earnings calls of Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Meta and Alphabet, seeking to better understand what's next for the tech economy. A few of my thoughts after listeni...

 2022-08-06 15:00 

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Meet the Seattle techie picked to lead a new venture arm at iconic auction house Christie's...

Legendary auction house Christie's got a front-row seat to the NFT craze. In March 2021, the 256-year-old art merchant facilitated the sale of a collage of the first 5,000 pieces made by digital artist Beeple, which sold for a mind-boggling $69.3 mill...

 2022-08-05 17:15 

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As Amazon vacuums up iRobot, critics call on regulators to pull the plug on Big Tech deals...

Amazon's proposed acquisition of Roomba maker iRobot for $1.7 billion could push its annual spending on acquisitions to a new high, when combined with its purchase of MGM for $8.45 billion and its proposed deal to acquire primary care company One Medi...

 2022-08-05 15:35 

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Tech Moves: Accolade hires security chief; Blue Origin comms leader departs; Redfin names industry relations director; and more...

— Kelli Burns joined Seattle-based healthcare company Accolade as its new chief information security officer. Burns comes from Bellevue, Wash.-based financial services company Symetra, where she held the same role. Burns also previously worked as a ...

 2022-08-05 14:39 

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Seattle startup Legalpad acquired by payroll and compliance giant Deel...

Legalpad, a Seattle startup that helps companies apply for visas on behalf of international talent, has been acquired by Deel, a San Francisco company that sells software to facilitate hiring and paying of employees on global teams. Founded in 2018, Legal...

 2022-08-05 13:21 

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Amazon to acquire Roomba maker iRobot for $1.7 billion...

Amazon is set to make another major acquisition. The Seattle tech giant said Friday it will scoop up iRobot, the Boston-area company known for its Roomba vacuum, in a $1.7 billion deal. The news comes just two weeks after Amazon announced it will acquire ...

 2022-08-04 23:03 

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Taking off: Expedia Group sees travel rebound, accelerates shift to unified tech platform...

Seattle-based online travel giant Expedia Group posted better-than-expected results for the second quarter, saying demand for travel was strong despite the uncertain economy and the lingering effects of COVID-19 around the world. Revenue was $3.2 billion,...

 2022-08-04 22:09 

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Emerald City Comic-Con reverses controversial mask policy for 2022 show in Seattle...

The organizers of the Emerald City Comic Con announced Thursday that they will reimplement a face covering requirement for this year's show in Seattle. This is a significant reversal of ECCC's previous policy, which sparked backlash in June when o...

 2022-08-04 21:44 

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Redfin misses revenue expectations, citing housing market slowdown...

Seattle-based online real estate giant Redfin missed expectations for the second quarter amid a slowing housing market impacted by rising mortgage rates. Revenue of $606.9 million, up 29% from the same period a year, missed expectations of $611.37 million...

 2022-08-04 20:39 

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Zillow Group expects real estate industry to 'meaningfully contract' in second half of 2022...

Zillow Group expects revenue from its core Premier Agent business unit to decrease more than 20% year-over-year in the third quarter due to housing trends. The Seattle company beat expectations for its second quarter earnings, reporting $1 billion in reve...

 2022-08-04 20:05 

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After ditching home-buying business, Zillow Group partners with rival Opendoor...

Zillow Group still wants to help people quickly sell their home. But now it's getting a little help to do so. The Seattle real estate giant announced a partnership with Opendoor that allows homesellers on Zillow's platform to request an instant ca...

 2022-08-04 17:14 

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Mysterious company files patent suits vs. Seattle and Sacramento over PayByPhone technology...

A company registered to a virtual mailbox in Seattle's University District, which four months ago acquired a trio of parking technology patents that predate the iPhone, is using one of those patents as the basis for lawsuits against the cities of Seat...

 2022-08-04 17:14 

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Mysterious company files patent suits vs. Seattle and Sacramento over parking payment technology...

A company registered to a virtual mailbox in Seattle's University District, which four months ago acquired a trio of parking technology patents that predate the iPhone, is using one as the basis for lawsuits against the cities of Seattle and Sacrament...

 2022-08-04 17:00 

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Paul Allen's Flying Heritage museum sold to Walton family aviation enthusiast and will reopen...

The Flying Heritage Combat and Armor Museum, an extensive collection of aviation and military artifacts started by Paul Allen in 2004, has been sold by the late Microsoft co-founder's estate. News of a proposed sale to entrepreneur and philanthropist ...

 2022-08-04 16:00 

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Boeing pledges $10M for new UW engineering building that will house AI Education Institute...

The University of Washington is breaking ground next month on its Interdisciplinary Engineering Building. The new facility should help the UW's College of Engineering better serve its growing enrollment: since 2009, the annual number undergraduates ea...

 2022-08-04 14:43 

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A long, strange, EV trip: Father-son drive from L.A. to Seattle illustrates road ahead on charging needs...

Aaron Blank set out for a West Coast road trip with his son to see some baseball and more between Los Angeles and Seattle and back down. He came away from the drive with some hard lessons learned about the realities of traveling long distance by electric ...

 2022-08-04 14:25 

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Blue Origin carries the first Egyptian and Portuguese spacefliers on suborbital trip...

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture sent six more crew members on a suborbital space ride, including the first Egyptian and Portuguese citizens to reach the final frontier. Thanks to today's flight from Launch Site One in West Texas, Blue Origin...

 2022-08-03 21:05 

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WTIA's Apprenti program lands $23.5M grant from Dept. of Commerce to expand tech training program...

The Apprenti apprenticeship program run by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) was awarded a $23.5 million grant to help train more tech workers across 11 states. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce and is part of the ...

 2022-08-03 15:28 

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The rise of high-tech real estate investing platforms and their effect on housing affordability...

Real estate tech startups are making it easier for people to invest and manage property. But critics argue that these software companies and their business models are gobbling up the limited amount of available housing in the process, driving up costs and...

 2022-08-03 15:09 

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Seattle community celebrates GeekWire Sounders Day 2022 in epic fashion...

Beautiful weather. Cold drinks. Tasty food. Meeting old friends. Making new ones. Sounders Day 2022 was epic! We had a blast at our annual party with more than 500 people coming together on a picture-perfect 72-degree day at the First Mode rooftop deck in...

 2022-08-02 23:34 

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Seattle approves permanent 15% fee cap on food delivery companies, with key compromise...

The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday to permanently implement a 15% cap on the fees that services such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, and others charge restaurants for food delivery. The cap has been in place since April 2020, when it was implemented ...

 2022-08-02 22:00 

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This tech-fueled service will provide bus transportation for Seattle Public Schools...

When Seattle Public Schools students return to the classroom in September, many of their families will be along for the ride — at least virtually. The district of more than 50,000 students has contracted with California tech startup Zum to provide h...

 2022-08-02 17:30 

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In race to promote diversity and inclusion, Acumatica sponsors women-led IndyCar team...

Acumatica is hitting the gas on its marketing initiatives. The Kirkland, Wash.-based maker of cloud-based enterprise resource planning software is the primary sponsor of an IndyCar run by Paretta Autosport, the company and the team announced Tuesday. Pare...

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