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 2021-11-28 16:00 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 21, 2021...

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 21, 2021.... Read More...

 2021-11-28 06:30 

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A giant ship from Halo appears at Oregon Ducks football game as part of mixed reality experience...

Mixed reality is making its way into the sports marketing world. The latest example was Saturday afternoon at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., where Xbox showed off a unique mixed reality experience to promote Halo Infinite during halftime of the Oregon vs...

 2021-11-27 15:19 

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What we're most thankful for in tech, science, business, and innovation...

This was a week when many of us in the U.S. paused to reflect and give thanks. We're keeping the tradition alive on the GeekWire Podcast. On this special holiday episode, we offer our gratitude for some of the technologies, trends and hopeful developm...

 2021-11-26 14:00 

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GeekWire Gift Guide: 10 gadgets and tools you can actually get this holiday season...

This year's unusual holiday season is all about managing expectations. Most brand-new electronics are in limited supply due to the ongoing international chip shortage. Anything vaguely collectible is likely to be grabbed by automated "grinchbot...

 2021-11-26 14:00 

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This startup is helping Microsoft and others figure out how to cut their carbon footprint...

People can't see or smell carbon dioxide or methane gas. But saving the Earth from the worst effects of a warmer world require us to identify the sources of these climate pollutants and stop their emissions. And top tech companies and other corporatio...

 2021-11-25 18:42 

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A balloon with Pop! Funko flies high in annual Thanksgiving Parade with Grogu from 'Madalorian'...

Funko is flying high on Thanksgiving Day. The Everett, Wash.-based pop culture products company played a popular part in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday with a balloon of the character Grogu from the streaming St...

 2021-11-25 17:00 

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Xbox architects share stories from the console's early days and discuss the future of gaming...

Microsoft's celebration of the Xbox project's 20th anniversary continued this week with the streaming debut of "Xbox Pioneers: Creativity & Innovation Past, Present & Future," a roundtable discussion between some of the early architects of...

 2021-11-24 18:18 

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Feast on facts: USAFacts serves its annual helping of real data to help steer holiday discussions...

There are plenty of ways to be a total turkey at your Thanksgiving gathering. Not having your facts straight about a variety of timely topics might be the easiest way. Steve Ballmer's USAFacts is back this year to help with its annual serving of data ...

 2021-11-24 16:52 

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Amazon VP of physical retail stores leaves company after 14 years...

Cameron James, an Amazon vice president who most recently worked on the company's physical retail stores, left the Seattle company this week after more than 14 years in a variety of roles. In a post on LinkedIn announcing his departure, James said his...

 2021-11-24 16:28 

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Tech Moves: Accolade appoints execs; Vacasa adds board member ahead of SPAC deal; and more...

— Health benefits platform Accolade hired Carolina Lobo as chief marketing officer and Eve Stacey as chief customer officer. Lobo was most recently chief people and brand officer at Interim HealthCare. Stacey was most recently a VP at Microsoft and ...

 2021-11-24 14:48 

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Ship out of luck? 2021 holiday season will put Amazon's workforce strategy to the test...

Amazon has spent billions of dollars to expand its fulfillment capacity and develop its own package delivery network in recent years — seeking to avoid a repeat of the holiday shipping debacle of 2013, when bad weather delayed deliveries until after...

 2021-11-24 06:54 

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NASA begins DART mission to practice pushing away an asteroid, with an extra push from Aerojet...

A space probe the size of a school bus is on its way to smash into an asteroid the size of Egypt's Great Pyramid, directed by thruster systems built by Aerojet Rocketdyne in Redmond, Wash. This is no "Armageddon,"; and there's no need for B...

 2021-11-23 19:13 

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Univ. of Washington football joins NFL study using high-tech mouthguard to measure head impacts...

The University of Washington is joining three other research universities as part of a National Football League program designed to collect data and help inform the prevention of head injuries in the sport of football. UW players will have the opportunity...

 2021-11-23 18:02 

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T-Mobile's latest bright idea is a magenta-infused Lite-Brite toy to promote its 5G network...

T-Mobile is tapping into a bit of toy nostalgia to shine a light on its unending quest to let everyone know that it's really, really into 5G. The Bellevue, Wash.-based wireless company is selling a limited-edition Lite-Brite with all the original ligh...

 2021-11-23 17:52 

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Amazon settles for $2.5M with Washington AG over pesticide sales by third-party merchants...

Amazon agreed to pay $2.5 million and to institute a series of reforms to prevent the unlicensed sales of regulated pesticides on its online marketplace in Washington state under a settlement with Attorney General Bob Ferguson. It's the latest case to...

 2021-11-23 16:00 

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OceanGate brings its deep-sea submersible back to homeport — and gets set for its next Titanic trips...

After making a series of successful dives to the wreck of the Titanic in the North Atlantic this summer, OceanGate's flagship submersible is returning to its homeport in Everett, Wash., where it'll be spruced up for another round of Titanic trips....

 2021-11-23 16:00 

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Cloud governance software startup Corestack lands $30M...

The news: Seattle-area startup CoreStack raised a $30 million Series B round led by Avatar Growth Capital. The gist: CoreStack sells "cloud governance" software, helping companies manage the cost, compliance, consumption, and other aspects of thei...

 2021-11-23 15:39 

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We asked seven venture capitalists if the metaverse is the next big thing or just a lot of hype...

What is the metaverse? How far off is it? And will this represent a tectonic technological platform shift — along the lines of the internet and mobile revolutions — or is it simply a lot of hot air? We've certainly heard a lot of chatter a...

 2021-11-23 14:51 

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Blue Origin to fly six suborbital space travelers next month, including pioneer astronaut's daughter...

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is planning to fly six suborbital space travelers next month, which would mark a first for the company's New Shepard spaceship. And that's far from the only first. If the NS-19 mission proceeds as planned ...

 2021-11-23 00:42 

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Astra Space's fortunes rise after venture's first successful orbital launch from Alaska...

Astra Space, the California-based launch company that went public this year with an assist from Seattle-area telecom pioneer Craig McCaw, had a high-flying day on Wall Street today after recording its first successful orbital launch from Alaska. The compa...

 2021-11-22 22:12 

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Funding roundup: Nick Hanauer's Second Avenue backs gift-box venture; support for Alzheimer's app...

Here's our latest rundown on recent startup investment news in the Pacific Northwest. — Online gift-giving startup Knack announced a $3.5 million Series A investment round led by Second Avenue Partners. As part of the deal, Nick Hanauer, Second ...

 2021-11-22 20:33 

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Rover pulls in-home dog grooming services from its marketplace, citing tight labor market...

Dog-grooming services are getting clipped from Rover's marketplace, at least for now. Citing the challenges of the labor market, the Seattle-based company confirmed Monday that it will no longer in-home grooming in the 14 cities where the service had ...

 2021-11-22 19:17 

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Data and AI company Databricks growing Seattle engineering presence with two new offices...

Databricks, a San Francisco-based data and artificial intelligence company, is expanding its presence in the Seattle region and growing its engineering team. The company has a new R&D facility at 2033 6th Ave. in Seattle and a new office in Bellevue, Wash...

 2021-11-22 18:24 

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Jeff Bezos gives Obama Foundation $100M, names plaza in honor of late Congressman John Lewis...

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is giving $100 million to the Obama Foundation, the organization that's building the former president's library — called the Obama Presidential Center — and that has multiple programs supporting up-and-coming ...

 2021-11-22 18:00 

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Bill Gates' holiday book list includes a brain booster, and giveaways at Seattle indy bookshops...

Voracious reader Bill Gates is constantly consuming information and expanding how much knowledge his brain can hold. Fittingly, a book about understanding how the brain works and what gives us the ability to learn tops Gates' annual list of recommende...

 2021-11-22 17:07 

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GM acquires 25% stake in Seattle's Pure Watercraft to accelerate future of electric powerboating...

A Seattle startup with a vision for electric powerboating is joining forces with a legacy automaker that is shifting its own gears toward sustainability in a deal announced Monday. General Motors has acquired a 25% stake in Pure Watercraft, a company that...

 2021-11-22 15:29 

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Nonprofits accept cryptocurrency as Bitcoin and Ether values spike is it a fad or the next frontier?...

As the values of Bitcoin and Ether are hovering near record highs, America's nonprofits are in the peak months of their annual fundraising. Some charitable organizations are hoping to bring those two events together to boost coffers that have taken a ...

 2021-11-22 14:00 

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Taking the spotlight from Amazon, Walmart and DroneUp set up drone delivery hubs in Arkansas...

Walmart is partnering with Virginia-based DroneUp on a network of drone delivery hubs, starting with a neighborhood market in Farmington, Ark. The move appears to put Walmart ahead of its retail rival, Amazon, in expanding the frontier for aerial deliveri...

 2021-11-22 10:00 

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Univ. of Washington researchers develop device to detect opioid overdose and inject antidote...

University of Washington researchers are developing a wearable device to detect opioid overdoses and administer a drug to reverse them. The prototype device injects naloxone, a life-saving antidote, when its senses a person has stopped breathing. The rese...

 2021-11-21 16:00 

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

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

 2021-11-21 16:00 

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Former Microsoft exec Ed Fries shares behind-the-scenes stories from the original Xbox project...

Ed Fries, one of the original team members at Microsoft that co-created the Xbox, shared a bevy of behind-the-scenes stories from his time at the tech giant as part of a celebration of the Xbox project's 20th anniversary. Fries spoke at the WN Confere...

 2021-11-20 16:43 

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Robbie Bach on 20 years of Xbox, the future of the U.S., and his new novel, 'The Wilkes Insurrection'...

Can you believe Xbox has been around for 20 years? Our guest on this week's GeekWire Podcast, Robbie Bach, was there at the beginning, and led Microsoft's gaming business for many years as chief Xbox officer and president of the company's Ente...

 2021-11-20 15:32 

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Washington state and Norway renew maritime-focused MOU...

Amidst a sea of colorful waterproof bibs, plush captain's chairs, and boat parts galore, representatives from Washington state and the government of Norway renewed their memorandum of understanding Friday at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. The new...

 2021-11-19 21:43 

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F5 refreshes brand by dropping 'Networks' from name, marking 'huge change' in its business...

F5 Networks will be just F5 from now on. The Seattle-based company, which originally made its mark in networking technology, said this week that it's dropping the "Networks" from its name, reflecting its expanded focus on delivering and securi...

 2021-11-19 20:58 

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Return of the JEDI: Pentagon's multicloud sequel puts Microsoft and Amazon in leading roles...

The U.S. Department of Defense is soliciting bids from multiple companies to upgrade its technology capabilities with the benefit of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analysis and other hallmarks of modern cloud platforms. The Pentagon's...

 2021-11-19 19:30 

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Amazon e-commerce competitor Wayfair opening Seattle office with plans for 200 tech roles...

Wayfair, the home products company that competes with Amazon for e-commerce customers, is opening a corporate office in Seattle with plans to hire more than 200 tech employees. The plans were announced in an internal memo sent to Wayfair employees this we...

 2021-11-19 15:58 

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Funding news: Angel conference backs brain device startup, weapons detection company lands $15M...

The news: Five startups jostled for $200,000 in funding in the final round of the Seattle Angel Conference, with new medical device company BrainSpace rising to the top. The crown: BrainSpace will use the new cash to support development of its automated e...

 2021-11-19 01:00 

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Seattle appraisal startup Aloft lands $20M from real estate heavyweights...

The news: Seattle-based real estate startup Aloft raised $20 million to grow its software platform used for home appraisals. The gist: Founded earlier this year, Aloft aims to make the appraisal process more efficient and accurate with the help of technol...

 2021-11-18 23:44 

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Here are the Washington state companies that made Deloitte's annual list of fastest-growing firms...

Seattle's reputation as a technology and innovation hub was further cemented by the release of Deloitte's 2021 "North American Technology Fast 500." Deloitte's rankings are a yearly account of the fastest-growing North American compani...

 2021-11-18 23:19 

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City of Seattle will invest up to $400K for STEM-focused scholarship program...

The city of Seattle will invest up to $400,000 in the Washington Opportunity Scholarship, the public-private partnership that helps to place low-income students and prospective job applicants into STEM-based internships, scholarships and technical trainin...

 2021-11-18 19:51 

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Nintendo is finally creating officially-licensed esports tournaments for 'Super Smash Bros.'...

After years of being indifferent at best to the Super Smash Bros. tournament scene, Nintendo of America has announced a new partnership that will see the debut of the first officially-licensed Smash tournament series. The news came via a surprise press re...

 2021-11-18 19:39 

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Spam smackdown: Hiya claims 'massive step forward' using AI against illegal phone calls...

Seattle-based tech company Hiya says it has achieved a new milestone in the battle against spam phone calls, using artificial intelligence to detect 20% more illegal and unwanted calls than existing technologies do. The company is rolling out the Adaptive...

 2021-11-18 19:06 

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Razer, the gaming lifestyle brand and hardware supplier, opening new store in Seattle...

Gamers looking for gear in Seattle will have a new brick-and-mortar retail destination to check out next month. The lifestyle brand Razer — with its distinct neon green aesthetic — is opening in the University Village shopping center on Dec. 4...

 2021-11-18 18:19 

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Washington Dept. of Commerce helps launch 'Equitable Innovations Accelerator'...

A new program aims to provide early-stage funding for Washington state tech startups founded by entrepreneurs who are Black, women, refugees or from other historically marginalized communities. The new endeavor, the Equitable Innovations Accelerator, will...

 2021-11-18 18:14 

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Microsoft's Vancouver B.C. employment tops 1,900 — more than doubling during pandemic...

Microsoft now employs more than 1,900 people in Vancouver, B.C., up from less than 800 when the pandemic started in early 2020, part of a broader trend of international growth for the Redmond tech company. Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and vice ch...

 2021-11-18 18:13 

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BitTitan hit with layoffs following Idera acquisition...

Idera is laying off BitTitan employees following its acquisition of the Bellevue, Wash.-based cloud service provider. A new WARN filing with the state of Washington indicates that 70 workers will be laid off in January. That's a majority of the compan...

 2021-11-18 16:00 

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Tech Moves: Booster hires ex-UberEats leader; First Mode expands C-suite; and more...

— Booster, previously known as Booster Fuels, hired former Amazon and Uber VP Adrian Agostini as chief revenue officer. He was most recently CRO at Zume, a sustainable packaging company. Based in Seattle, Agostini spent more than 15 years at Oracle ...

 2021-11-18 13:00 

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AWS launches Skills Center in Seattle, boosts efforts to give free cloud training to 29M people...

Amazon on Thursday is opening the doors to its first Amazon Web Services Skills Center in downtown Seattle. The 8,000 square feet space is a sort of science center for grownups with three classrooms and small rooms with computers available. The facility&#...

 2021-11-18 10:00 

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Starbucks and Amazon are opening a store together in New York City, with more in the works...

Two of Seattle's retail icons are collaborating on a store for the first time. The first "Starbucks Pickup with Amazon Go" will open Thursday in New York City. The space includes a Starbucks counter for picking up mobile orders; an Amazon Go m...

 2021-11-18 06:38 

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Rocket Lab launches two more Earth observation satellites for BlackSky — and tracks a falling rocket...

BlackSky's Earth-watching constellation has grown by two satellites, thanks to Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle and Seattle-based Spaceflight Inc.'s logistical help. Rocket Lab's previous BlackSky launch ended in failure back in May, b...

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