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 2021-11-05 02:52 

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Washington state and Finland sign MOU to establish smart port in Tacoma...

With the global supply chain in disarray and container ships moored in seldom-used Puget Sound anchorages, Washington Lieutenant Gov. Denny Heck signed a timely memorandum of understanding on Thursday with the government of Finland to build a so-called sm...

 2021-11-05 00:37 

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Astra Space joins broadband internet race with proposal to launch 13,000 satellites...

Make room for yet another competitor in the market to provide broadband internet access from low Earth orbit: Astra Space, the venture that went public with a helping hand from Seattle-area telecom pioneer Craig McCaw, is asking the Federal Communications...

 2021-11-04 23:32 

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Zillow to lay off 47 workers in Washington state as part of Zillow Offers home buying shutdown...

Zillow Group plans to lay off 47 workers in Washington state as part of the 2,000 company employees who will lose their jobs following the decision this week to shut down the home buying and selling operation Zillow Offers. The number was revealed Thursda...

 2021-11-04 21:48 

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Redfin CEO explains how its iBuyer home buying program avoided pitfalls that sunk Zillow Group...

Zillow Group's surprising decision this week to back out of iBuying raised questions about the overall viability of the tech-fueled home buying offering for other companies. At least one competitor seems to be moving along just fine. Seattle-based Red...

 2021-11-04 17:50 

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The risk-taking mentality of Zillow's Rich Barton: 'It takes just as much energy to swing for the fences as it does to bunt'...

Editor's note: This is a column written by GeekWire co-founder John Cook. "Why bunt?" That was the rhetorical question Zillow Group CEO and co-founder Rich Barton asked a packed crowd at the first-ever GeekWire event, which took place almost e...

 2021-11-04 17:38 

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Blue Origin loses lunar lander lawsuit; NASA says SpaceX work will resume ASAP...

A federal judge today rejected Blue Origin's challenge to a $2.9 billion contract that NASA awarded to SpaceX for building the lunar lander destined to carry astronauts to the moon. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space venture had argued that NASA gav...

 2021-11-04 15:30 

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Amazon vets land $10M for WhyLabs, a Seattle startup that monitors machine learning models...

The news: WhyLabs, a spinout from the Seattle's Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), raised $10 million and released a new tool to support machine learning applications. The problem: As more companies leverage machine learning and artifi...

 2021-11-04 15:24 

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Still caught in a screen-time tsunami with your kids? Tech leaders share their experiences and tips...

When school went virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents' carefully forged limits on technology went out the window. Every aspect of our lives — education, socializing and entertainment — moved to screens. With this fall...

 2021-11-04 15:10 

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Applications everywhere: F5 Networks' CEO on the surprising evolution of apps and the cloud...

Back in 2017, when Franois Locoh-Donou became CEO of Seattle-based F5 Networks, many people in tech assumed that most applications would ultimately run in the public cloud, shifting away from data centers and on-premises hardware. Four years and one pande...

 2021-11-04 15:03 

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Allen Institute launches new division to study brain circuits and behavior in mammals...

Seattle's Allen Institute has launched a new division called The Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics, which will explore how the brain executes complex actions like decision making, learning and memory. The new division will be led by neuroscientist K...

 2021-11-04 01:47 

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Boeing finally wins the FCC's go-ahead for broadband satellite constellation...

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized Boeing to put 147 satellites in orbit for a broadband internet constellation, adding to a list of competitors including Amazon, OneWeb and SpaceX. Boeing's constellation was proposed in 2017, but it...

 2021-11-03 21:51 

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Pacific Northwest companies merge and raise cash to build energy efficient, modular construction tech...

While COVID-19 and vaccinations have pushed many into us-versus-them camps, for Bec Chapin, the pandemic instead inspired an appreciation for how much we're connected. "We're in it together already," Chapin said. "So let's be toget...

 2021-11-03 21:10 

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Tech Moves: Qualtrics hires Microsoft vet; Amazon voice tech leader steps down; Future For Us founders start new roles...

— Future For Us co-founder and former CEO Sage Ke'alohilani Quiamno is now a diversity, equity and inclusion business partner for Amazon Prime Video and Studios. "I was drawn to the role because I saw it as an opportunity to create structura...

 2021-11-03 20:16 

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Zillow shares tumble after iBuying fumble: Stock plummets 22%, but not all say the sky is falling...

Zillow Group co-founder and CEO Rich Barton admitted on Tuesday that it was a "tough day" when the powerhouse real estate tech company announced plans to exit the home flipping business, a move that will result in the layoffs of about 2,000 people...

 2021-11-03 17:59 

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Allbirds' secret sauce: Early investor reflects on shoe company's success as it goes public...

Strong brand ethos; future-focused; and obsessed with customer loyalty. These were some of the ingredients that helped turn Allbirds into a $3 billion shoemaker, according to one of the company's earliest backers. Allbirds debuted on the Nasdaq on Wed...

 2021-11-03 17:40 

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Sea-change: Business-backed candidates open a wide lead in Seattle's 2021 election...

Nearly all business-backed, moderate candidates have opened leads in Seattle city races as initial election results indicate a voter pushback on progressive policies. Nicholas Merriam, CEO and co-founder of the non-profit sea.citi, said if the early resul...

 2021-11-03 17:34 

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Why the iBuying algorithms failed Zillow, and what it says about the business world's love affair with AI...

Just because a business process can be automated, doesn't necessarily mean it should be automated. And maybe — just maybe — there are components of business that are not better served with AI algorithms doing the job. That's a key take...

 2021-11-03 16:49 

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Hanks, but no Hanks: Actor turned down Jeff Bezos' offer to ride Blue Origin rocket because of price tag...

Tom Hanks has already been to space, sort of, as the star of 1995's "Apollo 13." He wasn't going to pay millions for the chance to do it in real life. The popular actor said he turned down an offer from Jeff Bezos to ride one of the Amazon...

 2021-11-03 16:29 

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Biotech company Absci, which recently went public, cuts ribbon on new HQ in Vancouver, Wash....

Absci cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in Vancouver, Wash., on Tuesday, barely three months after going public in an IPO that valued the biotech company at nearly $2 billion. The 200-employee company now has room to expand, with 77,400 square feet o...

 2021-11-03 16:02 

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GitHub CEO Nat Friedman steps down; Julia Liuson named president of Microsoft Developer Division...

Nat Friedman is stepping down as the CEO of Microsoft-owned developer community and code repository GitHub. He'll be replaced by Thomas Dohmke, GitHub's chief product officer, effective Nov. 15. Friedman will be chairman emeritus of GitHub, and th...

 2021-11-02 23:22 

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Echodyne wins $20M contract for radar systems designed to watch U.S. borders...

Kirkland, Wash.-based Echodyne says it's won a $20 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection Innovation Team to widen deployment of the company's compact radar systems — and...

 2021-11-02 20:06 

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Zillow to shutter home buying business and lay off 2k employees as its big real estate bet falters...

Zillow Group's ambitious tech-fueled bid to shake up how people buy and sell homes is coming to a surprising end. The Seattle online real estate giant said today it will shut down Zillow Offers, its iBuying program that aims to digitize and accelerate...

 2021-11-02 17:52 

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Microsoft CEO lays out post-pandemic vision for work — including a new metaverse concept...

Microsoft chairman and CEO Satya Nadella described his company's role in a new economy and society transformed by the pandemic in a keynote address on Tuesday kicking off Microsoft's virtual 2021 Ignite developer conference. Nadella laid out a vis...

 2021-11-02 17:34 

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COP26 updates: Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy, Gates Foundation and Amazon tout climate efforts...

Day two of the United Nations COP26 climate talks brought news of recently forged partnerships and new funding commitments from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Tuesday, the Microsoft co-founder took the stage in Glasgow to announce a pledge of $...

 2021-11-02 15:00 

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Microsoft offers its own take on the metaverse with the introduction of Mesh for Teams...

Microsoft laid out its latest vision for a post-COVID work world Tuesday, touching on a buzzword that's become increasingly prominent in recent weeks: the metaverse. At its virtual Ignite 2021 conference Tuesday morning, the company announced a new pr...

 2021-11-02 15:00 

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Can't find that file? Microsoft's new Loop app puts workplace collaboration in a different light...

Microsoft is aiming to solve a long-irritating problem that seemed to become more irksome as people began working remotely during the pandemic: Hunting through hard drives and cloud drives for the correct files and gathering all of that information in one...

 2021-11-02 13:10 

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Book excerpt: How tech and government can spin the flywheels of equitable prosperity together...

"Flywheels: How Cities are Creating Their Own Futures," is a new book by Tom Alberg, former Amazon board member, and managing director of Madrona Venture Group in Seattle, published by Columbia University Press. Excerpt reprinted with permission. ...

 2021-11-02 00:01 

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$10B Bezos Earth Fund earmarks $2B for land restoration and food production efforts...

As the United Nation's COP26 climate talks in Glasgow kicked off this week, the Bezos Earth Fund on Monday announced its plans for $2 billion of the $10 billion fund: programs supporting land restoration and food production. Grants from the fund, whic...

 2021-11-01 20:59 

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Sega and Microsoft announce strategic alliance to develop 'Super Game' initiative on Azure...

The Japanese video game company Sega announced Monday that it plans to "explore a strategic alliance" with Microsoft, which will see Sega build new games and overhaul its development process via Microsoft's Azure platform. The new alliance is ...

 2021-11-01 20:58 

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Zillow stock dives ahead of earnings; analyst report says 66% of homes it bought are now 'underwater'...

A day ahead of its third quarter earnings report, Zillow Group's stock took a hit on Wall Street as a new analyst report highlighted how many homes purchased by the company are now underwater. Class A shares of Zillow Group stock were down 8.6% on Mon...

 2021-11-01 16:59 

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Amazon schedules first Kuiper satellite launches for 2022 using ABL's RS1 rocket...

Amazon plans to launch the first two prototype satellites for its Project Kuiper satellite broadband constellation by late 2022, using rockets currently being developed by ABL Space Systems. The timeline for testing what's slated to become a 3,236-sat...

 2021-11-01 16:26 

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Univ. of Washington machine learning spinout OctoML raises $85M to expand its partnerships...

New funding: Machine learning startup OctoML has raised $85 million in new funding, the Seattle-based company announced Monday. The fresh cash brings the company's total amount raised to $132 million, including a $28 million round in March. Maximizing...

 2021-11-01 16:05 

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Seattle's Jane Park makes history in NYSE debut of women-run Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp....

The ceremonial ringing of the New York Stock Exchange opening bell Monday morning was symbolic in multiple ways for Jane Park. The Seattle entrepreneur, believed to be the first Korean-American woman to take a company public as CEO on the NYSE, was flanke...

 2021-11-01 15:30 

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Armed with a paddle and a GoPro, entrepreneur aims to create 'Street View' of Puget Sound...

We've all indulged in a little voyeuristic spying and exploration using Google Maps' Street View, peering at homes and other landmarks. Brian Footen is creating a similar experience for shorelines — but with a greater purpose in mind. He wan...

 2021-11-01 15:11 

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Sarah Bird is leaving Moz after 14 years at the Seattle SEO software startup, including 7 as CEO...

Sarah Bird is leaving Moz, the Seattle-based SEO software startup that she joined in 2007 and led as CEO for more than seven years. The company was acquired this past June. A leading presence in Seattle's tech community, Bird is a former lawyer who st...

 2021-11-01 13:47 

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Notable tech leaders back Magnify as software startup emerges with $6M in funding...

New funding: Magnify, an enterprise software startup which will have operations in Seattle and Bend, Ore., has come out of stealth mode with $6 million in funding. The company is developing tools to help companies engage with software customers, and has b...

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