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June 05, 2015
Japan’s NEC to invest $10M in D-Wave Systems as part of collaboration on hybrid quantum computing

Japan’s NEC to invest $10M in D-Wave Systems as part of collaboration on hybrid quantum computing

A team member at D-Wave Systems, based in Burnaby, B.C.,, works on the dilution refrigerator system that cools the processors in the company’s quantum computer. (D-Wave Systems Photo / Larry Goldstein) Burnaby, B.C.-based D-Wave Systems says it will collaborate with Japan’s NEC Corp. on hybrid...

Seattle port officials approve face recognition guardrails as feds waffle on the controversial tech

Seattle port officials approve face recognition guardrails as feds waffle on the controversial tech

Delta is the first airline to launch a biometric terminal in the U.S. with facial recognition technology. (Delta Photo) The Port of Seattle established new rules governing the use of biometric screening Tuesday amid an ongoing global debate over facial recognition technology. The vote comes as...

Petabyte Technology raises $8M to build Rhapsody enterprise software for veterinarians

Petabyte Technology raises $8M to build Rhapsody enterprise software for veterinarians

(Petabyte Images) Petabyte Technology, a Seattle-area startup building a cloud-based platform to modernize how veterinary clinics manage their practices, has raised $8 million. The startup’s mobile-first Rhapsody platform touches every aspect of a veterinary practice, including scheduling, pricing,...

Microsoft Teams app for Linux debuts in public preview

Microsoft Teams app for Linux debuts in public preview

Microsoft today made Microsoft Teams workplace communication app for Linux available in a public preview. It’s the first Microsoft 365 app for Linux desktops, the company said in a blog post. The preview is available to download in .deb and .rpm formats here. This is the latest example of Microsoft...

Microsoft and Ford try using quantum-style computing to solve Seattle’s traffic problem

Microsoft and Ford try using quantum-style computing to solve Seattle’s traffic problem

Snarled traffic in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Traffic congestion in Seattle can get so bad that it seems as if you need a next-generation quantum computer to make sense of it — and that’s exactly what Microsoft and Ford are aiming to do. The quantum...

Startup advice from new Foursquare CEO David Shim after going through 2 acquisitions in 2 years

Startup advice from new Foursquare CEO David Shim after going through 2 acquisitions in 2 years

Foursquare CEO David Shim. (Foursquare Photo) David Shim’s entrepreneurial journey took a wild turn in 2019. The longtime Seattle techie sold his location analytics startup Placed to Snapchat parent Snap in 2017 for a reported $135 million, marking a significant milestone for the company he founded...

Harbour Air’s all-electric seaplane makes its first flight, sparking a quiet buzz in B.C.

Harbour Air’s all-electric seaplane makes its first flight, sparking a quiet buzz in B.C.

Harbour Air’s all-electric seaplane takes its first test flight. (Harbour Air via Twitter) The cheers seemed louder than the motor when Harbour Air’s all-electric seaplane made its first flight over the Fraser River today, marking a milestone for zero-emission propulsion. Vancouver, B.C.-based...

Company reportedly exposed 752,000 birth certificate applications stored on Amazon Web Services

Company reportedly exposed 752,000 birth certificate applications stored on Amazon Web Services

(Bigstock Photo) A company that lets users get copies of their birth and death certificates exposed more than 752,000 application documents it had stored in an Amazon Web Services cloud bucket. U.K.-based cybersecurity consultancy Fidus Information Security found the cache of birth certificate...

Bill Gates reflects on what he read in 2019 and offers up 5 books for your holiday wish list

Bill Gates reflects on what he read in 2019 and offers up 5 books for your holiday wish list

(Gates Notes Photo) In the recent Netflix documentary “Inside Bill’s Brain,” books are a constant for the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist. We get to see a lot of the book bag that is packed and refreshed for Gates, we get to see his home library and we get to see a lot of Gates reading. On...

Blue Origin resets timing for suborbital test flight to space, due to weather concerns

Blue Origin resets timing for suborbital test flight to space, due to weather concerns

Blue Origin’s New Shepard booster touches down after a test flight in 2017. (Blue Origin Photo) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture says it’s now targeting Wednesday for the next uncrewed flight test of its New Shepard suborbital spaceship, with a cargo manifest that should warm kids’...

Augmented reality startup Taqtile raises $3M, announces Magic Leap partnership

New funding: Seattle augmented reality startup Taqtile raised $3 million in a round led by Broadmark Capital and its affiliated entities, along with additional investors. It’s the first equity round for Taqtile. The 35-person company was also part of Magic Leap’s new enterprise partner program...

Nintendo stock spikes as Switch console goes on sale in China through partnership with Tencent

Nintendo stock spikes as Switch console goes on sale in China through partnership with Tencent

Nintendo’s Switch console has now reached nearly 37 million units sold over its lifetime. (Nintendo Photo) Nintendo stock is the highest its been in 18 months after the gaming giant began selling the smash-hit Switch console in China this week. Nintendo, whose North American headquarters is based...

Lost pet? Pebblebee wants you to try Found, its latest improvement in location tracking devices

Lost pet? Pebblebee wants you to try Found, its latest improvement in location tracking devices

A dog wearing the Pebble Found location tracker on its collar. (Pebblebee Photo) Location tracker makers Pebblebee keep finding ways to help you find your stuff. The Issaquah, Wash.-based creators of the Finder and BlackCard devices announced the arrival Tuesday of Found, a real-time location...

Seattle startup Flyhomes is expanding to Boston, Portland and L.A. to help home-buyers compete with cash offers

Seattle startup Flyhomes is expanding to Boston, Portland and L.A. to help home-buyers compete with cash offers

FlyHomes founders Stephen Lane and Tushar Garg. (FlyHomes Photo) Flyhomes, the Seattle real estate startup that helps people buy houses in expensive cities, is expanding to a trio of new markets. The startup is coming to Portland, Boston and the Los Angeles/Orange County area, expanding beyond its...

Quantum bits: Intel unveils ‘Horse Ridge,’ a cryogenic chip for quantum computers

Quantum bits: Intel unveils ‘Horse Ridge,’ a cryogenic chip for quantum computers

Stefano Pellerano, principal engineer at Intel Labs, holds the cryogenic control chip known as Horse Ridge. (Intel Photo / Walden Kirsch) Microsoft, Amazon and Google aren’t the only companies making headway in quantum computing. Intel is showing off a new type of chip for processing qubits, D-Wave...

Letter to the Editor: Amazon’s expanded leadership team shows sustainability is low priority

Letter to the Editor: Amazon’s expanded leadership team shows sustainability is low priority

MovingWorlds CEO Mark Horoszowski. In October, CEOs from the world’s biggest companies, including Amazon, made waves when they amended the longstanding Business Roundtable statement of purpose, declaring that the purpose of business is more than to generate wealth, and proclaiming boldly that...

Coolest Cooler shuts down after 5-year saga, leaving 20,000 backers without Kickstarter reward

Coolest Cooler shuts down after 5-year saga, leaving 20,000 backers without Kickstarter reward

(Coolest Cooler Photo) Like warm beers around the campfire, the saga involving the infamous Kickstarter project Coolest Cooler took another sad turn over the weekend as the company announced it was shutting down operations and won’t be fulfilling orders for thousands of backers. CEO Ryan Grepper,...

Study finds ‘crisis of regional imbalance’ as Seattle and 4 other regions dominate tech job growth

Study finds ‘crisis of regional imbalance’ as Seattle and 4 other regions dominate tech job growth

Traffic snakes past downtown Seattle on Interstate 5. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Seattle, San Francisco and other tech hubs are capturing a growing percentage of innovation jobs in the United States, according to a new Brookings Institution report. This “crisis of regional imbalance” is...

Netflix dominates Golden Globe nominations; Amazon scores 8 across film and television

Netflix dominates Golden Globe nominations; Amazon scores 8 across film and television

Amazon Golden Globe nominees included, from left, Rachel Brosnahan, Annette Benning and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. (Amazon Image via @PrimeVideo) There’s apparently a reason everyone wants in on the streaming game: because the services keep putting on a strong showing when awards season rolls around....

LEGO Space Needle uses 55,000 bricks to create a 14-foot-high tribute to Seattle landmark

LEGO Space Needle uses 55,000 bricks to create a 14-foot-high tribute to Seattle landmark

The large LEGO Space Needle inside the actual Space Needle gift shop in Seattle. (Space Needle Photos) The best new view of the Space Needle might be from inside the Seattle landmark’s gift shop — if you’re intrigued by a LEGO version of the famous tower. Wayne Hussey, a model creator and BrickCon...

Boeing helps Disney put X-Wing fighters into the air for dedication of ‘Star Wars’ thrill ride in Florida

Boeing’s heavy-duty drones, dressed up as X-Wing fighters, flew in for a cameo at last week’s dedication of Disney’s new “Rise of the Resistance” thrill ride in a Star Wars theme park. As reported by The Drive’s Tyler Rogoway, the Star Wars fighters appear to be based on the design for Boeing’s...

New program in Seattle aims to help tech workers leave big companies and launch their own startups

New program in Seattle aims to help tech workers leave big companies and launch their own startups

Venture Out leaders Sean Sternbach (left) and Ken Horenstein. (Venture Out Photo) A new startup program, born in Seattle, aims to help tech workers leave big companies and launch their own ventures, aiming to generate a surge of new entrepreneurs in the local ecosystem. Venture Out will launch its...

Amazon accuses Trump of using Pentagon cloud contract for ‘his own personal and political ends’

Amazon accuses Trump of using Pentagon cloud contract for ‘his own personal and political ends’

President Donald Trump addresses the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown. (Official White House Photo / Shealah Craighead) A newly unsealed court document reveals more details about Amazon’s strategy to get the Defense Department to overturn its award...

‘Big fan’ Bill Gates makes appearance in ‘Silicon Valley’ series finale as HBO comedy logs off

‘Big fan’ Bill Gates makes appearance in ‘Silicon Valley’ series finale as HBO comedy logs off

The stars of “Silicon Valley.” (HBO Photo) “Silicon Valley” wrapped up six seasons on HBO on Sunday night with a series finale called “Exit Event” — and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates entered for a cameo appearance. Gates makes a very brief appearance in the episode, seated in what appears to be...

Federal trial for T-Mobile-Sprint merger begins with future of U.S. wireless industry at stake

Federal trial for T-Mobile-Sprint merger begins with future of U.S. wireless industry at stake

(Bigstock Photo) A federal trial begins today in Manhattan that will decide the future of Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile’s pending merger with Sprint. It’s considered to be “among the most consequential in the history of the telecommunications industry,” per CNN. The case is expected to last 2-to-3...

A new Windows 10 ransomware threat? Examining claims of a ‘potentially unstoppable’ vulnerability

A new Windows 10 ransomware threat? Examining claims of a ‘potentially unstoppable’ vulnerability

Image Credit: Ninescene, via Bigstock Security company Nyotron recently announced that it found a new vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows 10 that could be used in ransomware attacks. Nyotron released details of what it called a “potentially unstoppable” technique for bypassing one of Windows 10’s...

Thin metal films loaded with immune cells show promise as cancer therapy

Thin metal films loaded with immune cells show promise as cancer therapy

A diagram shows how a thin film of patterned nitinol can be used to hold CAR T cells, with fibrin protein used as a binding agent. (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Graphic) Researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have demonstrated the effectiveness of a new method for...

‘Do you want a strong national defense or don’t you?’ Bezos defends big tech’s government work

‘Do you want a strong national defense or don’t you?’ Bezos defends big tech’s government work

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) Big tech should continue to play a key role in national defense, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, painting the work as integral to protecting democracy. Tech giants have experienced internal opposition to building technology for national defense....

Zillow Offers comes to Los Angeles, the largest city yet for real estate giant’s home sales division

Zillow Offers comes to Los Angeles, the largest city yet for real estate giant’s home sales division

(Zillow Photo) Zillow Offers debuted in Los Angeles and neighboring Orange County today, the second largest housing market in the nation and the biggest yet for the real estate giant’s direct home sales program. Zillow Offers was already available in San Diego and the Inland Empire area, so the...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 1, 2019

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 1, 2019

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 1, 2019. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Giving Tech Labs bridges nonprofits and innovation to help create technology for the public interest

Giving Tech Labs bridges nonprofits and innovation to help create technology for the public interest

An event at Seattle’s Giving Tech Labs in December 2018 including Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, back center; Giving Tech Labs co-founders Luis J. Salazar, holding #publicinteresttech sign, and Shelly Cano Kurtz, kneeling; and board members Jeff Raikes, kneeling on the left; and his wife Tricia...

Satellite mega-constellations stir a debate over avoiding catastrophic orbital crashes

Satellite mega-constellations stir a debate over avoiding catastrophic orbital crashes

An image of the NGC 5353/4 galaxy group, made with a telescope at Arizona’s Lowell Observatory on May 25, shows the trails of reflected light left by SpaceX’s freshly launched Starlink satellites as they pass through the telescope’s field of view. The brightness diminishes once the satellites reach...

Cloud Wars: Why Amazon is escalating its battle against Microsoft in enterprise tech

Cloud Wars: Why Amazon is escalating its battle against Microsoft in enterprise tech

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy, projected on screen at AWS re:Invent this week, discusses Amazon’s 47.8 percent cloud market share against Microsoft, Alibaba, Google, IBM and others. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) The leaders of Amazon’s cloud division made a few things clear this week at the...

UW President Ana Mari Cauce on being a threefold ‘first’ and the most important lessons of college

UW President Ana Mari Cauce on being a threefold ‘first’ and the most important lessons of college

UW President Ana Mari Cauce. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) In the not-so-distant past, the idea of becoming president of the University of Washington was unimaginable to Ana Mari Cauce. “When you look backward it all makes sense. But looking forward, if you had asked me as little as 10 years ago...

Tech Moves: Placed founder named Foursquare CEO; Pro.com hires CFO; and more

Tech Moves: Placed founder named Foursquare CEO; Pro.com hires CFO; and more

David Shim. — David Shim, founder and former CEO of Seattle startup Placed, was appointed CEO and a member of the board of Foursquare, which acquired Placed from Snap in May. Shim was appointed Foursquare president after the acquisition. He’ll succeed Jeff Glueck, who was CEO for four years. In...

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