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June 05, 2015
This bot plays hot tunes: Super Hi-Fi and WellSaid Labs use AI to create a lifelike DJ

This bot plays hot tunes: Super Hi-Fi and WellSaid Labs use AI to create a lifelike DJ

What’ll be the playlist for the robot takeover? (Bigstock Illustration / © mast3r) As he turns from a Foo Fighters tune to the Smashing Pumpkins, Andy sounds just like your typical alternative-rock DJ — but his tag line is positively inhuman. “Ever feel like your day just needs a shot of...

Average tech salaries in Seattle rise 4.6% to $158K, second-highest in U.S.

Average tech salaries in Seattle rise 4.6% to $158K, second-highest in U.S.

(Hired Image) The average tech worker in Seattle makes $158,000, a 4.6% increase from last year, according to new data from jobs site Hired. Seattle commands the second-highest average tech salary in the U.S. behind the Bay Area ($165,000), which saw its average decrease 0.3%. Seattle was ahead of...

Light the lamp — and the arches: Seattle landmark will put on display to celebrate Kraken hockey goals

Light the lamp — and the arches: Seattle landmark will put on display to celebrate Kraken hockey goals

The arches at Pacific Science Center in Seattle are lit with the colors of the city’s new hockey team, the Seattle Kraken. (Pacific Science Center Photo) When the Seattle Kraken “light the lamp” by scoring a hockey goal at Climate Pledge Arena this season, another lighting display will take place...

Gates Foundation commits up to $120M to support access to new COVID-19 pill

Gates Foundation commits up to $120M to support access to new COVID-19 pill

Capsules of Merck’s new investigational COVID-19 drug molnupiravir. (Merck Photo) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide up to $120 million to help lower-income countries access a new pill to treat COVID-19, the foundation announced Tuesday. Molnupiravir cuts the risk of...

Facebook is reportedly getting a new name — what’s your best guess?

Facebook is reportedly getting a new name — what’s your best guess?

Facebook’s Arbor Blocks office in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Face? Metaverse? Horizon? Facebook is getting a new company name, according to a report from The Verge, which noted that the rebrand will likely be similar to how Google created the umbrella company Alphabet in 2015. Facebook...

Boeing says valve investigation will force Starliner space taxi’s test flight into 2022

Boeing says its next attempt to send an uncrewed Starliner space taxi to the International Space Station will take place no earlier than the first half of 2022, due to the time needed to fix a valve problem that led to the last-minute cancellation of an August test flight. Engineers say the problem...

Bots reportedly swoop up pre-orders for Xbox mini-fridges, which sell out in under a minute

Bots reportedly swoop up pre-orders for Xbox mini-fridges, which sell out in under a minute

(Microsoft Image) Microsoft opened pre-orders for its new Xbox Series X-themed mini-refrigerator early on Tuesday morning, and according to some reports on social media, they sold out within 30 seconds. As was announced late last week, pre-orders for the mini-fridge went live early on Tuesday...

Potential Starbucks partnership shows Amazon’s ambitions for its cashierless retail technology

Potential Starbucks partnership shows Amazon’s ambitions for its cashierless retail technology

A “Just Walk Out” sign at an Amazon Fresh store in Bellevue, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) Could Starbucks give Amazon’s retail technology a jolt? A report this afternoon by the Insider news site, citing an internal document, says the Seattle companies have discussed creating a new style of...

Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy pledges $276M to match UK funding for climate innovations

Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy pledges $276M to match UK funding for climate innovations

Bill Gates authored “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” and spoke to GeekWire about the book in February 2021. Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Catalyst has pledged an investment of $276 million in climate innovation in the United Kingdom, matching that country’s commitment to scale up a suite of...

Biotech boom: How life sciences emerged from ‘the doldrums’ in Seattle and Washington state

Biotech boom: How life sciences emerged from ‘the doldrums’ in Seattle and Washington state

Leslie Alexandre, President and CEO of Life Science Washington. (Life Science Washington Photo) Leslie Alexandre has seen a lot from her perch surveying Washington state’s life sciences landscape. She is set to retire in at the end of this year after five years as president and CEO of the industry...

Analyst says Zillow’s pause on homebuying ‘leaves many unanswered questions,’ lowers stock outlook

Analyst says Zillow’s pause on homebuying ‘leaves many unanswered questions,’ lowers stock outlook

Analysts with Wedbush slashed their 12-month price target for Zillow Group by more than 40% following the company’s decision to temporarily pause purchasing new contracts to buy homes via its home-buying and selling service Zillow Offers for the rest of this year. Ygal Arounian and Chad Larkin...

Sana Biotechnology inks $50M deal for precise gene editing system from Beam Therapeutics

Sana Biotechnology inks $50M deal for precise gene editing system from Beam Therapeutics

Sana CEO and president Steve Harr. (Sana Photo) Sana Biotechnology has a new $50 million tool in its toolbox. Sana signed an agreement with Beam Therapeutics for non-exclusive commercial rights to the Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech’s gene editing system, called CRISPR-Cas12b. Under the terms of the...

Funding news: Camping app The Dyrt lands $11M; Cascade Seed Fund will back more PNW startups

Funding news: Camping app The Dyrt lands $11M; Cascade Seed Fund will back more PNW startups

The Dyrt co-founders Sarah Smith (left) and Kevin Long. (The Dyrt Photo) Here’s our latest rundown on recent startup investment news in the Pacific Northwest. — The Dyrt, the Portland, Ore.-based camping app that makes it easier for users to figure out where to pitch a tent or park an RV, has...

Facebook uses a Seattle storefront loaded with QR codes to drive offline shoppers to online businesses

Facebook uses a Seattle storefront loaded with QR codes to drive offline shoppers to online businesses

Facebook’s “Good Ideas Shop” in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood features displays and QR codes for a variety of small businesses. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) In the heart of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood on Sunday, the streets were busy with people visiting a variety of shops, bars and...

Did Amazon lie to Congress? Lawmakers give CEO Andy Jassy ‘final opportunity’ to correct record

Did Amazon lie to Congress? Lawmakers give CEO Andy Jassy ‘final opportunity’ to correct record

Andy Jassy, new Amazon CEO, speaks at the 2021 GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) 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...

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 content, and property tax returns. Earlier...

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

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

(Zillow Image) 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 stock down more than 10 percent. Zillow...

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

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

An electric-powered aircraft from Beta Technologies, a startup backed by UP.Partners, a new partner with Alaska Star Ventures (Beta Technologies Photo) 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...

Report: Microsoft knew in ’08 about ‘inappropriate’ messages from Bill Gates to female employee

Report: Microsoft knew in ’08 about ‘inappropriate’ messages from Bill Gates to female employee

Bill Gates in 2013, at his final shareholder meeting as Microsoft chairman. (GeekWire File Photo) 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...

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

Valve unveils 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 of writing, at noon PT on Oct. 18, there are 59,709...

Amazon’s Zoox will test its autonomous driving technology in Seattle’s ‘different driving culture’

Amazon’s Zoox will test its autonomous driving technology in Seattle’s ‘different driving culture’

A Zoox test vehicle drives past Seattle’s Pike Place Market. (Zoox Photo) 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...

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

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

An Amazon fulfillment center. (GeekWire File Photo / Kevin Lisota) 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...

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

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

Mission specialists at left and right capture pictures of the Titanic’s iconic bow, as seen through the Titan submersible’s 2-foot-wide window. (OceanGate Expeditions Photo) For evidence that the wreck of the Titanic is rapidly deteriorating, you need look no further than Captain Edward Smith’s...

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

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

The Dance Church Go interface. (Dance Church Image) 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 $4.7...

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

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

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 Oct. 10, 2021. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Steam quietly bans games that feature crypto/NFT exchanges

Steam quietly bans games that feature crypto/NFT exchanges

(BigStock Photo) 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 partners at some point in...

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

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

The climate tech panel at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle on Oct. 5, 2021. Panelists from left to right: Brandon Middaugh, Kevin Klustner and Emeka Anyanwu, with moderator Lisa Stiffler of GeekWire at far right. (GeekWire Photos / Dan DeLong) The climate crisis is a big, scary challenge. But people...

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

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

GeekWire Illustration 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 Charlie Bell’s new gig at...

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

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

From left: Zillow’s Dan Spaulding, Expedia’s Archana Singh and former Gov. Christine Gregoire talk with Geekwire’s Mike Lewis on the Future of Work panel. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) The future of how we work, where we work, how that work is measured and even how we get to work has always loomed...

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

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

So I guess this is happening now. (Xbox Image) 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...

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

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

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks in Seattle in May 2019. (GeekWire File Photo / Kevin Lisota) 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,...

Seattle Seahawks launch ‘Sandbox’ gaming platform to engage with fans in esports and more

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 intention of bringing the 12s together...

Interview with creative director at Tencent subsidiary TiMi’s new Seattle studio, ‘Team Kaiju’

Interview with creative director at Tencent subsidiary TiMi’s new Seattle studio, ‘Team Kaiju’

Rosi Zagorcheva (left) and Scott Warner are leading TiMi’s Team Kaiju. (TiMi Photo) 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...

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

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

The Fair Pay Workplace board of directors, top row, left to right: Heidi Durham, Maria Colacurcio, Stephanie Lampkin, Sharawn Connors. Bottom row: Zev Eigen, Nancy Poznoff and Janet Salm. Not pictured: Chris Martin. (Fair Pay Workplace Photos) Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements inspired many...

Seattle mayoral candidates debate city’s future, talk Amazon, taxes and corporate responsibility

Seattle mayoral candidates debate city’s future, talk Amazon, taxes and corporate responsibility

Bruce Harrell, left, and Lorena Gonzalez, right, take part Thursday, Oct. 14 in the first of two debates in Seattle scheduled before the November election for the office of Mayor. (AP Photo /Ted S. Warren, Pool) In the first live Seattle mayoral debate of the election season, the two candidates —...

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