- GeekWireAmazon acquires NICE, maker of high-performance computing software
Amazon has acquired software company NICE for an undisclosed sum, the Web retailer announced via a blog post on Friday NICE, based in Asti, Italy, makes software and provides services for "high performance and technical computing," wrote Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for Amazon Web Services (AWS), in the blog post.
- GeekWireIt’s official: Seattle drivers really are terrible, study confirms
Between traffic and new construction, Seattle can feel like an obstacle course.
- GeekWireGravitational waves found! LIGO experiment watches two black holes smash together
Scientists say they've detected gravitational waves from a black hole merger for the first time, confirming a key claim of general relativity.
- GeekWireAfter raising $28M in record crowdfunding campaign, Glowforge delays initial shipments
Glowforge is delaying initial shipments of its innovative 3D laser printer.
- GeekWireWhy this 9-year-old visited Amazon’s secret drone facility, and delivered a package to Jeff Bezos
A few days before the New Year, a 9-year-old boy named Evan was granted a wish: to fly from his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., to visit with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle.
- GeekWireReturn to Rome: Amazon VP Diego Piacentini takes two-year position with Italian PM
This summer, Diego Piacentini is heading back to his birthplace, Italy, the country where he lived for 40 years before he moved to America.
- GeekWireFetch! Microsoft’s latest artificial-intelligence trick is an app to ID dog breeds
Microsoft has used artificial intelligence to release apps that can determine how old people are, whether two people are twins, and even the length of a person's mustache. Next up: dog breeds.
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Visa buys nearly 10 pct stake in Dorsey's company, Square
Visa is now a major shareholder in Square, the mobile payment services company co-founded and led by Jack Dorsey.
Police: Boston robbery suspects were all wearing GPS devices
It didn't take Boston police long to track down three suspects in an armed convenience store robbery.
Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case
Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.
Strong quake rocks eastern Indonesia; no damage reported yet
A strong earthquake rocked parts of Indonesia's main island of Java on Friday, causing panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.
Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea
Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.
Feds plan major announcement about California island foxes
Native foxes on islands off the California coast were once on the brink of extinction.
Scientists stop calling out to comet lander as hope fades
European scientists said Friday that they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago.
Uber to pay $28.5M to settle safety ad lawsuits
Uber says that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees.
Quotations in the News
Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton as the former secretary of state accused the Vermont senator of diminishing President Barack Obama's record and short-changing his leadership during the latest Democratic debate.
Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons
Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.
Senate passes authorization for industrial hemp
The Washington Senate has passed a bill that would allow people to grow industrial hemp as an agricultural product, but only as part of a research program.
Alternate sites considered for embattled giant telescope
A group building one of the world's largest telescopes wants to start construction no later than April 2018-- even if that means it will have to build the telescope somewhere other than Hawaii.
Transparency debate follows vote by California coastal panel
The agency that decides what gets built and where along the California coast is facing questions about transparency after it pushed out its top executive in a closed-door vote and without a clear explanation of why the change was being made.
Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks
A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.
Smithsonian giving visitors a virtual look inside Apollo 11
They are bits of space graffiti hidden from the public for decades: a crude calendar, scrawled lunar coordinates and markings warning of a locker containing "smelly waste."