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    Flight Live matches users with trainers for online, on-demand personal workouts


    <img width="1260" height="643" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/flight_team-1260x643.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>When it comes to exercising, motivation can be the toughest hurdle for many people. At least that was true for My Le Goel. “I am, by my own accounts, a lazy person when it comes to exercising and I don’t really love doing it,” Goel said. But she was seeing her health decline and wanted to get into better shape despite her already packed schedule. In 2018 she co-founded Flight Live, a Seattle-based startup that matches clients with certified fitness trainers for one-on-one or small group workouts conducted over mobile and other digital devices. Goel wanted to build a workout… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/flight-live-inc/">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, others urge federal court to block Trump’s ‘public charge’ immigration rule


    <img width="814" height="543" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/trump.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Companies across the country are trying to convince a federal judge that a new change to the U.S. immigration system would hurt innovation and the economy. Leading the effort is Seattle startup Boundless, whose CEO is an example of the type of entrepreneur who might be barred from the U.S. under the new rule. The so-called “public charge” rule establishes more rigorous criteria for immigration officials deciding whether to grant legal status to immigrants. Boundless CEO Xiao Wang immigrated from Nanjing, China as a child. He told GeekWire, “this rule absolutely would have put my family’s journey to the U.S.… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-reddit-twitter-others-urge-federal-court-block-trumps-public-charge-immigration-rule/">Read More</a>
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    Nintendo reveals long-anticipated fifth DLC fighter to ‘Smash Brothers’ roster, with six more coming


    <img width="1260" height="655" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/byleth-cropped-1260x655.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The long-anticipated fifth DLC fighter for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate will be Byleth, the protagonist of Nintendo’s 2019 hit Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but he/she won’t be the last. Another six fighters are in the works as of right now. Nintendo revealed the news Thursday morning in a pre-recorded broadcast where series director Masahiro Sakurai broke down the details for the new character, as well as revealing the current plans for the next batch of downloadable fighters for Smash. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate officially became the best-selling fighting game of all time at the end of 2019, with almost 16… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/nintendo-reveals-long-anticipated-fifth-dlc-fighter-smash-brothers-roster-six-coming/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle AI startup drew interest from Amazon, Microsoft, Intel before selling to Apple


    <img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/200115-xnor-door-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Xnor door"><br>Apple wasn’t the only tech giant eyeing Xnor.ai. GeekWire broke the news on Wednesday that Apple acquired Seattle startup Xnor.ai, paying around $200 million for the three-year-old company that specializes in low-power, edge-based artificial intelligence tools. Exclusive: Apple acquires Xnor.ai, edge AI spin-out from Paul Allen’s AI2, for price in $200M range Other large corporations were interested in the startup, too. Sources confirmed to GeekWire that Intel and Amazon had formal discussions with Xnor.ai. The Financial Times reported that Microsoft also approached the company. Xnor.ai has been moving its staff of roughly 70 employees out of the company’s offices in… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/seattle-ai-startup-drew-interest-amazon-microsoft-intel-selling-apple/">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft pledges to be ‘carbon negative’ by 2030, launches $1B Climate Innovation Fund


    <img width="1260" height="839" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/20200116_090728-1260x839.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft says it will be carbon negative by 2030, removing more carbon from the environment than it emits each year, and will remove enough carbon by 2050 to make up for all of its emissions and electrical consumption since its founding decades ago. In addition, the company will launch a $1 billion Climate Innovation Fund designed to encourage the development of new carbon reduction and removal technologies. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the pledge Thursday morning during an event at the company’s Redmond headquarters, detailing a sweeping new plan to eliminate Microsoft’s environmental impact and also give… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-pledges-carbon-negative-2030-launches-1b-climate-innovation-fund/">Read More</a>
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    Report: WeWork’s real estate activity plummets following aborted IPO


    <img width="900" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/bigstock-Raleigh-nc-usa-W-320620576.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>WeWork’s rapid expansion in recent years has slowed to a crawl, according to a new report, amid the fallout of the co-working giant’s failed IPO. WeWork signed only four new leases across the U.S. in the fourth quarter, totaling approximately 184,000 square feet of space, according to a report from real estate firm CBRE shared with CNBC. That’s a precipitous, 93 percent drop from an average of 2.54 million square feet WeWork leased over the previous four quarters. IWG, the parent company of co-working brands Regus and Spaces, overtook WeWork in the fourth quarter as the most active flexible office… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/report-weworks-real-estate-activity-plummets-following-aborted-ipo/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle security company ExtraHop touts $150M in 2019 bookings ahead of potential IPO


    <img width="1260" height="782" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ExtraHop_GeekWire-copy-1260x782.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Cyber attacks against companies are becoming increasingly common and more expensive. Those troubling stats help explain the rapid growth of companies such as Seattle’s ExtraHop that focus on protecting enterprises from cyber threats. ExtraHop posted its second consecutive year of more than 40 percent bookings growth in 2019 and its headcount rose 25 percent during the year. The company has hinted at a 2020 IPO in the past, and it is piling up momentum ahead of possibly going public. ExtraHop said this week it finished the year with $150 million bookings — the amount a customer has promised to pay,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/seattle-security-company-extrahop-touts-touts-150m-bookings-ahead-potential-ipo/">Read More</a>
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    AI2 Incubator hatches a $10M fund for AI startups with support from big-name VCs


    <img width="1260" height="809" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/200115-ai2x-1260x809.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="AI2 offices"><br>Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is kicking things up more than a notch for AI startups with a $10 million pre-seed fund for its incubator program. The AI2 Incubator’s fund is backed by some of the nation’s top venture capital institutions, such as Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group, Silicon Valley’s Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins, and New York’s Two Sigma Ventures. Exclusive: Apple acquires Xnor.ai, edge AI spin-out from Paul Allen’s AI2, for price in $200M range But wait … there’s more: The fund also draws upon high-profile investors and mentors including Tableau Software CEO Adam Selipsky, Drive.ai co-founder Carol Reiley… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/ai2-incubator-hatches-10m-fund-ai-startups-support-big-name-vcs/">Read More</a>
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  • Analysis: Baseball has become a prisoner of technology

    NEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball’s Analytics Era, and now it’s holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut. Their sign-stealing system exposed, all three managers were deposed within a whirlwind […]
  • Volkswagen creating first innovation hub in North America

    Volkswagen is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the company’s first innovation hub for developing new technology in North America, officials said Friday in a statement. Initial work at the hub in Knoxville will include research opportunities for UT doctoral students and will focus on electric vehicles […]
  • Banks, communications stocks lead small gains on Wall Street

    Major U.S. stock indexes edged higher in afternoon trading Friday as solid earnings from banks helped extend momentum from the previous day’s rally. State Street and Citizens Financial were among the latest banks to report encouraging results in a week of solid reports from larger financial institutions. Investors were also digesting the latest government housing […]
  • What you need to know before 2020 Census starts in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in remote Alaska. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will be there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay. Dillingham planned to spend time Friday at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage, giving students a lesson on […]
  • US agency examining Tesla unintended acceleration complaint

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla’s electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own. An unidentified person petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation into the problem. An agency document shows 127 owner complaints to the government that […]
  • Michael Bloomberg outlines plans for cleaner buildings, cars

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg would push for all new cars to be electric by 2035 and new buildings to produce zero carbon emissions by 2025 as part of clean energy plans he released this week. Bloomberg’s latest climate plans build off his December plan to cut the United States’ carbon […]
  • Germany gives investigators more tools against child porn

    BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved legislation that will allow investigators to use computer-generated child pornography to gain access to suspect internet portals. The Justice Ministry said that investigators will need a court’s approval to use the technique and will only be allowed to use it if there is little or no […]
  • Fiat Chrysler in talks with Foxconn to develop electric cars

    MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is in talks with the Taiwanese company Foxconn to develop and manufacture battery-powered vehicles, the U.S.-Italian automaker said Friday. Fiat Chrysler is in the process of merging with France’s PSA Peugeot, which is 12% owned by Chinese company Dongfeng Motor Co. Both Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot have lagged in developing […]
  • Technology could cut train crews from 2 to 1 but is it safe?

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — How many people does it take to operate a locomotive? For the railroad industry, the answer is simple: One. The industry is hoping this year’s scheduled completion of an automatic railroad braking system will bolster its argument to reduce the number of crew members in most trains from two to just […]
  • Expert: Georgia election server showed signs of tampering

    BOSTON (AP) — A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs that the original server was hacked. The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem the same […]
  • FBI plans to notify states about local election breaches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials said Thursday. In the past, the FBI would alert local governments about attacks on their electoral systems without automatically sharing that information with the state. That meant state officials, left […]
  • Microsoft: ‘carbon-negative’ by 2030 even for supply chain

    Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen “not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.” It’s a major step up from Microsoft’s previous green pledges. The tech company had […]
  • Labor Department limits news outlets’ use of embargoed data

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department will begin restricting news organizations’ use of economic data by barring computers from the rooms where reporters receive such data before its public release, department officials announced Thursday. The early access to embargoed data allows news services to prepare articles in advance of the public release of economic reports. […]
  • European carmakers build out charging network for electrics

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European automakers’ network of highway charging stations for battery-powered vehicles is taking shape ahead of an expected surge in electric car sales as manufacturers strive to meet new emission limits. Ionity, the joint venture created among automakers to build the network, said Thursday it has completed more than 200 stations and […]
  • NBC hopes ‘free’ makes Peacock stand out in streaming era

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal is launching a new streaming service that will have a large part available for free, an approach it hopes will resonate with people who aren’t interested in traditional TV. The service, Peacock, will debut April 15 for customers of Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company. Everyone else will get it July 15, […]