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    Analysis: Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda is a massive disruption for the video game industry


    <img width="1206" height="685" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/xbox-bethesda-image.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft started its working week by announcing that it intends to purchase ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion. Bethesda, in turn, has spent the last two console generations scooping up various intellectual properties, to the point where its current lineup of software is a murderer’s row of classic, ongoing, and current hits. The result is a sort of Matryoshka doll of associated outcomes; every time you look at this deal, you can see a couple more major effects. Microsoft will add to its portfolio several of the most widely-known and popular franchises in the current… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/analysis-microsofts-acquisition-bethesda-massive-disruption-video-game-industry/">Read More</a>
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    Faithlife acquires LifeWay’s Wordsearch product to bolster its bible software


    <img width="1260" height="836" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Stop-giving-up-on-verses-screenshot%402x-1260x836.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Bellingham, Wash.-based church technology company Faithlife has acquired Wordsearch Bible, a similar software product built by LifeWay Christian Resources. Wordsearch will transition its users and their content to Faithlife’s Logos Bible Software platform. “We want our customers to have the best user experience in the world when they engage with our content, and Faithlife’s commitment to providing high-quality Bible study software is second to none,” Ben Mandrell, president and CEO of LifeWay, said in a statement. “They are in a unique position to protect the investment each customer has made in Wordsearch content and ensure that the resources and tools… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/faithlife-acquires-lifeways-wordsearch-product-bolster-bible-software/">Read More</a>
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    Tech Moves: Lighter Capital names new CEO; Amazon exec joins Uber as CTO; and more


    <img width="840" height="1260" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/melissa-bio-pict-red-840x1260.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— Seattle-based ‘alternative VC’ firm Lighter Capital named Melissa Widner as its new CEO. She takes over from former CEO Thor Culverhouse, who replaced longtime Lighter exec BJ Lackland this past September. Widner, a board member at Lighter, most recently served as managing partner at the venture capital arm of the National Australia Bank. She was previously a general partner at Seattle-based SeaPoint Ventures and CEO of 7Software, which was acquired by Concur. Widner, based in Sydney, Australia, joined the Lighter board in 2018. Lighter Capital was co-founded by Andy Sack, Randall Lucas and Erik Benson in 2009. The company… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/tech-moves-lighter-capital-names-new-ceo-amazon-exec-joins-uber-new-cto/">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft and Cascadia group unveil proposal to build economic hubs between big Pacific NW cities


    <img width="1260" height="870" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DSC02593-1260x870.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference has made headlines over the past few years for its ambitious goal to connect Portland to Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., with a proposed high-speed rail line. The group, which is sponsored by Microsoft, is changing course this year, unveiling a bold new proposal for the “mega-region.” High-speed rail is still part of the organization’s aspirations for Cascadia — as the larger region is dubbed — but this year’s focus is on a different goal: building mid-sized cities between the big urban centers that define the region. A report by the Boston Consulting Group, released by… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-cascadia-group-unveil-proposal-build-economic-hubs-big-pacific-nw-cities/">Read More</a>
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    Illumina will pay $8B to acquire Grail, the Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos-backed cancer detection company


    <img width="1240" height="826" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/junobishop-1240x826.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Hans Bishop"><br>Cancer detection startup Grail will be acquired by DNA sequencing machine maker Illumina for $8 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Monday. Grail originally spun out of Illumina, which is the company’s largest shareholder. Its backers include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Grail was preparing to go public, filing paperwork with the SEC earlier this month. The company, which had raised around $2 billion, plans to roll out a multi-cancer early detection test in 2021. Founded in 2015, Grail is led by Hans Bishop, the former CEO of Juno Therapeutics, a Seattle biotech startup also backed by… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/illumina-will-pay-8b-acquire-grail-bill-gates-jeff-bezos-backed-cancer-detection-company/">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft vows to replenish more water than it consumes by 2030, in latest sustainability initiative


    <img width="1260" height="756" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Final-Sammamish-2-1260x756.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft says it will replenish more clean water than it uses in its cloud computing and software business within a decade. The water pledge, announced Monday morning, represents the fourth and final focus area in a package of sustainability initiatives that Microsoft has been rolling out this year. The company started in January with its plan to become climate negative within a decade, removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it has emitted through its history. Microsoft also launched a global biodiversity program; an ecology-based “Planetary Computer;” and a suite of waste reduction strategies; along with a $1 billion Climate… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-vows-replenish-water-consumes-2030-latest-sustainability-initiative/">Read More</a>
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    Amazon adds Tile to Sidewalk wireless network; says Echo devices can serve as bridges; explains bandwidth sharing


    <img width="620" height="304" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/two.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Tracking technology company Tile will offer a device and experience that works with the upcoming Amazon Sidewalk neighborhood wireless network to help people find lost items, Amazon announced Monday morning. It will be the first third-party device to work with Sidewalk, which is slated to launch later this year. Amazon also said many of its own Echo smart speakers will be able to double as Sidewalk bridges, providing access to the network when customers opt in to sharing “a small portion” of their internet bandwidth as part of the shared pool of bandwidth that enables the Sidewalk technology. “For customers… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-adds-tile-sidewalk-wireless-network-says-echo-devices-can-serve-bridges-explains-bandwidth-sharing/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle-based startup investment firm Flying Fish is raising a new fund


    <img width="1260" height="602" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-21-at-7.41.12-AM-1260x602.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Flying Fish, a Seattle-based venture capital firm formed in 2018 that invests in Pacific Northwest startups, is raising its second fund. A new SEC filing reveals the new fund. Flying Fish Partners Frank Chang, Geoff Harris, and Heather Redman are listed on filing, which shows a total offering amount of $75 million for “Flying Fish Fund II.” The firm declined to comment when reached by GeekWire. Flying Fish launched two years ago, raising a $80 million first fund. The firm focuses on startups building artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. It has more than 15 companies in its portfolio, including Ad… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/seattle-based-startup-investment-firm-flying-fish-raising-new-fund/">Read More</a>
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  • TikTok says coordinated attack behind suicide clip uploads

    LONDON (AP) — TikTok says a video of a man apparently taking his own life that circulated on its platform was spread deliberately by a group of users working together. The company found evidence of a “coordinated attack” when it investigated why the video was suddenly appearing on the popular short-video sharing app, a TikTok […]
  • Report: German hospital cyberattack trail leads to Russia

    BERLIN (AP) — IT experts investigating a cyberattack that paralyzed computer systems at a major hospital in western Germany say one of the trails they are following leads to Russia, German media reported Tuesday. The attack caused the failure of IT systems at Duesseldorf’s University Hospital two weeks ago. A woman who needed urgent admission […]
  • As Europe faces 2nd wave of virus, tracing apps lack impact

    LONDON (AP) — Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the apps have not been widely adopted due to privacy concerns, technical problems and lack of interest from the public. Britain, […]
  • Australian rescuers save 25 of 270 stranded whales so far

    HOBART, Australia (AP) — Around one third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that became stranded on Australia’s island state of Tasmania have died, with rescuers managing to return 25 to the sea in an ongoing operation, officials said Tuesday. The whales were discovered Monday on a beach and two sand bars near the west […]
  • Some see irony in virus’ impact on Mayflower commemoration

    The year 2020 was supposed to be a big one for the Pilgrims. Dozens of events — from art exhibits and festivals to lectures and a maritime regatta featuring the Mayflower II, a full-scale replica refitted over the past three years at a cost of more than $11 million — were planned to mark the […]
  • UN chief: ‘epochal’ crisis as world powers meet remotely

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the U.N.’s first-ever virtual meeting of global leaders Tuesday that the world is facing an “epochal” health crisis, the biggest economic calamity and job losses since the Great Depression, threats to human rights and worries of a new Cold War between the U.S. and China. In his […]
  • British man sentenced to 5 years for hacking US companies

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A British man who was part of a hacking collective called The Dark Overlord was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for helping the group steal information from several companies in the U.S., including Missouri, Illinois and Georgia. Nathan Francis Wyatt, 39, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty in federal […]
  • Micosoft will buy video game maker ZeniMax for $7.5 billion

    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout. The software giant said Monday that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks. Microsoft said it is buying Bethesda in part to beef up its Xbox […]
  • Warming shrinks Arctic Ocean ice to 2nd lowest on record

    Ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second lowest level on record this summer, triggered by global warming along with natural forces, U.S. scientists reported Monday. The extent of ice-covered ocean at the North Pole and extending further south to Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia reached its summertime low of 1.4 million square miles […]
  • Scientists combat anti-Semitism with artificial intelligence

    BERLIN (AP) — An international team of scientists said Monday it had joined forces to combat the spread of anti-Semitism online with the help of artificial intelligence. The project Decoding Anti-Semitism includes discourse analysts, computational linguists and historians who will develop a “highly complex, AI-driven approach to identifying online anti-Semitism,” the Alfred Landecker Foundation, which […]
  • Scientists combat anti-Semitism with artificial intelligence

    BERLIN (AP) — An international team of scientists said Monday it had joined forces to combat the spread of anti-Semitism online with the help of artificial intelligence. The project Decoding Anti-Semitism includes discourse analysts, computational linguists and historians who will develop a “highly complex, AI-driven approach to identifying online anti-Semitism,” the Alfred Landecker Foundation, which […]
  • German military opens new space operations center

    BERLIN (AP) — The German military on Monday officially opened its first ‘Air and Space Operations Center,’ a nod to the growing importance of satellites for the country’s national security. The center, located in the western town of Uedem, has a staff of 50 that’s planned to triple over the next decade. They will focus […]
  • Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt’s Saqqara pyramid

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, an official said Monday. The sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were buried more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, said Neveine el-Arif, a spokeswomen for the Ministry […]
  • Efforts afoot to save South’s disappearing grasslands

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early 2000s, a harvest of pine trees on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau led to a remarkable discovery. Once sunlight hit the ground, the seeds and rootstock of native grasses and wildflowers that had lain dormant for decades began to spring to life. The area was originally part of vast patchwork […]
  • Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company. Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for national security and data privacy concerns in the latest flashpoint in the rising tensions […]