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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 22, 2023

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 22, 2023.… Read More

Putting the AI in domains: Why the new era of artificial intelligence inspires this startup founder

After calling up the website Smartynames.com this week, I typed in a description for a business idea: “Drone photography business in the greater Seattle area.“ Like lots of people, I’ve been through the agonizing process of brainstorming business and project names, and trying to find appropriate — and available — web domains to match. It can take days or weeks to figure out, especially when you’ve got other people taking part, with their own ideas and subjective preferences. So it was fascinating when, a few seconds later, Smartynames produced a list of available domains that could work. They ranged from… Read More

Band says it’s ‘not welcome back’ at Seattle arena; NHL team insists song lampooning Bezos isn’t why

A Seattle punk-pop group that played this week as the “house band” between periods at a Seattle Kraken game at Climate Pledge Arena won’t be playing again this weekend as previously planned, the band tweeted Friday — along with a clip of a song from its first performance criticizing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. However, an executive with the Seattle Kraken says the decision not to have the band back for two more scheduled performances was unrelated to the song or to the lines about Bezos. The band Who Is She? shared the video on Twitter on Friday afternoon, two days after playing… Read More

Amazon adding new fees for grocery delivery

Amazon is tacking on new service fees for Prime members who get less than $150 worth of groceries via the company’s Amazon Fresh delivery service. In an email to customers, Amazon said it will start adding delivery charges of $3.95 for orders between $100-$150; $6.95 for orders between $50-$100; and $9.95 for orders under $50. Prime members in select areas previously received free delivery on any orders over $35. “We’re introducing a service fee on some Amazon Fresh delivery orders to help keep prices low in our online and physical grocery stores as we better cover grocery delivery costs and continue… Read More

After fan outcry, Wizards of the Coast will leave its original open license in place

Wizards of the Coast is officially leaving its old rules in place to govern independently-published material for the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game. As previously reported, a leak earlier this month indicated that Wizards, based in Renton, Wash., would seek to deauthorize and replace its Open Game License (OGL), a public copyright notice from 2000. The OGL allows third parties to create virtually any sort of D&D material for profit, such as adventure modules, sourcebooks, or live-play shows. Wizards reacted to the leak with an apology to the fan community on Jan. 13, followed by a new set of… Read More

Microsoft and VMware vet Paul Maritz backs social app that vows not to monetize user data

Veteran computer scientist and business leader Paul Maritz is perhaps best known for his work in PC and server operating systems, cloud computing, and enterprise infrastructure technology. But he also has a longstanding interest in the intersection of technology and personal data, as reflected in his founding in 2003 of Pi Corp., a Seattle-based company that made software for managing personal information. That experience contributed to his belief that the tech industry can build a better social network, one that doesn’t trade in the personal information of its users — and now he’s backing an effort to prove it. Maritz,… Read More

Exit comeback: After big slowdown in IPO and M&A activity, analysts optimistic for a rebound

After startup exit activity took a nose dive in 2022 amid inflation, rising interest rates, and other macroeconomic forces, some tech analysts are predicting public listing and acquisitions to pick up in the latter half of this year. Speaking at a Silicon Valley Bank event in Seattle on Wednesday, SVB Private Chief Investment Officer Shannon Saccocia said investors will have a “risk appetite increase” in the third and fourth quarters because of the positive returns the public equity markets have produced historically. “Everyone is really excited right now to park their money in 4.5% yielding T-Bills (Treasury Bills),” she said.… Read More

Tech layoffs at big companies could be a boon for startups and entrepreneurship

A wave of layoffs at tech companies is flooding the job market with fresh talent. The trend is sparking questions about whether startups will take advantage, and whether there will be a rush of new companies launched by Big Tech alum. The answer to the first question is yes. While some startups are feeling the effects of the tech downturn, trimming headcount themselves, others are already taking advantage of the larger hiring pool.  “I’m definitely getting access to a lot of talent that we wouldn’t have had just a year ago,” said Rich Wurden, co-founder of Seattle-based agricultural technology startup… Read More

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FILE - In this photo made on Thursday, May 6, 2021, the badging logo is seen on a 2021 Ford Mustang...
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Ford cuts price on Mustang Mach-E after Tesla trims prices

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is cutting prices on its Mustang Mach-E electric SUV by as much as $6,000 just weeks after market leader Tesla took similar steps. The Detroit automaker is increasing production of the Mach-E this year and said it is taking advantage of streamlined costs to reduce prices across the board, it said […]
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This Week: Fed rates, Alphabet earnings, employment update

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: WATCHING THE FED The Federal Reserve will meet this week and announce its latest interest rate decision on Wednesday. The central bank is expected to raise its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point, which would mark a downshift […]
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Garbage covers the base of a waterfall of the Nairobi River, which traverses informal settlements a...
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Is there hope for a dying river in Kenya’s growing capital?

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Vultures scavenge for dead animals along a river turned sewer conduit in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Its waters turn from clear to black as it traverses informal settlements and industrial hubs. The river and its tributaries cross Kibera, known as Africa’s largest slum with close to 200,000 residents, and other informal settlements. […]
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Source: Dutch, Japanese join US limits on chip tech to China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan and the Netherlands have agreed to a deal with the U.S. to restrict China’s access to materials used to make advanced computer chips, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person declined to be identified because the deal hasn’t yet been formally announced. It’s unclear […]
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’24,’ ‘Runaways’ actor Annie Wersching has died at 45

Actor Annie Wersching, best known for playing FBI agent Renee Walker in the series “24” and providing the voice for Tess in the video game “The Last of Us,” has died. She was 45. Wersching passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer, her publicist told The Associated Press. The type […]
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Elon Musk’s mysterious ways on display in Tesla tweet trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk’s enigmatic personality and unconventional tactics are emerging as key exhibits in a trial revolving around one of his most polarizing pursuits — tweeting. The trial, centered on a pair of tweets announcing Musk had obtained the money to take Tesla private in 2018, reeled the 51-year-old billionaire into a […]
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A migrant from Michoacan, Mexico, uses the CBPOne app Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Tijuana, Mexico. A...
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Online system to seek asylum in US is quickly overwhelmed

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hours before sunrise, migrants at one of Mexico’s largest shelters wake up and go online, hoping to secure an appointment to try to seek asylum in the U.S. The daily ritual resembles a race for concert tickets when online sales begin for a major act, as about 100 people glide their […]
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Spotlights from the governor's boat light the horizon during a journey from Longyearbyen to Barents...
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Spellbinding polar night gets darker in warming Arctic

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) — At 10:40 a.m. on a day in January, two powerful beams of light from the Svalbard governor’s boat pierced the complete darkness of the mountain-fringed fjord it was sailing. It was carrying the children’s choir from this remote village’s church to visit an even more isolated Arctic outpost. That’s polar night […]
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IMSA takes North American sports cars into hybrid era

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Cadillac growls, while the Porsche and BMW scream. The Acura sounds like an Indy car, and for fun, turn your back to the track and listen carefully as the cars roar around Daytona International Speedway in a new era of IMSA sports car racing. The top prototype class has […]
3 days ago
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Wyoming crypto bank’s Federal Reserve application denied

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Federal Reserve Board has denied a Wyoming cryptocurrency bank’s application for Federal Reserve System membership, officials announced Friday, dealing a setback to the crypto industry’s attempts to build acceptance in mainstream U.S. banking. Many in crypto have been looking to Cheyenne-based Custodia Bank’s more than 2-year-old application as a bellwether […]
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FILE - An Amazon Fresh grocery store stands in Warrington, Pa., on Feb. 4, 2022. In an email to Pri...
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Amazon axes free grocery delivery on Prime orders under $150

Amazon is axing free grocery delivery for Prime members on orders less than $150.
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Musk, top Biden aides meet in Washington, talk electric cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk and a pair of top aides to President Joe Biden met in Washington on Friday to discuss the electric vehicle industry and the broader goal of electrification. Musk and Biden did not meet, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. The two haven’t had the smoothest of relationships, […]
3 days ago
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Third Trader Joe’s store votes to unionize

A Trader Joe’s store in Louisville, Kentucky, has become the grocery chain’s third to vote to unionize. Workers at the store voted 48-36 in favor of the union Thursday evening, according to the National Labor Relations Board, which conducted the election. Workers from the Louisville store will now join workers from two other unionized Trader […]
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This photo provided by Dan Bartlett shows comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) on Dec. 19, 2022. It last visited d...
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Green comet zooming our way, last visited 50,000 years ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A comet is streaking back our way after 50,000 years. The dirty snowball last visited during Neanderthal times, according to NASA. It will come within 26 million miles (42 million kilometers) of Earth Wednesday before speeding away again, unlikely to return for millions of years. So do look up, contrary […]
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FILE -Brian Walshe listens during his arraignment Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at Quincy District Cour...
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Internet evidence key, but not enough in no-body murder case

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors in Massachusetts are basing their murder case against a man whose wife is presumed dead but whose body has not been found in large part on a series of gruesome internet searches he made around the time of her disappearance. Scouring data on personal electronic devices is a common strategy in […]
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