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    Amazon gives $7.5M to complete bike and walking trail in Bellevue, where it is growing rapidly


    Amazon contributed $7.5 million to complete the Wilburton and Wilburton Trestle trail segments in Bellevue, Wash., the city just east of Seattle where it eventually plans to employ 25,000 people. The project will connect The 85th Street overcrossing and existing east side bicycle trail system, and restore and transform the 102-foot tall, 975-foot long Wilburton wooden railway trestle built in 1904. “Amazon’s contribution puts us over the top, providing the remaining funds we need to restore and transform the iconic Wilburton Trestle into an elevated trail connected to high-capacity transit,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “The successful partnership to… Read More
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    Seattle UX company Blink acquired by India-based IT services giant Mphasis


    Seattle-based UX and design firm Blink has been acquired by Mphasis, a publicly-traded IT services giant based in Bangalore, India. Founded 21 years ago, Blink works with companies such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, NASA, and Starbucks. The firm employs more than 130 people across offices in Seattle, Austin, Boston, San Diego, and San Francisco. It has earned $34 million in revenue so far this year, according to CEO and co-founder Karen Clark Cole. Blink will retain its name following the acquisition, and all employees are staying aboard. Founded in 1998, Mphasis reported revenue of more than $1.3 billion for its… Read More
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    Burke Museum’s paleontology team makes four huge dinosaur finds in Montana


    Theropods and Triceratops and hadrosaurs, oh my! Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is making significant additions to its dinosaur holdings, thanks to a summer expedition to Montana’s Hell Creek Formation. Four distinct dinosaurs were dug up, and all of the fossils will be brought back to the Burke Museum on the University of Washington’s campus, where the public can watch paleontologists remove the surrounding rock in the museum’s fossil prep lab. This year’s finds follow up on the museum’s earlier Hell Creek discoveries, including a magnificent Tyrannosaurus rex skull that’s been one of the centerpieces of the… Read More
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    Unification of Expedia Group travel rewards programs signals progress on tech overhaul


    Expedia Group says it will unify its loyalty programs, allowing travelers to accumulate rewards across brands including Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Vrbo, Travelocity, Hotwire and others. The announcement results from a longstanding effort inside the Seattle-based online travel giant to simplify and streamline its overall business, including an initiative to bridge its different travel brands with a common technology backend. The larger effort has been a major focus for Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern since taking over the top executive role last year. Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller’s previous dissatisfaction with the progress of the initiative was one of the reasons… Read More
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    Providence spinout Xealth raises $24M to expand digital health services


    Xealth, which handles digital health strategies for more than 20 hospital systems, has raised $24 million in new funding, the Seattle-based startup announced Tuesday. Xealth’s platform builds on the growing ecosystem of health care apps and digital services. The company enables health providers to access and monitor such tools, including remote patient monitoring devices, health questionnaires, prescription services and traditional smartphone apps. “Ultimately we want to be the ubiquitous platform for prescribing and monitoring digital health,” CEO Mike McSherry told GeekWire. McSherry previously led Swype, which sold to Nuance for $100 million in 2011, and he was a GeekWire Startup… Read More
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    Amazon boosts Kindle Paperwhite screen size and battery life in first major upgrade in 3 years


    Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite, announced Tuesday morning, is the first major upgrade to the company’s front-lit e-reader since 2018, offering a larger screen and promising longer battery life. The company has boosted the overall display size to 6.8 inches, from 6 inches previously. The bezels are slimmer, but the device itself is also larger, as shown in this comparison below. It’s the fifth Kindle Paperwhite since Amazon introduced the device in 2012, although the company calls it the 11th generation Paperwhite, referencing the current cohort of Kindle devices. Promised battery life is 10 hours, vs. 6 hours in the previous… Read More
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    Inside the shakeup at 98point6: Board member explains abrupt CEO change at well-funded startup


    The board of directors at fast-growing Seattle telehealth startup 98point6 let go of co-founder and CEO Robbie Cape last month because it was looking for a new leader who could position the company for its next phase of growth. That detail, as explained by a 98point6 board member, is the latest wrinkle in the mystery surrounding Cape’s abrupt departure. The board’s move surprised people in the Seattle startup community, in the health tech industry, and even inside the 6-year-old company, which has raised $247 million and reported a huge increase in customer demand during the pandemic. “Robbie was an exceptional… Read More
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    ‘Future of coffee’ arrives with release of Seattle’s Atomo, a first-of-its-kind molecular cold brew


    The “future of coffee” has arrived — at least for the 1,000 or so people who will get a chance to buy some cold brew from Atomo Coffee, the Seattle-based makers of a more sustainable blend that doesn’t use coffee beans. Atomo is hosting an e-commerce pop-up sale on its website today, marking the first time that the public can purchase product from the 3-year-old startup. Atomo has been promising to “hack the coffee bean” since launching with a Kickstarter project back in February 2019. On Monday, co-founder and CEO Andy Kleitsch gave GeekWire a quick, virtual walking tour of… Read More

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  • Toxic gas, new rivers of molten lava endanger Spanish island

    EL PASO, Canary Islands (AP) — As a new volcanic vent blew open and unstoppable rivers of molten rock flowed toward the sea, authorities on a Spanish island warned Tuesday that more dangers lie ahead for residents, including earthquakes, lava flows, toxic gases, volcanic ash and acid rain. Several small earthquakes shook the island of […]
  • Hatchlings of endangered crocodile species found in Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Eight hatchlings from one of the world’s rarest crocodile species have been found in a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Cambodia, raising hopes for its continuing survival in the wild. Conservationists found the baby Siamese crocodiles earlier this month in a river in the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia’s Environment Ministry and […]
  • Haitian trip to Texas border often starts in South America

    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Robins Exile downed a traditional meal of plantains and chicken at a restaurant run by Haitian immigrants, just a short walk from the walled border with the United States. He arrived the night before and went there seeking advice: Should he try to get to the U.S., or was it better […]
  • Iowa farm cooperative hit by ransomware, systems go offline

    A ransomware attack by the BlackMatter gang forced New Cooperative, an association of Iowa corn and soy farmers, to take their systems offline but it said it created workarounds to receive grain and distribute feed, a person close to the business said. Member-owned New Cooperative said in a statement that the attack was “successfully contained” […]
  • Iowa farm cooperative hit by ransomware, systems go offline

    A ransomware attack by the BlackMatter gang forced New Cooperative, an association of Iowa corn and soy farmers, to take their systems offline but it said it created workarounds to receive grain and distribute feed, a person close to the business said. Member-owned New Cooperative said in a statement that the attack was “successfully contained” […]
  • Michigan rep to fellow lawmaker: I hope ‘your car explodes’

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker told another lawmaker that he hoped her “car explodes on the way in,” according to text messages filed in court to support a request for a personal protection order. “You’re truly the worst human being I’ve ever met. I mean that with the utmost sincerity. Just a parasite,” […]
  • El Salvador president changes Twitter profile to ‘dictator’

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s bitcoin-pushing president apparently changed his Twitter profile description to “dictator” Monday, in what might be an ironic comment on last week’s protests against him. The office of President Nayib Bukele did not respond to requests for comment on the profile change, but there was no clear sign […]
  • GM says production starts on replacement batteries for Bolts

    General Motors said Monday that production has resumed for battery modules used in recalled Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, and customers could start getting replacement parts by mid-October. GM said supplier LG has restarted production at plants in Holland and Hazel Park, Michigan, and is adding capacity to make more battery cells. The recall follows reports […]
  • Twitter to pay $809.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. The San Francisco company said the proposed settlement, which must still be signed off […]
  • Twitter to pay $809.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. The San Francisco company said the proposed settlement, which must still be signed off […]
  • Twitter to pay $809.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. The San Francisco company said the proposed settlement, which must still be signed off […]
  • 4 famous giant trees unharmed by Sequoia National Park fire

    THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Four famous giant sequoias were not harmed by a wildfire that reached the edge of Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park, authorities said. The Four Guardsmen, a group of trees that form a natural entryway on the road to the forest, were successfully protected from the KNP Complex fire […]
  • UN agency: Innovation continued even as coronavirus emerged

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s intellectual property agency said Monday that innovation marched forward last year despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries boosted their investments, even as hard-hit sectors like transport and travel eased back on spending. The World Intellectual Property Organization, which helps coordinate and approve international patents, […]
  • Liz Weston: Don’t let Social Security steer you wrong

    Few retirement decisions are as critical, or as easy to get wrong, as when and how to take your Social Security benefits. The rules can be so convoluted that many people rely on what they’re told by Social Security employees, but that could prove to be an expensive mistake. Certified financial planner Kate Gregory of […]
  • HP, Procter & Gamble join companies pledge to cut emissions

    BERLIN (AP) — Computer-maker HP, consumer goods business Procter & Gamble and coffee capsule company Nespresso have joined a corporate pledge to sharply cut their greenhouse gas emissions over nearly two decades. The Climate Pledge, a grouping of companies and organizations spearheaded by Amazon, said Monday that it has signed up 86 new members for […]