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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,, 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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  • Indonesia says no evidence of alleged Chinese intel hack

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have found no evidence that the country’s main intelligence service’s computers were compromised, after a U.S.-based private cybersecurity company alerted them of a suspected breach of its internal networks by a Chinese hacking group, an official said. The Insikt Group, the threat research division of Massachusetts-based Recorded Future, said […]
  • UN climate talks: Faint progress on money, none on pollution

    Opening pocketbooks wider to fight climate change? That’s looking slightly more doable. Closing more smokestacks for the same goal? Not yet sold. World leaders made “faint signs of progress” on the financial end of fighting climate change in a special United Nations feet-to-the-fire meeting Monday, but they didn’t commit to more crucial cuts in emissions […]
  • Parents in China laud rule limiting video game time for kids

    Li Zhanguo’s two children, ages 4 and 8, don’t have their own smartphones, but like millions of other Chinese children, they are no strangers to online gaming. “If my children get their hands on our mobile phones or an iPad, and if we don’t closely monitor their screen time, they can play online games for […]
  • As leaders reconvene at UN, climate and COVID top the list

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Last year, no leaders came at all. This year will be quite different — sort of. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging in many parts of the world, leaders from more than 100 nations are heading to New York this week for the United Nations’ annual high-level gathering — a COVID-inflected, […]
  • Volcano erupts on Atlantic island; lava destroys some homes

    LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Spain (AP) — A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night. The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute reported […]
  • Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian town of Aarschot has a vaccination rate of 94% of all adults, but Mayor Gwendolyn Rutten worries her town is too close for comfort to the capital of Brussels, where the rate stands at 63%. But there’s not much she can do about it. Her hope is that the government […]
  • Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight began three days earlier. The all-amateur crew was the first to circle […]
  • Aluminum wrap used to protect homes in California wildfires

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Martin Diky said he panicked as a huge wildfire started racing down a slope toward his wooden house near Lake Tahoe. The contractor had enough time to do some quick research and decided to wrap his mountain home with an aluminum protective covering. The material that can withstand intensive heat for […]
  • Man sentenced to 12 years in $200 million phone-fraud scheme

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Pakistan resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to “unlock” phones from AT&T’s network, a scheme the company says cost it more than $200 million. Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T call center in Bothell, Washington, via Facebook in 2012, and […]
  • Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX’s 1st private crew

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up. Thursday’s conversation, like the entire […]
  • Cambodian leader boasts he barged into opposition video call

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has boasted of barging uninvited into a video conference call hosted by his political opponents. An enthusiastic user of social media, Hun Sen said Friday he intruded into the Zoom call to warn his opponents that he and his spies were keeping a close eye […]
  • Prince William unveils finalists for environmental prize

    LONDON (AP) — Prince William announced 15 inaugural finalists Friday for the Earthshot Prize, his ambitious global environmental award that aims to find new ideas and technologies to tackle climate change, air pollution and the Earth’s most pressing challenges. The finalists include a 14-year-old student who proposes using solar energy to replace charcoal to power […]
  • Boeing to build Navy aircraft at MidAmerica, invest $200M

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing Co. will invest $200 million to begin manufacturing the U.S. Navy’s latest unmanned aircraft at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in a project that could add at least 150 jobs on the company’s southwest Illinois campus, officials said Friday. Boeing will build the MQ-25 Stingray, the Navy’s first […]
  • British computing inventor Clive Sinclair dies at 81

    LONDON (AP) — Clive Sinclair, the British inventor and entrepreneur who arguably did more than anyone else to inspire a whole generation of children into a life-long passion for computers and gaming, has died. He was 81. Sinclair, who rose to prominence in the early 1980s with a series of affordable home computers that offered […]
  • Virus fallout, slow internet worry businesses in German vote

    GOLSSEN, Germany (AP) — A mill owner in eastern Germany hopes the next government will restore supply chains disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. A brewer in the country’s south wants a more predictable strategy for responding to the virus and a better cellphone network. A hotel owner in the west wants money, fast, to clean […]