Microsoft will spend $500 million to address affordable housing and homelessness in the Seattle region

Microsoft plans to spend $500 million to help build affordable housing units and address homelessness issues in the Seattle region. The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant will commit $475 million for… | Continue reading | 1 hour ago

Former NRC head disagrees with Bill Gates, says nuclear not a safe bet for combating climate change

How much do you think about nuclear power? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is likely “not often.” Unless you work in the industry, you don’t hear too much about nuclear power these days, as… | Continue reading | 1 hour ago

Protect your cores portably: ‘Defense Grid 2’ is coming to Nintendo Switch next month

Hidden Path Entertainment, headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., announced on Wednesday that it will release a remastered edition of Defense Grid 2 on the Nintendo Switch on February 7th. Defense Grid 2… | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

SpaceX says it’ll build and test Starship prototypes in Texas rather than Los Angeles

SpaceX says it’ll build and test the prototypes for its Starship space cruiser and Super Heavy booster in South Texas, moving away from a deal struck in Los Angeles. | Continue reading | 3 hours ago

Google hikes G Suite prices for the first time, Business edition now $12 per user per month

Google’s quest to find revenue from something other than search advertising has led it in some interesting directions. G Suite is one of the most successful projects that has emerged from that effort… | Continue reading | 4 hours ago

How Netflix’s new subscription pricing matches up with Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

Netflix is raising prices for the fourth time in its history, but its offerings remain in line with the cost of competitors like Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. Netflix has three pricing tiers, and costs… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Is wellness ‘dead’? This Seattle-area company just raised $22M to revive it

Seattle-area health technology company Aduro has landed a $22 million investment to help company employees “be great at anything.” The funding, announced Wednesday, is Aduro’s first outside… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Billions served: Bill Gates photographed standing in line for a burger at Dick’s Drive-In in Seattle

Bill Gates, the billionaire burger lover who has been known to grab a bite at Burgermaster in Bellevue, changed course over the weekend and was captured standing in line at a Dick’s Drive-In in… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

MongoDB’s licensing changes led Red Hat to drop the database from the latest version of its server OS

After MongoDB decided last year that it was changing the license for its open-source database to a more restrictive version, Red Hat decided it would no longer include MongoDB in the latest version of… | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

Boeing leads $14M funding round for Isotropic Systems to boost satellite connectivity

Isotropic Systems, a startup that is developing terminals for satellite communications, says it has raised $14 million in a funding round led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures. | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

Zillow CEO Rascoff: startups that try disrupt real estate commissions will fail

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff delivered the keynote address this morning at the TechNW event in Seattle, discussing the process by which the online real estate company went public and dishing on the recently approved JOBS Act. | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

Resilience of the real estate agent: inside look at Redfin, Trulia, Zillow

One of the cool things about covering the tech industry in Seattle is being on the front lines of the changes occurring in the real estate business. I’ve written hundreds, possibly thousands of… | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

A new ‘Office’ for Steve Carell: Netflix signs on for ‘Space Force,’ a comedy based on Trump plan Steve Carell is going from “The Office” to the “Space Force.” Netflix has signed on for a new comedy series named for President Donald Trump’s plan for a… | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

Portland will allow electric scooters to return after promising pilot

Portland transportation officials are recommending that the city launch a longer pilot for rentable electric scooters in 2019, building on a four-month test run with the new mobility devices last… | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Can you live without a smartphone? This flip phone fan has done it for 13 years and will teach you how

Michael Valeri is a 28-year-old Seattle techie who is decidedly low tech when it comes to our most high-tech personal item. Michael has made a conscious decision to use a flip phone instead of a smartphone for the past 13 years. | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

Hubble Space Telescope team hits ‘reset’ to get balky camera back in business

NASA says the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 has been brought back into operation, one week after it went dark due to a telemetry glitch. | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

Microsoft venture capital arm M12 expands to India, invests in healthcare data startup

Microsoft’s venture capital arm M12 has made its first ever investment in a startup based in India. M12 made an investment of an undisclosed amount in Innovaccer, a healthcare data startup. The deal… | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Tech Moves: Twilio names former Amazon and Google exec Chee Chew chief product officer; Washington state commerce director departs

Cloud communications firm Twilio snagged Amazon’s Chee Chew to be its chief product officer. Chew was VP of consumer engagement at Amazon, where he worked on the core retail experience. Prior to that… | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

T-Mobile executives awaiting federal approval for Sprint deal reportedly frequented Trump’s hotel

T-Mobile’s c-suite has made a habit of visiting Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., as the Bellevue, Wash., wireless carrier awaits approval for its landmark merger with Sprint. That’s… | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Astranis and Pacific Dataport team up on satellite broadband access for Alaska

Astranis Space Technologies has struck a deal with Pacific Dataport to provide Alaska with three times as much satellite data bandwidth as it has today. | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Draper Fisher Jurvetson rebrands to Threshold Ventures; Bill Bryant transitions to venture partner

Longtime Silicon Valley venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) is rebranding to Threshold Ventures, Axios reported on Wednesday. The three people who helped launch DFJ in 1985 — Tim… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Pokémon Go maker Niantic raises massive $245M funding round, company value approaches $4B

Niantic, the Google spinout that made the smash hit game Pokémon Go, has raised $245 million to continue building out the engine that powers its growing suite of augmented reality games. The round… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

GM’s Cruise self-driving car venture plots a course to get its Seattle team up and running

The Seattle “tech talk” sponsored this week by GM’s autonomous-vehicle subsidiary, Cruise Automation, had all the hallmarks of a recruiting event for software engineers, plus an extra twist: the… | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Urban Airship acquires Accengage to expand mobile marketing footprint in Europe

Portland, Ore.-based mobile marketing startup Urban Airship has acquired Accengage to form what it calls the “world’s largest mobile customer engagement company.” Urban Airship and Paris-based… | Continue reading | 19 hours ago

Beating Wikipedia by 2 years, Seattle’s HistoryLink remains an innovative online encyclopedia

Wikipedia was a groundbreaking initiative when it went live on Jan. 15, 2001. But a Seattle-based project called HistoryLink actually launched its online encyclopedia — filled with historical facts… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Portland-area startup that builds software for breweries and distilleries raises $14M

Orchestra Software, a Portland, Ore.-based startup that builds software for breweries and distilleries, today announced a $14 million investment round from Radian Capital, a New York City-based growth… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

As the JEDI cloud contract looms in the distance, Microsoft gets two wins in Washington

Microsoft started off the year with two small wins in the federal government sector, winning a $1.76 billion contract with the Department of Defense for software development services and a new… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Seattle left off Zillow’s hottest housing markets ranking as real estate slowdown continues

Seattle’s booming tech sector helped push the city to the title of the nation’s hottest housing market for close to two years — for better or worse — but now Seattle isn’t even in the top 10, thanks… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Satellogic strikes Chinese deal to launch 90 satellites for Earth-watching network

An international space venture called Satellogic says it will have 90 satellites launched by a Chinese company to create an Earth-observing constellation. The first launch by the China Great Wall… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

AWS For Everyone: New clues emerge about Amazon’s secretive low-code/no-code project

The promise of so-called “low code/no code” software-development tools is to enable anyone to create business applications around their custom needs. It sounds like Amazon Web Services is getting… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

University of Washington building esports arena and lounge to tap into huge gaming movement

The University of Washington is adding another sport to its competitive landscape in Seattle with the addition of the new Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge in the school’s Husky Union Building (HUB). | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Amazon is officially hiring at New York ‘HQ2’

Over the weekend, the first job listings cropped up for Amazon HQ2, the now imprecise moniker for the 50,000-person second headquarters Amazon plans to establish across two cities: New York and… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Nike unveils new self-lacing basketball shoes controlled by a smartphone app

Nike is disrupting shoelaces. The Beaverton, Ore.-based shoe giant unveiled its latest technological innovation on Tuesday, showing off the new Nike Adapt BB basketball shoes that use a power-lacing… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

FAA lays out its plan to ease restrictions on drones flying at night and over people

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued draft regulations that would smooth the way for drones to fly at night and over groups of innocent bystanders. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

With another new office lease for Amazon, this Seattle-area city is almost out of downtown space

Amazon will take another high rise tower in Bellevue, Wash., according to a real estate brokerage report, and because of the tech giant’s rapid growth, the downtown area is virtually out of available… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Madrona promotes Hope Cochran, who becomes first female managing director at Seattle VC firm

For the first time in its 23-year history, Madrona Venture Group has a female managing director. The Seattle-based venture capital firm today announced the promotion of Hope Cochran, a former CFO for… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Tech Moves: Create33’s Rebecca Lovell joins startup advocacy group; Madrona gets its first COO; 98point6 lands veteran CFO; and more

Startup booster Rebecca Lovell has joined the board of the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for public policies that are friendly to new… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Amazon bundles new second generation Alexa remote with Fire TV Stick for $40

Amazon is updating its Fire TV Stick bundle to include the new Alexa Voice Remote, which was released late last year, at the same $40 price point. The next generation Alexa Voice Remote includes the… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Seattle hybrid cloud security startup ExtraHop touts bookings growth, says it’s on an IPO path

After plunging into the network security market nearly two years ago, Extrahop’s bookings have topped the $100 million mark, and now CEO Arif Kareem thinks the company is primed for the public market. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Microsoft counters Amazon again with big Walgreens partnership, aiming to reshape healthcare

A week after unveiling a plan to reinvent grocery shopping with Kroger, Microsoft this morning announced another major retail partnership: a seven-year agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance, the… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Smartsheet makes its 2nd acquisition, swooping up Seattle-based creative production platform Slope

Smartsheet didn’t have to go far to make its second acquisition. The Bellevue, Wash.-based publicly-traded work collaboration software company has swooped up Slope, a small Seattle startup founded in… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

In the 2020s, China aims to lay groundwork for a moon base — plus missions to Mars

Chinese space officials are planning robotic trips to the lunar south pole to prepare the way for a crewed moon base — and they’re aiming for a Mars mission in 2020. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant, Round 2: Digital assistants duke it out in the desert

LAS VEGAS — Sin City has served as the backdrop to some of the most famous bouts and rematches in fighting history, and last week it was home to another. However, this contest wasn’t between two… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

More than half of DC workers would consider leaving their jobs to work for Amazon, survey finds

Workers in Washington D.C. appear eager to jump ship for Amazon jobs, according to a new survey. Millennials and IT employees are particularly open to considering a gig with the tech giant. Eagle Hill… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Beware, Windows 7 hold-outs: Microsoft starts one-year clock to end support for popular operating system

For the Windows 7 diehards out there — and there are a lot of them — Microsoft is only going to provide support for the popular operating system for one more year. Microsoft will cease providing… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Bellevue’s Polyverse brings on significant “strategic investors” as it raises $2M for its secure Linux product and courts the Pentagon

Interest from the federal government into Polyverse’s secure Linux product prompted several undisclosed “strategic investors” to get in on a new $2 million funding round for the Bellevue company. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Glasses give sight to the legally blind, opening eyes to the broader potential of making tech accessible

Some of the most cutting-edge products at CES were designed for people with disabilities, demonstrating how the tech industry is increasingly focusing on accessibility technology as a way to make better products for everyone. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

This $9/month service uses text messages to help people explore their city and just launched in Seattle

Would you pay $9 per month for a service that sends you text messages with ideas for things to do around your city, hand-picked by local experts? The Nudge is betting on it. The San Francisco-based… | Continue reading | 2 days ago