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    Kids on FIRST LEGO League robotics team take an idea for safer streets all the way to city officials
    <img width="1260" height="787" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Each year, participants in the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition are presented with a challenge which they must take on as a team using their skills in science, technology, engineering and math. This year, as part of the “City Shaper Challenge,” kids were asked, “What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?” For a group of fifth and sixth graders in Redmond, Wash., they began on the streets they play on in their own neighborhood — and took their idea all the way to City Hall. RoboWarriors are competing in their second FLL season, organized through… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    SpaceX launches Dragon cargo craft with mighty mice and a tricky shipment for Seattle’s Spaceflight
    <img width="1260" height="760" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="SpaceX Falcon 9 launch"><br>A fresh SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a recycled robotic Dragon cargo capsule today, carrying 5,700 pounds of supplies, satellites and science to the International Space Station. In contrast with Wednesday’s planned launch attempt, which was called off due to excessively high upper-level winds, today’s countdown proceeded smoothly to liftoff at 12:29 p.m. ET (9:29 a.m. PT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Minutes after launch, the Falcon 9’s first stage fell away as planned and flew itself back for touchdown on a drone ship stationed hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX went with an… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Gates Foundation CEO stepping down from $47B philanthropy, handing reins to internal successor
    <img width="1260" height="840" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the physician and scientist who led the world’s largest philanthropy as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for more than five years, announced Thursday morning that she will leave the role early next year. Mark Suzman, a 12-year Gates Foundation veteran, was named as her successor, the fourth CEO in the 19-year history of the Seattle-based organization. “This was without a doubt the toughest decision of my career,” Desmond-Hellmann wrote in a message to the Gates Foundation’s employees Thursday morning, reminding them that one of her mantras is to “take your own pulse first” before charging… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Ex-Amazon and Zulily supply chain vets raise $2M for Seattle e-commerce logistics startup Shipium
    <img width="1260" height="842" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>New funding: Shipium landed a $2 million seed round led by PSL Ventures, the venture arm of Seattle startup studio Pioneer Square Labs, GeekWire has learned. The 4-person company is staying quiet about what exactly it is building, but an interview with co-founders Jason Murray and Mac Brown — and their previous work at Amazon and Zulily — reveals more. Founder background: Murray spent nearly two decades at Amazon, most recently running supply chain teams and overseeing thousands of employees as a vice president. Brown is also an early Amazon employee — the co-founders started three days apart from each other… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft 365 consumer bundle reportedly under development for next year
    <img width="1260" height="836" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>A consumer version of Microsoft 365, the bundle of some of the tech giant’s top programs and services, is on the way next year. ZDNet reports that an announcement of the long-rumored consumer version Microsoft 365, also known as M365 Life, is set for spring 2020. Microsoft was planning to announce the bundle at this year’s Build developer conference, ZDNet reports, but decided to push it off. Microsoft declined to comment. Microsoft 365 combines Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility and Security. Microsoft offers several versions of Microsoft 365 for different types of commercial and education customers. ZDNet… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Bamboo Learning lands $1.4M from Amazon and others to expand voice tech in education
    <img width="1260" height="788" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Bamboo Learning, a Seattle startup co-founded by ex-Amazon executive Ian Freed, wants to simplify education with interactive voice lessons. And it just landed a $1.4 million seed round to make it happen. Investors in the round include Amazon’s Alexa Fund, Wavemaker Partners, Unlock Venture Partners, VoicePunch, and technology industry veterans from Amazon, Apple, Disney, and Microsoft. Bamboo Learning will use the funds to hire software engineers and content producers to speed up development of new applications. In addition to the funding round, Bamboo Learning announced its fifth Alexa skill. Bamboo Luminaries is an educational game that showcases influential historical figures… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    AWS antitrust? How Amazon’s cloud unit would defend against an expanded FTC inquiry
    <img width="1260" height="836" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>LAS VEGAS — Kicking off the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference earlier this week, AWS CEO Andy Jassy offered an expansive view of the market the cloud giant is pursuing. “The market segment that we address at AWS is the global IT market,” he said. In other words, AWS not just targeting the existing world of cloud platforms and services. It’s thinking about the much larger enterprise technology field, an estimated $3.7 trillion market  — 97 percent of which is still concentrated in traditional on-premises computing, not in the cloud, let alone in Amazon Web Services. At the time Jassy… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Slack CEO shrugs off Microsoft Teams’ rapid growth, trumpets big Office 365 customers wins
    <img width="932" height="800" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is bracing for fast-growing rival Microsoft Teams to hit 100 million users as soon as a year from now, five times what it has today. But he’s says he’s not worried because more big Office 365 customers are choosing to pay for Slack rather than use Teams for free. Slack reported its latest earnings results yesterday, and on the call with analysts, Butterfield brought up Microsoft several times. He noted the company now has 50 organizations spending more than $1 million annually on Slack, up for 30 a year ago. Roughly 70 percent of those, are… <a href="">Read More</a>

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