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    Microsoft Teams and other Office 365 services start coming back online after untimely outage
    <img width="1165" height="619" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft is citing a “recent networking update” for an outage that took down services including Microsoft Teams, Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online, Yammer, and Skype for Business in parts of the U.S., Australia and Asia for more than two hours on Tuesday evening. “We’ve identified that a recent networking update may have caused user traffic coming from the internet to fail intermittently before reaching Microsoft 365 services,” the company said in a status report around 7 p.m. Pacific time. “We’ve reverted this update and are seeing some initial signs of mitigation. We’re continuing to validate the cause of the problem while… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    How the Seattle area became a hotspot for satellite builders — and what comes next
    <img width="1260" height="709" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle may not be the best place to put a launch pad, but the region is turning into one of the most prolific satellite production centers in the United States. “How many of you know that Washington state is actually one of the world’s leading satellite manufacturers?” Roger Myers, a longtime aerospace executive who is currently president-elect of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, asked during a session of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s Economic Leadership Forum on Monday. In terms of sheer mass and revenue, Colorado-based Lockheed Martin and Boeing’s satellite operation in California still have bragging rights. But… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    CI Security raises another $6.4M to help hospitals implement cybersecurity tech
    <img width="600" height="600" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>New funding: CI Security, a 85-person cybersecurity startup with offices in Seattle, Bremerton, and Ellensburg, Wash., has raised an additional $6.4 million, adding to its $16 million Series B round. Lead investor: Concord Health Partners, a healthcare-focused firm based in New York City, made an investment as part of the AHA Fund it created in partnership with the American Hospital Association. Company background: Founded in 2012, CI Security pairs software with analysts who review and investigate attacks. The startup focuses on healthcare and government organizations. The company competes against security and tech giants such as ADT and Cisco Systems. It changed… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Big tech companies defend business practices in response to antitrust questions from Congress
    <img width="902" height="600" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The news: Tech giants fielding a bevy of antitrust inquiries defended their business practices in response to questions from the House Judiciary Committee. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook sent letters to the committee in response to representatives’ questions. Those responses were released on Tuesday. What they said: Amazon denied claims that it uses third-party seller data to source and launch private-label products but admitted to using aggregated data for “business purposes.” Google said it does not favor its own products in search results, while denying the committee’s request for search data. Facebook admitted to blocking some third-party apps that the company… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Female Founders Alliance grad Give InKind raises $1.5M for social support platform
    <img width="1000" height="667" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>When people need support during big life events — whether it be a family member passing away, or a newborn baby — fruit baskets and flowers sometimes aren’t ideal. But it can be hard to know what exactly someone needs and how to best get it to them. Give InKind has come up with a solution. The Tacoma, Wash.-based company just announced a $1.5 million seed round to fuel growth of its social support platform. The startup had bootstrapped for nearly three years until the investment, which came from firms including Madrona Venture Group, SeaChange Fund, Keeler Investments, FAM Fund,… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Why experts say the Pacific Northwest is a ‘perfect laboratory’ for autonomous technology
    <img width="1260" height="945" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The hype cycle for autonomous vehicles may have slowed down after the March 2018 fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber car, but for AV booster Bruce Agnew, the Pacific Northwest offers a wide range of applications for the technology that go far beyond passengers traveling big-city streets. As director of ACES — a Madrona Venture Group and INRIX-backed network promoting autonomous, connected, electric, and shared vehicles — Agnew sees the diverse geography and economic opportunities of the region as ripe for those four trends to converge in transportation. While much of the attention on autonomous vehicles thus far has focused… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Extra cheese, please: Restaurant tech startup Picnic lands $5M for pizza robot
    <img width="1260" height="792" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle startup Picnic, which makes robots for the restaurant industry, raised $5 million in a seed round led by Creative Ventures with returning investors Flying Fish Partners and Vulcan Capital. Secretive Seattle startup Picnic unveils pizza-making robot — here’s how it delivers 300 pies/hour The new cash will be used to design the next iteration of Picnic’s pizza robot as well as to pursue additional pilots. Centerplate, a caterer at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, was the first to test the pizza system. The small startup went viral last month after it debuted a pizza-assembling robot that is capable of producing… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Spotify stock dips after Amazon expands free Amazon Music service to more devices
    <img width="900" height="601" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The news: Amazon expanded the free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music to the iPhone, Android devices, and Fire TV. The app was previously only available on the Amazon Echo. Why it matters: Spotify shares dropped nearly 5 percent after the announcement and kept falling Tuesday morning. The streaming music leader also offers free and paid options. Though it trails Spotify and Apple in terms of total subscribers, Amazon Music grew its user base 70 percent over the past year, according to a recent Financial Times report. Big picture: Amazon has been growing its music arm over the past few years. It… <a href="">Read More</a>

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