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LevelTen Energy Gets $6.8M For Renewable Energy Efforts

Seattle-based LevelTen Energy, which develops a marketplace that helps corporation purchase renewable energy--through power purchase agreements (PPAs)--has raised $6.8M in a funding round, according to the company. The Series A funding came from Prelude Ventures, Techstars Venture Capital Fund, Founders' Coop, Wireframe Ventures, Element 8 Fund and Avista Development. LevelTen Energy is led by CEO Bryan Smith....Continue →


Vacasa Pulls In $103.5M Mega Round For Vacation Rental Management

Portland-based Vacasa, which provides vacation rental management services, has pulled in a giant $103.5M funding round this morning, to help it grow its business. According to Vacasa, the Series B funding round was led by Riverwood Capital, and also included Level Equity, Assurant Growth Investing, and NewSpring. Vacasa said it's the biggest Series B investment round in the history of Oregon. Vacasa's CEO and co-founder is Eric Breon.Continue →


Amazon Kicks Off Holiday Season With Shopping Guides

Ready for your holiday shopping (already)? If so, Seattle-based Amazon.com said it has started helping its customers discover the perfect presents for the holidays this year. The company said it has launched its "2017 Holiday Toy List, Electronics Gift Guide and Home Gift Guide"--available on its website, mobile app, or even via Alexa--to let people shop for holiday giftsContinue →


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Launches Open Source, Financial Services Code

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has extended itself into the world of open source software, saying it has launched a new project, Mojaloop....Continue →


Microsoft First Out Of Gate With Wi-Fi Vulnerability Fix

Microsoft is the first out of the gate with a fix to the critical vulnerability present in the WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol, which makes "all WPA2 wireless networking" equipment and software vulnerability to being taken over by hackers. Microsoft apparently rolled the security update through its automatic updates.Continue →


San Antonio Drops Bid For New Amazon Headquarters

The city and county of San Antonio, Texas has withdrawn its efforts to woo Amazon.com, according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation on Thursday. In a statement, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation said submitting a bid like requested from Amazo is "not our style". Amazon.com is in the midst of a big effort to select what it calls "Amazon HQ2", a new headquarters location which it will run in conjunction with its existing headquarters in Seattle....Continue →


Amazon Studios Suspends Head Of Prime Video On Abuse Claims

Amazon Studios, the arm of Amazon.com which develops original content for Amazon Prime, said late Thursday evening that it has suspended Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios and head of Prime Video, after allegations of sexual harassment. The move came after The Hollywood Reporter published allegations from a producer on Amazon's The Man in the High Castle on sexual harassment by Price. Isa Hackett, a producer on Amazon's The Man in the High Castle and Philip K....Continue →


UW Names Computer Science, Engineering Building After Bill and Melinda Gates

The University of Washington said today that it will name its second Computer Science & Engineering building after Bill & Melinda Gates, after a group donated more than $30M to name the second building in honor of the couple....Continue →


Microsoft, AWS Team On Deep Learning Tools

Microsoft and Amazon Web Services said today that the two are teaming up on a new set of tools for deep learning. According to the two, their new Gluon deep learning library is aimed at developers of all skill levels, to help them prototype, build, train and deploy machine learning. The interface currently works with Apache MXNet, and will support the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) in an upcoming release, the two said in their announcement....Continue →


Amazon To Hire 120,000 For Holiday Positions

Seattle-based Amazon says it plans to hire more than 120,000 people for its seasonal, holiday positions this year across its network of fulfillment centers and customer service sites. Amazon regularly hires those temporary workers to help it stuff boxes and fulfill holiday orders, during its busiest season. Amazon said the workers will be hired at its fulfillment centers, sortation centers and customer service sites....Continue →


Wicket Labs Snags $2M For Media Analytics

Seattle-based Wicket Labs, a developer of analytics software for media companies, has raised $2M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Madrona Venture Group, Divergent Ventures and angels. Wicket's software, Wicket Scorecard, provides media companies with information on conversion, engagement and likelihood to churn for their customers. Marty Roberts is CEO of Wicket Labs.Continue →


Carena Acquired By Avizia

Seattle-based virtual healthcare provider Carena has been acquired by telehealth provider Avizia, according to the companies. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Carena, which was founded in 2000, was venture backed by Cambia Health Solutions, McKesson Ventures, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Martin Ventures. Avizia is also venture funded, having raised $20M from such companies as HealthQuest, Northwell Health and NewYork-Presbyterian....Continue →



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