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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Report: VCs invested $69B in 7,350 companies in 2016, down from 11-year peak of $79B in 2015; median exit size was $84.5M, the highest in a decade   —  Venture capital investment activity dipped last year from a record 2015, but returned to normal activity in 2016 and marked the second-highest total in the past 11 years.
Jan 11, 2017, 12:05 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Spare5 relaunches as Mighty AI to fine-tune AI through human input, announces $14M raise led by Intel Capital with participation from Accenture and GV   —  On the surface, artificial intelligence is sexy.  The technology, which has become one of the hottest trends, helps turn products …
Jan 10, 2017, 8:45 PMIn context
Alan Boyle / GeekWire:
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Omidyar Network back $27M Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund for research into the social impacts of AI   —  LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Omidyar Network anchor a newly formed $27 million fund to support research into the social impacts of artificial intelligence.
Jan 10, 2017, 12:20 PMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon says Alexa now has 7K+ skills, up from 3K in September and 5.4K in December 2016   —  Amazon's digital assistant Alexa is getting more skillful by the day.  —  The brain behind Amazon's Echo speakers has topped 7,000 skills, Amazon's vice president of Echo, Alexa and app store Mike George …
Jan 4, 2017, 4:35 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
CB Insights report: top 5 companies most likely to have an IPO in 2017 are Qualtrics, Blue Apron, Zuora, Okta, and Pluralsight, among 369 firms in pipeline   —  There will be more tech companies going public in 2017 than this year.  —  That's the takeaway from CB Insights' fifth annual Tech …
Dec 26, 2016, 9:45 AMIn context
Dan Richman / GeekWire:
Microsoft wins $927M tech support contract with US Defense Information Systems Agency following company's earlier deal to move all 4M DoD employees to Win 10   —  Microsoft has won a $927-million, five-year contract to provide technical support to the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
Dec 21, 2016, 12:25 AMIn context
John Cook / GeekWire:
Wynn Resorts to put Amazon Echo in 4.7K+ Wynn Las Vegas rooms, starting summer 2017   —  Alexa, open the curtains?  —  You may soon be able to ask that question when traveling to the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, which announced today that it will place Amazon's Echo device — powered by the voice assistant Alexa — in all 4,748 hotel rooms.
Dec 14, 2016, 1:35 PMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
New Microsoft Translator feature enables real-time, in-person, multi-language translations for conversations across multiple devices   —  Microsoft this morning announced a new feature for its Translator program that will let people use their smartphones to have conversations in several languages at the same time.
Dec 13, 2016, 4:30 PMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Postmates ordered to pay 2+ years of workers' comp premiums for 3K+ couriers in WA state following audit by state regulator; the company is appealing decision   —  Delivery startup Postmates has been ordered to retroactively pay more than two years of workers' compensation premiums …
Dec 13, 2016, 2:25 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft will use emulation tech to allow Windows 10 on ARM to run x86 Win32 apps through partnership with Qualcomm   —  Microsoft will again seek to expand the reach of its Windows PC operating system to devices running mobile-oriented ARM processors, through a partnership with Qualcomm announced tonight …
Dec 7, 2016, 11:25 PMIn context

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