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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple unveils new MacBook Pro with ‘Touch Bar’ above keyboard   —  Apple just unveiled a new MacBook Pro, updating its high-end notebook computer with new features including a “Touch Bar” above the keyboard, replacing the traditional function keys.  —  The feature was widely rumored in advance …
Oct 27, 2016, 2:32 PMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon adds 60 new Dash buttons including Coca-Cola, Cheez-It, Pop-Tarts, says orders are up five times over the last year   —  Amazon says customers are taking to Dash Buttons to quickly restock their favorite items, and now the company has added more than 60 new brands.
Oct 26, 2016, 2:25 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Voyager and Microsoft Ventures invest $9M in business text messaging platform Zipwhip   —  With the proliferation of so many messaging apps, from Facebook Messenger to WhatsApp to Snapchat, it may seem like SMS texting is not relevant anymore.  —  Zipwhip's latest fundraising round certainly proves that theory wrong.
Oct 17, 2016, 6:45 PMIn context
John Cook / GeekWire:
Morningstar to acquire PitchBook shares it didn't already own for $180M, valuing the venture capital, IPO, and M&A data provider at $225M   —  PitchBook specializes in compiling venture capital, IPO and M&A data on tens of thousands of companies, offering investors, journalists and analysts …
Oct 14, 2016, 10:50 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon launches Music Unlimited, a subscription streaming service that costs $4/month for Echo owners, $8/month for Prime members, and $10/month for all others   —  Would you pay a few extra bucks a month to turn your smart home speaker into an intelligent, unlimited jukebox?  Amazon is betting people will.
Oct 12, 2016, 3:30 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Report: Amazon to expand grocery business with new convenience stores and curbside pickup, exclusively for AmazonFresh subscribers   —  Look out, 7-Eleven: Amazon's push into brick-and-mortar retail is getting serious.  —  The e-commerce giant is considering building its own convenience stores …
Oct 11, 2016, 10:45 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Dog-sitting platform Rover raises $40M Series E round led by Foundry Group, bringing its total funding to date to $91.5M   —  What started as a fun project born at a Startup Weekend event has turned into a potential billion-dollar company that is gearing up for an IPO.
Oct 3, 2016, 11:45 AMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon unveils “Alexa Prize”, an annual university competition to advance conversational AI; first challenge is to build a bot conversing coherently for 20 mins   —  Amazon will award up to $2.5 million in prizes and sponsorships in a new annual competition called the “Alexa Prize” …
Sep 30, 2016, 9:15 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon Game Studios unveils first three games that feature deep Twitch integration   —  Amazon Game Studios, the gaming development arm of Amazon, today revealed its first titles that feature deep integration with Twitch, the live streaming company that Amazon acquired for $1 billion in 2014.
Sep 29, 2016, 10:30 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Adobe partners with Microsoft to use Azure as ‘preferred solution’ for cloud services   —  ATLANTA, GA. — Technology giants Adobe and Microsoft announced a strategic cloud partnership at Microsoft Ignite on Monday, with each company throwing its weight behind the other in some of the most hotly contested sectors of the industry.
Sep 26, 2016, 10:30 AMIn context

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