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Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Make.tv, a cloud-based video management firm, raises $8.5M led by Voyager, with Microsoft Ventures, Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital, and Arnold Ventures   —  Microsoft Ventures, Vulcan Capital, and Arnold Ventures are joining initial investor Voyager Capital in pumping $8.5 million into Make.tv …
Jun 29, 2017, 9:55 PMIn context
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
McMansion Hell architecture criticism blog returns and Zillow drops its complaint against the EFF-supported blogger after backlash over fair use of images   —  The architecture criticism blog McMansion Hell is back up and running days after a threatening cease-and-desist letter from Zillow Group scared …
Jun 29, 2017, 5:30 PMIn context
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Amazon rolls out Alexa intercom function, letting users “drop in” on Echo speakers remotely from another Echo device or the Alexa smartphone app   —  Amazon is taking a big step forward in its quest to turn Alexa into the operating system for the home.
Jun 26, 2017, 5:55 PMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Textio raises $20M Series B led by Scale Venture Partners to expand “augmented writing” platform for enterprise   —  Textio, the Seattle startup that provides an “augmented writing” platform to help companies put together better job postings, has raised $20 million to expand its offerings to other types of business writing.
Jun 21, 2017, 1:30 PMIn context
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
As Amazon claims a former AWS VP violated his non-compete agreement, former employees say AWS' non-compete enforcement is selective and opaque   —  Career decisions are always stressful, but employees at Amazon Web Services face an additional source of anxiety when evaluating new opportunities: am I about to get sued?
Jun 16, 2017, 6:05 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon unveils $20 Dash Wand with a barcode scanner and Alexa support for ordering food, getting recipes, controlling smart-home devices, Alexa skills   —  Amazon just introduced a new Alexa device: a $20 version of its Amazon Dash Wand with the voice-enabled smart assistant built in for ordering food …
Jun 14, 2017, 11:05 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon rolling out update to Alexa app that allows users of its voice-calling feature to block specific contacts   —  Amazon is rolling out an update to its Alexa app that lets users of its voice-calling feature block specific people from calling them using the company's voice-activated assistant.
Jun 12, 2017, 9:40 PMIn context
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Google announces release of Spinnaker 1.0, an open-source multi-cloud continuous delivery platform   —  Spinnaker, an open-source project that lets companies improve the speed and stability of their application deployment processes, reached the 1.0 release milestone Tuesday.
Jun 7, 2017, 2:40 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Snap acquires location analytics firm Placed, sources say for $200M+; Placed to continue operating independently   —  Snapchat parent Snap has acquired Placed, a Seattle-based startup that operates a consumer location analytics platform, GeekWire has learned.
Jun 5, 2017, 6:10 PMIn context
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Zillow announces competition with $1M prize for person or team who most improves its Zestimate algorithm, with the final round ending Jan 2019   —  The Zillow Zestimate, that much-debated, computer-generated home valuation tool, has been a fixture of the Seattle-based real estate media company for 11 years.
May 28, 2017, 3:55 AMIn context

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