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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
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon expands its AmazonFresh Pickup service to all Prime customers in Seattle area   —  Amazon is expanding its latest brick-and-mortar retail experiment beyond an internal employee beta today, letting Amazon Prime members order groceries online for pickup during designated windows at two locations in the company's hometown.
May 25, 2017, 1:30 PMIn context
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
AWS reports 42% YoY jump in revenue to $3.66B, up from $2.57B a year ago, as growth slows slightly   —  The crown jewel of Amazon's business, Amazon Web Services, posted a 42 percent jump in revenue during the first fiscal quarter of 2017, as it continues to set the standard for cloud computing.
Apr 27, 2017, 4:30 PMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Pluto VR, co-founded by Popcap Games co-founder John Vechey, raises $13.9M Series A led by Maveron for developing VR communication apps   —  Pluto VR, the Seattle-based virtual reality startup co-founded by PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey, has raised $13.9 million in a Series A funding round.
Apr 16, 2017, 12:15 PMIn context

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