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Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Cloud-based IT management startup Apptio acquires VMware spinoff Digital Fuel for $42.5M   —  Apptio added another another product to its lineup Friday with the acquisition of Digital Fuel, a fellow provider of tools that help companies manage their cloud computing expenditures.
Feb 2, 2018, 6:15 PMIn context
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
SheerID raises $18M Series B, helps companies verify online identities of certain customers like students or the military for eligibility to special offers   —  Portland's SheerID is trying to give web companies a secure and easy way to verify whether prospective customers belong to a special group …
Jan 24, 2018, 1:05 AMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon raises monthly Prime subscription fee from $10.99 to $12.99 but keeps the $99 annual membership option unchanged   —  Amazon is increasing the monthly price option for Prime from $10.99 to $12.99 as it continues to expand the reach and benefits of the popular fast-shipping program.
Jan 19, 2018, 9:20 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon narrows HQ2 search to 20 cities from 238 proposals, 19 in the US and Toronto in Canada, and says it expects to make a decision in 2018   —  Amazon has selected 20 cities to move to the next phase in its HQ2 selection process, the latest twist in an unprecedented headquarters search that has turned into a national curiosity.
Jan 18, 2018, 9:25 AMIn context
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Andrew Shuman says firm is playing the long game with Cortana after Amazon and Google overshadowed Cortana smart home and SDK announcements at CES   —  LAS VEGAS — Lost in the shuffle of Amazon and Google's digital assistant showdown this week at CES is another tech giant's virtual brain: Microsoft's Cortana.
Jan 13, 2018, 12:35 AMIn context
John Cook / GeekWire:
Online legal directory Avvo says it has been acquired by Internet Brands, which owns WebMD and others; Avvo was reportedly valued at $650M in 2015   —  Seattle-based Avvo, which runs an online legal directory, marketplace and reviews site, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Internet Brands …
Jan 11, 2018, 1:35 PMIn context
John Cook / GeekWire:
Report: US VC funding hit $84B in 2017, most since the dotcom boom, across 8,076 deals, fewest since 2012; unicorns accounted for 23% of funding, 0.9% of deals   —  Venture capitalists were busy in 2017, pouring $84 billion into 8,035 companies across the U.S..
Jan 11, 2018, 8:15 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Samsung showcases Bixby integration in new products including “family hub” smart fridges, QLED TVs, and Harman in-car displays   —  Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the ubiquitous technologies at CES this week, with integrations into a wide range of products …
Jan 10, 2018, 12:25 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
HP, Asus, Acer, and others plan to integrate Alexa into some of their Windows 10 desktops and notebooks this year   —  Amazon Alexa will soon arrive on Windows PCs, creating new competition for Microsoft's built-in Cortana voice assistant.  —  Hardware makers HP, ASUS …
Jan 8, 2018, 7:05 AMIn context
Clare McGrane / GeekWire:
Microsoft partners with Seattle-based Adaptive Biotech to build an AI-driven universal blood test that can screen for dozens of diseases at once   —  The human immune system is incredibly complex and incredibly smart.  Your immune system knows when you're getting sick, sometimes days …
Jan 4, 2018, 9:25 AMIn context

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