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Blokable expands to California in new chapter for the innovative multi-family housing developer

Blokable expands to California in new chapter for the innovative multi-family housing developer

After building its foundation in Washington state, Blokable is scaling in California. The Seattle startup that takes a novel approach to home building announced Tuesday it has opened a corporate office in Sacramento and is planning a major manufacturing facility in the state. Blokable hired Jeff Robinson to oversee the company’s manufacturing expansion, bringing experience from his tenure at Tesla and Ford. Jim Hurley will join the team as head of real estate finance, following nearly a decade of management work for the California Public Employees Retirement System’s investment office. ...

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Monica Nickelsburg
Dec 21, 2019
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Can big data reduce traffic deaths? Microsoft and DataKind expand analysis to Seattle and other cities – GeekWire

Can big data reduce traffic deaths? Microsoft and DataKind expand analysis to Seattle and other cities – GeekWire

Trending:Vision Zero, the project to reduce traffic-related deaths and severe injuries to zero, is a laudable goal, but achieving it can be daunting. While education campaigns and traffic enforcement can may seem like good options, cities have surprisingly little data on the cause and effect of such measures.Microsoft teamed up last year with DataKind, a nonprofit that leverages big data to help social-change organizations solve problems, to use deep data analyzation to solve the problem in New York City. Now they’re bringing that project to Seattle, San Jose and New Orleans.The expansion,...

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James Risley
Jun 10, 2017
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60 Minutes shows Amazon’s virus-killing robot; says company uses AI to enforce social distancing

60 Minutes shows Amazon’s virus-killing robot; says company uses AI to enforce social distancing

Trending:Ongoing coverage of the novel coronavirus, and its impact on Seattle and the technology industry.Amazon is developing a robot that would roll through grocery stores and distribution centers, using banks of ultraviolet light to kill viruses on surfaces.The company provided “60 Minutes” with video of a prototype of the robot about Amazon’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, and the backlash from workers who want the company to close down distribution centers for cleaning and disinfection when employees test positive.Careful, creative, or creepy? Amazon says it uses its vast camera...

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Todd Bishop
May 11
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Boise or Bozeman bound? Redfin CEO predicts big shift to smaller cities as remote work takes hold

Boise or Bozeman bound? Redfin CEO predicts big shift to smaller cities as remote work takes hold

Trending:The rush to crowd into cities to be closer to tech jobs could be a thing of the past in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as more people embrace remote work and flee close quarters. And Seattle-based real estate company Redfin is “preparing for a seismic demographic shift toward smaller cities.”last week, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said the aversion to big metro areas was already underway before the health crisis, driven by a housing affordability crisis.“More permissive policies around remote work and a rising wariness about close quarters will likely accelerate that trend,” Kelman...

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Kurt Schlosser
May 11
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Washington state launches COVID-19 exposure notification app using Google and Apple technology

Washington state launches COVID-19 exposure notification app using Google and Apple technology

Trending:Ongoing coverage of COVID-19, and its impact on Seattle and the technology industry.Washington state unveiled a new app to inform residents if they’ve been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as infection rates in the state soar to an average of 2,700 cases a day., announced Monday morning, is a free app that uses technology developed through a joint effort by Apple and Google called the . The app takes advantage of low-energy Bluetooth signals emitted by smartphones to detect and remember interactions, allowing people to be notified if they’ve been in proximity to someone...

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Lisa Stiffler
Nov 30
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He moved to Seattle a year ago and has already built a tool to help local businesses battle Amazon

He moved to Seattle a year ago and has already built a tool to help local businesses battle Amazon

Trending:When moved to Seattle from Montreal in 2019, he fell in love with his new city, and the Ballard neighborhood where he settled, because he was taking everything in with fresh eyes and appreciated the unique character and ideas around him. Small businesses were a big part of that, and he came up with his own idea to support them.In the home of Amazon, Sandals has created , a Google Chrome extension that aggregates product listings from numerous small store websites in one place and makes it easier to “browse online and buy from the boutique next door.”“Despite the fact that every...

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Kurt Schlosser
Oct 16
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Amazon tweaks cardboard box tape in new app icon after some saw Hitler’s mustache in the design

Amazon tweaks cardboard box tape in new app icon after some saw Hitler’s mustache in the design

Trending:Sponsored byGeek Life: Fun stories, memes, rants, humor and other random items at the intersection of tech, science, business and pop culture.After ditching its longtime shopping cart app icon in favor of a cardboard box with blue tape on it earlier this year, Amazon has revisited the new design for another slight tweak — and less of a perceived Adolf Hitler vibe.The new icon changes the look of the tape above Amazon’s smile logo — which some thought looked a little too much like the — and changed it from a jagged edge to a folded look.reported that design change was made after...

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Kurt Schlosser
Mar 2
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Microsoft unveils Mesh, betting on mixed reality for gatherings and collaboration across platforms

Microsoft unveils Mesh, betting on mixed reality for gatherings and collaboration across platforms

Trending:The avatar will see you now.Or at least Microsoft hopes so. In a world still adjusting to the realities of remote work and life, the tech giant just doubled down on the concept with , representing its vision for how we’ll meet in the future.Announced at Microsoft’s virtual Ignite conference, Mesh promises to let people use headsets, computers and handheld devices to connect in virtual, 3D spaces, represented by both animated and photorealistic avatars.The company says Mesh will work via its HoloLens 2 headset, but also virtual reality headsets including the Oculus Quest 2, and...

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Todd Bishop
Mar 2
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Parler unleashes 15-count lawsuit on Amazon, alleging defamation, bullying and bias for Twitter

Parler unleashes 15-count lawsuit on Amazon, alleging defamation, bullying and bias for Twitter

Trending:Parler wasn’t ending its fight against Amazon Web Services last night when it its seeking to require the cloud giant to resume hosting its service.In , filed Tuesday afternoon in King County Superior Court in Seattle, the conservative social media platform alleges defamation, negligence, breach of contract, and a litany of other charges against Amazon. Parler says it has lost “tens of millions of current and prospective future users” and “hundreds of millions of dollars in annual advertising revenue.”The 15-count, 66-page complaint claims that Amazon was acting in bad faith, with...

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Todd Bishop
Mar 3
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