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LIGO gravitational-wave detectors get lucky and find smallest black hole merger
Posted on Saturday November 18, 2017

Black holes
It took months to figure it out, but the scientists in charge of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, have confirmed their observations of the most lightweight black hole merger yet. The latest detection provides further confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — and will help physicists hone their routine for combining observations from different types of scientific instruments, an approach known as “multi-messenger astronomy.” Scientists say the spike in gravitational waves known as GW170608, detected on June 8, was set off by the smashup of two black holes weighing seven and 12 times as much as our… Read More

Geek of the Week: Tim Durkan photographs ‘the pretty and the gritty’ of his beloved Seattle
Posted on Saturday November 18, 2017


In this age of mobile photography, you no doubt see plenty of sunset and Space Needle and ferry photos in your social feeds from your Seattle friends. We live in a beautiful place, and people want to capture and share that. But few people do it quite like Tim Durkan. Durkan, who is GeekWire’s latest Geek of the Week, captures more than just the shining side of the city he grew up in. He also takes great pride in documenting the grit and the struggles, particularly when it comes to homelessness. Durkan has worked for the City of Seattle for nearly… Read More

AI and jobs: Here’s what one of the leading minds in private equity thinks
Posted on Saturday November 18, 2017


PALM DESERT, Calif. — There’s been a lot of chatter in recent months about the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on jobs. And while automation may wipe out hundreds of thousands — or millions — of jobs around the planet, we should not be too fearful. At least that’s the take of Robert F. Smith, the co-founder and CEO of private equity powerhouse Vista Equity Partners. Smith has a unique insight into the coming wave of innovation, since his 17-year-old firm has invested $30 billion across a wide array of software companies, including MediaOcean, Marketo, EagleView, Vertafore and… Read More

Aloha, Oumuamua! Interstellar asteroid gets a Hawaiian name as first of its kind
Posted on Saturday November 18, 2017

Pan-STARRS 1 Telescope
An interstellar asteroid has received a name that’s fitting to its status: Oumuamua (“Oh-moo-ah-moo-ah”), a Hawaiian word meaning “a messenger from afar arriving first.” The first-of-its-kind object forced the International Astronomical Union to come up with a new system for designating small bodies that apparently come from beyond the solar system. Such objects will be given numerical names that contain an “I” for interstellar.  Oumuamua’s designation is 1I/2017 U1. Oumuamua was discovered Oct. 19 using the Pan-STARRS telescope, which is operated near the summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano by the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. The Hawaiian… Read More

Inside Seattle Children’s landmark $1B campaign to cure childhood cancer and other diseases
Posted on Saturday November 18, 2017


It’s an exciting time to be studying cures for cancer. New technology like cutting-edge immunotherapy treatments are opening doors to fight the disease, and the outlook for patients today is much better than it was even ten years ago. But these cancer treatments might leave one group behind: Children. Cancer is the deadliest disease among kids in the U.S., but many of the advances in cancer being studied today are aimed at cancer in adults, not kids. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institution is hoping to flip that script with a huge research effort dedicated to creating and developing treatments that are… Read More

SportsCenter launches Snapchat show; Amazon inks another streaming deal; and more sports tech news
Posted on Saturday November 18, 2017


[Love sports and technology? Sign up for our sports tech newsletter to receive this rundown from GeekWire’s Taylor Soper via email every week.] TAYLOR’S TAKE ON THE WEEK IN SPORTS TECH: The NBA has tapped a Seattle startup to lower the cost of its travel expenses. Founded in 2007, Yapta’s technology helps corporate travelers snag cheaper airfare and hotel rates. The startup has raised $25 million to date and was just named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list. One of the company’s 6,500 customers is the NBA, which uses Yapta to save travel costs for both employees across its 13 offices worldwide, and for players… Read More

Navy admits its pilots are to blame for huge sky penis drawn over Washington town
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

Sky penis
The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle, so the song goes. But the biggest sky penis is over Okanogan County, it seems. A crew flying out of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, is to blame for graphic skydrawings that showed up in the skies over the Omak area of central Washington, alarming local residents this week. The most monumental thing to happen in omak. A penis in the sky pic.twitter.com/SM8k1tNYaj — Anahi Torres (@anahi_torres_) November 16, 2017 According to KREM 2 out of Spokane, a woman shared pictures of the puffy male genitalia with the… Read More

Amazon launches Relay app to help truckers get into and out of its warehouses faster
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017


Amazon is looking to speed up the process for trucks to get in and out of its massive warehouses with a new app called Relay. CNBC first spotted the app and reported it rolled out late last month on both Apple and Android app stores. It allows truck drivers to enter information about their cargo in advance and then scan their phones to quickly check in and check out of facilities. The app description indicates that Amazon plans to or has already installed special lanes at some of its warehouses for truck drivers using Relay to get them in and out… Read More

Startup backed by ex-NBA players raises cash for real-time high school sports scoring app
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017


Real-time scoring is commonplace in pro and college sports. But many high school teams across the U.S. still rely on pen and paper to record game results and other statistics. Scorebook Live is looking to modernize this process with technology. The startup, originally founded in San Diego and now headquartered in Spokane, Wash., just raised $450,000 from existing investor Cowles Company, which owns The Spokesman-Review, several TV stations, and has investments in other Pacific Northwest startups like Zipwhip, Phytelligence, and SheerID. Scorebook Live, which counts ex-NBA players like Jerry Stackhouse and former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison as investors, is somewhat… Read More

Surprise! Elon Musk unveils Tesla Semi truck – plus a remade Roadster that’s beyond ludicrous
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

Elon Musk, Semi and Roadster
Tesla CEO Elon Musk rode in with revelations about his company’s all-electric Semi truck, but walked off with an even bigger surprise: a new version of the Tesla Roadster that breaks records for speed and range. Tonight’s unveiling at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., set a new standard for hype, with hundreds of fans cheering in the stands. But if Musk follows through on the promised specs, the Semi and the Roadster should set new standards for electric vehicles. And for vehicles, period. “The point of doing this is just to give a hard-core smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk… Read More

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Accel set to invest Rs 100 crore in Sachin Tendulkar-backed Universal Sportsbiz
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

13 November 2017, India: According to a financial daily report, Sachin Tendulkar-backed celebrity fashion firm Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd (USPL) is set to raise $ 15 million from US-based venture capital firm Accel Partners. According to a The Economics Times, Accel will pick up over 15% stake in a follow-on round, valuing Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd […]

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Paytm collaborate with ICICI Bank to give short term digital credit to users
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

17 November 2017, India: India’s largest mobile payments platform, Paytm has partnered with ICICI Bank to announce an all-new program where users can get interest free short-term digital credit. The new program is  called Paytm-ICICI Bank Postpaid. Doe to the newly-forged alliance with ICICI, the digital payments platform will be able to offer instant loans […]

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Byju’s Learning App : Revolutionizing Education
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

With the advancement in technology, the education sector is advancing to a better phase. Technology has made education more accessible and affordable for its user. With the use of Electronic devices like Computers/Laptops and Mobile phones for the field of education, students find it easy to learn according to their own pace and ability. Students […]

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Indian Government plans to digitally map physical addresses
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

17 November 2017, India: In its push for digitisation, Indian Government is planning to digitally map physical addresses (residential and professional addresses) of citizens. The Indian Department of Post, which is under Ministry of Communications has launched a pilot project – eLocations aka eLoc – that will accord a six digit alphanumeric digital address for […]

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FundTonic announces the launch of Pune Startup Marathon 2017
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

Renowned dignitaries & angel investors to be present at the event Startups to be guided on product development, business strategy & business development Company also announced the launch of a 15000 sq ft Co-Working space in Baner Pune, 16th November 2017: FundTonic, an angel network with over 700 angel investors announced the launch of Pune […]

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TRAI looks at Net Neutrality norms to give priority to financial transactions
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017

16 November 2017, India: The Telecom Regularity  Authority of India (TRAI) is considering putting in place guidelines may allow subscribers to do financial transactions and access other important services faster than the rest on their mobile phones. The development comes as TRAI finalises its recommendations on net neutrality, a hotly debated issue in India. According […]

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Aavishkaar Bharat Fund makes First Close at $95 million
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017

16 November 2017, India: Impact investing focused Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group has made the first close of its newest impact investment Aavishkaar Bharat Fund at $95 million (₹620 crore). First close refers to a point when a fund can start investing from the money raised till then. According to reports, Aavishkaar group is currently looking to attain […]

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Flipkart and Tencent to invest in Swiggy : Report
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017

16 November 2017, India: India’s biggest e-commerce company Flipkart and Chinese Firm Tencent may together invest into Bengaluru-based food delivery platform Swiggy, according to a report by The Ken. According to the report, Flipkart will invest approx $50 million and Tencent will also invest about $50 million, which will make the deal $100 million. These […]

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Zomato launches its premium subscription based ‘Zomato Gold’ in India, offers Complimentary Meals and Drinks
Posted on Wednesday November 15, 2017

15 November 2017, India: Online restaurant guide and food ordering app Zomato has launched its premium, subscription-based program called Zomato Gold in India. With Zomato Gold, Zomato plans to provide customers with complimentary meals and drinks over 1,200 curated restaurants and bars. Customers will also get exclusive invitations to food & drinks events like – […]

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Amazon India doubles its war chest to ₹31,000 CR to challenge Flipkart
Posted on Wednesday November 15, 2017

15 November 2017, India: To make its mark in Indian market, Amazon India has nearly doubled its authorised capital to Rs 31,000 crore ($4.74 billion),  matching its earlier commitment of $5 billion made in June last year. According to regulatory filings with the Registrar of Companies on Tuesday, Amazon India has already issued paid up […]

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