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Chips and Science Act Goes to Biden for Approval
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Chips and Science Act Goes to Biden for Approval

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress this week passed the Chips and Science Act, earmarking $280 billion to strengthen U.S. innovation and technology hubs, including...

Fred Hutch, Amazon Collaborating on Clinical Trial to Test Vaccines Against Cancer
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Fred Hutch, Amazon Collaborating on Clinical Trial to Test Vaccines Against Cancer

Neither Amazon or the Seattle-based Fred Hutch organization specified whether the trial was part of a wider collaboration.

Amazon Will Deliver Packages via Drone for First Time in U.S. Later This Year
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Amazon Will Deliver Packages via Drone for First Time in U.S. Later This Year

Amazon is seeking permission from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and local officials to begin drone deliveries in Lockeford, CA, later this year.

Google Developers Set Another Record for Calculating Digits of Pi: 100 Trillion
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Google Developers Set Another Record for Calculating Digits of Pi: 100 Trillion

Software developer Emma Haruka Iwao and colleagues at Google Cloud calculated pi—the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter—to 100 trillion digits.

Seattle Leads Nation in 'Brain Gain,' Adds Tech Jobs Faster Than Any Other Big U.S. Market Over 5 Years
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Seattle Leads Nation in 'Brain Gain,' Adds Tech Jobs Faster Than Any Other Big U.S. Market Over 5 Years

A report by real estate firm CBRE reveals that more than 48,000 technology jobs were added in the Seattle region from 2016 to 2020.

Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-Size Grocery Store
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Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-Size Grocery Store

Amazon deployed its Just Walk Out cashierless retail system in its newest Seattle-based Amazon Fresh physical grocery outlet, its first use in a full-size store...

Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company
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Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company

Amazon is expanding its Amazon Technical Academy to train people outside the company for jobs in software engineering.

LinkedIn Migration Data Shows Techies Aren't Leaving Seattle Despite 'Exodus' in Silicon Valley
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LinkedIn Migration Data Shows Techies Aren't Leaving Seattle Despite 'Exodus' in Silicon Valley

While tech workers appear to be fleeing Silicon Valley in an exodus sparked by the pandemic, Seattle—home to tech giants Microsoft and Amazon—has not seen the same...

Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs
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Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs

Pivotal Ventures has announced a $50-million project designed to transform tech hubs into more inclusive places for women. 

Microsoft, Ford Try Using Quantum-Style Computing to Solve Seattle's Traffic Problem
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Microsoft, Ford Try Using Quantum-Style Computing to Solve Seattle's Traffic Problem

Microsoft and Ford Motor are using quantum-inspired computing models to try to optimize traffic management in Seattle.

'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive
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'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

A new software application can bring still images to "life."

Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe Has a Message for CS grads—and the Tech Industry
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Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe Has a Message for CS grads—and the Tech Industry

Klawe made diversity her top priority when she took the helm at Harvey Mudd College 13 years ago.

­niversity of Washington Team Creates Voice-Controlled Robot to Help People Eat
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­niversity of Washington Team Creates Voice-Controlled Robot to Help People Eat

A voice-controlled robot can feed pieces of fruit to humans on command.

Amazon to Fund Computer Science Classes at 1,000 ­.S. High Schools Through Future Engineer Program
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Amazon to Fund Computer Science Classes at 1,000 ­.S. High Schools Through Future Engineer Program

Amazon’s Future Engineer program will fund computer science classes at more than 1,000 high schools in all 50 states by this fall.

Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others
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Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan has launched a paid internship program for college students, in partnership with area companies.

Glassdoor Data Shows Gen Z Workers Attracted to High-Paying Tech Jobs, Seattle's Top Companies
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Glassdoor Data Shows Gen Z Workers Attracted to High-Paying Tech Jobs, Seattle's Top Companies

The Glassdoor job review website has found that 19% of Generation Z job seekers are pursuing software engineering positions, which pay a median wage of $98,500....

Researchers ­nveil AI System That Predicts Problems During Surgery
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Researchers ­nveil AI System That Predicts Problems During Surgery

A new artificial intelligence system uses patient data to predict whether patients are at risk of abnormally low blood oxygen (hypoxia) during surgery.

White House Issues Quantum Computing Strategy and Hosts Public-Private Summit
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White House Issues Quantum Computing Strategy and Hosts Public-Private Summit

Federal officials and industry leaders on Monday convened at a White House summit to brainstorm new quantum information science projects.

GoFly Prize ­nveils 10 Winning Designs in $2M Contest for Personal Air Vehicles
From ACM TechNews

GoFly Prize ­nveils 10 Winning Designs in $2M Contest for Personal Air Vehicles

The first phase of the GoFly Prize competition for one-person air vehicles has yielded 10 diverse concepts.

Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman 5.1% Error Rate
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman 5.1% Error Rate

Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group says it has achieved a 5.1%  error rate for its speech-recognition technology.
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