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AWS Launches New Data Center In Canada

Amazon Web Services, the cloud services arm of Amazon.com, has opened up a new region from new data centers in Canada, which lets its users run and store data in Canada. According to Amazon, its new AWS Canada (Central) Region is run out of a new data center in Montreal, Quebec, and allows its users to store and run applications in Canada. The company now has 40 availability zones available through AWS. Amazon said the new data centers in Canada are 99 percent powered by hydropower....Continue →


Zillow Joins White House Equal Pay Effort

Seattle-based Zillow said this week that it is one of 44 companies who are backing an effort by the current Obama White House, to boost equal pay and diversity in the workforce. Zillow joined Adobe, AT&T, Autodesk, eBay, Edison International, Estee Lauder, InterContinental Hotels Group, New Belgium Brewing, and many others in committing to bolster equal pay efforts, including working to share best practices and develop better hiring, promotion, and pay policies, according to the White House....Continue →


Starbucks Becomes Newest PokeStop, Gym Location

In a further expansion of the number of POkeStop and Gyms for the popular Pokemon Go game, Starbucks said this morning that, beginning at 11 a.m. PST, approximately 7,800 of its stores will begin to turn into PokeStops or Gyms. In addition, Starbucks said it has launched a brand new beverage, the Pokemon GO Frappuccino blended beverage, which is its Vanilla Bean Frappuccino blended beverage with raspberry syrup blended with freeze-dried whole blackberries and topped with whipped cream....Continue →


Ignition Re-Ups On SnapLogic In $40M Funding

Seattle-based venture investor Ignition Partners has joined in the latest funding round of one of its portfolio companies, SnapLogic, as part of a new, $40M Series F funding. SnapLogic said today that the Series F funding came from Vitruvian Partners, and also included prior investors Andreessen Horowitz, Capital One, Ignition Partners, NextEquity Partners and Triangle Peak Partners.Continue →


AxonVR Raises $5.8M For Virtual Reality Technology

Seattle-based AxonVR, a developer of virtual reality "haptic" touch technology, said today that it has raised $5.8M in a seed funding round. AxonVR said the round was led by Chinese company NetEase, and also included Dawn Patrol Ventures and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, along with The Virtual Reality Company, Jon Snoddy (Walt Disney Imagineering), Keeler Investment Group, and Paul Matthaeus (Digital Kitchen). The company's founders are CEO Jake Rubin and Lead Engineer Dr. Robert Crockett....Continue →


Sprint, Niantic Tie On Pokemon Go: A Pokestop At Every Sprint Store Monday

Sprint and Pokemon Go developer Niantic announced this morning that the two have inked a deal where every Sprint store--as well as RadioShack and Boost stores run by Spring---will become a Pokestop and Gym. Financial details of the deal were not announced. According to the two, who announced the deal on Wednesday morning through a press conference, more than 10,500 stores will be included in the deal....Continue →


Oregon Student Wins $100,000 Prize for Battery Technology

Portland high school student Vineet Edupuganti has won a prestigious, $100,000 scholarship prize in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the Siemens Foundation announced on Tuesday. Edupuganti's project, "Development of a High-Performance Biodegradable Battery for Transient Electronics", involved the development of a biodegradable battery that can power ingestible medical devices that can track and diagnose conditions that affect internal organs....Continue →


Remitly Expands In Central, South America

Seattle-based mobile remittance app developer Remitly said today that it is expanding in Central and South America, with a new strategic partnership. The company says it has partnered with UniTeller, an international money transfer processing firm, to expand to over 10,000 new cash payout locations across Latin America. Remitly says it now has over 31,000 locations in Latin America.Continue →


Trivago Sets IPO Pricing Range

Trivago, the online hotel booking and search site owned by Bellevue-based Expedia, has set its IPO pricing terms, saying on Monday it is looking to sell 28,527,147 American Depositary Shares in its offering--being held under the name travel B.V. The IPO would raise as much as $399M for the company on the NASDAQ, where it would trade as TRVG. Trivago is based in Dusseldorf, Germany, and is 99.5% owned by Expedia....Continue →


Portland, Kirkland, and Seattle Tops For Child Free Singles, Says Redfin

Are you single, and not interested in having children? Apparently, the Pacific Northwest is the place to be. According to Seattle-based real estate brokerage firm Redfin, among the list of the top 10 cities with the highest percentage of singles 18-45 who don't have children and don't want to have them in the future, are #2. Portland, Oregon; #3 being Kirkland, Washington; and #6. Seattle, Washington. The top city in the nation fitting those criteria was in Queens, New York....Continue →


Accompany Raises $20M, Plans To Expand In Portland

Accompany, which develops an app that acts as a "virtual chief of staff" for users, has raised $20M in a funding, and says it plans to expand its offices, including its office in Portland, as a result of the funding. The Silicon Valley startups' funding round was led by Seattle's Ignition Partners, and also included CRV. The company said it has now raised $40.6M, from Charles River Ventures (CRV), Cowboy Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, and Ignition Partners....Continue →


Impel NeuroPharma Finds $36M

Seattle-based Impel Neuropharma, the biotechnology startup developing intranasal drug treatments for central nervous (CNS) disorders, said late last week that it has raised $36M in a Series C funding. The funding came from venBIO, 5AM Ventures, and Vivo Capital. Impel Neurpharma said the funding is broken into two tranches, one worth $21M and another $15M contingent on certain development and business milestones.Continue →



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