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Amazon is staffing up in these HQ2 finalist cities as second headquarters decision nears

It has been a year since Amazon surprised and captivated the world by announcing plans to open a second headquarters equal to the first. … Read More

Updated: Microsoft Azure’s southern U.S. data center goes down for hours, impacting Office365 and Active Directory customers

Some Microsoft Azure customers with workloads running in its South Central US data center are having big problems coming back from the holiday weekend Tuesday, after shutdown procedures were initiated following a spike in temperature inside one of its facilities. … Read More

Years after patenting the concept, Amazon admits putting workers in a cage would be a bad idea

Warehouse workers confined in cages? That’s the dark vision evoked by an essay delving into the worries that come along with the development of artificial-intelligence devices such as the Amazon Echo speaker. … Read More

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy joins NHL ownership group aiming to bring pro hockey to Seattle

Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, has joined the investor group aiming to bring an NHL expansion team to Seattle, adding new financial capital and tech credibility to the effort to land a pro sports franchise a few blocks from the tech giant’s headquarters. … Read More

Rocket envy? Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceship launches a double entendre

It’s hard to top the risque rocket scene in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” but Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket has also spawned its share of comparisons to the male anatomy. … Read More

Some Microsoft Azure issues stretch into a second day, as Active Directory and Office 365 stabilize

A series of failures at Microsoft’s San Antonio data centers continued to cause issues for some customers stretching into the second day back from the holiday weekend, although it seems like the worst is over. … Read More

Tech Moves: Airbnb hires Groupon CMO, former eBay exec; Moz CPO joins BrandVerity; and more

Just three months after it opened its new Seattle office, Airbnb is making an even stronger bet on the city with a top-level executive hire. … Read More

Third Amazon Go location opens a week after second store, accelerating Amazon’s quest to end grocery checkout lines

Amazon today debuted the third location of its checkout-less grocery concept Amazon Go, the second store opening in a week. … Read More

Is Amazon responsible for Seattle’s housing cooldown? Real estate experts weigh in

Seattle’s housing market has risen to record levels — for better or worse — fueled in part by Amazon’s historic success, but the tech giant’s hiring has slowed in recent months. … Read More

Tech titan Paul Allen gives $100,000 to GOP causes — and he’s not the only one

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has made his largest-ever contribution to congressional candidates in the form of a $100,000 donation to the Republicans’ “Protect the House” political action committee. … Read More

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