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Amazon’s Alexa can now order prescription refills and remind people to take their medicine
Amazon’s digital brain Alexa can now refill prescriptions via voice command and remind people to take their medicine, the latest new initiative in the company’s rapidly expanding healthcare push.
Seattle raises fees for Uber and Lyft rides with new tax, passes minimum wage for drivers
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation Monday that will establish a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers and raise per-ride taxes to pay for city programs.
Allbirds calls out Amazon for ‘strikingly similar’ sneaker, urges tech giant to steal approach to sustainability instead
Allbirds raced to a valuation of more than $1 billion on the popularity of its trendy wool shoes.
What to ask prospective tech bankers Tech companies should ask these questions to find a financial institution that can help alleviate business pressures from the beginning. Read it here.
Microsoft and AT&T reveal the 1st major initiative to come out of their big cloud-5G partnership
Microsoft and AT&T today unveiled the first big plan as part of their multi-year cloud alliance: Combining AT&T’s burgeoning 5G network with Microsoft’s edge computing services to speed up Internet of Things devices’ processing power.
T-Mobile discloses breach exposing more than 1M customers’ personal information
Personal information of T-Mobile’s wireless customers, including names, addresses, phone numbers and more, was exposed in a recent breach.
Microsoft sleighs ’em again in holiday ad as girl uses translation technology to speak to reindeer
It’s one thing to leave a note for Santa and hope for some sort of reply.
Infarm plants its blend of vertical farming and cloud computing in QFC grocery stores
A German startup called Infarm has begun harvesting salad greens from its vertical-farming kiosks at two QFC supermarkets in the Seattle area.
Fresh Chalk lands $2M to help people find local professionals through friend recommendations
New funding: Fresh Chalk just landed a $2 million seed round.
Amazon gives a Seattle brick-and-mortar business reason to smile with a busy sip, ship, shop formula
Diana Naramore is all smiles. Maybe it’s contagious, since she’s surrounded all day by so many Amazon packages with that familiar smile logo.
Testing Sanctuary, ‘the most personal, immersive wellness studio experience in the universe’
For 80 minutes on Thursday, in the midst of another busy day at work, I was transported to a different world.
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