Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 12, 2020

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 12, 2020.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

XNOR.ai computer vision

Exclusive: Apple acquires Xnor.ai, edge AI spin-out from Paul Allen’s AI2, for price in $200M range

Apple has acquired Xnor.ai, a Seattle startup specializing in low-power, edge-based artificial intelligence tools, sources with knowledge of the deal told GeekWire. … Read More


Google Cloud acquires AppSheet, a Seattle startup that sells no-code app development software

Google Cloud has acquired AppSheet, a Seattle startup founded in 2014 that helps businesses develop their own data-based apps without requiring a team of developers. … Read More

Nintendo reveals long-anticipated fifth DLC fighter to ‘Smash Brothers’ roster, with six more coming

The long-anticipated fifth DLC fighter for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate will be Byleth, the protagonist of Nintendo’s 2019 hit Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but he/she won’t be the last. … Read More

Why Microsoft embraced Chromium, and what the new Edge says about the state of web browsers

As of today, Microsoft’s default web browser is officially shifting to an open-source engine best known for powering a rival browser. … Read More

Seattle ‘hacker house’ founder battling UW after broken pipe sinks startup enclave

The University of Washington is embroiled in a landlord-tenant dispute with a tech entrepreneur over a property he rents from the school in Seattle’s University District. … Read More

Microsoft pledges to be ‘carbon negative’ by 2030, launches $1B Climate Innovation Fund

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft says it will be carbon negative by 2030, removing more carbon from the environment than it emits each year, and will remove enough carbon by 2050 to make up for all of its emissions and electrical consumption since its founding decades ago. … Read More

Amazon fires employees for leaking customer data days after disclosing Ring dismissals

For the second time in a week, Amazon disclosed employee firings for improper access to customer data. … Read More

Samsung unveils new smartphone with Microsoft Teams walkie-talkie feature

Microsoft and Samsung took their partnership to the next level with a new smartphone that features a built-in Teams walkie-talkie capability. … Read More

In Amazon’s hometown, we get a read on Barnes Noble customers as downtown Seattle store closes

Another chapter in Seattle’s storied literary and retail history is coming to a close on Saturday. … Read More

Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, others urge federal court to block Trump’s ‘public charge’ immigration rule

Companies across the country are trying to convince a federal judge that a new change to the U.S. … Read More

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