Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 11, 2021

Check out the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 11, 2021.

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The most popular stories on GeekWire

Washington municipalities will be able to offer broadband services direct to consumers across the state later this year

Carbon Robotics, a Seattle company led by Paul Mikesell, co-founder of Isilon Systems, unveils its self-propelled robot that uses artificial intelligence to identify weeds growing in vegetable fields and then zap them with precise thermal bursts from lasers. … Continue reading

– Jeff Wilke, the former CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, joined Scale AI as an advisor to the CEO. … Continue reading

New Microsoft devices: The tech giant unveiled several new products on Tuesday, including the Surface Laptop 4, the company’s “most powerful laptop”. Surface Laptop 4: The device retains much of the traditional look and design of the Surface Laptop, while improving performance and battery life. … Continue reading

Jeff Bezos at the New Shepard landing site

The Blue Origin space project by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos flew a mannequin into space today during the 15th test flight for its reusable suborbital spaceship New Shepard – but for the first time living, breathing people practiced all steps before take-off and after landing. … Continue reading

The News: Jeff Bezos has penned his definitive letter to shareholders as CEO of Amazon, using the annual tradition to comment on the company’s treatment of employees. … Continue reading

UPDATE: Microsoft confirmed Monday that it would buy Nuance for $ 19.7 billion. … Continue reading

New Funding: Doorstead, a San Francisco real estate management startup founded by former Uber employees, has initiated a $ 12.5 million Series A round led by Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group. … Continue reading

Microsoft’s Giant Purchase: The tech giant announced its second largest acquisition on Monday: a pending $ 19.7 billion deal to overthrow Boston-based Nuance Communications, a long-time leader in artificial intelligence. … Continue reading

The blind watchmaker, Richard Dawkins ‘1986 bestseller, which impaled the notion of intelligent design while celebrating the rational science of evolution, starred as CEO of Amazon in Jeff Bezos’ last letter to shareholders today. … Continue reading

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