Costco closing photo centers at all store locations citing rise of camera phones and social media

(GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Costco announced Wednesday that it will no longer operate photo departments at its stores, bowing to the rise of smartphones, social media and digital photo sharing. The Washington-based warehouse-style retailer, which operates more than 500 U.S. stores, said in an email to customers that the photo centers would close at […]

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‘Future Innovators’ five years later: Times change, and so have these kids’ views on tech and science

The 2015 GeekWire “Future Innovators” during 2020 Zoom calls, clockwise from top left, Tanner, Rebecca, Marcus and Annabelle. (GeekWire Photos) Five years ago, budding 11-year-old Seattle scientist Rebecca Yeung was launching a homemade spacecraft high above Earth. The exploits with her sister gained the pair widespread publicity and a chance to meet President Obama at […]

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Training angels: Fledge accelerator founder leads new courses for budding startup investors

Michael “Luni” Libes, founder of Fledge. (Fledge Photo) Folks curious about making angel investments in promising startups can sign up for online training through the new Angel Accelerator program. The training is offered through Fledge, a Seattle-based worldwide network of accelerators, investors and mentors focused on supporting entrepreneurs internationally who are creating companies with social […]

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AbSci acquires AI startup Denovium to boost synthetic biology platform

AbSci CEO and Founder Sean McClain. (AbSci Photo) AbSci has acquired Denovium, a 6-person bootstrapped startup out of San Diego that uses deep learning to analyze the function and behavior of proteins. The deal will help bolster AbSci’s synthetic biology platform. The company’s “Protein Printing” technology is used to discover and manufacture complex biological molecules such […]

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UW spinout Opticyte lands $4.6M to test device that quickly detects early signs of organ failure

Lori Arakaki, Opticyte co-founder and CEO. (Opticyte Photo) University of Washington biotech spinout Opticyte has landed $2.9 million in federal grants and $1.7 million in seed funding. The Seattle startup is developing a non-invasive technology that can detect oxygen levels in cells in real time. The Opticyte Cell O2 Monitor could help in the treatment […]

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