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Wave Broadband is combining with RCN Telecom Services to form the nation’s sixth largest internet and cable operator in a $2.36 billion acquisition. TPG Capital acquired RCN and Grande Communications Networks in August 2016, and is now leading the acquisition of Wave. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of the year, Wave said in a press release. Wave, which is based in Kirkland, Wash., will remain as a “branded entity.” Wave has more 7,000 miles of metro fiber across Washington, Oregon and California. Following the acquisition, Wave will continue to grow its residential customer base while also accelerating expansion… Read More
The days of frantically searching for a lost TV remote may soon be coming to an end, at least for Dish customers, as Amazon’s digital brain Alexa can now control Dish DVRs. For it to work, users will need an internet-connected Hopper or Wally DVR, as well as an Alexa-powered device like the Amazon Echo. After a quick setup, Alexa is then able to navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content based on channel, title, actor or genre. Alexa’s reach extends across live, recorded and on-demand programs as well as Netflix content. Dish says it is the first TV… Read More
The Intel-powered Chromebook is coming to a website near you for $550.
Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen are among the investors putting another $29 million into Echodyne, the Intellectual Ventures spin-out that’s developing low-cost, miniaturized radar systems for drones and self-driving cars. Echodyne founder and CEO Eben Frankenberg said the Series B funding round was led by New Enterprise Associates, or NEA, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Gates, Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group, the Kresge Foundation and Allen’s Vulcan Capital are among the investors following up on their participation in 2014’s $15 million Series A round, Frankenberg told GeekWire. He declined to say how the new investment affects the valuation of the… Read More
Sharper edges, new kickstands, Intel and AMD processors, and more.
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Google Home has spent the past year catching up. No surprise, really. The Echo had a roughly two-year head start on the device. This week, the smart home hub celebrated the one-year anniversary at I/O of its announcements with a few key additions aimed at making its product a true competitor. From the looks of it, the company is playing the long game here, seeding mobile devices with Assistant… Read More
When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos visited the Museum of Flight this weekend to answer questions from students, the kids did not hold back. “That’s one of the great things about kids,” Bezos said on Saturday. “There are always questions.” Scores of elementary-school and middle-school students came from the Seattle area as well as from Deer Park, a city just north of Spokane on the other side of the state, to cram into the museum’s “Apollo” exhibit and meet America’s second-richest person (after Bill Gates). The kids asked about Bezos’ successful expedition to recover sunken rocket engines from the Apollo moon missions, about his… Read More
Running a business is complicated. When you’re at the helm of strategy, finances, and vision, it can feel like you’re spending more time planning than actually doing. Tasks like this require serious organization, and that’s exactly what today’s GeekWire Deals offer will provide. It’s time to upgrade from a mess of Post-it notes and recruit Roadmap Planner. This project management mastermind brings everything into one easy-to-navigate digital calendar, with all the tagging and color-coding you need to stay on-track. Visualize your current state, your future goals, and all the progress you make along the way. Share easily with team members… Read More
Golf isn’t the most popular sport, but Topgolf is certainly doing its part to change that perception. The growing sports entertainment company operates more than 30 driving-range-meets-bowling-alley entertainment facilities — with 11 more soon to open — that feature 6-person hitting bays with microchipped trackable golf balls, along with food, drink, TV screens, free WiFi, and much more. Technology is a key part of the Topgolf experience — from the balls with RFID chips to the Protracer cameras — and that’s why we’re excited to hear from Topgolf co-chairman and CEO Erik Anderson at the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit on June 21-22 in Seattle at CenturyLink Field. Anderson, who… Read More
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