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From: GeekWire - Here’s what you can order from Caviar’s ‘secret’ food delivery menu in Seattle


Are you a fan of Starbucks’ unlisted drinks? What about Jamba Juice’s secret smoothies? If you’re a person who likes ordering something that a restaurant specifically chose not to put on a menu, then you’re the target of Caviar’s latest announcement. The food delivery service unveiled its own “secret menu” this week with a list of exclusive items from different Seattle restaurants. The food isn’t featured on the restaurant’s own menu, but is instead only available through the Caviar app. The company, which launched in Seattle four years ago, was acquired by Square in 2014 and operates in 15 cities across the U.S.… Read More

From: GeekWire - Why Amazon is giving all customers a puzzling $8.62 discount today

Amazon package
Sometimes, even history’s most successful e-commerce company needs to take a moment to pat itself on the back. Amazon is feeling the love today, after topping the annual Harris Poll on corporate reputation with a score of 86.27. To thank customers for loving Amazon so much, the company is offering a $8.62 discount on orders of $50 or more today. This is the second straight year Amazon has topped the Harris Poll, which surveys customers on categories like “social responsibility,” “emotional appeal,” and “workplace environment.” “These accolades are a direct result of this team’s obsession over customers, pioneering spirit, commitment… Read More

From: GeekWire - First photo: Cast and crew of Han Solo Star Wars movie take controls of the Millennium Falcon

Star Wars Han Solo movie
There’s a new (but familiar) crew at the controls of the Millennium Falcon. As cameras began rolling this week for the Star Wars spinoff that tells the story of a young Han Solo, cast and crew gathered in the cockpit of the smuggler’s famous ship to pose for a photo. Actor Alden Ehrenreich is front and center as the main character. StarWars.com announced that principal photography on the untitled film officially began Monday at Pinewood Studios in London. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are co-directors on the movie, which reveals details of Solo’s life and adventures before “Star Wars: A New Hope.”… Read More

From: GeekWire - Google wants you to ditch your friends and play duets with a computer instead


Who needs a partner when you have artificial intelligence? Next time you have a hankering to play “Heart and Soul,” just turn on your computer. A new experiment by Google allows your machine to play a duet using AI. The program was developed as part of Magenta, an open-source project launched by Google last year. With it, you can play some notes on a virtual piano, and the computer will respond with a melody. To teach the computer, Google played it different examples of melodies. The computer was then able to learn relationships between notes and map its own using… Read More

From: GeekWire - Forget Officer Friendly, Seattle’s Officer Selfie steps in to help woman get her purse back

Seattle police selfie
It’s one thing to call the police. It’s quite another to have them call you — and then send a selfie to prove it’s really them. A California woman visiting Seattle left her purse behind after using a ride-hailing service in the Capitol Hill neighborhood early Sunday morning. When she contacted the driver and offered to pay him an additional fare to return, he refused and demanded more money according to SPD Blotter, the Seattle Police Department’s crime news blog. SPD Officer Eric Michl was working the neighborhood as part of the department’s DUI traffic squad around 2 a.m. Sunday morning when… Read More

From: GeekWire - Amazon grabs new Bryan Cranston series based on works of ‘The Man in the High Castle’ author


Amazon’s hit show “The Man in the High Castle” broke records as the most-watched original production on Prime Video, and, now, the retail giant has grabbed the rights for a show about the author whose book inspired the series. Amazon on Tuesday picked up Bryan Cranston’s upcoming sci-fi series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” according to Variety. The show, which will be broadcast on the UK Channel 4 in addition to Amazon Video, will feature adaptions of works by the author Phil K. Dick, whose books inspired the sci-fi hits “Blade Runner,” “Minority Report” and “Total Recall.” Much like Netflix’s hit series “Black Mirror,” the… Read More

From: GeekWire - Lovers package! Four couples find love at Amazon fulfillment center — and Jeff Bezos is smitten

Amazon couple
One can only imagine how many boxes filled with Valentine’s Day gifts have passed by the couples featured in this story. Eight employees at the Amazon fulfillment center in Jeffersonville, Ind., have found love working side-by-side according to a news release and reports out of nearby Louisville, Ky. News of the romances even caught the attention of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who tweeted about it on Tuesday, saying, “Love is in the air” as he wished his followers a happy holiday. Love this story https://t.co/PwXQSZ9Xaw of not 1, but 4 couples, who met @ Amazon FC in KY. Love is in… Read More

From: GeekWire - Developers make ‘escalator pitch’ to celebrity panel in Apple’s very familiar looking ‘Planet of the Apps’

Planet of the Apps
App developers hoping to earn millions of dollars in venture capital investment are going to have to impress Gwyneth Paltrow first. The actress and Goop founder is one of four celebrity advisers — along with actress Jessica Alba, musician will.i.am and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk — who star on Apple’s new original series “Planet of the Apps.” The first trailer was unveiled Monday night by Apple executive Eddy Cue at Recode’s Code Media conference. “Four of the world’s most culturally influential entrepreneurs,” as the new trailer bills them, hear pitches from developers who think they have what it takes to make it on the App Store.… Read More

From: GeekWire - Vintage Kurt Cobain guitar being offered on eBay; Portland charity to receive a portion of the sale

eBay
Nirvana fans feeling particularly nostalgic about the upcoming 50th birthday of the band’s late frontman Kurt Cobain can try to get themselves a celebratory gift when a vintage guitar owned and played by Cobain goes up for auction on eBay. The one-of-a-kind Hagstrom Blue Sparkle Deluxe guitar will be offered on eBay for Charity starting on Thursday at 8 a.m. PT and running until Feb. 26 at 8 a.m. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale will go to Transition Projects, Inc. — a Portland-based nonprofit helping people transition from homelessness to housing. The guitar is currently owned by Nathan Fasold, owner… Read More

From: GeekWire - YouTube to launch new children-centric original TV shows this spring, bring Kids app to smart TVs


Last February, YouTube launched its first original content with more than two dozen movies and TV shows. The plan was to double that number in 2017, and, Monday, the video network announced four new original series. The shows, which will be featured on YouTube Red, are aimed specifically at children, and were announced on the second anniversary of YouTube Kids. The child-focused app has more than 30 billion views to date and 8 million active viewers each week, YouTube said in Monday’s announcement. But, until now, the content hasn’t included original programming. Four new series will roll out for YouTube… Read More