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 Sept. 25, 2016.
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Internal email: Microsoft forms new 5,000-person AI division; key exec Qi Lu leaving after bike injury
Microsoft says it has formed a new 5,000-person engineering and research team to focus on its artificial intelligence products — a major reshaping of the company’s internal structure reminiscent of its massive pivot to pursue the opportunity of the Internet in the mid-1990s. … Read More
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made some ambitious sales pitches in his career, but today’s big reveal about his plan to transport a million settlers to Mars over the next few decades has to be the topper. … Read More
Amazon plans to debut its own pilot commuter service Monday, joining the ranks of major tech companies that offer private shuttles as a perk to employees and a way to counteract the headaches caused by traffic congestion, GeekWire has learned. … Read More
Amazon Game Studios, the gaming development arm of Amazon, today revealed its first titles that feature deep integration with Twitch, the live streaming company that Amazon acquired for $1 billion in 2014. … Read More
Reuters is back with its annual list of the world’s most innovative universities and the University of Washington once again found itself among the top-ranked schools. … Read More
Amazon will award up to $2.5 million in prizes and sponsorships in a new annual competition called the “Alexa Prize”— challenging university students to build a “socialbot” on the company’s digital brain Alexa that can have an intelligent conversation about pop culture and news events. … Read More
ATLANTA, GA. — Microsoft’s ambitious acquisition of LinkedIn raised some eyebrows with its $26B price tag. … Read More
Microsoft demonstrates the world’s ‘first AI supercomputer,’ using programmable hardware in the cloud
Microsoft has quietly installed an esoteric, powerful piece of silicon across its cloud-oriented data centers, and it’s saying the new chips will give its Azure cloud computing platform a strong competitive advantage in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence. … Read More
[Spoiler Alert] Don’t read further unless you’ve finished watching the Mr. … Read More
Amazon is, in fact, behind a drive-up grocery store under construction in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, new permitting information filed with the city shows. … Read More