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Group14 lands $400M: The Woodinville, Wash.-based company raised a $400 million round, the largest for a Washington state startup so far this year, to supercharge the commercialization of its battery technology. Among its investors is Porsche AG, which plans to use the technology in some of its electric vehicles. (Above: Group14 CTO Rick Constantino, left, and CEO Rick Luebbe). Read more.

Would you like a NFT with that coffee? Starbucks plans to sell NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, later this year to create a digital community and provide access to exclusive perks. Learn more

Big boost for ‘Boys in the Boat’ boathouse: Microsoft President Brad Smith and his wife Kathy Surace-Smith are giving $5 million to a fundraising campaign to restore the historic rowing Shell House at the University of Washington.

Robotics and AI on the farm: Bellevue, Wash.-based TerraClear, makers of a high-tech rock-picking machine, is among those doing some heavy lifting in ag-tech. The startup discussed innovations in farming at the Cascadia Connect Robotics, Automation & AI conference, where GeekWire has been reporting.

Family organizing app Cozi acquired: The Seattle startup, founded in 2005, is being bought by OurFamilyWizard, makers of a co-parenting app. Read more.

May the Fourth be with this jet’s passengers: Alaska Airlines unveiled a Star Wars-themed paint job on an aircraft in celebration of Star Wars Day today and we're just hoping that Han Solo is the pilot. 

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