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Microsoft’s big changes to workplace policies and practices: The company announced a series of reforms this week in response to employee sentiment and legislative mandates, including:

  • Eliminating non-competition clauses in its U.S. employment agreements.

  • Eliminating non-disclosure clauses in settlement and separation agreements with U.S. workers that would prevent them from disclosing allegations of misconduct.

  • Publicly disclosing salary ranges in job posts in the U.S. starting in January 2023. 

Microsoft also said it will commission and publish findings from a third-party civil rights audit. Read our full story here.

Amazon’s new fashion feature: The tech giant is using augmented reality to show shoppers how shoes look on their feet. We gave it a try.

RealWear acquires Genba: The Vancouver, Wash.-based maker of wearable assisted reality tech for industrial workers bought a Seattle startup whose voice-enabled software serves the same workforce. Read more.

Casket startup disrupting funeral industry: Titan Casket, with co-founders in Bellevue, Wash., has raised $3.5 million to expand its product line and speed shipping times.

Xbox TV app arrives June 30: The app will launch for Samsung’s 2022 lineup of smart TVs, letting people stream Xbox games without a console. Read more

$$$ for Tacoma startups: Founded two years ago, the Tacoma Venture Fund is backing early-stage companies across the Pacific Northwest, with a particular focus on the Tacoma, Wash., area south of Seattle. Read more.

Thanks for reading and have a great day. — GeekWire managing editor Taylor Soper, taylor@geekwire.com, and GeekWire reporter Kurt Schlosser, kurt@geekwire.com.
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