Alphabet’s Waymo to test latest self-driving tech in Seattle area

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Autonomous driving company to hit the road in Seattle area: Waymo, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, wants to put its self-driving technology through the paces in the region’s wet and wild winter weather. Waymo will test the fifth generation of its technology in distinctive, all-electric Jaguar I-PACE vehicles in Bellevue, Wash. Read the story.

Jeff Bezos spars with professor over queen’s death: The Amazon founder was among those who took issue with a tweet by Carnegie Mellon University’s Dr. Uju Anya in which she wished the dying British monarch an “excruciating” death.

DreamBox Learning hit by layoffs: The educational technology company let go of an undisclosed number of employees in a “realignment” that it says positions DreamBox to continue to serve students and teachers during a tumultuous time in education. Read more.

More layoff news: Nearly 400 workers will be laid off in Washington state as a result of Amazon’s decision to shut down its Amazon Care primary healthcare services. Read more. 

Amazon boosts robotics arm: The tech giant will buy Cloosterman’s, a Belgium-based company that makes warehouse machinery, part of a broader effort by Amazon to use robots to improve the safety of its warehouse operations.

Peter Thiel backs Seattle software vetting startup: QA Wolf landed $20 million to fuel growth of its software that helps other companies vet lines of code.

Tech Moves: Lighthouse named a new CEO; Seattle Mariners hire an Accolade director; and more key personnel changes.

Protection from smoke: Air quality may worsen this weekend as winds bring wildfire smoke into the Seattle area. Here are some tips from PNNL on how to protect yourself when indoors.

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

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