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‘Holy grail’ of renewable power: For decades, physicists have struggled to create fusion on Earth in a reliable, cost-effective manner. But now researchers are close to unlocking an unlimited source of safe and clean energy — and the Pacific Northwest is emerging as a hub for fusion technology development

Jeff Bezos named as potential NFL team owner: The Amazon founder is reportedly interested in making a bid for the Washington Commanders, possibly alongside rapper Jay-Z. Bezos has previously been mentioned as a potential Seattle Seahawks owner.

AI trends to watch: “Big data is not a priority anymore, in my opinion,” said Stanford computer science professor Carlos Guestrin, speaking at an AI event in Seattle this week. Read our recap.

Amazon pauses corporate hiring: Amazon is freezing hiring across its entire corporate workforce as the company navigates a shaky economy that is forcing tech companies to cut expenses.

Startup vet picks crowdfunding: Jane Park raised cash from top venture capitalists for a previous startup. But for her latest company, a gift-wrap startup called Tokki, she went with equity crowdfunding. Here’s why

Paul Allen superyacht is sold: The 303-foot-long Tatoosh features two helicopter landing pads, a cinema and 11 staterooms and was listed for $90 million. The late Microsoft co-founder purchased the vessel from cellular pioneer Craig McCaw in 2001. Read more.

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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