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Happy Friday, GeekWire readers. Trucking marketplace Convoy may have a buyer for its tech, Amazon’s stock jumps after its latest earnings report, Jeff Bezos showed off a Blue Origin lunar lander, and the head of the National Archives discusses how AI could make records more accessible in the digital age. 

How the National Archives is using AI to preserve and share history: The Archivist of the United States, Colleen Shogan (above with Microsoft President Brad Smith), visited Seattle this week, addressing issues including the National Archives' digital transition and use of artificial intelligence. She discussed how AI is helping with public records requests, such as extracting military records and redacting personal information. She also revealed a collaboration with Microsoft to create an interactive exhibit for the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence using AI. Read more.

Flexport reportedly interested in Convoy tech: According to The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco-based logistics startup is working on a deal to hire a small team from the Seattle trucking marketplace that closed down last week.

Amazon stock was up more than 7% this morning following the company’s third quarter earnings report, which beat analyst expectations for revenue and profit. Operating income of $11.2 billion more than quadrupled compared to the year-ago quarter.

Blue Origin lunar lander ready for photo op:
Jeff Bezos and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson (above) took to social media to show off the nearly three-story-tall Blue Moon MK1 cargo lander, which is taking shape at Blue Origin’s production facility in Huntsville, Ala. Read more.

Zeno Power completes radioisotope heat source demo: Performed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., the demonstration showed off technology that could be used to generate off-grid power in settings ranging from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the moon. Read more. 

Omnidian raises $25 million: The Seattle startup manages solar power performance and services the panels for commercial and residential installations. Read more.

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