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Meet Nala, the police dog helping to fight internet crimes against children. Nala is an electronic storage detection K9 with the Seattle Police Department, and she can sniff out everything from hard drives to thumb drives, smartphones and SD cards. A similar dog was used during the search of the home of a former Expedia Group employee accused of hiding cameras in bathrooms at the travel giant’s Seattle headquarters. Read more.

Environmental protesters block entry to Amazon HQ: Dozens of activists with a Washington-based group called the Troublemakers this morning called on Amazon to cancel its plans to use natural gas from a new pipeline being built in Oregon to power three data centers near the Columbia River. Read more.


Three options for seeing the total solar eclipse:
The track of totality for the April 8 eclipse doesn’t come anywhere close to the Pacific Northwest, but ways to see midday darkness range from hitting the road and spending a bundle to staying put and watching it online for free. (Above: Skywatchers gather at Seattle’s Gas Works Park to get a glimpse of 2017’s solar eclipse.) Read more.

Goodbill, a Seattle startup that targets errors in medical bills, raised $2 million and expanded its services to include employers’ self-funded health plans. Read more.

BirchAI, a spinout from Seattle’s AI2 Incubator, is being acquired by Denver-based health-tech company Sagility. BirchAI builds software to streamline customer support for healthcare companies. Read more. 

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  • Amazon is investing another $2.75 billion in AI startup Anthropic, bringing the total to the maximum $4 billion initially announced by the company in September. (CNBC)

  • Can’t make it to the University of Washington campus in Seattle to see the iconic cherry blossoms? There’s a digital version, thanks to UDub Minecraft. (X)

  • Nintendo of America is restructuring part of its Redmond, Wash., workforce involved in testing its hardware and software, ending an unspecified number of contractor assignments but also adding full-time employees. (Kotaku)

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