March 29, 2017

The Edgewater Hotel Partners with DeLille Cellars to Create Exclusive 55th Anniversary Wine Blend

Edgewater Hotel DeLille CellarsIconic Seattle Hotel Commemorates 55th Anniversary with Limited Release Wine
Label from Renowned Washington Wine Producer

The Edgewater, a Noble House Hotel, announced a limited release wine label with renowned Washington wine producer, DeLille Cellars.  Specially bottled to honor the iconic hotel’s 55 year mark in 2017, the collaboration is an element of The Edgewater’s “55 Years on The Edge” campaign to celebrate its milestone anniversary.  The Edgewater’s limited release wine, 2014 DeLille Cellars D2, is available for purchase exclusively at The Edgewater’s award-winning restaurant, Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge, located on Puget Sound with unobstructed views of the Olympic Mountain Range. [Read more…]

Elder & Adult Day Services (EADS) Merges with Easterseals Washington (ESW) to Provide Services to More Individuals and Families

easterseals-washingtonEasterseals Washington is Expanding – Three New Adult Day Service Centers Are Added to Easterseals Washington’s Program Offerings

Adult day programs allow seniors who are experiencing disabilities due to aging to remain safe and active in their communities. They contribute to the development of skills and relationships for adults with developmental disabilities, and they bring peace of mind and respite time to family caregivers. Adults with disabilities and their families need options, and that is just what this program expansion provides.

Elder and Adult Day Services (EADS) has now joined forces with Easterseals Washington (ESW), whose purpose is to change the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Effective October 17, 2016, EADS has merged completely into ESW, allowing its three adult day health and recreation centers to continue as an official part of the Easterseals Washington organization. The programs in Bellevue, Des Moines and Bremerton provide a state-certified environment that assures regular health care, stimulating activities and a supportive community. [Read more…]

Bellevue’s Outerwall to Be Acquired, Return to Private Ownership

Outerwall logoOUTERWALL ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY CERTAIN FUNDS MANAGED BY AFFILIATES OF APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT FOR $52.00 PER SHARE IN CASH

Transaction Valued at Approximately $1.6 Billion
Outerwall Board of Directors Declares $0.60 Quarterly Dividend

Bellevue-based Outerwall Inc. has announced that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with affiliates of certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a global alternative investment manager, pursuant to which the Apollo Funds will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Outerwall common stock for $52.00 per share in cash.  No word was given as to whether the company will be relocated or jobs will be affected.

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Visuality Systems and Microsoft Expand Server Message Block Partnership

Visuality Systems logoMicrosoft and Visuality Systems Expand Partnership to Serve Enterprise Market

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Visuality Systems Ltd. have announced the expansion of their Server Message Block (SMB) collaboration from the embedded world to the enterprise market. This broad partnership will mean enhanced business solutions to more products worldwide. [Read more…]

Property Drone Consortium Announces Charter Members

Property Drone ConsortiumThe Property Drone Consortium (PDC), a partnership that consists of insurance carriers, construction industry leaders and supporting enterprises has announced its original charter members. [Read more…]

Alaska Airlines to Merge with Virgin America, Making it 5th Largest US Airline

Alaska Virgin Airlines tailsAlaska Air Group, Inc.,  parent company of Alaska Airlines, and Virgin America, Inc.  today announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement, under which Alaska Air Group will acquire Virgin America for $57.00 per share in cash. Including existing Virgin America indebtedness and capitalized aircraft operating leases, the aggregate transaction value is approximately $4.0 billion. With an expanded West Coast presence, a larger customer base, and an enhanced platform for growth, Alaska Airlines will be positioned to provide more choices for customers, increase competition and deliver attractive returns to investors. [Read more…]

Microsoft and R3 Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Distributed Ledger Technologies by Global Banks

Microsoft LogoMicrosoft Corp. and the R3 Consortium today announced a strategic partnership that will accelerate the use of distributed ledger technologies, also known as blockchain, among R3 member banks and global financial markets. Distributed ledger technologies enable enterprises and business network participants to complete financial transactions with greater speed, security, cost-efficiency and transparency relative to solutions currently used. [Read more…]

SBA Teams with Tech Heavyweights to Help American Small Businesses Go Digital

SBA LogoAmazon, Box, Facebook, LegalZoom, Microsoft, Salesforce and Zenefits join SBA initiative to deliver digital tools and resources to America’s entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was joined today by a group of leading technology companies to announce the formation of the Small Business Technology Coalition, a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership that will provide America’s small businesses a streamlined interface to connect to innovative technology platforms as well as digital education and enterprise training.  [Read more…]

Microsoft and Rakuten Sign Patent Licensing Partnership Agreement

Rakuten logoMicrosoft Technology Licensing LLC and Rakuten Inc. recently signed a worldwide patent cross-licensing agreement covering each company’s respective consumer electronics products, including Linux and Android-based devices.

“Our agreement with Rakuten reinforces the opportunities that cross-licensing can bring to companies across the technology spectrum,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “We’re pleased to have found a mutually beneficial path of collaboration that will ultimately benefit consumers.” [Read more…]

PCC Natural Markets Doubles Its Delivery Options with Partnership with Amazon Prime Now

PCC-Natural-Markets-logoNation’s largest consumer-owned natural food market adds one- and two-hour delivery through Amazon Prime Now

PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the largest consumer-owned natural foods retailer in the U.S., today announced it expanded its delivery options through partnership with Prime Now, Amazon’s two-hour delivery service. PCC has the distinction of being first in Seattle to partner with
Prime Now on delivery of local, organic, sustainably-sourced food.

“We regularly get requests from shoppers for a PCC in their neighborhood,” said Cate Hardy, CEO,
PCC Natural Markets. “By partnering with Prime Now, we’re able to give more [Read more…]