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Facebook is showing no signs of slowing down its appetite for office space in the Seattle region. Its latest lease is a 200,000-square-foot building in Bellevue, Wash., its second in the Spring District development.

Seattle-based “invention network” Xinova laid off an undisclosed number of employees. The company is a spinoff of patent holding company Intellectual Ventures. CEO Edward Jung confirmed the cuts in a statement to GeekWire.

“Tragic and heartbreaking.” Rover reacted to the random killing of a 27-year-old woman in Washington, D.C, who was walking a dog at the time as part of her work for the Seattle-based pet-sitting startup.

Amazon is moving further into sports media. Disney is selling its stake in the YES Network, known for its broadcasts of the Yankees and other New York sports franchises, to an investor group that includes the Seattle tech giant.

A small startup from the Pacific Northwest is now part of a global food and beverage behemoth. Nestlé Health Science acquired Snoqualmie, Wash.-based Persona Nutrition, which customizes daily supplement regimens using algorithms designed with the help of doctors and nutritionists.

And in other news, the New York Times explores the emerging market for on-demand trucking, with Seattle-based Convoy squaring off against Uber Freight. See our earlier report on the latest moves inside Convoy as the heavily funded company positions itself to compete.

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source https://www.geekwire.com/2019/today-geekwire-facebook-keeps-growing-amazon-buys-yes-xinova-cuts-jobs/

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