Amazon Web Services files sealed JEDI protest, challenging award to Microsoft

The long-anticipated protest of the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative contract arrived late Friday at the Court of Federal Claims. Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), filed a sealed complaint with the COFC protesting the potential $10 billion cloud computing contract that the Defense Department awarded last month to Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT). Amazon requested that the document be sealed, leaving few details available for public consumption, because it contains sensitive source-selection information. (Wash. Bus.)

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Baltimore Museum of Art will only buy women’s art in 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art unveiled plans that it will only buy art by women next year. Right now, only four percent of the museum’s collection is by female artists. As part of the BMA’s 2020 Vision initiative, the museum will also showcase at least 20 exhibitions featuring work from a diverse range of women, including Elissa Blount Moorhead. (WTOP)

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NEA Partner Dayna Grayson launches new firm

New Enterprise Associates Partner Dayna Grayson is breaking out with her own venture capital firm, dubbed Construct Capital. Grayson confirmed the move, first reported by Axois' Pro Rata newsletter, on Friday. Grayson said she will split her time between the Chevy Chase-based NEA and the new venture for now, but did not comment on a transition date. (Wash. Bus.)

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Tesla already has 146,000 orders for its futuristic Cybertruck, Elon Musk says

Tesla has received 146,000 preorders for its all-electric Cybertruck, chief executive Elon Musk said Saturday, two days after the futuristic vehicle’s grand reveal went viral when its supposedly unbreakable windows shattered onstage. With an angular design, a stainless steel “exoskeleton” and an overall look that some fans have called “post apocalyptic,” the Cybertruck stands out from the typical pickup truck. (Wash. Post)

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Most Gannett papers are losing print circulation faster than average

Of the 200 daily newspapers at the newly merged Gannett Co. that file print circulation numbers publicly, more than 80% are losing circulation at a faster rate than the national average and 10% are declining at twice that rate or more, according to a Business Journal analysis. The McLean company is now behind nine publications in Maryland and Virginia, including daily papers The (Baltimore) Daily Record, The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail, The (Salisbury) Daily Times/Delmarva Now, The (Staunton) News Leader and The (Petersburg) Progress-Index. (Wash. Bus.)

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Maryland medical cannabis dispensaries can resume selling vaping products

Maryland regulators are allowing medical cannabis dispensaries to resume selling vaping products, after testing products for vitamin E acetate, which may be linked to vaping-related lung injuries. “We’re pleased to announce that no vitamin E acetate was found in any of the medical cannabis vape products available at our licensed dispensaries,” Will Tilburg, acting director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, said in a statement Friday. (Balt. Sun)

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Ride-Share Programs’ Impact On Buses, Cabs Discussed

It’s no secret emergence of ride-share programs such as Uber and Lyft have impacted the local taxi cab industry and even the resort’s municipal bus system, but the extent to which remains relatively unknown. During a Transportation Committee meeting this week, Public Works Director Hal Adkins presented an update on the perceived impact of ride-share programs such as Uber and Lyft, for example, on the town’s municipal bus ridership, and perhaps to a larger extent, the city’s privately owned and operated taxi industry.  (Dispatch)

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Two new retailers coming to Bethesda Row for the holidays

A pair of retailers will be making their way to Bethesda Row this holiday season, including hair color startup Madison Reed's first East Coast location outside New York City. Madison Reed at Bethesda Row opens Dec. 12 and is part of a nationwide expansion that will include 500 franchises and 100 company-owned stores opening by 2024. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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