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    SpaceX aims to expand its Starlink satellite operation to Texas (and create Starbase)


    SpaceX is planning to break ground on a “state-of-the-art manufacturing facility” in Austin, Texas, to support a satellite operation that got its start in Redmond, Wash. The company’s billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, set up the Starlink satellite operation in Redmond five years ago. It’s now said to turn out six satellites per day for SpaceX’s broadband internet constellation, which is in the midst of an expanding beta test. More than 1,000 of the satellites have already been deployed in low Earth orbit, and SpaceX continues to launch them in batches of as many as 60 at a time. Starlink is… Read More
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    Health data startup Truveta hires Seattle Foundation CEO Tony Mestres as president


    Tony Mestres, a former Microsoft vice president who has been president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation for seven years, will leave the position in May to become president of Truveta, the health data startup led by former Microsoft Windows chief Terry Myerson as CEO. David Bley, a Seattle Foundation board member who was previously Pacific Northwest director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will become interim CEO of the nonprofit community foundation while it searches for a permanent replacement. Truveta was established by 14 U.S. health systems, which plan to pool data and use artificial intelligence to search… Read More
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    ‘Widespread failure to comply’: Why Washington state’s AG is suing Google, again


    [Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in journalist Eli Sanders’ “Wild West” newsletter, which covers internet-related legal issues. Subscribe here.] Think about how fast Google search results arrive. “Practically instant” has long been a company goal, and in that same instant Google often pairs results with targeted ads. Sometimes, those ads are political. Now consider how long Tallman Trask, a second-year law student at the University of Washington, has been waiting to receive information from Google about all the political ads the company sold targeting Washington state’s elections in 2019. Under Washington state law, the information Trask is seeking should… Read More
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    Amazon tweaks cardboard box tape in new app icon after some saw Hitler’s mustache in the design


    After ditching its longtime shopping cart app icon in favor of a cardboard box with blue tape on it earlier this year, Amazon has revisited the new design for another slight tweak — and less of perceived Adolf Hitler vibe. The new icon changes the look of the tape above Amazon’s smile logo — which some thought looked a little too much like the German dictator’s mustache — and changed it from a jagged edge to a folded look. The Verge reported that design change was made after “customer feedback” and before the new icon’s worldwide rollout. An Amazon spokesperson… Read More
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    Zillow Group real estate rival Compass files for IPO, shows $3.7B in revenue for 2020


    Real estate brokerage Compass filed for an IPO on Monday. The 8-year-old company reported $3.7 billion in revenue last year, up 56% year-over-year, with a net loss of $270 million, down from $388 million in 2019. Compass is among a flock of real estate tech companies riding a strong U.S. housing market amid the pandemic driven by record low mortgage rates and limited supply of homes. Compass now has more than 19,000 agents across 46 U.S. markets. It estimates its total addressable market at more than $570 billion. The company competes with Seattle real estate giants Zillow Group and Redfin,… Read More
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    Microsoft unveils Mesh, betting on mixed reality for gatherings and collaboration across platforms


    The avatar will see you now. Or at least Microsoft hopes so. In a world still adjusting to the realities of remote work and life, the tech giant just doubled down on the concept with a new platform called Microsoft Mesh, representing its vision for how we’ll meet in the future. Announced at Microsoft’s virtual Ignite conference, Mesh promises to let people use headsets, computers and handheld devices to connect in virtual, 3D spaces, represented by both animated and photorealistic avatars. The company says Mesh will work via its HoloLens 2 headset, but also virtual reality headsets including the Oculus… Read More
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    How SPACs are changing the IPO game: Equity ownership of founders a big consideration


    A few weeks ago, a longtime GeekWire reader sent a note expressing shock that Sana Biotechnology co-founder and CEO Steve Harr only owned 4.9% of the company after the completion of the IPO. Given that the Seattle biotechnology company was on the cusp of a blockbuster stock market debut and now is valued at more than $6 billion, I responded that 4.9% of $6 billion seemed pretty good to me. After all, having a small slice of a big pie is often financially better than a big piece of a small pie. That dialogue started an interesting back-and-forth about how… Read More
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    Zulily co-founder latest to join SPAC mania


    Mark Vadon, the Seattle e-commerce entrepreneur who co-founded Zulily and Blue Nile and served as chairman of Chewy, is joining the SPAC craze. Vadon has emerged as the chairman and CEO of Big Sky Growth Partners, a blank check company that’s looking to raise $300 million via an initial public offering. Joining him in the SPAC are: Paul Ferris, a general partner with San Francisco venture capital firm Azure. Lauren Neiswender, the former general counsel at Blue Nile who previously worked as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Darrell Cavens, the former CEO of Zulily, serves as a… Read More

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  • Google vows no new user tracking in Chrome ad data changes

    LONDON (AP) — Google says it won’t develop new ways to follow individual users across the internet after it phases out existing ad tracking technology from Chrome browsers in an upcoming overhaul aimed at tightening up privacy. The digital giant has been working on proposals to remove from Chrome so-called third party cookies, which are […]
  • Bangladesh High Court grants bail to imprisoned cartoonist

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s High Court granted bail Wednesday to a cartoonist who has been held for 10 months of pre-trial detention under a controversial digital security law that critics say stifles freedom of expression. Ahmed Kabir Kishore faces charges of creating confusion over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and contributing to […]
  • Edmunds compares the 2021 Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan

    The Tesla Model S debuted nearly a decade ago and instantly portended the future of electric vehicles. Here was a sleek-looking EV with intriguing new technology features and unmatched performance and range. Tesla’s continual updates along the way have kept the rest of the automotive industry in catch-up mode. Only recently has a model come […]
  • Stocks mostly lower as bond yields resume climb

    Stocks were mostly lower in morning trading as another tick up in bond yields gave investors pause. Wall Street continues to look to Washington, where economic data, comments out of the Federal Reserve and President Joe Biden’s stimulus package remain front and center. The S&P 500 index was down 0.6% as of 10:45 a.m. Eastern. […]
  • US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — America’s infrastructure has scored near-failing grades for its deteriorating roads, public transit and storm water systems due to years of inaction from the federal government, the American Society of Civil Engineers reports. Its overall grade: a mediocre C-. In its “Infrastructure Report Card” released Wednesday, the group called for “big and […]
  • China, looking post-virus, to push tech autonomy at Congress

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are shifting focus from the coronavirus back to long-term goals of making China a technology leader at this year’s highest-profile political event, the meeting of its ceremonial legislature, amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights. The National People’s Congress, which opens Friday, has no […]
  • China, looking post-virus, to push tech autonomy at Congress

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are shifting focus from the coronavirus back to long-term goals of making China a technology leader at this year’s highest-profile political event, the meeting of its ceremonial legislature, amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights. The National People’s Congress, which opens Friday, has no […]
  • Microsoft: China-based hackers found bug to target US firms

    China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft’s email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday. Microsoft said that a “highly skilled and sophisticated” state-sponsored group operating from China has been trying to steal information from a number of American targets, including universities, defense contractors, law firms and infectious-disease researchers. Microsoft […]
  • Microsoft: China-based hackers found bug to target US firms

    China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft’s email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday. Microsoft said that a “highly skilled and sophisticated” state-sponsored group operating from China has been trying to steal information from a number of American targets, including universities, defense contractors, law firms and infectious-disease researchers. Microsoft […]
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 3. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 4. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 6. HotSchedules, HotSchedules 7. Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 8. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 9. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar Games 10. Facetune, Lightricks […]
  • Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic

    BERLIN (AP) — Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose slightly in December compared with the same month of 2019, indicating the sharp drop seen due to the pandemic was short-lived. Figures released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency show emissions from the production and use of oil, gas and coal were 2% higher in December […]
  • Chinese vaccines sweep much of the world, despite concerns

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The plane laden with vaccines had just rolled to a stop at Santiago’s airport in late January, and Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, was beaming. “Today,” he said, “is a day of joy, emotion and hope.” The source of that hope: China – a country that Chile and dozens of other nations […]
  • Chinese vaccines sweep much of the world, despite concerns

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The plane laden with vaccines had just rolled to a stop at Santiago’s airport in late January, and Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, was beaming. “Today,” he said, “is a day of joy, emotion and hope.” The source of that hope: China – a country that Chile and dozens of other nations […]
  • Goodbye gas: Volvo to make only electric vehicles by 2030

    Volvo says it will make only electric vehicles by 2030. But if you want one, you’ll have to buy it online. The Swedish automaker said Tuesday that it is phasing out the production of all cars with internal combustion engines — including hybrids. “There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine,” […]
  • Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says it has begun labeling tweets that include misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines and using a “strike system” to eventually remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rules. The company said Monday that it has started using human reviewers to assess whether tweets violate its policy against COVID vaccine misinformation. Eventually, […]