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    Pay with your palm? Amazon unveils biometric ID, touting convenience and testing customer trust


    <img width="1260" height="975" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Photo-1-1260x975.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon has developed a new biometric ID system that works by scanning the palms of participating customers, planning to ultimately let people make in-store payments, gain access to office buildings, and move quickly through stadium turnstiles by holding out a hand. The system, called “Amazon One,” comes with numerous safeguards designed to protect user data. Even so, Amazon’s use of biometrics in stores and other commercial settings promises to attract scrutiny at a time of heightened awareness of digital security and privacy, testing the limits of customer trust in the company. Amazon One is set to debut Tuesday at two… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/pay-palm-amazon-offer-biometric-id-touting-convenience-testing-customer-trust/">Read More</a>
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    SpaceX provides Starlink satellites to help Washington state towns get online after wildfires


    <img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/starlink-utilities-pic-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>SpaceX is lending a helping hand to Washington state towns ravaged by recent wildfires. The Washington Emergency Management Division is using the company’s Starlink satellites to provide public WiFi access in Malden, Wash., where a wildfire destroyed 80% of the small town earlier this month. The satellites are also being used in Western Washington near Bonney Lake, Wash. SpaceX is providing the service for free. Happy to have the support of @SpaceX’s Starlink internet as emergency responders look to help residents rebuild the town of Malden, WA that was overcome by wildfires earlier this month. #wawildfire pic.twitter.com/xUSQOjcT4T — WA Emergency… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/spacex-provides-starlink-satellites-help-washington-state-towns-get-online-wildfires/">Read More</a>
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    SEC charges former Amazon finance manager and her family in $1.4M insider trading case


    <img width="1200" height="1200" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/seclogo.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>A former senior manager in Amazon’s tax department has been charged with insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Laksha Bohra allegedly acquired confidential information while she prepared and reviewed calculations used to formulate Amazon’s quarterly and annual earnings filed with the SEC between January 2016 and July 2018, according to a news release from the agency on Monday. Bohra is accused of tipping information about Amazon’s financial performance to her husband, Viky Bohra. The complaint alleges that Viky Bohra and his father, Gotham Bohra, traded on the information in 11 separate accounts maintained by different members of the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/sec-charges-former-amazon-finance-manager-insider-trading-alleged-tips-family/">Read More</a>
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    Debate over Uber and Lyft driver pay comes to a head as Seattle prepares to set minimum wage


    <img width="1200" height="630" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Drivers-demand-fair-pay.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle officials are slated to vote on a minimum wage standard for Uber and Lyft drivers on Tuesday that will change the course of ride-hailing in the city. The vote will cap months of fighting between the companies and the Seattle City Council, academic researchers, and dueling driver groups. The council will almost certainly vote to adopt a minimum earnings standard for the drivers of so-called “transportation network companies.” The law is part of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s “Fare Share” program that already implemented an increased per-ride tax in November. Stakeholders are divided over how high the wage floor should… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/debate-uber-lyft-driver-pay-comes-head-seattle-prepares-pass-minimum-wage-law/">Read More</a>
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    Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts airing $10M ad campaign during presidential debates to highlight real data


    <img width="1260" height="709" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/usafacts-ballmer-1260x709.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>USAFacts, the nonpartisan, not-for-profit civic data initiative founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, is launching a $10 million ad campaign to illustrate the power of data and facts. The ads will air during the nationally televised presidential debates. The campaign, called “Change the Story,” features snapshots of a diverse set of Americans and the numbers which relate back to their lives. The data includes such things as median household income in 1967 compared to today; and the number of COVID-19 deaths in one day on April 1 compared to Sept. 1. Ballmer founded Bellevue, Wash.-based USAFacts in 2017 in… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/steve-ballmers-usafacts-airing-10m-ad-campaign-presidential-debates-highlight-real-data/">Read More</a>
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    Techstars Seattle grad and Vancouver-based Olive raises $1M for IT procurement software


    <img width="1260" height="911" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/20200926_072834-1260x911.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Olive announced a $1 million seed round to fuel growth of its software that helps companies streamline IT procurement. The Vancouver, B.C.-based startup aims to replace a traditionally manual evaluation process with spreadsheets, meetings, and word docs. Its platform lets vendors promote their products and helps buyers evaluate the options. The company says it can help trim the enterprise software buying process to less than eight weeks, versus several months or even years. “Put simply, buying without Olive is like selling without a CRM,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Heard. Olive initially saw impact on its sales due to the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/techstars-seattle-grad-vancouver-based-olive-raises-1m-procurement-software/">Read More</a>
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    Amazon expanding in Canada, will add another 3,000 jobs in Vancouver and 500 in Toronto


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/The-Post_Exterior_01-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon is growing its footprint north of the border as the tech giant spreads its corporate footprint beyond Seattle and continues growing despite the ongoing economic crisis. The company said today it will hire another 3,000 corporate and tech employees at its Vancouver hub, and 500 in Toronto. Amazon is preparing to move into more than 1.1 million square feet of space at QuadReal’s The Post redevelopment in Vancouver. The company two years ago initially said it would hire 3,000 people at the site, scheduled to open in 2023. Amazon has since gobbled up more office space at the site… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-expanding-canada-will-add-3000-jobs-vancouver-500-toronto/">Read More</a>
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    New research from Fred Hutch shows that an app can dramatically help smokers quit


    <img width="1024" height="683" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Jonathan-Bricker.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>An app developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is nearly four times more effective at helping smokers quit than the average success rate for those trying to kick cigarettes. A clinical trial of 2,415 adult smokers nationwide found that 28% of participants using the Hutch’s iCanQuit app were able to quit after 12 months. The typical rate of smoking cessation in the U.S. is 7.5%, according to federal data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Fred Hutch study is one of the largest, most rigorous randomized trials to test both the performance of a mobile health… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/new-research-fred-hutch-shows-app-can-dramatically-help-smokers-quit/">Read More</a>
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  • The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

    Nonfiction 1. Audible Sleep Weekly by Audible Sleep, narrated by the author (Audible Studios) 2. Clear Energy by Sara Auster, narrated by the author (Audible Studios) 3. Rage by Bob Woodward, narrated by Robert Petkoff (Simon & Schuster Audio) 4. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett & Wendy W. Williams, narrated by […]
  • Space station air leak forces middle-of-night crew wakeup

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A small air leak at the International Space Station finally has been traced to the Russian side, following a middle-of-the-night search by astronauts. NASA said Tuesday that the two Russians and one American on board were awakened late Monday to hurriedly seal hatches between compartments and search for the ongoing […]
  • Microsoft resolves major Monday outage after five hours

    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft took five hours to resolve a major outage of its workplace applications on Monday, but has not clarified what caused the outage. The company said the outage, which affected users’ ability to log into Office 365 applications, began early evening Monday Eastern time. Microsoft did not reply to questions Tuesday […]
  • Lawyers spar over Georgia voting machine glitch, planned fix

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials say they’re implementing a software change to fix a glitch in the state’s new voting machines. But election integrity activists say the state is downplaying the problem and putting the security of the upcoming election at risk. During preelection testing on the new touchscreen voting machines last week, election […]
  • Closing date of GM-Nikola partnership may be delayed

    DETROIT (AP) — Shares in electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup Nikola fell more than 6% Tuesday after General Motors cast doubt on whether a $2 billion partnership would close as scheduled. GM says in a statement that the deal has not closed and discussions with Nikola are continuing. Yet a press release from when the […]
  • US–Apple Books-Top-10

    Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher 1. The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult – 9781984818362 – (Random House Publishing Group) 2. Total Power by Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn – 9781501190674 – (AtriaEmily Bestler Books) 3. The Coast-to-Coast Murders by J. D. Barker & James Patterson – 9780316457439 – (Little, Brown […]
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 4. Universe in a Nutshell, in a nutshell – kurzgesagt GmbH 5. HotSchedules, HotSchedules 6. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 7. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 8. Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 9. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 10.True […]
  • The top 10 movies on the Apple TV app

    Apple TV app – Movies US charts: 1. Ava (2020) 2. The Secret: Dare to Dream 3. The Outpost 4. Antebellum 5. Alone 6. The Last Starfighter 7. Father of the Bride 8. The King of Staten Island 9. RBG 10. Willow Apple TV app – Movies US charts – Independent: 1. Ava (2020) 2. […]
  • Swedes indict surgeon for stem-cell windpipe transplants

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday indicted on charges of aggravated assault a surgeon believed to have made headlines in 2011 for carrying out the world’s the first stem-cell windpipe transplants, saying three people had laboratory-made tracheas implanted at Sweden’s leading hospital. Although Mikael Bjork, director of Public Prosecution, didn’t name him, Swedish […]
  • French arrest 29 in cryptocurrency scheme to finance jihadis

    PARIS (AP) — French police arrested 29 people around the country on Tuesday in a vast operation to break a complex scheme financing Islamist extremists in Syria through the use of cryptocurrencies. A statement from the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said search warrants are out for the two main figures in the scheme, French jihadis who […]
  • French arrest 29 in cryptcurrency scheme to finance jihadis

    PARIS (AP) — French police arrested 29 people around the country on Tuesday in a vast operation to break a complex scheme financing Islamist extremists in Syria through the use of cryptocurrencies. A statement from the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said search warrants are out for the two main figures in the scheme, French jihadis who […]
  • Malta U-turn: Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil

    VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Britain’s young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil. Culture Minister Jose Herrera reversed himself after facing a backlash for announcing his intention to reclaim the shark tooth fossil that had been a gift to 7-year-old prince from British naturalist and TV presenter David Attenborough. A spokesman for the […]
  • Amazon sees broad audience for its palm recognition tech

    SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has introduced new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees a broader potential audience in stadiums, offices and other gated or secured locations. Customers at the stores near Amazon’s campus in Washington can flash a palm for entry into secured areas and buy goods. The company chose […]
  • Millennial Money: Try touchless payment to avoid dirty money

    If you’re looking for a self-improvement task in this pandemic era, try teaching yourself to use contactless payments with your phone or “tap-to-pay” credit and debit cards. Any germaphobe will tell you that the surfaces of bills and coins have always been gross. And handing your credit card to a cashier who has the sniffles […]
  • Duterte questions letting Facebook stay after accounts shut

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte questioned why he should allow Facebook to continue operating in the Philippines after the social media giant removed accounts he said supported his government’s interests, including fighting insurgents. Facebook said last week it had removed a Philippine network of fake accounts whose operators tried to conceal their identities […]