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    Report: Washington state’s tech economy is robust, 13.2% of the workforce holds a job in tech


    <img width="1260" height="630" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/exports-Screen-Shot-2020-08-07-at-8.32.27-AM-1260x630.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>A new report from the Information Technology Industry Council paints a detailed picture of the importance of the high-tech industry in the U.S., including Washington state which is home to Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile and a thousands of startup companies. “The data make clear that technological innovation is woven through the entire U.S. economy—including every congressional district,” according to the report which measures states and districts on 34 economic indicators. Washington state ranks at the top of the list in several categories, including IT services exports. In fact, a whopping 57 percent of all services exports are related to technology —… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/report-washington-states-tech-economy-robust-13-2-workforce-holds-job-tech/">Read More</a>
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    SpaceX launches 57 stealth satellites for Starlink network, plus a pair for BlackSky


    <img width="1260" height="704" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/200806-spacex1-1260x704.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="SpaceX Falcon 9 launch"><br>After weeks of delay, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent up 57 more satellites for its Starlink broadband internet constellation, with two BlackSky planet-watching satellites hitching a ride. The launch was originally scheduled for June, but had to be put off several times due to technical concerns, weather delays and range schedule conflicts. This time around, the countdown proceeded smoothly to liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 1:12 a.m. ET Aug. 7 (10:12 p.m..PT Aug. 6). Minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9’s second stage separated from the first-stage booster and headed onward to orbit. The… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/spacex-launches-57-stealthier-satellites-starlink-network-plus-pair-blacksky/">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft slams Apple in new statement about xCloud and App Store policies


    <img width="1000" height="755" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/XboxE32019_xCloud.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft issued a statement Thursday evening calling out Apple for its App Store policies amid a controversy over the Redmond, Wash. tech giant’s new cloud gaming service. Microsoft terminated its xCloud game streaming test on iOS on Wednesday after announcing the xCloud app will only be launching on Android devices in September. At the time, Microsoft did not provide an explanation for why its iOS test ended early. But now the company is making its stance known. Here’s the full statement: “Our testing period for the Project xCloud preview app for iOS has expired. Unfortunately, we do not have a path to bring our… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-slams-apple-new-statement-xcloud-app-store-policies/">Read More</a>
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    Trump issues executive order banning transactions with TikTok parent ByteDance in 45 days


    <img width="1260" height="900" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/20200530_SpaceX_1372-1260x900.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="President Donald Trump"><br>President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday blocking all transactions with ByteDance, the China-based company that owns TikTok, in 45 days. Trump cited a “national emergency with respect to the information and communications technology and services supply chain” as the reason for the moratorium, escalating a dispute with TikTok that could force an acquisition of some or all of the social app by Microsoft or another company. BREAKING: President Trump just issued an executive order "on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok." It takes effect in 45 days, prohibits "any transaction" with ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/trump-issues-executive-order-banning-transactions-tiktok-parent-bytedance-sept-20/">Read More</a>
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    Tech Moves: Microsoft’s latest reorg; RealNetworks names new president; AWS execs depart


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/panospanay-l-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— Microsoft is bringing more of its Windows team under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay as part of another reorganization this year. ZDNet reports the company is moving part of the Windows engineering team out of the Azure group and into Panay’s Windows + Devices group. Microsoft declined to comment on the reorg. The Redmond, Wash., tech giant created the new Windows + Devices group in February, tying the Windows UX and Surface teams together. Based on an internal memo obtained by ZDNet, the changes are intended to create an end-to-end servicing and shipping experience for Windows. — Mike Ensing… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/tech-moves-microsofts-latest-reorg-realnetworks-names-new-president-aws-execs-depart/">Read More</a>
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    TikTok rolls out first app for television with Amazon Fire TV


    <img width="900" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/tiktok.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft might be TikTok’s most likely buyer but Amazon will host the popular mobile app’s TV debut. Starting Thursday, TikTok is launching on Amazon Fire TV devices in the U.S. as the company experiments with content beyond the mobile screen. TikTok and Amazon confirmed their plans to Business Insider. The More on TikTok app will host popular videos in the form of playlists compiled by curators at TikTok. It will also have interviews with TikTok influencers and other content that is longer than the mobile app’s 60-second maximum, BI reports. The app will be free and will not include ads… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/tiktok-rolls-first-app-television-amazon-fire-tv/">Read More</a>
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    Univ. of Washington will shift more than 90% of classes online this fall


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/universityofwashingtoncomputerscience_8703-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The University of Washington will move more than 90% of classes online this fall. UW President Ana Mari Cauce announced the latest guidelines in a letter to students Thursday. A majority of classes will be remote with the exception of instruction that cannot take place virtually. Cauce said these are likely the “final plans” for fall quarter, though she cautioned that guidance could change depending on the trajectory of the pandemic. GeekWire previously reported last month that 80% of classes would shift online due to the pandemic. In-person classes will be held with safety measures and physical distancing. Students are… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/univ-washington-will-shift-90-classes-online-fall/">Read More</a>
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    Facebook extends work from home option for employees until July 2021


    <img width="1260" height="824" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09426.jpg1-1260x824.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Facebook, which operates a large engineering outpost in Seattle, said today that it will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the U.S. It’s the latest tech company to alter its work from home policy. Last month, Amazon — Seattle’s largest tech employer — said it was extending its work from home policy for employees through Jan. 8, 2021. Meanwhile, Zillow Group will allow 90% of its workforce — more than 2,700 in Seattle alone — to work remotely, at least part of the time, indefinitely. Just last year, Facebook started moving… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/facebook-extends-work-home-option-employees-july-2021/">Read More</a>
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  • Virus-quieted oceans open window for Shark Week researchers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, but it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity. Ocean spots cleared of fishing boats and other intrusions by COVID-19 quarantines saw increased and even unusual marine life behavior – and Discovery Channel’s Shark Week jumped through hoops to capitalize […]
  • Canada’s last intact ice shelf collapses due to warming

    Much of Canada’s remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said. Canada’s 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country’s last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice analyst Adrienne White of […]
  • Canada’s last intact ice shelf collapses due to warming

    Much of Canada’s remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said. Canada’s 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country’s last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice analyst Adrienne White of […]
  • Q&A: What’s up with Trump’s orders on TikTok and WeChat?

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying they are a threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy and the economy. But it’s far from clear what the administration intends to actually do when the bans take […]
  • AP Explains: From Hong Kong to TikTok, US-China ties plummet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has launched a major diplomatic and economic offensive against China, hitting Chinese officials with myriad sanctions over the past four months as relations between Washington and Beijing plummet to their lowest levels in decades. President Donald Trump and his top aides have railed against China for its response to […]
  • AP Explains: From Hong Kong to TikTok, US-China ties plummet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has launched a major diplomatic and economic offensive against China, hitting Chinese officials with myriad sanctions over the past four months as relations between Washington and Beijing plummet to their lowest levels in decades. President Donald Trump and his top aides have railed against China for its response to […]
  • Alpine glacier in Italy threatens valley, forces evacuations

    ROME (AP) — Experts were closely monitoring a Mont Blanc glacier on Friday, a day after they evacuated 75 tourists and residents amid fears the glacier could soon break apart and crash into a popular Italian Alpine valley. Valerio Segor, a glacier expert in Valle d’Aosta, a region in northwestern Italy, told reporters on Friday […]
  • Trump moves against Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat apps

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Trump is broadly prohibiting unspecified ‘transactions’ with Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat via executive order in 45 days. Trump had threatened a deadline of Sept. 15 to “close down” TikTok unless Microsoft or “somebody else” bought it. Video app TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance;,Microsoft and Tencent, which owns […]
  • AP Exclusive: Woman is 1st in US to get 2nd face transplant

    BOSTON (AP) — For the second time in a decade, a New Hampshire woman has a new face. Carmen Blandin Tarleton, whose face was disfigured in an attack by her ex-husband, became the first American and only the second person globally to undergo the procedure after her first transplant began to fail six years after […]
  • As Trump digs in, will it be US versus China in tech?

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s bans on two popular Chinese social media apps — TikTok and WeChat — are the latest moves in an escalating U.S.-China rift, and point to a future where technology and innovation are increasingly walled behind political barriers. In China, the Communist Party has long limited what foreign tech […]
  • US kids, parents perform DIY tests for coronavirus science

    In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. How many U.S. children and teens are infected? How many kids who are infected show no symptoms? How likely are they to spread […]
  • 2 rescued sea turtles released in Florida after recovery

    ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Two rehabilitated sea turtles, rescued at different times and locations by the U.S. Coast Guard, have been released off the Florida Keys. “Emma,” a 150-pound (68-kilogram) female loggerhead sea turtle, was recovered in June after she was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean off Islamorada. “Emma” was transported to the Turtle […]
  • UN reports sharp increase in cybercrime during pandemic

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year, many targeting hospitals and health care systems and hindering their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. counterterrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N. Security Council that the upsurge in phishing sites was […]
  • Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. The twin executive orders — one for each app — […]
  • Capital One fined $80 million in data breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department has fined Capital One $80 million for careless network security practices that enabled a hack that accessed the personal information of 106 million of the bank’s credit card holders. The Comptroller of the Currency said in a consent order Thursday that Capital One failed in 2105 to establish […]