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    How tech hubs contributed to America’s housing crisis — and what they can do about it

    <img width="640" height="426" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>America’s housing crisis is a nationwide problem, but it’s especially acute in San Francisco and Seattle, home to the country’s largest technology industries. The “terrible twins,” as New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty describes them, represent a perfect storm of rapid job growth, an influx of wealth, and rampant single-family zoning that makes it difficult to densify housing. In an interview with GeekWire this week, Dougherty explained how the two tech hubs have become centers of opportunity for some while squeezing out others. “The economy changed in some big ways that make inequality much more structural,” he said. “And we’ve… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft says it will miss revenue forecast for Windows business segment due to coronavirus

    <img width="1240" height="828" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft said Wednesday it will miss quarterly revenue guidance for its “More Personal Computing” business segment due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Although we see strong Windows demand in line with our expectations, the supply chain is returning to normal operations at a slower pace than anticipated at the time of our Q2 earnings call,” the company said in a statement. “As a result, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, we do not expect to meet our More Personal Computing segment guidance as Windows OEM and Surface are more negatively impacted than previously anticipated. All other components of our… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Tech Moves: Lighter Capital adds executives; Tech PR vet launches new business; Accolade names talent leader to board; and more

    <img width="624" height="313" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— Seattle-based Lighter Capital announced Patricia Elliott as chief sales officer and Kevin Fink as chief technology officer. The “alternative VC” company landed a $100 million deal in January to grow its organization and build new products. Elliott joins Lighter Capital from Capital One, where she was a regional vice president. Her experience includes leading sales and business development at travel companies Yapta and Expedia. Fink was most recently CTO at scheduling tool Shiftboard and previously served as CTO at online directory “Kevin is an accomplished tech veteran whom we’re excited to welcome to the team,” said Thor Culverhouse,… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    OceanGate and NASA are teaming up to build better carbon-fiber pressure vessels

    <img width="800" height="550" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="OceanGate's Titan submersible"><br>Everett, Wash.-based OceanGate says it’s forged an agreement with NASA to support the development of carbon-fiber pressure vessels that could handle the crushing demands of deep-sea exploration — as well as the strains encountered in the vacuum of space. The agreement calls for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama to serve as the site for developing and manufacturing a new type of aerospace-grade hull. OceanGate said the joint design effort will be key to its plans for building a five-person submersible capable of going as deep as 6,000 meters (19,800 feet). If the company can stick to its current… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Valve debuts new searching features for Steam and releases 1.0 version of ‘DOTA Underlords’

    <img width="1260" height="669" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Valve Software this week announced the debut of a new set of search features for its popular online storefront Steam, as well as the official 1.0 release of last summer’s Early Access hit, DOTA Underlords. The new Steam features include the ability to narrow your searches by game prices, include and exclude specific tags, filter a search to only include games that are currently on sale or exclude games you’ve already got in your library, and to remove search results based upon VR compatibility. Steam also now features an “infinite scroll” option, so as you approach the bottom of your… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Price analysis shows Amazon Go Grocery is already undercutting nearby retail rival

    <img width="1260" height="945" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon made headlines Tuesday with the debut of its newest cashierless grocery store concept in Seattle. The opening drew hundreds of smartphone-equipped shoppers eager to try out the “Just Walk Out” technology that removes the checkout process from the shopping experience. But does greater automation mean lower prices? GeekWire sought to answer this question with our own test Tuesday evening, shopping for identical products at both Amazon Go Grocery and the Kroger-owned QFC just down the street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Kroger is one of several incumbents facing new competition from Amazon, which is making moves in the $800… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    White House’s top techie explains how AI initiative will help Seattle tech community

    <img width="1260" height="875" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Michael Kratsios"><br>One year after the White House kicked off the American AI Initiative, its effects on research and development in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence are just beginning to sink in. And Michael Kratsios, the White House’s chief technology officer, says those effects are sure to be felt in Seattle — where industry leaders including Amazon and Microsoft, and leading research institutions including the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, are expanding the AI frontier. This month, funding for AI emerged as one of the bright spots in a budget proposal that would reduce R&D spending… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    A new Amazon mystery: Clues point to possible location of next grocery store in Seattle

    <img width="1260" height="840" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>With the opening of the first-ever Amazon Go Grocery store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood the tech giant put to rest years of intrigue over its plans for the prime site. Now, with one Amazon retail mystery solved, another has emerged. RELATED: Inside ‘Amazon Go Grocery’ An Amazon senior manager is listed on permit filings for a project in Seattle’s Central District, where Vulcan Real Estate is building a huge apartment complex with a grocery store on the ground floor. A refrigeration permit filed earlier this month lists Charles Koo, a senior manager of program management at Amazon, as the… <a href="">Read More</a>
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  • Online ‘impersonator’ tried to contact campaigns, DNC says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee has warned its presidential candidates to be cautious after Bernie Sanders’ campaign reported that an “impersonator” with a domain registered overseas had posed as one of its staffers and sought conversations with members of at least two other campaigns. Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, wrote in […]
  • Facebook bans ads with false claims about new virus

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said Wednesday that it is banning ads that make false claims about products tied to the new coronavirus. The social network said it is removing ads that feature a product and imply a limited supply, seeking create a “sense of urgency” in their mention of coronavirus. Ads that guarantee a […]
  • Microsoft says virus hurting supply chain more than expected

    The virus outbreak in China is hurting Microsoft more than expected, as the company said it won’t meet targets that had already factored in the uncertainty. In particular, Microsoft said revenue from Windows licenses and its Surface devices “are more negatively impacted than previously anticipated.” The company said demand for Windows products is still strong, […]
  • Satellite almost on empty gets new life after space docking

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A communication satellite almost out of fuel has gotten a new life after the first space docking of its kind. Northrop Grumman and Intelsat announced the successful link-up nearly 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above Earth on Wednesday. It’s the first time two commercial satellites have joined in orbit like this. […]
  • China slams US over ‘attack’ on its candidate to UN body

    GENEVA (AP) — A Chinese ambassador on Wednesday ripped into the U.S. for an “attack” on China’s candidate to head a United Nations agency that monitors and tracks intellectual property like patents, trademarks and industrial designs — a lucrative and crucial part of the growing digital age. The showdown over the leadership of the World […]
  • Managing remote workers? It takes more than the latest apps

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nicolas Vandenberghe’s company has 42 staffers scattered among 36 cities in 15 countries. As technology makes it possible for people to be in constant touch while working remotely, businesses like Chili Piper are becoming the norm. “We have Zoom, Slack, and a myriad of other collaborative tools — do we really […]
  • Finnish minister: EU needs to establish own OS, web browser

    HELSINKI (AP) — A top Finnish government member wants the European Union to develop its own computer operating system and internet browser to reduce reliance in the 27-nation bloc on tech giants. Finnish Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni said in a speech Wednesday that an EU-developed operating system would “make our continent less vulnerable and … […]
  • Edmunds: How to shop for a low-tech car

    New vehicles are more technologically advanced than ever. A car today can mirror your smartphone on its center display screen, warn you of objects in your blind spot, brake on its own in an emergency, adjust the climate control via voice, and much more. Automakers say the technology makes the vehicles safer and less distracting […]
  • Panasonic scraps solar panels partnership with Tesla

    TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic is pulling out of its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state, the Japanese electronics maker said Wednesday. Panasonic’s production at the factory in Buffalo will end by May, with an exit by September, it said in a statement. The decision is to streamline […]
  • Virgin Galactic reports high interest in its space flights

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic has received nearly 8,000 online reservations of interest since its first successful test flight into space 14 months ago, the company said Tuesday as it nears commercial operation and prepares to reopen ticket sales. Virgin Galactic already had more than 600 firm reservations that were taken from customers in […]
  • Jury convicts ex-Microsoft worker in digital currency scheme

    SEATTLE (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted a former Microsoft worker of wire fraud and other charges in what prosecutors described as a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle said 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Kvashuk helped test Microsoft’s online retail sales platform. He was accused of […]
  • Intuit, Moderna rise; Mastercard, Shake Shack fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Tuesday: Home Depot Inc., down $2.32 to $237.38. The home improvement retailer reported surprisingly good financial results and raised its dividend. MasterCard Inc., down $21.78 to $302.89. The payment processor warned it faces lower revenue in 2020 because of the spreading virus and […]
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company’s absorption of Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and Fox’s entertainment businesses and the launch of a Netflix challenger, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tuesday. The Walt Disney Co. named as his replacement Bob Chapek, most recently chairman of […]
  • Samsung says it leaked data on handful of UK customers

    Samsung said Tuesday that a “technical error” caused its website to display other customers’ personal information. The technology company said the error affected only its U.K. website at and affected fewer than 150 customers. People who logged on were able to see someone else’s name, phone number, address, email address and previous orders. Samsung […]
  • Study begins in US to test possible coronavirus treatment

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The first clinical trial in the U.S. of a possible coronavirus treatment is underway in Nebraska and is eventually expected to include 400 patients at 50 locations around the world, officials said Tuesday. Half of the patients in the international study will receive the antiviral medicine remdesivir while the other half […]