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    Satellite mega-constellations stir a debate over avoiding catastrophic orbital crashes

    <img width="1260" height="956" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Starlink trails"><br>The retired commander of the U.S. Strategic Command says the tens of thousands of satellites that SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon are planning to put into orbit over the next few years will require a new automated system for space traffic management — and perhaps new satellite hardware requirements as well. Retired Gen. Kevin Chilton laid out his ideas for dealing with potentially catastrophic orbital traffic jams at the University of Washington on Friday, during the inaugural symposium presented by UW’s Space Policy and Research Center. “We need to develop technologies that will improve space domain awareness, that will enable autonomous… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Cloud Wars: Why Amazon is escalating its battle against Microsoft in enterprise tech

    <img width="1260" height="945" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The leaders of Amazon’s cloud division made a few things clear this week at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference in Las Vegas: AWS has broad ambitions in the $3.7 trillion enterprise tech market, looking for growth well beyond the current cloud sector. The company is urging more companies to move their computing to the cloud, at the same time it’s developing hybrid technologies to run cloud technologies on premises. Amazon believes Microsoft is working against the interests of its customers by implementing new licensing restrictions on Microsoft operating systems and databases, limiting the ways its software can be used… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    UW President Ana Mari Cauce on being a threefold ‘first’ and the most important lessons of college

    <img width="1260" height="840" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>In the not-so-distant past, the idea of becoming president of the University of Washington was unimaginable to Ana Mari Cauce. “When you look backward it all makes sense. But looking forward, if you had asked me as little as 10 years ago would I ever be doing this, I would have told you that you were crazy,” Cauce said. In 2015, Cauce took the top role at the UW, an institution with 59,000 students, 4,300 faculty members and an annual operating budget of more than $8.25 billion. She was the first female, the first Latina and the first openly gay… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Tech Moves: Placed founder named Foursquare CEO; hires CFO; and more

    <img width="325" height="325" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— David Shim, founder and former CEO of Seattle startup Placed, was appointed CEO and a member of the board of Foursquare, which acquired Placed from Snap in May. Shim was appointed Foursquare president after the acquisition. He’ll succeed Jeff Glueck, who was CEO for four years. In his new role, Shim will be responsible for continuing to grow the location technology company and its commitment to Foursquare Labs, focused on next-generation research and development. “In 2020 and beyond, Foursquare is set to further accelerate growth on the foundation set in the past year, and expand its leadership position in… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Amazon touts ‘technical superiority’ over Microsoft as it seeks to reopen JEDI bidding in newly unsealed court filing

    <img width="1260" height="836" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon is asking a federal judge to block the Defense Department from enlisting Microsoft for a contentious and lucrative cloud project, according to court filings unsealed this week in the latest development related to the $10 billion JEDI project. Related: Amazon cites Fox News segment, Trump rally in formal protest of Pentagon’s $10B JEDI award Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith summarized Amazon’s position during a conference call with attorneys for Amazon, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense in late November. Based on the Campbell-Smith’s summary, Amazon is asking the court to block the Pentagon from moving forward with Microsoft and seeking a… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    GeekWire Calendar Picks: Artificial intelligence in public policy; podcasting tips; and more

    <img width="1260" height="630" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— Government, higher education, and workforce management are just a few places where artificial intelligence is popping up. In hopes of educating everyone about AI, the Tech Alliance is holding the AI Public Policy Summit to give those who want to learn more a chance to hear from experts and network with those in the field. The summit takes place at the Seattle Airport Marriott on Dec. 12. — New Tech Seattle is expanding its event lineup in response to demand for women in tech and diversity in tech programming. New Tech Seattle: Women & Diversity in Tech is newly-launched… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Volt raising more cash to expand workout app to office and law enforcement customers

    <img width="1260" height="762" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Volt is raising more funds to bring its fitness training app to different types of groups, including offices and “tactical readiness” organizations such as police, firefighters, and military. The Seattle startup has raised about $1.1 million in equity and another $1 million in debt as part of an ongoing round. The six-year-old company has raised close to $4 million in its lifetime, including an investment from soccer star DeAndre Yedlin. Volt calls itself the No. 1 AI workout app. It offers customized workouts for a variety of sports and training goals and relies on artificial intelligence to escalate exercises as users… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Geek Style Reboot recap: Two geeks recharge at Nordstrom and then party at the GeekWire Gala

    <img width="1090" height="764" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Refreshed and ready to party, Nadia Daniel and Brendan Weitzman strolled into the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on Thursday night looking elegant and sharp. The pair had officially been rebooted in time for the GeekWire Gala. Daniel, a video surveillance specialist with the Washington State Patrol, and Weitzman, manager of workplace technology for Moss Adams, were the winners of the Geek Style Reboot, a day of pampering and prep by Nordstrom ahead of GeekWire’s annual holiday party. RELATED: Scenes from the 9th annual GeekWire Gala. Daniel and Weitzman were selected from a pool of entrants in the third year… <a href="">Read More</a>
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  • N Korea conducts ‘important test’ at once-dismantled site

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it after entering denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of negotiations, with the North […]
  • Reddit bans accounts, suspects possible UK vote interference

    LONDON (AP) — The prospect of Russian interference in Britain’s election flared anew Saturday after the social media platform Reddit concluded that people from Russia leaked confidential British government documents on Brexit trade talks just days before the general U.K. vote. Reddit said in a statement that it has banned 61 accounts suspected of violating […]
  • Ulta, ConocoPhillips post gains while Yext, PagerDuty slip

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday: DocuSign Inc., up $6.07 to $75.57 The provider of electronic signature technology handily beat Wall Street’s third-quarter profit forecast. Cloudera Inc., up 87 cents to $10.88 The cloud-computing company’s third-quarter earnings and revenue beat analysts’ forecasts. Yext Inc., down $2.34 to $14.26 […]
  • State AGs look to head off T-Mobile-Sprint deal in court

    NEW YORK (AP) — A high-drama telecom deal is heading to court. T-Mobile, in its attempt to buy Sprint for $26.5 billion, has already notched approvals from key federal regulators. Now it must convince a federal judge that the 14 state attorneys general suing to stop the deal are wrong. A trial starts Monday in […]
  • Elon Musk cleared of defamation in ‘pedo guy’ tweet trial

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a Thailand cave […]
  • NATO researchers: Social media failing to stop manipulation

    LONDON (AP) — Social media companies are failing to stop manipulated activity, according to a report Friday by NATO-affiliated researchers who said they were easily able to buy tens of thousands of likes, comments and views on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Most of the phony accounts and the activity they engaged in remained online […]
  • S&P notches weekly gain as jobs growth blows past forecasts

    A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report put investors in a buying mood Friday, driving stocks on Wall Street broadly higher and extending the market’s winning streak to a third day. The rally pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up by more than 300 points and erased the S&P 500’s losses from earlier in the week, […]
  • Markets Right Now: Hiring gains send stock indexes higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Major stock indexes are ending a choppy week with solid gains after the government reported that hiring in the U.S. jumped last month to the highest level since January. Companies that stand to benefit the most from a growing […]
  • Ford recalls big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly. The recall covers F-250, F-350 and F-450 trucks from the 2017 through 2019 model years. All the trucks have electric tailgate latch release switches in the tailgate handle. Ford says water […]
  • Sanders announces $150B plan to expand broadband access

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promising to invest $150 billion to bring high-speed internet to “every household in America” while breaking up and better regulating monopolies he says currently limit access to drive up their profits. The Vermont senator on Friday unveiled a plan providing that funding in infrastructure grants and […]
  • Russian supply ship lifts off to International Space Station

    MOSCOW (AP) — An automatic Russian supply ship carrying tons of supplies successfully blasted off Friday heading for the International Space Station. The Progress MS-13 cargo ship lifted off as scheduled at 2:34 p.m. (0934 GMT) atop a Soyuz rocket from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It successfully entered a designated preliminary orbit […]
  • Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018. That figure includes 235 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides last year. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were both attacked and that some […]
  • DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

    DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said Thursday that it has no plans to expand facial recognition to U.S. citizens. A spokesman said DHS will delete the idea from its regulatory agenda, where […]
  • Amazon blaming Trump over Pentagon contract loss, judge says

    Amazon is arguing in a court case that President Donald Trump’s bias against the company harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract. Amazon’s legal complaint against the Pentagon is sealed. A federal judge summarized its arguments in comments released Thursday. The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing contract to Microsoft in October. Federal […]
  • Iran accuses France, Germany and UK of false missile claims

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran accused France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Thursday of “a desperate falsehood” for saying its missile program goes against a U.N. resolution calling on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Iranian officials said none of its missiles are designed to be nuclear-capable, and Iran […]