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    Infectious disease expert Steve Pergam shares his prescription for a safe weekend get-together

    <img width="1055" height="719" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Steve Pergam"><br>Need to get out of the house this weekend? Steve Pergam, an epidemiologist at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, acknowledges that maintaining social distancing can leave you feeling “a little discombobulated” – but there are ways to get together safely with friends. Pergam talked about the COVID-19 pandemic and answered questions about coping with it today during a Facebook live chat, conducted from his home study. This week, Washington state’s stay-at-home order was extended to last until May 4 at the earliest. To slow the spread of coronavirus, the… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Tech Moves: Smartsheet CFO to retire; Boeing exec joins Prime Air; OfferUp adds execs; and more

    <img width="702" height="713" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— Smartsheet CFO Jenny Ceran will retire after transitioning to a successor. The collaboration work management company, which went public in 2018, will begin its search for a new CFO this quarter. Ceran joined Smartsheet in 2016 and previously was an executive at Box, eBay and Cisco. “Jenny has helped lead the company through several milestones, from our IPO to establishing us as a fast-growing public company. We look forward to a smooth transition, and wish her all the best in retirement,” said Lindsay Bleier, head of global corporate communications for Smartsheet. Based in Bellevue, Wash., Smartsheet’s Q4 revenue was… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    CARES Act 101: What the stimulus package could mean for your startup or small business

    <img width="480" height="270" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The recently-approved Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes important measures to assist companies with fewer than 500 employees at their greatest time of need. But it can be confusing to figure out how to apply for loans and grants, and whether the federal government’s stimulus package may or may not help your your startup or small business. That’s why we gathered experts from the Seattle community for a special virtual edition of GeekWire’s Playbook speaker series, designed for entrepreneurs and business leaders. In a virtual roundtable we hosted Friday, four panelists answered questions about financial relief provided… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    In COVID-19 era, even Bill Gates admits he feels as if he’s waking up in a nightmare every morning

    <img width="1260" height="704" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Sal Khan and Bill Gates"><br>Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates may be one of the world’s richest individuals, but even he sometimes finds it hard to cope with the huge social changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. “I never lived through anything this dramatic,” Gates admitted today during a “Daily Homeroom” live-streamed chat with Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, a non-profit online learning venture. That may seem ironic, given that the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been working for years on efforts to tamp down diseases, and that Gates himself issued a warning about a global virus outbreak in a prescient… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    98point6 raises $43M from Goldman Sachs, Costco co-founder, others to expand virtual healthcare tech

    <img width="866" height="803" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle startup 98point6 just raised $43 million to help increase capacity for its virtual healthcare technology amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Patient volume has increased 200% since January, the company said, and 40% of patient visits have been COVID-19 related over the past three months. The fresh cash will help 98point6 increase its physician total by 3X this month. The 5-year-old startup provides primary care in all 50 states to more than 3 million patients, connecting them in real-time to doctors through an AI-powered chatbot, along with texts and digital images. 98point6 added coronavirus screening questions to their app in late… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    ‘Reprogramming the American Dream’: Microsoft CTO returns to rural roots to find the future of AI

    <img width="790" height="553" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Kevin Scott is Microsoft’s chief technology officer, its executive vice president of AI and Research, and the author, with Greg Shaw, of the new book, “Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley, Making AI Serve Us All.” Scott, who joined Microsoft with its acquisition of LinkedIn, goes back to his roots in rural Virginia in the book, making the case that there is a middle ground between the extreme viewpoints about the future of artificial intelligence — one in which short-term disruption is followed by long-term benefits as technology augments and improves human endeavors. But first, he… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Adaptive Biotech’s deal with Amgen influenced by belief that COVID-19 may return seasonally, like flu

    <img width="937" height="526" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Despite a potential vaccine, the novel coronavirus could return on a seasonal basis, much like the flu, according to Seattle-based company Adaptive Biotechnologies. That’s one of the reasons Adaptive is teaming up with pharmaceutical giant Amgen, which plans to use Adaptive’s proprietary technology platform to develop therapies to treat the virus. Adaptive’s CEO Chad Robins says it’s the next big thing in the field of immune sequencing. They will screen blood samples of COVID-19 survivors, then identify which naturally occurring antibodies in the immune system can be used to neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes the disease. In an expanded partnership… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Seattle tech veterans rush to build an app to trace COVID-19 exposure only to run into Apple rejection

    <img width="1260" height="1113" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>It turns out that two weeks of self isolation and social distancing is a good amount of time to build an app — especially if that app’s intention is to help in the fight against COVID-19. But the non-stop work of three Seattle software engineers may not see the light of day due to restrictions Apple has placed in the App Store on COVID-19-related apps that deal with private data. COVID Trace is the creation of Dudley Carr, Wes Carr and Josh Gummersall, three tech veterans with prior experience at Moz, Google, Uber and elsewhere. The scalable, automated, contact tracing… <a href="">Read More</a>
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  • Deaths of doctors, nurses highlight virus risks they run

    ROME (AP) — Air raid sirens sounded across China and flags flew at half staff in a tribute Saturday to victims of the coronavirus pandemic including the health care “martyrs” who have died while fighting to save others. Elsewhere, 15 medics in Egypt’s main cancer hospital tested positive for the virus, underlining the risks faced […]
  • Hacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL player

    NEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect. The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. “A vile […]
  • OSHA cites companies in deadly New Orleans hotel collapse

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal agency has issued citations against a dozen companies in connection with last fall’s deadly partial collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans. They include an engineering firm charged with a “willful” violation involving the design and approval of steel bolt connections that affected the structural integrity of […]
  • New phone-only Quibi aims for bite of digital entertainment

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to see Chance the Rapper prank Hollywood stars? Catch a new action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz? How about a six-minute edition of “60 Minutes”? There’s an app for that, and more. Quibi — a snappy amalgam of “quick” and “bite” — is a mobile phone-only platform that […]
  • Anick Jesdanun, longtime AP technology writer, dies at 51

    He ran marathons on every continent, including Antarctica — 83 of them in all, many followed by a visit to an obscure craft brewery. Last year, he watched 365 movies — most of them in theaters. And Anick Jesdanun made sure — always — that when millions of people read his coverage of the internet […]
  • Mormons hold signature conference virtually due to pandemic

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the first time in more than 70 years, top leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will deliver speeches at the faith’s signature conference this weekend without an in-person audience in the latest illustration of how the coronavirus pandemic is altering worship practices around the world. […]
  • Coronavirus survivor: ‘In my blood, there may be answers’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country’s first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other seriously ill patients. “It is definitely overwhelming to know that in my blood, there may be answers,” […]
  • Cleanup of US nuclear waste takes back seat as virus spreads

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government’s efforts to clean up Cold War-era waste from nuclear research and bomb making at federal sites around the country has lumbered along for decades, often at a pace that watchdogs and other critics say threatens public health and the environment. Now, fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic is […]
  • Boost the schmooze? Trump wants tax dining deduction back

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be an odd gesture at a time of social distancing, but President Donald Trump is leaning into his plea to Congress to restore full tax benefits prized by business for fine dining and schmoozing. Trump is seizing on the pandemic crisis to push for an item on his economic wish […]
  • Tesla’s 1Q car sales surged before pandemic shut things down

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Tesla’s sales of its increasingly popular electric cars got off to fast start this year, even though the company had to slam the brakes along with other major automakers last month because of worldwide efforts to contain the worst pandemic in a century. The Palo Alto, California, company delivered 88,400 vehicles […]
  • States demand ventilators as feds ration limited supply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, less than half had been allocated, despite a desperate need across the country. At the Federal Emergency Management Agency, tasked with coordinating the […]
  • SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online

    NEW YORK (AP) — The popcorn will be bring your own and the barbecue won’t be as good, but the Austin, Texas, SXSW Film Festival is moving online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. SXSW announced Thursday that it’s partnering with Amazon Prime Video to stream as much of its movie […]
  • Arizona justices uphold Phoenix airport’s Uber, Lyft fees

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s high court on Thursday upheld a $4 pickup and drop-off fee that led Uber and Lyft to threaten to stop serving the Phoenix airport, one of the busiest in the nation. The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge by the state’s attorney general who said the fees were unconstitutional. The […]
  • Battling exhaustion and trolls, Fauci says he’s OK

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, owns up to doing some not-so-smart things as he helps lead the White House effort to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Things like forgetting to eat and not getting enough sleep. The blunt-speaking Fauci also has had to contend with a […]
  • Toyota, China’s BYD announced electric car venture

    BEIJING (AP) — Toyota Motor Co. and Chinese electric automaker BYD Co. announced a partnership Thursday to develop battery-powered vehicles, adding to a flurry of industry tie-ups to share soaring development costs. Automakers are spending billions of dollars to create low-cost models that appeal to Chinese buyers and meet government-imposed sales quotas following the end […]