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    Tech in 2020 and beyond: What we’ve learned at the GeekWire Summit, and what to expect this week


    <img width="1000" height="700" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/futureed1.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>We’ve reached the third and final week of the 2020 GeekWire Summit, and like many of you who’ve been joining us for this virtual event, we’re still buzzing with insights on the future of education, travel, biotech and other topics that we explored with our speakers in our second week. Up next: the evolution of the workplace, the future of healthcare, and the state of tech in 2020 and beyond. Our speakers and moderators this week include journalists from the New York Times. CNBC, STAT and Axios, plus leaders from Google, Microsoft, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/tech-2020-beyond-weve-learned-geekwire-summit-expect-week/">Read More</a>
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    Shares of F5 Networks jump 5% as focus on cloud software and services continues to fuel growth


    <img width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/f5.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle-based F5 Networks saw shares rise more than 5% in after-hours trading Monday after its fiscal fourth quarter earnings report beat expectations. The company posted revenue of $615 million, up 4%, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $2.59. Wall Street expected revenue of $606 million and EPS of $2.37. F5 Networks continues to benefit from its move into software and services, expanding beyond its traditional networking hardware business. Software revenue was up 36% from the year-ago quarter. “Going forward, we expect continued robust software growth from a more diversified base of subscription and SaaS revenue, a software subscription renewals flywheel… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/shares-f5-networks-jump-5-focus-cloud-software-services-continues-fuel-growth/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle startup Membrion creating spray coating to help cloth masks better guard against coronavirus


    <img width="1260" height="901" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/20201026_110305-1260x901.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Membrion, the Seattle startup that spun out of the University of Washington four years ago, is working on new technology that could make face masks even more protective in the fight against COVID-19. Founder and CEO Greg Newbloom is a chemical engineering expert who has been working for years on filtering technology for use in fuel cells and water desalination systems. His solution, for cleaner water and energy, was found by turning silica gel — like those tiny packets at the bottom of a beef jerky pack — into a membrane, or a selective barrier. Now he’s converting the idea… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/seattle-startup-membrion-creating-spray-coating-help-masks-better-guard-coronavirus/">Read More</a>
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    Tech Moves: UW announces director for new DoD program; Microsoft vet joins EQT; and more


    <img width="1260" height="709" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/DUNNICLIFF-1260x709.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— The University of Washington announced a new partnership with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), a program within the Department of Defense, that will spur students and researchers to come up with solutions for communications, data management, artificial intelligence, logistics, disaster relief, healthcare, and other areas related to national security. NSIN tapped Justin Dunnicliff as its university program director at the UW. He’ll be based at the CoMotion, the university’s innovation hub, and will run programs including Hacking for Defense and Starts. Dunnicliff graduated from the UW in 2006 and joined the DoD in 2013. “The University of Washington… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/tech-moves-uw-hires-director-new-dod-program-microsoft-vet-joins-eqt/">Read More</a>
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    Fresh studies boost hopes for water on the moon — and for Jeff Bezos’ lunar vision


    <img width="1260" height="898" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/201025-clavius-1260x898.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Clavius Crater"><br>Scientists have been turning up evidence for the existence of water on the moon for decades, but there’s always been a nagging doubt: Maybe the source of the chemical signatures of hydrogen and oxygen was hydrated minerals, rather than H2O. Now those doubts have been eased, thanks to readings picked up by the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, also known as SOFIA. The discovery of water’s signature in the moon’s sunlit regions was published today in Nature Astronomy and discussed at a highly anticipated NASA news briefing. “This new discovery contributes to NASA’s efforts to learn about the moon in… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/fresh-studies-boost-hopes-water-moon-jeff-bezos-lunar-vision/">Read More</a>
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    Scholars tracking social media see efforts to delegitimize election, imperiling democracy


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CIP_PIs-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The University of Washington’s Kate Starbird has been immersing herself in election disinformation, and what she’s found is deeply troubling. By tracking tweets, Facebook posts and news stories, Starbird and her academic colleagues have documented an ongoing, long-term effort to sow worries that the 2020 vote is rife with fraud, laying the groundwork for some to reject the election’s outcome. The potential damage, Starbird said, extends well beyond this one race. “Democracy fails if we lose trust in the process. If we can’t trust the results of our elections, then we don’t have a democracy anymore,” said Starbird, an associate… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/scholars-tracking-social-media-see-efforts-delegitimize-election-imperiling-democracy/">Read More</a>
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    Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 18, 2020


    <img width="1200" height="630" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="GeekWire Week in Review"><br>See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 18, 2020.… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2020-10-18/">Read More</a>
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    NASA’s Boeing-built moon rovers are granted Washington state landmark status


    <img width="1260" height="878" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/201024-rover3-1260x878.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Lunar rover"><br>Three hot rods on the moon are now official Washington state historic landmarks, thanks to a unanimous vote by a state commission. The thumbs-up, delivered on Friday during a virtual public hearing organized by the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, provided state landmark status to the rovers that Boeing built at its facilities in Kent, Wash., and that NASA sent to the moon for the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions. King County awarded similar status more than a year ago, but the state commission’s 9-0 vote — delayed for several months due to the coronavirus outbreak —… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/resting-places-boeing-built-moon-rovers-win-washington-state-landmark-status/">Read More</a>
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  • Lilly antibody drug fails in a COVID-19 study; others go on

    U.S. government officials are putting an early end to a study testing an Eli Lilly antibody drug for people hospitalized with COVID-19 because it doesn’t seem to be helping them. Independent monitors had paused enrollment in the study two weeks ago because of a possible safety issue. But on Monday, the National Institute of Allergy […]
  • Judge refuses to block ‘No Boycott of Israel’ measure

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit in which a Muslim civil rights group sought to block the state of Maryland from enforcing its ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake didn’t reach a decision on whether the executive order that Maryland […]
  • Scientists remove 98 ‘murder hornets’ in Washington state

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers from the state Department of Agriculture managed to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the U.S. without suffering any stings or other injuries, the agency said Monday. The nest, located in Whatcom County near the Canadian border, created concern because the Asian giant hornets are large […]
  • Moon holds more water in more places than ever thought

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected. And for the first time, the presence of water on the moon’s sunlit surface has been confirmed, scientists reported Monday. That’s good news for astronauts at future lunar bases […]
  • Chinese fintech could shatter records with $35B share offer

    HONG KONG (AP) — The world’s largest fintech company, China’s Ant Group, will try to raise nearly $35 billion in a massive public offering of stock that would shatter records. Alibaba-affiliated Ant Group, which operates a suite of financial products including the widely-used Alipay digital wallet in China and one of the world’s largest money […]
  • ‘Babish’ expands as pandemic boosts YouTube cooking shows

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mac and cheese, 18th-century style. A seven-course meal using only ingredients from a convenience store. A meal that is literally on fire. Four episodes into her new YouTube show, “Stump Sohla,” part of the expanding “Babish Culinary Universe” channel, Sohla El-Waylly has yet to be stumped by a food challenge. El-Waylly […]
  • Germany’s Bayer to buy US gene therapy specialist AskBio

    BERLIN (AP) — German health care company Bayer said Monday it is buying Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, a U.S.-based firm specializing in gene therapy, in a deal worth up to $4 billion. Bayer said it will pay $2 billion up front for privately held AskBio plus “potential success-based milestone payments” of up to another $2 billion. About […]
  • Chinese leaders focus on tech as they make 5-year plan

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders met Monday to formulate an economic blueprint for the next five years that is expected to emphasize development of semiconductors and other technology at a time when Washington is cutting off access to U.S. technology. President Xi Jinping’s government is working to promote self-sustaining growth supported by domestic consumer spending […]
  • Foreign students show less zeal for US since Trump took over

    CHICAGO (AP) — On a recruiting trip to India’s tech hub of Bangalore, Alan Cramb, the president of a reputable Chicago university, answered questions not just about dorms or tuition but also American work visas. The session with parents fell in the chaotic first months of Donald Trump’s presidency. After an inaugural address proclaiming “America […]
  • Foreign students show less zeal for US since Trump took over

    CHICAGO (AP) — On a recruiting trip to India’s tech hub of Bangalore, Alan Cramb, the president of a reputable Chicago university, answered questions not just about dorms or tuition but also American work visas. The session with parents fell in the chaotic first months of Donald Trump’s presidency. After an inaugural address proclaiming “America […]
  • Finland shocked by therapy center hacking, client blackmail

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s interior minister summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds — and possibly thousands — of patient records at a private Finnish psychotherapy center were accessed by a hacker or hackers now demanding ransoms. Finnish Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo tweeted that authorities would “provide speedy crisis help to […]
  • Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

    BOSTON (AP) — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform. The researchers say the disputed tool is vital to […]
  • Bulgaria signs 5G deal with US excluding Chinese firms

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has joined other Balkan countries in signing an agreement with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed at excluding Chinese hardware providers. Bulgaria joined North Macedonia and Kosovo, neighboring nations that also signed the “Clean Network” security agreement on Friday. It is part of a Trump administration effort […]
  • As Trump casts doubt on election, new agency contradicts him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was predicting on Twitter that this election would be “the most corrupt” in American history. A day later, the head of an obscure government agency he created offered a much different message. Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, closed an online […]
  • Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday. Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu, NASA’s first attempt at such a […]