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    Why this Oracle exec turned to academia to help climb the cloud career ladder


    <img width="985" height="931" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DSC02016.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>About the time he was in kindergarten, Andre Alfred started playing with the Tandy 1000 SX that his dad bought at Radio Shack. By age 9, he was writing code in Turbo Pascal. After graduating high school, he passed on higher ed and slid right into good-paying jobs in engineering and product management. But Alfred had a promise to mom that he had to keep. So nine years out of high school, he enrolled in WGU Washington, an online university, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in IT management while continuing to work. That opened something of an academic floodgate… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/oracle-exec-turned-academia-help-climb-cloud-career-ladder/">Read More</a>
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    The ban that wasn’t: Amazon’s TikTok reversal leaves tech world wondering WTH?


    <img width="900" height="610" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Helsinki-Finland-May-302929153.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon’s TikTok take-back was the talk of tech on Friday. The company started the day by telling employees they needed to delete the popular social media app from their mobile devices over security concerns, and ended the day with a giant “never mind.” Those stunned by the tech giant’s initial directive were equally caught off guard by the reversal five hours later, in which Amazon said its message was “sent in error” and there was no change in policy regarding the app. Here's the email Amazon sent to employees this morning banning TikTok from employee phones. "If you have TikTok… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/ban-wasnt-amazons-tiktok-reversal-leaves-tech-world-wondering-wth/">Read More</a>
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    GeekWire Podcast: Three tech stories that show how COVID-19 is radically changing our lives


    <img width="1260" height="1260" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/geekwirelogo121518-1260x1260.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week. The world of the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced. We covered three stories this week that give us a glimpse into how the virus is changing our lives: We’ll talk about the new realities of work, through the lens of a Seattle area startup that just ditched its physical office space. Then on to education, with the latest on what classes will look like at the University of Washington and other schools this fall. And finally, sports. For Seattle Mariners fans, “take me… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/geekwire-podcast-three-tech-stories-show-covid-19-radically-changing-lives/">Read More</a>
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    Testing MilkRun: Portland’s farm-to-doorstep grocery delivery service launches in Seattle


    <img width="1260" height="1042" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/milkrun1-1260x1042.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing consumers’ grocery shopping habits and creating a big opportunity for startups like MilkRun. Demand for the Portland-based company’s farm-to-doorstep groceries has been surging since the outset of the pandemic, allowing MilkRun to expand to its first new market. Three weeks ago, MilkRun launched in Seattle and the startup is eyeing expansions to additional cities by the end of the year, with a mission to put more money in the pockets of struggling farmers and provide communities with locally produced food. The pandemic is exposing long-eroding weaknesses in the large supply chain that feeds most… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/testing-milkrun-portlands-farm-doorstep-grocery-delivery-service-launches-seattle/">Read More</a>
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    FCC chief seeks conditional approval for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband satellite network


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/20200107_CES_215-Pai-Simons-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Ajit Pai"><br>The Federal Communications Commission’s chairman, Ajit Pai, says he’s proposing approval of Amazon’s plan to put more than 3,200 satellites into low Earth orbit for a broadband internet constellation known as Project Kuiper … with conditions. In a tweet, Pai said he shared his proposal today with colleagues on the commission: Earlier today, I shared with my colleagues a proposal to approve, with conditions, #Kuiper’s application to deploy and operate an NGSO satellite network. Satellite constellations like this aim to provide high-speed broadband service to consumers in the U.S. and around the world. — Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) July 10, 2020… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/fcc-chief-seeks-conditional-approval-amazons-project-kuiper-broadband-satellite-network/">Read More</a>
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    Washington state sues Trump administration over student visa rules


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1657-GWSummit-Day-1-2017-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Bob Ferguson"><br>Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced plans to sue the federal government over new rules that would ban international students from the U.S. if their course load is offered entirely online. The lawsuit claims the proposal, unveiled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, threatens the revenue and safety of universities in Washington state. Ferguson is seeking a temporary restraining order blocking the order from taking effect July 15. The case follows lawsuits filed by Harvard and MIT this week. Related: Univ. of Washington will move 80% of classes online this fall amid looming threats from COVID and ICE Ferguson… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/washington-state-sues-trump-administration-student-visa-rules/">Read More</a>
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    Amazon tells employees to delete TikTok, then claims directive was sent in error


    <img width="900" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/tiktok.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Update 2:20 p.m.: An Amazon spokesperson said Friday afternoon that the email ordering employees to delete TikTok was an error. The company declined to provide further explanation for how the directive was sent on accident. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” the spokesperson said. “There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.” Amazon emailed employees Friday morning asking them to immediately remove the popular video-sharing app TikTok from their mobile devices due to security concerns, according to an internal email shared on Twitter and The New York Times. “Due… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-bans-tiktok-employees-phones-citing-security-risks/">Read More</a>
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    Car-sharing returns to Seattle, but will it last? Testing AAA’s new GIG service amid a pandemic


    <img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/gigcarshare0709_143724-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Car-sharing is back. Seattleites have a new mobility option thanks to AAA, which just launched its GIG Car Share service in the Emerald City with 250 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles on the streets. I just gave it a spin this week. My review, in a nutshell: GIG (as in, get in and go) is excellent, and will be familiar to those who have tried car-sharing. But whether it can survive — especially during an economic and health crisis — is up in the air. Seattle was once a hotbed of free-floating car-sharing services, with BMW ReachNow, Lime, and Car2go operating… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/car-sharing-returns-seattle-will-last-testing-aaas-new-gig-service-amid-pandemic/">Read More</a>
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  • Games maker Ubisoft shakes up staff amid misconduct probe

    PARIS (AP) — French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives and promising zero tolerance for “toxic” staff behavior following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment and other workplace abuse. In a statement Sunday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the developer of “Assassin’s […]
  • UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

    LONDON (AP) — Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a “golden era” in U.K.-China relations, bonding with President Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals worth billions. Those friendly scenes now seem like a distant memory. Hostile rhetoric has ratcheted up […]
  • Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

    DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago. A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game released in 1985 for […]
  • Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

    DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago. A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game released in 1985 for […]
  • US targets $1.3 billion in French imports in tech tax clash

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced plans to impose taxes on $1.3 billion in French imports — hitting handbags and makeup but sparing cheese and wine — in retaliation for France’s digital services tax on U.S. technology giants. But the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the levies would be delayed […]
  • US targets $1.3 billion in French imports in tech tax clash

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced plans to impose taxes on $1.3 billion in French imports — hitting handbags and makeup but sparing cheese and wine — in retaliation for France’s digital services tax on U.S. technology giants. But the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the levies would be delayed […]
  • Facebook’s software kit to blame for popular apps crashing

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Friday’s widespread crashes of popular apps running on the iPhone’s iOS operating system — including Tinder, Spotify and Pinterest — serve as a reminder that Facebook is still tracking you through your phone using sophisticated software, even if you’re not browsing the social network. Early Friday, users of the apps reported […]
  • 2 arrested, 2 wanted after 11-year-old killed on July Fourth

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two men have been arrested and two others are wanted in connection with the killing of an 11-year-old boy who was shot during a Fourth of July cookout in Washington, police said Friday. The boy, Davon McNeal, was shot in the head during an exchange of gunfire between five armed suspects, police […]
  • Man admits damaging computer, causing PPE delivery delay

    ATLANTA (AP) — A former employee of a medical device packaging company has pleaded guilty to damaging a computer belonging to his former employer, which prosecutors said caused a delay in the delivery of personal protective equipment to health care providers. Christopher Dobbins, 40, pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless damage to a protected […]
  • Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

    Roughly five hours after an internal email went out Friday to Amazon employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, the online retailing giant appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” Amazon emailed reporters just before 5 […]
  • US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

    When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections. As part of its strategy to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible, the Trump administration has agreed to invest more than half a billion in tax dollars in ApiJect […]
  • Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet Neowise — the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century — swept within Mercury’s orbit a week ago. Its close proximity to the sun caused […]
  • Electric vehicle startup Rivian gets $2.5B in added funding

    DETROIT (AP) — Electric vehicle startup Rivian says it has raised another $2.5 billion in funding from accounts advised by investment firm T. Rowe Price. The company has a contract with Amazon to build 100,000 electric delivery vans starting next year at its factory, a former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois. Rivian also is rolling […]
  • EU Council head tries to win over ‘Frugal Four’ on budget

    BRUSSELS (AP) — With pressure mounting to reach an agreement on a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan, the president of the European Council on Friday tried to win over the so-called group of “Frugal Four” member countries with new proposals. Charles Michel’s latest offers keep the size of the recovery fund, which is meant to help […]
  • St. Louis considers surveillance planes in crime battle

    O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With 2020 shaping to be an especially violent year in one of the nation’s most violent cities, St. Louis leaders are considering a new tool to fight crime — surveillance planes — even as opponents worry about the further militarization of police and the potential for invasion of privacy. St. Louis […]