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    Satya Nadella’s biggest success as Microsoft CEO; Inside GeekWire’s Great Race; Number of the Week

    When Microsoft announced its acquisition of LinkedIn for more than $26 billion five years ago, there was lots of skepticism, and for good reason. After all, Microsoft was a company known for taking huge write-downs when its biggest acquisitions (aQuantive, Nokia, etc.) failed to live up to expectations. But that was then, and after becoming the new leader of the venerable software giant, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was taking a different approach, sticking to Microsoft’s strength in business technology by picking up the popular business social network. It remains the biggest deal in Microsoft’s history, and with that in mind,… Read More
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    Junior Geek of the Month: Luna Abadia turned her climate change fears into action and solutions

    As a child growing up in Portland, Ore., Luna Abadia was always curious about the nature around her. She carried a journal with her that she called her “book of questions” and filled it with observations of her world. What happens when we sneeze? She wrote. Why is my dog’s nose wet? She’s not sure if she ever answered all of her questions, but it instilled in her an interest in science and etymology. But as she went through school and learned about the realities of climate change, she was overwhelmed by a “sense of hopelessness” and fear of what… Read More
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    Smart-home device maker Wyze raises $110M as it plans to inject AI heavily into camera products

    Smart-home device maker Wyze Labs has raised $110 million in new funding, GeekWire learned on Friday, boosting the Kirkland, Wash.-based company’s plans to improve its existing line of products and launch even more. Wyze has launched more than 30 products, including everything from security cameras to robot vacuums to thermostats, and many of those products came during a flurry of activity over the past year or so. “We are doubling down and investing heavily to build world-class artificial intelligence into our camera products,” Wyze co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Dave Crosby told GeekWire. “Just in the last year, our AI… Read More
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    Amazon earnings reveal major shift: Total services revenue on track to surpass retail sales

    Direct retail sales are poised to represent less than half of Amazon’s business for the first time in its history — a fundamental shift that reflects the e-commerce giant’s expansion beyond its roots as an online store. Revenue from Amazon Web Services, Amazon Prime, third-party seller services, online advertising and other services added up to 49.3% of Amazon’s business in the second quarter. The total almost matched the company’s revenue from online and physical stores, and appears to be on a trajectory to surpass them in the future. That’s one of several takeaways from Amazon’s second-quarter earnings report, released Thursday… Read More
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    GAO denies Blue Origin’s protest of NASA’s lunar lander contract award to SpaceX

    The Government Accountability Office today turned back protests from Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and Alabama-based Dynetics, ruling that NASA was within its rights to award a single $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX to build the first lunar lander to carry astronauts to the moon since the Apollo era. Industry teams led by Blue Origin and Dynetics had put in rival bids for NASA’s lunar lander business, and filed protests with the GAO when the space agency made the single-source award in April. The GAO had 100 days to decide whether the award should be upheld or overturned. In… Read More
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    Tech Moves: Portland’s Act-On adds two new execs; Tanium adds public sector SVP; and more

    —Act-On, a Portland, Ore.-based marketing automation platform, added Gregg Ames as chief commercial officer and Syed Ahmed as senior vice president of engineering. Ames previously worked in sales at Marketo, Oracle and Turning. Ahmed previously was CTO and vice president of engineering at Contiq. — Teddra Burgess has been added as Tanium’s senior vice president of the public sector. In the role, Burgess will support public sector organizations, implement IT management and cybersecurity at the Kirkland, Wash.-based cybersecurity and systems management company. Burgess previously worked for Hewlett Packard, Micro Focus International, SAI Global, and ASG Technologies. — Karen Brewer has… Read More
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    Amazon disputes record $885 million fine from European Union data privacy watchdog

    Amazon has been fined a record 746 million euros, or $885 million based on current exchange rates, over alleged violations of European data privacy regulations. The company disclosed the July 16 decision by the Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) in its 10Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday morning. The decision has not been made public, but according to Amazon’s filing, the CNPD found that the company’s “processing of personal data did not comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation.” “We believe the CNPD’s decision to be without merit and intend to defend ourselves… Read More
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    GeekWire’s Great Race II: By taxi, Lyft, e-bike, bus and more — here’s who won in Seattle rush hour

    We had a ton of fun testing Seattle’s transportation options through rush hour traffic during our inaugural GeekWire Great Race back in 2017. With more people living in the city — thanks in part to the ongoing tech boom — and an ever-changing transit landscape, we decided it was time to compete again. Last week, a group of GeekWire employees and contributors gathered at the base of the Amazon Spheres near downtown Seattle. We took off at 4:30 p.m., just as the afternoon commute thickened, and headed to our destination in West Seattle at the home of GeekWire Chief Sales… Read More

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  • 2 rare Sumatran tigers recovering after catching COVID-19

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two rare Sumatran tigers at the zoo in the Indonesian capital are recovering after being infected with COVID-19. Nine-year-old Tino became ill with shortness of breath, sneezing, and a runny nose on July 9. He also lost his appetite. Two days later, 12-year-old Hari was showing the same symptoms. Swabs were […]
  • EXPLAINER: The tech behind Tokyo Olympics’ fast track

    TOKYO (AP) — The Jamaican sprinter and her Olympic-record time captured everyone’s attention. What’s under foot, though, might have been a factor when Elaine Thompson-Herah broke a 33-year-old Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters. It’s shaping up as a fast track surface at Olympic Stadium. Runners are certainly on track to setting personal, Olympic […]
  • Justice Department says Russians hacked federal prosecutors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign broke into the email accounts of some of the most prominent federal prosecutors’ offices around the country last year, the Justice Department said. The department said 80% of Microsoft email accounts used by employees in the four U.S. attorney offices in New York […]
  • Justice Department says Russians hacked federal prosecutors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign broke into the email accounts of some of the most prominent federal prosecutors’ offices around the country last year, the Justice Department said Friday. The department said 80% of Microsoft email accounts used by employees in the four U.S. attorney offices in New […]
  • Bezos loses appeal of NASA’s plans to use Musk moon lander

    The federal government Friday rejected an appeal by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to get in on NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the moon by using rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. NASA in April awarded the $2.9 billion contract for a lunar lander to the more established SpaceX, which also offered a cheaper price than […]
  • US regulators step up scrutiny of IPO hopefuls from China

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese companies hoping to sell their shares in the United States must start making more disclosures about their potential risks before U.S. regulators will allow them to list their stock. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the move Friday after Beijing said it would step up its supervision of Chinese companies […]
  • California wildfire flares but within line crews have built

    PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire so far this year was flaring up Friday but it was because the flames were chewing through unburned islands of vegetation within a perimeter that firefighters have built, authorities said. The Dixie Fire covered 376 square miles (974 square kilometers) in the mountains of Northern California where 42 […]
  • US sets new Cuba sanctions as Biden meets Cuban-Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced new sanctions on Friday against Cuba’s national revolutionary police and its top two officials as the U.S. looks to increase pressure on the communist government following this month’s protests on the island. The Police Nacional Revolcionaria and the agency’s director and deputy director, Oscar Callejas Valcarce and Eddie […]
  • Russia blames space station lab incident on software failure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space official on Friday blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab for briefly knocking the International Space Station out of position. The space station lost control of its orientation for 47 minutes on Thursday, when Russia’s Nauka science lab accidentally fired its thrusters a few hours after […]
  • In heat emergency, Greece adds checks for fires, power cuts

    ATHENS (AP) — Greek authorities ordered additional fire patrols and infrastructure maintenance inspections Friday as the country grappled with a heat wave fed by hot air from Africa that is expected to last more than a week. The emergency measures will also include efforts to create more air-conditioned areas open to the public in cities […]
  • The ‘gymternet’: Gymnastics’ devoted, sometimes toxic fans

    TOKYO (AP) — Fresh off Tokyo’s competition floor, four Olympic gymnasts lined up for a press conference. A podcaster offered a question on behalf of what has become a potent voice in the small world of elite gymnastics. “The gymternet would like know…” she began. The athletes nodded in familiarity with the online collective of […]
  • U.S. warns China is building more nuclear missile silos

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. military is warning about what analysts have described as a major expansion of China’s nuclear missile silo fields at a time of heightened tension between Beijing and Washington. Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists estimate that China has approximately 250 underground missile silos under construction after they used […]
  • Robotic police dogs: Useful hounds or dehumanizing machines?

    HONOLULU (AP) — If you’re homeless and looking for temporary shelter in Hawaii’s capital, expect a visit from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don’t have a fever. That’s just one of the ways public safety agencies are starting to use Spot, the best-known of a new commercial […]
  • In effort to curb COVID, Tokyo Olympics collect lots of spit

    TOKYO (AP) — They spit. They wait. They hope. About 30,000 people from scores of nations are spitting into tiny plastic vials at the Olympics in a daily routine that’s grown crucial in going ahead with the pandemic-era Games, according to organizers. If you do the math for the two-week duration of the Olympics, that […]
  • China’s Didi denies report of plan to buy back shares

    BEIJING (AP) — Didi Global Inc. on Friday denied a report by The Wall Street Journal that the ride-hailing service was considering buying back its U.S.-traded shares after its June market debut was disrupted by Chinese government orders to overhaul data security. The Journal, citing unidentified sources, said buying back the shares was one option […]