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    Cisco CEO says it’s time to regulate the tech industry and that capitalism is currently ‘broken’


    <img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/robbins-chuck-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>PALM DESERT, Calif. — Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins says the technology industry needs to be regulated, but that it’s going to take a new effort by the industry to build trust with regulators to make proper change. “It needs to be regulated, for sure,” said Robbins, who was speaking Friday at the EY Strategic Growth Forum. Robbins, who leads the 77,000-person tech juggernaut, said technology is the “underlying infrastructure for the economy” and because of that it needs regulation. “It’s no different than the criticality of the power grid or the telecommunications infrastructure or the banking systems,” said Robbins, speaking… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/cisco-ceo-says-time-regulate-tech-industry-capitalism-currently-broken/">Read More</a>
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    From fish to coffee, how companies are using new technology for sustainable supply chains


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MSP_9887-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Parker Townley, a Gonzaga University graduate who works for food certification organization Fair Trade USA, was in Peru visiting coffee and cacao farms last week. On a tour hosted by a cooperative that aggregates crops from 1,000 farmers, the co-op’s manager whipped out his smartphone. “He pulled up information about the farmer, his historical yields, what his cost of production looked like, and his earnings against that production — all of this information that they had implemented across 1,000 farmers in rural Peru,” said Townley, speaking on Friday at the Global Washington annual conference at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/fish-coffee-beans-companies-using-new-technology-sustainable-supply-chains/">Read More</a>
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    GeekWire Podcast: Amazon protests JEDI deal; Cortana reads email; Cosmic Crisp first taste


    <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>This week on the GeekWire Podcast: Amazon is formally protesting a decision by the U.S. Department of Defense to award its $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Microsoft, suggesting that the Pentagon succumbed  to political pressure from President Donald Trump. Plus, Microsoft takes its Dreamers immigration lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, what it’s like to have Cortana read your email out loud, and we get our first taste of the apple of the future, the Cosmic Crisp, before this new Washington state innovation hits store shelves next month. Listen above, or subscribe to GeekWire in your favorite podcast… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/geekwire-podcast-amazon-protests-jedi-deal-cortana-reads-email-cosmic-crisp-apple-first-taste/">Read More</a>
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    Taste-testing the Cosmic Crisp, Washington state’s star-studded ‘apple of the future’


    <img width="1260" height="879" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cosmic1-1260x879.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The most hotly anticipated apple of the year has arrived. It’s not a iPhone, iWatch, iMac or iAnything. It is an actual fruit. Say hello to the Cosmic Crisp, a splashy new entrant into the world of tree fruits. The apple has already won over growers across Washington State, who have planted nearly 12 million trees in a bold bet that consumers will like it as much as they do. “It’s unprecedented. There’s never been an apple that’s been planted at scale so quickly,” said Kate Evans, a professor of horticulture at Washington State University and head of the breeding… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/taste-testing-cosmic-crisp-washington-states-star-studded-apple-future/">Read More</a>
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    Magnix revs up electric motors for Harbour Air seaplane flight tests in December


    <img width="1260" height="878" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/191115-ganzarski-1260x878.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Redmond, Wash.-based MagniX, which aims to become the Tesla of aviation, is gearing up for the first flight tests of an all-electric Harbour Air seaplane in British Columbia next month, the company’s CEO says. But that’s not all: In addition to supplying a 750-horsepower Magni500 motor for use on a de Havilland Beaver that’s being converted to all-electric propulsion at Harbour Air’s B.C. headquarters, MagniX is experimenting on a converted Cessna Citation airplane in Moses Lake, Wash. The company is also laying plans for a next-generation 1,500HP Magni1000 motor. Those are just some of the projects described by MagniX CEO… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/magnix-revs-electric-motors-harbour-air-seaplane-flight-test-december/">Read More</a>
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    GeekWire Calendar Picks: TEDxSeattle, hacking for good, science improv, and automated testing


    <img width="1260" height="709" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shift-1-1260x709.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— Since its founding in 1984, TED has become the most prolific provider of expert talks on a wide range of topics. TEDxSeattle, now in its 10th year, has given local artists, activists, and scientists a platform to provide their expertise to the local community. This year’s show features presentations about gene editing, biomechanics, and using virtual reality to combat pain. TEDxSeattle takes place at McCaw Hall on Nov. 23. — As the holiday season gets underway, lots of people take extra time to help others. That’s exactly what multiple Seattle area schools and tech organizations are doing. Hack to… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/geekwire-calendar-picks-tedxseattle-hacking-good-science-improv-automated-testing/">Read More</a>
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    NASA watchdog report sharpens debate over cost of SpaceX vs. Boeing spaceships


    <img width="1238" height="616" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/181005-dragon-starliner.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Dragon and Starliner"><br>Boeing is in line to get paid substantially more per seat than SpaceX for astronaut trips to the International Space Station, in part because it negotiated an increase in what was meant to be a fixed-cost contract, NASA’s Office of the Inspector General says in a watchdog report. The 53-page report, issued Thursday, estimates the per-seat cost for flights on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule at $90 million, which would be more than the $84 million or so that NASA has been paying the Russians for rides on their Soyuz spacecraft. In contrast, the price for a seat on a SpaceX… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/nasa-watchdog-report-sharpens-spacex-vs-boeing-spaceship-cost-debate/">Read More</a>
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    Geek of the Week: If there’s roadwork ahead, Kurt Stiles uses 3D modeling and more to drive project


    <img width="1260" height="724" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/kurtstiles-1260x724.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>If a new roadway or bridge or other infrastructure element in Washington state looks and drives exactly like you’d hoped it would, perhaps Kurt Stiles and his team at the Washington State Department of Transportation are to thank. Stiles and the Visual Engineering Resource Group (VERG) are the visual media professionals who use a variety of tools, such as aerial photography, 3D modeling and animation, to communicate the stages of all types of projects. Our latest Geek of the Week spent 10 years in the military before going to school for civil engineering. He was helping to raise three boys… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/kurt-stiles/">Read More</a>
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  • Microsoft hires ex-AG Holder to audit face-scanning firm

    Microsoft is hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review its investment in a facial recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints. Microsoft said in a statement Friday that Holder will lead a team of former federal prosecutors conducting an audit. Its aim is to determine whether Israeli firm AnyVision’s technology applications […]
  • Anti-robocall bill likely as House, Senate reach compromise

    It’s looking like an anti-robocall bill will get sent to President Donald Trump this year, helping tackle an infuriating problem in the U.S. House and Senate leaders said Friday they’ve reached an agreement in principle on merging their two versions of bills against robocalls. The House bill had gone further than the Senate one. Details […]
  • Supreme Court steps into Google-Oracle copyright fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will referee a high-profile copyright dispute between technology giants Oracle and Google. Oracle says it wants nearly $9 billion from Google. The case stems from Google’s development of its hugely popular Android operating system by using Oracle’s Java programming language. A federal appeals court found that […]
  • Twitter details political ad ban, admits it’s imperfect

    Twitter’s new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and any political content. But the company quickly acknowledged Friday that it expects to make mistakes as individuals and groups look for loopholes. Twitter is defining political content to include any ad that references a candidate, political party, government official, […]
  • Hulu again raising prices for online live-TV service

    Hulu is again raising prices for its online TV bundle, as other streaming-TV providers do the same. Hulu’s service, like AT&T TV Now, Dish’s Sling and YouTube TV, are a replica of traditional TV but on the internet. They were once vaunted as a successor to traditional cable. But the market has lost steam as […]
  • Army Corps of Engineers adding sand to Grays Harbor jetty

    WESTPORT, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will place about 55,000 cubic yards of sand at the Grays Harbor south jetty breach fill near Westport, Washington. The sand is intended to protect against continuing erosion and the risk of a breach forming which could threaten the stability of the south jetty and […]
  • NBA teams enhancing fan experience with high-tech replays

    ATLANTA (AP) — NBA fans will soon be able to look up at the big videoboard above the court and get a different look at that deep Trae Young 3-pointer early in the first quarter. Or see a different perspective of that monstrous Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk. In a reversal of roles, NBA teams are bringing […]
  • Bloomberg pouring $100M in anti-Trump ad campaign

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is deciding whether to launch a Democratic presidential bid, is pouring $100 million into an online advertising campaign attacking President Donald Trump. The campaign, which targets voters in four general election battleground states — Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — begins running on Friday, according […]
  • Free broadband? UK Labour Party promises nationalization

    LONDON (AP) — The British Labour Party’s latest plan for public ownership of big industries sent shivers through the telecoms sector Friday with an electoral promise to nationalize part of the former phone monopoly BT to provide free fiber optic broadband. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who outlined the plan during a speech ahead of next […]
  • Astronauts start spacewalk series to fix cosmic ray detector

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks Friday to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station. Armed with dozens of dissecting tools, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano removed two protective covers to gain access to the inside of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. He handed them to his […]
  • The Latest: Police warn political candidates to take care

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on campaigning for Britain’s general election (all times local): 10:45 a.m. British police are urging candidates in the Dec. 12 general election to use caution in a campaign that has already been marked by a high level of hostility. The National Police Chiefs’ Council said Friday it is urging candidates […]
  • Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington. The Mate X, which unfolds to 14.6 centimeters (5.8 inches) wide, went on sale Friday on Huawei’s online store in China priced at 16,999 yuan ($2,422). It competes with Samsung’s […]
  • Esper defends as fair Pentagon contract disputed by Amazon

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he was certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was done fairly. The Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October, and Amazon said there was “unmistakable bias” on the government’s part and it […]
  • In DC, face scans peg a lawmaker – and a long-dead singer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Privacy advocates who strapped cameras to their heads and walked around Capitol Hill Thursday say Amazon’s facial recognition technology successfully recognized a congressman – but also claimed to spot singer Roy Orbison, who died in 1988. The activists scanned thousands of faces Thursday inside and outside the U.S. Capitol to highlight the […]
  • Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its business rivals. The project, formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, pitted […]