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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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  • Japan’s SoftBank ends WeWork tender, remains behind bailout

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. called off its offering of up to $3 billion worth of shares in office-space rental venture WeWork, though it remains committed to its $5 billion bailout of the financially troubled company. The main loser in the offer’s failure is WeWork founder Adam Neumann, who quit the […]
  • Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life

    WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the “health code” that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where […]
  • Can you fix ventilators? A fuel cell engineer figures it out

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was late when engineer Joe Tavi’s boss called with an odd question: Could their company, which makes fuel cells, learn how to fix a ventilator? California had a bunch of broken ones, and the governor had asked if San Jose-based Bloom Energy could repair them so coronavirus patients could breathe. […]
  • Editorial Roundup: US

    Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 31 The Japan News on countries working together to combat the new coronavirus pandemic: There are limits to what any one country can do when it comes to responses to the new coronavirus. Unless the spread of infections can be contained worldwide, there […]
  • More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

    NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier. A study by researchers in Singapore became the latest to estimate that somewhere […]
  • NASA call for astronauts draws 12,000 spaceflight hopefuls

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Who wants to be an astronaut? More than 12,000 people do, resulting in NASA’s second-largest group of astronaut hopefuls. NASA said Wednesday that Americans from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories applied to be part of the space agency’s next astronaut class. The monthlong application […]
  • WarnerMedia names former Hulu chief Jason Kilar CEO

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Kilar, the founding chief executive of Hulu and a former Amazon senior vice president, has been named CEO of WarnerMedia, the company announced Wednesday. Kilar takes the reins of one of Hollywood’s largest film and television factories, putting in him charge of the Warner Bros. movie and TV studio, HBO, […]
  • Virus outbreak creates new challenges for addiction recovery

    SEATTLE (AP) — Charlie Campbell, nearly 13 years sober, is feeling tested today more than ever to stay that way. His dad is recovering from COVID-19 in a suburban Seattle hospital. His mom, who has dementia, lives in a facility that now bars visitors because of the virus. A good friend recently killed himself. Last […]
  • Virus data: What’s known and not known about China’s numbers

    BEIJING (AP) — Every few days brings another grim milestone in the coronavirus outbreak. First Italy and Spain surpassed China in reported deaths. Then, this week, the U.S. and France did. But did they really? Skepticism about China’s numbers has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early […]
  • Sprint and T-Mobile merge, creating new wireless giant

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mobile carrier T-Mobile has completed the takeover of smaller rival Sprint, creating a new wireless giant that rivals AT&T and Verizon in size. The companies announced the deal, valued at $31.6 billion based on T-Mobile’s closing stock price Tuesday, two years ago. It has taken a long time to close because […]
  • Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

    BERLIN (AP) — Late last year — long before most people had heard of the new coronavirus now sweeping the globe — scientists in Germany sprang into action to develop a test for the virus that was causing an unusual respiratory disease in central China. They had one by mid-January — and labs around the […]
  • Durant, Young highlight players-only NBA 2K tourney on ESPN

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and Trae Young will lead a 16-player field of NBA players in an NBA 2K20 tournament airing on ESPN. The NBA, the players’ association and 2K announced the NBA 2K Players Tournament on Tuesday. Play begins Friday, and the winner of the week-long competition will receive a $100,000 donation […]
  • Shut-in TV viewers push ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ to record rating

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shut-in television viewers tuned in to the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” in record numbers last week. TV programs across the dial recorded superlatives last week with a captive audience of millions of Americans told to stay home because of the coronavirus. Few were as interesting as the newfound fervor […]
  • Phillip Anderson, Nobel laureate in physics, dies at 96

    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Philip Anderson, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who expanded the world’s understanding of magnetism and superconductivity, has died. He was 96. Anderson died Sunday at the Princeton Windrows retirement community in Princeton, New Jersey, his daughter said. No cause was reported. He researched the electronic behavior of solid materials such as glass, […]
  • Corps: Some levees damaged in 2019 still vulnerable

    O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during devastating floods last spring remain vulnerable to high water. The National Weather Service has said Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri and eastern […]