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    GeekWire Podcast: What pandemic? Tech funding stays strong; Accolade’s IPO; Future of sports


    <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. Despite the pandemic, funding for Pacific Northwest tech startups remains robust in the first half of 2020. In fact, funding is ahead of last year. What gives? We consider whether COVID-19 is accelerating some companies into the new economy of remote working, online shopping and heightened awareness of health and life sciences. Check out our list of startup fundings. Story: Pacific NW startup funding totals for first half of 2020 may surprise you — in fact, they shocked us Health benefits platform Accolade became Seattle’s first IPO of the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/geekwire-podcast-pandemic-tech-funding-stays-strong-accolades-ipo-future-sports/">Read More</a>
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    Godspeed, Alan Boyle: GeekWire’s science editor winds down daily duties, will be contributing editor


    <img width="1260" height="841" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/alan-20180207_Falcon_Heavy_Launch_917-1260x841.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>From the depths of the ocean floor to the launch pads of Cape Canaveral, Alan Boyle has entertained, inspired and informed GeekWire’s geekiest readers in unexpected and surprising ways. Now, after a distinguished career in daily journalism, including five years as GeekWire’s aerospace and science editor, Alan is stepping back from day-to-day work as of this week. However, we’re pleased to report that he plans to continue to report for GeekWire periodically as a freelance contributing editor, after taking some time off for personal projects and travels. When Alan first discussed his retirement plans with us about a year ago,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/godspeed-alan-boyle-geekwires-science-editor-winds-daily-duties-will-contributing-editor/">Read More</a>
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    Pacific NW startup funding totals for first half of 2020 may surprise you — in fact, they shocked us


    <img width="620" height="416" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/pnwfundings.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Recession? What recession? Venture capitalists are pouring money into Pacific Northwest tech companies at unprecedented levels, significantly outpacing the number of deals and dollars invested in the first half of 2018 and 2019, according to GeekWire’s analysis of investments during the first six months of 2020. The results are surprising given the economic damage occurring in the U.S., not to mention the challenges investors face in writing new checks in the middle of a pandemic. Despite those trends, the numbers show a significant uptick in both dollars invested and number of deals in the Pacific Northwest, which we define as… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/pacific-nw-startup-investment-totals-first-half-2020-may-surprise-fact-shocked-us/">Read More</a>
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    Amazon Go Grocery stores slated for Seattle area and Washington D.C., expanding retail footprint


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/amzngo1-1260x840.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon is planning to open cashier-less “Go” grocery stores in Redmond, Wash., and Washington D.C., as part of a broader grocery expansion. Traditional grocery stores are also in the works in California and Illinois, according to The Seattle Times, which first reported on the plans. The conventional stores will be in North Hollywood and three suburbs of Chicago. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the stores in California, Illinois, and D.C. to GeekWire. The Redmond location, at 2010 148th Ave. NE, is listed as “coming soon” on the Amazon Go website. The first Amazon Go Grocery store opened in Seattle in February,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-go-grocery-stores-slated-seattle-area-washington-d-c-expanding-retail-footprint/">Read More</a>
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    British-Indian team puts in a winning $1B bid for OneWeb satellite broadband venture


    <img width="1260" height="642" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/200703-oneweb-1260x642.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="OneWeb satellites"><br>The British government and Bharti Global Ltd., which is part of the world’s third-largest mobile operator, have successfully bid more than $1 billion to acquire the bankrupt OneWeb satellite broadband internet venture. London-based OneWeb said the deal, resulting from an auction held this week in New York, will enable it to resume plans to add to its 74-satellite constellation and offer global internet access from above, starting with the Arctic. The sale still has to be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and regulatory authorities, but the transaction is expected to close late this year. “With differentiated and flexible technology,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/british-indian-team-puts-winning-1b-bid-acquire-oneweb-satellite-broadband-venture/">Read More</a>
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    Meet the ‘chief availability officer’: Salesforce names Seattle-area exec to unusual C-suite role


    <img width="276" height="291" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Darryn-Headshot.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Salesforce, the San Francisco-based cloud company known for its flagship customer relationship management software, has created a new C-suite role: chief availability officer. And it has appointed as its first CAO, Darryn Dieken, who for more than three years has worked out of the company’s Bellevue, Wash., office as the executive vice president of infrastructure engineering. The somewhat squishy-sounding title is actually pretty literal, according to Dieken. It’s about making sure the company’s services are reliably up and running for customers, and that their customer’s services are, in turn, always available for their own customers. While individual Salesforce teams will… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/meet-chief-availability-officer-salesforce-names-seattle-area-exec-unusual-c-suite-role/">Read More</a>
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    Washington state reports 700+ new COVID-19 cases, highest daily total since outbreak began


    <img width="618" height="637" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/covid700.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Washington state is seeing a continued resurgence of COVID-19, reporting a record 728 confirmed cases on Thursday, the highest daily total yet in the state that was the first known U.S. epicenter of the disease. But this second surge is different. First, hospitalizations remain well below their prior daily peak, generally in the range of 20 to 30 a day, vs. more than 80 a day at the previous height of the outbreak in late March and early April. Second, there have been significantly fewer COVID-19 deaths in recent weeks, with none reported on some days, vs. more than 30… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/washington-state-reports-700-new-covid-19-cases-highest-daily-total-since-outbreak-began/">Read More</a>
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    Washington governor orders businesses not to serve customers who don’t wear masks


    <img width="1228" height="917" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/jay-inslee-gala.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered businesses not to serve customers who don’t wear masks Thursday in response to rising coronavirus cases around the state. The emergency order expands rules established for Yakima County, a hotspot for the virus. Inslee’s order also blocks counties from entering the next phase of re-opening. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have been rising in Washington over the past two weeks, returning to peak levels reported in April. More than 34,000 Washington residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 1,300 have died from complications associated with the virus, according to the latest state data. Inslee instituted… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/washington-governor-orders-businesses-not-serve-customers-dont-wear-masks/">Read More</a>
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  • Tigers announce partnership with sportsbook operator

    DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers became the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership Thursday with PointsBet. Detroit said the agreement will “enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement by providing access to unique experiences, content, promotions and more, in and around Comerica Park.” “PointsBet […]
  • Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

    Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are hard-wired to be kind. Kindness “is as bred in our […]
  • Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

    Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are hard-wired to be kind. Kindness “is as bred in our […]
  • Tesla 2Q deliveries rise over 1Q despite factory shutdown

    DETROIT (AP) — Tesla says it delivered more electric vehicles worldwide in the second quarter than it did in the first. The increase came even though coronavirus restrictions forced it to shut down its only U.S. factory for much of the period. The company says it delivered 90,650 vehicles from April through June as it […]
  • European police crack encrypted phones, arrest hundreds

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European police delivered a major blow to organized crime after cracking an encrypted communications network, allowing them to covertly watch “over the shoulder” of criminals in real time as they planned drug trafficking, arms sales, assassinations and torture, officers announced Thursday. The massive cross-border probe started in 2017 when French […]
  • Workers: Tesla threatens firing if they don’t return to jobs

    DETROIT (AP) — Some Tesla workers and labor activists say the company is threatening to fire employees who haven’t returned to the company’s California factory since it reopened because they’re afraid of catching the coronavirus. The group wants the practice to stop, and it also wants state and county officials to do a better job […]
  • A pinch where it hurts: Can Facebook weather the ad boycott?

    On Wednesday, more than 500 companies officially kicked off an advertising boycott intended to pressure Facebook into taking a stronger stand against hate speech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with its organizers early next week. But whether Zuckerberg agrees to further tighten the social network’s carefully crafted rules probably boils down to a […]
  • A pinch where it hurts: can Facebook weather the ad boycott?

    On Wednesday, more than 500 companies officially kicked off an advertising boycott intended to pressure Facebook into taking a stronger stand against hate speech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with its organizers early next week. But whether Zuckerberg agrees to further tighten the social network’s carefully crafted rules probably boils down to a […]
  • California sues Cisco for bias based on Indian caste system

    NEW YORK (AP) — California regulators have sued Cisco Systems, saying an engineer faced discrimination at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters because he is a Dalit Indian. India’s caste system long placed Dalits at the bottom of a social hierarchy, once terming them “untouchables.” Inequities and violence against Dalits have persisted for decades after India […]
  • 5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the viral outbreak worsening and unemployment at Depression-era levels, the government on Thursday will issue what will almost surely be another remarkable jobs report. Hiring in June might have reached the highest monthly total on record — 3 million. Yet so deep were the layoffs this spring that a gain that […]
  • Zoom got big fast. Then videobombers made it rework security

    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Back in March as the coronavirus pandemic gathered steam in the U.S., a largely unheralded video-conferencing service suddenly found itself in the spotlight. And just as quickly as Zoom became a household name for connecting work colleagues, church and school groups, friends, family, book clubs and others during stay-at-home lockdowns, […]
  • Launch of NASA Mars rover delayed again, 2 weeks left to fly

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has delayed the launch of its newest Mars rover yet again — to the end of July at the earliest — this time for a rocket issue. If the Perseverance rover isn’t on its way by mid-August, it will have to wait until 2022 when Earth and Mars are […]
  • UK regulator urges reforms to curb Google, Facebook ad power

    LONDON (AP) — British regulators want new rules to foster competition in digital advertising markets and rein in the industry’s dominant players, Google and Facebook. The Competition and Markets Authority took aim at the U.S. tech giants in a report Wednesday that recommends the British government adopt a new regulatory approach to governing big digital […]
  • Astronauts complete 2nd spacewalk to swap station batteries

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts completed their second spacewalk in under a week Wednesday to replace old batteries outside the International Space Station. Commander Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken quickly tackled the big, boxy batteries. For every two outdated batteries coming out, a new and improved one goes in to supply power to the […]
  • Astronauts perform 2nd spacewalk to swap station batteries

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts performed their second spacewalk in under a week Wednesday to replace old batteries outside the International Space Station. Commander Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken ventured out to tackle the big, boxy batteries.. For every two outdated batteries coming out, a new and improved one goes in to supply power […]