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    Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 10, 2019


    <img width="1200" height="630" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="GeekWire Week in Review"><br>See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 10, 2019.… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2019-11-10/">Read More</a>
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    A guide for startups to prepare for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)


    <img width="900" height="601" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/privacy.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>This week, Microsoft announced that it will be implementing the upcoming California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) for all customers in the U.S. This is a big deal. The CCPA has sometimes been referred to as “GDPR-lite”, meaning that it’s a light version of the European Union’s General Data Protection Act. CCPA is important because it represents the first real, comprehensive privacy legislation in the U.S. And because the CCPA applies to all California residents, any company that works with data from California residents will be subject to it. Finally, because this is both the first comprehensive privacy regulation and it’s… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/guide-startups-prepare-california-consumer-privacy-act-ccpa/">Read More</a>
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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 warned of safety risks in delayed private crew launches

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA auditors warned Thursday the space agency faces “significant safety and technical challenges” that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules. In its report, NASA’s inspector general office noted Boeing and SpaceX are several years late in transporting crews to the International Space Station. The private capsules […]
  • New Jersey seeks $640M from Uber for misclassifying workers

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. The decision is the latest setback for Uber and other companies in the so-called “gig economy” that rely heavily on contract labor to deliver the services at […]
  • Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older movies in modern times. The move comes as Disney Plus seems to be an instant hit. It attracted 10 million subscribers […]
  • Consumer Reports finds vehicle redesigns come with glitches

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable. In its annual auto reliability survey this year, Consumer Reports found that while newly redesigned models have the latest infotainment, safety and fuel-economy technology, they also come with glitches that frustrate owners. Problem-prone new […]
  • Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

    A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Thirteen of the areas […]
  • Markets Right Now: S&P 500 ekes out a record at the close

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The S&P 500 has eked out a new record on an otherwise uneventful day on Wall Street. The benchmark index closed with a gain of 2 points at 3,096, its third straight increase after a decline on Monday. Consumer-focused […]
  • Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech representatives that it’s no longer acceptable to merely follow the […]
  • EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

    BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European Union member states, the bank’s […]
  • Motorola flips for its futuristic foldable phone

    NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola is bracing for the future by returning to the past. The company is adapting its historical flip-phone design for a smartphone with a foldable screen. Samsung, Huawei and others have phones that fold like a book and offer a double-sized display when unfolded. Motorola’s new Razr phone, on the other […]
  • Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said. With increasing diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, man-made global warming […]
  • Putin encourages BRICS to collaborate on anti-virus programs

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told fellow leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economy nations Wednesday that he supports more cooperation in information and computing. “We would like the other countries to look at our advances in those areas to participate with us, including in anti-virus programs that are fundamental for […]
  • Debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is knocked down – again

    A discredited conspiracy theory that blames Ukraine, and not Russia, for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election reared its head again during the first day of public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine into investigating a political opponent. First, California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House […]
  • Trump impeachment hearing spurs shadow spin war

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The online spin began even before Wednesday’s impeachment hearing got underway. Moments before House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff could welcome witnesses to the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the “New Hoax. Same Swamp.” Former Obama administration aides-turned-podcasters dissected the hearings in […]
  • Facebook says it removed 3.2B fake accounts in 6 months

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months. Nearly all of the bogus accounts were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network, so they are not counted […]
  • Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s groundbreaking ceremony. In an announcement from Volkswagen, Keogh called it […]