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    Amazon wins patent for robots that drop off bunches of items on delivery routes


    <img width="1121" height="719" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/200121-scv.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon is already testing robots that deliver packages, but a newly issued patent covers a far more ambitious scheme that involves storage compartment vehicles that can roam the sidewalks to make multiple deliveries along their routes. As described in the patent application published today, Amazon’s proposed SCVs could pick up items for return as well. If the plan is fully implemented, it could address the “last mile” or “final 50 feet” challenge for delivery systems by having customers come out to the sidewalk, tap the required security code on their smartphones, and open up the right doors to grab the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-wins-patent-robots-drop-off-pick-packages-delivery-routes/">Read More</a>
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    What Apple’s Xnor.ai deal says about its ambitions for privacy, battery life, and artificial intelligence


    <img width="1137" height="673" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/arm.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Speaking on stage last year about the rise of artificial intelligence on devices, Arm Holdings CEO Simon Segars touted the capabilities of the chip giant’s Cortex-M4 processor to help identify objects using image recognition technology. But the circuit board on the slide behind him showed another logo: Xnor.ai. Not many people knew that name at the time, even inside the industry, but they do now. Xnor.ai is the Seattle-based startup that was acquired by Apple recently for around $200 million, as first reported by GeekWire last week. Its inclusion in the Arm CEO’s presentation illustrated the growing attention for Xnor.ai… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/privacy-better-battery-life-ai-everywhere-apples-xnor-ai-deal-says-ambitions/">Read More</a>
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    Lego celebrates 20 years of the International Space Station with an out-of-this-world new model


    <img width="1021" height="848" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Screen-Shot-2020-01-21-at-9.56.26-AM.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Lego is aiming high again with a new model for space geeks, this time celebrating the more than 20 years that the International Space Station has been a home to the science and exploration necessary to advancing human space travel and improving life on Earth. The 864-piece Lego set, due to be released on Feb. 1 at a price of $69.99, features specially created solar panel decorations and other features, and allows builders to dock with a shuttle, schedule a space walk, deploy a satellite and more. “The real ISS is complex and changing, so we asked NASA experts to… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/lego-celebrates-20-years-international-space-station-world-new-model/">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft President Brad Smith calls for AI regulation at Davos


    <img width="1260" height="900" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/20190920_Brad_Smith_130-1260x900.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft President Brad Smith said Tuesday that the time to regulate artificial intelligence is now, speaking at the annual gathering of the global elite, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We should not wait for the technology to mature before we start to put principles, and ethics, and even rules in place to govern AI,” Smith said. Why it matters: Microsoft is leading a growing pack of tech companies calling for AI regulations at a time when the public is growing more wary of the power that the technology industry wields. Facial recognition software is at the center of the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-president-brad-smith-calls-ai-regulation-davos/">Read More</a>
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    Google wades deeper into Expedia’s territory with new travel and cloud pact with Sabre


    <img width="1084" height="725" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/7cxVwtNTQ2GrG7Trg8LQdw_thumb_10b.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Google is taking a major step in its travel push, teaming up with travel giant Sabre Corp. in a new 10-year alliance. Sabre is a 60-year-old company that rose to prominence by creating the “industry’s first semi-automated flight reservation system,” according to a press release on the deal with Google. Today, Sabre manages more than $260 billion worth of global travel spending and its customers include airlines, hotels, online travel companies and more. Sabre will move the bulk of its IT infrastructure over to Google Cloud. But the alliance goes beyond a typical cloud deal, and the two companies say… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/google-wades-deeper-expedias-territory-new-travel-cloud-pact-sabre/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle startup Nori raises cash for blockchain marketplace to fight climate change


    <img width="1260" height="841" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Techstars-362-1260x841.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft’s sweeping pledge to remove more planet-warming carbon from the atmosphere than it emits has the tech world buzzing about “carbon removal.”  A Seattle startup just raised cash to take that concept to a new level. Nori operates a blockchain-based marketplace with its own cryptocurrency tokens to allow corporations, governments and individuals to fund efforts to reduce levels of carbon dioxide in the air. It just raised $1.3 million in a “pre-seed” round to continue this push. The cryptocurrency would pay farmers to capture the gas by using sustainable farming techniques that promote the growth of microbes and bacteria in… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/seattle-startup-nori-raises-cash-blockchain-marketplace-fight-climate-change/">Read More</a>
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    Tech Moves: Amazon ad exec departs; PwC Labs hires director; AI2 names entrepreneur-in-residence


    <img width="903" height="1260" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Jill-Beck-903x1260.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>— PwC Labs, the multinational firm’s technology innovation group, is growing its team in Seattle. Jill Beck, previously a senior technical product manager at Payscale, has joined as director. “I was excited to join PwC Labs because we have all of the resources of a global company but the autonomy of a start-up,” Beck said. “We have a significant amount of latitude to build products and services that will not just solve customer pain points, but also delight our global client base.” PwC Labs focuses on process improvement through the use of robotics, AI and data technologies. — VP of… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/tech-moves-amazon-ad-exec-departs-pwc-labs-hires-director-ai2-names-entrepreneur-residence/">Read More</a>
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    Lawsuit claims Amazon and freight partner worked truck driver ‘into the ground,’ causing him to crash


    <img width="900" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/bigstock-Watford-Uk-July-L-250815604.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>A truck driver sued Amazon and one of its freight partners, alleging the companies “worked (him) into the ground,” for several weeks, eventually causing him to fall asleep at the wheel and crash. Timothy Weakley of Tennessee claims in the lawsuit that Amazon and AAA Freight, a Chicago-area trucking company, forced him to work long shifts without legally mandated breaks. With Amazon’s knowledge, AAA doctored his logs to conceal the violations, the suit alleges. Weakley was assigned to AAA’s “Amazon Division,” according to the suit, primarily hauling freight for the tech giant. Amazon knew what was happening because of its… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/lawsuit-claims-amazon-freight-partner-worked-truck-driver-ground-causing-crash/">Read More</a>
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  • Google CEO calls for regulation of artificial intelligence

    LONDON (AP) — Google’s chief executive called Monday for a balanced approach to regulating artificial intelligence, telling a European audience that the technology brings benefits but also “negative consequences.” Sundar Pichai’s comments come as lawmakers and governments seriously consider putting limits on how artificial intelligence is used. “There is no question in my mind that […]
  • Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s prime minister said Monday that his country will form a space defense unit to protect itself from potential threats as rivals develop missiles and other technology and the new unit will work closely with its American counterpart recently launched by President Donald Trump. The Space Domain Mission Unit will start in […]
  • Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

    Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this season torching some 40,000 square miles […]
  • No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch pad in Tesla sports cars. Elon Musk, who also runs both SpaceX and the electric car company, used Teslas to get around […]
  • 4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Kansas

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A small earthquake was reported in southern Kansas on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. The service had initially reported that it was a magnitude 4.4 earthquake, but later upgraded it. No damage was […]
  • Tech entrepreneur connects brands with top fans

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Amber Atherton hit celebrity status as the co-creator and star of of British reality TV show “Made in Chelsea” in 2012, companies making everything from cream cheese to leggings wanted to pay her big bucks to promote their products. That happened despite the fact that she didn’t even use most […]
  • SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins. The nine-minute flight ended with the Dragon […]
  • Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now

    YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public. At 110 feet and more than 200 years, Herbie was the tallest and oldest elm in New England and survived 14 bouts of […]
  • Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

    Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this season torching some 40,000 square miles […]
  • Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day. Liftoff is now set for Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off Saturday on a 10-minute flight to demonstrate the capsule’s emergency escape […]
  • Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites — technology intended to make counting easier but that raises concerns of hacking or glitches. Democratic Party activists in Iowa and Nevada will use […]
  • Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

    Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species may not recover. For others, they are trying to throw lifelines. Where flames […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    Stocks closed modestly higher on Wall Street Friday as solid gains by technology and communications companies pushed major U.S. indexes to more record highs. Investors welcomed more strong quarterly results from banks. A report showing a December surge in new home construction provided the latest encouraging snapshot on the U.S. economy. Bond prices fell. The […]
  • Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is dropping the word “Fox” from the movie studios it acquired as part of last year’s $71 billion purchase of Fox’s entertainment business, according to published reports. Disney will still run them as separate studios within the company. But trade publication Variety reported that 20th Century Fox will become 20th […]
  • NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer criticized Democrats during the Iowa presidential […]