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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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  • Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

    NEW YORK (AP) — In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as a setting for the movie “On Golden Pond,” broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much less working or studying from home. Even the police department has trouble uploading its reports. Julie Dolan, a 65-year-old retiree in Sandwich, has asthma. Her […]
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store for week ending March 29th Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 3. TouchRetouch, ADVA Soft GmbH 4. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 5. The Game of Life, Marmalade Game Studio 6. Exploding Kittens, Exploding Kittens 7. Bloons TD 6, […]
  • Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department inspector general has found additional failures in the FBI’s handling of a secretive surveillance program that came under scrutiny after the Russia investigation, identifying problems with dozens of applications for wiretaps in national security investigations. The audit results, announced Tuesday by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, suggest that FBI errors […]
  • Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

    Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years. Marriott said Tuesday approximately 5.2 million guests worldwide may have been affected. The information taken may have included names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, loyalty information […]
  • Correction: Virus Outbreak-Instacart story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story March 30, about workers striking, The Associated Press erroneously reported a Whole Foods “sick out” was scheduled for Wednesday. It is scheduled for Tuesday. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Remote learning poses hurdles for students with disabilities

    BOSTON (AP) — At school, Rose Hayes, 8, works with a team of teachers and therapists trained to help with her genetic condition. They set goals for her reading, give her physical therapy to improve her balance and make sure she stays on track. But for the last two weeks, her only connection to school […]
  • China’s Huawei warns more US pressure may spur retaliation

    BEIJING (AP) — Huawei’s chairman warned Tuesday that more U.S. moves to increase pressure on the Chinese tech giant might trigger retaliation by Beijing that could damage its worldwide industry. Huawei Technologies Ltd., which makes smartphones and network equipment, reported that its 2019 sales rose by double digits despite curbs imposed in May on its […]
  • Europe’s hospitals among the best but can’t handle pandemic

    LONDON (AP) — As increasing numbers of European hospitals buckle under the strain of tens of thousands of coronavirus patients, the crisis has exposed a surprising paradox: Some of the world’s best health systems are remarkably ill-equipped to handle a pandemic. Outbreak experts say Europe’s hospital-centric systems, lack of epidemic experience and early complacency are […]
  • Hawaii mountain telescopes close in response to virus order

    HONOLULU (AP) — Observatories on Hawaii’s tallest mountain have shut down operations in response to the governor’s stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The shutdown of telescope operations on Mauna Kea is expected to affect more than 500 technicians, astronomers, instrument scientists, engineers, and support staff who work at the Big […]
  • How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat first?

    NEW YORK (AP) — A nurse with asthma, a grandfather with cancer and a homeless man with no known family are wracked with coronavirus-induced fevers. They are struggling to breathe, and a ventilator could save their lives. But who gets one when there aren’t enough to go around? Health care workers are dreading the prospect […]
  • School shutdowns raise stakes of digital divide for students

    WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — Students struggling to get online in a rural South Carolina county received a boost last week with the arrival of six buses equipped with Wi-Fi, some of the hundreds the state has rolled out since schools were closed by the coronavirus outbreak. With routers mounted inside, the buses broadcast enough bandwidth […]
  • German experts say growth rebound could be relatively quick

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A group of leading economists say Germany, Europe’s largest economy, will suffer a deep slump in the first half of this year but should rebound relatively quickly from the disruption of the virus outbreak. The German Council of Economic Experts predict that the economy will shrink 2.8% for the full year […]
  • What’s essential? In France: pastry, wine. In US: golf, guns

    The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what’s “essential” and what things we really can’t do without, even though we might not need them for survival. Attempting to slow the spread of the virus, authorities in many places are determining what shops and services can remain open. They’re also restricting citizens from leaving their […]
  • Texts, not door-knocks: Census outreach shifts amid virus

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In tiny Munfordville, Kentucky, the closure of the public library has cut people off from a computer used only for filling out census forms online. In Minneapolis, a concert promoting the once-a-decade count is now virtual. In Orlando, Florida, advocates called off knocking on doors in a neighborhood filled with new […]
  • Trump boosts virus aid, warns governors to be ‘appreciative’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After days of desperate pleas from the nation’s governors, President Donald Trump took a round of steps to expand the federal government’s role in helping produce critically needed supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic even as he warned the leaders of hard-hit states not to cross him. “I want them to be […]