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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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  • Disney Plus hits 10M subscribers in 1 day

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney Plus says it hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch, far exceeding expectations. Disney’s mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears to be a hit out of the gate after its launch on Tuesday. Disney has […]
  • Privacy, consumer groups seek to block Google-Fitbit deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns. They say in a Wednesday letter to the Federal Trade Commission that the deal would consolidate Google’s dominance over internet services like search, […]
  • Google plans to offer checking accounts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google plans to add checking accounts from Citigroup and a credit union to its Google Pay digital wallet in 2020, the tech company said Wednesday. Google confirmed an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal. Big tech companies have been pushing into other arenas such as finance and health care to […]
  • 3 universities, medical center get $1B to teach and research

    Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that’s one of the largest in the history of higher education, they announced Wednesday. Receiving $260 million apiece will be Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and the Cleveland Clinic. The institutions are […]
  • YouTuber accused of abusing kids for poor performance dies

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman accused of abusing her adopted children who starred on her popular YouTube channel has died, authorities said Wednesday. Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said Machelle Hobson died Tuesday at a Phoenix-area hospital. Her death was ruled natural and there was no crime suspected in it, according to Scottsdale […]
  • Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

    HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. Thunberg tweeted as she took to the sea on the […]
  • Tesla to build factory in Germany after subsidies announced

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday hailed Tesla’s decision to build its first European factory in the country, days after the government said it would boost subsidies for buyers of electric cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an awards ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening that “we’ve decided to put the Tesla Gigafactory […]
  • Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft left a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to gather soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country’s space agency said. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the Hayabusa2 spacecraft left its […]
  • Army’s use of TikTok app raises concerns on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army’s use of a China-owned video app called TikTok as part of a new campaign to recruit young people into the service is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy asking about potential national security risks posed by the social media […]
  • Philanthropists give $106M to fund brain research alliance

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Billionaire philanthropists Joan and Sandy Weill announced Tuesday they are donating $106 million to launch a research initiative at three West Coast universities aimed at finding treatments for brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. The donation to the University of California, San Francisco, the University of California, Berkeley, and the […]
  • Google’s health care ambitions now involve patient data

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google announced a partnership with a large U.S. health care system aimed at modernizing its information system and providing new tools for doctors, in the tech giant’s latest foray into the health industry. Announcement of its arrangement with the Catholic health care system Ascension followed a Wall Street Journal report on […]
  • Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The most distant world ever explored 4 billion miles away finally has an official name: Arrokoth. That means “sky” in the language of the Native American Powhatan people, NASA said Tuesday. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past the snowman-shaped Arrokoth on New Year’s Day, 3 ½ years after exploring Pluto. […]
  • AP Exclusive: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned. FBI agents have interviewed current or former state employees in recent weeks about […]
  • Google’s health care ambitions now involve patient data

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant. The partnership is intended to use artificial intelligence to find patterns that could help doctors, but some are concerned about privacy and protecting patients’ sensitive health information. Google has been pushing […]
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending November 10, 2019: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 4. iSchedule, HotSchedules 5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 6. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 7. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 8. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 9. […]