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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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  • Boeing is working on a new software issue on the 737 Max

    Boeing is working to fix a newly discovered problem with software powering up on the 737 Max, adding to the list of tasks the aircraft maker faces to get the grounded plane back in the air. Boeing said Friday it has told the Federal Aviation Administration about the issue. “We are making necessary updates and […]
  • AP Explains: The Justice Department’s new quarrel with Apple

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly shooting of three U.S. sailors at a Navy installation in December could reignite a long-simmering fight between the federal government and tech companies over data privacy and encryption. As part of its probe into the violent incident, deemed a terrorist act by the government, the Justice Department insists that investigators […]
  • Analysis: Baseball has become a prisoner of technology

    NEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball’s Analytics Era, and now it’s holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut. Their sign-stealing system exposed, all three managers were deposed within a whirlwind […]
  • Volkswagen creating first innovation hub in North America

    Volkswagen is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the company’s first innovation hub for developing new technology in North America, officials said Friday in a statement. Initial work at the hub in Knoxville will include research opportunities for UT doctoral students and will focus on electric vehicles […]
  • Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records

    Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a few more as modest gains nudged the major stock indexes to all-time highs. The benchmark S&P 500 index also notched its second-straight weekly gain. Technology stocks powered much of the market’s broad gains, along with communication services companies and banks. Energy sector stocks were the only […]
  • What you need to know before 2020 census starts in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in remote Alaska. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will be there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay. Dillingham planned to spend time Friday at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage, giving students a lesson on […]
  • US agency examining Tesla unintended acceleration complaint

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla’s electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own. Brian Sparks of Berkeley, California, petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation. An agency document shows 127 owner complaints to the government that include […]
  • Michael Bloomberg outlines plans for cleaner buildings, cars

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg would push for all new cars to be electric by 2035 and new buildings to produce zero carbon emissions by 2025 as part of clean energy plans he released this week. Bloomberg’s latest climate plans build off his December plan to cut the United States’ carbon […]
  • Germany gives investigators more tools against child porn

    BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved legislation that will allow investigators to use computer-generated child pornography to gain access to suspect internet portals. The Justice Ministry said that investigators will need a court’s approval to use the technique and will only be allowed to use it if there is little or no […]
  • Fiat Chrysler in talks with Foxconn to develop electric cars

    MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is in talks with the Taiwanese company Foxconn to develop and manufacture battery-powered vehicles, the U.S.-Italian automaker said Friday. Fiat Chrysler is in the process of merging with France’s PSA Peugeot, which is 12% owned by Chinese company Dongfeng Motor Co. Both Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot have lagged in developing […]
  • Technology could cut train crews from 2 to 1 but is it safe?

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — How many people does it take to operate a locomotive? For the railroad industry, the answer is simple: One. The industry is hoping this year’s scheduled completion of an automatic railroad braking system will bolster its argument to reduce the number of crew members in most trains from two to just […]
  • Expert: Georgia election server showed signs of tampering

    BOSTON (AP) — A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs that the original server was hacked. The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem the same […]
  • FBI plans to notify states about local election breaches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials said Thursday. In the past, the FBI would alert local governments about attacks on their electoral systems without automatically sharing that information with the state. That meant state officials, left […]
  • Microsoft: ‘carbon-negative’ by 2030 even for supply chain

    Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen “not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.” It’s a major step up from Microsoft’s previous green pledges. The tech company had […]
  • Labor Department limits news outlets’ use of embargoed data

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department will begin restricting news organizations’ use of economic data by barring computers from the rooms where reporters receive such data before its public release, department officials announced Thursday. The early access to embargoed data allows news services to prepare articles in advance of the public release of economic reports. […]