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    GeekWire Podcast: What pandemic? Tech funding stays strong; Accolade’s IPO; Future of sports


    <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>Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week. Despite the pandemic, funding for Pacific Northwest tech startups remains robust in the first half of 2020. In fact, funding is ahead of last year. What gives? We consider whether COVID-19 is accelerating some companies into the new economy of remote working, online shopping and heightened awareness of health and life sciences. Check out our list of startup fundings. Story: Pacific NW startup funding totals for first half of 2020 may surprise you — in fact, they shocked us Health benefits platform Accolade became Seattle’s first IPO of the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/geekwire-podcast-pandemic-tech-funding-stays-strong-accolades-ipo-future-sports/">Read More</a>
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    Godspeed, Alan Boyle: GeekWire’s science editor winds down daily duties, will be contributing editor


    <img width="1260" height="841" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/alan-20180207_Falcon_Heavy_Launch_917-1260x841.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>From the depths of the ocean floor to the launch pads of Cape Canaveral, Alan Boyle has entertained, inspired and informed GeekWire’s geekiest readers in unexpected and surprising ways. Now, after a distinguished career in daily journalism, including five years as GeekWire’s aerospace and science editor, Alan is stepping back from day-to-day work as of this week. However, we’re pleased to report that he plans to continue to report for GeekWire periodically as a freelance contributing editor, after taking some time off for personal projects and travels. When Alan first discussed his retirement plans with us about a year ago,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/godspeed-alan-boyle-geekwires-science-editor-winds-daily-duties-will-contributing-editor/">Read More</a>
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    Pacific NW startup funding totals for first half of 2020 may surprise you — in fact, they shocked us


    <img width="620" height="416" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/pnwfundings.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Recession? What recession? Venture capitalists are pouring money into Pacific Northwest tech companies at unprecedented levels, significantly outpacing the number of deals and dollars invested in the first half of 2018 and 2019, according to GeekWire’s analysis of investments during the first six months of 2020. The results are surprising given the economic damage occurring in the U.S., not to mention the challenges investors face in writing new checks in the middle of a pandemic. Despite those trends, the numbers show a significant uptick in both dollars invested and number of deals in the Pacific Northwest, which we define as… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/pacific-nw-startup-investment-totals-first-half-2020-may-surprise-fact-shocked-us/">Read More</a>
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    Amazon Go Grocery stores slated for Seattle area and Washington D.C., expanding retail footprint


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/amzngo1-1260x840.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon is planning to open cashier-less “Go” grocery stores in Redmond, Wash., and Washington D.C., as part of a broader grocery expansion. Traditional grocery stores are also in the works in California and Illinois, according to The Seattle Times, which first reported on the plans. The conventional stores will be in North Hollywood and three suburbs of Chicago. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the stores in California, Illinois, and D.C. to GeekWire. The Redmond location, at 2010 148th Ave. NE, is listed as “coming soon” on the Amazon Go website. The first Amazon Go Grocery store opened in Seattle in February,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-go-grocery-stores-slated-seattle-area-washington-d-c-expanding-retail-footprint/">Read More</a>
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    British-Indian team puts in a winning $1B bid for OneWeb satellite broadband venture


    <img width="1260" height="642" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/200703-oneweb-1260x642.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="OneWeb satellites"><br>The British government and Bharti Global Ltd., which is part of the world’s third-largest mobile operator, have successfully bid more than $1 billion to acquire the bankrupt OneWeb satellite broadband internet venture. London-based OneWeb said the deal, resulting from an auction held this week in New York, will enable it to resume plans to add to its 74-satellite constellation and offer global internet access from above, starting with the Arctic. The sale still has to be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and regulatory authorities, but the transaction is expected to close late this year. “With differentiated and flexible technology,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/british-indian-team-puts-winning-1b-bid-acquire-oneweb-satellite-broadband-venture/">Read More</a>
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    Meet the ‘chief availability officer’: Salesforce names Seattle-area exec to unusual C-suite role


    <img width="276" height="291" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Darryn-Headshot.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Salesforce, the San Francisco-based cloud company known for its flagship customer relationship management software, has created a new C-suite role: chief availability officer. And it has appointed as its first CAO, Darryn Dieken, who for more than three years has worked out of the company’s Bellevue, Wash., office as the executive vice president of infrastructure engineering. The somewhat squishy-sounding title is actually pretty literal, according to Dieken. It’s about making sure the company’s services are reliably up and running for customers, and that their customer’s services are, in turn, always available for their own customers. While individual Salesforce teams will… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/meet-chief-availability-officer-salesforce-names-seattle-area-exec-unusual-c-suite-role/">Read More</a>
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    Washington state reports 700+ new COVID-19 cases, highest daily total since outbreak began


    <img width="618" height="637" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/covid700.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Washington state is seeing a continued resurgence of COVID-19, reporting a record 728 confirmed cases on Thursday, the highest daily total yet in the state that was the first known U.S. epicenter of the disease. But this second surge is different. First, hospitalizations remain well below their prior daily peak, generally in the range of 20 to 30 a day, vs. more than 80 a day at the previous height of the outbreak in late March and early April. Second, there have been significantly fewer COVID-19 deaths in recent weeks, with none reported on some days, vs. more than 30… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/washington-state-reports-700-new-covid-19-cases-highest-daily-total-since-outbreak-began/">Read More</a>
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    Washington governor orders businesses not to serve customers who don’t wear masks


    <img width="1228" height="917" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/jay-inslee-gala.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered businesses not to serve customers who don’t wear masks Thursday in response to rising coronavirus cases around the state. The emergency order expands rules established for Yakima County, a hotspot for the virus. Inslee’s order also blocks counties from entering the next phase of re-opening. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have been rising in Washington over the past two weeks, returning to peak levels reported in April. More than 34,000 Washington residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 1,300 have died from complications associated with the virus, according to the latest state data. Inslee instituted… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/washington-governor-orders-businesses-not-serve-customers-dont-wear-masks/">Read More</a>
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  • Turkey: 11 detained over tweets dealing with leader’s family

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — At least 11 people were detained in Turkey for social media postings that allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s daughter and son-in-law after they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter, police said Wednesday. Erdogan vowed to tighten the Turkish government’s control of social media following the tweets directed […]
  • China: US ‘oppressing Chinese companies’ in new Huawei move

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday demanded Washington stop “oppressing Chinese companies” after U.S. regulators declared telecom equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE to be national security threats. The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday blocked the Chinese vendors from receiving subsidies from a government fund, stepping up efforts to limit their access to the U.S. market. […]
  • Wirecard headquarters raided in probe of accounting scandal

    BERLIN (AP) — Investigators searched the headquarters of German payment systems provider Wirecard and four other locations Wednesday as part of their probe of an accounting scandal that led to the arrest of the company’s longtime CEO and forced the firm to file for bankruptcy protection. Twelve prosecutors were supported by 33 police officers as […]
  • China reopens but businesses struggle to lure back consumers

    BEIJING (AP) — The Daronghe restaurant in Chengdu in China’s west has reopened but, with business down by half, its staff of 150 come to work on alternate days. Three months after China declared victory over the coronavirus and started to reopen its economy, the restaurant is among thousands of small businesses that are struggling […]
  • SpaceX launches Air Force’s newest GPS satellite

    SpaceX launched the military’s newest, most accurate GPS satellite Tuesday after a two-month delay due to the pandemic. A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the GPS satellite to orbit. The brand new first-stage booster landed on an ocean platform several minutes later, to be recycled for future […]
  • Facebook bans violent ‘boogaloo’ groups, not the term itself

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network loosely associated with the broader “boogaloo” movement, a slang term supporters use to refer to a second Civil War or a collapse of civilization. But the platform didn’t try to name the group, underscoring the difficulty of grappling with an amorphous network linked to […]
  • UK allows e-scooter rentals to aid transport in pandemic

    LONDON (AP) — Britain gave the green light Tuesday for trials of electric scooter rental programs, as authorities look for ways to help people get moving while maintaining distance and easing pressure on public transit as pandemic lockdown restrictions ease. The Transport Department unveiled new regulations that take effect Saturday and pave the way for […]
  • UK allows e-scooter rentals to aid transport in pandemic

    LONDON (AP) — Britain gave the green light Tuesday for trials of electric scooter rental programs, as authorities look for ways to help people get moving while maintaining distance and easing pressure on public transit as pandemic lockdown restrictions ease. The Transport Department unveiled new regulations that take effect Saturday and pave the way for […]
  • Latvia bans Russian television channel RT

    HELSINKI (AP) — The Baltic nation of Latvia has banned the state-controlled Russian television channel RT, saying that it is effectively controlled by a media figure who is under European Union sanctions. But the man in question, Dmitry Kiselev, mocked the move Tuesday, saying that he never was in charge of RT. He suggested that […]
  • The top Apple apps on App Store

    Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 3. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB 4. HotSchedules, HotSchedules 5. Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 6. Dark Sky Weather, Apple 7. True Skate, True Axis 8. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 9. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 10. NBA 2K20 2K Top Free iPhone […]
  • US-Apple-Movies-Top-10

    Apple TV app – Movies US charts: 1. Trolls World Tour 2. Irresistible (2020) 3. The King of Staten Island 4. Jumanji: The Next Level 5. The Invisible Man (2020) 6. You Should Have Left 7. Sea Fever (2019) 8. The Gentlemen 9. Trolls: 2-Movie Collection 10. 1917 Apple TV app – Movies US charts […]
  • ‘Pooled testing’ for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top health officials are banking on a new approach to dramatically boost U.S. screening for the coronavirus: combining test samples in batches instead of running them one by one. The potential benefits include stretching laboratory supplies, reducing costs and expanding testing to millions more Americans who may unknowingly be spreading […]
  • Citroen unveils new hatchback as virus pushes event online

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — PSA Group unveiled one of its most important new models Tuesday with 20 people physically present and 2,600 watching online – a marketing configuration that the coronavirus seems likely to accelerate across the industry after the Geneva auto show was canceled for the second straight year. The company’s Citroen brand showed […]
  • Citroen unveils new hatchback as virus pushes event online

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — PSA Group unveiled one of its most important new models Tuesday with 20 people physically present and 2,600 watching online – a marketing configuration that the coronavirus seems likely to accelerate across the industry now that next year’s Geneva auto show was cancelled. The company’s Citroen brand showed off the new […]
  • Firm to offer balloon rides from Alaska to the edge of space

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A company wants to use an advanced balloon to fly customers from Earth’s surface in Alaska to the highest reaches of the planet’s atmosphere. Florida-based startup firm Space Perspective plans to use the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak to serve as one of the launch sites for the vehicle, called the […]