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    Investigation into Amazon warehouse safety finds higher rate of injuries at robotic facilities


    <img width="1240" height="929" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amazonfulfillment_5222-e1484164839502-1240x929.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Amazon package"><br>Amazon fulfillment centers with robots have experienced “significantly higher” rates of human injuries in the past four years than those without them, supporting the theory that automation can require humans to work at unsafe speeds, a new report finds. That is one of several bombshells in an extensive investigation by journalist Will Evans and colleagues at Reveal, a publication of The Center for Investigative Reporting. The report is based on internal Amazon safety records showing weekly data on injuries from more than 150 Amazon warehouses from 2016 through 2019. The investigation finds “a mounting injury crisis at Amazon warehouses, one… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/investigation-amazon-warehouse-safety-finds-higher-rate-injuries-robotic-facilities/">Read More</a>
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    Vancouver-based online course education startup Thinkific raises $22M


    <img width="1260" height="841" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Thinkific-team-photo-1260x841.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Thinkific, a Vancouver, B.C.-based online education startup, today announced a $22 million round led by Vancouver firm Rhino Ventures. Founded in 2012, the company helps 50,000 instructors create their own online courses and teach users on topics ranging from guitar lessons to fitness classes to business coaching. Thinkific course creators have earned more than $650 million this year alone. The startup, ranked No. 36 on the GeekWire 200, reported nearly 150% year-over-year revenue growth and plans to hire 350 people over the next 18 months. It currently employs nearly 200. Thinkific co-founder and CEO Greg Smith said the pandemic caused… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/vancouver-based-online-course-education-startup-thinkific-raises-22m/">Read More</a>
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    Junior Geek of the Month: Future doctor Nicole Magaki wants to make health care more accessible


    <img width="630" height="354" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Junior-Geek-Template-2-1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Nicole Magaki doesn’t just want to be a doctor. She wants to help doctors help more people. A 17-year-old from Des Moines, Wash., Nicole has long had an interest in science, medicine and research. As she moves forward with her education and career goals, she’s set her sights on reforming public policy and the overall health care system so that care and treatment are more accessible. Nicole, a senior at Auburn Adventist Academy, is GeekWire’s Junior Geek of the Month for September. The monthly honor, presented by Northern Trust, recognizes talented young innovators, creators and entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest.… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/junior-geek-month-future-doctor-nicole-magaki-wants-make-health-care-accessible/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle startup HaptX lands grant to build full-body ‘robotic exoskeleton’ for virtual reality


    <img width="691" height="519" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/image004.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>HaptX just landed funding from the National Science Foundation to create a full-body haptic system. The 8-year-old Seattle startup received a $1.5 million grant and will work with Virginia Tech and the University of Florida on a 4-year project called ForceBot. The system combines HaptX’s microfluidic touch feedback technology with a “robotic exoskeleton.” The idea is to let people feel and touch in a virtual environment, or manipulate objects from afar with a robotic avatar. “We have always had a larger vision to create a full-body haptic system, something akin to the Holodeck, an environment simulator that can deliver realistic… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/seattle-startup-haptx-lands-grant-build-full-body-robotic-exoskeleton-virtual-reality/">Read More</a>
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    RealSelf names new CEO as cosmetic procedure review business bounces back after pandemic dip


    <img width="840" height="1260" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/James-Coyle-RealSelf-CEO-840x1260.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>RealSelf has a new CEO as the Seattle-based startup sees renewed interest in its cosmetic review platform. The company promoted James Coyle to CEO. Coyle was chief operating officer since 2019, when he joined RealSelf after stints at Varsity Tutors, Sears, Amazon, Microsoft, and Siemens Healthcare. RealSelf founder and former CEO Tom Seery is staying onboard as executive chairman. “We will continue to work closely together shaping the business strategy and investments we’re making for the next phase of growth,” Seery told GeekWire. Founded in 2006, RealSelf operates a Yelp-like marketplace business that helps people learn more about cosmetic procedures… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/realself-names-new-ceo-cosmetic-procedure-review-business-bounces-back-pandemic-dip/">Read More</a>
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    Amazon jumps into virtual tourism, offering live one-on-one experiences around the world


    <img width="1089" height="613" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tourism-1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>One morning last week, I went on a walking tour of Quebec City with an experienced local tour guide, from the majestic Parliament of Quebec to the picturesque Saint Lawrence River. I asked questions, took pictures, learned about the multinational history of the Canadian neighborhood, and even visited a local shop to pick out a maple leaf ornament as a souvenir. Later that afternoon, I visited a kitchen in Buenos Aires for a one-on-one lesson in making traditional Argentinian empanadas from an expert tour guide and cook. I soaked up the culinary and cultural history of the country, quizzed my… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-jumps-virtual-tourism-offering-live-one-one-experiences-around-world/">Read More</a>
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    Portland startup DeepSurface Security raises $1M to help companies assess vulnerabilities


    <img width="873" height="432" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-28-at-9.09.04-PM.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Portland, Ore.-based startup DeepSurface Security raised $1 million to help companies analyze vulnerabilities on their enterprise networks. Led by security industry veterans, the 3-year-old startup sells software that assesses potential risk and lays out a “hacker roadmap.” The idea is to help prioritize the most risky vulnerabilities and automate a traditionally manual process at a time when companies are using more cloud-based systems. The company is led by CEO James Dirksen, who previously sold RuleSpace to Symantec and was an executive at Formaltech, and CTO Tim Morgan, a longtime security consultant. Dirksen said the pandemic actually helped prove the company’s… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/portland-startup-deepsurface-security-raises-1m-help-companies-assess-vulnerabilities/">Read More</a>
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    Pay with your palm? Amazon unveils biometric ID, touting convenience and testing customer trust


    <img width="1260" height="975" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Photo-1-1260x975.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon has developed a new biometric ID system that works by scanning the palms of participating customers, planning to ultimately let people make in-store payments, gain access to office buildings, and move quickly through stadium turnstiles by holding out a hand. The system, called “Amazon One,” comes with numerous safeguards designed to protect user data. Even so, Amazon’s use of biometrics in stores and other commercial settings promises to attract scrutiny at a time of heightened awareness of digital security and privacy, testing the limits of customer trust in the company. Amazon One is set to debut Tuesday at two… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/pay-palm-amazon-offer-biometric-id-touting-convenience-testing-customer-trust/">Read More</a>
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  • Bavarian leader backs California-style deadline for gas cars

    BERLIN (AP) — The governor of Bavaria, the state that’s home to German automakers BMW and Audi, has backed a deadline for phasing out gasoline-powered vehicles akin to the 2035 date proposed by California. Markus Soeder told a virtual convention of his ruling center-right Christian Social Union party Saturday that he favors “setting an end […]
  • Q&A: How to handle technology issues with online school

    NEW YORK (AP) — Across the U.S., the pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school to prevent spread of the coronavirus. But the more we rely on technology, the bigger the consequences when gadgets or internet service let us down. Technology being technology, all sorts of things can go wrong. Your internet service may […]
  • Q&A: How to handle technology issues with online school

    NEW YORK (AP) — Across the U.S., the pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school to prevent spread of the coronavirus. But the more we rely on technology, the bigger the consequences when gadgets or internet service let us down. Technology being technology, all sorts of things can go wrong. Your internet service may […]
  • French virus testing labs under strain amid resurgent demand

    ARGENTEUIL, France (AP) — France’s COVID-19 resurgence is palpable in the buzzing biology lab of this public hospital in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Tube after tube arrive with new nasal swabs, now about 240 per day. And the lab director struggles to obtain enough reagents to keep up with escalating demand. More than 1 […]
  • French virus testing labs under strain amid resurgent demand

    ARGENTEUIL, France (AP) — France’s COVID-19 resurgence is palpable in the buzzing biology lab of this public hospital in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Tube after tube arrive with new nasal swabs, now about 240 per day. And the lab director struggles to obtain enough reagents to keep up with escalating demand. More than 1 […]
  • Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem

    NEW YORK (AP) — At a University of Maryland lab, people infected with the new coronavirus take turns sitting in a chair and putting their faces into the big end of a large cone. They recite the alphabet and sing or just sit quietly for a half hour. Sometimes they cough. The cone sucks up […]
  • Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem

    NEW YORK (AP) — At a University of Maryland lab, people infected with the new coronavirus take turns sitting in a chair and putting their faces into the big end of a large cone. They recite the alphabet and sing or just sit quietly for a half hour. Sometimes they cough. The cone sucks up […]
  • Voters’ poorly marked ovals could lead to contested ballots

    ATLANTA (AP) — Two decades ago, Florida’s hanging chads became an unlikely symbol of a disputed presidential election. This year, the issue could be poorly marked ovals or boxes. Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever are expected to bypass their polling place and cast absentee ballots for the first time. Voters marking […]
  • Still no cause for mass pilot whale stranding in Australia

    HOBART, Australia (AP) — The reason for Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will probably remain a mystery but the social nature of the species involved may have played a part, a marine mammal specialist said Saturday. Officials said 108 of some 470 long-finned pilot whales had been rescued from sandbars at Macquarie Harbour on the […]
  • Woman accused in QAnon kidnapping plot pleads not guilty

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of plotting with supporters of QAnon to have her son kidnapped from foster care pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping on Friday. Cynthia Abcug’s lawyer, Ara Ohanian, entered the plea during an online court hearing. Abcug, who has been released from jail, appeared by video […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    Wall Street closed out another volatile week of trading Friday with solid gains, though the S&P 500 still posted its fourth-straight weekly loss. Technology and health care stocks led the broad rally. The S&P 500 still ended the week with a 0.6% loss for its first four-week losing streak in more than a year. September […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    Wall Street closed out another volatile week of trading Friday with solid gains, though the S&P 500 still posted its fourth-straight weekly loss. Technology and health care stocks led the broad rally. The S&P 500 still ended the week with a 0.6% loss for its first four-week losing streak in more than a year. September […]
  • NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station

    ATLANTA (AP) — NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space […]
  • Google parent agrees to $310M misconduct lawsuit settlement

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s parent company has reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of executives’ sexual misconduct. Alphabet Inc. said Friday that it will prohibit severance packages for anyone fired for misconduct or is the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation. A special team will investigate […]
  • New measurements show moon has hazardous radiation levels

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Future moon explorers will be bombarded with two to three times more radiation than astronauts aboard the International Space Station, a health hazard that will require thick-walled shelters for protection, scientists reported Friday. China’s lander on the far side of the moon is providing the first full measurements of radiation […]