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    SpaceX prints out a preview of super-sized Starship’s capabilities in users guide


    <img width="1084" height="588" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/200331-starship.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Starship at Mars"><br>SpaceX provided details about the expected capabilities of its fully reusable Starship super-heavy-lift launch system in a payload users guide that was issued online today. Starship and its Super Heavy booster are still in their early stages of development — primarily at SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch complex in south Texas, where a new round of tests could begin as early as this week. SpaceX plans to conduct Starship launches at the Boca Chica site as well as at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Uncrewed missions could deliver more than 100 tons of cargo to low Earth orbit, or to… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/spacex-prints-preview-super-sized-starships-capabilities-users-guide/">Read More</a>
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    Japanese astronaut joins the crew for SpaceX Dragon mission to space station


    <img width="824" height="543" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/200331-noguchi.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Soichi Noguchi"><br>The first non-American to be added to the crew for a SpaceX Dragon flight to the International Space Station is Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Noguchi first visited the space station in 2005 during the first space shuttle flight following the 2003 Columbia shuttle tragedy, and rode a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month orbital stay on the station in 2009-2010. For his next mission, Noguchi will be teaming up with NASA’s Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr. — plus Shannon Walker, who was also named today as a member of the first crew to begin a regular tour of duty… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/japanese-astronaut-joins-crew-future-spacex-dragon-mission-space-station/">Read More</a>
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    How Microsoft is fighting the coronavirus outbreak with chatbots and virus trackers


    <img width="1245" height="903" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/200331-bot.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Checking an app"><br>To cope with the global coronavirus outbreak, Microsoft is bringing out the bots — and that’s just the beginning. Software developers are also working on software tools to trace the people who came into contact with COVID-19 patients before they knew they were sick, to work through the molecular modeling for new vaccines and therapies, and to simulate how different responses change the course of an outbreak. The pandemic calls for all the tools that tech companies can muster, said Desney Tan, who is managing director of Microsoft Healthcare as well as chief technologist at IntuitiveX, a Seattle-based life sciences… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-countering-coronavirus-pandemic-chatbots-virus-trackers/">Read More</a>
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    Bill Gates outlines 3 steps US government needs to take ‘to save lives and get the country back to work’


    <img width="1260" height="836" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/bill-gates-aaas-1-1260x836.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Shut down the country. Step up testing. Develop treatments and a vaccine using data. Bill Gates laid out a 3-step process the U.S. government must take to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak that could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, based on government estimates shared Tuesday. The Microsoft co-founder and global health expert published his proposed plan in a Washington Post column Tuesday afternoon. Gates has been increasingly outspoken in recent days about the need to take more aggressive action in the fight against the novel coronavirus. “There’s no question the United States missed the opportunity to get ahead of the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/bill-gates-outlines-3-steps-us-government-needs-take-save-lives-get-country-back-work/">Read More</a>
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    Analyst lowers Expedia profitability estimates again as questions swirl about future of travel


    <img width="1260" height="837" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/expedia-1-1260x837.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>It’s unclear how the COVID-19 outbreak will change the way we travel. Will consumers be more wary of getting on a plane or staying in a hotel? Will remote work reduce corporate travel needs? Will the travel industry simply return back to normal? The uncertainty puts the future of travel companies up in the air. Seattle-based Expedia Group saw its stock price fall more than 50% this month amid the outbreak and travel restrictions around the globe. On Monday RBC Capital Markets again lowered estimates for Expedia’s key financial results after re-examining the impact on profitability this year due to… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/analyst-lowers-expedia-profitability-estimates-questions-swirl-future-travel/">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft president calls Washington state’s new facial recognition law ‘a significant breakthrough’


    <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 took a break from responding to the COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday to praise Washington state’s landmark facial recognition regulations. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that establishes rules specifically governing facial recognition software. Smith called the law an “early and important model” and “a significant breakthrough” in a blog post published Tuesday. Some cities have enacted their own facial recognition rules, but Washington is the first to establish statewide regulations. “This balanced approach ensures that facial recognition can be used as a tool to protect the public, but only in ways that respect fundamental rights… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-president-calls-washington-states-new-facial-recognition-law-significant-breakthrough/">Read More</a>
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    Two small businesses rally to support others with online gift card sales that act as ‘microloans’


    <img width="1260" height="1051" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/9135336574136857462-e1585699334782-1260x1051.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>While efforts to limit movement and interaction in Washington state appear to be slowing the novel coronavirus outbreak in the region, the mandate is hammering local businesses whose sales have plummeted. Now two Seattle-based initiatives are trying to give restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, salons and countless other small enterprises a shot of cash through the sale of gift cards and certificates. “You’re buying this for yourself and the establishment. It’s like a microloan to the business that needs cash right now,” said Richard Hurring. Hurring and Ian Dinsmore a week ago launched the Pay Forward Project, which has links to… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/two-small-businesses-rally-support-others-online-gift-card-sales-act-microloans/">Read More</a>
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    Shiftboard merges with SchedulePro to offer more robust workforce scheduling software


    <img width="508" height="381" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/IMG_2883.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle-based Shiftboard is merging with Vancouver, B.C.-based SchedulePro to beef up its workforce scheduling application. Both companies sell similar software and say the combination will leverage strengths of each product. The new company will be retain the Shiftboard name. Shiftboard CEO Sterling Wilson will continue leading the combined company. Sachin Agrawal, CEO of SchedulePro developer EDP Software, will become CTO. “Shiftboard and SchedulePro each specialize in different areas of the process, SchedulePro being a leader with high-compliance industries and Shiftboard specializing in highly dynamic worksites across multiple industries,” Sterling said in a blog post. “We believe our two solutions will… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/shiftboard-merges-schedulepro-offer-robust-workforce-scheduling-software/">Read More</a>
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  • Virus spurs unexpected test for US schools: Online learning

    NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus shutdowns have launched an unplanned, unprecedented experiment with online education at schools across the U.S., and the nation’s largest school system plunged in Monday as New York City asked over 1.1 million students to log in and learn. After a whirlwind week of planning, students — those who could […]
  • SoftBank to buy back $41 billion in assets to trim debt

    BANKGOK (AP) — The Japanese technology and telecoms company SoftBank said Monday it plans to buy back up to 4.5 trillion yen ($41 billion) of its assets as it seeks to trim its gigantic debt burden. The company’s founder, Masayoshi Son, said the move reflected “the firm and unwavering confidence we have in our business.” […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump hype on auto industry and ventilators

    DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump is falsely asserting how quickly automakers including GM, Ford and Tesla can manufacture ventilators to help fill an acute U.S. shortage of the medical equipment for coronavirus patients. Ford and GM have yet to start production, and it would take them months, if not longer, to begin production, if […]
  • COVID-19 lung patterns show few clues for treating pneumonia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scans of the lungs of the sickest COVID-19 patients show distinctive patterns of infection, but so far those clues offer little help in predicting which patients will pull through. For now, doctors are relying on what’s called supportive care that’s standard for severe pneumonia. Doctors in areas still bracing for an onslaught […]
  • Trump’s fate tied to an unknown: how fast economy recovers

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The coronavirus has flung the U.S. economy into a dangerous tailspin, and President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes are caught in the sudden whirlwind. For the next seven months, Trump may be consigned to campaigning in a country beset by a fear of job loss, bankruptcy and disease. It will require a remarkable […]
  • Business Fallout: Airlines beg for aid; Google launches site

    The rapid worldwide spread of the coronavirus since it was first revealed in China less than three months ago has dealt an unparalleled shock to the global economy. Following are weekend business developments related to the outbreak as governments attempt to stabilize their economies, companies navigate through an altered landscape, and millions of people face […]
  • The Latest: Japan urges against nonessential travel to US

    TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 307,200 people and killed more than 13,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 92,300 people have recovered so far, […]
  • Factories pivot to fight coronavirus, but challenges abound

    DETROIT (AP) — Factories that crank out cars and trucks looking into making much-needed ventilators. Distilleries intended for whiskey and rum to instead turn out hand sanitizers and disinfectants. And an electronics maker that builds display screens repurposed for surgical masks. All are answering the call of duty amid a pandemic that has so far […]
  • Going stir crazy? Then train like an astronaut, mimic space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Isolated at home? Then train like an astronaut. That’s the inspirational advice from a public engagement specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Astronaut wannabe Rachel Zimmerman-Brachman said Friday that isolation is a lot like astronaut training. So she came up with this positive message and launched it […]
  • Home internet jammed up? Try these steps before upgrading

    With so much of the U.S. workforce — and their families — now cooped up at home to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s not a huge surprise that home internet is showing the strain. If you’ve had a business videoconference stutter while your teenagers play Call of Duty online, or found yourself […]
  • Historian Niall Ferguson warns of contagion, online and off

    NEW YORK (AP) — Historian Niall Ferguson has a knack for timing his TV projects. He debuted his examination of the global financial system in “The Ascent of Money” just as the 2008 economic crisis was hitting. Now he has returned with a series that helps us better understand the conronaviris. “Niall Ferguson’s Networld” from […]
  • `Accept it’: 3 states lock down 70 million against the virus

    Illinois and New York state joined California on Friday in ordering all residents to stay in their homes unless they have vital reasons to go out, restricting the movement of more than 70 million Americans in the most sweeping measures undertaken yet in the U.S. to contain the coronavirus. The states’ governors acted in a […]
  • Selma Online offers free civil rights lessons amid virus

    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The first attempt of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, led to police violence against peaceful African American demonstrators. The beatings, known as “Bloody Sunday,” generated anger across the nation 55 years ago this month and prompted President Lyndon Johnson to push the Voting Rights Act […]
  • 2020 campaigns go digital amid fears of coronavirus spread

    WASHINGTON (AP) — No more rallies. No more door-knocking. And no more in-person fundraisers, raking in dollars from dozens of millionaires at once. The coronavirus has disrupted American life, and the 2020 presidential campaign is no exception. Amid calls for social distancing to stop the pandemic’s spread, President Donald Trump and Democrats Joe Biden and […]
  • RoboPony: Chinese robot maker sees demand surge amid virus

    BEIJING (AP) — While other industries struggle, Liu Zhiyong says China’s virus outbreak is boosting demand for his knee-high, bright yellow robots to deliver groceries and patrol malls looking for shoppers who fail to wear masks. Liu, CEO of ZhenRobotics Corp., is among millions of entrepreneurs who are gradually getting back to work after China […]