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    After pandemic speed bump, Airbnb cleaning startup Neu bounces back and raises $700K

    <img width="1032" height="518" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Neu was in trouble when the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year. The company’s business, which provides cleaning services to Airbnb hosts, dried up seemingly overnight. The Seattle startup furloughed its operations team and had to re-evaluate its entire roadmap. Neu founders forge ahead as travel fallout hits Airbnb cleaning startup But as vacation rental bookings started to recover, Neu bounced back. It added masks, gloves, and disinfectants into its supply chain, and ensured that it met Airbnb’s new enhanced cleaning protocols. “Ultimately, we persevered and the pandemic forced our company to evolve to best cater to the needs of… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Impinj beats Q3 expectations, but stock sinks 6%; revenue of $28.2M down 30% from last year

    <img width="577" height="577" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Impinj shares dropped more than 6% in after-hours trading following the Seattle-based company’s fiscal third quarter earnings report. The RFID-maker beat Wall Street expectations for revenue, which came in at $28.2 million ($24.7 million expected) and non-GAAP earnings per share of -$0.29 (-$0.32 expected). Revenue dropped 30% year-over-year, but was up slightly from the second quarter. Non-GAAP losses grew to $6.6 million, compared to a profit of $1.9 million a year ago. “Third-quarter revenue improved sequentially, driven primarily by rebounding retail-apparel volumes that drove endpoint IC sales,” Impinj CEO Chris Diorio said in a statement. “With game-changing new products and… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Cantwell report warns that Google and Facebook are killing local journalism as CEOs testify at Senate

    <img width="1260" height="836" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The technology industry is pushing local journalism over the edge, according to a new report from the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state. The report released Tuesday predicts that by the end of 2020, newspaper revenue will be down 70% compared to 20 years ago and broadcast revenues will dip more than 40%. The losses have created “news deserts” in 200 counties across the U.S. where there are no local newspapers covering their communities. More than 400,000 newsroom employees have been laid off, 60% of the nation’s local journalism jobs, according to the report. “Local news has… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Another Seattle-area resident charged for COVID-related relief fraud

    <img width="900" height="550" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Federal authorities charged a Seattle-area man on Tuesday with one count of wire fraud after he submitted fake applications for COVID-19 relief programs. Austin Hsu, a 46-year-old resident of Issaquah, Wash., illegally sought more than $1.1 million from the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the government’s CARES Act launched earlier this year to assist businesses facing pandemic-related economic challenges. According to the complaint, Hsu received EIDL and PPP funds for his company Blackrock Services P.S., which does business as Back 2 Health Bellevue. He then used the names… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Used car marketplace Shift expands into Seattle region with end-to-end digital services

    <img width="591" height="419" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The online used car marketplace Shift is moving into the Seattle region, expanding the 6-year-old company’s coverage area the length of the West Coast. Shoppers within a 60-mile radius of central Seattle will be able to book a test drive and have the vehicle brought to their location. Those shoppers can also make a purchase on the spot through Shift’s digital process. The move into the region comes shortly after Shift began trading on the Nasdaq. The San Francisco-based startup was able to go public by merging with a SPAC, or special-purpose acquisition company, named Insurance Acquisition Corp. (INSU) earlier… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Snoop Dogg can chill and play games as he unboxes world’s first Xbox Series X Fridge

    <img width="1200" height="675" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>“This is cool, baby.” Hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg reacted to the temperature and the birthday gift he received from Microsoft when he checked out a fully stocked Xbox Series X Fridge that was delivered to him by the tech giant. The black fridge with neon green interior lighting is a 1:1 scale replica of the Xbox Series X, the company’s latest gaming console, and stands over 6 feet tall and weighs 400 pounds. The Xbox logo glows on the front of the appliance to serve as a “guiding light for your snacking quests,” Microsoft said. Snoop won’t be the only one… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Junior Geek of the Month: Inventor Maxwell Mamishev adds COVID safety device to resume

    <img width="630" height="354" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Remote learning can be a stressful experience, but 15-year-old Maxwell Mamishev has come to love it, if only because it has given him more time to focus on the things he likes to do and build. A junior inventor of sorts, Max has had a hand in a few interesting projects over the last couple years, including the winning entry in the “Inventions We Love” segment of the 2019 GeekWire Summit. Now he’s joined friends to create a new device which helps remind people to socially distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the 2020 Summit wrapping up a virtual run this… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    GeekWire Summit: T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert to headline the final day of our signature event

    <img width="1260" height="1008" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Mike Sievert took the helm of T-Mobile earlier this year at a pivotal moment for the Bellevue, Wash.-based company, leapfrogging AT&T to claim the title of second-largest U.S. wireless carrier following the completion of its $26.5 billion Sprint merger. Now, with the era of 5G wireless upon us, Sievert is expanding T-Mobile’s footprint beyond the traditional wireless industry, taking on the cable and telecom giants with new television and home internet services, while upholding the trash-talking traditions of his predecessor in the role, John Legere. We’ll talk about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the company, and explore what’s next… <a href="">Read More</a>
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  • Finland shocked by therapy center hacking, client blackmail

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s interior minister summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds — and possibly thousands — of patient records at a private Finnish psychotherapy center were accessed by a hacker or hackers now demanding ransoms. Finnish Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo tweeted that authorities would “provide speedy crisis help to […]
  • Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

    BOSTON (AP) — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform. The researchers say the disputed tool is vital to […]
  • Bulgaria signs 5G deal with US excluding Chinese firms

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has joined other Balkan countries in signing an agreement with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed at excluding Chinese hardware providers. Bulgaria joined North Macedonia and Kosovo, neighboring nations that also signed the “Clean Network” security agreement on Friday. It is part of a Trump administration effort […]
  • As Trump casts doubt on election, new agency contradicts him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was predicting on Twitter that this election would be “the most corrupt” in American history. A day later, the head of an obscure government agency he created offered a much different message. Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, closed an online […]
  • Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday. Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu, NASA’s first attempt at such a […]
  • US, North Macedonia, and Kosovo sign 5G deal

    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia and Kosovo signed an agreement Friday with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed at excluding Chinese hardware providers. The agreement to join the so-called “5G Clean Network Security” nations was signed at ceremonies attended by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia and Prime Minister […]
  • Report: Ransomware disables Georgia county election database

    A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots. It is the first reported case of a ransomware attack affecting an election-related system in the 2020 cycle. Federal officials and cybersecurity experts are especially concerned that ransomware […]
  • Report: Ransomware disables Georgia county election database

    A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots. It is the first reported case of a ransomware attack affecting an election-related system in the 2020 cycle. Federal officials and cybersecurity experts are especially concerned that ransomware […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s skewed indictment of wind power

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s dismissal of wind power as a glitchy, pricey, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity is out of step with the times. He slammed the technology in his debate with Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday night, falsely contending wind power is dirtier and far pricier than natural gas. Here’s a look […]
  • Washington state discovers first ‘murder hornet’ nest in US

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists in Washington state have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials said. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant […]
  • In October, SC’s Graham rakes in $1M per day for Senate race

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has continued to rake in campaign cash in the closing days of his bid for a fourth term, raising about $1 million a day for the first two weeks of October. On Friday, Graham’s campaign said it had raised nearly $15 million in the first half of […]
  • Election 2020 Today: Final debate, Russian hackers target US

    Here’s what’s happening Friday in Election 2020, 11 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in Florida; Democratic challenger Joe Biden will be in Delaware; Vice President Mike Pence will be in Pennsylvania; and Biden’s […]
  • Trial of Russian in alleged bitcoin fraud to wrap in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors requested on Friday a 10-year jail term and a fine of 750,000 euros ($888,634) against Alexander Vinnik, who is accused of being behind a 135 million-euro ($160 million) fraud campaign that used ransomware and the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The 41-year-old Russian, who is also wanted in the United States and Russia, […]
  • US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for tampering with the vote and undermining […]
  • Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

    TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place for You,” is run entirely by volunteers. It offers a 24-hour text-messaging service for those seeking a sympathetic ear, promising to answer every request […]