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    SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 prototype rocket blows its top at Texas test launch site


    <img width="804" height="468" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/191120-bocachica.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="@LabPadre view of Starship"><br>SpaceX’s prototype for a Starship meant for trips to the moon and Mars suffered an eruption today on its South Texas launch pad, putting a dent in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s ambitious schedule for flight tests. Clouds of vapor issued explosively from the 165-foot-tall rocket’s top during a pressurization test, apparently because of a rupture in one of the craft’s cryogenic propellant tanks. The Starship Mk1’s top bulkhead was blown away by the blast. RIP Starship Mk1. @LabPadre stream:https://t.co/CwiHPUf7D3 pic.twitter.com/SckLfdIhw3 — Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) November 20, 2019 The Starship Mk1 was being prepared at SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spacexs-starship-mk1-prototype-rocket-blows-top-texas-test-launch-site/">Read More</a>
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    Spotify opens its free tier to Amazon Alexa devices, as Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips


    <img width="1260" height="709" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/music-1260x709.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Tech companies are accelerating the convergence of digital music, smart speakers and voice assistants with a series of moves this week. Digital music service Spotify announced Wednesday that users of its free tier will now be able to hear their Spotify music and playlists on Amazon Alexa devices. The capability previously required a paid Spotify subscription. The capability will also be rolled out to Sonos speakers and Bose smart speakers, the company said. The announcement came after Amazon expanded the free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music to the iPhone, Android devices, and Fire TV. The Amazon Music app was previously… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spotify-opens-free-tier-amazon-alexa-devices-sonos-acquires-voice-assistant-startup-snips/">Read More</a>
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    Study suggests AI’s disruptive effect on jobs will hit higher on economic and education scales


    <img width="1113" height="677" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/191120-jobs3.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Average standardized AI exposure"><br>When experts talk about the disruptive effects of artificial intelligence, they tend to focus on low-paid laborers — but a newly published study suggests higher-paid, more highly educated workers will be increasingly exposed to job challenges. The study puts Seattle toward the top of the list for AI-related job disruption. The analysis, which draws on work by researchers at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution, makes use of a novel technique that connects AI-related patents with the job descriptions for different professions. Stanford researcher Michael Webb extracted entries from the tens of millions of patents in a Google database, as… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/study-suggests-ais-disruptive-effect-jobs-will-hit-higher-economic-education-scales/">Read More</a>
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    Amazon defends Ring’s relationship with police as U.S. senator resurfaces privacy concerns


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1123-Summit-Day-1-2018-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon is attempting to set the record straight on Ring, the security camera company that the tech giant acquired in 2018. Ring has been making headlines over the past few months because of its relationship with local law enforcement agencies. Privacy advocates and government officials are concerned that the company has become too cozy with law enforcement, reportedly working with local police to market Ring products. Amazon is also fielding criticism for its lack of transparency around partnerships with local police departments. Ring is attempting to shed some light on the situation. The company defended itself in a letter to… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazon-defends-rings-relationship-police-u-s-senator-resurfaces-privacy-concerns/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle-area startup Quantivate raises cash for risk and compliance platform


    <img width="1136" height="571" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Screen-Shot-2019-11-20-at-11.14.01-AM.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>New funding: Woodinville, Wash.-based Quantivate, which sells software for risk management and compliance, raised an undisclosed amount of money. Lead investor: San Francisco-based private equity firm Luminate Capital Partners was the sole investor. Luminate’s Hollie Haynes, Scott Kingsfield and Dave Ulrich are joining the Quantivate board of directors. Company background: Quantivate sells software to companies in regulated industries such as banking and offers a suite of products that include risk management, regulatory compliance and auditing. The startup was founded in 2005 by CEO Andy Vanderhoff, who previously helped companies prepare for disaster scenarios at Washington Mutual. Paul Rorberg is the… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/seattle-area-startup-quantivate-raises-cash-risk-compliance-platform/">Read More</a>
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    From fiber-optic lines to 5G, it’s turbulent times for data connectivity in the Pacific Northwest


    <img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PNWER-Verizon-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Bureaucratic snags slow new fiber-optic “highway” connecting Vancouver and Seattle. 5G implementation faces hurdles across Pacific Northwest. Industry experts say the rocky road for these data connectivity technologies could threaten the region’s competitiveness. From small cities rebelling against the introduction of 5G small cells to an aging fiber optic network, the Pacific Northwest has few bright spots amid serious challenges for enhancing both its wired and wireless data connectivity at a time of growing population and economic integration. Those were some of the takeaways at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)’s Economic Leadership Forum in Seattle on Monday. PNWER is… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/fiber-optic-lines-5g-turbulent-times-data-connectivity-pacific-northwest/">Read More</a>
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    NASA says much-anticipated meteor outburst could be a bust for the West Coast


    <img width="1260" height="770" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/191120-monocerotids-1260x770.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Skywatchers say parts of the world could see a brief, brilliant meteor outburst known as the Alpha Monocerotids on Thursday night, but NASA notes that it’ll be at the wrong time for the U.S. West Coast. Why it’s a big deal: The meteor shower — which takes its name from the brightest star in the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn — is a rare beast. It yields significant shooting stars only when Earth’s orbit runs through a particular patch of space, as it did in 1985 and 1995. This time around, meteor scientists Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen say the best-placed… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/nasa-says-much-anticipated-meteor-outburst-bust-west-coast/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle’s socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant wants to make an example out of Amazon


    <img width="1260" height="969" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/sawant-office-1260x969.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>“Seattle was like a test lab. If we allowed them to get away with it here, then we can be sure they’re going to go after other cities as well.” So said Seattle’s socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant, speaking about Amazon’s unprecedented political donations in an interview with GeekWire on Tuesday afternoon, just a few days after winning re-election despite a massive financial push by the tech giant to unseat her. It’s true that Amazon has used its hometown as a testing ground for many of its boldest ideas. The cashier-less grocery store, Amazon Go, was born in Seattle.… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/seattles-socialist-city-councilmember-kshama-sawant-wants-make-example-amazon/">Read More</a>
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  • Markets Right Now: S&P 500 ekes out a record at the close

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The S&P 500 has eked out a new record on an otherwise uneventful day on Wall Street. The benchmark index closed with a gain of 2 points at 3,096, its third straight increase after a decline on Monday. Consumer-focused […]
  • Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech representatives that it’s no longer acceptable to merely follow the […]
  • EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

    BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European Union member states, the bank’s […]
  • Motorola flips for its futuristic foldable phone

    NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola is bracing for the future by returning to the past. The company is adapting its historical flip-phone design for a smartphone with a foldable screen. Samsung, Huawei and others have phones that fold like a book and offer a double-sized display when unfolded. Motorola’s new Razr phone, on the other […]
  • Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said. With increasing diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, man-made global warming […]
  • Putin encourages BRICS to collaborate on anti-virus programs

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told fellow leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economy nations Wednesday that he supports more cooperation in information and computing. “We would like the other countries to look at our advances in those areas to participate with us, including in anti-virus programs that are fundamental for […]
  • Debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is knocked down – again

    A discredited conspiracy theory that blames Ukraine, and not Russia, for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election reared its head again during the first day of public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine into investigating a political opponent. First, California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House […]
  • Trump impeachment hearing spurs shadow spin war

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The online spin began even before Wednesday’s impeachment hearing got underway. Moments before House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff could welcome witnesses to the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the “New Hoax. Same Swamp.” Former Obama administration aides-turned-podcasters dissected the hearings in […]
  • Facebook says it removed 3.2B fake accounts in 6 months

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months. Nearly all of the bogus accounts were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network, so they are not counted […]
  • Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s groundbreaking ceremony. In an announcement from Volkswagen, Keogh called it […]
  • Disney Plus hits 10M subscribers in 1 day

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney Plus says it hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch, far exceeding expectations. Disney’s mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears to be a hit out of the gate after its launch on Tuesday. Disney has […]
  • Privacy, consumer groups seek to block Google-Fitbit deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns. They say in a Wednesday letter to the Federal Trade Commission that the deal would consolidate Google’s dominance over internet services like search, […]
  • Google plans to offer checking accounts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google plans to add checking accounts from Citigroup and a credit union to its Google Pay digital wallet in 2020, the tech company said Wednesday. Google confirmed an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal. Big tech companies have been pushing into other arenas such as finance and health care to […]
  • 3 universities, medical center get $1B to teach and research

    Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that’s one of the largest in the history of higher education, they announced Wednesday. Receiving $260 million apiece will be Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and the Cleveland Clinic. The institutions are […]
  • YouTuber accused of abusing kids for poor performance dies

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman accused of abusing her adopted children who starred on her popular YouTube channel has died, authorities said Wednesday. Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said Machelle Hobson died Tuesday at a Phoenix-area hospital. Her death was ruled natural and there was no crime suspected in it, according to Scottsdale […]