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    Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 5, 2020


    <img width="1200" height="630" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="GeekWire Week in Review"><br>See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of July 5, 2020.… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2020-07-05/">Read More</a>
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    Why this Oracle exec turned to academia to help climb the cloud career ladder


    <img width="985" height="931" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DSC02016.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>About the time he was in kindergarten, Andre Alfred started playing with the Tandy 1000 SX that his dad bought at Radio Shack. By age 9, he was writing code in Turbo Pascal. After graduating high school, he passed on higher ed and slid right into good-paying jobs in engineering and product management. But Alfred had a promise to mom that he had to keep. So nine years out of high school, he enrolled in WGU Washington, an online university, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in IT management while continuing to work. That opened something of an academic floodgate… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/oracle-exec-turned-academia-help-climb-cloud-career-ladder/">Read More</a>
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    The ban that wasn’t: Amazon’s TikTok reversal leaves tech world wondering WTH?


    <img width="900" height="610" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Helsinki-Finland-May-302929153.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon’s TikTok take-back was the talk of tech on Friday. The company started the day by telling employees they needed to delete the popular social media app from their mobile devices over security concerns, and ended the day with a giant “never mind.” Those stunned by the tech giant’s initial directive were equally caught off guard by the reversal five hours later, in which Amazon said its message was “sent in error” and there was no change in policy regarding the app. Here's the email Amazon sent to employees this morning banning TikTok from employee phones. "If you have TikTok… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/ban-wasnt-amazons-tiktok-reversal-leaves-tech-world-wondering-wth/">Read More</a>
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    GeekWire Podcast: Three tech stories that show how COVID-19 is radically changing our lives


    <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. The world of the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced. We covered three stories this week that give us a glimpse into how the virus is changing our lives: We’ll talk about the new realities of work, through the lens of a Seattle area startup that just ditched its physical office space. Then on to education, with the latest on what classes will look like at the University of Washington and other schools this fall. And finally, sports. For Seattle Mariners fans, “take me… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/geekwire-podcast-three-tech-stories-show-covid-19-radically-changing-lives/">Read More</a>
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    Testing MilkRun: Portland’s farm-to-doorstep grocery delivery service launches in Seattle


    <img width="1260" height="1042" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/milkrun1-1260x1042.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing consumers’ grocery shopping habits and creating a big opportunity for startups like MilkRun. Demand for the Portland-based company’s farm-to-doorstep groceries has been surging since the outset of the pandemic, allowing MilkRun to expand to its first new market. Three weeks ago, MilkRun launched in Seattle and the startup is eyeing expansions to additional cities by the end of the year, with a mission to put more money in the pockets of struggling farmers and provide communities with locally produced food. The pandemic is exposing long-eroding weaknesses in the large supply chain that feeds most… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/testing-milkrun-portlands-farm-doorstep-grocery-delivery-service-launches-seattle/">Read More</a>
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    FCC chief seeks conditional approval for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband satellite network


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/20200107_CES_215-Pai-Simons-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Ajit Pai"><br>The Federal Communications Commission’s chairman, Ajit Pai, says he’s proposing approval of Amazon’s plan to put more than 3,200 satellites into low Earth orbit for a broadband internet constellation known as Project Kuiper … with conditions. In a tweet, Pai said he shared his proposal today with colleagues on the commission: Earlier today, I shared with my colleagues a proposal to approve, with conditions, #Kuiper’s application to deploy and operate an NGSO satellite network. Satellite constellations like this aim to provide high-speed broadband service to consumers in the U.S. and around the world. — Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) July 10, 2020… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/fcc-chief-seeks-conditional-approval-amazons-project-kuiper-broadband-satellite-network/">Read More</a>
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    Washington state sues Trump administration over student visa rules


    <img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1657-GWSummit-Day-1-2017-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Bob Ferguson"><br>Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced plans to sue the federal government over new rules that would ban international students from the U.S. if their course load is offered entirely online. The lawsuit claims the proposal, unveiled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, threatens the revenue and safety of universities in Washington state. Ferguson is seeking a temporary restraining order blocking the order from taking effect July 15. The case follows lawsuits filed by Harvard and MIT this week. Related: Univ. of Washington will move 80% of classes online this fall amid looming threats from COVID and ICE Ferguson… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/washington-state-sues-trump-administration-student-visa-rules/">Read More</a>
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    Amazon tells employees to delete TikTok, then claims directive was sent in error


    <img width="900" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/tiktok.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Update 2:20 p.m.: An Amazon spokesperson said Friday afternoon that the email ordering employees to delete TikTok was an error. The company declined to provide further explanation for how the directive was sent on accident. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” the spokesperson said. “There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.” Amazon emailed employees Friday morning asking them to immediately remove the popular video-sharing app TikTok from their mobile devices due to security concerns, according to an internal email shared on Twitter and The New York Times. “Due… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-bans-tiktok-employees-phones-citing-security-risks/">Read More</a>
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  • Russian space official, ex-journalist, charged with treason

    MOSCOW (AP) — A former journalist who worked as an adviser to the director of Russia’s state space corporation was arrested and jailed Tuesday on charges of passing military secrets to Czech intelligence, accusations that many of his colleagues dismissed as absurd. Ivan Safronov, who had written about military and security issues for a decade […]
  • Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance Tuesday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the former British colony. A year ago, Hong Kong residents felt secure enough in their freedoms under the territory’s “one-country, two-systems” regime […]
  • Feds to decide if 2 Mississippi turtles need protection

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for a freshwater turtle found only in Mississippi and a related species found in Mississippi and Louisiana. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in January calling for a declaration that Pearl River map turtles and Pascagoula map turtles are endangered […]
  • TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises worries

    HONG KONG (AP) — TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week. The short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes as various social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, […]
  • British pilot to leave Vietnam for home after virus recovery

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A British pilot who was Vietnam’s most critical COVID-19 patient is virus free and has recovered enough to make the long flight home next Sunday, doctors said. A group of Vietnamese doctors who have been overseeing the treatment of the 42-year-old man from Scotland announced Monday evening that he “has made […]
  • Samsung projects 23% jump in 2Q profit on strong chip sales

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its operating profit for the last quarter likely rose 23% from the same period last year, helped by robust demand for memory chips used in personal computers and servers as the coronavirus pandemic has more people working from home. The South Korean technology giant will […]
  • UN chief warns COVID-19 provides opportunity for terrorists

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups. The U.N. chief said it’s too early to fully assess the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on terrorism, but […]
  • Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

    Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone. The creature, which predated dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs, was just shy of 4 inches (10 centimeters) tall, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Some of these things would have been quite […]
  • Chinese diplomat derides UK’s move to offer HK citizenship

    LONDON (AP) — The Chinese ambassador to Britain accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday of meddling in China’s affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong following the imposition of a national security law. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming defended his country’s new national security law against accusations it’s aimed at eroding Hong […]
  • Chinese diplomat derides UK’s move to offer HK citizenship

    LONDON (AP) — The Chinese ambassador to Britain accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday of meddling in China’s affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong following the imposition of a national security law. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming defended his country’s new national security law against accusations it’s aimed at eroding Hong […]
  • Second executive arrested in Wirecard scandal in Germany

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Another executive with bankrupt payment company Wirecard has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of aggravated fraud, prosecutors said Monday. The suspect, the head of a company subsidiary in Dubai, had returned to Germany to face proceedings. The arrest comes after former CEO Markus Braun was taken into custody on June […]
  • Second executive arrested in Wirecard scandal in Germany

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Another executive with bankrupt payment company Wirecard has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of aggravated fraud, prosecutors said Monday. The suspect, the head of a company subsidiary in Dubai, had returned to Germany to face proceedings. The arrest comes after former CEO Markus Braun was taken into custody on June […]
  • Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, only arose after Congress in 2015 created an exception in the law that allowed the automated calls for collection of government debt. Political consultants and pollsters […]
  • Facebook, others, block govt requests on Hong Kong user data

    HONG KONG (AP) — Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong as they assess the impact of a new national security law enacted last week. Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday that they would freeze the review of government requests for user […]
  • Facebook, others block requests on Hong Kong user data

    HONG KONG (AP) — Social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong as they assess the effect of a new national security law enacted last week. Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday that they […]