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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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  • Huawei sales up, but growth slows under virus, US pressure

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and switching equipment, said Friday its revenue rose 9.9% in the first nine months of this year, but growth decelerated in the face of U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. Huawei Technologies Ltd. gave no sales figure for the most recent […]
  • Biden calls for ‘transition’ from oil, GOP sees opening

    Democrat Joe Biden’s remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states. “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said in the presidential […]
  • China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and their constituents seem […]
  • Tesla ‘full self-driving’ vehicles can’t drive themselves

    DETROIT (AP) — Earlier this week, Tesla sent out its “full self-driving” software to a small group of owners who will test it on public roads. But buried on its website is a disclaimer that the $8,000 system doesn’t make the vehicles autonomous and drivers still have to supervise it. The conflicting messages have experts […]
  • Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

    DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado’s wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state’s two largest on record. One of […]
  • Self-driving shuttle debuts in high-traffic Virginia spot

    MERRIFIELD, Va. (AP) — The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that seats six and drives itself through the region’s notorious traffic. State and local officials debuted the Relay system Thursday, an all-electric, autonomous vehicle that will provide free shuttle rides back and forth from the […]
  • Iowa’s use of pandemic aid for 2nd IT project draws scrutiny

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is planning to use millions of dollars in federal pandemic relief funds on a long-term plan to improve data management across state agencies, a second information technology project that may not fit the intended purpose of the aid. State and federal auditors this week told Iowa’s executive branch to […]
  • EU slaps sanctions on 2 Russians over Germany cyberattack

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Russian officials and part of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency over a cyberattack against the German parliament in 2015. EU headquarters said in a statement that travel bans and asset freezes have been imposed on the two men: Igor Kostyukov, head of the […]
  • Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP push against Facebook and Twitter accelerated Thursday after Republican senators threatened the CEOs of the social media companies with subpoenas to force them to address accusations of censorship in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign. With Democrats boycotting the hearing, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize the […]
  • New Huawei phone comes at crucial time for Chinese company

    LONDON (AP) — Huawei’s new smartphone has an upgraded camera, its latest advanced chipset and a better battery. What it may not have outside the Chinese tech giant’s home market is very many buyers. Huawei, which recently became the world’s No. 1 smartphone maker, on Thursday unveiled its Mate 40 line of premium phones, a […]
  • Stressing freedom, vaccine opponents rebranding in virus era

    Years before this year’s anti-mask and reopening demonstrations, vaccine opponents were working on reinventing their image around a rallying cry of civil liberties and medical freedom. Now, boosted by the pandemic and the political climate, their rebranding is appealing to a different subset of society invested in civil liberties — and, some health officials say, […]
  • Do I need to wear a mask if I’m 6 feet away from others?

    Do I need to wear a mask if I’m 6 feet away from others? Health experts recommend wearing masks in public and keeping your distance from others in most cases, but whether you should do both could depend on the situation. “There’s no invisible force field at 6 feet,” said Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease […]
  • Analysis: Racial inequity in who takes career, tech courses

    Alphina Kamara wonders what might have happened if she’d been introduced to science and engineering careers at her high school in Wilmington, Delaware. Kamara, who is Black, was enrolled in an “audio engineering” course that taught her how to make music tracks and videos instead of a regular engineering course that she recalls was mostly […]
  • US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday 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 […]
  • US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have accused Iran of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that appeared to be aimed at intimidating them into voting for President Donald Trump. The officials did not lay out specific evidence for how they came to pinpoint Iran, but the activities […]