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    RealNetworks facial recognition tech IDs celebrities in videos — and it’s actually pretty useful

    <img width="1260" height="710" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>RealNetworks is releasing a browser extension that automatically identifies celebrities and other public figures in YouTube and Netflix videos, using the same facial recognition technology that the company originally developed for use with live surveillance video at schools, casinos and airports. “StarSearch by Real” doubles as a video navigation tool, pinpointing the places the celebs appear in the videos, and letting users quickly jump to those spots. No, it’s not going to revolutionize the web, like the company did 25 years ago with its early streaming media technology. But I’ve been trying out a preview, and it’s a surprisingly handy… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Infectious Disease Research Institute is working on a multiplier effect for coronavirus vaccine

    <img width="1260" height="837" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Peter Hotez and Maria Elena Bottazzi"><br>Seattle’s Infectious Disease Research Institute is working with Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine to multiply the doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine by 30 to 100 times. Other partners in the effort include Seattle-based PATH and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. If the project proceeds as planned, Baylor and its partners could repurpose a vaccine candidate originally created to counter a different coronavirus-based disease known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, to fight off COVID-19. The recombinant-protein vaccine was tested against the SARS virus in preclinical trials, but because the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic faded away, the vaccine… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Chef hits key financial milestone as digital boom fuels demand for software automation

    <img width="630" height="374" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Chef CEO Barry Crist delivered the opening ChefConf keynote address on video from his Seattle home on Tuesday morning, with a registered audience of nearly 4,000 people, about four times as many as attended the event in person last year. It happened to be a perfect illustration of the trends fueling Chef’s business. The Seattle-based company specializes in software automation, helping companies quickly develop, deploy, configure, manage and secure a growing number of technologies across their operations. Chef says the acceleration of digital technologies across almost every industry has boosted the need for this type of automation. After facing initial… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Sen. Maria Cantwell co-sponsors bill to shield privacy in COVID-19 contact tracing

    <img width="1240" height="827" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is one of the sponsors of bipartisan legislation aimed at ensuring that coronavirus tracing apps protect consumer privacy. The Exposure Notification Privacy Act relates to automated contact tracing tools that are currently being developed by companies ranging from Apple and Google to PricewaterhouseCoopers and Juniper Networks. Such systems typically involve monitoring a user’s movements, and issuing an alert if it’s determined that the user has previously come in close contact with another user who tests positive for COVID-19. The proximity data is typically uses Bluetooth data to monitor proximity. PwC and Juniper say they plan to… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Zoom revenue spikes to $328M in Q1; CEO thanks Amazon Web Services for help meeting demand

    <img width="1260" height="854" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Zoom blew past expectations for its first quarter earnings as the video conferencing company added millions of new users amid the global pandemic. Revenue came in at $328 million, up 169% year-over-year, with earnings per share at $0.20. Analysts expected revenue of $202 million and earnings per share of $0.09. Zoom stock was down slightly in after-hours trading. Shares have more than doubled since the pandemic began as more people rely on the company’s software to work and socialize due to shelter-in-place orders. Zoom does not report monthly active user numbers but CNBC cited its mobile app at a whopping… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Geek of the Week: Tech vet Dick Hardt searches for a better way to verify your ‘internet identity’

    <img width="960" height="720" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Dick Hardt has often been “early to the new,” as he puts it: Microsoft Windows in 1986, neural networks in 1989, the internet in 1993, open source in 1995, and even Burning Man in 1999. The software and startup veteran, who started such companies as Bubbler, Sxip Identity and ActiveState, and spent time at Microsoft and Amazon among other places, has been focused on internet identity for much of the last 20 years. Calling internet identity a mechanism for people to “log in to the internet” and share verified information about themselves, Hardt said the number of passwords we have… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Seattle online magazine Grist acquires Pacific Standard assets to keep years of content accessible

    <img width="1260" height="709" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Grist, the Seattle-based non-profit online magazine that has covered climate, sustainability, social justice and more for 20 years, has acquired the assets of Pacific Standard, a magazine focused on many of the same issues, which closed last year. In a note to readers on Tuesday, Grist CEO Brady Piñero Walkinshaw credited Pacific Standard’s “hard-hitting and impactful long-form journalism,” which he said encouraged readers “to think about how society works, and how it could work for the better.” According to Axios’ Sara Fischer in her Media Trends newsletter, Walkinshaw said there is no cash component to the deal, that it was… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Ventec and GM, 2 months later: How a startup took on the ventilator shortage, and where it stands now

    <img width="630" height="461" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Two months after President Donald Trump tapped a little-known Seattle-area medical device startup called Ventec Life Systems and automotive giant General Motors to help solve the nation’s ventilator shortage, the manufacturing partnership forged by the companies almost overnight is poised to produce tens of thousands of devices at a breakneck pace. Like many Americans, Ventec CEO Chris Kiple never could have predicted, at the outset of 2020, the position he would be in today. In January, Ventec’s business was on a predictable, albeit high-growth, path. The company had just secured more than $20 million in a Series E funding, which… <a href="">Read More</a>
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  • Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

    FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — At a small farmhouse outside Colombia’s capital city, Marlene Beltran picks up a ruler and crayons. She turns on the radio, sits down at a creaky wooden table and helps her 5-year-old brother with a lesson on how to make paper cubes and decorate them with drawings that tell a story. […]
  • CVS Health tests self-driving vehicle prescription delivery

    CVS Health will try delivering prescriptions with self-driving vehicles in a test that begins next month. The drugstore chain said Thursday that it will partner with the Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro to deliver medicines and other products to customers near a Houston-area store. A CVS spokesman said the prescriptions will routinely be delivered within […]
  • EU pledges to stay green in recovery from coronavirus

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission pledged Thursday to stay away from fossil-fueled projects in its coronavirus recovery strategy, and to stick to its target of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by the mid-century, but environmental groups said they were unimpressed. To weather the deep recession triggered by the pandemic, Commission President Ursula […]
  • Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. Announced with fanfare, the president’s action yet appeared to be more about politics than substance. He aims to […]
  • Arizona sues Google over ‘deceptive’ location tracking

    PHOENIX (AP) — Google kept tabs on the whereabouts of its users even if they had turned off location tracking, an Arizona official alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich stemmed from an investigation that began after The Associated Press reported on Google’s location tracking in 2018. The […]
  • Trump threatens Twitter over fact checks: What’s next?

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Twitter has taken the unprecedented step of adding fact-check warnings to two of President Donald Trump’s tweets that falsely called mail-in ballots “substantially fraudulent” and predicted a “Rigged Election.” On Wednesday, the president threatened to impose new regulation on social media companies or even to “close them down.” But Twitter’s move […]
  • States, cities challenge Trump mileage standards rollback

    DENVER (AP) — Nearly two dozen states and several cities on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation’s car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to […]
  • Appeals court sides with tech giants in activists’ lawsuit

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants of conspiring to stifle the political views of a far-right activist and a conservative nonprofit. A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Laura Loomer and […]
  • AT&T, Walt Disney rise; Twitter, Amazon fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Wednesday: Inc., down $11.47 to $2,410.39. The e-commerce giant is considering buying self-driving car technology company Zoox, according to media reports. AT&T Inc., up $1.03 to $31.85. The telecommunication and media company launched its HBO Max streaming service. The Walt Disney Co., […]
  • Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. He turned to his Twitter account – where else? — to tweet his threats. The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close the companies, and any effort would […]
  • For launch spectators, storms more worrisome than virus

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For the spectators gathered along the Space Coast on Wednesday for an astronaut launch, the rumbling thunder, darkening clouds and then a drenching downpour were more worrisome than any pandemic. But neither kept crowds from jamming favorite viewing spots in parks and area beaches. At a park in Titusville with a […]
  • NASA chief “all in” for Tom Cruise to film on space station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is rolling out the International Space Station’s red carpet for Tom Cruise to make a movie in orbit. The space agency’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said before Wednesday’s planned launch of two NASA astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket that Elon Musk’s company is already getting customers eager to blast off. […]
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    Huge Washington unemployment fraud warning to other states

    SEATTLE (AP) — The first word Seattle political consultant Dayna Lurie had that someone filed for unemployment benefits in her name was when her boss called. “Did you quit without telling me?” he asked. “We got an unemployment form from the state of Washington saying you don’t work here anymore.” It turned out that, like […]
  • Too much TV? Enter HBO Max, the latest streaming wannabe

    Is a pandemic the perfect time to launch a new and relatively expensive streaming service? AT&T sure hopes so. The phone company is investing billions in HBO Max, its first big entertainment venture since it spent $85 billion for Time Warner in 2018. The good news for its timing: millions are stuck at home, watching […]
  • ‘Bummed out’: SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the risk of lightning. Liftoff was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. The spacecraft — designed, built […]