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    Most Seattle tech companies are actively hiring despite the pandemic, analysis shows


    <img width="1260" height="710" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SSHT-Aug-overview-totals-1260x710.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Even with the ongoing economic and health crisis, a majority of Seattle’s tech companies are still hiring. That’s one takeaway from the Seattle Startup Hiring Tracker, a new list that longtime entrepreneur Adam Schoenfeld recently launched. Schoenfeld, who co-founded Simply Measured and is now VP of strategy at Drift, was looking for ways to help the local startup community as the pandemic changed how we interact with each other. Questions about hiring and culture kept coming up on his podcast, so he thought a hiring tracker might come in handy, particularly now. The tracker pulls data from various online sources… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/seattle-tech-companies-actively-hiring-despite-pandemic-analysis-shows/">Read More</a>
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    Andrew Yang’s foundation donates $1M to effort providing families in need $3k over 3 months


    <img width="1260" height="712" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Andrew-Yang-1260x712.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>  A volunteer-led effort with Seattle roots that’s working to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic received a $1 million donation from a foundation backed by entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. The $1k Project pairs donors with families in financial trouble, providing them $1,000 a month for three months. The effort is focused on helping people who are not already plugged into social safety-net programs. Typical recipients include families with at least two dependents, particularly young children; single moms; families with no income or savings; people who are unable to work because of health issues… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/entrepreneur-andrew-yang-donates-1m-effort-providing-families-need-3k-3-months/">Read More</a>
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    Newly-named Ford CEO worries about Amazon and other tech giants


    <img width="218" height="289" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/farley-ford.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Ford Motor Company is getting a new CEO. And rather than GM, he’s got tech giant in his sights. “We know our competition today is Amazon, Baidu, Tesla, Apple, Toyota, and others,” said Jim Farley, who’ll take over from outgoing CEO Jim Hackett in October. “They’re well-financed and voracious companies.” Farley’s comment speaks to how much the power structure in Detroit has changed in recent years as the one-time automotive innovators now face growing threats from tech giants. On the surface, Amazon — whose $1.5 trillion market value dwarfs Ford’s $26 billion value — may not appear to be a… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/newly-named-ford-ceo-worries-amazon-tech-giants/">Read More</a>
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    Avalara revenue up 28% to $116M; tax automation company to sell $500M of stock in new offering


    <img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/IMG_4657-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Avalara beat analyst expectations for its second quarter earnings report, posting $116.5 million in revenue, up 28% year-over-year, and a non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.04. June was the company’s best non-December total bookings month ever, CEO Scott McFarlane said, as the Seattle-based tax automation company sees demand grow amid the economic crisis. “We are seeing a confluence of positive macro trends that are tailwinds for our business, from the accelerating growth of ecommerce to broader adoption of cloud-based and other efficiency improvement solutions to the increasing need for regulatory compliance enforcement,” McFarlane said in a statement. “As a result,… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/avalara-revenue-28-116m-tax-automation-company-sell-500m-stock-new-offering/">Read More</a>
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    Equity initiative formed by Melinda Gates and MacKenzie Scott lands $10M more in funding


    <img width="1260" height="1047" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/melinda-gates-1260x1047.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Melinda Gates"><br>The Equality Can’t Wait Challenge announced $10 million in new funding Tuesday, bringing the total grant package to $40 million. The gender equity initiative backed by Melinda Gates and MacKenzie Scott (formerly Bezos) will begin accepting applications Sept. 1. The additional funding comes from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Melinda Gates’ philanthropic firm, Pivotal Ventures, announced the challenge in June as part of a broader $1 billion equality initiative. The challenge will award grants of at least $10 million each to the winning proposals with “transformational” ideas for improving gender equality. Pivotal Ventures published details on the application… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/equity-initiative-formed-melinda-gates-mackenzie-scott-lands-10m-funding/">Read More</a>
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    Life-and-career path platform OwnTrail raises $250K, builds ‘work from garage’ office space


    <img width="1260" height="1031" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/OwnTrail-garage1-1260x1031.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle-based OwnTrail launched in February, just before COVID-19 turned the world upside down — but the startup is weathering the pandemic largely unscathed. “We’re about helping women make it through hard things,” said co-founder and CEO Rebekah Bastian. The platform allows women to plot their career and life paths, calling out milestones in their careers, personal relationships and health, while sharing the routes pursued by other women to provide insights and lessons from their journeys. The underlying message is that there is no right way to find happiness. OwnTrail has grown to include 1,000 registered users and more than 350… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/life-career-path-platform-owntrail-raises-250k-builds-work-garage-office-space/">Read More</a>
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    Watch Jeff Bezos and internet pioneer Vint Cerf get fooled by card tricks from illusionist David Blaine


    <img width="1260" height="709" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bezos-card-trick-1260x709.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Jeff Bezos may work some sort of magic every day — or at least his company does — by getting zillions of packages here and there with the click of a  button or two. But the Amazon CEO seemed genuinely baffled by magic from a real life magician in a video that surfaced on YouTube recently. Bezos is the main focus of a clip posted July 16 by David Blaine, the American illusionist and “endurance artist.” The 5-year-old video was shot at the Liberty Science Center’s 2015 Genius Gala in which Bezos was being honored alongside internet pioneer Vint Cerf… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/watch-jeff-bezos-internet-pioneer-vint-cerf-get-fooled-card-tricks-illusionist-david-blaine/">Read More</a>
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    Seattle startup Minnow raises $2.2M to roll out contactless food delivery pickup stations


    <img width="492" height="474" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Screen-Shot-2020-08-04-at-11.22.53-AM.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle startup Minnow is hoping to capture some of the increased demand for contactless technologies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 3-year-old company just raised a $2.2 million seed round led by Portland, Ore.-based Elevate Capital. Portland Seed Fund and LPC Ventures, the VC arm of Lincoln Property Company, also invested. Total funding to date is $3.4 million. Minnow makes IoT-enabled food pickup stations called pods which are installed in restaurants, cafeterias, food halls, office buildings, apartments, and more. It works with restaurant partners that supply the food. Users are sent a menu every weekday from which they… <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/seattle-startup-minnow-raises-2-2m-roll-contactless-food-delivery-pickup-stations/">Read More</a>
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  • Vatican allegedly hacked by China ahead of key talks

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China, according to a monitoring group. The alleged attacks by a group called RedDelta […]
  • South Korea-Japan trade fight moves to global dispute panel

    GENEVA (AP) — World Trade Organization members on Wednesday created a dispute panel to rule on a complaint by South Korea against Japan over restrictions on exports to Korea of products used in semiconductors, mobile phone displays and television displays. Tokyo said it was “deeply disappointed” by the move from Seoul. In what was largely […]
  • Holocaust survivors urge Facebook to remove denial posts

    BERLIN (AP) — Holocaust survivors around the world are lending their voices to a campaign launched Wednesday targeting Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to take action to remove denial of the Nazi genocide from the social media site. Coordinated by the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the #NoDenyingIt campaign uses […]
  • Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

    Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos describing autopsy findings and X-rays swapped […]
  • Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

    Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos describing autopsy findings and X-rays swapped […]
  • Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

    Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos describing autopsy findings and X-rays swapped […]
  • Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

    Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos describing autopsy findings and X-rays swapped […]
  • Lawmakers batter Big Tech CEOs, but don’t land many blows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional lawmakers finally got a chance Wednesday to grill the CEOs of Big Tech over their dominance and allegations of monopolistic practices that stifle competition. But it’s not clear how much they advanced their goal of bringing some of the world’s largest companies to heel. Invective flew as legislators questioned Facebook’s Mark […]
  • US officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow’s military intelligence service known […]
  • Virgin Galactic shows off passenger spaceship cabin interior

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers flying Virgin Galactic on suborbital trips into space will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below while 16 cameras document the adventures, the company said Tuesday. Highly detailed amenities to enhance the customer flight experience were shown in an online event revealing the […]
  • Virgin Galactic shows off passenger spaceship cabin interior

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers flying Virgin Galactic on suborbital trips into space will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below while 16 cameras document the adventures, the company said Tuesday. Highly detailed amenities to enhance the customer flight experience were shown in an online event revealing the […]
  • Virgin Galactic shows off passenger spaceship cabin interior

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers flying Virgin Galactic on suborbital trips into space will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below while 16 cameras document the adventures, the company said Tuesday. Highly detailed amenities to enhance the customer flight experience were shown in an online event revealing the […]
  • Space Camp in danger of closing permanently due to pandemic

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Space Camp, an educational program attended by nearly 1 million people, including a dozen who went on to become astronauts or cosmonauts, said Tuesday it’s in danger of closing without a cash infusion because of the coronavirus pandemic. Part of the state-owned U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Space Camp […]
  • Space Camp in danger of closing permanently due to pandemic

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Space Camp, an educational program attended by nearly 1 million people, including a dozen who went on to become astronauts or cosmonauts, said Tuesday it’s in danger of closing without a cash infusion because of the coronavirus pandemic. Part of the state-owned U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Space Camp […]
  • Spotlight on 4 Big Tech CEOs testifying in competition probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They command corporations with gold-plated brands, millions or even billions of customers, and a combined value greater than the entire German economy. One of them is the world’s richest individual; another is the fourth-ranked billionaire. Their industry has transformed society, linked people around the globe, mined and commercialized users’ personal data, and […]