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June 05, 2015

Amazon reportedly wants to use Sears and J.C. Penney stores as fulfillment centers

Amazon is in talks with mall operator giant Simon Property Group to convert Sears and J.C. Penney department stores into package distribution centers, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The discussions come as Amazon continues to grow its e-commerce empire that has helped...

Seattle Seahawks become first NFL team to use CLEAR’s COVID-19 screening tool

Seattle Seahawks become first NFL team to use CLEAR’s COVID-19 screening tool

(Seahawks Photos) The Seattle Seahawks are turning to technology to help keep players and personnel safe as a season unlike any other kicks off next month. The team is now using CLEAR’s Health Pass software to screen players, coaches, and support staff at its training facility near Seattle and at...

Income verification startup The Closing Docs helps property managers during economic crisis

Income verification startup The Closing Docs helps property managers during economic crisis

The Closing Docs co-founders Stephen Arifin (left) and Mark Fiebig. (Closing Docs Photos) The pandemic is causing a lot of stress for both renters and landlords. The Closing Docs wants to help. The Seattle startup sells income verification software to property managers, helping them get a better...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Aug. 2, 2020

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Aug. 2, 2020

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Aug. 2, 2020. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Compass Health COO on leading a century-old healthcare org into telemedicine amid a pandemic

Compass Health COO on leading a century-old healthcare org into telemedicine amid a pandemic

Stacey Alles, chief operating officer for Compass Health. (Compass Health Photo) The COVID-19 crisis isn’t the first global pandemic experienced by Compass Health, a nonprofit caring for mental health and substance abuse patients. It’s hard to say how Parkland Lutheran Children’s Home, as it was...

Report: TikTok plans to sue Trump administration over ban

TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration over the president’s executive order to ban the popular app, according to a report from NPR. President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order blocking all transactions with ByteDance, the China-based company that owns TikTok, in 45 days. Trump cited...

Amazon Delivery Service Partner program creates nearly 85K jobs, 1,300 small businesses in 2 years

Amazon Delivery Service Partner program creates nearly 85K jobs, 1,300 small businesses in 2 years

Amazon Delivery Service Partner business owner Olaoluwa Abimbola, left, with Amazon SVP Dave Clark at an Amazon press event in 2018. (GeekWire Photo) Amazon revealed growth data around its Delivery Service Partner program that launched two years ago to bolster the company’s logistics network. There...

GeekWire Podcast: Microsoft (maybe) rescues TikTok; downtown Seattle struggles; micro-schools

Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week. Who would have thought that Microsoft could be the likely white knight to save social video app TikTok from threats by President Trump to ban it in the U.S.? Trump set a hard deadline this week for Microsoft or another entity to buy...

This Seattle company is targeting the TikTok crowd — and it’s not Microsoft

This Seattle company is targeting the TikTok crowd — and it’s not Microsoft

LitPic is a new social app that helps creators get paid. (LitPic Images) A new Seattle startup is launching next month targeting the influencers and creatives who make TikTok and Instagram popular. LitPic believes it can differentiate itself in a hotly competitive space with built-in tools that...

ULA and SpaceX win shares of future national security launches; Blue Origin loses out

ULA and SpaceX win shares of future national security launches; Blue Origin loses out

The U.S. Space Force has given its stamp of approval to United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket, shown in the artist’s conception at left; and SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, shown at right. (ULA Illustration for Vulcan / GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota for Falcon Heavy) The U.S. Space Force designated...

Hospitality startup Loge raises $15M to weather ‘uncertain times’ and expand to more locations

Hospitality startup Loge raises $15M to weather ‘uncertain times’ and expand to more locations

(Loge Photo) Hospitality startup Loge, which promotes a love of the outdoors and adventure sports through its hip, motel-style locations, has raised $15 million in new funding. The company, pronounced “Lodge,” which launched in 2017 and is backed by big names in outdoor recreation, said it received...

Jeff Bezos forms LLC that may signal progress on mysterious $10 billion climate change initiative

Jeff Bezos forms LLC that may signal progress on mysterious $10 billion climate change initiative

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announcing the Climate Pledge in September 2019. (Amazon Photo) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has remained tight-lipped about his $10 billion climate change initiative since announcing it six months ago. But documents unearthed by Recode hint at how the program could be structured and...

Zillow Group CEO Rich Barton on ‘The Great Reshuffling’ and a ‘tectonic shift’ in real estate

Zillow Group CEO Rich Barton on ‘The Great Reshuffling’ and a ‘tectonic shift’ in real estate

Zillow Group CEO Rich Barton. (Zillow Group Photo) People are spending way more time at home during the pandemic. And that’s good news for Zillow Group. The online real estate giant on Thursday posted better than expected financial results for its second quarter with $768 million in revenue, up 28%...

Gates interview tackles TikTok, his preferred COVID meds, and the gentler antitrust hearings of today

Gates interview tackles TikTok, his preferred COVID meds, and the gentler antitrust hearings of today

(GeekWire File Photo) Wired posted a chummy interview on Friday with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and long-time technology reporter Steven Levy. The two connected earlier this week for a conversation touching on many of the hottest current events that also intersect with the interests of Gates...

Report: Washington state’s tech economy is robust; 13.2% of the workforce holds a job in tech

Report: Washington state’s tech economy is robust; 13.2% of the workforce holds a job in tech

High-tech exports are a major strength in Washington state. (Source: ITI) A new report from the Information Technology Industry Council paints a detailed picture of the importance of the high-tech industry in the U.S., including Washington state which is home to Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile and...

SpaceX launches 57 stealth satellites for Starlink network, plus a pair for BlackSky

SpaceX launches 57 stealth satellites for Starlink network, plus a pair for BlackSky

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from its Florida launch pad. (SpaceX via YouTube) After weeks of delay, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent up 57 more satellites for its Starlink broadband internet constellation, with two BlackSky planet-watching satellites hitching a ride. The launch was originally...

Microsoft slams Apple in new statement about xCloud and App Store policies

Microsoft slams Apple in new statement about xCloud and App Store policies

(Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images) Microsoft issued a statement Thursday evening calling out Apple for its App Store policies amid a controversy over the Redmond, Wash. tech giant’s new cloud gaming service. Microsoft terminated its xCloud game streaming test on iOS on Wednesday...

Trump issues executive order banning transactions with TikTok parent ByteDance in 45 days

Trump issues executive order banning transactions with TikTok parent ByteDance in 45 days

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Kennedy Space Center after the launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday blocking all transactions with ByteDance, the China-based company that owns TikTok, in 45...

Tech Moves: Microsoft’s latest reorg; RealNetworks names new president; AWS execs depart

Tech Moves: Microsoft’s latest reorg; RealNetworks names new president; AWS execs depart

Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft. (Microsoft Photo) — Microsoft is bringing more of its Windows team under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay as part of another reorganization this year. ZDNet reports the company is moving part of the Windows engineering team out of the Azure group...

TikTok rolls out first app for television with Amazon Fire TV

TikTok rolls out first app for television with Amazon Fire TV

(Bigstock Photo) Microsoft might be TikTok’s most likely buyer but Amazon will host the popular mobile app’s TV debut. Starting Thursday, TikTok is launching on Amazon Fire TV devices in the U.S. as the company experiments with content beyond the mobile screen. TikTok and Amazon confirmed their...

Univ. of Washington will shift more than 90% of classes online this fall

Univ. of Washington will shift more than 90% of classes online this fall

The “Amazon Auditorium” at the UW’s computer science school. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) The University of Washington will move more than 90% of classes online this fall. UW President Ana Mari Cauce announced the latest guidelines in a letter to students Thursday. A majority of classes will be...

Facebook extends work from home option for employees until July 2021

Facebook extends work from home option for employees until July 2021

Facebook’s Arbor Blocks office in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Facebook, which operates a large engineering outpost in Seattle, said today that it will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the U.S. It’s the latest tech company to alter...

T-Mobile says it is now the nation’s No. 2 wireless provider, passing AT&T

T-Mobile says it is now the nation’s No. 2 wireless provider, passing AT&T

(GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) T-Mobile used its quarterly earnings report to announce that it has leapfrogged AT&T and is now the nation’s No. 2 wireless provider following its blockbuster $26.5 billion merger with Sprint that closed April 1. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company added 1.25...

Zillow stock spikes after crushing Q2 expectations; CEO says ‘people’s desire for home is resilient’

Zillow stock spikes after crushing Q2 expectations; CEO says ‘people’s desire for home is resilient’

Zillow Group CEO Rich Barton at a Zillow Premier Agent Forum event. (Geekwire Photo/Kevin Lisota) Zillow Group flew by analyst expectations for its second quarter revenue as the Seattle real estate giant voiced confidence in the housing market and posted record traffic numbers amid the...

Nintendo continues to put up staggering sales numbers for Switch console and ‘Animal Crossing’

Nintendo continues to put up staggering sales numbers for Switch console and ‘Animal Crossing’

(Nintendo Photo) Nintendo continues to put up impressive numbers for the Switch video game console as well as its hot game title, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” For the quarter ending June 30, Nintendo sold 5.68 million Switch consoles, to bring total sales to a staggering 61.44 million in the...

Seattle startup WiBotic secures FCC approval for wireless system to charge robots, drones and more

Seattle startup WiBotic secures FCC approval for wireless system to charge robots, drones and more

A robot being charged wirelessly by a WiBotic system. (WiBotic Photo) WiBotic, Seattle-based makers of a wireless charging system that uses high-power transmitters and receivers to power up batteries on drones, robots and more, has received authorization for the equipment from the Federal...

Microsoft ends xCloud testing for iOS devices, sparking antitrust chatter over App Store policies

Microsoft ends xCloud testing for iOS devices, sparking antitrust chatter over App Store policies

(Microsoft Photo) Microsoft’s plan to launch its Project xCloud game streaming service on Android — but not iOS — is casting the company’s criticisms of Apple over the past few months in a new light. Microsoft terminated its xCloud game streaming test on iOS on Wednesday after announcing the xCloud...

In latest TikTok twist, Microsoft reportedly looking at buying entire social media giant

In latest TikTok twist, Microsoft reportedly looking at buying entire social media giant

(Bigstock Photo) Microsoft is considering buying a bigger chunk of fast-growing social media giant TikTok. According to a report in The Financial Times, Microsoft has discussed the possibility of buying TikTok’s business in Europe and India. Previously, Microsoft had expressed an interest in...

Startup-assisted microschools ease remote schooling pain, but could widen academic divides

Startup-assisted microschools ease remote schooling pain, but could widen academic divides

Weekdays helps parents connect with caregivers and teachers to provide for small groups of kids. (Weekdays Photo) With K-12 schools reopening now and over the coming weeks, parents are facing a COVID-driven misery they’d hoped was behind them: a return to remote schooling. Challenging at any age,...

New biotech startup GentiBio lands $20M, inks licensing deals with Seattle Children’s and BRI

Boston-based biotech startup GentiBio this week announced a $20 million funding round and licensing deals with two Seattle research institutions. The company aims to treat autoimmune, alloimmune, autoinflammatory, and allergic diseases by developing engineered regulatory T cells, or Tregs. It is...

‘How long can we hold on?’ As Zillow workers stay remote, businesses near Seattle HQ fight to survive

‘How long can we hold on?’ As Zillow workers stay remote, businesses near Seattle HQ fight to survive

An empty sidewalk outside of Zillow Group headquarters at the Russell Investments Center building in downtown Seattle. (GeekWire Photos / John Cook) It’s 8:20 a.m. at the corner of Second Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle. The buzz of the city is noticeably absent. A few construction...

Seattle startup Xealth lands investment from Cerner as COVID-19 accelerates digital health adoption

Seattle startup Xealth lands investment from Cerner as COVID-19 accelerates digital health adoption

Xealth CEO Mike McSherry. (Xealth Photo) The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing hospital systems to adopt digital tools at record pace. They are getting help from startups such as Xealth, a Seattle-based company that just announced a key partnership with Cerner and an investment from the publicly-traded...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sells around $3 billion in Amazon stock

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sells around $3 billion in Amazon stock

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announcing the Climate Pledge in September 2019. (Amazon Photo) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sold approximately $3 billion in stock in transactions starting on Monday, according to regulatory filings made public Wednesday. SEC filings show Bezos’ stock sale. Via Sqoop. Bezos sold 1...

Lime adds more JUMP bikes in Seattle but says long-term viability hinges on city allowing scooters

Lime adds more JUMP bikes in Seattle but says long-term viability hinges on city allowing scooters

A JUMP bike in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Lime will double the number of bikes available to rent in Seattle, but says the long-term viability of the service depends on whether city officials also allow its scooter-share program to operate. The company...

Seattle’s BlackSky and other satellite imaging ventures bear witness to devastation in Beirut

Seattle’s BlackSky and other satellite imaging ventures bear witness to devastation in Beirut

An image captured by the BlackSky Global-4 satellite shows the site of the Beirut chemical explosion at 8:22 a.m. local time Aug. 5. Image resolution is about 1 meter (3 feet) per pixel. (BlackSky Global Monitoring Photo) The aftermath of this week’s Beirut chemical explosion has been covered in...

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