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June 05, 2015

Bill Gates says coronavirus vaccine distribution should be based on equity, not the ‘highest bidder’

Bill Gates said COVID-19 vaccines need to be distributed equally, not to those that can pay the most money. The Microsoft co-founder spoke this weekend at a remote conference hosted by the International AIDS Society. Bill Gates says pandemic could get ‘worse than I would have expected’ — and...

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

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 5, 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 July 5, 2020. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Why this Oracle exec turned to academia to help climb the cloud career ladder

Why this Oracle exec turned to academia to help climb the cloud career ladder

Originally from Lafayette, La., Andre Alfred (left) enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children. (Photo Courtesy of Andre Alfred) 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...

The ban that wasn’t: Amazon’s TikTok reversal leaves tech world wondering WTH?

The ban that wasn’t: Amazon’s TikTok reversal leaves tech world wondering WTH?

(BigStock Photo) 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...

GeekWire Podcast: Three tech stories that show how COVID-19 is radically changing our lives

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,...

Testing MilkRun: Portland’s farm-to-doorstep grocery delivery service launches in Seattle

Testing MilkRun: Portland’s farm-to-doorstep grocery delivery service launches in Seattle

MilkRun delivers farm-to-doorstep groceries in Portland and Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) 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...

FCC chief seeks conditional approval for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband satellite network

FCC chief seeks conditional approval for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband satellite network

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks at CES 2020 in Las Vegas in January. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) 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...

Washington state sues Trump administration over student visa rules

Washington state sues Trump administration over student visa rules

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaking at the 2017 GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) 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...

Amazon tells employees to delete TikTok, then claims directive was sent in error

Amazon tells employees to delete TikTok, then claims directive was sent in error

(Bigstock Photo) 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...

Car-sharing returns to Seattle, but will it last? Testing AAA’s new GIG service amid a pandemic

Car-sharing returns to Seattle, but will it last? Testing AAA’s new GIG service amid a pandemic

GIG CarShare now has 250 Toyota Prius hyrbid cars on Seattle’s streets. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Car-sharing is back. Seattleites have a new mobility option thanks to AAA, which just launched its GIG Car Share service in the Emerald City with 250 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles on the...

Nick Pearson-Franks, 1979-2020: Boeing engineer turned Pebblebee co-founder was a trusted friend

Nick Pearson-Franks, 1979-2020: Boeing engineer turned Pebblebee co-founder was a trusted friend

Nick Pearson-Franks, the co-founder and CTO of Seattle-area startup Pebblebee, passed away June 24 at age 40. (Photo courtesy of the Pearson-Franks family.) Nick Pearson-Franks was working at Boeing around 2012 as a lead software engineer when his friend and colleague Daniel Daoura showed up late...

Avalara co-founders invest in $2M round for RipeLocker, a startup that aims to keep fruit fresh longer

Avalara co-founders invest in $2M round for RipeLocker, a startup that aims to keep fruit fresh longer

George and Kyle Lobisser inside a truck with 20 RipeLockers bound for Peru, where they will be loaded with blueberries, and then Europe. (RipeLocker Photo) For George Lobisser, it all comes down to berries. A longtime vet of the food industry, he’s seen first-hand how confounding blueberries,...

Medical device startup LumiThera raises $14M to further develop treatment for ocular disorders

Medical device startup LumiThera raises $14M to further develop treatment for ocular disorders

(Photo via LumiThera.com) LumiThera, the Poulsbo, Wash.-based medical device startup developing a treatment for ocular disorders and diseases, has raised $14 million in a new funding round, the company announced this week. The company is commercializing a device for use by ophthalmologists that...

GeekWire 200 update: Health tech and B2C startups rise up rankings of top PNW companies

GeekWire 200 update: Health tech and B2C startups rise up rankings of top PNW companies

The ongoing global pandemic is rewriting the startup playbook. Some companies have accelerated growth plans, many pivoted or reduced staff, and others are cautiously charging ahead. In the latest update of the GeekWire 200, our ranking of the Pacific Northwest’s privately-held tech startups, health...

Tech Moves: Zillow co-founder joins Palantir board; Hootsuite names new CEO; and more

Tech Moves: Zillow co-founder joins Palantir board; Hootsuite names new CEO; and more

Former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) — Zillow Group co-founder and former CEO Spencer Rascoff joined the board of Palantir Technologies, a big data company backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The notoriously secretive Silicon Valley startup filed for an IPO this...

WTIA announces 26 startups chosen for fourth edition of Founder Cohort Program

WTIA announces 26 startups chosen for fourth edition of Founder Cohort Program

(BigStock Photo) The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) has announced the names of the 26 tech startups from across Washington state that will be participating in the organization’s latest Founder Cohort Program. Part of WTIA’s Startup Program, the Founder Cohort supports...

Starbucks to require customers wear face masks inside its cafes

Starbucks to require customers wear face masks inside its cafes

(Starbucks Photo) Customers who enter a company-owned Starbucks location in the U.S. will be required to wear a face covering starting next week, the coffee giant announced on Thursday. In a blog post, Starbucks said it was “prioritizing the health and well-being of partners (employees) and...

Why this Seattle-area startup ditched its physical office — and what it means for the future of work

Why this Seattle-area startup ditched its physical office — and what it means for the future of work

Tagboard CEO Josh Decker enjoys the last few moments inside his company’s physical office. The Seattle-area startup is going fully remote as questions swirl about when employees can return safely to work amid the pandemic. (Tagboard Photo) With no end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic and the...

Gates Foundation awards $800K grant to A-Alpha Bio for COVID-19 treatment research

Gates Foundation awards $800K grant to A-Alpha Bio for COVID-19 treatment research

A-Alpha Bio was founded by University of Washington PhD graduates David Younger (standing) and Randolph Lopez. (A-Alpha Bio Photo). Seattle-based biotech research startup A-Alpha Bio announced on Thursday that it has received an $800,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The money...

Geeks Gaming for Good: Avalara defeats Chef in a thrilling Rocket League championship

Geeks Gaming for Good: Avalara defeats Chef in a thrilling Rocket League championship

Led by the dynamic duo of Treasure and Ender, team Avalara dominated in GeekWire’s first-ever Geeks Gaming for Good Rocket League tournament, knocking off Qumulo and Hiya before scoring an impressive championship victory against crafty opponent Chef in the final match. In claiming the Geeks Gaming...

Amazon is purging Washington Redskins merchandise from its marketplace

Amazon is purging Washington Redskins merchandise from its marketplace

Protesters in Minneapolis called for the Washington team to stop using the name “redskins” for their name and stop using the image of a Native American as their mascot in 2014. (Flickr Photo / Fibonacci Blue) Amazon told third-party sellers in its marketplace they have 48 hours to remove Washington...

Joe Coffee raises $1.3M as mobile order and pay business booms for indie shops during pandemic

Joe Coffee raises $1.3M as mobile order and pay business booms for indie shops during pandemic

The Joe Coffee team, with co-founders in front, from left, Nick Martin, Brenden Martin and Lenny Urbanowski. (Joe Coffee Photo) Coronavirus isn’t slowing the coffee business, at least when it comes to mobile ordering and payments, and Seattle startup Joe Coffee is seizing on demand for its services...

Oracle’s Larry Ellison looks to one-up Amazon, offering full cloud inside customer data centers

Oracle’s Larry Ellison looks to one-up Amazon, offering full cloud inside customer data centers

Oracle founder CTO Larry Ellison. (Oracle Photo) Oracle unveiled a new service that promises to make all of its public cloud services available as a fully managed cloud region in its customers’ data centers, developed by an Oracle team based largely in the company’s Seattle engineering...

PSL, Fortive unveil first company out of new studio: COVID-19 symptom tracking startup TeamSense

PSL, Fortive unveil first company out of new studio: COVID-19 symptom tracking startup TeamSense

TeamSense’s software helps employers track COVID-19 symptoms at the workplace. (TeamSense Images) It didn’t take long for a new Seattle innovation studio run by Pioneer Square Labs (PSL) and Fortive to pump out a startup. TeamSense CEO Sheila Stafford. (TeamSense Photo) The two companies today...

Permanent pivots in the pandemic: COVID creates lasting change for businesses that move quickly

Permanent pivots in the pandemic: COVID creates lasting change for businesses that move quickly

Brad Gillis, CEO and founder of Seattle’s Homegrown, recently launched Homegrown Goods to capitalize on the boom in online grocery shopping. (Homegrown Photo) Lots of businesses have been hard hit by the COVID-19 economic downturn that has forced people to work from home, stop traveling and...

Microsoft releases preview of Text Analytics for health, battle-tested in COVID-19 partnership

Microsoft releases preview of Text Analytics for health, battle-tested in COVID-19 partnership

Bigstock Photo Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform announced a new iteration of its Text Analytics technology for healthcare, bringing to market some of the artificial intelligence that the company previously contributed to an industry partnership to develop a COVID-19 search engine for...

Seattle Mariners try to keep fans in the game with streaming practices, virtual cheering and more

Seattle Mariners try to keep fans in the game with streaming practices, virtual cheering and more

Seattle Mariners players and coaches are seen on the field at T-Mobile Park during a livestream of one of the team’s Summer Camp workouts. (YouTube screen grab) If you’re going to root, root, root for Mariners in Seattle these days, you’re going to have to do it virtually as baseball has taken on a...

Geeks Gaming for Good: Watch our first-ever Rocket League tournament

Geeks Gaming for Good: Watch our first-ever Rocket League tournament

Five Seattle area teams are competing today in GeekWire’s first ever Rocket League tournament, presented by our partners at Avalara. Who will be crowned the winner? You can also watch live on Twitch here. Check out the action below: Our teams are playing for five awesome charities in the Seattle...

Amazon will require third-party sellers to disclose names and addresses

Amazon will require third-party sellers to disclose names and addresses

(BigStock Photo) Amazon announced a new policy Wednesday requiring third-party sellers in its marketplace to publicly display their names and addresses starting Sept. 1. The disclosure is already required in Europe, Japan, and Mexico. Amazon said it is updating its policy to “ensure there is a...

Company offering $1,000 to one lucky player who logs 50 hours on ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

Company offering $1,000 to one lucky player who logs 50 hours on ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

(Nintendo Photo) If you’re already spending countless hours playing video games during the pandemic quarantine, why not get paid for the effort? HighSpeedInternet.com, an internet service provider comparison site, is offering $1,000 to one lucky player who logs 50 hours on Nintendo’s “Animal...

Will your meeting suck less in a virtual auditorium? Microsoft unveils ‘Together’ mode for Teams

Will your meeting suck less in a virtual auditorium? Microsoft unveils ‘Together’ mode for Teams

Microsoft is launching a new feature for video meetings that places participants against a shared virtual background, removing individual backdrops in an effort to make it easier to pick up on non-verbal cues and to interact more like in real life. The company’s research shows that the approach...

Univ. of Washington will move 80% of classes online this fall amid looming threats from COVID and ICE

Univ. of Washington will move 80% of classes online this fall amid looming threats from COVID and ICE

The University of Washington’s The Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering. (GeekWire Photo) The University of Washington’s leaders — and their colleagues across the country — are walking a tightrope as they plan for the fall term amid rising coronavirus cases and...

Seattle’s Tom Douglas closing two restaurants near Amazon as pandemic keeps tech workers at home

Seattle’s Tom Douglas closing two restaurants near Amazon as pandemic keeps tech workers at home

The Brave Horse Tavern in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood just before it closed in March. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas is closing down two of his restaurants in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, home to Amazon and thousands of tech workers, as...

Amazon Air buys 6M gallons of sustainable fuel — here’s what it means for the industry and planet

Amazon Air buys 6M gallons of sustainable fuel — here’s what it means for the industry and planet

Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air, called on other companies to join Amazon in supporting the market for sustainable aviation fuel. (Amazon Photo / Jordan Stead) Shipments of your future Amazon packages could be powered, at least in part, by agricultural waste. Amazon Air, the...

DocuSign expands into remote notary business with $38M deal to buy Liveoak Technologies

Digital signature powerhouse DocuSign plans to integrate remote online notary services into its core suite of products after announcing an agreement Tuesday to acquire Liveoak Technologies of Austin, Texas, for $38 million in stock. Liveoak’s technology includes video conferencing and tools for...

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