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June 05, 2015
Orion capsule watches the moon eclipse Earth at farthest point of Artemis odyssey

Orion capsule watches the moon eclipse Earth at farthest point of Artemis odyssey

A camera on NASA’s Orion capsule catches sight of the moon covering part of Earth’s disk. (NASA / ESA Photo) Halfway into its 25.5-day uncrewed Artemis 1 mission, NASA’s Orion capsule today recorded a weird kind of Earth-moon eclipse, reached its farthest distance from our planet and began the...

Tech Moves: Atomo appoints COO; Joon Care hires CEO; and more

Tech Moves: Atomo appoints COO; Joon Care hires CEO; and more

Ed Hoen. (Atomo Photo) — Seattle beanless coffee brewer Atomo promoted head of growth Ed Hoehn to chief operating officer and appointed two new board members, Birgit Cameron and Jordan Schenck. Hoen joined the company in May after serving as president of St. Louis, Mo.-based Volt Systems, a...

What to expect at re:Invent: Amazon Web Services navigates uncertain economic times

What to expect at re:Invent: Amazon Web Services navigates uncertain economic times

Adam Selipsky, AWS CEO, will lead his second re:Invent since returning to Amazon last year. (Amazon Photo) Amazon Web Services will face a new challenge at its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week: keeping software developers and big corporate customers engaged with the long-term...

How technology is helping remove racist language in Washington state property deeds

How technology is helping remove racist language in Washington state property deeds

A brochure advertising Seattle’s Blue Ridge neighborhood included language limiting homeownership and rentals to people of the white or Caucasian race. (Photo courtesy of the UW’s Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project) If you live in a home built before the 1950s, there’s a chance that...

Seattle Seahawks add three more concession stores using Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ tech

Seattle Seahawks add three more concession stores using Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ tech

A District Market concession store at Lumen Field in Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser) The Seattle Seahawks took a loss against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, but fans at Lumen Field who are into cashierless concession stands can at least count the day as a win. The Seahawks...

Testing Amazon Clinic, the tech giant’s latest foray into healthcare

Testing Amazon Clinic, the tech giant’s latest foray into healthcare

(BigStock Photo / GeekWire Illustration) Can Amazon help provide healthcare advice and treatment as efficiently as it delivers items to your door? That was the question I had as I tested the company’s latest foray into healthcare. Launched earlier this month, Amazon Clinic offers...

‘It’s like driving a spaceship’: Amazon’s Rivian electric delivery vans spotted across Seattle

‘It’s like driving a spaceship’: Amazon’s Rivian electric delivery vans spotted across Seattle

An Amazon electric delivery van in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood on Saturday. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) “Small Business Saturday” turned out to be a good day to spot a growing effort by one very big business to shrink its carbon footprint. Across Seattle, GeekWire spotted Amazon’s...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 20, 2022

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 20, 2022

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 Nov. 20, 2022. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

GeekWire Podcast: What we’re thankful for in tech, business, and science in 2022

GeekWire Podcast: What we’re thankful for in tech, business, and science in 2022

Sunrise in Seattle: A photo taken with a lightweight consumer drone, one of the technologies I’m thankful for this year. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) It doesn’t always come naturally to us, as cynical reporters, but during Thanksgiving week on the GeekWire Podcast, it’s our tradition to take a...

Black Friday online sales hit record $9.1B amid inflation, up 2.3% from last year

Black Friday online sales hit record $9.1B amid inflation, up 2.3% from last year

Funko’s toys were one of the hot sellers on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Black Friday online sales hit a record $9.12 billion despite ongoing inflation as categories such as electronics, toys, and exercise equipment posted strong numbers....

NASA’s Orion capsule goes into a far-out orbit around the moon, setting a record

NASA’s Orion capsule goes into a far-out orbit around the moon, setting a record

A Flight Day 9 view from the Orion spacecraft shows Earth in the distance. (NASA / ESA) NASA’s uncrewed Orion capsule successfully executed an engine burn to enter an unusual type of orbit around the moon on the 10th day of the weeks-long Artemis 1 mission, and it set a distance record on the...

Seattle-area health startup One Item expands CDC-backed heart study

Seattle-area health startup One Item expands CDC-backed heart study

One Item’s Health Science Index and Better Now apps. (One Item Image) Seattle-area company One Item is working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to support a study of a rural community in Arkansas at risk of poor heart health. The UAMS Heart Healthy Communities...

Marketplace companies say change in tax policy creates unnecessary burden for online sellers

Marketplace companies say change in tax policy creates unnecessary burden for online sellers

(GeekWire Illustration) When Dan Marx helped launch a new startup this summer, he pictured himself having to learn more about bicycles and their parts than anything related to U.S. tax policy. But in the first few months of BikeList, a peer-to-peer marketplace for bike sellers and buyers, the...

Seattle’s new transportation director on electric vehicles, remote work, company shuttles, and more

Seattle’s new transportation director on electric vehicles, remote work, company shuttles, and more

Greg Spotts, the new director of Seattle’s Department of Transportation. (SDOT Photo) Since moving from Los Angeles to take the helm of Seattle’s Department of Transportation in September, Greg Spotts has been busy learning about his new home. His personal Twitter feed is full of photos of...

The psychological impact of layoffs: Tips for employees and leaders navigating job cuts

The psychological impact of layoffs: Tips for employees and leaders navigating job cuts

(Bigstock Photo) Wendy Turner-Williams thought she was on the verge of a promotion. Instead, the former chief data officer at Tableau got laid off. Turner-Williams is one of more than 57,000 tech workers dealing with the emotional and financial stress of being laid off over the past two...

‘This too shall pass’: Why crypto leaders are still optimistic about the industry amid FTX fallout

‘This too shall pass’: Why crypto leaders are still optimistic about the industry amid FTX fallout

From top left, clockwise: Jonathan Blanco of TF Labs and Niftmint; Kate Mitselmakher of Bloccelerate; Sam Yilmaz of Bloccelerate; Kory Hoang of Stably; Will Rush of Stack; and Sadie Raney of Strix Leviathan. The swift collapse of the giant digital-asset exchange FTX earlier this month sent a...

GeekWire Gala: Purchase tickets this week to our big holiday bash and support a great cause

GeekWire Gala: Purchase tickets this week to our big holiday bash and support a great cause

Scenes from the GeekWire Gala 2018 at The Showbox at the Market in downtown Seattle. The 2022 Gala returns on Dec. 7 (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) The GeekWire Gala — the Seattle tech community’s stylish holiday party — returns Wednesday, Dec. 7 in downtown Seattle. We’re excited to bring back...

‘It’s the beginning of a sea change’: How tech layoffs are transforming the job market

‘It’s the beginning of a sea change’: How tech layoffs are transforming the job market

A sampling of GeekWire headlines from the past month. After nine years in tech marketing in Seattle, working his way up from individual contributor into management, James Carroll decided earlier this year that he was ready for a break to refresh his outlook and reset his career. Like many...

Wizards of the Coast will continue supporting third-party content for D&D

Wizards of the Coast will continue supporting third-party content for D&D

Internal art by “Daarken” from the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons adventure module, Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen. (Wizards of the Coast Image) Wizards of the Coast confirmed to GeekWire that its forthcoming revision of Dungeons & Dragons will continue to officially support...

NASA’s Orion capsule circles the moon, capturing views that’ll make you feel giddy

NASA’s Orion capsule circles the moon, capturing views that’ll make you feel giddy

A view captured by a camera on one of Orion’s solar array wings shows Earth setting beneath the moon’s horizon. A portion of the Orion capsule is in the foreground at left. (NASA Photo) NASA’s Orion capsule rounded the moon today, marking a crucial milestone in a weeks-long Artemis 1 mission...

Tech Moves: Hootsuite hires CTO; Cascadia Capital CEO moves to Austin; and more

Tech Moves: Hootsuite hires CTO; Cascadia Capital CEO moves to Austin; and more

Antonis Papatsaras. (Hootsuite Photo) — Vancouver, B.C.-based social media management platform Hootsuite hired Antonis Papatsaras as its new chief technology officer. Papatsaras was previously chief technology officer of the contract lifecycle management product suite at Docusign. Prior to...

Bill Gates’ holiday book picks are 5 all-time favorites; look for them in 100 Little Free Libraries

Bill Gates’ holiday book picks are 5 all-time favorites; look for them in 100 Little Free Libraries

Bill Gates has made a tradition of releasing lists and reviews of his favorite books, but his holiday installment this year is a little different. His five picks aren’t his favorite books of the year, but rather five of his all-time favorites — many of which he has recommended to family and...

What are you thankful for in tech? We’re compiling reader and listener submissions this week

What are you thankful for in tech? We’re compiling reader and listener submissions this week

Thanksgiving week has arrived here in the United States, and given some of the doom and gloom in tech and the broader world right now, we’re taking a moment, at least, to look on the bright side. On the next episode of the GeekWire Podcast, we’ll consider the question: what are you thankful...

Greg Bear, 1951-2022: Best-selling writer influenced sci-fi world, on and off the page

Greg Bear, 1951-2022: Best-selling writer influenced sci-fi world, on and off the page

Science-fiction writer Greg Bear wrote more than 50 books. (GeekWire Photo) Greg Bear, a Seattle science-fiction author who played a leading role in defining how global audiences saw future final frontiers, died Saturday of complications following heart surgery. Astrid Bear, the 71-year-old...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 13, 2022

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 13, 2022

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 Nov. 13, 2022. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Smart home camera startup Wyze hosted a public $10K treasure hunt — here’s how it was solved

Smart home camera startup Wyze hosted a public $10K treasure hunt — here’s how it was solved

(Wyze Image) To celebrate its five-year anniversary, Kirkland, Wash.-based smart-home device maker Wyze Labs recently decided to host a public treasure hunt. A custom “golden” Wyze camera was buried at a secret location that would be live-streamed while a series of cryptic, coded clues were...

GeekWire Podcast: Layoffs land at Amazon HQ; Redfin’s real estate reversal; Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z

GeekWire Podcast: Layoffs land at Amazon HQ; Redfin’s real estate reversal; Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z

The scene at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters amid layoffs this week. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon became the latest tech giant to make layoffs in its corporate workforce this week in the face of the economic downturn, but the manner in which the plan unfolded left some employees...

Amazon and Washington AG reach agreement on criminal background check notices for Flex drivers

Amazon and Washington AG reach agreement on criminal background check notices for Flex drivers

GeekWire File Photo Amazon has made voluntary changes to its app for Flex delivery drivers in accordance with a Washington state law designed to provide a more level playing field for job applicants with criminal records, a new court filing shows. The changes resolve an investigation...

Defense Innovation Unit explores Pacific Northwest’s national security tech frontier

Defense Innovation Unit explores Pacific Northwest’s national security tech frontier

Mike Madsen, the Defense Innovation Unit’s acting director, talks at a Seattle workshop. (NSIN via Twitter) If space is the next frontier for national security, then the Pacific Northwest may well be the new frontier for that next frontier. That’s the word from Steve “Bucky” Butow, an Air...

This startup is developing an animal collar that automatically administers topical medicine

This startup is developing an animal collar that automatically administers topical medicine

From left: Co-founder and CTO Steve Leith, CEO and co-founder Michael Manion, and strategic advisor David Kraft. (JetMeds Photo) In order to properly medicate your pet, a lot has to go right. Not only do you need to remember to purchase the treatment, but you also have be sure to apply it...

Seattle-area venture capitalists share views on the current economic conditions for startups

Seattle-area venture capitalists share views on the current economic conditions for startups

From top left, clockwise: Chuck Stonecipher of Trilogy; Leslie Feinzaig of Graham & Walker; Ben Gilbert of PSL; Elisa La Cava of Madrona Venture Group; Geoff Harris of Flying Fish; Martina Welkhoff of WXR Fund; and Chris DeVore of Founders’ Co-op. Venture capitalists are slowing investments...

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy addresses layoffs, says ‘there will be more role reductions’

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy addresses layoffs, says ‘there will be more role reductions’

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) Amazon CEO Andy Jassy publicly addressed the company’s widespread layoffs for the first time and revealed that the corporate workforce reduction will continue into next year. In a memo to employees posted to Amazon’s blog, Jassy confirmed...

Tech that analyzes videos wins top prize at Univ. of Washington computer science showcase

Tech that analyzes videos wins top prize at Univ. of Washington computer science showcase

From left: Madrona Prize runner-up winner Jared Nakahara, Madrona partner Chris Picardo, and Madrona Prize winners Dong He, Maureen Daum, and Enhao Zhang. (Madrona Photo / Erika Shaffer) A student team working on tech to extract information from videos took home the 15th annual Madrona Prize...

Gravitics raises $20M for plans to build space station modules north of Seattle

Gravitics raises $20M for plans to build space station modules north of Seattle

An artist’s conception shows Gravitics’ StarMax module in Earth orbit. (Gravitics Illustration) A space venture called Gravitics has emerged from stealth with $20 million in seed funding and a plan to build space station modules at a 42,000-square-foot facility north of Seattle, in Marysville,...

‘Alexa Built-In’ phones to lose key feature as Amazon cedes ground to Apple and Google

‘Alexa Built-In’ phones to lose key feature as Amazon cedes ground to Apple and Google

(GeekWire File Photo / Nat Levy) Unlike Google and Apple, Amazon doesn’t have a smartphone platform of its own for native integration of its voice assistant, after the short-lived Amazon Fire Phone. However, the company has worked with some Android device makers in recent years to replicate the...

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