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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 27, 2022

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 27, 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. 27, 2022. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Inside the battle against bad bots: Why F5’s CEO believes good technology can ultimately prevail

Inside the battle against bad bots: Why F5’s CEO believes good technology can ultimately prevail

F5 CEO François Locoh-Donou on screen after a virtual recording of the GeekWire Podcast, in his office at the F5 Tower in downtown Seattle this week. (GeekWire Photo / Curt Milton) For anyone reading the news about Ticketmaster and Taylor Swift, or Twitter and Elon Musk, the problem of malicious...

Tech Moves: Armoire, Esper and Smarsh add leaders; Dutchie hires Toast exec as CEO

Tech Moves: Armoire, Esper and Smarsh add leaders; Dutchie hires Toast exec as CEO

From left: Sanober Mukadam, Meg Murray and Jen Snow. (Armoire Photos) — Online clothing rental startup Armoire added three new hires. Sanober Mukadam is the startup’s new chief operating and merchandising officer. She was previously head of product at logistics company Swyft and an Amazon...

Longtime Amazon exec Jeff Blackburn to retire after brief return leading entertainment unit

Longtime Amazon exec Jeff Blackburn to retire after brief return leading entertainment unit

Amazon executive Jeff Blackburn speaks at his alma mater, Dartmouth College, in 2015. (Dartmouth / Eli Burakian Photo, used with permission.) Jeff Blackburn, a longtime Amazon executive who first joined the company after working on its 1997 IPO, is retiring — again. Amazon posted memos...

Former Starbucks and Amazon exec leading stealthy NFT search and discovery startup

Former Starbucks and Amazon exec leading stealthy NFT search and discovery startup

Ben Straley, CEO of Thred. (Thread Photo) A new Seattle startup is jumping into the nascent world of NFTs in an attempt to build a search and discovery platform for the digital tokens. Thred recently raised $3.5 million to help boost development of its secretive product. The company is a...

Seattle launches permit system for companies testing self-driving vehicles on city streets

Seattle launches permit system for companies testing self-driving vehicles on city streets

A Zoox vehicle makes its way around Amazon’s campus in Seattle. (GeekWIre Photo / Taylor Soper) Tech companies and automakers that want to test self-driving cars on Seattle streets now have to obtain a permit showing they comply with safety and liability regulations. The Seattle City Council...

Aizen acquires Kurvv, a Seattle startup that helps predict equipment failure

Aizen acquires Kurvv, a Seattle startup that helps predict equipment failure

Bellevue, Wash.-based Kurvv, which sells AI tools that predict equipment failure, is being acquired by Aizen, an AI-focused fintech startup based in Singapore. Ryan Lee, CEO of Kurvv. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Lee) “The economic downturn that started during the deal process didn’t make things...

Tableau Software CEO Mark Nelson steps down

Tableau Software CEO Mark Nelson steps down

Mark Nelson. (Tableau Photo) Mark Nelson is stepping down as CEO of Tableau Software, less than two years after he took the helm of the Seattle-based data visualization company owned by Salesforce. Nelson announced the news on Twitter and LinkedIn. His last day is Thursday. “It has been a...

Prophia, which extracts info from commercial real estate contracts, raises $10.2M

Prophia, which extracts info from commercial real estate contracts, raises $10.2M

Prophia’s user interface. (Prophia Photo) Prophia, a startup building a platform that scours and extracts key terms from commercial real estate contracts, raised $10.2 million in a Series A round led by Cercano Management, formerly Vulcan Capital. Cameron Steele. (Prophia Photo) Prophia’s...

Charge up: How the Pacific Northwest is boosting electric infrastructure as EV sales rise

Charge up: How the Pacific Northwest is boosting electric infrastructure as EV sales rise

Charging stations at Seattle’s Shilshole Bay Marina. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) The shift to electric vehicles is gaining speed in Washington. This month state leaders plan to adopt EV sales targets that match California’s, which require all new light-duty vehicle sales by 2035 to be...

Washington state capital gains tax can move forward with Supreme Court case pending

Washington state capital gains tax can move forward with Supreme Court case pending

The Washington state capitol in Olympia. (GeekWire Photo / John Cook) The controversial capital gains tax in Washington state can move forward with collection, as an official legal ruling on the legislation is set to be made next year. The Supreme Court issued a “stay” on a previous ruling...

Seattle lawmakers axe funds for gunshot detection tech that was part of mayor’s public safety push

Seattle lawmakers axe funds for gunshot detection tech that was part of mayor’s public safety push

ShotSpotter’s gun detection technology is aimed at helping police better track the location of gunfire in neighborhoods. (ShotSpotter Photo) The Seattle City Council’s passage this week of a $7.4 billion city budget for 2023 will not include funds sought by Mayor Bruce Harrell for gunshot...

What’s wrong with Alexa: Former insider on the challenges facing Amazon’s AI voice assistant

What’s wrong with Alexa: Former insider on the challenges facing Amazon’s AI voice assistant

Dave Limp, head of Amazon’s Devices & Services division, in 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Amazon created the initial technical scaffolding for Alexa quickly, jumping out to an early lead in the market for smart speakers and voice assistants in the home. But nearly a decade later,...

Amazon reports ‘biggest holiday shopping weekend ever’ despite its own economic concerns

Amazon reports ‘biggest holiday shopping weekend ever’ despite its own economic concerns

An Amazon fulfillment center. (GeekWire File Photo) Despite concerns about ongoing inflation and warnings that it would be slowing its growth, Amazon reported its “biggest holiday shopping weekend ever” as customers flocked to the e-commerce giant for deals. In a blog post Wednesday, Amazon...

Let’s party! Here are 5 good reasons to attend the GeekWire Gala in Seattle

Let’s party! Here are 5 good reasons to attend the GeekWire Gala in Seattle

Scenes from the GeekWire Gala in 2018 in Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / Dan DeLong) We’re a week away from the return of the GeekWire Gala, a holiday tradition for the Seattle tech community. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet for the Dec. 7 party at Block 41 in Seattle, do that now! And...

Sana Biotechnology will cut 15% of its workforce in latest layoffs affecting Seattle companies

Sana Biotechnology will cut 15% of its workforce in latest layoffs affecting Seattle companies

(Sana Photo) Seattle-based cell and gene therapy company Sana Biotechnology will reduce its workforce by 15%, according to a statement issued Tuesday. The company said it was shutting a program focused on heart failure and outlined reset priorities for other programs. The layoffs will be...

Gates Foundation commits $75M to support post-secondary education in Washington state

Gates Foundation commits $75M to support post-secondary education in Washington state

University of Washington commencement. (University of Washington Photo / Katherine B. Turner) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $75 million over the next four years to increase enrollment in post-secondary education programs in Washington state. The endeavor is the new...

Seattle approves new city budget that plugs shortfalls with surplus revenue from business tax

Seattle approves new city budget that plugs shortfalls with surplus revenue from business tax

Amazon’s Spheres and other buildings at the company’s headquarters campus in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Seattle’s big business tax is bringing in more revenue than expected. Now the city is using the surplus to help close major gaps in its budget. The city council on Tuesday...

Bank downplays ties to FTX sister company in latest fallout from crypto exchange failure

Bank downplays ties to FTX sister company in latest fallout from crypto exchange failure

(Bigstock Image) A bank in rural Washington state sought to distance itself from FTX on Tuesday following a report last week detailing its connections to the failed cryptocurrency exchange. Moonstone Bank, formerly known as Farmington State Bank, said in a statement that FTX founder Sam...

Amazon Web Services pitches customers on cloud savings, makes bigger push into applications

Amazon Web Services pitches customers on cloud savings, makes bigger push into applications

Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky at AWS re:Invent on Tuesday morning. (Image via webcast.) Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky made his pitch to businesses to double down on the company’s cloud technologies, and made it clear that Amazon’s own ambitions increasingly extend well beyond its...

With new chip, augmented reality startup Ixana claims breakthrough in quest for ‘wearable brain’

With new chip, augmented reality startup Ixana claims breakthrough in quest for ‘wearable brain’

Ixana’s three co-founders, L-R: Shovan Maity, head of research; Angik Sarkar, CEO; and Shreyas Sen, a Purdue university professor who came up with the new chip. A previously unknown Seattle startup, founded by semiconductor and technology industry veterans, says it has developed an...

Online shoppers spend record $11.3B on Cyber Monday, grabbing toys, electronics and more

Online shoppers spend record $11.3B on Cyber Monday, grabbing toys, electronics and more

Lego toys were among the hot sellers on Cyber Monday. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Online shoppers broke records with $11.3 billion in spending on Cyber Monday, driving 5.8% year-over-year growth and making the day the biggest online shopping day of all time, according to Adobe...

The cloud in orbit: Amazon Web Services demonstrates data analysis on a satellite

The cloud in orbit: Amazon Web Services demonstrates data analysis on a satellite

An artist’s conception shows D-Orbit’s ION spacecraft deploying smaller satellites. (D-Orbit Illustration) For the past 10 months, Amazon Web Services has been running data through its cloud-based software platform on what’s arguably the world’s edgiest edge: a satellite in low Earth orbit....

Are tech workers coming back to downtown Seattle — and does it even matter?

Are tech workers coming back to downtown Seattle — and does it even matter?

The view from atop the 2+U building in downtown Seattle where companies such as Qualtrics and Bungie still have offices. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Sean Turner was on his phone in the lobby of a downtown Seattle hotel last year when a woman slapped his iPad off a table, then took his...

Seattle startup with fresh approach to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease raises $96M

Seattle startup with fresh approach to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease raises $96M

Microscopy image of neurons in the mouse brain. (Cajal Neuroscience Image) Cajal Neuroscience, a Seattle startup taking a unique approach to developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, revealed more details about its strategy and announced $96 million...

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....

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