Theme Digital, Tech and Online EN http://feed.informer.com/digests/NUMUTH52MM/feeder Theme Digital, Tech and Online EN Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:47:17 +0200 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 12, 2019 https://www.geekwire.com/2019/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2019-05-12/ GeekWire urn:uuid:d848674f-ebb7-0ab5-e30a-9e26d2565ed0 Sun, 19 May 2019 17:01:04 +0200 <img width="1200" height="630" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="GeekWire Week in Review" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png 1200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1-620x326.png 620w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px"><br>See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of May 12, 2019.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2019-05-12/">Read More</a> <p>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 May 12, 2019.</p> <p>Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/newsletters/">GeekWire Weekly email newsletter</a>.</p> <h3>Most popular stories on GeekWire</h3> <article class="teaser clearfix"> <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazon-offers-employees-funding-quit-start-package-delivery-companies/" class="teaser-thumb"><img width="200" height="150" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/dsp.jpg-200x150.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt=""></a></header> <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazon-offers-employees-funding-quit-start-package-delivery-companies/">Amazon offers its employees funding to quit and start their own package delivery companies</a></h2> <p>Amazon employees who quit their jobs to start their own package delivery companies will be eligible for up to $10,000 and three months pay under a new incentive program announced Monday morning. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazon-offers-employees-funding-quit-start-package-delivery-companies/">&hellip; 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session with Seahawks star Russell Wilson</a></h2> <p>Six months ago, Josh Cashman was sitting at home crafting a uniquely goofy style of internet videos to celebrate the resurgent play of his favorite NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/viral-video-maker-talks-epic-super-smash-bros-session-seahawks-star-russell-wilson/">&hellip; Read More</a></p> </article> <article class="teaser clearfix"> <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spacex-files-lawsuit-federal-government-asks-keep-details-wraps/" class="teaser-thumb"><img width="200" height="148" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-200x148.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt=""></a></header> <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spacex-files-lawsuit-federal-government-asks-keep-details-wraps/">SpaceX files lawsuit against the federal government — but asks to keep the details under wraps</a></h2> <p>SpaceX today filed a lawsuit against the federal government, apparently protesting a contract bidding process — but asked the court to keep the proceedings under seal and covered by a protective order. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spacex-files-lawsuit-federal-government-asks-keep-details-wraps/">&hellip; 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So goes the premise of <em>Alt-Frequencies</em>, a new audio mystery in which players skim radio stations to uncover a government conspiracy.</p> <p id="cBJWxF"><em>Alt-Frequencies</em> is the latest game from Accidental Queens, creator of <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/27/14412778/a-normal-lost-phone-game-ios-android-steam-accidental-queens"><em>A Normal Lost Phone</em></a><em> </em>and <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/24/16329460/another-lost-phone-ios-mobile-accidental-queens"><em>Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story</em></a>. Its latest tale — available now for mobile and PC — posits that our lives may be stuck in a never-ending time loop initiated by government officials. We just don’t know it yet. In order to expose the truth, players listen to different radio broadcasts, record relevant information, and send it back into the airwaves. </p> <div id="WdQh2Q"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.2493%;"></div></div> <p id="dl6Hx9">It’s an interesting idea executed simply: swiping left or right will allow you to browse...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18625057/alt-frequencies-audio-mystery-game-time-travel-accidental-queens-normal-another-lost-phone">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Little Printer returns as an open-source messaging device https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18628287/little-printer-berg-nord-projects-app-open-source-messaging The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:3d280679-ccfd-2201-905e-0425d88ad65b Sun, 19 May 2019 16:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/B3I3VFzERoy33SYbpStycC54ccU=/0x10:555x380/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63857536/little_printer_and_roll.0.png" /> <p id="cGlEkM">Berg’s <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2013/1/29/3927228/little-printer-review">Little Printer</a>, an adorable internet-connected box that printed out tiny snippets of news, Instagram photos, and to-do lists, stopped working when the studio and its servers shut down in 2014. Now, design consultancy firm <a href="https://nordprojects.co/projects/littleprinters/">Nord Projects</a> has brought it back to life with a brand-new app, and it added the ability to send messages between devices, as reported by <a href="https://www.core77.com/posts/88338/Little-Printer-Lives-Again-Nord-Projects-Brings-the-Long-lost-IoT-Classic-Back-to-Life"><em>Core77</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p id="gwGh2v">A group of Little Printer enthusiasts on <a href="https://github.com/genmon/sirius/issues/26">GitHub</a> collaborated to get the device back online through an open-source server called <a href="https://github.com/genmon/sirius">Sirius</a>. Nord Projects then designed a <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=66960X1514734&amp;xs=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Flittle-printers%2Fid1393105914%3Fls%3D1%26mt%3D8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">Little Printers iOS app</a> that re-created old favorite features like poster fonts and dithergrams, while adding a few more modern touches. The app lets you print photos and notes via the iOS Share sheet, and...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18628287/little-printer-berg-nord-projects-app-open-source-messaging">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> I Am Human is a tech doc with a refreshing focus on people https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18528099/i-am-human-review-documentary-neuroscience-technology-medical-innovations-tribeca-2018 The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:2c0a8585-ede1-5f04-3445-43fa8bbf8176 Sun, 19 May 2019 15:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Wu0UkJ_9zTu8I7efL97GPVcTASg=/0x0:1620x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63857526/I_AM_HUMAN_JOEL_FROOME_1_FINAL_WB_LR_UBG.0.jpg" /> <p id="oZWHrw"><em>Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.</em></p> <p id="DAK5Cw">We’re in a dark moment for the tech industry: a time when some new technologies have been adopted recklessly and <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/15/18266488/chris-cox-quits-facebook-news-feed-privacy-pivot">backfired terribly</a>, and others have developed <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/06/16/why-is-virtual-reality-taking-so-long-to-take-off/">far more slowly</a> than their creators hoped. Against the backdrop of this pessimism, a film like <em>I Am Human</em> — a fundamentally optimistic documentary about neuroscience and brain medicine — feels surprisingly refreshing.</p> <p id="iZUcmK"><em>I Am Human</em> is a moving trio of narratives about people who are trying to overcome serious physical limitations with cutting-edge brain science. The debut feature from Taryn Southern and Elena...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18528099/i-am-human-review-documentary-neuroscience-technology-medical-innovations-tribeca-2018">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Prep to ace a dozen prized CompTIA certification exams with this $69 bundle https://thenextweb.com/offers/2019/05/19/prep-to-ace-a-dozen-prized-comptia-certification-exams-with-this-69-bundle/ The Next Web urn:uuid:a29bce0f-7129-f597-1675-ef3f2d3e016f Sun, 19 May 2019 15:00:00 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/4XtgNpV-796x398.jpg" width="796" height="398"><br />The collection features a dozen courses packed with over 200 hours of training. From networking basics and security procedures to mobile and cloud environments, each course will get you prepped for a different CompTIA certification exam. CHEAP: Save EVERYTHING with this WD 4TB external drive, now 41% off https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2019/05/19/cheap-western-digital-my-passport-4tb-hard-drive-deal-offer/ The Next Web urn:uuid:cbb5d7a1-5494-9b2e-eb1f-ff8740bf16d7 Sun, 19 May 2019 14:00:38 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/header-image-WD-4TB-external-hard-drive-796x417.png" width="796" height="417"><br />Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Oh yeah we’ve got something you’re going to like today: a 4TB external hard drive from Western Digital for only $94! Normally, the 4TB My Passport (which is portable btw) retails for $160, but this deal takes 41 percent off and pushes it under a hundred bucks. What are you waiting for? Go and buy this thing before it’s too late! I’ve owned (and still own) a variety of Western Digital hard drives – including an older My Passport – and I’m incredibly happy with their&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2019/05/19/cheap-western-digital-my-passport-4tb-hard-drive-deal-offer/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web Here are the winners of the 2019 Nebula Awards https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18624664/nebula-awards-2019-winners-novels-books-novellas-kowal-calculating-stars-science-fiction-fantasy The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:19e8e616-0f38-58b0-28d7-2e0da6f50313 Sun, 19 May 2019 14:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/UPdZOrkXgvMs_V2eXYcjUYUxJL0=/0x0:2040x1360/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63859864/mdoying_180611_2623_0002.0.jpg" /> <p id="ZDWEqX">The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is holding its Nebula Awards conference in Los Angeles this weekend, and tonight, the group announced the winners of the 2019 Nebula Awards, which honor the best science fiction and fantasy writing from 2018. </p> <p id="iZVOW4">Mary Robinette Kowal’s <em>The Calculating Stars</em>, the first installment of her <em>Lady Astronaut</em> series, took home the top honor. The novel (and its companion, <em>The Fated Sky</em>) are set in an alternate history in which an asteroid landed off the coast of North America in 1953, setting off a climate catastrophe. To prevent the extinction of the human race, various nations around the world kick-start an alternate space race to colonize the Solar System before it’s too late. </p> <aside id="wGS1d3"><div data-anthem-component="readmore" data-anthem-component-data='{"stories":[{"title":"The Lady Astronaut novels are an enthralling alternate history of the space race","url":"https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/22/17698510/the-lady-astronaut-calculating-stars-fated-sky-mary-robinette-kowal-science-fiction-book-review"}]}'></div></aside><p id="nAf56R">The book’s central...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18624664/nebula-awards-2019-winners-novels-books-novellas-kowal-calculating-stars-science-fiction-fantasy">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Valve is making Dota 2 players pay to avoid toxic gamers https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/18/18630598/valve-is-making-dota-2-players-pay-to-avoid-toxic-gamers The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:2db0013e-d4cb-5569-db38-ae51938afcab Sat, 18 May 2019 20:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/FX1CpOe_7jQWdH9iHO5CP7leATo=/60x0:1860x1200/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63858017/20190515185110_1.0.jpg" /> <p id="GNxDey">Dota 2 is no longer free to play if you want to have the best experience. In this year’s Dota 2 “Battle Pass” — <a href="https://www.dota2.com/international/battlepass/">a premium subscription</a> that usually offers cosmetics and other optional curiosities to the game — Valve bundled one of the most important features it has ever created. Players who buy the Battle Pass can now use an “experimental” Avoid Player feature, which is supposed to keep toxic players away from you. Here’s a different way to say it: Valve is now charging players a minimum of $9.99 to avoid harassers.</p> <p id="t0B9cN">I’m glad to see that Valve is finally taking more steps to address its toxic player community and protect Dota 2 players from the worst of the bunch. But it’s telling that the company sees this as an add-on, and not part of...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/18/18630598/valve-is-making-dota-2-players-pay-to-avoid-toxic-gamers">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Secretive investment firm Lone Pine Capital is quietly minting tech unicorns in Seattle https://www.geekwire.com/2019/secretive-investment-firm-lone-pine-capital-quietly-minting-tech-unicorns-seattle/ GeekWire urn:uuid:ad39d794-aa4d-9d95-21f3-3521ac808cfc Sat, 18 May 2019 19:54:53 +0200 <img width="1260" height="625" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg-1260x625.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" data-fl-original-src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg.jpg" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg-1260x625.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg-768x381.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg-630x312.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>An investment firm has been placing rare bets on some of Seattle&#8217;s biggest startups. But if you haven&#8217;t heard the name Lone Pine Capital, you&#8217;re not alone. The Greenwich, Conn.-based firm recently led a $114 million investment in sales automation startup Outreach and last year participated in a $185 million round for on-demand trucking startup Convoy. In each case, the firm helped to create a new unicorn, pushing the companies&#8217; valuations north of $1 billion. Lone Pine, which declined to comment for this article, citing a &#8220;no press policy,&#8221; is notoriously quiet. The Outreach press release release announcing the investment&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/secretive-investment-firm-lone-pine-capital-quietly-minting-tech-unicorns-seattle/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499031" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499031" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-499031" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg-630x312.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="312" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg-630x312.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg-768x381.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC09494.jpg-1260x625.jpg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499031" class="wp-caption-text">Seattle startup Outreach reached unicorn status with its most recent funding round, which was led by Lone Pine Capital. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)</figcaption></figure> <p>An investment firm has been placing rare bets on some of Seattle&#8217;s biggest startups. But if you haven&#8217;t heard the name <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://www.lonepinecapital.com/Membership/Apps/LPLonePineSignIn_Input_App.aspx?ReturnURL=%2f">Lone Pine Capital</a>, you&#8217;re not alone.</p> <p>The Greenwich, Conn.-based firm recently <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/new-unicorn-seattle-outreach-raises-massive-114m-round-pushing-valuation-1-billion/">led a $114 million investment</a> in sales automation startup Outreach and last year<a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/trucking-startup-convoy-reaches-1b-valuation-huge-198m-investment-led-google-vc-arm/"> participated in a $185 million round</a> for on-demand trucking startup Convoy. In each case, the firm helped to create a new unicorn, pushing the companies&#8217; valuations north of $1 billion.</p> <p>Lone Pine, which declined to comment for this article, citing a &#8220;no press policy,&#8221; is notoriously quiet. The <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sales-engagement-leader-outreach-reaches-unicorn-status-raises-114m-series-e-300833324.html">Outreach press release release</a> announcing the investment described the firm as &#8220;a private investment management company that manages three hedge funds, three long-only funds and a fund of funds.&#8221; It noted, The funds have approximately <span class="xn-money">$20 billion</span> under management and consist of over 800 investors, predominantly individuals and non-profit organizations.&#8221;</p> <p>What makes the investments in Convoy and Outreach remarkable is the fact that Lone Pine rarely invests in private companies. In the past decade, Lone Pine has only revealed investments in seven private companies, and four of them — Chinese carmaker NIO, e-commerce pet supply store Chewy, Uber and Snap — have since gone public or plan to go public soon.</p> <p>Outreach CEO Manny Medina told GeekWire that neither he nor most of his investors had heard of Lone Pine before the recent fundraising round. Despite that, Medina said that the hedge fund&#8217;s representatives &#8220;blew us away&#8221; from the start. Investors typically only have a faint understanding of the company during an initial meeting, but that wasn&#8217;t the case with Lone Pine.</p> <figure id="attachment_437921" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-437921" style="width: 300px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-medium wp-image-437921" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Manny-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Manny-300x300.jpg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Manny-150x150.jpg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Manny-100x100.jpg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Manny.jpg 350w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-437921" class="wp-caption-text">Outreach CEO Manny Medina. (Outreach Photo)</figcaption></figure> <p>&#8220;Lone Pine did all the research up front and they came back to us and told us why we are going to be the next Bloomberg for sales,&#8221; he said, referring to the financial terminal used by many investors. &#8220;They came with that thesis to us, saying, &#8216;I want to invest in this business; what do we need to do to make this happen?'&#8221;</p> <p>Medina was also impressed by the fund&#8217;s track record. &#8220;They make very few investments, but they put a lot of money into each of those investments. And they have been incredibly successful,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Lone Pine has a long history of winning bets. LCH Investments, which ranks hedge funds, estimated that Lone Pine has <a href="https://www.barrons.com/articles/star-stock-picker-steve-mandel-exits-hedge-fund-stage-51549654136">taken in $26 billion</a> in profits since the fund launched in 1997.</p> <p>The fund was started by Stephen Mandel, Jr., who launched Lone Pine after a career with investor Julian Robertson&#8217;s hedge fund Tiger Management — making him part of the class of &#8220;Tiger Cubs&#8221; who left to start their own investment ventures.</p> <p>Mandel has since been <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://www.barrons.com/articles/star-stock-picker-steve-mandel-exits-hedge-fund-stage-51549654136">hailed</a> as &#8220;the best long-short hedge-fund manager of his generation&#8221; by Seth Klarman, CEO of the Baupost Group, another hedge fund. According to Forbes, Mandel is <a href="https://www.forbes.com/profile/stephen-mandel-jr/#33e9e53b51b7">worth $2.4 billion</a> and comes in at number 962 on its list of the richest people in the world.</p> <p>We know much more about Lone Pine&#8217;s public company holdings, which show a healthy appetite for both tech and Seattle firms. Lone Pine owns more than $1 billion in stock in Amazon, Microsoft and Adobe, which collectively make up nearly a quarter of the fund&#8217;s total holdings. It&#8217;s also the <a href="https://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/were-hedge-funds-right-about-paypal-holdings-inc-pypl-730407/">largest shareholder in Paypal</a> and owns $890 million worth of Facebook and nearly $900 million of IQVIA stock, according to regulatory filings.</p> <p>Lone Pine has a reputation for investing in business fundamentals, but that hasn&#8217;t stopped it from embracing tech companies with pricey valuations but high potential for growth. The fund follows a long-short strategy, which involves both buying stocks it thinks will rise and selling short those it expects to fall.</p> <p>It isn&#8217;t exactly rare for a hedge fund to take a stake in private companies, particularly late-stage ones. In the Seattle area, Chase Coleman&#8217;s Tiger Global Management, a successor to Robertson&#8217;s Tiger Management, has been gobbling up stakes in private companies left and right.</p> <p>Tiger Global recently led a <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/tiger-global-backs-another-seattle-startup-leads-28m-round-technical-interview-platform-karat/">$28 million round in Karat</a>, a platform for hiring technical roles. It also <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/airbnb-warehousing-startup-flexe-raises-43m-help-online-retailers-take-amazon/">co-led a $43 million funding round</a> in warehousing’ startup Flexe and <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/seattles-zenoti-raises-50m-increase-adoption-management-software-spas-salons/">spearheaded a $50 million round</a> in spa and salon software startup Zenoti. The short list of Tiger&#8217;s other Seattle-area bets includes marketing startup <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2017/fast-growing-amperity-raises-28m-round-led-tiger-global-one-month-launch/">Amperity</a>; publicly-traded real estate giant <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2013/documents-redfin-raising-huge-funding-aiming-expand-footprint-online-real-estate/">Redfin</a>; and <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2015/offerup-comes-out-of-hiding-with-90m-in-funding-and-strongest-growth-top-investors-have-ever-seen/">OfferUp</a>, a Craigslist competitor valued at more than $1 billion.</p> <p>Tech bets have paid off for funds like Tiger Global, which <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-09/tiger-global-is-said-to-reap-3-billion-from-flipkart-investment">reportedly made $3 billion</a> off of a single investment in Indian e-commerce company Flipkart.</p> <p>The appetite for Seattle-area tech startups might be signs of a new era for Lone Pine. Mandel <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-19/lone-pine-s-mandel-to-step-back-from-fund-management-in-2019">stepped down</a> from running firm&#8217;s day-to-day operations at the start of the year, passing the managerial reins to deputies David Craver, Mala Goankar and Kelly Granat. The firm doesn&#8217;t have any obvious connections to Seattle apart from its investments.</p> <p>Earlier this week, Lone Pine announced yet another private company investment, participating in a <a href="https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/scoop-away-could-land-up-to-100-million">funding round for New York-based luggage manufacturer Away</a>.</p> <p>One thing is certain: Lone Pine is looking for big paydays from its bets. In the <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sales-engagement-leader-outreach-reaches-unicorn-status-raises-114m-series-e-300833324.html">firm&#8217;s own rare words</a>, from the Outreach news release announcing its funding round: &#8220;[Outreach] sits in a category of untapped market potential with an opportunity for high growth.&#8221;</p> <p><em>Nat Levy contributed additional reporting to this article.</em></p> A Memory Called Empire is a brilliant blend of cyberpunk, space opera, and political thriller https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/18/18528168/a-memory-called-empire-arkady-martine-space-opera-cyberpunk-book-review The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:67828aea-08ed-2c85-a3f5-132bbfe0bbf9 Sat, 18 May 2019 19:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/v8n0cxPuJ5TQESyaYzmUEkqbssY=/0x0:2040x1360/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63857541/aliptak_190510_3397_8646.0.jpg" /> <p id="PL4Una">In Arkady Martine’s debut novel, <a href="https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250186430"><em>A Memory Called Empire</em></a>, Ambassador Mahit Dzmare, an emissary from the distant Lsel Station, is called to the center of the vast Teixcalaanli Empire after her predecessor winds up dead. As she begins to understand the ins and outs of her new role, she also has to figure out how to keep her home station from being absorbed into the Empire, and what happened to her predecessor. Author Martine lays out a fantastic look at how a society’s memory steers cultural and political events, and offers a meditation on the lengths people will go to be free. </p> <p id="o98GPr">The novel is set in the very distant future: humanity has spread throughout the stars, traveling from system to system by way of a stargate-style network. That’s...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/18/18528168/a-memory-called-empire-arkady-martine-space-opera-cyberpunk-book-review">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> 3 things brands can learn from Apple’s struggle to stay on top https://thenextweb.com/podium/2019/05/18/3-things-brands-can-learn-from-apples-struggle-to-stay-on-top/ The Next Web urn:uuid:14602f8e-c6a0-dd02-010c-9815f501f25f Sat, 18 May 2019 18:00:47 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/Untitled-design49-796x417.png" width="796" height="417"><br />Steve Jobs and Jony Ive called the small design studio I worked at asking for help back in 1997. They wanted us to create a new desktop computer that would save Apple from going under. We accepted the challenge and created the multi-colored iMac. Apple quickly climbed out of its financial hole and is now valued at $1 trillion. Although this is a great success story (and being able to say Steve Jobs asked for our help is pretty cool) creating a one time innovation doesn’t guarantee evergreen success. Apple’s experienced this first hand. Following its recent sluggish financial results&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/podium/2019/05/18/3-things-brands-can-learn-from-apples-struggle-to-stay-on-top/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web 9 new trailers you should watch this week https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/18/18629939/new-trailers-black-mirror-batwoman-big-little-lies-more The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:f8a5cbe4-3a9a-fb26-4720-19277b93a9cd Sat, 18 May 2019 18:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/2pXXhWreohFS8hb6OGp7u5-nVn0=/1081x0:3871x1860/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63857532/BlackMirror_Season5_01.0.jpg" /> <p id="QGgfEJ">Welcome to the annual biggest week in trailers, aka TV upfronts week. This is the week when TV networks present glimpses of their new shows to advertisers, trying to woo commitments ahead of the shows’ debuts later this year. Naturally, those trailers also end up online.</p> <p id="rM0Vln">I love watching all the upfront trailers because they’re just incredibly awkward and strange most of the time. At this point, the shows have each only filmed a pilot episode, and so a trailer for them is basically a three minute tour through a single 20-or-so minute episode of TV. No surprise, a lot of them are pretty bad, but there are always a few gems.</p> <p id="kSPQf0">I’ve included some highlights below, but if you want to watch them all, you can check out trailer roundups for <a href="https://adage.com/article/special-report-upfront/watch-trailers-abcs-new-shows-mixed-ish-stumptown-and-emergence/2171586?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&amp;utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_source=Twitter">ABC</a>, <a href="https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/nbc-2019-2020-trailers-1203212220/">N...</a></p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/18/18629939/new-trailers-black-mirror-batwoman-big-little-lies-more">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> GameStop is discounting games, consoles, accessories, and more today https://www.theverge.com/good-deals/2019/5/18/18629510/gamestop-pro-day-game-console-deal-sale The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:492ec03a-66ab-cf05-a455-2fcbc5b624b6 Sat, 18 May 2019 17:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/-rT1NaVpwGxrSrpGOw9TbDhYTp4=/0x0:2040x1360/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63855080/Nintendo_Switch.0.jpg" /> <p id="Ihzcw5">GameStop is hosting <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=nOD/rLJHOac&amp;mid=24348&amp;u1=gooddeals&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gamestop.com%2Fcollection%2Fproday">a day-long sale</a> today on games, consoles, accessories, and memorabilia based on movies, TV shows, and video game franchises. This is a rare opportunity, aside from <a href="https://www.theverge.com/amazon-prime-day-deals-tech">Amazon Prime Day 2019</a> and Black Friday, to find popular games and console bundles for less than their usual prices.</p> <p id="6V7JQ7">Before jumping in to see a few of the best deals, you should know that a membership is required before you can take advantage of today’s deals at GameStop. <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=nOD/rLJHOac&amp;mid=24348&amp;u1=gooddeals&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gamestop.com%2FPowerUpRewards%2FHome%2FBenefits">Its PowerUp Rewards program</a> costs $14.99 per year to join, and it will earn you 10 percent off of used inventory as well as an extra 10 percent back in store credit if you trade in a game, console, or an accessory. So if you still purchase games on disc, a membership may be worth it for...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/good-deals/2019/5/18/18629510/gamestop-pro-day-game-console-deal-sale">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Minecraft meets the real world, Amazon pays its employees to quit, and the scooter saga continues https://www.geekwire.com/2019/minecraft-meets-real-world-amazon-pays-employees-quit-scooter-saga-continues/ GeekWire urn:uuid:97c84409-3f7c-fd5e-eec4-32345a43782e Sat, 18 May 2019 16:49:58 +0200 <img width="1260" height="709" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4-1260x709.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" data-fl-original-src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4.jpg" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4-1260x709.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4-768x432.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4-630x354.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>This week on the GeekWire Podcast: Four years after acquiring Minecraft, Microsoft this week unveiled its most ambitious effort yet to take the popular franchise to the next level, and into the real world. GeekWire went hands on with the new game, Minecraft Earth, but with the release not expected until later this summer, why the heck is Microsoft touting this game so long before the rest of us can actually play it? Plus, Amazon is offering its employees an incentive to quit their jobs, if they start their own package delivery companies. This is the latest wrinkle in the&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/minecraft-meets-real-world-amazon-pays-employees-quit-scooter-saga-continues/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499219" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499219" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-499219" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4-630x354.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="354" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4-630x354.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4-768x432.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Minecraft_Earth_Announce_Trailer-1080_Moment-4-1260x709.jpg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499219" class="wp-caption-text">A character from Minecraft Earth, as viewed through a smartphone, overlaid on the real world. (Minecraft Photo)</figcaption></figure> <p>This week on the GeekWire Podcast: Four years after acquiring Minecraft, Microsoft this week <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/look-pokemon-go-microsoft-unveils-new-minecraft-earth-augmented-reality-game/">unveiled its most ambitious effort yet</a> to take the popular franchise to the next level, and into the real world. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/hands-minecrafts-augmented-reality-answer-pokemon-go/">GeekWire went hands on with the new game</a>, Minecraft Earth, but with the release not expected until later this summer, why the heck is Microsoft touting this game so long before the rest of us can actually play it?</p> <p><iframe title="Minecraft meets the real world" src="https://omny.fm/shows/geekwire-podcast/minecraft-meets-the-real-world/embed" width="100%" height="180" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Plus, Amazon is <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazon-offers-employees-funding-quit-start-package-delivery-companies/">offering its employees an incentive to quit their jobs</a>, if they start their own package delivery companies. This is the latest wrinkle in the company&#8217;s <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/owning-amazon-delivery-business-risks-rewards-economic-realities-tech-giants-new-program-entrepreneurs/">Delivery Service Partner program</a>, which we explored in depth last year.</p> <p>Finally, on the Random Channel, a new twist in our quest to stream live audio at the ballpark, a commentary on the sequestering of tech execs, and the latest in the scooter saga, <a href="https://twitter.com/JayInslee/status/1127387870421852161">featuring Washington Gov. Jay Inslee</a>.</p> <p><strong>Listen to the conversation above, and subscribe in your favorite podcast app.</strong></p> Real estate investors bet on tech hubs to withstand economic downturns, study finds https://www.geekwire.com/2019/real-estate-investors-bet-tech-hubs-withstand-economic-downturns-study-finds/ GeekWire urn:uuid:3bfccacd-c3b4-e38e-5930-96cd54d323eb Sat, 18 May 2019 16:00:00 +0200 <img width="640" height="426" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/san-francisco.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/san-francisco.jpg 640w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/san-francisco-630x419.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px"><br>Real estate investors are banking on cities with robust tech industries. A new report from real estate powerhouse JLL found a correlation between the real estate investment dollars spent in a community and the strength of its innovation economy. Just nine cities accounted for 37 percent of all annual real estate investments over the past decade: Boston, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, Sydney, and Tokyo. Each city made it into JLL&#8217;s ranking of the top 20 most innovative cities in the world. &#8220;Targeting innovative cities has now become an explicit part of investment strategies,&#8221; said JLL&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/real-estate-investors-bet-tech-hubs-withstand-economic-downturns-study-finds/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499475" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499475" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-499475" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/san-francisco-630x419.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="419" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/san-francisco-630x419.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/san-francisco.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499475" class="wp-caption-text">Tech hubs like San Francisco draw major real estate investments. (Flickr Photo / <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrischabot/8417837840/">Chris Chabot</a>)</figcaption></figure> <p>Real estate investors are banking on cities with robust tech industries.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.us.jll.com/en/newsroom/real-estate-capital-follows-innovation">new report</a> from real estate powerhouse JLL found a correlation between the real estate investment dollars spent in a community and the strength of its innovation economy. Just nine cities accounted for 37 percent of all annual real estate investments over the past decade: Boston, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, Sydney, and Tokyo. Each city made it into JLL&#8217;s ranking of the top 20 <a href="https://www.us.jll.com/en/trends-and-insights/research/innovation-geographies-2019">most innovative cities in the world</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;Targeting innovative cities has now become an explicit part of investment strategies,&#8221; said JLL Research Director Carol Hodgson in a statement. &#8220;Our research also shows that innovation-centric cities appear to be more resilient to economic shocks. During the last downturn, these cities saw average real estate capital values fall less and bounce back more quickly.&#8221;</p> <p>JLL studied more than 100 cities around the globe, looking at factors like venture capital activity, foreign investment in tech, spending on research and development, and patents awarded, to determine the most innovative cities. The real estate firm also looked at demographics, education institutes, and employment to rank the strength of their talent pools.</p> <p>They found that tech hubs lead the pack in real estate investments — and cities with growing tech industries are rising. Real estate investments in Washington D.C., for example, have grown by 260 percent since the financial crisis. D.C. tech is expected to flourish over the next few years, driven in part by <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/special-coverage/amazon-build-second-hq-north-america/">Amazon&#8217;s second headquarters project</a>.</p> <p>The report also reflects Asia&#8217;s growing tech economy. Beijing and Seoul made the top 10 most innovative cities list, joining the ranks of Tokyo and Singapore. Among U.S. cities, San Francisco tops the list and Seattle is 15th.</p> <p>Real estate investors&#8217; focus on tech cities used to be &#8220;implicit in investment strategies,&#8221; according to the report. &#8220;But it is now becoming an explicit part of strategy, and several major investors have announced that they are actively targeting innovation-oriented cities.&#8221;</p> How to use Google Maps to help someone find you https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/18/18629379/how-to-google-maps-location-sharing-meet The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:cfabb714-f084-c018-40e8-85e405a219e6 Sat, 18 May 2019 16:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/rpu8dUj-od-YnuU4nuh7bQWkPi4=/0x0:2040x1360/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63854148/akrales_190515_3424_0008.0.jpg" /> <p id="LqH7dn">Google Maps is great for helping you find your way — or even helping you <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/16/18617733/google-maps-parking-location-save-how-to-ios-android">find your car</a> — but the app can also help other people find <em>you</em>.</p> <p id="oFJF0x">Maps has an easily overlooked feature for sharing your real-time whereabouts with someone so they can see exactly where you are, even if you’re moving, and then navigate to your location. You can use the same feature to let a trusted person keep tabs on your travel progress to a particular place and know precisely when you’re set to arrive.</p> <p id="sSgTUU">The best part? It’s all incredibly simple to do. The trick is knowing where to look.</p> <h2 id="8CslZ3">Share your real-time location</h2> <p id="4wATHg">When you want someone to be able to track your location:</p> <div id="h28PWD"><div data-anthem-component="gallery:6343292"></div></div> <ul> <li id="2EWWCo">Open the Maps app on your <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=66960X1514734&amp;xs=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Fgoogle-maps-transit-food%2Fid585027354%3Fmt%3D8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps&amp;hl=en_US">Android</a> device</li> <li id="hhNbz5">Tap the blue dot, which represents your...</li> </ul> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/18/18629379/how-to-google-maps-location-sharing-meet">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Surface Headphones are $100 off at the Microsoft Store https://www.theverge.com/good-deals/2019/5/18/18629979/microsoft-surface-headphones-sale-price-discount The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:aea6f974-c6b3-5e40-6074-62dd30a3a644 Sat, 18 May 2019 15:00:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/VkgeFFI1SwxQyAzAOirRb93Ad2A=/0x0:2040x1360/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63857102/jbareham_181114_3083_0094.0.jpg" /> <p id="nInxOD">Microsoft is discounting its Surface Headphones by $100. The deal is available over at the company’s <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=nOD%2FrLJHOac&amp;mid=24542&amp;u1=verge&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fp%2Fsurface-headphones%2F8nrm8dz2zw43%3Factivetab%3Dpivot%3Aoverviewtab" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">online store</a>, and it looks like a temporary price cut to $249.99 down from the regular $349.99 price. </p> <p id="q0VKrJ">Microsoft’s headphones have Cortana built-in, but they also work with Apple’s Siri or the Google Assistant on Android. Surface Headphones also include noise canceling (NC), smart switching between multiple paired devices, and USB-C charging.</p> <p id="IsZvcE">Microsoft first released its <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/15/18095449/microsoft-surface-headphones-cortana-review-specs-price-features">Surface Headphones back in November</a>, and this is the first major discount on the Surface cans since then. <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/15/18095449/microsoft-surface-headphones-cortana-review-specs-price-features">We reviewed the Surface Headphones</a> and found them to have great wireless performance, excellent noise cancellation, but lacking in sound quality overall.</p> <p id="C2y3xu">Rumors...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/good-deals/2019/5/18/18629979/microsoft-surface-headphones-sale-price-discount">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Focuster turns your to-dos into an organized schedule, and it’s only $59 https://thenextweb.com/offers/2019/05/18/focuster-turns-your-to-dos-into-an-organized-schedule-and-its-only-59/ The Next Web urn:uuid:aca7a055-8421-6b29-fd59-2c6a077413c1 Sat, 18 May 2019 15:00:00 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/Js7RQTm-796x398.jpg" width="796" height="398"><br />We could all stand to be a little more productive, and while there are plenty of apps that claim to help you blaze through your to-dos and get your life together, too many bog you down with unnecessary hoops and confusing features that just slow you down in the end. Focuster is looking to change that, and it's on sale for only $59 today. CHEAP: No way, this guitar shirt YOU CAN ACTUALLY PLAY is 68% off! https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2019/05/18/cheap-electric-guitar-t-shirt-deal-offer/ The Next Web urn:uuid:6abca5fb-294c-5c82-4e7f-087808497b71 Sat, 18 May 2019 14:00:15 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/header-image-electric-guitar-shirt-796x417.png" width="796" height="417"><br />Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Joy can be found in unexpected places. It could be the sound of birdsong in the morning, the movement of a plastic bag caught in the wind, or a fucking rocking t-shirt you can play like an electric guitar. Yes, friends, you heard that correctly; someone has created a t-shirt you can play like an electric guitar. Even better, you can buy it. And even better than that, the electric guitar t-shirt is on offer and currently has 68 percent off its list price,&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2019/05/18/cheap-electric-guitar-t-shirt-deal-offer/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web Facebook Pixel to Become Less Effective for Marketers https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/facebook-pixel-become-less-effective-marketers/ Social Media Examiner urn:uuid:b23c62c2-2840-db55-6495-c8580fa27e46 Sat, 18 May 2019 12:00:34 +0200 <img width="1200" height="630" src="https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SMMT-Show-2019-05-18-1200.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="" srcset="https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SMMT-Show-2019-05-18-1200.png 1200w, https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SMMT-Show-2019-05-18-1200-150x79.png 150w, https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SMMT-Show-2019-05-18-1200-300x158.png 300w, https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SMMT-Show-2019-05-18-1200-768x403.png 768w, https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SMMT-Show-2019-05-18-1200-1024x538.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /><p>Welcome to this week&#8217;s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On today&#8217;s show, we explore the ramifications of Facebook&#8217;s upcoming Clear History tool and Instagram expanding Stories into the Explore tab with special guests, Jenn Herman and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/facebook-pixel-become-less-effective-marketers/">Facebook Pixel to Become Less Effective for Marketers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com">Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner</a>.</p> New analysis of ‘moonquakes’ indicates the moon isn’t dead https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2019/05/18/new-analysis-of-moonquakes-indicates-the-moon-isnt-dead/ The Next Web urn:uuid:93640905-9b34-7d51-caee-7c9a173acaab Sat, 18 May 2019 11:00:08 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/moonheader1200-796x417.png" width="796" height="417"><br />We tend to think of the moon as the archetypal “dead” world. Not only is there no life, almost all its volcanic activity died out billions of years ago. Even the youngest lunar lava is old enough to have become scarred by numerous impact craters that have been collected over the aeons as cosmic debris crashed into the ground. Hints that the moon is not quite geologically dead though have been around since the Apollo era, 50 years ago. Apollo missions 12, 14, 15 and 16 left working “moonquake detectors” (seismometers) on the lunar surface. These transmitted recorded data to&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2019/05/18/new-analysis-of-moonquakes-indicates-the-moon-isnt-dead/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web Why Snapchat’s new gender swap feature is problematic for trans people https://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2019/05/18/why-snapchats-new-gender-swap-feature-is-problematic-for-trans-people/ The Next Web urn:uuid:e378a33f-96df-5ac5-da67-c7a99eaf4e16 Sat, 18 May 2019 10:41:18 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/Untitled-design-59-796x417.jpg" width="796" height="417"><br />You’ve probably seen it all over your social media timelines and stories this week — friends using Snapchat’s new gender-bending filter to create uncanny and slightly creepy versions of themselves as men, women, and babies. SNAPCHAT FILTER IS CRAZY! Jony Ive’s latest product is the Apple Stage, a giant rainbow under which Lady Gaga is about to play https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18630107/apple-park-rainbow-apple-stage-jony-ive-lady-gaga The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:82ce5885-2026-6cee-4d5b-bc313186641d Sat, 18 May 2019 03:32:32 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Ecc6aZ3NM4sfAmhm5lV-1t5gnv4=/157x0:1764x1071/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63856489/apple_rainbow_stage_from_duncan_sinfield_video_youtube.0.jpg" /> <p id="iSGNu6">According to <a href="https://www.macrumors.com/2019/05/17/apple-park-turns-rainbow-celebration/"><em>MacRumors</em></a>, <a href="https://www.cultofmac.com/624572/apple-stage-rainbow/"><em>Cult of Mac</em></a> and a variety of social media reports, Apple employees are having a unique day at <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/12/16295514/apple-park-campus-photos-iphone-event-2017">Apple’s spaceship campus</a> — one filled with rainbows.</p> <p id="59idzv">Last week, <a href="https://www.cultofmac.com/624572/apple-stage-rainbow/">drone videographer Duncan Sinfield discovered</a> that Apple had erected a gigantic new rainbow stage at the heart of its Apple Park campus, and this morning Apple employees learned what it meant: a huge celebration that may culminate in a private performance from Lady Gaga herself.</p> <p id="p7e4Fo">There was rainbow swag:</p> <div id="3ew4pU"> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxk7vRRjvdK/" data-instgrm-version="12" style=" background:#FFF; 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Man, my life is amazing. #toddincali</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/hipstertodd/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Todd Burlingham...</a></p> </div></blockquote> </div> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18630107/apple-park-rainbow-apple-stage-jony-ive-lady-gaga">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Jony Ive’s latest product is the Apple Stage, a giant rainbow under which Lady Gaga just played https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18630107/apple-park-rainbow-apple-stage-jony-ive-lady-gaga The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:6fd2b88d-a372-db87-e688-b71a56cee40a Sat, 18 May 2019 03:32:32 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Ecc6aZ3NM4sfAmhm5lV-1t5gnv4=/157x0:1764x1071/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63856489/apple_rainbow_stage_from_duncan_sinfield_video_youtube.0.jpg" /> <p id="iSGNu6">According to <a href="https://www.macrumors.com/2019/05/17/apple-park-turns-rainbow-celebration/"><em>MacRumors</em></a>, <a href="https://www.cultofmac.com/624572/apple-stage-rainbow/"><em>Cult of Mac</em></a> and a variety of social media reports, Apple employees are having a unique day at <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/12/16295514/apple-park-campus-photos-iphone-event-2017">Apple’s spaceship campus</a> — one filled with rainbows.</p> <p id="59idzv">Last week, <a href="https://www.cultofmac.com/624572/apple-stage-rainbow/">drone videographer Duncan Sinfield discovered</a> that Apple had erected a gigantic new rainbow stage at the heart of its Apple Park campus, and this morning Apple employees learned what it meant: a huge celebration that culminated in a private performance from Lady Gaga herself.</p> <p id="p7e4Fo">There was rainbow swag:</p> <div id="3ew4pU"> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxk7vRRjvdK/" data-instgrm-version="12" style=" background:#FFF; 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Man, my life is amazing. #toddincali</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/hipstertodd/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Todd Burlingham...</a></p> </div></blockquote> </div> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18630107/apple-park-rainbow-apple-stage-jony-ive-lady-gaga">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Google tracks nearly all your online (and some of your offline) purchases — see it for yourself, here https://thenextweb.com/google/2019/05/18/google-tracks-nearly-all-your-online-and-some-of-your-offline-purchases-see-it-for-yourself-here/ The Next Web urn:uuid:b28b59ec-0a4d-ca23-fff3-7781f2f41f4a Sat, 18 May 2019 03:25:47 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2018/08/google-spying-796x419.png" width="796" height="419"><br />For years Google has been keeping track of nearly every online purchase we’ve made. A CNBC report today reveals that, thanks to purchase receipts sent to personal Gmail accounts, the company has amassed a mountain of purchasing data on each of us, including offline spending, in some cases. Better still, Google has a tool that lets you view your previous purchases in what it calls a “private destination” only seen by you. For me, this purchase history dates back to 2012 — the year I created my current Gmail account. Before we break out the tinfoil hats, it’s worth noting&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/google/2019/05/18/google-tracks-nearly-all-your-online-and-some-of-your-offline-purchases-see-it-for-yourself-here/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web<br/><br/>Or just read more coverage about: <a href='https://thenextweb.com/company/google/'>Google</a> SpaceX files lawsuit against the federal government — but asks to keep details under wraps https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spacex-files-lawsuit-federal-government-asks-keep-details-wraps/ GeekWire urn:uuid:bd7579ac-aa82-c5b3-0072-de854fb8667c Sat, 18 May 2019 02:36:05 +0200 <img width="1260" height="934" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-1260x934.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" data-fl-original-src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1.jpg" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-1260x934.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-768x569.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-630x467.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>SpaceX today filed a lawsuit against the federal government, apparently protesting a contract bidding process — but asked the court to keep the proceedings under seal and covered by a protective order. The California-based company said the details had to be kept out of the public eye because they include &#8220;confidential and proprietary information and source selection information not appropriate for release to the public.&#8221; SpaceX&#8217;s lawyers told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the proceedings surrounding the company&#8217;s bid protest should be conducted confidentially, under the terms of a protective order, in order to safeguard the competitive process.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spacex-files-lawsuit-federal-government-asks-keep-details-wraps/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499507" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499507" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-499507" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-630x467.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="467" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-630x467.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-768x569.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-1260x934.jpg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499507" class="wp-caption-text">A recovered Falcon 9 rocket booster stands tall next to SpaceX&#8217;s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)</figcaption></figure> <p>SpaceX today filed a lawsuit against the federal government, apparently protesting a contract bidding process — but asked the court to keep the proceedings under seal and covered by a protective order.</p> <p>The California-based company said the details had to be kept out of the public eye because they include &#8220;confidential and proprietary information and source selection information not appropriate for release to the public.&#8221;</p> <p>SpaceX&#8217;s lawyers told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the proceedings surrounding the company&#8217;s bid protest should be conducted confidentially, under the terms of a protective order, in order to safeguard the competitive process.</p> <p>In accordance with court procedures, the specifics of today&#8217;s complaint were held back from public access, but <a href="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/spacex-documents.pdf">SpaceX&#8217;s motion to keep those specifics under seal</a> is accessible via the court docket. The case was assigned to <a href="https://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/lydia-kay-griggsby">Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby</a>; no further action on the motion was noted in court documents filed today. We&#8217;ve asked SpaceX about the filings, and will update this item with anything we hear.</p> <p>This isn&#8217;t the first time SpaceX has filed a bid protest against the federal government: The best-known case came in 2014 when <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/elon-musks-spacex-sues-government-protest-military-launch-monopoly-n89926">SpaceX sued the government</a> over the Air Force&#8217;s decision to order 36 rocket cores from United Launch Alliance.</p> <p>At the time, United Launch Alliance — a joint venture involving Lockheed Martin and Boeing — was the only company certified to launch national security payloads for the federal government. After the protest was filed, the Air Force worked out a deal to certify SpaceX for national security launches as well, and SpaceX <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/spacex-air-force-settle-dispute-over-military-launches-n292571">dropped the suit</a>.</p> <p>More recently, SpaceX filed a bid protest in February with the Government Accountability Office, focusing on NASA&#8217;s award of the 2021 launch of its Lucy asteroid mission to United Launch Alliance. That protest was <a href="https://spacenews.com/spacex-drops-protest-of-nasa-launch-contract/">withdrawn last month</a>.</p> <p>In both cases, SpaceX argued that it could have provided the contracted goods and services at a dramatically lower price.</p> <p>Contracts for space services can amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, or billions of dollars, so there&#8217;s plenty of incentive for challenging a bidding process that doesn&#8217;t turn out the way a bidder expected. Last October, SpaceX missed out on a rocket development contract from the Air Force. Instead, $2.3 billion went to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/blue-origin-northrop-grumman-ula-win-air-forces-backing-future-rockets/">Blue Origin, United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman</a>.</p> <p>There&#8217;s an even bigger <a href="https://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1837057/air-force-releases-proposal-request-for-the-phase-2-launch-service-procurement/">Air Force launch service procurement competition in the works</a>, and the procedure for the selection process has already <a href="https://spacenews.com/pushback-continues-as-air-force-prepares-to-request-bids-for-space-launch-services/">generated controversy</a>. But unless more details come to light, it&#8217;ll be hard for folks outside the courtroom to know exactly what SpaceX is upset about.</p> SpaceX files lawsuit against the federal government — but asks to keep the details under wraps https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spacex-files-lawsuit-federal-government-asks-keep-details-wraps/ GeekWire urn:uuid:ec05a882-2369-e22a-68ec-1aa9d3d86ab5 Sat, 18 May 2019 02:36:05 +0200 <img width="1260" height="934" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-1260x934.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" data-fl-original-src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1.jpg" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-1260x934.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-768x569.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-630x467.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>SpaceX today filed a lawsuit against the federal government, apparently protesting a contract bidding process — but asked the court to keep the proceedings under seal and covered by a protective order. The California-based company said the details had to be kept out of the public eye because they include &#8220;confidential and proprietary information and source selection information not appropriate for release to the public.&#8221; SpaceX&#8217;s lawyers told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the proceedings surrounding the company&#8217;s bid protest should be conducted confidentially, under the terms of a protective order, in order to safeguard the competitive process.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/spacex-files-lawsuit-federal-government-asks-keep-details-wraps/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499507" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499507" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-499507" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-630x467.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="467" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-630x467.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-768x569.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-spacex1-1260x934.jpg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499507" class="wp-caption-text">A recovered Falcon 9 rocket booster stands tall next to SpaceX&#8217;s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)</figcaption></figure> <p>SpaceX today filed a lawsuit against the federal government, apparently protesting a contract bidding process — but asked the court to keep the proceedings under seal and covered by a protective order.</p> <p>The California-based company said the details had to be kept out of the public eye because they include &#8220;confidential and proprietary information and source selection information not appropriate for release to the public.&#8221;</p> <p>SpaceX&#8217;s lawyers told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the proceedings surrounding the company&#8217;s bid protest should be conducted confidentially, under the terms of a protective order, in order to safeguard the competitive process.</p> <p>In accordance with court procedures, the specifics of today&#8217;s complaint were held back from public access, but <a href="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/spacex-documents.pdf">SpaceX&#8217;s motion to keep those specifics under seal</a> is accessible via the court docket. The case was assigned to <a href="https://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/lydia-kay-griggsby">Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby</a>; no further action on the motion was noted in court documents filed today. We&#8217;ve asked SpaceX about the filings, and will update this item with anything we hear.</p> <p>This isn&#8217;t the first time SpaceX has filed a bid protest against the federal government: The best-known case came in 2014 when <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/elon-musks-spacex-sues-government-protest-military-launch-monopoly-n89926">SpaceX sued the government</a> over the Air Force&#8217;s decision to order 36 rocket cores from United Launch Alliance.</p> <p>At the time, United Launch Alliance — a joint venture involving Lockheed Martin and Boeing — was the only company certified to launch national security payloads for the federal government. After the protest was filed, the Air Force worked out a deal to certify SpaceX for national security launches as well, and SpaceX <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/spacex-air-force-settle-dispute-over-military-launches-n292571">dropped the suit</a>.</p> <p>More recently, SpaceX filed a bid protest in February with the Government Accountability Office, focusing on NASA&#8217;s award of the 2021 launch of its Lucy asteroid mission to United Launch Alliance. That protest was <a href="https://spacenews.com/spacex-drops-protest-of-nasa-launch-contract/">withdrawn last month</a>.</p> <p>In both cases, SpaceX argued that it could have provided the contracted goods and services at a dramatically lower price.</p> <p>Contracts for space services can amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, or billions of dollars, so there&#8217;s plenty of incentive for challenging a bidding process that doesn&#8217;t turn out the way a bidder expected. Last October, SpaceX missed out on a rocket development contract from the Air Force. Instead, $2.3 billion went to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/blue-origin-northrop-grumman-ula-win-air-forces-backing-future-rockets/">Blue Origin, United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman</a>.</p> <p>There&#8217;s an even bigger <a href="https://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1837057/air-force-releases-proposal-request-for-the-phase-2-launch-service-procurement/">Air Force launch service procurement competition in the works</a>, and the procedure for the selection process has already <a href="https://spacenews.com/pushback-continues-as-air-force-prepares-to-request-bids-for-space-launch-services/">generated controversy</a>. But unless more details come to light, it&#8217;ll be hard for folks outside the courtroom to know exactly what SpaceX is upset about.</p> Here’s the real tea: A primer on YouTube drama channels https://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2019/05/18/youtube-gossip-drama-channels-tea-primer/ The Next Web urn:uuid:48179fe0-eea4-6c99-87cd-ef5c0489c5a8 Sat, 18 May 2019 02:05:00 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/Tea-Spill-796x417.jpg" width="796" height="417"><br />So you may have heard about a little fight going on in the YouTube community, between two beauty gurus named Tati Westbrook and James Charles. The drama tornado has engulfed aspects of the internet that aren’t even remotely related to the two, but one of the reasons may be an organized and inquisitive network of channels devoted to drama. If you’re new to the world of YouTube gossip, here’s what you need to know about these channels and what they do. The latest gossip If you aren’t familiar, Tati Westbrook and James Charles both run wildly successful beauty channels on&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2019/05/18/youtube-gossip-drama-channels-tea-primer/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web<br/><br/>Or just read more coverage about: <a href='https://thenextweb.com/topic/youtube/'>YouTube</a> WTIA’s Founder Cohort Program launches new class of 24 startups with inside tips from investors https://www.geekwire.com/2019/wtias-founder-cohort-program-launches-new-class-24-startups-inside-tips-investors/ GeekWire urn:uuid:15b05af3-670d-8999-2afd-7d360f89ed6a Sat, 18 May 2019 01:11:58 +0200 <img width="1190" height="660" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OpT40PdVQ42qExMfuNpkoA_thumb_1a.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OpT40PdVQ42qExMfuNpkoA_thumb_1a.jpg 1190w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OpT40PdVQ42qExMfuNpkoA_thumb_1a-768x426.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OpT40PdVQ42qExMfuNpkoA_thumb_1a-630x349.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1190px) 100vw, 1190px"><br>A new group of startups tackling everything from business networking to marijuana data analytics have joined the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Founder Cohort Program. The year-long experience is geared toward early-stage founders in Washington state who want help growing their companies. It&#8217;s led by a team of business leaders that includes 6 Month Startup creator Dave Parker, SeaChange Fund managing partner Susan Preston and Leslie Feinzaig, founder and CEO of the Female Founders Alliance. Each of the startups is required to have one or more products in development and revenues of less than $1 million. The program, which is&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/wtias-founder-cohort-program-launches-new-class-24-startups-inside-tips-investors/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499451" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499451" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-499451" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OpT40PdVQ42qExMfuNpkoA_thumb_1a-630x349.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="349" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OpT40PdVQ42qExMfuNpkoA_thumb_1a-630x349.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OpT40PdVQ42qExMfuNpkoA_thumb_1a-768x426.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OpT40PdVQ42qExMfuNpkoA_thumb_1a.jpg 1190w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499451" class="wp-caption-text">Early-stage investors offered advice to startups on the first day of the WTIA Founder Cohort Program. From left: James Newell, Voyager Capital; Elisa La Cava, Madrona Venture Group; Jennifer Savage, Illuminate; Chris Picardo, Madrona; Cameron Borumand, Ignition; Manish Jain, Trilogy; T.A. McCann, Pioneer Square Labs; Heather Redman, Flying Fish. (James Thorne / GeekWire Photo)</figcaption></figure> <p>A new group of startups tackling everything from business networking to marijuana data analytics have joined the <a href="https://www.washingtontechnology.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Washington Technology Industry Association</a> (WTIA) <a href="https://www.washingtontechnology.org/startup-club/events/wtia-founder-cohort-program/cohort-2/">Founder Cohort Program</a>.</p> <p>The year-long experience is geared toward early-stage founders in Washington state who want help growing their companies. It&#8217;s led by a team of business leaders that includes 6 Month Startup creator Dave Parker, SeaChange Fund managing partner Susan Preston and Leslie Feinzaig, founder and CEO of the Female Founders Alliance.</p> <p>Each of the startups is required to have one or more products in development and revenues of less than $1 million. The program, which is free for the companies, comes with a number of perks, including $10,000 in AWS credits, HubSpot discounts and access to Microsoft for Startups. The first class of two dozen startups <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/wtia-names-24-early-stage-seattle-startups-part-inaugural-founder-cohort-program/">began their journey</a> last September.</p> <p>The idea is to give early-stage startups support, networking opportunities and a community of peers. On the first full day of the program, the founders got heaps of advice from Seattle-area investors. Among their tips:</p> <p><strong>Make good first impressions. </strong>“First impressions are, frankly, everything,&#8221; said Manish Jain, a principal at Trilogy Equity Partners. Jain said it&#8217;s critical for founders to understand an investor&#8217;s focus before reaching out and to be tactful in their approach.</p> <p>Referrals are the best way to get in touch, but there&#8217;s nothing wrong with a cold call. “If you fit my thesis, I don’t care that I’ve never heard of you before,&#8221; said Heather Redman, a partner at Flying Fish Partners.</p> <p><strong>Gather a team that people want to invest in. </strong>Founders are great, but investors want to know who else is supporting the startup. “We’re betting on team,” said Jain. “Oftentimes, we’re investing on two co-founders, their vision and strategy, and the product market fit.&#8221;</p> <p>The investors also said that, while they might occasionally invest in solo founders, a team of co-founders was preferable.</p> <p><strong>Know that it&#8217;s your job to raise money.  </strong>“It’s not a bad thing to get really good at raising money,” said Chris Picardo, a senior associate at Madrona. Fundraising can help founders learn to tell their story, and it can become a significant part of the CEO&#8217;s job as a company matures.</p> <p>But that doesn&#8217;t mean all founders should go for venture capital-level investment. For many, the better business decision is to bootstrap or find other sources of funding. “Our money is some of the most expensive that you can take,” said Picardo.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the full list of startups and founders in the WTIA&#8217;s second cohort.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://node.eco/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NODE</a> (Donald Bunnell, Molly Moore and Bec Chapin)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://zelos.ai/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ZELOS.ai</a> (Christopher-Alan Williams)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://tealcom.io/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Teal Communications</a> (Robert Hamblet and Micheal Johnston)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://fuchsiashoes.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fuchsia Shoes Inc.</a> (Afshan Abbas and Rameez Sajwani)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://www.idealseat.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">IdealSeat</a> (Holly Hart and Joel Carben)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://www.liveballot.com/v2/?fbclid=IwAR1l-TVpXiJzSPjAswT6-z0NI6jRrZCh0i9dnkF7tFqQPFQLWE83BSlBpWw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">LiveBallot</a> (Nan Jackson)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://transparentsystems.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Transparent Systems Inc.</a> (Jeff Kramer and Istvan Fulop)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://nexmeapp.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NEXME Inc.</a> (Arian Abdulkader and Vanessa Alvarez)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://arevohealth.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ArevoHealth</a> (Ryan Fix, Greg Kershaw and Brandon Fix)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://odysseustech.com/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Odysseus Technology Inc.</a> (Richard Samuelson and Bryan Laubster)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://bizlyzer.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bizlyzer LLC</a> (Nishant Padhye)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://www.refactr.it/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Refactr</a> (Korrine Leiter-Fraser, Michael Fraser, and Anthony Rowlands)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://visionplatforminc.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Vision Platform</a> (Shari Burk)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://www.medsien.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Medsien</a> (Hamed Ahmadi and Sina Torabi)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://visomtech.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Visom Technology</a> (Sean Buchanan, Charles Phillips and Ryan Kellogg)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://www.adaptilab.net/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">AdaptiLab</a> (Allen Lu and James Wu)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://roshub.io/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RosHub Inc.</a> (Louis Vichy, Alan Meekins and Nicholas Z.)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://enlyte.bot/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Enlyte</a> (Don Hernandez and Brian Dey</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://atra.io/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Atra Blockchain</a> (Hannah Duckworth and Dillon V.)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://www.share.farm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Share Farm</a> (Vincent Peak and Eric Kobe)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://www.coffeebreakapp.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Coffee Break</a> (James Lee, Sarah Chhoukdean and Michael Marvick)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://nodesmith.io/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nodesmith</a> (Brendan Lee and Samm Desmond)</li> <li><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://www.thingblu.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ThingBlu Inc.</a> (Kevin Gorman)</li> </ul> Olis Robotics wins $50K from Air Force to work on software for satellite-servicing robots https://www.geekwire.com/2019/olis-robotics-wins-50k-air-force-work-software-satellite-servicing-robots/ GeekWire urn:uuid:d9d67287-55cb-3c80-c779-b3c833bf8dfc Sat, 18 May 2019 00:55:38 +0200 <img width="804" height="793" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Satellite servicing" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing.jpg 804w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-768x757.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-100x100.jpg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-630x621.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 804px) 100vw, 804px"><br>Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to lay out a plan for using its AI-driven software platform to control satellite servicing robots in orbit. The initial Small Business Innovative Research grant could set the stage for as much as $1.5 million in future Air Force funding, depending on how the plan is received. Olis, formerly known as Bluhaptics, is a five-year-old spinout from the University of Washington&#8217;s Applied Physics Laboratory. It specializes in the development of semi-autonomous control software that&#8217;s suitable for underwater remotely operated vehicles as well as space robots.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/olis-robotics-wins-50k-air-force-work-software-satellite-servicing-robots/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499490" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499490" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-499490" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-630x621.jpg" alt="Satellite servicing" width="630" height="621" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-630x621.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-768x757.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-100x100.jpg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing.jpg 804w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499490" class="wp-caption-text">An artist&#8217;s conception shows one satellite extending its robotic arm to grasp and refuel another satellite in orbit. (NASA / Goddard Illustration)</figcaption></figure> <p>Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to lay out a plan for using its AI-driven software platform to control satellite servicing robots in orbit.</p> <p>The initial Small Business Innovative Research grant could set the stage for as much as $1.5 million in future Air Force funding, depending on how the plan is received.</p> <p>Olis, formerly known as Bluhaptics, is a five-year-old spinout from the University of Washington&#8217;s Applied Physics Laboratory. It specializes in the development of semi-autonomous control software that&#8217;s suitable for <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2017/bluhaptics-undersea-software-space/">underwater remotely operated vehicles</a> as well as <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/nanoracks-lists-team-space-outpost-plan-including-stratolaunch-olis-robotics/">space robots</a>.</p> <p>The company says its proprietary control system could come in handy for future generations of robots designed to service satellites in orbit. Thanks to the system&#8217;s machine learning capabilities, robots could perform tasks within pre-set levels of autonomy, even when they&#8217;re out of contact with the ground. Autonomous control would also help get around the issue of signal latency.</p> <div class="jetpack-video-wrapper"><iframe title="Olis Introduction" width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S6Eghlza3jo?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Over the years, the Pentagon and its Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA, has funded several projects touching on satellite rendezvous and servicing. Olis has been involved in planning for such technologies as part of DARPA&#8217;s <a href="https://www.darpa.mil/program/consortium-for-execution-of-rendezvous-and-servicing-operations">Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations, or CONFERS</a>.</p> <p>The SBIR grant calls for Olis to produce a report analyzing how its AI-driven commercial capabilities could address the Air Force&#8217;s needs for orbital satellite servicing as well as in-space manufacturing.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re pleased to be working with the Air Force to help extend the life of existing satellites, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars, with the precision to refuel, repair or update components while the satellites are in orbit,&#8221; Olis Robotics CEO Don Pickering said in a news release.</p> <p>Pickering said his company&#8217;s software platform &#8220;enables the ability to use robotics in orbit to service satellites and reduce the cost of maintaining and upgrading existing satellite systems.&#8221;</p> <p>Olis is working on a wide range of other space projects, including NanoRacks&#8217; plan to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/nanoracks-lists-team-space-outpost-plan-including-stratolaunch-olis-robotics/">convert rocket upper stages into orbiting outposts</a> and a NASA-funded effort to develop<a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/bluhaptics-tethers-unlimited-win-750000-grants-nasa-program/"> robotic control systems that work well with humans</a>.</p> Olis Robotics wins $50K from Air Force to study options for satellite-servicing robots https://www.geekwire.com/2019/olis-robotics-wins-50k-air-force-work-software-satellite-servicing-robots/ GeekWire urn:uuid:0c99d1c5-f8e3-a6f1-80ce-2b73c90bbbbf Sat, 18 May 2019 00:55:38 +0200 <img width="804" height="793" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Satellite servicing" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing.jpg 804w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-768x757.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-100x100.jpg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-630x621.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 804px) 100vw, 804px"><br>Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to lay out a plan for using its AI-driven software platform to control satellite-servicing robots in orbit. The initial Small Business Innovative Research grant could set the stage for as much as $1.5 million in future Air Force funding, depending on how the plan is received. Olis, formerly known as Bluhaptics, is a five-year-old spinout from the University of Washington&#8217;s Applied Physics Laboratory. It specializes in the development of semi-autonomous control software that&#8217;s suitable for underwater remotely operated vehicles as well as space robots. The&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/olis-robotics-wins-50k-air-force-work-software-satellite-servicing-robots/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499490" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499490" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-499490" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-630x621.jpg" alt="Satellite servicing" width="630" height="621" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-630x621.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-768x757.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing-100x100.jpg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190517-servicing.jpg 804w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499490" class="wp-caption-text">An artist&#8217;s conception shows one satellite extending its robotic arm to grasp and refuel another satellite in orbit. (NASA / Goddard Illustration)</figcaption></figure> <p>Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to lay out a plan for using its AI-driven software platform to control satellite-servicing robots in orbit.</p> <p>The initial Small Business Innovative Research grant could set the stage for as much as $1.5 million in future Air Force funding, depending on how the plan is received.</p> <p>Olis, formerly known as Bluhaptics, is a five-year-old spinout from the University of Washington&#8217;s Applied Physics Laboratory. It specializes in the development of semi-autonomous control software that&#8217;s suitable for <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2017/bluhaptics-undersea-software-space/">underwater remotely operated vehicles</a> as well as <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/nanoracks-lists-team-space-outpost-plan-including-stratolaunch-olis-robotics/">space robots</a>.</p> <p>The company says its proprietary control system could come in handy for future generations of robots designed to service satellites in orbit. Thanks to the system&#8217;s machine learning capabilities, robots could perform tasks within pre-set levels of autonomy, even when they&#8217;re out of contact with the ground. Autonomous control would also help get around the issue of signal latency.</p> <div class="jetpack-video-wrapper"><iframe title="Olis Introduction" width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S6Eghlza3jo?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Over the years, the Pentagon and its Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA, has funded several projects touching on satellite rendezvous and servicing. Olis has been involved in planning for such technologies as part of DARPA&#8217;s <a href="https://www.darpa.mil/program/consortium-for-execution-of-rendezvous-and-servicing-operations">Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations, or CONFERS</a>.</p> <p>The SBIR grant calls for Olis to produce a report analyzing how its AI-driven commercial capabilities could address the Air Force&#8217;s needs for orbital satellite servicing as well as in-space manufacturing.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re pleased to be working with the Air Force to help extend the life of existing satellites, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars, with the precision to refuel, repair or update components while the satellites are in orbit,&#8221; Olis Robotics CEO Don Pickering said in a news release.</p> <p>Pickering said his company&#8217;s software platform &#8220;enables the ability to use robotics in orbit to service satellites and reduce the cost of maintaining and upgrading existing satellite systems.&#8221;</p> <p>Olis is working on a wide range of other space projects, including NanoRacks&#8217; plan to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/nanoracks-lists-team-space-outpost-plan-including-stratolaunch-olis-robotics/">convert rocket upper stages into orbiting outposts</a> and a NASA-funded effort to develop<a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/bluhaptics-tethers-unlimited-win-750000-grants-nasa-program/"> robotic control systems that work well with humans</a>.</p> Database error causes widespread, ongoing Salesforce outage affecting Pardot customers https://www.geekwire.com/2019/database-error-causes-widespread-ongoing-salesforce-outage-affecting-pardot-customers/ GeekWire urn:uuid:6fe23421-82dd-1a16-6e33-73e0e266a69b Sat, 18 May 2019 00:51:54 +0200 <img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" data-fl-original-src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq.jpg" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-630x473.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>A database script error forced Salesforce engineers to cut service to a wide swath of customers Friday, and for some customers using its Pardot service, Salesforce has been down all day. Just before 10am PT Friday morning, Salesforce engineers deployed a database script that &#8220;inadvertently gave users broader data access than intended,&#8221; it said on its status page. That is not good, and while the broader access issue only affected customers who currently use Pardot or have used it in the past, in order to prevent further problems the company decided to cut service to all customers using instances that&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/database-error-causes-widespread-ongoing-salesforce-outage-affecting-pardot-customers/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_460658" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-460658" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-630x473.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="473" class="size-full-width wp-image-460658" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-1260x945.jpg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-460658" class="wp-caption-text">Salesforce&#8217;s headquarters in San Francisco. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)</figcaption></figure> <p>A database script error forced Salesforce engineers to cut service to a wide swath of customers Friday, and for some customers using its Pardot service, Salesforce has been down all day.</p> <p>Just before 10am PT Friday morning, Salesforce engineers deployed a database script that &#8220;inadvertently gave users broader data access than intended,&#8221; <a href="https://status.salesforce.com/incidents/3815">it said on its status page</a>. That is not good, and while the broader access issue only affected customers who currently use <a href="https://www.pardot.com/customers/">Pardot</a> or have used it in the past, in order to prevent further problems the company decided to cut service to all customers using instances that hosted Pardot users.</p> <p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/salesforce/comments/bpq336/salesforce_enables_modify_all_in_all_user_profiles/">On Reddit</a>, (<a href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/17/salesforce_database_outage/">via El Reg</a>) one customer said that his company&#8217;s project automatically granted access to any Salesforce user.</p> <p>As of 2:49pm PT, Salesforce said that it had restored access for customers who have never used Pardot, a &#8220;customer success&#8221; tool that helps marketing teams sell you more stuff. However, current and former Pardot customers remain unable to access the core Salesforce service as of this writing, and the company is &#8220;working to restore the original permissions as quickly as possible for customers that were affected by the permissions change,&#8221; it said.</p> <p>Salesforce also said a &#8220;subset&#8221; of customers were affected by the issues, but dozens of Salesforce instances across North America and Europe were listed on the outage notice.</p> <p>A Salesforce representative did not immediately reply to a request for more details on the outage and an expected time of resolution.</p> <p>Needless to say, that&#8217;s a long outage on a late spring Friday, and there are lots of sales teams that didn&#8217;t get much done today. We&#8217;ll update this post as more information becomes available, but in the meantime, here&#8217;s an artisanally curated number of outage tweets:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">To all of our <a href="https://twitter.com/salesforce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@salesforce</a> customers, please be aware that we are experiencing a major issue with our service and apologize for the impact it is having on you. Please know that we have all hands on this issue and are resolving as quickly as possible.</p> <p>&mdash; Parker Harris (@parkerharris) <a href="https://twitter.com/parkerharris/status/1129426438325587969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 17, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">We&#39;re standing up <a href="https://twitter.com/salesforce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@salesforce</a>, which makes this 4 hour outage perfect timing. I didn&#39;t know Salesforce Twitter shade existed until today, and it has not disappointed: <a href="https://t.co/EjpTumyDcG">https://t.co/EjpTumyDcG</a></p> <p>&mdash; Andrew Ray (@andrewray) <a href="https://twitter.com/andrewray/status/1129509545154211840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 17, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">When you get in this morning and start getting emails that people can’t get into <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Salesforce?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Salesforce</a> and you find out there is an outage with no ETA! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Salesforceoutage?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Salesforceoutage</a> <a href="https://t.co/uqtA4FQtQI">pic.twitter.com/uqtA4FQtQI</a></p> <p>&mdash; Alexandra Bieschke (@mrsbieschke) <a href="https://twitter.com/mrsbieschke/status/1129509365751406598?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 17, 2019</a></p></blockquote> Updated: Database error causes widespread, ongoing Salesforce outage affecting Pardot customers https://www.geekwire.com/2019/database-error-causes-widespread-ongoing-salesforce-outage-affecting-pardot-customers/ GeekWire urn:uuid:cfcc6c6d-b550-d92a-265b-0778a55e2e40 Sat, 18 May 2019 00:51:54 +0200 <img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" data-fl-original-src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq.jpg" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-630x473.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Updated Saturday 11:06am PT: Salesforce sounded the all-clear Saturday morning, ending an outage that lasted 15 hours and 8 minutes according to its system status page. Our original story follows below. A database script error forced Salesforce engineers to cut service to a wide swath of customers Friday, and for some customers using its Pardot service, Salesforce has been down all day. Just before 10am PT Friday morning, Salesforce engineers deployed a database script that &#8220;inadvertently gave users broader data access than intended,&#8221; it said on its status page. That is not good, and while the broader access issue only&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/database-error-causes-widespread-ongoing-salesforce-outage-affecting-pardot-customers/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_460658" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-460658" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-630x473.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="473" class="size-full-width wp-image-460658" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/salesforce-hq-1260x945.jpg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-460658" class="wp-caption-text">Salesforce&#8217;s headquarters in San Francisco. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Updated Saturday 11:06am PT: Salesforce sounded the all-clear Saturday morning, ending an outage that lasted 15 hours and 8 minutes <a href="https://status.salesforce.com/incidents/3815">according to its system status page</a>. Our original story follows below.</em></p> <p>A database script error forced Salesforce engineers to cut service to a wide swath of customers Friday, and for some customers using its Pardot service, Salesforce has been down all day.</p> <p>Just before 10am PT Friday morning, Salesforce engineers deployed a database script that &#8220;inadvertently gave users broader data access than intended,&#8221; <a href="https://status.salesforce.com/incidents/3815">it said on its status page</a>. That is not good, and while the broader access issue only affected customers who currently use <a href="https://www.pardot.com/customers/">Pardot</a> or have used it in the past, in order to prevent further problems the company decided to cut service to all customers using instances that hosted Pardot users.</p> <p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/salesforce/comments/bpq336/salesforce_enables_modify_all_in_all_user_profiles/">On Reddit</a>, (<a href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/17/salesforce_database_outage/">via El Reg</a>) one customer said that his company&#8217;s project automatically granted access to any Salesforce user.</p> <p>As of 2:49pm PT, Salesforce said that it had restored access for customers who have never used Pardot, a &#8220;customer success&#8221; tool that helps marketing teams sell you more stuff. However, current and former Pardot customers remain unable to access the core Salesforce service as of this writing, and the company is &#8220;working to restore the original permissions as quickly as possible for customers that were affected by the permissions change,&#8221; it said.</p> <p>Salesforce also said a &#8220;subset&#8221; of customers were affected by the issues, but dozens of Salesforce instances across North America and Europe were listed on the outage notice.</p> <p>A Salesforce representative did not immediately reply to a request for more details on the outage and an expected time of resolution.</p> <p>Needless to say, that&#8217;s a long outage on a late spring Friday, and there are lots of sales teams that didn&#8217;t get much done today. We&#8217;ll update this post as more information becomes available, but in the meantime, here&#8217;s an artisanally curated number of outage tweets:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">To all of our <a href="https://twitter.com/salesforce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@salesforce</a> customers, please be aware that we are experiencing a major issue with our service and apologize for the impact it is having on you. Please know that we have all hands on this issue and are resolving as quickly as possible.</p> <p>&mdash; Parker Harris (@parkerharris) <a href="https://twitter.com/parkerharris/status/1129426438325587969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 17, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">We&#39;re standing up <a href="https://twitter.com/salesforce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@salesforce</a>, which makes this 4 hour outage perfect timing. I didn&#39;t know Salesforce Twitter shade existed until today, and it has not disappointed: <a href="https://t.co/EjpTumyDcG">https://t.co/EjpTumyDcG</a></p> <p>&mdash; Andrew Ray (@andrewray) <a href="https://twitter.com/andrewray/status/1129509545154211840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 17, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">When you get in this morning and start getting emails that people can’t get into <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Salesforce?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Salesforce</a> and you find out there is an outage with no ETA! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Salesforceoutage?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Salesforceoutage</a> <a href="https://t.co/uqtA4FQtQI">pic.twitter.com/uqtA4FQtQI</a></p> <p>&mdash; Alexandra Bieschke (@mrsbieschke) <a href="https://twitter.com/mrsbieschke/status/1129509365751406598?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 17, 2019</a></p></blockquote> Italy opens antitrust probe into Google because of a rejected Android Auto app https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629912/google-android-auto-italy-antitrust-probe-enel-group The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:fa7d7d58-debc-0346-0ee3-d2bf9bdf0741 Fri, 17 May 2019 23:57:00 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/8p-QVEmCzPJ5TApAyMol7d5q_Vo=/0x0:1020x680/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63855533/android-auto-ces-2015-002-1020.0.0.jpg" /> <p id="aCq55S">Italy’s antitrust authority has become the latest international regulatory body to <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/17/italian-regulators-launch-probe-into-google-over-abuse-of-market-dominance.html">open an anti-competition investigation</a> into Google, joining the European Union and the Competition Commission of India. </p> <p id="p8GkJ3">The regulator opened the probe on Thursday after energy company Enel Group complained that Google wouldn’t allow the “Enel X Recharge” app to work with Android Auto. Enel Group was created by the Italian <a href="https://www.enel.com/stories/a/2016/09/our-history-our-future">government in 1962</a>, and it was privatized in 1999, though its <a href="https://www.enel.com/aboutus/who-we-are">biggest shareholder is currently</a> Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance. </p> <div class="c-float-right"><aside id="dTbtXY"><q>Android Auto is only open to third-party developers making media or messaging apps</q></aside></div> <p id="SrBnue">Google allows third-party developers to develop Android Auto-compatible versions of their apps, but only if they offer...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629912/google-android-auto-italy-antitrust-probe-enel-group">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Man sentenced to over 18 months in prison after threatening to kill Ajit Pai https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629901/ajit-pai-death-threat-prison-sentence-net-neutrality The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:35df0162-3c32-dcef-2a2c-dc112e93cbf6 Fri, 17 May 2019 23:17:17 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/MEmzVDJ7D7Qp4M9irzbJdxBv7PA=/0x0:5472x3648/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63855169/1147618236.jpg.0.jpg" /> <p id="cP6oMC">On Friday, <a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/man-sentenced-threatening-murder-family-fcc-chairman">a California man was sentenced to over a year and a half in prison</a> for threatening to kill Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and his family over the agency’s controversial repeal of net neutrality. </p> <p id="nF6ajL">The threats took place in December 2017 as the FCC took up the vote to roll back net neutrality regulations under Pai’s leadership. As the day of the vote approached, a man named Markara Man, 33, began sending Pai emails with threats against him and his family.</p> <p id="Hw7N0d">Allegedly, the <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/29/17519742/fcc-chariman-ajit-man-death-threats-markara-man-arrested-net-neutrality">first email accused the net neutrality repeal</a>, and therefore Pai, of causing a teenager to die by suicide. The next email reportedly made explicit threats to kill Pai and his family, including specific addresses in and around Arlington,...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629901/ajit-pai-death-threat-prison-sentence-net-neutrality">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Google has been tracking nearly everything you buy online — see for yourself with this tool https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629789/google-purchase-history-gmail-email-receipts The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:3cdbadfd-8e9e-d367-cf58-1847ee70099d Fri, 17 May 2019 22:41:12 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Q2fi_X0-S1Lnm2bvlJYR07vkyog=/0x0:2040x1360/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63854959/acastro_180427_1777_0001.0.jpg" /> <p id="WpRINN">Google has been quietly keeping track of nearly every single online purchase you’ve ever made, thanks to purchase receipts sent to your personal Gmail account, according to a <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/17/google-gmail-tracks-purchase-history-how-to-delete-it.html?__source=twitter%7Cmain">new report today from CNBC</a>. Even stranger: this information is made available to you via a private web tool that’s been active for an indeterminate amount of time. You can go <a href="https://myaccount.google.com/u/2/purchases?pageId=none">view it here</a>. </p> <p id="T57Yoy">Because I made my Gmail account nearly a decade ago, my purchase history stretches back as far as 2010, including purchases I made while I was a college student and those through Apple’s App Store, which has been linked to my Gmail account since its inception. It also includes some real-world transactions made using my credit card, thanks to point-of-sale software providers like...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629789/google-purchase-history-gmail-email-receipts">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Hyperdimensional computing theory could lead to AI with memories and reflexes https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2019/05/17/hyperdimensional-computing-theory-could-lead-to-ai-with-memories-and-reflexes/ The Next Web urn:uuid:72d8f23f-b990-22b1-87c1-70bec60c6058 Fri, 17 May 2019 22:03:42 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/vectorbased2-796x397.jpg" width="796" height="397"><br />A team of scientists from the University of Maryland recently came up with a take on the hyperdimensional computing theory that could give robots memories and reflexes. This could break the stalemate we seem to be at with autonomous vehicles and other real-world robots, and lead to more human-like AI models. The solution The Maryland team came up with a theoretical method by which hyperdimensional computing – a hypervector-based alternative to computations based on Booleans and numbers – could replace current deep learning methods for processing sensory information. According to Anton Mitrokhin, a PhD student and author on the team’s&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2019/05/17/hyperdimensional-computing-theory-could-lead-to-ai-with-memories-and-reflexes/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web HP Enterprise acquires supercomputer maker Cray in the race to ‘exascale’ performance https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629716/hpe-cray-acquisition-supercomputers-exascale-performance-deal The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:5e72b91e-c3ad-a2e7-668e-73da712844ed Fri, 17 May 2019 21:37:05 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/2ASVdtMnIREwfVhrOTjNs6cBHkY=/150x0:1770x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63854451/High_tech_Aurora1600x900.0.jpg" /> <p id="5RQVyC">Hewlett Packard Enterprise, not to be confused with the personal computing brand from which it split in 2015, said today that it acquired Cray, an iconic maker of supercomputers with a rich history in the computing industry. The deal is said to be valued at $1.4 billion. </p> <p id="0KuNH8">Cray, which was founded in 1972 by “the father of supercomputing,” Seymour Cray, is currently contracted to build two of the world’s fastest supercomputers for two US Department of Energy Labs: the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory. Both systems, <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/7/18535078/worlds-fastest-exascale-supercomputer-frontier-amd-cray-doe-oak-ridge-national-laboratory">one called Frontier being built in partnership with AMD</a> and <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/18/18271328/supercomputer-build-date-exascale-intel-argonne-national-laboratory-energy">one called Aurora with Intel</a>, are promised to bring so-called “exascale” performance, with raw performance power of the excess of 1.5...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629716/hpe-cray-acquisition-supercomputers-exascale-performance-deal">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquires supercomputer maker Cray in the race to ‘exascale’ performance https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629716/hpe-cray-acquisition-supercomputers-exascale-performance-deal The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:49c35c36-e02b-296c-ed0e-e01e8f6c4e36 Fri, 17 May 2019 21:37:05 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/2ASVdtMnIREwfVhrOTjNs6cBHkY=/150x0:1770x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63854451/High_tech_Aurora1600x900.0.jpg" /> <p id="5RQVyC">Hewlett Packard Enterprise, not to be confused with the personal computing brand from which it split in 2015, said today that it acquired Cray, an iconic maker of supercomputers with a rich history in the computing industry. The deal is said to be valued at $1.3 billion. </p> <p id="0KuNH8">Cray, which was founded in 1972 by “the father of supercomputing,” Seymour Cray, is currently contracted to build two of the world’s fastest supercomputers for two US Department of Energy Labs: the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory. Both systems, <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/7/18535078/worlds-fastest-exascale-supercomputer-frontier-amd-cray-doe-oak-ridge-national-laboratory">one called Frontier being built in partnership with AMD</a> and <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/18/18271328/supercomputer-build-date-exascale-intel-argonne-national-laboratory-energy">one called Aurora with Intel</a>, are promised to bring so-called “exascale” performance, with raw performance power of the excess of 1.5...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629716/hpe-cray-acquisition-supercomputers-exascale-performance-deal">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Geek of the Week: Expedia’s Connie Chung navigates tough tech to solve travel headaches https://www.geekwire.com/2019/connie-chung/ GeekWire urn:uuid:ac48b6eb-9ddc-146c-119a-68a6fba9f454 Fri, 17 May 2019 21:30:16 +0200 <img width="1260" height="837" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-1260x837.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" data-fl-original-src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot.jpeg" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-1260x837.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-768x510.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-630x419.jpeg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Connie Chung loves tech and she loves travel. And in 11 years at Expedia Group, the Bellevue, Wash.-based travel technology company, she&#8217;s gotten to combine both. Chung, our latest Geek of the Week, is a senior director of product at Egencia, the business travel brand within Expedia. A native Seattleite, Chung caught the tech bug from her dad, a &#8220;super geek,&#8221; as she calls him, who owned a computer store back in the 1980s and &#8217;90s — before you could buy a computer online. &#8220;As a child, I helped assemble hundreds of computers in his shop for fun,&#8221; Chung said.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/connie-chung/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_494225" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-494225" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-494225 size-full-width" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-630x419.jpeg" alt="" width="630" height="419" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-630x419.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-768x510.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-1260x837.jpeg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-494225" class="wp-caption-text">Connie Chung of Expedia says travel and booking travel will continue to evolve as technology advances. (Photo courtesy of Connie Chung)</figcaption></figure> <p>Connie Chung loves tech and she loves travel. And in 11 years at Expedia Group, the Bellevue, Wash.-based travel technology company, she&#8217;s gotten to combine both.</p> <p>Chung, our latest Geek of the Week, is a senior director of product at <a href="https://www.egencia.com/public/us/">Egencia</a>, the business travel brand within Expedia.</p> <p>A native Seattleite, Chung caught the tech bug from her dad, a &#8220;super geek,&#8221; as she calls him, who owned a computer store back in the 1980s and &#8217;90s — before you could buy a computer online.</p> <p>&#8220;As a child, I helped assemble hundreds of computers in his shop for fun,&#8221; Chung said. &#8220;He’s a big reason why I got an engineering degree from the University of Virginia (go Hoos!).&#8221;</p> <p>At Egencia, Chung is attempting to seize on the ample opportunity to innovate in the travel space.</p> <p>&#8220;Travel and booking travel will continue to evolve as technology advances,&#8221; she said. &#8220;A simple example of how we are making it easier for our customers to book travel is by using machine learning to provide personalized search results. We want to make your top search results the most relevant for you, so you don’t have to spend extra time filtering, sorting, and researching.&#8221;</p> <p>And if she dropped everything and searched for her own vacation to celebrate being Geek of the Week?</p> <p>&#8220;I would love an excuse to take a &#8216;business trip&#8217; somewhere warm and beachy, like the Greek islands!&#8221; Chung said.</p> <p>Learn more about this week&#8217;s Geek of the Week, Connie Chung:</p> <p><strong>What do you do, and why do you do it?</strong> I am a Senior Director of Product at Egencia, the business travel brand within Expedia Group. My job is to deliver the best product to save companies money and keep business travelers happy. Booking a work trip should be as easy as booking travel for your personal vacation. My responsibilities include our business intelligence and data products, along with customer service products. I love solving large, complex problems and feel energized when I can break down large problems into smaller, manageable actions. I often see people freeze when a problem seems too overwhelming. I encourage my team to have a bias for action and to just start moving. Sometimes you may make a wrong decision, but that’s OK. You can learn from those mistakes and pivot quickly.</p> <p><strong>What&#8217;s the single most important thing people should know about your field?</strong> A wide range of stakeholders present solutions to product managers, and we have to know how to ask the right questions, and steer the conversation towards determining the problem to solve for the customer. Once you’ve defined the actual problem that you want to solve, you often end up with an entirely different solution. The best product managers are able to combine strong technical skills and business savvy, with strategic vision and a heavy dose of emotional intelligence.</p> <p><strong>Where do you find your inspiration?</strong> Nature, for sure. Being a Seattle native means I find inspiration and peace on a hike, or any time I am out on the water. That’s when I get a reminder of how small I am, relative to time and space. It inspires me to reset my perspective.</p> <p><strong>What&#8217;s the one piece of technology you couldn&#8217;t live without, and why?</strong> I couldn’t live without a washer and dryer. It would be someone’s full-time job to do laundry in our house if it weren’t for those machines.</p> <figure id="attachment_494226" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-494226" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-494226" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/file-6-630x473.jpeg" alt="" width="630" height="473" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/file-6-630x473.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/file-6-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/file-6-1260x945.jpeg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-494226" class="wp-caption-text">(Photo courtesy of Connie Chung)</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>What&#8217;s your workspace like, and why does it work for you?</strong> Most days I spend less than an hour at my desk. I’m usually jumping around from meeting to meeting. My desk is not much more than a dropoff spot for my purse and lunch.</p> <p><strong>Your best tip or trick for managing everyday work and life. (Help us out, we need it.)</strong> Be selective and prioritize relentlessly. There is never enough time in the day to do everything you want to do. You have to know what is critical and what is optional — it’s not always obvious. I am careful in how I schedule my days. By doing so, I am able to leave my work at the office and keep most of my evenings free to spend with my family. With that said, there are occasionally days when I continue to work at home. Sometimes an emergency comes up, or a deadline approaches, and I just need to put in the extra time to make sure my team and I are on the right track. By maintaining a flexible mindset, I have the freedom to adapt how I work based on changing situations at work and at home. For example, when my kids were still babies, I set a rule for myself to never be gone on work trips for more than three consecutive days. Now that they’re older (6 and 4 this year, it’s such a fun age!), I am comfortable with taking week-long trips without stressing about it.</p> <p><strong>Mac, Windows or Linux?</strong> Windows.</p> <p><strong>Kirk, Picard, or Janeway?</strong> Huh?</p> <p><strong>Transporter, Time Machine or Cloak of Invisibility?</strong> Transporter. I spend too much time in airplanes and airports. Imagine being able to take a weekend getaway halfway around the world, what a dream!</p> <p><strong>If someone gave me $1 million to launch a startup, I would …</strong> Change the way travel is planned and booked for families with children. Today I have to spend way too much time reading people’s blogs about “traveling to x with toddlers.”</p> <p><strong>I once waited in line for …</strong> Rollercoaster rides. I love rollercoasters, and it’s one of the few things I will wait in lines for.</p> <p><strong>Your role models:</strong> David Robinson (the former NBA center for the Spurs). I grew up watching a lot of NBA games, and he was at the top of the game, was a stand-up guy, served in the military, and after retiring from the NBA, has used his money and fame to serve his community.</p> <p><strong>Greatest game in history:</strong> Uno. I enjoyed it as a kid, and am rediscovering the joys of it again with Uno Attack!</p> <p><strong>Best gadget ever:</strong> Foot massager. I look forward to coming home each day and tucking my feet inside my foot massager.</p> <p><strong>First computer:</strong> A computer with a 486 processor.</p> <p><strong>Current phone:</strong> iPhone 8.</p> <p><strong>Favorite app:</strong> <a href="https://classpass.com/">ClassPass</a>. I only squeeze in about 1-2 workouts a week, but it helps me feel like I have a small chance to fight against the aging process.</p> <p><strong>Favorite cause:</strong> Causes that help foster children, or children in need of adoptive families.</p> <p><strong>Most important technology of 2019:</strong> Autonomous driving.</p> <p><strong>Most important technology of 2021: </strong>Blockchain. In a couple years we will see more widespread adoption of this technology beyond cryptocurrencies.</p> <p><strong>Final words of advice for your fellow geeks:</strong> Be humble and kind. It’s not just what you accomplished that matters, it’s how you accomplished those things that matters even more.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="https://www.egencia.com/public/us/">Egencia</a></p> <p><strong>LinkedIn:</strong> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/connie-chung-6b6659/">Connie Chung</a></p> Geek of the Week: Expedia Group’s Connie Chung navigates tough tech to solve travel headaches https://www.geekwire.com/2019/connie-chung/ GeekWire urn:uuid:d4f118ff-a72c-8acd-abe9-3f6ffdeb7a13 Fri, 17 May 2019 21:30:16 +0200 <img width="1260" height="837" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-1260x837.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" data-fl-original-src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot.jpeg" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-1260x837.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-768x510.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-630x419.jpeg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Connie Chung loves tech and she loves travel. And in 11 years at Expedia Group, the Bellevue, Wash.-based travel technology company, she&#8217;s gotten to combine both. Chung, our latest Geek of the Week, is a senior director of product at Egencia, the business travel brand within Expedia. A native Seattleite, Chung caught the tech bug from her dad, a &#8220;super geek,&#8221; as she calls him, who owned a computer store back in the 1980s and &#8217;90s — before you could buy a computer online. &#8220;As a child, I helped assemble hundreds of computers in his shop for fun,&#8221; Chung said.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/connie-chung/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_494225" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-494225" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-494225 size-full-width" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-630x419.jpeg" alt="" width="630" height="419" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-630x419.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-768x510.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/headshot-1260x837.jpeg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-494225" class="wp-caption-text">Connie Chung of Expedia says travel and booking travel will continue to evolve as technology advances. (Photo courtesy of Connie Chung)</figcaption></figure> <p>Connie Chung loves tech and she loves travel. And in 11 years at Expedia Group, the Bellevue, Wash.-based travel technology company, she&#8217;s gotten to combine both.</p> <p>Chung, our latest Geek of the Week, is a senior director of product at <a href="https://www.egencia.com/public/us/">Egencia</a>, the business travel brand within Expedia.</p> <p>A native Seattleite, Chung caught the tech bug from her dad, a &#8220;super geek,&#8221; as she calls him, who owned a computer store back in the 1980s and &#8217;90s — before you could buy a computer online.</p> <p>&#8220;As a child, I helped assemble hundreds of computers in his shop for fun,&#8221; Chung said. &#8220;He’s a big reason why I got an engineering degree from the University of Virginia (go Hoos!).&#8221;</p> <p>At Egencia, Chung is attempting to seize on the ample opportunity to innovate in the travel space.</p> <p>&#8220;Travel and booking travel will continue to evolve as technology advances,&#8221; she said. &#8220;A simple example of how we are making it easier for our customers to book travel is by using machine learning to provide personalized search results. We want to make your top search results the most relevant for you, so you don’t have to spend extra time filtering, sorting, and researching.&#8221;</p> <p>And if she dropped everything and searched for her own vacation to celebrate being Geek of the Week?</p> <p>&#8220;I would love an excuse to take a &#8216;business trip&#8217; somewhere warm and beachy, like the Greek islands!&#8221; Chung said.</p> <p>Learn more about this week&#8217;s Geek of the Week, Connie Chung:</p> <p><strong>What do you do, and why do you do it?</strong> I am a Senior Director of Product at Egencia, the business travel brand within Expedia Group. My job is to deliver the best product to save companies money and keep business travelers happy. Booking a work trip should be as easy as booking travel for your personal vacation. My responsibilities include our business intelligence and data products, along with customer service products. I love solving large, complex problems and feel energized when I can break down large problems into smaller, manageable actions. I often see people freeze when a problem seems too overwhelming. I encourage my team to have a bias for action and to just start moving. Sometimes you may make a wrong decision, but that’s OK. You can learn from those mistakes and pivot quickly.</p> <p><strong>What&#8217;s the single most important thing people should know about your field?</strong> A wide range of stakeholders present solutions to product managers, and we have to know how to ask the right questions, and steer the conversation towards determining the problem to solve for the customer. Once you’ve defined the actual problem that you want to solve, you often end up with an entirely different solution. The best product managers are able to combine strong technical skills and business savvy, with strategic vision and a heavy dose of emotional intelligence.</p> <p><strong>Where do you find your inspiration?</strong> Nature, for sure. Being a Seattle native means I find inspiration and peace on a hike, or any time I am out on the water. That’s when I get a reminder of how small I am, relative to time and space. It inspires me to reset my perspective.</p> <p><strong>What&#8217;s the one piece of technology you couldn&#8217;t live without, and why?</strong> I couldn’t live without a washer and dryer. It would be someone’s full-time job to do laundry in our house if it weren’t for those machines.</p> <figure id="attachment_494226" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-494226" style="width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-494226" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/file-6-630x473.jpeg" alt="" width="630" height="473" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/file-6-630x473.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/file-6-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/file-6-1260x945.jpeg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-494226" class="wp-caption-text">(Photo courtesy of Connie Chung)</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>What&#8217;s your workspace like, and why does it work for you?</strong> Most days I spend less than an hour at my desk. I’m usually jumping around from meeting to meeting. My desk is not much more than a dropoff spot for my purse and lunch.</p> <p><strong>Your best tip or trick for managing everyday work and life. (Help us out, we need it.)</strong> Be selective and prioritize relentlessly. There is never enough time in the day to do everything you want to do. You have to know what is critical and what is optional — it’s not always obvious. I am careful in how I schedule my days. By doing so, I am able to leave my work at the office and keep most of my evenings free to spend with my family. With that said, there are occasionally days when I continue to work at home. Sometimes an emergency comes up, or a deadline approaches, and I just need to put in the extra time to make sure my team and I are on the right track. By maintaining a flexible mindset, I have the freedom to adapt how I work based on changing situations at work and at home. For example, when my kids were still babies, I set a rule for myself to never be gone on work trips for more than three consecutive days. Now that they’re older (6 and 4 this year, it’s such a fun age!), I am comfortable with taking week-long trips without stressing about it.</p> <p><strong>Mac, Windows or Linux?</strong> Windows.</p> <p><strong>Kirk, Picard, or Janeway?</strong> Huh?</p> <p><strong>Transporter, Time Machine or Cloak of Invisibility?</strong> Transporter. I spend too much time in airplanes and airports. Imagine being able to take a weekend getaway halfway around the world, what a dream!</p> <p><strong>If someone gave me $1 million to launch a startup, I would …</strong> Change the way travel is planned and booked for families with children. Today I have to spend way too much time reading people’s blogs about “traveling to x with toddlers.”</p> <p><strong>I once waited in line for …</strong> Rollercoaster rides. I love rollercoasters, and it’s one of the few things I will wait in lines for.</p> <p><strong>Your role models:</strong> David Robinson (the former NBA center for the Spurs). I grew up watching a lot of NBA games, and he was at the top of the game, was a stand-up guy, served in the military, and after retiring from the NBA, has used his money and fame to serve his community.</p> <p><strong>Greatest game in history:</strong> Uno. I enjoyed it as a kid, and am rediscovering the joys of it again with Uno Attack!</p> <p><strong>Best gadget ever:</strong> Foot massager. I look forward to coming home each day and tucking my feet inside my foot massager.</p> <p><strong>First computer:</strong> A computer with a 486 processor.</p> <p><strong>Current phone:</strong> iPhone 8.</p> <p><strong>Favorite app:</strong> <a href="https://classpass.com/">ClassPass</a>. I only squeeze in about 1-2 workouts a week, but it helps me feel like I have a small chance to fight against the aging process.</p> <p><strong>Favorite cause:</strong> Causes that help foster children, or children in need of adoptive families.</p> <p><strong>Most important technology of 2019:</strong> Autonomous driving.</p> <p><strong>Most important technology of 2021: </strong>Blockchain. In a couple years we will see more widespread adoption of this technology beyond cryptocurrencies.</p> <p><strong>Final words of advice for your fellow geeks:</strong> Be humble and kind. It’s not just what you accomplished that matters, it’s how you accomplished those things that matters even more.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="https://www.egencia.com/public/us/">Egencia</a></p> <p><strong>LinkedIn:</strong> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/connie-chung-6b6659/">Connie Chung</a></p> AT&T defends location data sales in newly public letter https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629553/att-t-mobile-sprint-verizon-selling-user-location-data-illegal-fcc-letters-public The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:45b4ed83-e7be-38c9-4517-d01e3379eac1 Fri, 17 May 2019 20:52:23 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Hlq1BZGOQp634kvS8oHmpGHihfc=/0x0:2040x1360/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63854098/acastro_180322_1777_0001.0.jpg" /> <p id="McZG8E">AT&amp;T defended the sale of user location data in a <a href="https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-357494A2.pdf">letter made public today</a>, saying that the practice was technically legal because it did not involve the type of data the Federal Communications Commission prohibits carriers from selling without user consent. Despite that defense, the company claims it has, in the past few months, accelerated its plan to stop providing such data, which, again, AT&amp;T would very much like to remind everyone wasn’t against the law. </p> <p id="IWcFa9">The FCC is investigating the telecom and fellow carriers T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon for the long-standing practice that only in the past couple of years has come to light after press investigations. All four major carriers claimed they would <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/19/17479490/att-follows-verizon-user-location-data-sale-brokers">stop the practice in June 2018 after...</a></p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629553/att-t-mobile-sprint-verizon-selling-user-location-data-illegal-fcc-letters-public">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Microsoft unveils Minecraft Earth, the new AR hotness https://thenextweb.com/augmented-reality/2019/05/17/minecraft-earth-game-augmented-reality-app/ The Next Web urn:uuid:060c2d42-c8d8-068d-05bb-99650a4510d5 Fri, 17 May 2019 20:44:36 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/Minecraft-Earth-796x417.jpg" width="796" height="417"><br />In celebration of Minecraft‘s tenth anniversary, Microsoft played its Pokemon GO card and released an augmented reality phone app that shows the game pasted over the real world, called Minecraft Earth. This is perhaps the most novel way of incorporating AR into a game since the original Pokemon GO, but it just makes sense, doesn’t it? Minecraft is an exaggerated version of our world, so it doesn’t look too jarring when pasted over our daily environs. According to Microsoft, players will be able to gather resources, collaborate with other players on builds, and encounter mobs of creatures — some of which will be hostile and must be fought, which reminds&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/augmented-reality/2019/05/17/minecraft-earth-game-augmented-reality-app/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web<br/><br/>Or just read more coverage about: <a href='https://thenextweb.com/company/microsoft/'>Microsoft</a> Watch the first full trailer for HBO’s adaptation of His Dark Materials https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629632/hbo-his-dark-materials-golden-compass-philip-pullman-trailer-watch The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:ce9237af-69d0-2818-cea0-dbc5c274f6ea Fri, 17 May 2019 20:27:43 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/MUVtK4VLKbOAzdDHAzT0heOnNqY=/269x0:1651x921/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63853919/Screen_Shot_2019_05_17_at_2.00.26_PM.0.png" /> <p id="ICNHpQ">HBO’s <em>Game of Thrones</em> is coming to an end this weekend, and once it’s over, the network will have to figure out what its next big hit will be. One possibility is its forthcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s <em>His Dark Materials</em> trilogy. You can get a glimpse of that today: HBO just released the first real trailer for the upcoming fantasy series. </p> <p id="Ek7Iku">Pullman’s fantasy trilogy (<em>The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife</em>, and <em>The Amber Spyglass</em> as well as <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/25/16640892/book-of-dust-la-belle-sauvage-philip-pullman-fantasy-book-review">his ongoing sequel trilogy</a>, which started with <em>The Book of Dust</em> in 2017) is certainly epic in scale. Set in an alternate world where one’s soul manifests as a shape-shifting animal called a Daemon, it follows a young girl named Lyra Belacqua (played in the series by <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/8/17098546/the-golden-compass-philip-pullman-bbc-dafne-keen-tom-hooper"><em>Logan</em> star Dafne Keen</a>) who...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629632/hbo-his-dark-materials-golden-compass-philip-pullman-trailer-watch">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Game of Thrones Hope Chest: should Daenerys be saved? https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629622/game-of-thrones-got-season-8-hbo-final-finale-jon-snow-kill-daenerys-targaryen The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:878e5d1c-0bd4-6f82-8e77-e7258d290686 Fri, 17 May 2019 20:13:51 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/eA83WoAgXs9hdyUX4F1qUJUYaWM=/292x0:3442x2100/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63853809/221ccb83e43086152e71484f6155cc64d318f03a4674aa22a30acfe876eed850506e6cd55dce3d55c52d8c8553dc63b6.0.jpg" /> <p id="ZRDgKv"><a href="https://www.theverge.com/game-of-thrones"><em>Game of Thrones</em></a><em> </em>has never been about giving readers or viewers what they most want. Its author and screenwriters prefer to build fan expectations, then overturn them for narrative impact and, sometimes, pure shock value. Yet, fans maintain hope that at least a few of the characters will reach satisfying, well-deserved endings. So it’s time for the return of <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/8/16113452/game-of-thrones-hope-chest-hbo"><em>Game of Thrones </em>Hope Chest</a>, the weekly poll where we put all of our hopes together in one place. We aren’t asking what you <em>think</em> is going to happen on <em>Game of Thrones. </em>We’re asking: what do you most hope to see happen.</p> <p id="lDvvCi">This week, there’s really just one question: do you want to see Daenerys Targaryen saved? That raises a host of other minor questions, including <em>can </em>she be saved, and <em>s...</em></p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629622/game-of-thrones-got-season-8-hbo-final-finale-jon-snow-kill-daenerys-targaryen">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Five questions about 5G, answered https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629570/5g-questions-answers-white-house-huawei-qualcomm-apple-foxconn The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:e41d2998-38a6-66de-3aa2-1c1dd9504bd9 Fri, 17 May 2019 20:06:51 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/_HD6U6A2b7bft_eIXvRBpQ6eDWs=/0x0:2040x1360/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63853749/acastro_180430_1777_5G_0001.0.0.jpg" /> <p id="JVlmQQ">There is a lot of 5G hype — too much, actually — and it’s much more complicated than the transition to 4G was. On top of complicated technological questions about millimeter waves and modems, there’s also geopolitics, trade wars, gigantic lawsuits between tech titans, and empty buildings in Wisconsin.</p> <p id="kHeD2L">We’re tracking all of those stories on <em>The Verge —</em> you <a href="https://www.theverge.com/5g">can find our 5G coverage right here</a> — but if you just want a quick primer on what’s going on now that 5G phones are starting to be sold in stores and the White House is issuing 5G-related orders, read on.</p> <h2 id="1CqenH"><strong>1. Should I buy a 5G phone this year?</strong></h2> <p id="ncK6Hk">No.</p> <p id="F8G1a2"><strong>Why not?</strong></p> <p id="DHUBZt">The networks are barely existent, present only in a few cities. Even then, they only work well in certain blocks, and even then, you...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629570/5g-questions-answers-white-house-huawei-qualcomm-apple-foxconn">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Researchers use gene editing to make cells immune to HIV and other infections in Fred Hutch study https://www.geekwire.com/2019/researchers-use-gene-editing-make-cells-immune-hiv-infections-fred-hutch-study/ GeekWire urn:uuid:8b2225b2-947d-fcdf-7ec6-86c3ec2abe5b Fri, 17 May 2019 20:00:59 +0200 <img width="600" height="450" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b.jpg 600w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b-300x225.jpg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b-200x150.jpg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b-133x100.jpg 133w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px"><br>Some viruses, no matter how hard we try, remain resistant to vaccines. Now, researchers are using a different method, gene editing, as a way to make cells immune to mankind&#8217;s most difficult viruses. Led by Dr. Justin Taylor, a team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has targeted four infections for which there&#8217;s no protective vaccine: HIV, influenza, the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The researchers used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to modify B cells, a class of white blood cells that produce antibodies to protect us from diseases. By coding the cells with genes that create specific&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/researchers-use-gene-editing-make-cells-immune-hiv-infections-fred-hutch-study/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_499253" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499253" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-499253" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b.jpg 600w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b-300x225.jpg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b-200x150.jpg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/11B_hiv_b-133x100.jpg 133w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499253" class="wp-caption-text">HIV infects a human cell. (National Institute of Health Photo)</figcaption></figure> <p>Some viruses, no matter how hard we try, remain resistant to vaccines. Now, researchers are using a different method, gene editing, as a way to make cells immune to mankind&#8217;s most difficult viruses.</p> <p>Led by <a href="https://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/profiles/taylor-justin.html">Dr. Justin Taylor</a>, a team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has targeted four infections for which there&#8217;s no protective vaccine: HIV, influenza, the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).</p> <figure id="attachment_499251" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-499251" style="width: 300px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-499251 size-medium" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Justin-Taylor-300x212.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="212" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Justin-Taylor-300x212.jpg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Justin-Taylor-630x445.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Justin-Taylor.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-499251" class="wp-caption-text">Dr. Justin Taylor. (Fred Hutch Photo / Robert Hood)</figcaption></figure> <p>The researchers used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to modify B cells, a class of white blood cells that produce antibodies to protect us from diseases. By coding the cells with genes that create specific antibodies, the team was able to make them immune without the use of a vaccine.</p> <p>The researchers tested the method in both human cells in a test tube and in living mice. Between 30 and 60 percent of the cells produced the desired antibody. Taylor said that the mice remained protected for 83 days following the procedure, an important benchmark given that patients who receive stem cell transplants can have weakened immune systems for three to six months.</p> <p>To be clear, Taylor doesn&#8217;t have anything against traditional vaccination. “Vaccines are great,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I wish we had more of them.&#8221;</p> <p>Instead, Taylor thinks the gene editing method could work one day for diseases where we don&#8217;t have a vaccine. It may help patients who are immunocompromised, meaning their bodies can no longer fight infections, as well as older patients whose bodies aren&#8217;t as receptive to vaccines. Gene-edited immunity might also be used to protect people faster than can be done with traditional vaccines, which could be useful during unexpected outbreaks.</p> <p>Taylor&#8217;s team included Fred Hutch researchers and co-authors Howell Moffett, Carson Harms, Kristi Fitzpatrick, Marti Tooley and Jim Boonyaratanakornkit. The results will be published in the journal <a href="https://immunology.sciencemag.org/">Science Immunology</a>.</p> <p>Many researchers have marveled at how easy CRISPR is to use, and Taylor himself had &#8220;zero experience with any kind of genetic engineering&#8221; at the start of the project. Other researchers at Fred Hutch are attempting to use the technology to directly <a href="https://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/center-news/2016/08/crispr-and-other-gene-editing-show-cure-potential.html">remove diseases like HIV</a> and viral hepatitis from the genome.</p> <p>Taylor initially received funding for the research from the Hartwell Foundation, which supports biomedical projects that benefit U.S. children. The research also received financing from Vir Biotechnology, a San Francisco-based firm that develops treatments for infectious diseases.</p> <p>Going forward, Taylor hopes to improve the method by making the effects longer lasting, proving its safety by examining any unintended effects, and scaling it for eventual use in humans.</p> Temporarily grounded? Recreational drone operators face new FAA requirements https://www.geekwire.com/2019/temporarily-grounded-recreational-drone-operators-face-new-faa-requirements/ GeekWire urn:uuid:f7641c46-6665-a98d-5aaa-c124f76b8f10 Fri, 17 May 2019 19:58:42 +0200 <img width="849" height="565" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/151123-drone.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Drone" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/151123-drone.jpg 849w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/151123-drone-620x413.jpg 620w" sizes="(max-width: 849px) 100vw, 849px"><br>Are you planning to take your drone out for a spin for Memorial Day weekend? First, you&#8217;d better check the map, and a new list of requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration. Some of the requirements are so new that the online tools required for compliance haven&#8217;t yet been rolled out, and that could put a temporary crimp in your flight plans — at least if you&#8217;re a stickler for the rules. The requirements, which were laid out today in the Federal Register, change the approval process for folks who want to fly drones weighing less than 55 pounds for&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2019/temporarily-grounded-recreational-drone-operators-face-new-faa-requirements/">Read More</a> <figure id="attachment_213777" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-213777" style="width: 620px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full-width wp-image-213777" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/151123-drone-620x413.jpg" alt="Drone" width="620" height="413" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/151123-drone-620x413.jpg 620w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/151123-drone.jpg 849w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-213777" class="wp-caption-text">Recreational drone users will be facing new requirements. (FAA Photo)</figcaption></figure> <p>Are you planning to take your drone out for a spin for Memorial Day weekend? First, you&#8217;d better check the map, and a new list of requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration.</p> <p>Some of the requirements are so new that the online tools required for compliance haven&#8217;t yet been rolled out, and that could put a temporary crimp in your flight plans — at least if you&#8217;re a stickler for the rules.</p> <p>The requirements, which were laid out today in the Federal Register, change the approval process for folks who want to fly drones weighing less than 55 pounds for recreational purposes as opposed to commercial applications.</p> <p>Previously, such operators were required to let the authorities at airports and air traffic control facilities know if they were planning to fly their drones within five miles of an airport. That&#8217;s no longer the case. Instead, they&#8217;ll have to get clearance via the FAA&#8217;s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC.</p> <p>The only problem is that LAANC&#8217;s online system isn&#8217;t yet set up for recreational fliers. So for the time being, the only places you&#8217;ll be able to fly drones within controlled airspace are at fixed sites <a href="https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/new_changes_recreational_uas/media/AMA_Flying_Fields_Initial_Publication.xlsx">specified in a Microsoft Excel database that the FAA is providing online</a>.</p> <p>There are four such sites listed for Washington state: <a href="https://www.lakesawyerhawks.org/">Lake Sawyer Hawks</a> in Hobart, <a href="https://www.modelaircraft.org/club/vashon-island-modelers">Vashon Island Modelers</a> on Vashon Island, <a href="http://www.fpmc.org/">Fern Prairie Modelers</a> in Washougal and <a href="https://www.modelaircraft.org/club/spokane-fpv">Spokane FPV</a> in Spokane. All of those sites cater to model-airplane hobbyists, and you may have to pay a membership fee to fly.</p> <p>The alternative is to head for uncontrolled airspace — which can be hard to find in areas anywhere close to an airport. Check <a href="http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/air-space-map/">the interactive map at KnowBeforeYouFly.org</a> to get the lay of the land. (Potential options include <a href="https://www.mar-c.org/">Marymoor Park Airfield</a> and <a href="http://www.60acres.org/">60 Acres</a> in Redmond. For what it&#8217;s worth, drone flights are forbidden in Seattle city parks.)</p> <p>In all cases, recreational drone flights are still limited to no higher than 400 feet. Operators also still have to keep drones in their visual line of sight, avoid other aircraft and comply with all FAA airspace restrictions.</p> <p>The revised requirements follow through on mandates relating to unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, that were laid out by Congress in <a href="https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr302/BILLS-115hr302enr.pdf">last year&#8217;s FAA reauthorization act</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;Certainly we see this as a very positive thing,&#8221; Jay Merkle, the FAA&#8217;s executive director for UAS integration, told reporters today. &#8220;It brings the recreational fliers to the same model as the commercial fliers.&#8221;</p> <p>Eventually, recreational fliers will have to pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test before using their drones, and carry proof that they&#8217;ve passed the test in case they&#8217;re asked by law enforcement officials or the FAA to produce it.</p> <p>But the FAA hasn&#8217;t yet developed the training module or the online test. So, until those are available, that requirement won&#8217;t be, um, required.</p> <p>A couple of years ago, the FAA started requiring recreational drone users to register their aircraft and mark them with the registration ID number. Now the FAA is working  on a <a href="https://www.faa.gov/uas/research_development/remote_id/">system known as &#8220;Remote ID&#8221;</a> that would make it possible for the FAA and law enforcement agencies to identify drones while they&#8217;re in the air.</p> <p>Merkle said the new framework governing recreational drone flights &#8220;sets the stage for making Remote ID effective.&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> The real change in Game of Thrones’ Daenerys is in how other characters see her https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629561/game-of-thrones-got-season-8-hbo-final-daenerys-targaryen-the-bells-kings-landing-villain The Verge - All Posts urn:uuid:cf55d032-3b96-e52e-b8ed-ea60d81e3312 Fri, 17 May 2019 19:42:39 +0200 <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/2W9oBBxItPbO5eCaQCclN9hgsHY=/292x0:3442x2100/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63853506/48640b3d30e619eed8f4f7abc6a01be6e8844ba8df004006a7004c68c991ff6ec6941a9284018268ded355cebf82bfb5.0.jpg" /> <p id="vLFveG"><strong>Warning: spoilers ahead for </strong><em><strong>Game of Thrones</strong></em><strong> season 8, especially episode 5, “The Bells.”</strong></p> <p id="t10nYP"><em>Game of Thrones</em> has become increasingly divisive over the course of eight seasons, but Daenerys Targaryen’s <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/14/18617323/game-of-thrones-got-season-8-hbo-final-recap-daenerys-cersei-jon-snow-tyrion-jaime-euron-the-bells">descent into becoming the “mad queen”</a> may be its most controversial turn yet. Some viewers are arguing that Daenerys has <a href="https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/05/14/game-of-thrones-daenerys-targaryen-has-always-been-a-mad-queen">always been a mad queen</a>. Others say the show <a href="https://fansided.com/2019/05/14/how-game-of-thrones-failed-daenerys-targaryen/">failed her character</a> entirely. Even those who accept the mechanics of her fall often doubt the show <a href="https://www.tvguide.com/news/game-of-thrones-the-bells-daenerys-character-arc/">earned it properly</a>.</p> <p id="0EYCR1">But Daenerys’ actions aren’t the only things at the root of the fan divide. There are significant questions about the ways the latest episode, “The Bells,” depicted her through other characters’ eyes. In some ways, Daenerys’ <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/13/18617844/game-of-thrones-got-season-8-hbo-final-the-bells-daenerys-targaryen-kings-landing-massacre-recap">abrupt King’s Landing rampage</a> wasn’t...</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629561/game-of-thrones-got-season-8-hbo-final-daenerys-targaryen-the-bells-kings-landing-villain">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Cheap: This Ecovacs Deebot 601 robot vacuum cleaner is 50% off https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2019/05/17/cheap-this-ecovacs-deebot-601-robot-vacuum-cleaner-is-50-off/ The Next Web urn:uuid:12d891bf-58f9-06d1-8e8c-b33212f287bf Fri, 17 May 2019 19:41:27 +0200 <img src="https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/05/CHEAPDeebot-796x417.png" width="796" height="417"><br />Nobody likes vacuuming. Nobody. Thankfully, it’s 2019, and for the price of a cheap netbook, you can get yourself a robot servant to do it for you. The Ecovacs Deebot 601 is a great example of this, and is currently on sale on Amazon for $189.99 – that’s a full 50 percent off the usual list price of $379.99. So, what do you get for your (not quite) two Benjamin Franklins? Well, it fulfills the main function of a robot vacuum, traversing thorough your house, consuming as much dust, lint and debris as it possibly can in the process. But&#8230; <br><br><a href="https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2019/05/17/cheap-this-ecovacs-deebot-601-robot-vacuum-cleaner-is-50-off/?utm_source=social&#038;utm_medium=feed&#038;utm_campaign=profeed">This story continues</a> at The Next Web