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 Feb. 9, 2020.
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Earthquake experts say current building codes don’t reflect the riskiest features of the Seattle area’s geology — but the outlook for survivability looks a lot better if the Really Big One can just hold off for a few more years. … Read More
Bill Gates warns that coronavirus impact could be ‘very, very dramatic,’ outlines long-term solutions
Bill Gates spoke with broad optimism about the potential for technology to address some of the globe’s biggest challenges, but struck an ominous tone Friday in discussing the threat posed by the coronavirus as the outbreak outpaces the best efforts of doctors and health workers. … Read More
A federal judge has paused work on a hotly contested cloud contract that the Defense Department awarded to Microsoft in November. … Read More
Jeff Bezos is the reported buyer of more prime real estate. … Read More
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was back in attendance at the Academy Awards on Sunday night and even though there was no official host, comedians Steve Martin and Chris Rock took notice in a monologue that opened the show. … Read More
Cutbacks are coming at Expedia Group, according to the Seattle-based travel giant’s annual regulatory filing and comments made by chairman Barry Diller on its Thursday earnings call. … Read More
Editor’s note: The following is a guest post written by David Glick, CTO at Flexe, a Seattle logistics startup. … Read More
Seattle’s socialist City Councilmember introduces new ‘Amazon tax’ to raise $300M/year for affordable public housing
Amazon’s tax bill has become a lightning rod in a nationwide debate over economic inequity and Seattle is on the front lines. … Read More
Tech executives will soon have a new direct flight option from Seattle to Bangalore, India, thanks to a West Coast alliance between Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and American Airlines. … Read More
Stripe closes Seattle office for two days as precaution after learning employee had contact with coronavirus patient
Payments technology company Stripe closed its Seattle engineering office for two days this week as a precaution after learning Wednesday that an employee visiting from Singapore had contact, before arriving in the United States, with someone who was subsequently diagnosed with coronavirus, the disease known as COVID-19. … Read More