From GeekWire: Make it so, Alexa: Amazon adds a few Star Trek skills to AI assistant’s repertoire


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said the Alexa voice-activated AI assistant was inspired by the talking computer on “Star Trek,” so it only makes sense that Alexa is saluting the latest incarnation of the Star Trek saga. “Star Trek: Discovery” premieres Sunday on CBS All Access, and in the show’s honor, Amazon has added a few tricks that Echo, Dot and other Alexa-enabled devices can show off. If you say “Alexa, damage report,” you’ll get a quick update on the weather and offbeat news, with a quirky signoff. What’s the dominant life form on the planet Phylos? To test your… Read More

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From GeekWire: Stephen Hawking, take heart: Revalesio’s ALS drug gets regulatory boost from FDA

Stephen Hawking
Revalesio, a biomedical company headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., says it’s been cleared to benefit from federal incentives for the development of a drug that could help treat a neurodegenerative disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, but today’s most famous patient is British physicist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with the malady more than 50 years ago. The disease affects 12,000 to 15,000 patients in the U.S., and an estimated 6,000 Americans are diagnosed with ALS every year. Only two drugs have been approved for ALS since 1995. One was cleared for use… Read More

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From GeekWire: Stephen Hawking, take heart: Revalesio’s ALS drug gets regulatory boost from FDA

Stephen Hawking
Revalesio, a biomedical company headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., says it’s been cleared to benefit from federal incentives for the development of a drug that could help treat a neurodegenerative disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, but today’s most famous patient is British physicist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with the malady more than 50 years ago. The disease affects 12,000 to 15,000 patients in the U.S., and an estimated 6,000 Americans are diagnosed with ALS every year. Only two drugs have been approved for ALS since 1995. One was cleared for use… Read More

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From GeekWire: Stephen Hawking, take heart: Revalesio’s ALS drug gets regulatory boost from FDA

Stephen Hawking
Revalesio, a biomedical company headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., says it’s been cleared to benefit from federal incentives for the development of a drug that could help treat a neurodegenerative disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, but today’s most famous patient is British physicist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with the malady more than 50 years ago. The disease affects 12,000 to 15,000 patients in the U.S., and an estimated 6,000 Americans are diagnosed with ALS every year. Only two drugs have been approved for ALS since 1995. One was cleared for use… Read More

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From GeekWire: Here’s how much Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom will make in his new job


New Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom will make a $1 million annual base salary for his role as the company’s top executive, the same as his predecessor Dara Khosrowshahi. Expedia today disclosed financial packages for Okerstrom, as well as Alan Pickerill, who is filling Okerstrom’s old post of chief financial officer. In addition to his base salary, Okerstrom has the option to purchase 300,000 shares of Expedia stock at the current closing price of $142.13. The stock options would vest in 2021, should Expedia stock have an average closing price of $200 from September 2020 to September 2021 or March to… Read More

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From GeekWire: Here’s how much Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom will make in his new job


New Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom will make a $1 million annual base salary for his role as the company’s top executive, the same as his predecessor Dara Khosrowshahi. Expedia today disclosed financial packages for Okerstrom, as well as Alan Pickerill, who is filling Okerstrom’s old post of chief financial officer. In addition to his base salary, Okerstrom has the option to purchase 300,000 shares of Expedia stock at the current closing price of $142.13. The stock options would vest in 2021, should Expedia stock have an average closing price of $200 from September 2020 to September 2021 or March to… Read More

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From GeekWire: Marshawn Lynch calling: Wireless carrier partners with NFL star to launch ‘Beast Mobile’ cell plan

Beast Mobile
Marshawn Lynch may no longer be a Seahawk, but that’s not stopping a Seattle-area wireless carrier from teaming with the NFL star for a new phone service called Beast Mobile. A hero in Seattle sports history thanks to his six years as a running back for the Seahawks, the partnership is just the latest business venture built around Lynch’s Beast Mode persona. The idea comes from mobile industry veteran Leigh Hunt, founder and CEO of Kirkland, Wash.-based FreeMo, whose advertising-supported mobile app is aimed at helping customers earn credits to drive down their monthly cell phone bills. Beast Mobile, which will… Read More

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From GeekWire: One less car: Amazon engineer gets to work by kayak — and enjoys unique perspective of Seattle


Good luck beating this commute, Amazon HQ2 hopefuls. While the major influx of tech workers to Seattle is often a source of blame for the city’s traffic problems, Alex David, a 23-year-old software engineer at Amazon, works hard before work to be part of the solution. David has tried busing, biking and even walking to work. But in a new feature on the company’s official blog, his latest mode of transportation is kayak. It’s a 4-mile human-powered trip over water from the city’s Ballard neighborhood to Amazon’s South Lake Union campus. From the Ship Canal and Lake Union, David’s unique… Read More

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From GeekWire: GeekWork Picks: T-Mobile seeks product manager to take charge of its T-Mobile Tuesdays app


T-Mobile isn’t your average corporate office. The company has become well-known for its wacky ad campaigns, fervent anti-establishment attitude (calling itself an “un-carrier”) and the fun antics of CEO John Legere, from his #slowcookersunday Facebook Live cooking show to his magenta wardrobe. But one of the company’s biggest talking points is T-Mobile Tuesdays, a weekly giveaway where every T-Mobile customer can access perks and enter to win prizes ranging from free pizza to brand new smartphones. The company is looking for a new senior product manager to take charge of development and strategy for the T-Mobile Tuesdays app. The position is responsible… Read More

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From GeekWire: Facebook to hand over 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congress in ongoing election investigation

Mark Zuckerberg
Faced with the decision over whether to adhere to its standard of protecting user content or to help safeguard the integrity of U.S. elections, Facebook says it has chosen the latter as it plans to hand over to Congress more than 3,000 ads that could be linked to Russian meddling in last year’s elections. The ads, which ran in the U.S. between 2015 and 2017 and addressed social and political issues, came from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency out of Russia, according to Facebook. The social media giant’s chief legal counsel, Colin Stretch, used a blog post to… Read More

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