From GeekWire: Cloudy with a chance of F-bombs: Bus blocks Weather Channel’s video of Atlanta dome implosion


The Atlanta Falcons came to Seattle Monday night and kind of ran over the Seahawks like a bus. But back east, the Falcons’ old stadium, the Georgia Dome, had to contend with a bus of its own. In a video with comedic timing so perfect it might as well have been shot for “Saturday Night Live,” The Weather Channel suffered the worst possible fate during a live stream Monday afternoon intended to show the destruction of the 71,250-seat stadium. Positioned a ways away and across a street, the Dome fills the frame of the video and people are lined along a… Read More

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From GeekWire: What is a blockchain? GeekWire’s guide to this game-changing technology and its vast potential


Most technologies touted as “game-changingâ€� are just somewhat modified versions of something already in use. Blockchains are different, and while it will take some time to work out the kinks, they could one day make as much of an impact on the world as the database, smartphone or web browser. If you’ve heard of bitcoin — and unless the state of the world has forced you to stop following the news, you probably have — you’ve heard of the most widely used implementation of a blockchain. But the technology that makes a blockchain special has a large number of potential… Read More

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From GeekWire: What is a blockchain? GeekWire’s guide to this game-changing technology and its vast potential


Most technologies touted as “game-changingâ€� are just somewhat modified versions of something already in use. Blockchains are different, and while it will take some time to work out the kinks, they could one day make as much of an impact on the world as the database, smartphone or web browser. If you’ve heard of bitcoin — and unless the state of the world has forced you to stop following the news, you probably have — you’ve heard of the most widely used implementation of a blockchain. But the technology that makes a blockchain special has a large number of potential… Read More

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From GeekWire: Amazon horticulturalist on the impact of the Spheres: ‘Lose yourself in a little piece of nature’

Amazon Spheres
Go ahead and smile at that little plant you’ve been tending on your desk. It feels nice, doesn’t it? Now imagine stepping away from your workspace and into the Spheres on Amazon’s downtown Seattle campus. Welcome to biophilia gone wild. “It probably has a slightly different feeling and importance to each person,” says Ben Eiben, an Amazon horticulturalist, as he explains the hypothesis that humans have an innate urge to connect with nature. As the tech giant moves closer to opening the unique structures to its employees, a new, short video showcases the inspiration behind creating such a space. Amazon… Read More

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From GeekWire: Trickles of water on Mars? Scientists say they’re more likely to be trickles of sand

Recurring slope lineae
Scientists have long been intrigued by what seem to be wet streaks that appear on the slopes of Martian craters in warm weather, and disappear in winter. Now a research team reports that the best explanation is that they’re not wet streaks at all, but streaks of dust and sand. The findings, published today in Nature Geoscience, are likely to disappoint those who hoped that the features known as recurring slope lineae, or RSLs, point to sources of liquid water beneath the Red Planet’s surface. “This new understanding of RSL supports other evidence that shows that Mars today is very… Read More

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From GeekWire: Health tech startup spins out of Univ. of Washington, aims to make surgery more efficient with data science


The University of Washington added yet another startup to its growing list of spinouts Monday: Perimatics, a health technology company that offers data science-based software solutions for hospitals. The company was co-founded by Kalyani Velagapudi, a Microsoft vet and founder of Bellevue, Wash.,-based analytics and data consulting firm Winigent, and Bala Nair, a UW professor who invented the company’s Smart Anesthesia Manager (SAM). Velagapudi serves as the company’s CEO and Nair is the chief solutions architect. Perimatics’ goal is to help hospitals increase profit margins and patient outcomes by using tools rooted in data science. Their tools focus on perioperative care, or… Read More

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From GeekWire: U.S. Justice Department lawsuit over AT&T’s Time Warner acquisition appears imminent


The U.S. Department of Justice plans to file a lawsuit to prevent AT&T from gobbling up Time Warner for $85.4 billion, according to multiple reports. The acquisition initially looked like it would go through but a few weeks ago, Makan Delrahim took over as the new U.S. antitrust chief, investigating the deal. He urged the companies to sell off assets to avoid competition concerns, to no avail, according to Bloomberg. GeekWire asked whether Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson plans to join the legal battle. A spokesperson said that the AG’s office had received a complaint from the Justice Department but… Read More

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From GeekWire: Tech Moves: TraceMe grows executive team with new additions from Hulu, Pioneer Square Labs and more


TraceMe may still be a young startup, but the company is making strides in building out its team and attracting executives from Seattle and beyond. The company — a platform that connects “superfans” to celebrities and founded by Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson — announced three new additions to its leadership team Monday, following a $9 million seed round in September. One new executive will be a familiar face to many in the Seattle tech community: Hulu and Microsoft veteran Duoc Nguyen, who joins the company as its vice president of engineering. “I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to have the opportunity… Read More

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From GeekWire: NFL star Russell Wilson invests in high-tech helmet maker Vicis as total funding nears $50M


Vicis is adding another big name to its investor list as the startup gears up to make its high-tech football helmet available to high school athletes. The Seattle-based company today announced that NFL star quarterback Russell Wilson participated in a $7 million round led by The Peregrine Group. Total funding in Vicis is now close to $50 million. Founded in 2014 and spun out of the University of Washington, Vicis has developed a $1,500 football helmet designed to mitigate the forces thought to cause concussions. This season, players from more than 15 NFL teams and 20 NCAA programs are wearing… Read More

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From GeekWire: Facebook-owned Oculus makes big hiring push in Seattle region amid rumors of real estate expansion


A month ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called his shot: He wants to get 1 billion people into the virtual reality universe. To make that goal a reality, Facebook-owned Oculus is now looking to significantly expand both its headcount and its real estate footprint in the Seattle area, GeekWire has learned. Oculus, the virtual reality company that Facebook snapped up in 2014 for $2.3 billion, has more than 100 open positions in Microsoft’s backyard of Redmond, Wash. That’s nearly as many open positions as in all other Oculus offices around the globe combined, including the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.… Read More

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