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  1. Rocket Lab puts its first low-cost Electron launch vehicle in space from New Zealand

    05.25 / 06:47 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    Rocket Lab says its first Electron rocket “made it to space” after a test launch from a New Zealand pad, marking a big step toward its goal of putting payloads into orbit for $5 million. Liftoff came at 4:20 p.m. Thursday New Zealand time (9:20 p.m. PT Wednesday), after earlier opportunities had to be passed up due to weather concerns. In a statement, Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said the rocket achieved an outer-space altitude but fell short of going orbital. “It was a…
  2. Christine Gregoire, Lee Huntsman added to Washington Life Science Hall of Fame

    05.25 / 00:16 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    The Washington Life Science Hall of Fame welcomed four new inductees into its ranks today. The honor was awarded to a quartet of Washingtonians who have made an impact in research and discovery as pioneers in the field of life sciences. Meet the people leading the path to the future of medicine and health care: Lee Huntsman has dedicated much of his career to education at the University of Washington. He began as a research assistant professor in the late 1960s and rose through the ranks as…
  3. GeekWire Deals: Want a career in game design? Get a $6,000 education for under $100

    05.25 / 00:16 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    Game design is the kind of career that people dream about—getting to create your favorite form of entertainment and get paid for it? Sold. The main obstacle is that a design education can be expensive and out of reach. Today’s GeekWire Deals offer is an amazing discount on your gaming training. Enroll in a lifetime membership at the School of Game Design and you’ll be on your way to a thrilling career. Learn how to create 2D and 3D games in hours of step-by-step training from experienced pr…
  4. Fred Hutch receives $24M contract to expand National Cancer Institute Contact Center operations

    05.24 / 22:48 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    For patients just diagnosed with cancer, or navigating complex treatment, it can be hard to know where to turn for answers to questions. There’s one national center that’s designed to be that place: The National Cancer Institute’s Contact Center, which is operated by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The NCI, which is a national government organization, announced Wednesday that it is awarding Fred Hutch a $24 million contract to operate the center for…
  5. Summoning the Demon: Why superintelligence is humanity’s biggest threat

    05.24 / 22:48 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    [Editor’s Note: This guest commentary is by Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy, authors of the new book, Warnings: Finding Cassandras To Stop Catastrophes.] Artificial intelligence is a broad term, maybe overly broad. It simply means a computer program that can perform tasks that would otherwise require human action. Such tasks include decision making, language translation, and data analysis. When most people think of AI, they are really thinking of what computer scientists call “weak ar…
  6. Xbox’s $9.99/month gaming subscription service debuts June 1 with more than 100 rotating titles

    05.24 / 21:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    Xbox Game Pass, the $9.99 gaming subscription service, will become available to all users starting June 1. Microsoft announced the release date today and gave Xbox Live Gold members early access to the service. Game Pass gives gamers access to a rotating library of more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games like Halo 5: Guardians, NBA 2K16, Payday 2, and others. Games are downloaded directly to Xbox One devices, rather than streamed, and the catalog will change each mo…
  7. Nerd Nite meets NASA, sparking memories for an astronaut with deep Northwest roots

    05.24 / 20:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    The High Dive is known for drawing crowds into the local music scene, but this week, music wasn’t what drew nearly 200 people to the venue – it was NASA. Nerd Nite Seattle is a monthly gathering at the bar in the city’s Fremont neighborhood, featuring beer, tasty Mexican food, science talks and, of course, nerdy Seattleites. Tuesday night’s event drew in plenty of the regulars, plus an assortment of first-timers. One of the first-timers was NASA astronaut Anne McClain. She ming…
  8. What’s it take to become a Seattle local? As city changes, website questions natives and transplants

    05.24 / 19:41 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    A week or so ago, before Seattle decided to play summer for a few days, I grilled dinner in a torrential downpour, and it felt … normal. There was no attempt to prove a point about being a seasoned Northwesterner — there was just a plan in place to grill that night and people needed to eat. I don’t know, after 21 years in Seattle, whether that anecdote makes me more of a “local,” but it does illustrate, I think, an acceptance of what it means to live here. And it…
  9. Geared Up: Microsoft’s new Surface Pro explained, and Nintendo takes a summer road trip

    05.24 / 18:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    Microsoft continued its stream of Surface announcements this week with the new Surface Pro — notably not called the Surface Pro 5, even though it’s a successor to the Surface Pro 4. The company is billing it as a fast and powerful alternative to devices like the iPad Pro and is avoiding the “tablet” label by calling it a “versatile laptop.” Microsoft said the new device will feature up to 13.5 hours of battery life and the “fastest digital pen on the pla…
  10. Stop what you’re doing — the first full ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 trailer is here

    05.24 / 18:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    In addition to being queen of Westeros and rocking a pixie cut as fierce as her thirst for vengeance, Cersei Lannister also narrates the first official trailer for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season seven. Squee! Other highlights include Little Finger creeping in a deep, dark corner; Sansa sulking; Dothraki berzerking like only Dothraki can; and Danaerys sitting on the Dragonstone throne that her ancestors held before the coup that drove her from Westeros. In two clips that …
  11. Appeals court sides with Amazon in dispute over counterfeit pillowcases

    05.24 / 18:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    A federal appeals court held up a 2015 decision in favor of Amazon this week in a dispute over counterfeit goods sold by a third-party retailer on the e-commerce giant’s site. It is a big win for Amazon as its third-party marketplace has become an important driver in the company’s bottom line in recent years. Third-party sellers on Amazon accounted for 49 percent of all paid units in 2016, the company said at its annual shareholder meeting this week. The potentially landmark case was …
  12. Microsoft is worth more than Dallas: Analyst warns of destabilization as tech giants grow more valuable than cities

    05.24 / 17:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    The world’s largest tech companies are worth more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of most U.S. cities, according to new research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The report, titled “Occupy Silicon Valley,” compares the market caps of tech giants to the GDPs of the top U.S. cities. By that metric, Google and Apple are worth more than all U.S. cities except Los Angeles and New York (those with the largest economies). Microsoft is outpaced by just L.A., New York, and Chicago. Amazon…
  13. IBM, Google, and Lyft team up on open-source project for more control over microservices

    05.24 / 17:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    After years of evangelizing microservices as the path to a more nimble development organization, companies are realizing they need to make it easier to keep track of all those moving parts. IBM, Google, and Lyft released a new open-source project Wednesday to give developers better control over their microservices projects. Istio is the name of the joint project, and it’s designed to give “developers and devops fine-grained visibility and control over traffic without requiring…
  14. Report: ARM-owner Softbank takes $4B stake in Nvidia as AI research heats up

    05.24 / 17:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    Softbank is shaping up to be a major force behind the chip designs of the next decade, if a report concerning its stake in Nvidia is correct. A little less than a year after it bought mobile chip designer ARM for $35 billion, Softbank has slowly amassed a $4 billion stake in Nvidia, according to Bloomberg. The investment is part of a $100 billion fund that Softbank founder Masayoshi Son wants to invest in technology companies, and is just shy of the threshold that would require Softbank to…
  15. Boeing wins DARPA’s go-ahead to build and test XS-1 military space plane by 2020

    05.24 / 17:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it has selected the Boeing Co. to develop and test its XS-1 military space plane, using a design now known as the Phantom Express. Boeing won out over Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems to take the long-running XS-1 project beyond Phase 1 into Phase 2 and 3, culminating with test flights in 2020. The reusable space plane will be designed to carry and deploy a small, expendable upper stage, then return to Earth for a …
  16. How technology could change the DMV: mobile driver’s licenses, cars that issue speeding tickets and more

    05.24 / 17:42 geekwire.com Geekwire.com - Technology
    Technology has disrupted and changed a variety of industries and experiences, but most wouldn’t put a trip to the DMV in the category of modernized experiences. But the industry is working on a variety of changes, focused on big data, mobile technology and bringing documents online that could speed up the process of getting or renewing a driver’s license. This week, experts focused on everything from law enforcement, to licensing to vehicle titles gathered in Seattle for a c…