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Gates divorce fallout: What happens to the Gates Foundation?

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What happens to the Gates Foundation? That’s one of many lingering questions following the news that Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their 27-year marriage. Their announcement on Monday sent shockwaves through the Seattle region and around the world where their philanthropic work has touched tens of millions. “To the extent that this will have an effect on the foundation itself, it’s of immense consequence,” Benjamin Soskis, a historian of philanthropy, told GeekWire. Read more

Earthquake early warning system goes live: ShakeAlert is now online in Washington state, completing a West Coast rollout of the technology designed to detect a quake and send people a smartphone warning before the shaking starts. Here’s how it works.

Microsoft connection to Epic v. Apple: Christine Varney, a lawyer who represented Netscape in its antitrust suit against Microsoft in 2001, is now on the legal team for Epic Games as it faces Apple in a closely watched legal battle that could change the economics of the app market. 

Seattle airport testing new tech: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport wants to uncrowd the TSA security checkpoints with the use of “virtual queuing.” The SEA Spot Saver pilot program allows travelers to reserve a spot and then get notified when it’s time to go through security.

Expedia to shed Egencia: The Seattle travel giant will sell its corporate business arm to American Express Global Business Travel, part of a move to streamline the company’s operations. Read more

Jeff Wilke is betting on U.S. manufacturing: The former Amazon exec is exploring personal interests after departing the Seattle tech giant this year — including an investment in a startup that aims to rebuild America’s manufacturing base. Read more

Headed to space … via Mount Rainier? The billionaire tech CEO who’s bankrolling and commanding a future trip to orbit used a mountain expedition with his crewmates as a way to prepare for three days of being cooped up in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.

Thanks for reading, and May the 4th be with you! — GeekWire managing editor Taylor Soper, [email protected], and GeekWire reporter Kurt Schlosser, [email protected]

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