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What ’60 Minutes’ didn’t say about Amazon and Seattle’s homelessness crisis
The tent cities that spring up in the shadows of some of the world’s wealthiest tech companies landed on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night after CBS News anchor Anderson Cooper traveled to Seattle to report on its homelessness crisis.
Amazon expands Bezos’ elite ‘S-team,’ adding 6 execs from emerging branches of the company
Amazon’s executive suite, nicknamed the “S-team,” is adding six new members as the company doubles down on emerging fields such as advertising and fashion.
Amazon cloud boss targets Microsoft’s core business, eyes $3.7 trillion enterprise IT market
LAS VEGAS — Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy put the company’s neighboring tech giant directly in his sights here Tuesday morning, criticizing Microsoft’s licensing practices and making it clear that Amazon is going directly after the Redmond company’s core business.
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Amazon Web Services CEO cites ‘significant political interference’ from Trump in JEDI contract
LAS VEGAS — Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy says he believes there was “significant political interference” in the U.S.
Kids on FIRST LEGO League robotics team take an idea for safer streets all the way to city officials
Each year, participants in the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition are presented with a challenge which they must take on as a team using their skills in science, technology, engineering and math.
What’s at stake for Amazon’s $36B cloud business at its big AWS re:Invent conference this week
Amazon Web Services will be able to tout some of the biggest numbers in the booming cloud industry at its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week.
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Gates Foundation CEO stepping down from $47B philanthropy, handing reins to internal successor
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the physician and scientist who led the world’s largest philanthropy as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for more than five years, announced Thursday morning that she will leave the role early next year.
Expedia CEO and CFO resign in surprise shakeup, as Barry Diller asserts control over travel giant
Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom and CFO Alan Pickerill have resigned abruptly from the Seattle-based online travel giant, and chairman Barry Diller is stepping in to run the company, citing a strategy disagreement between the top executives and the board over efforts to unify the company’s operations.
Microsoft shareholders reject proposal to put employee on board with less than 5% of votes
Microsoft shareholders roundly defeated a proposal to put a rank-and-file employee on the company’s board of directors.
Gates Foundation CEO donates her 5-year bonus to community center project run by ex-Seahawks star
As CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Dr.
The electric aviation revolution will be televised … by MagniX and Harbour Air
Magnix and Harbour Air are ready to start flight tests of an all-electric passenger airplane as early as next week. And those first tests are due to be live-streamed via Twitter.
Ex-Amazon and Zulily supply chain vets raise $2M for Seattle e-commerce logistics startup Shipium
New funding: Shipium landed a $2 million seed round led by PSL Ventures, the venture arm of Seattle startup studio Pioneer Square Labs, GeekWire has learned.
The buzz at AWS re:Invent: What tech leaders are talking about at Amazon’s big cloud confab
LAS VEGAS — S. “Soma” Somasegar has a unique perspective on Amazon Web Services, as the former leader of Microsoft’s Developer Division, and now as a managing director at Seattle-based venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group.
T-Mobile rolls out ‘foundational layer’ of 5G wireless, launches two compatible devices
T-Mobile will begin rolling out its 5G network across the country this week, taking the first steps toward ultra-fast next-generation wireless technology.
Funko is making a Baby Yoda from Disney’s ‘The Mandalorian’ — but not in time for Christmas
Star Wars fans looking to stuff a little extra cuteness in someone’s stocking this holiday season will have to wait.
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