Week in Review: Top Stories on GeekWire for the Week Starting March 31, 2024

Hey there! Let’s dive into the whirlpool of the latest tech and startup buzz that has been orbiting around the digital universe this past week. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or merely curious about where the digital wind is blowing, I’ve got some tasty morsels of information that you wouldn’t want to miss. Oh, and before we roll, did you know you can get these updates hot off the press every Sunday? Just hit subscribe on the GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Trust me, your inbox will thank you!

### Tumultuous Times for Amazon Web Services

Ever felt like the carpet was being pulled right from under you? Well, Amazon Web Services had to face the music, as it announced job cuts by the hundreds in its sales, training, and physical stores tech divisions. It’s like a sudden plot twist that has everyone on the edge of their seats. [Read the full drama here](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/amazon-web-services-cuts-hundreds-of-jobs-in-sales-training-and-physical-stores-technology/).

### AWS: A Silver Lining Amidst the Clouds

Despite the storm clouds, AWS seems to be planting seeds for a brighter tomorrow. Yes, they’re trimming here and there, but guess what? They’re still hiring in core areas, with thousands of positions up for grabs. It’s like they’re sculpting their very own workforce masterpiece. [Dive into the details](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/where-amazon-web-services-is-still-hiring-after-cutting-hundreds-of-jobs-this-week/).

### Google Hits Pause in the Emerald City

Imagine gearing up for a big move, only to freeze mid-step. That’s Google for you, momentarily halting its expansion plans in the Seattle area. It’s like the tech giant is taking a breath, reassessing its next move. [Get the scoop](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/google-reportedly-pausing-kirkland-urban-office-buildout-in-seattle-area/).

### Steve Singh’s Quest for the ‘Perfect Trip’

Ah, the elusive ‘perfect trip.’ Seems like Steve Singh is on an Indiana Jones-style quest to crack this enigma. Leading the acquisition of Direct Travel, Singh seems determined to rewrite the corporate travel script. [Join the adventure](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/concur-founder-steve-singh-leads-acquisition-of-direct-travel-in-ongoing-quest-for-perfect-trip/).

### Tableau and Salesforce: The Dynamic Duo

Ever wished for a crystal ball to make sense of baffling data? Well, Tableau’s new Einstein Copilot might just be the wizard you need, thanks to a little magic dust from Salesforce’s broader AI rollout. [Peek into the crystal ball](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/tableau-releases-einstein-copilot-features-in-beta-as-part-of-salesforces-broader-ai-rollout/).

### Quantum Computing: Turning Down the Volume

It’s the tech world’s equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Microsoft and Quantinuum claim they’ve got a way to hush the noisy errors in quantum computing. Could this be the turning point we’ve all been waiting for? [Unravel the mystery](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/microsoft-quantinuum-error-correction-quantum/).

### Amazon’s Fresh Strategy: Going Big or Going Home

Amazon’s decision to close a smaller Fresh grocery store in Seattle is like choosing the battles wisely in a war for retail dominance. It seems their mantra is focusing on bigger, better stores. [Read about the shift in strategy](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/amazon-closing-smaller-fresh-grocery-store-in-seattle-as-it-focuses-on-expanded-format-stores/).

### Washington’s Semiconductor Gambit

With Governor Jay Inslee’s signature glistening on a new bill, Washington State could be the next big playground for the semiconductor industry. It’s like we’re setting the stage for an epic saga in the chip world. [Discover the potential impact](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/washington-governor-signs-bill-that-could-stoke-semiconductor-industry-draw-chips-act-funding/).

### Shuffling the Deck: Tech Moves

F5 beefing up its leadership team, Adaptive naming a new financial guru, and Techstars Seattle bidding adieu to its leaders. It’s all in the game of musical chairs that is the tech industry. [Catch up on these moves](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/tech-moves-f5-adds-cto-and-hr-chief-adaptive-names-cfo-techstars-seattle-leaders-depart/).

### Seattle’s Office Space: The Squeeze Continues

If Seattle’s office market was a balloon, it seems to be deflating slowly but surely, as vacancy rates rise for the ninth consecutive quarter. It’s a telling sign of the times, as the city navigates its post-pandemic identity. [Dive deeper into the trend](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/seattle-office-market-continues-to-struggle-as-vacancy-rates-rise-for-ninth-consecutive-quarter/).

And there you have it, folks! A rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of the tech and startup scene. Tune in next week for more stories that make our digital world go round. Remember, staying informed is just a subscription away!

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