Weekly Digest: Top Stories on GeekWire for the Week Starting April 21, 2024

Hey there, tech enthusiasts and startup aficionados! Let’s take a little journey through the bustling streets of tech and startup news that kept everyone talking last week. 🚀 Imagine grabbing your favorite cup of coffee on a sunny Sunday morning, cozying up in your favorite nook, and catching up on what’s been shaking the tech world. Sounds like a plan? Great! Because, I’ve got the scoop right here, and you won’t even have to leave your comfort zone.

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### The Buzz of the Week on GeekWire

#### The Tug of War Over Wages
Let’s kick things off with a bit of drama from Seattle, the city that never sleeps when it comes to shaking up the tech status quo. The story that caught everyone’s attention was the high-stakes tussle involving heavy hitters like Uber and DoorDash. These giants weren’t just going to sit back and watch as Seattle’s new minimum wage law for food delivery drivers unfolded. Nope, they rolled up their sleeves and got to lobbying for a proposal that could flip the script on Seattle’s minimum wage law. Curious about how that battle is going? Check it out [here](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/after-lobbying-by-uber-and-doordash-new-proposal-would-overhaul-seattles-minimum-wage-law/).

#### A Brew Without Beans?
In a city that prides itself on its coffee culture, Atomo is stirring the pot by opening a new roastery that’s all about beanless coffee. I know, I know, beanless coffee in Seattle sounds about as outlandish as a rainy day in the Sahara, but these folks are serious about their craft and they’ve got Earth Day to mark their big debut. Dive into the full brew story [here](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/atomo-opens-new-roastery-in-seattle-to-produce-its-beanless-coffee-for-cafes-around-the-u-s/).

#### Bye-Bye, Non-Competes
In another corner of the tech universe, critics of non-compete agreements are probably popping the champagne as the Federal Trade Commission puts the kibosh on these contentious clauses. Could this be a watershed moment for tech companies and their hiring practices? Seems like it could be a win-win for mobility and talent retention in the industry. Get the lowdown on this game-changing move [here](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/good-riddance-critics-of-non-competes-say-tech-companies-may-ultimately-benefit-from-ftc-ban/).

#### Microsoft’s Surprising Surge
Over at Microsoft, things are looking pretty rosy. The tech behemoth has outdone itself, with quarterly profits soaring by a whopping 20% to almost $22 billion. That’s a lot of zeros, folks! How did they pull it off? For all the juicy details, including insights from their earnings call, click [here](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/microsoft-results-beat-expectations-as-quarterly-profits-rise-20-to-nearly-22b/).

#### Electric Dreams for Everyone?
Washington State is zooming ahead with a $45 million program aimed at making electric vehicles (EVs) more accessible to low-income residents. Because why should saving the planet be a luxury reserved for the few? Get charged up about this electrifying initiative [here](https://www.geekwire.com/2024/washington-state-launches-program-to-cut-costs-of-new-and-used-evs-for-low-income-residents/).

### Innovations and Collaborations Galore

From groundbreaking bans on non-compete clauses to ambitious endeavors bridging campuses and communities, the past week has been nothing short of eventful. Whether it’s Microsoft and its partners opening a major new pedestrian bridge, high school students revolutionizing learning with AI, or striking deals that change how we watch our favorite sports, the stories of innovation and collaboration keep us inspired and looking forward to what the future holds.

So, what’s the takeaway from all this? The tech and startup scene is as vibrant and dynamic as ever, brimming with challenges, controversies, and groundbreaking achievements. As we ride the wave of change together, let’s stay curious, informed, and ready for what comes next. Remember, the story of technology is ours to write, so let’s make it a page-turner. 🌟

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