Weekly Roundup: Top Trending Stories on GeekWire for the Week Starting April 7, 2024

Hey, let’s dive into the whirlpool of technology and startup news that shook the tree last week! Want to keep your finger on the pulse without doing the legwork? No worries! Keep reading for the juiciest stories that got everyone talking. And guess what? You can get all this goodness delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday just by signing up for the GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out!

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Okay, picture this – a world connected through a net of satellites, spearheaded by none other than Amazon. Sounds futuristic? Well, it’s happening.

The Ascend of Kuiper: Amazon’s Ambitious Satellite Venture

Imagine Amazon’s CEO, Andy Jassy, sitting at his desk, drafting an annual letter to shareholders. In it, he spills the beans on Project Kuiper, predicting it to be a colossal revenue stream. Yet, he’s playing it coy on the “when” part. Piqued your interest? Dive deeper here.

Amazon’s Workforce Takes a Dip in Washington State

For the first time since its inception in a garage in Bellevue, Amazon’s workforce numbers in Washington State have hit a bump, descending by 3,000 to 87,000. What does this mean for the tech giant and its future? Find out more.

The 2023 Paycheck of Amazon’s CEO

Curiosity killed the cat, but it won’t hurt us to know how much Andy Jassy pocketed in 2023, right? Spoiler: it’s a jaw-dropping $29.2 million! Keen on the breakdown? Read on.

Seattle’s Biotech Scene Heats Up with Another Major Deal

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is shelling out a whopping $4.9 billion to buy Alpine Immune Sciences. This deal not only shakes up the biotech sector but further cements Seattle’s position in the industry. Curious about the nitty-gritty? Here are the details.

Bill Gates: From Tech Mogul to Pothole Filler?

Last Wednesday saw Bill Gates in a rather unusual role – filling potholes with carbon-trapping asphalt. Is there anything this man can’t do? Check out the full scoop.

Amazon’s Grocery Game: Dash Cart vs. ‘Just Walk Out’

It’s been 17 years since Amazon dreamed of revolutionizing our grocery shopping experience. Are they finally onto something big with their latest gadgets? Get the lowdown here.

A Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s Detection

A groundbreaking study reveals a new test that detects Alzheimer’s Disease potentially even before symptoms arise, boasting a 100% success rate in symptomatic samples. Sounds like a game-changer? Dive into the details.

Amazon Adds a Brainiac to Its Board

Andrew Ng, a heavyweight in the world of AI, joins Amazon’s board, adding his vast expertise to the mix. How will this power move shape Amazon’s future? Find out more.

Seattle Schools Embrace AI for Education

In a bold move, Seattle Public Schools begins to integrate AI tools from a startup called MagicSchool AI, aiming to transform lesson planning and feedback. Ready for the future of education? Get the full story.

Q1 Funding Frenzy: Seattle Startups on the Rise

Despite a lukewarm start across the U.S., the Pacific Northwest sees a flurry of big-ticket funding deals. Who are the top contenders? Here’s the roundup.

And there we have it, folks! A wrap-up of some of the most fascinating tech and startup news. Remember, staying informed is just a subscription away. See you in the loop!

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