GeekWire Podcast: Bezos phone hack; Microsoft Surface innovations; Gottmans love Mystery

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the re:MARS conference in Las Vegas. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)

Did the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia really hack into Jeff Bezos’ phone? It sure looks that way, based on a forensic analysis of what happened after a video was sent to the Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner via WhatsApp by Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS.

A United Nations report this week called the incident part of a broader campaign against the Washington Post seeking to stifle its coverage of Saudi Arabia, allegedly including the subsequent killing of Saudi dissident and Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Within hours of receiving the nefarious video, “a massive and unauthorized exfiltration of data from Bezos’ phone began, continuing and escalating for months thereafter,” according to the forensic report.

It’s an extraordinary demonstration of the perils of digital communication. But what else was leaked from the phone, and why didn’t Bezos and his team have better security protocols in place at the time? That’s our first topic on the GeekWire Podcast this week.

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Plus, an NFL quarterback invents a new way of interacting with a Microsoft Surface tablet on the sidelines, a new glimpse of the Microsoft Duo dual-screen device, and Seattle startup Mystery teams up with the famed Gottman Institute to rekindle romance. We explain what this partnership says about Mystery’s larger business model.

And finally, listen to the end for the answer to last week’s trivia question: What do Jonas Salk, who discovered and developed the polio vaccine, and John Ehrlichman, the Nixon aide and Watergate figure, have in common as it relates to Seattle startups?

Join us at our next event: The GeekWire Awards, March 26 at MoPOP in Seattle.

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