GeekWire Podcast: We (almost) hacked the election; Amazon vs. Trump; cashless stadiums

Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast:

Voting online is fast, convenient and also … vulnerable. In the wake of the Iowa caucuses app fiasco, we tried voting online in a Seattle regional election. While there are valid concerns about security in web voting, organizations behind this test are confident it will be safe and are moving ahead with the technology.

  • We voted with a smartphone in a Seattle-area election, and this is what we discovered

Amazon’s latest front in its battle for a lucrative U.S. military contract has it taking on President Trump. The company lost the JEDI contract to Microsoft, but now it wants a court to allow it to depose Trump to see if his animus toward Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was a factor in the decision.

  • Amazon asks to depose Trump in lawsuit challenging Pentagon’s award of major cloud contract to Microsoft 

Speaking of President Trump, he found something interesting in the names of four giant tech companies this week.

  • Trump’s twist on favorite acronym lumps Microsoft and Amazon into ‘MAGA’ with Google and Apple 

And, back to the ballpark! Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, home to the Seahawks and FC Sounders, is going cashless. Why are they doing it, and what if you didn’t bring a credit card with you to the game? We talk about the future of a cashless world, and the controversy around the trend.

  • Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is going cashless in hopes that cards speed transactions at stadium 

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With GeekWire’s Todd Bishop, Monica Nickelsburg and Kurt Schlosser. Audio editing and production by Curt Milton. Music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.

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