Week in Geek Podcast: Amazon health partnership’s CEO pick offers new clues about ambitious venture


Dr. Atul Gawande. (Center for American Progress Photo via Flickr)

Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have finally picked a CEO for their ambitious health venture. Unlike most healthcare executives, Dr. Atul Gawande is a doctor before anything else, and he has some big ideas about how to reform the healthcare system.

Plus, a lawsuit over a moving app could have big consequences for the gig economy. We’ll explain why Dolly is suing Washington State, and how the result could impact Uber, Airbnb and more.

We’ll also dive into the growing controversy over tech companies supplying technology to government agencies. Microsoft’s cloud contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement is in the spotlight following the controversial policy of separating children from their parents when families try to cross the border illegally. That policy was reversed this week after huge public outcry. Google and Amazon are facing criticism over their government contracts, as well.

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This week’s stories:

  • Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway reveal CEO for new health venture, pick Boston as HQ
  • Surgeon, data geek, outspoken advocate: Meet the new CEO of Amazon’s health partnership
  • Moving app Dolly sues WA state over shutdown order and $69k fine in pivotal gig economy dispute
  • Microsoft CEO says company isn’t aiding ‘cruel and abusive’ border tactics, doesn’t address calls to cancel ICE contract
  • Microsoft employees ask company to cancel contract with ICE in open letter to CEO
  • Tech CEOs voice opposition to family separations at the border
  • Trump ends child separation under pressure from activists and tech leaders but migrant families’ future remains uncertain

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