Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 7, 2019


Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 7, 2019.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

M87 black hole event horizon

Scientists unveil Event Horizon Telescope’s first image of a galaxy’s monster black hole

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists today shared the first picture to show the immediate surroundings of a galaxy’s supermassive black hole, captured by a network of radio telescopes that adds up to what could be considered the world’s widest observatory. … Read More

Stratolaunch Roc plane in the air

Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch flies world’s biggest plane for the first time: ‘Paul would have been proud’

Stratolaunch, the aerospace venture founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, sent the world’s biggest airplane into the air today for its first flight test. … Read More

Valve hit with illegal gambling lawsuit by Native American nation that operates a casino in Washington state

A Native American nation that operates a casino in Washington state filed suit against Valve Software, accusing the gaming giant of fostering illegal gambling and benefitting from an environment of unfair competition with casinos that are heavily regulated by state and local governments. … Read More

Interview: Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian on open source, AWS, and working with the military

New Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian has a lot of work to do. … Read More

And then there were two: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft named finalists for the Pentagon’s $10B JEDI cloud contract

The U.S. Department of Defense narrowed down the list of contenders for its ten-year $10 billion cloud contract to the two companies, and their names will not surprise you. … Read More

Amazon was here: Early employees recall startup days in Seattle building that will soon disappear

In a non-descript, four-story building, around the corner from Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos once sat in a tiny office with stained carpets. … Read More

Musk and Bezos

Meow! Elon Musk calls Jeff Bezos a satellite copycat — and gets called out

The fur is flying in the broadband internet satellite race. … Read More

Seattle’s biggest tech companies unveil 7 city projects built by controversial Innovation Council

When Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a new advisory council of tech leaders in 2018, the reaction was mixed, to say the least. … Read More

Early Amazon investor Tom Alberg to leave board, 23 years after betting on Jeff Bezos’ little startup

More than 23 years after betting on a small startup called Amazon.com, Tom Alberg, the company’s longest-standing board member, is stepping down. … Read More

Ex-NFL player Steve Gleason launches eye-controlled wheelchair system inspired by Microsoft hackathon

It all started with a hackathon. Back in 2014, a team of Microsoft employees developed the EyeGaze, a wheelchair that users could move through eye movement and a Surface tablet. … Read More

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