Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Aug. 11, 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 Aug. 11, 2019.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Goodbye, iPhone: How Microsoft convinced me to switch to Android and the Samsung Galaxy Note10

Ever since switching from an Apple MacBook to a Windows 10-powered Lenovo ThinkPad last year, I’ve kept using my iPhone. … Read More

In a field of giants, Seattle startup Flyhomes raises $141M in debt and equity to disrupt home-buying

Seattle real estate startup Flyhomes is reloading its war chest with $141 million in new funding to carve out a spot in the competitive race to transform how homes are bought and sold. … Read More

Game Review: Nintendo’s ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ is well made, but way too easy for experienced players

I don’t dislike Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but I don’t feel challenged by it — and that’s weird. … Read More

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and other Seattle tech leaders join new Sounders soccer ownership group

Editor’s note: Story updated with comments from Adrian Hanauer’s press conference. … Read More

Amazon HQ is getting a new store: Inside the tech giant’s new ‘4-star’ shop in its hometown

The windows outside the ground floor of Amazon’s new re:Invent tower in Seattle are carefully blocked, shielding the bustling activity inside from public view. … Read More

Microsoft workers listen to some Skype calls and Cortana recordings, company admits in privacy update

Microsoft today updated its privacy policies to disclose that employees and contractors are listening to audio from some Skype calls and conversations with the tech giant’s digital assistant The change comes after Vice’s Motherboard reported that humans were listening to recordings from Cortana and Skype Translator, a real-time translation service that lets people chat while speaking different languages. … Read More

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Blue Origin protests launch contract rules as it competes with SpaceX, ULA, Northrop Grumman

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is protesting the rules of the game for awarding future national security launch contracts, while continuing to play against SpaceX, United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman. … Read More

This little known Seattle startup just raised $25M to grow its ‘mobile infrastructure as a service’ tech

Jim Xiao learned about building enterprise platforms at Microsoft China. … Read More

Ninja ‘disgusted’ with Amazon-owned Twitch after porn was promoted on his account

Ninja is not happy. The video game streaming star posted a video Sunday accusing Amazon-owned Twitch of using his channel to advertise other streams, including pornography. … Read More

Microsoft’s Cortana will soon disappear from the Johnson Controls smart thermostat via a software update

Microsoft’s Cortana will soon be removed from the Johnson Controls GLAS smart thermostat, a device once thought to be a flagship smart home product for the digital assistant when it was first unveiled two years ago. … Read More

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