Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Aug. 19, 2018


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. 19, 2018.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Amazon leases entire Expedia HQ tower as travel giant prepares for move to Seattle

Amazon has scooped up the Bellevue, Wash., Expedia headquarters building that the travel giant will soon vacate as it prepares to move into its new waterfront headquarters in Seattle. … Read More

As Seattle’s smoke clears, experts weigh what’s ahead for Pacific Northwest skies

After enduring days of record-setting, eye-watering levels of smoke in the air, the Seattle area is in for relief, thanks to a shift in wind patterns. … Read More

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Microsoft developer chases Miss America dream, with hopes of inspiring more girls to pursue tech

What if the annual Miss America pageant could spark an interest in technology? … Read More

Is the tide turning on tech’s boom? Seattle’s hot real estate market finally cools in new Zillow report

Smoky skies may have kept us from seeing this one coming, but during the hottest time of the year in Seattle — in the nation’s hottest market — the housing situation has cooled a bit. … Read More

Spocket raises $1.2M for platform that allows anyone to become an e-commerce retailer

This week, Spocket closed a $1.2 million fundraising round to double the Vancouver, B.C., startup’s team and push further into social media e-commerce. … Read More

‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game

Just in time for back-to-school, “Minecraft: Education Edition” is coming to Apple’s iPad. … Read More

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From Amazon to Zillow, new coalition of tech titans will rally their workers around city’s tough problems

Seattle’s tech industry and the rest of this booming city are at odds like never before, and tech leaders acknowledge that any efforts to mobilize the tech community to solve civic problems will be met with a healthy dose of skepticism. … Read More

A ripple in Google Street View: 360-degree camera on a boat captures Bill Gates’ mansion and more

If you live in the Seattle area, or have visited, and have had the pleasure of boating on Lake Washington, chances are you’ve drifted past the Medina mansion of Bill Gates and family for a closer look at how the billionaire set lives. Maybe you’ve even snapped a few pictures, hoping to preserve your offshore visit to the Microsoft co-founder’s $60 million lakeside dwelling. … Read More

Five experts explain how software development and operations teams are adjusting to the rapid changes caused by cloud computing

While software continues to eat the world, the philosophies and tactics used to build that software are constantly changing. … Read More

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Go private? Never mind: Elon Musk says Tesla will remain a public company

After more than two weeks of discussions, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says feedback from shareholders and experts has convinced him that “the better path is for Tesla to remain public” rather than becoming privately held. … Read More

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