Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 14, 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 July 14, 2019.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

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Exclusive: Archaeologists confirm contested tale of the Crusades, 920 years after battle

GeekWire aerospace and science editor Alan Boyle reports on a significant archaeological find during his Middle East science tour.  JERUSALEM — Exactly 920 years after Jerusalem fell in the First Crusade, archaeologists say they’ve found the first on-the-ground evidence to back up a key twist in the Crusaders’ account of their victory. … Read More

BMW ReachNow car-sharing service shuts down in Seattle and Portland following joint venture deal

Peace out, ReachNow. BMW’s car-sharing service abruptly ceased operation Wednesday, ending a mobility program that included 1,000 free-floating vehicles used by more than 100,000 members across Seattle and Portland. … Read More

From Prime location atop The Spheres in Seattle, Jeff Bezos thanks Amazon shoppers and workers

He could have sent an email. Or dropped a gift card in everyone’s mailbox. … Read More

Univ. of Washington names veteran data scientist to lead booming computer science school into new era

Professor Magdalena Balazinska has long been considered a leader in data management and data science at the University of Washington’s Paul G. … Read More

Microsoft joint venture Avanade expands consulting practice to Adobe, signaling cozier relationship between tech giants

The relationship between Adobe and Microsoft is taking a step forward thanks to a new partnership with Avanade — a Seattle-based joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft — to bring key cloud sales and marketing products from the tech giants closer together. … Read More

Microsoft launches Minecraft Earth private beta in Seattle and London

The makers of Minecraft Earth launched a closed beta today in Seattle and London, the first time fans will be able to get their hands on the heavily hyped augmented reality smartphone game. … Read More

Ex-Microsoft worker charged in alleged scheme to steal $10M in gift cards and use funds to buy a Tesla and lakefront home

A former Microsoft worker has been arrested and charged with mail fraud, in an alleged scheme to steal $10 million worth of digital currency from his ex-employer and use the funds to finance extravagant purchases, including a Tesla and lakefront home. … Read More

Workday buys Trusted Key in first exit for Seattle’s Kernel Labs, and a proof point for startup studios

Business cloud software giant Workday has acquired Seattle-based Trusted Key in a deal that shows how the startup studio model is gaining traction. … Read More

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Months after significant layoffs, Joule cooking device maker ChefSteps acquired by Breville

Less than three months after cutting a significant portion of its staff, Seattle startup ChefSteps was acquired Tuesday by kitchen appliance giant Breville Group. … Read More

Amperity raises $50M to take on Salesforce, Adobe, Oracle and others with its customer data platform

With tech giants such as Adobe, Salesforce, and Oracle entering the ring, Seattle startup Amperity is raising more investment dollars as it tries to grab market share in the nascent field of customer data platforms. … Read More

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