Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 19, 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 May 19, 2019.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Now you can put your name on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover (in teeny tiny letters)

Space fans have been sending their names to Mars and other extraterrestrial destinations for more than two decades, and it’s that time again: From now until Sept. … Read More

Marco Langbroek video of Starlink train

Sightings of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites spark awe — and astronomical angst

SpaceX’s unorthodox card-dealing launch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites has led to into an unusual viewing opportunity for skywatchers — and an occasion to wonder about the impact of such mega-constellations on the natural night sky. … Read More

Blue Origin, ULA and Northrop Grumman weigh in on multibillion-dollar SpaceX rocket lawsuit

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and subsidiaries of United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman are intervening in a SpaceX lawsuit protesting $2.3 billion in rocket development awards to those three companies. … Read More

Capital One leaving Seattle, impacting up to 160 engineering and product jobs as it closes tech hub

Financial heavyweight Capital One will close its Seattle office, in a move that could see up to 160 people laid off, GeekWire has learned. … Read More

Bill Gates picks his 5 top summer reads for 2019, with no shortage of heavy topics

When I first saw Bill Gates’ summer book picks, I thought, “This guy knows how to party.” The fact that his list is filled with heavy reads isn’t lost on Gates — he acknowledges his summer reading list tackles some pretty heavy topics: “None of them are what most people think of as a light read,” he writes. … Read More

Jeff Bezos, can you take my return? Inside one of the most unusual Amazon annual meetings ever

Amazon Prime member Evie Schwerin ordered a Haggadah, the Jewish text traditionally read at Passover Seder, before realizing that she already had what she needed. … Read More

A new era for home-buying: How Zillow, Redfin and their rivals plan to revolutionize real estate, again

The peak home-buying season is upon us, but buyers and sellers taking a fresh look at the market will see a much different landscape for real estate technology than they did just a year or two ago — and it’s only the beginning of the changes to come. … Read More

SpaceX Starlink Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket deals out a deck of 60 Starlink internet satellites

After two postponements, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket executed a mission that dealt out 60 Starlink broadband data satellites into low Earth orbit. … Read More

Amazon shareholders reject all 11 annual meeting proposals, including employee-backed climate plan

Amazon shareholders voted down all 11 independent resolutions presented at the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, including a climate change push that was supported by more than 7,600 employees. … Read More

How Melinda Gates made her mark at Microsoft by not fitting in, and her thoughts on its culture now

After graduating from Duke University with degrees in computer science and business, Melinda Gates could have worked for any number of companies. … Read More

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