Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 20, 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 May 20, 2018.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

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SpaceX’s prototype internet satellites are good enough for gaming, Elon Musk says

It’s been three months since SpaceX launched the first prototype satellites for its Starlink broadband internet network, and there’s been precious little information about what they’re up to. … Read More

An inside look at Zillow’s first home purchase: How the real estate media giant will buy and sell houses

The house at 6630 S. Nash Way in Chandler, Ariz., looks at first glance like any other upscale home in the Phoenix area. … Read More

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SpaceX propulsion guru Tom Mueller looks ahead to Raptor rocket engines for Mars

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX’s success owes a lot to the tenacity of the company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, but some of the credit has to go to the guy who designed the engines that make the rockets go. … Read More

At odds with Seattle on head tax, Paul Allen’s Vulcan builds tiny-house village to shelter homeless people

More than 500 employees and volunteers organized by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. … Read More

A ‘punch in the gut’: Fast-growing Seattle startup eyes Bellevue after head tax vote

Seattle-based sales automation startup Outreach announced a new $65 million funding round Monday — but its CEO, Manny Medina, also had another issue on his mind when GeekWire caught up with him: Seattle’s new head tax, which will levy Outreach and other companies making more than $20 million in annual revenue in Seattle about $275 for each full-time employee in the city. … Read More

Best Buy Chief Digital Officer joins ATT, leaving digital transformation legacy at big box retailer

Best Buy’s chief digital officer, Bala Subramanian, has left the company to serve as the chief digital officer of wireless communications giant ATT, GeekWire has learned. … Read More

Secretive startup Pattern Computer emerges from stealth, promising a ‘revolution in computing’

A mysterious startup helmed by well-known tech prognosticator Mark Anderson is coming out of hiding today, with a goal of using what it says are new discoveries in computing to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. … Read More

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Five ‘Martian’ miscues to fix in space flicks

LOS ANGELES — Planetary scientist Pascal Lee could give astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson a good run for his money when it comes to truth-squadding movie depictions of space missions. … Read More

A serious slap at Seattle: Pierce County plans $275 tax incentive for companies, taking aim at its Northwest neighbor

Pierce County on Tuesday plans to introduce a new tax incentive program for employers looking to bring jobs to the county — a direct slap at the City of Seattle which last week introduced a controversial “head tax” on some of its biggest employers. … Read More

Google Home overtakes Amazon Echo in smart speaker sales for the first time, study says

Google outsold Amazon in the competitive smart speaker market for the first time ever in the first quarter, a report from technology research firm Canalys claims. … Read More

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