Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 20, 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 Oct. 20, 2019.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Amazon ‘surprised’ after Pentagon awards coveted $10 billion JEDI cloud contract to rival Microsoft

The Department of Defense announced Friday it is awarding the coveted $10 billion, 10-year contract to build the military’s war cloud to Microsoft. … Read More

Univ. of Washington computer science experts raise $3.9M for machine learning startup OctoML

A group of all-star computer scientists is behind OctoML, a new University of Washington spinout that aims to help companies deploy machine learning models on various hardware configurations. … Read More

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin shares latest moonshot vision: No to NASA’s Gateway, but yes to China

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin says there’s no need for the lunar-orbiting Gateway outpost that plays a key role in NASA’s vision to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. … Read More

Microsoft: ‘We are proud that we are an integral partner’ of DoD after winning $10B JEDI contract

Microsoft finally issued a statement after the Department of Defense announced late Friday that it awarded a $10 billion cloud contract to the Redmond, Wash.-based company. … Read More

Testing Microsoft’s Project xCloud: New streaming service feels like a magic trick

Microsoft’s Project xCloud has gone live. … Read More

University of Washington once again named world’s most innovative public university

For the third year in a row, the University of Washington has won the title of the world’s most innovative public university, according to an annual ranking by Reuters and Clarivate Analytics. … Read More

Sycamore quantum processing chip

Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’ computing feat earns respect — even from Microsoft

Word that a Google-led team of researchers had achieved “quantum supremacy” with a new type of computer chip leaked out weeks ago, but today’s publication of the team’s study in the journal Nature gave outsiders their first good look at what was done. … Read More

How Microsoft learned to tell compelling stories: Tech giant shares its secrets in new handbook

The 2012 publication of the New York Times multimedia story “Snow Fall,” about a deadly avalanche earlier that year in Steven Pass, Wash., was a watershed moment for Steve Clayton and Steve Wiens, two Microsoft employees looking to tell better stories about the innovations at their company. … Read More

Microsoft to host Seattle summit on high-speed rail connecting Pacific Northwest cities

High-speed rail in the Pacific Northwest has long been a dream of Microsoft and the tech giant is accelerating efforts to make that dream a reality. … Read More

SAP and Microsoft team up on 3-year cloud deal, strengthening relationship between tech giants

SAP and Microsoft struck a three-year partnership to help companies move their data to the cloud, a move that tightens the already close relationship between the two tech giants. … Read More

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