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    It’s true! King County says social distancing is slowing down the coronavirus outbreak
    <img width="630" height="473" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Amazon banana stand"><br>Citing fresh statistics, public health officials today confirmed that social distancing measures “appear to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19” in Seattle and King County. But they said it’s too early to put up the “Mission Accomplished” sign. “Those measures need to continue to succeed in decreasing and delaying the outbreak peak,” James Apa, a member of the communications team for Public Health – Seattle & King County, wrote in a blog post. The good news and the continuing caveat are based on two new reports from the Bellevue, Wash.-based Institute for Disease Modeling. The institute… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Amazon starts temperature screening amid outcry over warehouse worker exposure to COVID-19
    <img width="1240" height="826" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon will begin screening employee temperatures at warehouses in New York and Seattle this week amid growing unrest about workers’ exposure to COVID-19. Those concerns reached a boiling point Monday at Amazon’s Staten Island fulfillment center when workers walked off the job to demand the company close the facility for sanitization. Workers in more than a dozen Amazon facilities around the world have tested positive for COVID-19, including one employee at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters and a warehouse worker in Kent, Wash. The virus presents a unique challenge for Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers that power the company’s e-commerce business. Thousands… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Univ. of Washington studies antimalarial drug’s use to head off COVID-19, with Gates Foundation’s aid
    <img width="900" height="600" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Hydroxychloroquine pills on lung X-ray"><br>University of Washington researchers are among the leaders of a newly announced clinical trial investigating whether hydroxychloroquine, a drug that’s commonly used to counter malaria and autoimmune disease, can prevent COVID-19. The multi-site trial, managed by UW in collaboration with New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, aims to determine definitively whether taking the drug can prevent transmission in people exposed to the virus. “We currently don’t know if hydroxychloroquine works, but we will learn in as short a timeframe as possible what the outcome is,” principal investigator Ruanne Barnabas, associate professor of global health in the University of Washington… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Privacy advocates alarmed after Seattle-area police launch online tool to report illegal gatherings
    <img width="1260" height="671" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Police in Bellevue, Wash., are asking residents to report violations of the state’s “stay home” order online in an effort to clear up 911 lines for emergencies. Suspected violations are tracked in the MyBellevue app and generate a heat map that shows where gatherings have been reported. The map shows “hot spots” of activity throughout the City of Bellevue, which is about 10 miles from Seattle. Officials in Bellevue and around the world are walking a tightrope as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic in the digital age. The challenge they face is balancing the unique needs of an unprecedented… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft previews new Teams family features in broader push to expand Office beyond work
    <img width="942" height="624" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft will add new features for individuals and families to its Teams collaboration and communication app, seeking to expand further beyond the workplace and into the personal lives of its users. Updates previewed this morning for Teams include tools for connecting and communicating with family and friends, coordinating schedules, and making personal video calls. Microsoft originally launched Teams as a response to Slack in the workplace, but Microsoft is now looking to give the app a broader footprint. The idea is to turn Teams into “one app to help manage work and life,” said Yusuf Mehdi, a Microsoft corporate vice… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Textio raises $12M as Seattle startup looks to reach job candidates with writing technology
    <img width="1260" height="721" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle-based augmented writing startup Textio has closed a $12 million funding round as the company looks to expand beyond the enterprise market. The news comes on the heels of cutbacks at the 6-year-old startup, which saw the reduction of 20 percent of its staff last week. Co-founder and CEO Kieran Snyder addressed what she called a “painful” process of laying off 30 employees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time that she’s trying to protect the future of her company. “Factoring in a bunch of the uncertainty that’s ahead, we do have to be nimble,” Snyder… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Redfin sells $110M of stock to Durable Capital Partners amid COVID-19 crisis
    <img width="1260" height="627" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Redfin is getting some financial support as the Seattle real estate company navigates through the COVID-19 crisis. The company sold $110 million of stock to Durable Capital Partners, a year-old investment firm led by Henry Ellenbogen, a longtime Redfin backer. “Durable’s Henry Ellenbogen has been leading investments in Redfin since 2013, when we were a private company and the market was recovering from the great financial crisis,” Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said in a statement. “In chaotic times, he understands our long-term commitments to our culture and our technology, and why those commitments position us to take share in a… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Stratolaunch resurrects its hypersonic rocket vehicle under a new name: Talon-A
    <img width="1260" height="816" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Talon-A"><br>Now that it’s under new management, Stratolaunch is retooling a concept for a rocket-powered hypersonic vehicle that it first unveiled 18 months ago. Back then, it was called the Hyper-A testbed vehicle, and it represented one of the engineering frontiers for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s space venture. A month later, Allen passed away at the age of 65 after battling a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s disease. Stratolaunch went through a year’s worth of retrenching, leading to a change of ownership last October. The new ownership group, led by billionaire investor Steve Feinberg, recently confirmed that it was continuing Stratolaunch’s work on… <a href="">Read More</a>

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