Oakland: Gardens at Lake Merritt to host repair party after vandalism

OAKLAND — In the wake of senseless vandalism, dedicated volunteers say they are readying a warm welcome for all who can help to put a little polish back on one of Lake Merritt’s hidden treasures. Unknown attackers struck The Gardens at Lake Merritt on May 20, leaving tools strewn carelessly, water and electrical systems damaged, a buggy’s bumper bent in and several groups of plants in a brand-new succulent garden damaged. By one estimate, damage may run as high as $50,000. Within the last week, volunteers were able to repair some of the system damage, but others have planned a work party this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..… Read More

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Inside Sonos’ Seattle office, where the music is bumpin’ and the team is growin’

Brad Duea (left) and Antoine Leblond run Sonos’ Seattle office. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Sonos, the high-tech connected speaker maker that opened a Seattle office about two years ago, is turning up the volume on its local presence. Sonos established its Seattle presence at the Bullitt Center, a six-story, 50,000-square-foot structure on Capitol Hill that bills itself as the “greenest commercial building in the world,” in 2015 and started with just 10 people. Today, the company is up to 70 people in the office, with another 35 or so open positions locally, and it has outgrown its initial space. Sonos recently picked up another half floor, giving it two… Read More

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Northern lights, cameras, action: Night sky watchers capture dramatic aurora over Seattle

Photographer Tim Durkan’s image from West Seattle looking back at the city, with the Space Needle on the right, and the northern lights. (Tim Durkan Photo) The beautiful sunshine in Seattle on Saturday gave way to an equally awesome display in the night sky as the northern lights made a rare appearance over the city and parts of Washington state. Photographer Tim Durkan, who captured a similar display last May, was at it again in the wee hours of Sunday morning. “Just home from an amazing ‘Saturday Night Special’ Aurora Borealis over the Emerald City – WOW…!” Durkan wrote on Facebook. “I got to the party a little late last… Read More

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 21, 2017

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 21, 2017. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire Legendary computer scientist James Gosling joining Amazon Web Services The father of Java is joining forces with Amazon Web Services. … Read More Chevrolet Bolt EV Review: At 200+ miles with juice to spare, this is the affordable electric car to beat For years I have been waiting for automakers to come out with an all-electric car… Read More

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When Facebook is a total blast: Rare Mount St. Helens eruption photo gets new life on social media

Maybe we blew it by not not spotting this photo a week ago, on the actual anniversary of the eruption of Washington’s Mount St. Helens, but social media has taught us that some things are just too good not to share, no matter the time peg. It is a holiday weekend after all, and plenty of folks are sure to head out into nature to mark the unofficial beginning of the summer season. And certainly some will visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument — the 110,000-acre destination south of Seattle where the mountain blew its top on May 18, 1980. So, check out this amazing image making the… Read More

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Blue whale washes up dead along Northern California beach

Scientists and onlookers gathered Saturday at a Northern California beach to view a 79-foot-long blue whale — a member of the largest species on Earth — that washed up dead the day before. The whale, a sub-adult female, was found on Agate Beach in Bolinas along the Marin County Coast, about 10 miles north of San Francisco early Friday morning. The whale may have been killed in a collision with a ship, said Mary Jane Schramm, a spokeswoman for the Greater Farrallones National Marine Sanctuary in San Francisco. “We can’t say for certain it was a ship strike,” she said on Saturday. “But there was sign of blunt force injury.… Read More

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Terror at 30,000 feet: I can’t get the WiFi to work

The woman on the seatback screen makes it look so easy. Just grab your iPad, plug in your headphones and connect. But it’s not. that way for everyone. (Geof Wheelwright photo for Geekwire) SOMEWHERE OVER MEMPHIS – I’ve never been a fan of tech support. Perhaps it comes from having survived the most grueling, intense experience that anyone who has ever tried to provide tech support has endured. Those moments came years ago when I had to provide tech support to my pre-teen boys after their computer crashed during a crucial moment in a computer game – and when my then-teenage daughter’s massive and carefully-assembled digital song collection seemed to… Read More

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California creatures thriving after record winter rains

We heard the grunts and groans from the commuters stuck behind mudslides on Highway 17. We read about the wails from desperate strawberry farmers pumping water out of their flooded fields. And we listened to the joy from Californians who had more than enough water to take guilt-free showers after enduring the conservation mandates from the historic drought. But how did one of the wettest winters in California history impact all the other living things in Northern California? Among the rain-soaked creepy crawlers, furry critters and lush vegetation, there are clear winners and losers emerging from the receding storm clouds. The deluge brought distress to some creatures like deer and… Read More

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This Week in Seattle: A booming city, an expectant giraffe, Trump’s travel ban, etc.

This Week in Seattle is your weekly dispatch of need-to-know news from the Emerald City. (BigStock Image)Seattle is the fastest-growing city in the country Seattle’s infamously crowded Mercer Street.(GeekWire Photo) The Seattle Times ‘FYI Guy’ Gene Balk crunched the latest Census data to reveal what many of us already instinctively new: Seattle’s population is growing faster than any other major city in the U.S. The city’s population hit 704,352 in 2016, growing at a 3.1 percent rate. That amounts to 57 people moving here per day, according to Balk. That growth, driven by the booming tech industry, surpassed Gold Rush-era population gains for the first time ever. “Seattle is a… Read More

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Molecule filter maker Membrion wins top prize at University of Washington Business Plan Competition

Scott Thornbury, Ryan Kastilani, Greg Newbloom and Robert Nelson pose with their $25,000 award at the UW Business Plan Competition. (Photo by Taylor Soper/GeekWire) A team of chemical engineering and business students from the University of Washington earned the top prize at the 20th annual UW Business Plan Competition hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Thursday evening in Seattle. Membrion won the Herbert B. Jones Foundation Grand Prize and took home the $25,000 award. The team, led by chemistry expert and CEO Greg Newbloom, created a new way to filter molecules in an effort to disrupt the market for existing alternative energy products. Newbloom said that his… Read More

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