Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 27, 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 27, 2018. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire Startup Spotlight: Inspired by mother’s cooking, ex-Amazon engineer creates Indian food delivery startup The unique workplace culture at Amazon provided Mitra Raman both the motivation to quit the technology giant and the engineering chops to launch her own endeavor. … Read More Microsoft passes Google parent Alphabet in market value, now trails just Apple and Amazon Microsoft… Read More

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Humboldt Broncos stats keeper predicted Golden Knights Cup win

HUMBOLDT, Sask. — Vice-principal David Millette at Humboldt high school would chat each day with Brody Hinz about sports and remembers the student making a bold hockey prediction last September. “He said the Vegas Golden Knights were going to be the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup,” recalls Millette. “And, of course, I said, ‘You’re nuts.”‘ Hinz responded: “No, no, no. They will.” It warms Millette’s heart to think Hinz may have been right. The 18-year-old was one of 16 people who died after a truck and a bus taking the Humboldt Broncos to a Saskatchewan junior hockey playoff game collided at a rural intersection April 6. Thirteen… Read More

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Dzagoev, Cheryshev make Russia’s squad for home World Cup

MOSCOW — Creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev and Villarreal winger Denis Cheryshev have been confirmed in Russia’s final 23-man squad for its home World Cup. All but two of the squad play for Russian clubs, with the exceptions being Cheryshev and reserve goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, who plays for Brugge in Belgium. The naturalized German defenders Roman Neustaedter and Konstantin Rausch failed to make the cut from a provisional 28-man list, but Brazil-born right-back Mario Fernandes is included. Without a win in its last six friendlies, Russia could struggle for goals in Group A against Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. Just getting out of the group is likely to be considered a… Read More

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Amazon’s HQ2 competition is pushing ‘loser’ cities to become the next Silicon Valley — but some experts say it’s a dangerous plan

Several American cities that did not make the shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters, HQ2, are investing heavily into IT education programs, groups that fund local tech companies, and workforce development programs that focus on tech talent. An official from Cincinnati, Ohio, said that Amazon’s feedback after the HQ2 process persuaded the city to put its current tech programs “on steroids.” Some experts say that not every city should attempt to become a tech hub, but instead focus on boosting specific industries that fuel local economies. In January, Amazon named 20 finalists for its $5 billion second headquarters, HQ2, which promises 50,000 jobs over the next two decades. The announcement meant… Read More

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Giuliani says Trump ‘probably’ has the power to pardon himself

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and current attorney for President Donald Trump, said on ABC’s “This Week” that the president “probably” has the power to pardon himself. Giuliani also said that the president has no plans of pardoning himself and that such a move could have serious political consequences. Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and current lead attorney for President Donald Trump, said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the president “probably” has the power to pardon himself. “He’s not, but he probably does,” Giuliani said to George Stephanopoulos. “He has no intention of pardoning himself, but that doesn’t say he can’t.” But… Read More

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Clay Matthews needs surgery after injury during charity softball game

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. — Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says he needs surgery on his nose after getting hit in the face with a line drive during a charity softball game. Matthews was pitching during Saturday’s game when offensive lineman Lucas Patrick hit the ball directly into Matthews’ face, knocking him to the ground. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that Matthews got up, covered his face with his glove, then walked to the dugout. He did not return to the game. Matthews tweeted later that he busted his nose and would have surgery after the swelling subsides. He thanked fans for their well-wishes and expressed gratitude that his… Read More

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McDonald’s 20-for-$5 McNugget meal is an incredible, Costco-style deal, if you can find it (MCD)

McDonald’s 20-for-$5 McNuggets meal is one of the best deals in fast food, offering a Costco-style discount in bulk. Unfortunately, the deal is not available nationwide, so it may take some legwork to find a McDonald’s location that still offers it. It’s worth it, though. Hidden on many McDonald’s restaurants’ menus is a deal so good, it’s not even on the board above the register. It’s the 20-piece McNugget for $5. No commercial runs to announce its presence. It was last promoted way back in 2014. Perhaps the current price is just a mistake, an oversight from a leftover promotion that was never deactivated from the registers. The price is… Read More

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Canadian Kia Nurse sets WNBA franchise records

Canadians continue to make waves in the basketball world. On Saturday night, Kia Nurse of the New York Liberty had herself a night as she exploded for 34 points in the team’s game against the Indiana Fever, setting two franchise records in the process. Her 34 points are the most by a Liberty rookie ever, and it’s the most points by a reserve player. Check out the highlights in the tweet below. .@KayNurse11 went OFF for 34 points tonight! It’s the most points EVER by a @NYLiberty rookie, and the most by a reserve in franchise history! #WatchMeWork pic.twitter.com/5iCS1Ard8E — WNBA (@WNBA) June 3, 2018 The 22-year-old from Hamilton, Ont.,… Read More

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Loneliness may be a greater public health hazard than obesity — here are 4 psychology-backed tips to combat it

Loneliness is a common and serious public health problem, and many experts think it should be considered an epidemic. Being lonely has significant negative effects on a person’s health and changes the brain in ways that make it harder to feel less lonely. A psychologist who pioneered much of the research about loneliness has developed a simple set of strategies to help people feel less lonely. The term “loneliness” calls to mind the feeling of being disconnected from the world and the people around you. But that feeling is far more common and devastating than many people realize. Recent research has found that loneliness has such a significant effect on… Read More

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