Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 1, 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 Dec. 1, 2019. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire What ’60 Minutes’ didn’t say about Amazon and Seattle’s homelessness crisis The tent cities that spring up in the shadows of some of the world’s wealthiest tech companies landed on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night after CBS News anchor Anderson Cooper traveled to Seattle to report on its homelessness crisis. … Read More Amazon expands Bezos’ elite… Read More

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I pitted Subway’s new sliders against their original footlongs and the cheaper options were my favorite 2 out of 4 times

I tried all of Subway’s new sliders and put them head-to-head with their footlong counterparts. I assumed that the sliders would taste just like the footlongs, but I quickly found that was not the case. Overall, I thought the Ham and Jack Slider and the Italian Spice Slider both tasted better than their footlong counterparts. I think the footlong Philly cheesesteak gives you more bang for your buck, even though the Little Cheesesteak Slider is cheaper. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Good things often come in small packages — but does that idiom apply when that package is lunch? In September, the fast-food chain Subway introduced new mini sandwiches… Read More

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Discolored is a surrealist spy thriller by way of Myst

Jason Godbey It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. At the start of this year, I wrote about What Never Was, a first-person puzzle game similar to Myst or Gone Home, though on a much smaller scale. In the game, you are confined to a single attic room where all of the puzzles and storytelling takes place. Discolored is similar, except you are confined to an entire deserted and desaturated desert diner. In Discolored,… Read More

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7 business leaders who’ve been completely open about their struggles with alcohol and drugs

Professionals all over the country — including those in business, tech, and finance — struggle with alcohol and drug abuse. Here are seven successful executives who have opened up about their past drug and alcohol use. Many of them recovered and went on to run successful businesses, like The Wing and Twitch. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more. Addiction can impact anyone — including highly successful business people. The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US has risen significantly between 1999 and 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the world’s alcohol consumption is set to rise by 17% over the next decade. Pressure to drink… Read More

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Your credit card number could get you presale ticket access to concerts, sports games, and more — here’s how

Many credit card issuers offer access to presale, preferred seating, and VIP ticket offers. American Express, Citi, and Chase cardholders each have their own entertainment programs that provide a wide variety of ticket perks. Capital One also offers select presale access, and if you have the Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card, you can get 8% cash back on tickets purchased through Vivid Seats (through May 2020). Even if you don’t have any of these types of cards, it’s worth checking with your credit card issuer to see what entertainment benefits may be available to you. personal finance coverage Most people know that they can use credit cards to… Read More

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Reddit has released the most ‘upvoted’ posts of 2019, and it shows how much trolling is part of the platform’s culture

Reddit recently released its year-in-review report highlighting the most popular posts, active subreddit communities, and viral trends on “the front page of the internet.” The report includes 2019’s top posts — that is, those with the most “upvotes,” the Reddit-equivalent of “likes” on other social platforms. Included in this list of top posts are a timely dad joke, a wholesome cartoon, and a random stream of consciousness thought. There’s also one criticizing Reddit for accepting millions in funding from Chinese company Tencent, a move that stoked concerns of censorship across the internet. The posts featured on the most-upvoted list show just how much the Reddit community at large values, and… Read More

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Hong Kong’s Protesters Are the Wrong Kind of Patriots (For Beijing)

HONG KONG—After months of protests, an embarrassing rebuke at the ballot box, a pair of new laws from the United States targeting Hong Kong and a worsening economic outlook, the territory’s leader Carrie Lam promised to do some soul-searching. It seemed an appropriate response: Her city looked to have changed, gripped by a suddenly politically engaged populace, determined to face down the authorities. And, in recent days, it appears Lam has indeed emerged with a solution on how to quell unrest here: Faced with demands for greater freedoms, an end to police brutality, and full universal suffrage, she has determined that what its people really need is more Chinese-style patriotic… Read More

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