Leading urbanist Richard Florida is convinced Amazon HQ2 won’t go to a suburb

Richard Florida speaking at the 2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Vancouver, B.C. (Cascadia Innovation Corridor Photo / Matt Borck) Oddsmakers and analysts are betting on Northern Virginia to take home the much-ballyhooed prize of Amazon HQ2. But Richard Florida, one of the world’s foremost urbanist scholars, thinks they may be backing the wrong horse. Florida is Director of Cities at the University of Toronto and also works with New York University and Florida International University. He’s written two books and countless articles on urbanism in the modern era and serves as editor-at-large for CityLab. Florida has tracked Amazon’s search for a second headquarters city closely since the company announced… Read More

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Are Siblings More Important Than Parents?

We don’t choose our siblings the way we choose our partners and friends. Of course, we don’t choose our parents either, but they usually make that up to us by sustaining us on the way to adulthood. Brothers and sisters are just sort of there. And yet, when it comes to our development, they can be more influential than parents. This holds whether they are older and cool, or younger and frustrating; whether we follow in their footsteps, or run screaming in the other direction. Part of siblings’ sway has to do with their sheer presence. Eighty-two percent of kids live with a sibling [1] (a greater share than live… Read More

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Tech Moves: Expedia hires Cortana design lead; Saykara adds VP of growth

Sam Moreau. (Photo via LinkedIn) Longtime Microsoft design leader Sam Moreau is leaving the company for a new position at Expedia, GeekWire has learned. Moreau will lead design for Expedia’s brand in his new role as VP of design operations for the Expedia Group brand team. “A cohesive experience for our customers is critical and we are excited to welcome Samuel Moreau to the Brand Expedia leadership team,” Aman Bhutani, the president of Brand Expedia, told GeekWire in an email. “Sam’s experience in leading large design systems at scale will advance our ability to deliver on our brand formula.” Expedia Group has more than a dozen well-known travel brands in… Read More

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Amazon launches new ‘As Seen on Shark Tank’ online store for 70+ shark-backed products

(Amazon Photo) Amazon has opened an online store specifically for products backed by investors from the CNBC show “Shark Tank,” through its Amazon Launchpad startup program. The Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection features more than 70 products featured and funded on seasons one through nine of the show. As the 10th season rolls on, the “As Seen on Shark Tank” store will continue to add more products supported by the sharks. The announcement of the new store comes just a week after Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Amazon-owned Ring, returned to the show as a “guest shark.” The smart doorbell company was famously turned down by the sharks, and, after selling… Read More

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How Instagram Saved Poetry

Tom spent his days as a clerk, two floors below ground level in the cellars of Lloyds Bank. He worked in the foreign-transactions department from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, and in his free moments between filing and tabulating balance sheets, he wrote. Tom was better known to the world as T.S. Eliot. By the time he started as a clerk in 1917, his most popular poems—The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land—had been published to great acclaim. But even then, despite his bank salary, the man who has often been called the greatest poet of the 20th century struggled to make ends meet.… Read More

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Instagram Has A Massive Harassment Problem

When Brandon Farbstein first joined Instagram in 2014, he was 14 and optimistic. Farbstein was born with a rare form of dwarfism, and he wanted to use the photo-sharing site to educate people about his condition—to, as he told me, “show people a glimpse into my life and inspire people.” Soon enough, though, the hateful messages started coming: Death threats, expletive-laden comments about his appearance, worse. A meme page put his face on Hitler’s body. Multiple accounts popped up with the explicit purpose of taunting him. His house was swatted. When he does a live video, the insults float onscreen, fast and furious. “It’s been hard to keep my composure,”… Read More

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How to spur Millennials to navigate blood donation? Bloodworks NW launches app after successful test

Download site for the new Bloodworks app. (Bloodworks Northwest Image) How do you encourage new generations to adopt a habit of their older predecessors? A major regional blood center is betting, in part, on a mobile app. Bloodworks Northwest on Monday launched its app aimed at motivating first-time donors to give blood, following what it called a successful test in Eugene, Ore. The Seattle-based nonprofit, which serves more than 90 hospitals in the Pacific Northwest, released the Bloodworks app for Android and Apple iOS devices to make it easier for younger donors to navigate the blood donation process, from finding a site to understanding the benefits. Scheduling a donation in… Read More

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Review: Amazon’s Twitch NFL live stream shows potential future of live sports online

Sports fans can watch Thursday Night Football on Twitch this season, thanks to Amazon’s deal with the NFL. New interactive elements let fans quickly access stats and make predictions. (Twitch screenshots) Amazon is using Twitch and its Thursday Night Football live streams to test new gamification features that might change the way we watch live sports — particularly if legal sports betting spreads across the country. As part of a two-year deal with the NFL worth a reported $130 million, Amazon is streaming 11 Thursday Night Football games this season. It follows Amazon’s initial one-year deal with the NFL last season. New this season is Amazon’s decision to stream games… Read More

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 7, 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 Oct. 7, 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 Sonic-boom UFO show! SpaceX launches satellite, lands rocket booster in California SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket executed its first on-land touchdown on the West Coast tonight after sending Argentina’s SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, putting on a show punctuated by a sonic boom for Southern California. … Read More Microsoft partners with Indian cricket legend to develop a… Read More

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As learning technologies enter a ‘heady place,’ DreamBox CEO thinks skepticism was justified

Being a little late out of the gate with new tech may not be a bad thing when you’re dealing with kids. It’s not that DreamBox Learning‘s Jessie Woolley-Wilson is anti-technology. But the CEO of the Bellevue, Wash.-based company has been in the education technology industry long enough to see tech in schools progress through multiple stages, each with its own set of expectations. In the initial stage, she said, success in edtech was defined as one-to-one computing. “How do we get more devices in front of kids because that’ll solve everything,” she recalled was the common refrain. “We’re going to revolutionize learning because we’re going to give every kid… Read More

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