Microsoft Paint will remain part of Windows 10, as 34-year-old favorite lives on

(Microsoft Illustration) For years it’s felt like Microsoft Paint’s days were numbered, but the 34-year-old sentimental favorite keeps hanging on. The simple graphics editor is included in the next Windows 10 build, also known as the May 2019 Update. Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager with Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program, tweeted that Paint will remain part of Windows for the immediate future. Yes, MSPaint will be included in 1903. It’ll remain included in Windows 10 for now. — Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) April 23, 2019 In July 2017, Microsoft put the beloved drawing program on a list of features to be removed or deprecated in the next Windows update, spawning odes… Read More

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How multiyear contracts with big business are changing the economics of the cloud

Pinterest rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, April 18. The company’s long-term contract with Amazon Web Services, disclosed in its IPO filings, reflects a broader trend in cloud pricing. (NYSE Image) As it scaled its way to unicorn status and beyond over the last few years, Pinterest was more focused on adding features to its image-sharing social media site and ensuring its reliability than how much it was spending on cloud services — right up until the moment it realized it had a spending problem. Pinterest’s resulting five-year $750 million deal with Amazon Web Services is just one example of how spending on cloud… Read More

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Spawned by Google, Wing wins FAA’s air carrier certification for drone deliveries

Wing’s drone makes a delivery. (Wing Photo) Alphabet’s Wing venture has stolen a march on Amazon’s plans for drone domination by winning air carrier certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. “Air Carrier Certification means that we can begin a commercial service delivering goods from local businesses to homes in the United States,” Wing said today in a Medium post celebrating the milestone. Wing was spun out last year from Alphabet’s X tech incubator (formerly known as Google X), and has been taking part in an FAA-backed pilot program to push the envelope for drone operations in Southwest Virginia. The company has also conducted a test program in Australia that involved… Read More

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Kohl’s to accept Amazon returns at all its stores, expanding partnership between retailers

(Bigstock Photo) Amazon’s unlikely alliance with Kohl’s is getting even tighter. Starting in July, Kohl’s will begin accepting returns for items purchased on Amazon at all of its stores, more than 1,150 in total. The move marks a major expansion of a two-year-old partnership between the retailers. It started in 2017 with a pilot program at 10 stores and expanded to 100 stores a year later. Kohl’s accepts items without a box or shipping label, free of charge. It then repackages the items and sends them off to Amazon return centers. For Kohl’s, the Amazon partnership is one of several initiatives to bring more traffic to its stores. Amazon furthers… Read More

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Since 1972, Greenland Has Lost 11 Quadrillion Pounds of Water

The Greenland Ice Sheet is the world’s second-largest reservoir of fresh water sitting on the world’s largest island. It is almost mind-bogglingly huge. If Greenland were suddenly transported to the central United States, it would be a very bad day for about 65 million people, who would be crushed instantly. But for the sake of science journalism, imagine that Greenland’s southernmost tip displaced Brownsville, Texas—the state’s southernmost city—so that its icy glaciers kissed mainland Mexico and the Gulf thereof. Even then, Greenland would stretch all the way north, clear across the United States, its northern tenth crossing the Canadian border into Ontario and Manitoba. Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Iowa… Read More

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Russell Wilson reportedly gifted his offensive linemen $12,000 each in Amazon stock

Russell Wilson in action during a Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Deion Sanders may have been “Prime Time” during his playing days in the NFL, but Russell Wilson is a prime player when it comes to Amazon. The Seattle Seahawks QB has taken stock in the guys who helped him become the highest paid player in the NFL by actually purchasing Amazon stock for his offensive linemen as a “thank you” for protecting him every Sunday. TMZ reported Monday that Wilson sent a letter to 13 linemen, informing them that he was gifting them each $12,000 in stock in the Seattle-based tech giant. Wilson… Read More

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils his Robotaxi concept for a self-driving rideshare fleet

Tesla shows off a configuration for a Robotaxi front seat without a steering wheel. (Tesla via YouTube) Tesla’s billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, laid out a vision for a huge fleet of self-driving electric vehicles that owners could share with friends or other riders, with Tesla getting a cut of the proceeds. The Robotaxi concept relies on the ability to make Tesla cars fully autonomous, to the point that the steering wheels can be removed. “By the middle of next year, we’ll have over a million Tesla cars on the road with full self-driving hardware, feature complete, at a reliability level that we would consider that no one needs to pay… Read More

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How a Seattle startup turned a low-tech, thrift-store inspiration into a high-performing water purifier

The Raiin team is made up of current and former students at Western Washington University — including CEO and founder Nancie Weston. Back row, left to right: Clayton Foshaug, graphics (design major); Macall Prengel, actor (kinesiology major); Katie Winkleman, communications (communications major). Front row, left to right: Lucas Van Dyke, videographer (business major); Naia Shedd, graphics (design major); Weston; Michael Nguyen, editor and public relations (public relations major). Not shown: Ian Ferguson, actor (journalism major); Maks Mosses, videographer (public relations major); Dixon Kenley Lamb, website (computer science major). Inspiration can come from unlikely places. For Nancie Weston, it sparked in a Goodwill thrift store. Seven years ago, Weston co-founded Grayl,… Read More

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Facebook taps former Vulcan and Gates Ventures exec John Pinette to run global communications

John Pinette. (John Pinette Photo) Facebook has a new point person for its global communications, and he’s a familiar figure in the Pacific Northwest tech community. The social media giant just announced Seattle tech industry vet John Pinette as its new VP of global communications, replacing Caryn Marooney, who held the role for eight years before announcing her departure in February. The social network also named Jennifer Newstead as its new general counsel, succeeding Colin Stretch, who announced and then delayed his plans to leave the company last year. The appointments come at a pivotal time for the social media company, which continues to navigate the fallout over Russian election… Read More

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Postmates ramps up engineering office in the Seattle area in advance of IPO

(Postmates Photo) Postmates, the IPO-bound delivery company, is ramping up its engineering operations in the Seattle area after operating under the radar in the region for the past two years, GeekWire has learned. The company has nine openings for engineering positions based in Bellevue, Wash., according to its job site. One of the openings, for an engineering manager of operations technology, reads: “We recently opened a brand new engineering site at downtown Bellevue, where you really can be amongst the first employees in a well-funded, proven, highly technical, highly visible and business critical idea.” RELATED CONTENTCheck out GeekWire’s list of Seattle-Area Engineering Centers established by out-of-town companies. Postmates said that… Read More

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