Opinion: Water conservation bills offer map to California water security

While the rains of March and early April were a welcome relief, they will likely do little over the long-term to lift California out of its water crisis. That’s because the state’s single largest source of water storage – the Sierra Snowpack – has been reduced considerably in recent decades and is projected to shrink more in the future, as we enter a “new normal” with hotter and drier years to come due to man-made climate change. Going forward, we will all have to make more from less. That’s why two bills currently making their way through the California Legislature – Assemblywoman Laura Friedman’s AB 1668 and Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s… Read More

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For investors, the future of education technology is now the workplace

ASU+GSV has become edtech’s largest industry-facing conference. (GeekWire Photo / Frank Catalano) SAN DIEGO — After several years of waiting for the K-12 market to grow faster, and a couple of years getting schooled in higher education, education technology investors seem to have decided edtech’s future is the workplace. At least that’s the sense of what has become the largest industry-facing edtech conference, ASU+GSV Summit. Co-presented by Arizona State University and the investment firm Global Silicon Valley (GSV), it attracted more than 4,100 venture capitalists, company executives, startup entrepreneurs and others to San Diego this week. ASU+GSV outgrew the original Phoenix-area venue where it began in 2010. Now, it’s at… Read More

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TLDR: U.S tech companies are hiring more foreign workers, Amazon reveals Prime membership numbers, Marvel at MoPOP

[Editor’s Note: TLDR is GeekWire’s daily news rundown, hosted by Starla Sampaco. Watch today’s update above, subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube for every episode, check back weekday afternoons for more, and sign up for TLDR email updates below.] Today’s featured stories Amazon’s visas for foreign-born workers surge 78% as H-1B approvals shift from Indian IT firms to US tech companies Amazon reveals Prime number for the first time: 100M members globally and counting Marvel’s heroic comic and film history revealed in first look inside super-sized new MoPOP exhibit Subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube. …read more Source:: GeekWire       

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Techstars Seattle Demo Day: Check out our top 3 pitches from the startup accelerator

The 2018 Techstars Seattle class. (GeekWire photos / Taylor Soper) Nine years, 139 startups, $700 million raised. Techstars Seattle has become a mainstay of the local tech ecosystem for nearly a decade, helping groom early-stage entrepreneurs as they sharpen their pitches and build their business models. Nearly 140 companies have graduated since 2010 and have collectively raised more than $700 million in investment capital. Graduates of Techstars Seattle include companies like Remitly, Outreach, Leanplum and Zipline. Techstars Seattle Managing Director Chris DeVore. The latest cohort stepped on stage Wednesday night after three intense months as part of Techstars Seattle, pitching an audience of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, family, friends, and more… Read More

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Blue Origin CEO says next-gen BE-4 rocket engine meets technical requirements

Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engine is on display in Colorado Springs. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For years, there’s been a big question surrounding the next-generation BE-4 rocket engine that’s being built by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture: Will it be good enough for United Launch Alliance, a crucial prospective customer? Now Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith says the BE-4 has passed all of the technical tests required for ULA to sign onto a production contract. “We’ve met the technical and performance requirements that they’re looking for,” Smith told GeekWire today during a one-on-one interview at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.… Read More

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on integration with Microsoft: ‘So far, so good’

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman. (Microsoft Photo) LinkedIn’s integration with Microsoft has “exceeded expectations,” propelling the business social network to record levels of engagement and the fastest revenue growth since its 2011 IPO, CEO Jeff Weiner said in an interview with CNBC Thursday. Microsoft closed the acquisition of LinkedIn, its largest buy ever at $26.2 billion in December 2016. Since then, the combined companies have been steadily rolling out integrations like adding LinkedIn data into Office 365 programs such as Outlook. Despite being added into Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes segment for financial reporting purposes, LinkedIn continues to operate independently, Weiner said.… Read More

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Senate confirms Jim Bridenstine as NASA’s administrator after months of uncertainty

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., testifies at his Senate nomination hearing last November. (NASA Photo / Joel Kowsky) The Senate confirmed U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., as NASA’s administrator today in a nail-biting vote along party lines. Bridenstine, 42, has represented his Tulsa-area district since 2013. During his time in Congress, he’s been a strong supporter of space commercialization. He’s the principal sponsor of the American Space Renaissance Act, which aims to beef up the military and commercial side of the space program. His background includes service as a naval aviator and a stint as the director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. For a time, he… Read More

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative aims to ‘map every cell in the human body’ with giant new project

(Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Photo via Facebook) The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, announced a huge new project Thursday: The Human Cell Atlas. The goal of the project is to “map every cell in the human body as a resource to understand and improve human health and disease,” Chan wrote in a Facebook post announcing the project. The idea is to have an encyclopedic understanding of human biology, giving scientists a resource on the same scale as the Human Genome Project. The Human Cell Atlas has awarded a total of $15 million to 85 researchers working on cell biology and… Read More

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Amazon’s visas for foreign-born workers surge 78% as H-1B approvals shift from Indian IT firms to US tech companies

H-1B visas are increasingly going to U.S. tech companies. (BigStock Photo). Amazon was approved for 2,515 visas for foreign-born workers in fiscal year 2017, outpaced by only one other company in the highly competitive H-1B lottery. That’s a 78 percent increase over fiscal year 2016, according data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services compiled in a new study by the National Foundation for American Policy. The massive jump tracks with Amazon’s growth in the U.S. and its increased spending on research and development. But Amazon isn’t the only tech giant that’s winning more H-1B visas than years past. Microsoft, Intel, IBM, and Google were in the top 10 companies approved… Read More

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Nimble Pharmacy brings prescription drug delivery service to Seattle area

Nimble Pharmacy offers free delivery of prescription drugs. (Nimble Pharmacy Photo) Nimble Pharmacy, a startup based in the San Francisco area, is extending its prescription drug delivery service to Seattle and San Diego, setting it up for a potential clash with Amazon’s healthcare ambitions. The company announced that its direct-to-door prescription delivery will be available in the Seattle area as far north as Everett, South to Tacoma and East to Issaquah. Amazon has also been rumored to be considering a prescription drug delivery service, just one of several healthcare ventures the tech giant is feeling out. Nimble Pharmacy has no retail locations, instead relying on technology. The company accepts electronic… Read More

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