Seattle mayor forming council of tech leaders seeking solutions to the region’s growing pains

Jenny Durkan at a mayoral debate before she was elected. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is tapping problem solvers in the tech industry to develop solutions to some of the city’s greatest challenges. She plans to sign an executive order creating Seattle’s first ever Innovation Advisory Council to tackle issues like homelessness and traffic. Durkan will announce the new council at Zillow’s Downtown Seattle headquarters Thursday afternoon. She plans to reveal the co-chairs of the Innovation Council and commitments from Seattle tech companies at the Zillow event but won’t announce the full list of committee members until later on. The goal of the council is “to… Read More

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Apple becomes first American public company to be worth $1,000,000,000,000 — briefly

Apple CEO Tim Cook. (Apple Photo) That’s a lot of zeroes. Apple has been hovering just below a market capitalization, or valuation, of $1 trillion for a while now, but a strong showing in its third quarter earnings pushed shares upwards today. The tech giant crossed the $1 trillion threshold when it hit $207.04 per share earlier this morning, though it has since trended down. The company beat Wall Street expectations on Wednesday with $53.3 billion in third-quarter revenue, up 17 percent from the same quarter last year. It was the company’s strongest June quarter in history, bolstered by sales of the iPhone X (which retails at $999), wearables, and… Read More

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Review: The Surface Go is officially my favorite PC

Before there was a Surface Book, Surface Studio, or Surface Pro, there was just the Surface. It’s been over three years since Microsoft last updated its smallest and cheapest series of devices, but it was worth the wait. Armed with a budget price and solid performance, the Surface Go, now on sale, feels like the computer Microsoft has been trying to make since the original. It’s about time. Though the OG Surface basically invented the modern 2-in-1 PC, it was crippled by Windows RT and lived in the shadow of its more powerful siblings. And even if I was quite… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Apple becomes first company to reach $1 trillion market value

Apple Inc. today became the first publicly listed US company valued at $1 trillion. The Cupertino company saw its stock surge nearly six percent yesterday after reporting better than expected earnings over the last quarter. Gains continued through Thursday where – cue the fanfare – Apple’s stock broke the magic number ($207.04 per share) and now sits at . Many analysts thought Amazon would get there first, but the house that Jobs built beat out both Bezos’ marketplace and Google’s AI, proving once and for all that putting a lowercase “i” in front of the word pod was truly a… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Amazon creates USPS lobby with other retailers to influence postal service policy

Photo illustration by GeekWire. (Not an actual USPS employee). For months, President Donald Trump has been accusing Amazon of ripping off the U.S. Postal Service. The e-commerce giant has endured the criticism in silence but a newly formed lobby suggests the president’s attacks haven’t fallen on deaf ears. Amazon and other retailers have formed The Package Coalition to influence policymakers on issues related to USPS and package delivery. The group also includes Columbia Sportswear, QVC, the National Retail Federation, and others in the industry, according to an announcement released Wednesday. The Package Coalition says its mission is to work “with policymakers and the public to highlight the importance of the… Read More

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Mindshare Medical launches AI cancer screening tech that can see data ‘beyond our perception’

Left to right, Mindshare Medical’s co-founders: CTO Ilya Goldberg, COO Samir Chowdhury and CEO Michael Calhoun. (Photo courtesy of Mindhsare Medical) You might think diagnosing cancer is easy: Someone either has a cancerous tumor or they don’t. In practice, it’s much harder. Telling the difference between a deadly and a harmelss lump is literally “beyond our perception” with current imaging technology, Ilya Goldberg told GeekWire. That’s where he thinks artificial intelligence can step in. Goldberg is a longtime biologist and machine learning expert, and he is the co-founder and CTO of Mindshare Medical. The startup is developing artificial intelligence tools that can diagnose cancer using imaging data that is invisible… Read More

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