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Amazon Web Services having trouble with US-East, again, taking out Lambda and Lex
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017


A problem with one of Amazon Web Services’ most promising new technologies has spread into a wider outage involving its notorious U.S.-East facility in Northern Virginia. Around 530pm PT on Thursday, users of Amazon’s Lambda serverless technologies started reporting error rates, and the problems spread to other key services, such as its Lex conversational bot service and its API Gateway service. The company acknowledged the issues on its status page, and I’ve reached out to AWS representatives for more information. Lambda is Amazon’s technology for enabling serverless application development, which is one of the more exciting areas of that world… Read More

Amazon’s delivery drone hive looks like it came from a sci-fi movie nightmare
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

Multi-level fulfillment center
If filmmakers ever decide to do a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” with drones instead of birds, they could use Amazon’s concept for a drone-dominated fulfillment center in their set design. The artwork, included in a patent application published today, shows a nine-story hive that’s swarming with drones. I’d hate to be the stick figure standing beneath that swarm. A team of six Amazon inventors filed the application in 2015 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2015. Their intent isn’t to stir up nightmares, but to secure the rights to a design that optimizes Amazon’s traditional fulfillment… Read More

Why Amazon’s rapid growth encourages developer of $564M Key Arena renovation
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017


The area around Seattle’s Key Arena — Seattle Center, South Lake Union — is a lot different than it was nine years ago, when the Seattle Supersonics left for Oklahoma City. Amazon’s global headquarters is about a mile away, where tens of thousands of employees march to and from work every day, many through means other than driving by themselves. Not only could this hoard of well-paid tech workers represent a built-in fanbase for a future NBA or NHL team, the openness to alternative transportation is also proof in the mind of the group renovating the World’s Fair-era arena that… Read More

Robotic telepresence could be the best way for humans to explore Mars, scientists say
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017


Robotic telepresence could save future Mars explorers from the perils that faced fictional astronaut Mark Watney in “The Martian” — and serve as the most efficient way to study the Red Planet up close, scientists say. An arrangement for having astronauts in Martian orbit communicate with robots on the surface is laid out in a paper published in this week’s issue of Science Robotics. The set-up addresses a dilemma that faces mission planners as they consider how to deploy robots and humans tens of millions of miles from Earth. The teams in charge of the rovers currently on Mars, Opportunity… Read More

GeekWork Picks: PushSpring seeks data scientist to help make sense of mobile data
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017


Mobile devices provide millions of data points to app publishers every day, but without some help, that data is useless. That’s where PushSpring steps in. The company builds products that help app publishers and advertisers make sense of all that data, and it’s looking for an experienced data scientist to join its team. The company is focused on building approachable, easy-to-use products that take advantage of billions of data records using machine learning, so the data scientist will need to be familiar with all steps of the machine learning process. The scientist will also need to have a mastery of R and… Read More

Working Geek: How this theater major became an engineering lead at Chef
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017


Nell Shamrell-Harrington isn’t your typical software engineer. She studied theater at the University of Puget Sound and uses those skills to talk about her work in open source governance at conferences around the world. “I learned emotional intelligence first – why I react to things a certain way, how others might react the same or differently based on their own experience and truth – and layered hard technical knowledge on top of it,” she said. “Now I use both sets of knowledge and weave them together throughout my daily work.” Shamrell-Harrington is a senior software engineer for Chef, here in… Read More

Could data analytics have prevented a painful, last-second goal in the Seattle Sounders FC match?
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

Dave Tenney
If you’re a fan of the Seattle Sounders FC, you’ll grasp at anything that might explain away that painful 1-1 tie with Orlando City SC on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field. Back at the scene of the sports tragedy on Thursday, Dave Tenney, director of performance and sports science for the team, took a shot at the question of whether data analytics could have helped prevent the last-second goal that doomed the Souders. Tenney was on a panel with Dr. Laila Mintas, deputy president at Sportradar U.S, during the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit. “I think where we’re at with our staff and… Read More

Why the NFL loves Amazon: Key league exec explains tech giant’s football streaming deal
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

Tod Leiweke
Everyone these days wants to be like Amazon, even the NFL apparently. At the 2017 GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, NFL COO Tod Leiweke addressed Amazon’s deal to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this season for a reported price of $50 million. Amazon took over for Twitter, which paid a reported $10 million for the same exact package last season. Leiweke praised Amazon and compared his league to the retail giant’s approach of “customer obsession” when it comes to improving the experience for fans. “It’s been fun for us to talk to the Amazon guys,” Leiweke said. “They are just amazing… Read More

Stephen Hawking lays out plan for settling space, from moon and Mars to the stars
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

Stephen Hawking
British physicist Stephen Hawking has repeatedly warned us that we have just a century or two to move off Earth, and he just shared his vision for how to do it. He said a base could be established on the moon within 30 years to serve as a gateway to the rest of the solar system. Settlers could follow up with a Mars base within 50 years. And at one point, Hawking called for setting an even speedier schedule for space exploration. He recalled President John F. Kennedy’s vision of putting Americans on the moon by the end of the… Read More

NFL audience bigger than ever, despite declining TV ratings, says COO Tod Leiweke
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

John Clayton & Tod Leiweke
Despite widespread reports that NFL television ratings were down this past season, the chief operating officer of the league insists that audience has never been stronger. Speaking at the 2017 GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, NFL COO and former Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke said with all the new ways people are using technology to watch games and follow the league, traditional TV ratings don’t fully measure the audience. “We believe that there are more people watching and following us than ever before, and we know that intuitively, and then the information’s going out, and you are seeing it in all… Read More

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After WannaCry, ‘Xavier Android Malware’ is Stealing, Leaking Your Info
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

23 June 2017, India: After the threats created by WannaCry Ransomware, Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions recently discovered a Trojan Android Malware called Xavier that steals and leaks a user’s information silently. Xavier’s impact has been widespread. It is detected in more than 800 applications embedded with Xavier has been downloaded millions […]

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LoanTap Raises $4 million Funding from Kae Capital, India Quotient, Others
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

23 June 2017, India: LoanTap Financial Technologies, an online personal loan company with in-house NBFC has raised $4 million in the latest round of funding. The round comprises of a mix of equity and debt instruments from Kae Capital, India Quotient, IFMR and MAS Financial Services. Satyam Kumar, CEO, LoanTap said, “We have been able […]

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Waymo Appoints ex-Tesla Engineer to Boost Self-Drive Technology
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

23 June 2017, India: Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo has appointed a former Tesla engineer Satish Jeyachandran to lead its Self-drive hardware. Waymo is a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. It is determined to improve transportation for people around the world, […]

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Flipkart-Snapdeal Merger: PremjiInvest Unhappy with Deal
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

23 June 2017, India: Just when the Flipkart-Snapdeal merger seemed good to go, PremjiInvest- one of the early investors in Snapdeal has expressed a concern over the deal. PremjiInvest, the family investment arm of Wipro Ltd chairman Azim Premji, objects to special payments to certain shareholders including its two co-founders and two early backers as […]

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10 Myth Busters On Why You Should Include Gaming In Marketing Strategy
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

If you don’t already know, mobile accounts for 99% of the digital ad growth which was up 13.4% to £10.3 billion in 2016 (Advertising Association and Warc). That being said, mobile becomes a quintessential part of your marketing plan. But, what in mobile? Here’s a secret gem that can turn the tables of fortune for […]

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Tips That Will Help Your Startup Excel in Supply Chain Management
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

A start-up company is one that faces all kinds of unique and sometimes problematic challenges. Business owners need to worry about all those small day-to-day issues, as well as the bigger picture goals and responsibilities. Taking advantage of tips and advice can help your start-up to not only excel but succeed in a marketplace that […]

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SoftBank Infuses $100 million in Security Startup Cybereason
Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017

22 June 2017, India: Boston-based cyber security firm Cybereason has raised $100 million in the latest round of funding from the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Corp- a subsidiary of SoftBank Group. SoftBank is Cybereason’s biggest investor and one of its biggest customers and distribution partners. Following this financing, Cybereason has raised a total of $189 million […]

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New Delhi-based MaxWholesale Raises $1 Millon Funding From Indian Angel Network, Others
Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017

22 June 2017, India: New Delhi-based B2B grocery supply chain, MaxWholesale has raised $1 Million in Pre-Series A round of funding led by Indian Angel Network (IAN) and Maple Capital Advisors. IAN investors include Ambarish Raghuvanshi, Raman Roy, Sunil Munjal, amongst others. Bikky Khosla of Tradeindia, Pankaj Karna, and Abhinav Grover of Maple Capital Advisors, […]

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Private Equity, Venture Capital Investments Hit 10-year High at $3.1 Billion Mark
Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017

22 June 2017, India: Private Equity, Venture Capital investments in India has hit a 10-year High in the month of May at $3.1 Billion mark. According to Ernst & Young (EY) data, the month recorded a 264% increase in terms of value and 23% in volume over May 2016. PE/VCs have invested $3,064 million across […]

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Fintech Startup Kissht Raises $2 Million Funding From Endiya Partners And Ventureast
Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017

Mumbai based Fintech startup Kissht has raised $2 million from Endiya Partners and Ventureast. The company which has raised angel funding earlier is in the process of raising its Series B funds. Started in 2015, Kissht App you to buy all items from within the app via its merchant partners in the Kissht store. The app […]

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