Amazon announced plans early Thursday morning to open a second headquarters “fully equal” to its Seattle home, calling on local governments across North America to submit proposals. The news immediately ignited speculation that the e-commerce giant is outgrowing its hometown and introduced questions about whether Amazon’s complex relationship with Seattle is to blame.
Source: ‘It’s never too late to say we’re sorry’: Seattle leaders respond to Amazon plans to establish second HQ outside its hometown
Eastern Washington University is partnering with Microsoft on a new data analytics degree designed to prepare students to enter a fast-growing field.
Source: EWU and Microsoft join forces on new degree program | The Spokesman-Review
Robert “Bob” Yeiser, the 34-year-old gunman who was killed early Sunday on Bainbridge Island by a Kitsap County Regional SWAT team, said he suffered from depression, had been arrested for drunken driving and was evicted from his moorage on Seattle’s South Lake Union, court records show.
Source: Gunman killed during Bainbridge Island standoff battled depression, lost job | The Seattle Times
EVERETT, Wash. – A Mukilteo woman, accused of leading a local ID theft ring, made her first appearance in court on Monday. Alexia Dallas Devlin, 37, was arrested on June 3 for her part in crimes that span King and Snohomish Counties and beyond. “This particular individual is fairly sophisticated and knew what they were doing and had access to info they should not have had,” said Craig Matheson, Chief Criminal Investigator at the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.
Source: Snohomish Co. woman accused leading ID theft ring, nearly a dozen victims
Microsoft could surpass Amazon in the exploding cloud computing market, according to Pacific Crest Securities.
Source: Microsoft Could Surpass Amazon in Cloud Computing This Year (AMZN, MSFT) | Investopedia
The world’s biggest plane, boasting a 117-metre wingspan, has been launched by the Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
The six-engine, dual-hulled Stratolaunch aircraft is designed to launch satellites into orbit. Launching the satellites on rockets while the Stratolaunch is in flight has the advantage of saving fuel comparing to sending them into orbit from a launchpad.
Source: Microsoft co-founder launches world’s biggest plane | Science | The Guardian
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer explains what will, and what won’t, help the Seattle area be an economically successful region. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spent decades of his career helping Microsoft rise to dominance. He knows a thing or two about the conditions that are favorable for business.
Source: Steve Ballmer warns voters of Seattle income tax fallout
The EternalBlue code formed the basis of the WannaCry ransomware, which struck networks worldwide in one of the biggest cyberattacks ever recorded.
Source: NSA ‘considered telling Microsoft about hacking codes’ | Daily Mail Online
Former Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald predicts we’ll need tolling on every road in the future.
Source: Predicting the future: Tolling will start in your driveway
[Ed.: This is when freedom-loving people need to rise up and destroy the machine.]
Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman recently said, “The phone is already dead — people just haven’t realized.” He made this statement while discussing Microsoft’s HoloLens and potential future iterations of similar mixed-reality devices, which could be eventually be integrated into our daily lives much like the smartphone is today.
Kipman may be right. But that future is a long way off, and Microsoft has effectively vanished from the current smartphone market. A few of Microsoft’s partners continue to offer Windows Phones – like HP, for example – but Microsoft discontinued production of its own Lumia-branded smartphones and has not made any new product announcements in the space.
Source: The Rumored Microsoft Surface Phone Will Be Much More Than Just A Smartphone