Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 10, 2021

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Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 10, 2021.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Report: Bill Gates is largest owner of private farmland in U.S., with acreage across 18 states

A new report on the largest holders of private farmland in the United States reveals that Bill and Melinda Gates are atop the list, with the billionaire Seattle couple amassing 242,000 acres of land. … Read More

Outspoken climate researcher dishes out some advice for Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos

If billionaires like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos really want to maximize their efforts to solve the global climate crisis, they should focus less on gadgetry and more on getting governments to act. … Read More

Domain and hosting services company Epik has not had contact with Parler following AWS boot

Seattle-area web services company Epik said it has not had communications with Parler, the social media platform in the spotlight following the riot at the U.S. … Read More

Watch Blue Origin fly its first capsule that’s designed to send people to space and back

Update: The uncrewed test flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spaceship has been rescheduled for launch at 10:57 a.m. … Read More

Seattle researchers find clues for treatments that could eliminate HIV in infected patients

In the nearly four decades since HIV was discovered, only two people have been cured of the virus that has killed millions. … Read More

Buoyed by a booming tech sector, Seattle surpasses Atlanta to claim 10th largest regional economy

The Seattle region continues to boom. The regional economy — encompassing Tacoma, Everett, Seattle, Redmond and Bellevue — boasts a gross domestic product of $383 billion, according to an analysis by Greater Seattle Partners using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. … Read More

Amazon hires Seattle U computer science chair, then makes big donation to find replacement

Amazon is making a significant donation to Seattle University to create an endowed chair to lead its Computer Science Department, a move that promises to help the private Jesuit university raise the profile and expand the capabilities of its computer science program. … Read More

Former Zulily execs raise $150M for new firm that buys and supercharges e-commerce businesses

Two former Zulily executives have landed more than $150 million to fuel a new venture that seeks to buy profitable e-commerce businesses. … Read More

Costco closing photo centers at all store locations citing rise of camera phones and social media

Costco announced Wednesday that it will no longer operate photo departments at its stores, bowing to the rise of smartphones, social media and digital photo sharing. … Read More

Amazon responds to Parler’s lawsuit, calls it ‘meritless’ and cites content advocating violence

Update: Parler on Wednesday filed its response to Amazon’s brief. … Read More

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