Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Sept. 20, 2020

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 Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Sept. 20, 2020

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 Sept. 20, 2020.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Analysis: Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda is a massive disruption for the video game industry

Microsoft started its working week by announcing that it intends to purchase ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion. … Read More

Amazon stops sale of so-called ‘Prime Bike’ and calls out fitness company for peddling ‘partnership’

Update, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. PT: A stationary bicycle made by the exercise gear company Echelon and sold on Amazon as an exclusive “Prime Bike” has been pulled by the tech giant after a day in which it looked like the company was getting into the connected fitness craze. … Read More

Microsoft Teams getting breakout rooms, virtual commute, and new ‘Together Mode’ backgrounds

Microsoft Teams is getting several updates as part of the company’s virtual Ignite tech conference this morning, looking to keep pace with its rivals and keep up with the demands of users increasingly relying on the collaboration technology as critical infrastructure for remote work and learning. … Read More

Drone home: Amazon’s new Ring indoor security camera gives flight to new privacy concerns

Amazon drones will probably be zipping around outside your house to drop off packages before too long. … Read More

Microsoft and Cascadia group unveil proposal to build economic hubs between big Pacific NW cities

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference has made headlines over the past few years for its ambitious goal to connect Portland to Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., with a proposed high-speed rail line. … Read More

Court rules in favor of hip-hop star Macklemore after jazz musician sued over hit song samples

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have successfully defeated a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a New Orleans jazz musician who claimed the Seattle hip-hop duo sampled his music on some of their popular hits. … Read More

As ‘low-code’ competition grows, Microsoft integrates Power Apps with GitHub and Teams

One of T-Mobile’s most important applications is one its customers rarely see. … Read More

Azure Orbital launches Microsoft into cloud-based space race with Amazon

Call it the Clash of the Cloud Titans: Today Microsoft is taking the wraps off Azure Orbital, a cloud-based satellite data processing platform that competes with Amazon Web Services’ Ground Station offering. … Read More

‘OpenAI should be renamed ClosedAI’: Reaction to Microsoft’s exclusive license of OpenAI’s GPT-3

Microsoft this week gained an exclusive license to OpenAI’s GPT-3, the state-of-the-art language model garnering attention across the tech industry. … Read More

Bezos Academy, funded by Jeff Bezos’ $2B ‘Day One Fund,’ launches first free school in Seattle area

The Day 1 Academies Fund is gearing up to open the inaugural school in its new network of full scholarship Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities. … Read More

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