Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 3, 2021

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Catch up on the latest tech and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on Geekwire for the week of October 3, 2021.

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Seattle business leaders urge city to take ‘immediate action’ to improve city safety

Editor’s note: The story has been updated to reflect comments from council members Andrew Lewis, Lisa Herbold and former council president and current mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell. … read more

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Want to improve your public speaking? This Startup’s AI Tool Aims to Give You a Silver Tongue


If you’re intimidated by the prospect of giving a speech, a job interview, or a wedding toast, a Seattle startup called Yoodlee might have just the thing: an AI-enabled software platform that analyzes your delivery and gives you suggestions. Gives corrections – in a non-judgmental way. … read more

Amazon CEO: Ties With Seattle City Council Have Been ‘Tough’, But Hope Remains

Amazon President and CEO Andy Jesse acknowledged that his company’s relationship with Seattle’s political leaders has been rocky in recent history, but said he expects it to improve in the coming years. … read more

Microsoft acquires collaborative software startup Ally to bolster employee experience platform Viva

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Microsoft has acquired Affiliates, a 3-year-old Seattle-based startup that helps companies track and hit their goals. … read more

Windows 11 is here: Key points as Microsoft rolls out its new operating system

Microsoft is starting a global rollout of Windows 11 this afternoon, starting in New Zealand and Australia, where it’s already October. … Read more

Led by founding founders at Microsoft, Chronosphere lands $200M, reaches unicorn status

The chronosphere has reached unicorn status in less than three years. … read more

Twitch got e-ruined overnight with pictures of Jeff Bezos due to data breach

If you were using the web version of Twitch on Friday morning, you might get a chance to see it re-decorated with a photo of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ face. … read more

Guest Post: AI Surveillance in Prisons Is a Terrible Idea, Both Technically and Ethically

Editor’s note: This is a guest post written by University of Washington professor Emily M… read more

Sora from ‘Kingdom Hearts’ is the last addition to the ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ roster

It is the end of an era. The 89th and final fighter to join the cast of Super Smash Bros… read more

Redfin partners with security giant ADT for a program that lets buyers tour homes without an agent

Technological tools like video tours have helped speed up real estate transactions during the pandemic, reducing the need for face-to-face interactions. … read more

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