Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Sept. 5, 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 September 5, 2021.

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Microsoft employees study shows how remote working puts productivity and innovation at risk

A new study finds that Microsoft’s shift to the company’s remote work damages communication and collaboration between different business groups within the company, threatening employee productivity and long-term innovation. … read more

Washington state tracks down another Asian giant hornet nest, plans to eradicate it soon


The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Friday it has found a new Asian giant hornet nest – the second of 2021 – just weeks after removing a large colony of the invasive species from a tree east of Blaine, Wash. … Read more

Microsoft President Brad Smith warns America is repeating a critical September 11 mistake in the digital age

Microsoft President Brad Smith says that the US … read more

Opendoor acquires Seattle startups Pro.Com and Skylight, will shut down both platforms

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Opendoor, an online real estate company that lets people buy and sell homes directly online, has acquired Seattle-based startup Pro.com and San Francisco-based Skylight. … read more

Seattle startup City Pods aims to address the homeless with standalone indoor mini homes

When COVID-19 served up a global crisis that threatened to overwhelm his startup, Keenan O’Leary shifted his plans to help address another emergency: widespread homelessness. … read more

Microsoft Hires Google and Facebook Product Vet, Creating ‘Teams for Life’ Consumer Group

Microsoft on Wednesday made another significant hire for a new consumer technology group, adding former Facebook and Google product leader Amit Phule as vice president of product. … read more

University of Washington awards $16M for ‘phase three’ of human genome research

Scientists at the University of Washington will come up with $16 million in new funding to help better understand how variations in DNA affect health and disease. … read more

Seattle-area psychedelics startup CaaMTech raises $22M for human trials

CAMTech, a Seattle-area startup developing new psychedelic agents, has raised $22 million in funding, the company announced this week. … read more

Bill Gates’s Cascade Investment firm is buying a controlling stake in Four Seasons Hotels

Bill Gates’s Cascade Investments LLC is acquiring a controlling stake in Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the company announced Wednesday. … read more

Robotics pioneer Yoki Matsuoka’s Panasonic venture launches personal assistant service in Seattle

Yoki Matsuoka is best known for his pioneering work in neurorobotics, which helps humans by connecting the central nervous system to the central processing unit. … read more

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