Has LIGO detected its first smash-up of black hole and neutron star? Stay tuned

An artist’s conception shows a neutron star swirling around a black hole. (OzGrav ARC Centre of Excellence Illustration via Australian National University / Carl Knox)The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO,  has detected mergers of black holes, and even a couple of neutron star smash-ups. But it hasn’t yet confirmed the signature of a black […]

Why the developers behind PAX 10 game ‘Heartbound’ live stream their production process

(Heartbound screenshots)At first glance, Heartbound looks like a nostalgia trip. Its Steam page describes it as a “non-traditional RPG,” with hand-drawn pixel-art graphics and a jazzy, catchy chiptune soundtrack, in the spirit of weird ‘90s 16-bit games like Secret of Mana, Illusion of Gaia, and Earthbound. Jason Thor Hall, founder of Pirate Software. (Jason Thor […]

LinkedIn blocked 21.6M fake accounts in first half of year, as scrutiny of social media giants grows

(Bigstock Photo)LinkedIn blocked or removed 21.6 million fake accounts on its platform from January to June of this year, a sign that the Microsoft-owned social network is actively fighting some of the same issues that have plagued Facebook, Twitter and others. In a blog post, LinkedIn’s Head of Trust and Safety Paul Rockwell wrote that […]

Today on GeekWire: Startup releases distinctive headphones; HQ2 is hot; inside Bill Gates’ brain

[embedded content] Highlights from today’s top stories. Subscribe here to receive this rundown daily. Would you wear these headphones? Would you buy them for $399? Those are the big questions as Seattle startup Human releases its long-awaited wireless headphones, looking to rival Apple, Bose and other big audio brands. They’re packed with features, but what stands out is […]

National Space Council meeting highlights moon and Mars plan – plus nuclear power

Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the sixth meeting of the National Space Council at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. The space shuttle Discovery towers over him. (NASA Photo / Aubrey Gemignani)The latest meeting of the National Space Council provided a forum to build support […]

ULA’s Vulcan rocket selected for launches of moon lander and mini-shuttle in 2021

An artist’s conception shows United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket lifting off. (ULA Illustration)United Launch Alliance’s next-generation Vulcan rocket – and Blue Origin’s next-generation BE-4 rocket engine – have been chosen to send Astrobotic’s Peregrine moon lander as well as Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser mini-shuttle to the final frontier in 2021. Neither of the past […]

Today on GeekWire: Modular smart housing; Galaxy Note10; and understanding the differences between big companies and startups

Highlights from today’s top stories. Subscribe here to receive this rundown daily. A rocket launch this morning marked a key milestone in a Seattle company’s quest to keep a closer eye on the planet. One of the satellites blasted into space from New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula will join a BlackSky constellation to provide “rapid-revisit” satellite imagery to monitor crop health, natural […]

Tech Moves: Apple’s former Siri chief jumps to Microsoft; Halo Infinite creative director departs

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the 2019 Microsoft Build conference. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)— Bill Stasior, the former head of Apple’s Siri digital assistant product, is heading to Microsoft in the latest example of tech giants dueling for top AI talent. In a twist, Stasior won’t be working on Microsoft’s Cortana assistant, according to […]

This startup really is family: DevHub CEO’s mom wasn’t ready to retire, so he hired her

Mark Michael, co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based DevHub, and his newest hire, his mom Annette Michael. (Photo courtesy of Mark Michael)Mark Michael is the co-founder and CEO of DevHub, one of those tech companies where you might have to ask him to describe what the company does so that your mom or dad would understand. […]

Microsoft takes big gulp of Java with jClarity acquisition, further boosting Azure’s open-source cred

Microsoft has acquired London-based JClarity, a London-based venture that has become a key player behind a popular open-source implementation of the Java software development platform, AdoptOpenJDK. A couple decades ago, news like this would have been almost unthinkable, given Microsoft’s long-since-settled legal feud with Sun Microsystems over Java, back when the Redmond company was battling […]