Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 16, 2021

Check out the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 16, 2021.

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The most popular stories on GeekWire

Melinda French Gates founded Pivotal Ventures in January 2015 with so little fanfare that news of the effort broke after GeekWire accidentally came across its website. … Continue reading

Bill Gates resigned from Microsoft’s board of directors after allegations surfaced that the company’s co-founder had an inappropriate, long-term sexual relationship with an employee, the Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday. … Continue reading

The news: Amazon has renamed its Amazon Go Grocery brand to “Amazon Fresh” and has closed its Amazon Go Grocery store in Redmond, Washington, near Microsoft headquarters, GeekWire has learned. … Continue reading

John Lauer, CEO of Zipwhip

Twilio, a communications software company with roots in Seattle, is acquiring Seattle-based business SMS startup Zipwhip for around $ 850 million in a cash and stock deal, the companies said on Monday. … Continue reading

Microsoft will merge its global sales and marketing organization and its global trading business under Judson Althoff and continue to position the eight-year-old Microsoft executive under CEO Satya Nadella as a key leader. … Continue reading

As Amazon continues to offer faster delivery times – not just a day or the same day, but sometimes a matter of hours – the difference between Amazon.com and its fast Prime Now delivery service is narrowing. … Continue reading

Rivian plant in Bellevue

Rivian, the California-based electric vehicle startup that some refer to as the “Tesla of Trucks,” is setting up a showroom in Seattle and a service center in nearby Bellevue for the planned launch of its R1T all-electric pickup truck and R1S sports utility vehicle this year. … Continue reading

It’s been a tough year for people everywhere. … Continue reading

Amazon is reportedly considering launching a new business unit that will expand the interests of the tech giant in healthcare. … Continue reading

New Funding: Zap Energy raised a Series B round valued at $ 27.5 million to advance the development of its fusion reactor, which, according to Benji Conway, CEO, “can become one of the most important drivers for a sustainable global energy future” . … Continue reading

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