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Meet HawkMan, a Microsoft engineer turned football fanatic: After more than 20 years at Microsoft, Brad Sarsfield took a 12-week leave this summer, and during that time he crafted a new persona. A longtime Seattle Seahawks fan, Sarsfield tapped into his tech creativity to craft a costume to wear to games, honoring the team’s branding while also borrowing heavily from superhero cosplay. Read the story.

Was Amazon ready for some football? The tech giant brought “Thursday Night Football” exclusively to Prime Video in the first game of its $1 billion-a-year deal with the NFL. Read our key takeaways.

AI for protein building: Researchers at the University of Washington released a study that shows how AI can be used to create new proteins more quickly than previously possible.

OfferUp offering up jobs: The Seattle-area startup known for its mobile marketplace for used goods is expanding to include job listings

Amazon’s next big e-commerce bets: There’s a common theme running through some of Amazon’s announcements at its annual conference for sellers in Seattle this week: a growing focus on e-commerce sites and distribution channels beyond Amazon.com. Read more

UW’s new engineering building: “This is a very big, big deal,” said University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce as she helped break ground on a new 70,000 square-foot Interdisciplinary Engineering Building, a $102 million project supported in part by Boeing, Amazon, and T-Mobile. 

Public offering for glucose monitoring company: Seattle-based Know Labs, which aims to measure glucose levels through the skin using radio waves, raised more cash as it listed Friday on the NYSE American Exchange.

Microsoft’s climate efforts: Lucas Joppa, the first chief environment officer at Microsoft who is leaving the tech giant, shared thoughts on the company’s willingness to move through setbacks and the actions that all corporations should be taking. Read more

New innovation center in Seattle: Friday marks the grand opening of the William Grose Center for Cultural Innovation, a hub for entrepreneurs, creative endeavors, community, education and the sharing of resources in Seattle’s Central District. The center is the realization of a vision to support the historically Black neighborhood, providing opportunities for residents who haven’t had the chance to equitably participate in the booming tech economy.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend. — GeekWire managing editor Taylor Soper, taylor@geekwire.com, and GeekWire reporter Kurt Schlosser, kurt@geekwire.com.

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