GeekWire Mid-Week Update, Presented by ALLtech

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Bill Gates sees Gates Foundation winding down in 25 years — with Melinda French Gates and him still at the helm
In a recent interview at the 2022 Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit, Bill Gates shared that the plan is to wind down the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 25 years.
‘It was wonderful’: Eviation’s Alice electric airplane wins praise after its first flight test
MOSES LAKE, Wash. — After years of on-the-ground development, Eviation’s all-electric Alice airplane quietly took to the air here this morning for its first test flight.
Drone over stadium disrupts Seahawks game in Seattle, a day after same problem at UW game
The football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons was stopped and delayed on Sunday when a drone was reportedly spotted near or over Lumen Field.
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A ‘Prairie’ in the desert: Tech vet gets his hands dirty planting immersive light show at Burning Man
James Gwertzman has always been a “tinkerer.” He has early memories of soldering together an AM radio kit with his dad.
Expedia provides online help to those seeking shelter as they flee Hurricane Ian in Florida
As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida this week, numerous state agencies are mobilizing to respond.
DART probe hits bull’s eye on an asteroid and strikes a blow for planetary defense
Ten months after NASA’s DART spacecraft was aimed at a mini-asteroid, the probe hit the bull’s eye today in a practice round for planetary defense that got an assist from engineers at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Redmond, Wash.
Robotic coffee barista maker led by ex-AWS engineer raises $8.3M to open more retail locations
A Seattle coffee company is aiming to change the way lattes and espressos are made.
Madrona Venture Labs spinout aims to take the pain out of insurance claims
Outbound AI has a prescription for one of the biggest headaches of the medical system: interacting with insurance companies and other payers to process claims.
NASA decides to roll its moon rocket back to shelter as Hurricane Ian nears Florida
With Hurricane Ian bearing down on the Florida coast, NASA has decided to move its multibillion-dollar Space Launch System moon rocket to safety.
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