Jeff Bezos’ departure bookends a remarkable three decades for Seattle

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A pragmatic decision by Jeff Bezos brings Seattle full circle. The Amazon founder’s announcement that he's moving his primary residence to Miami inspired GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop to dig out the May 20, 1996, issue of Newsweek magazine (above) from his storage bins, and reflect on everything that has happened in the decades since. 

Redfin is on the “right side of history” in the wake of the verdict in a closely watched real estate agent commissions lawsuit, CEO Glenn Kelman told investors during the company’s earnings call Thursday. He said the verdict may dramatically reduce the number of buyer’s agents and potentially “lead to a revolution in our industry, not just reform.” Read more.

Amazon Style is already out of fashion.
Less than two years after opening its first tech-infused clothing store, Amazon is closing its only two Style stores, the company’s latest move away from physical retail. Read more

Drones for public safety: Seattle-based startup Brinc this week delivered the first production units of its Lemur 2 drones to police and other emergency responders in the United States. Brinc’s drones are able to see in the dark, communicate through a microphone, and break through glass. Read more.

Tech Moves: Amazon Alexa VP departs; Zillow comms exec joins Autodesk; F5 adds former Verizon Business CEO to board; and more key personnel changes

City of Seattle unveils generative AI policy: The rules aim to set standards for city employees around privacy, security, content use, equity, and other aspects of the burgeoning tech. Read more.

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  • The Pacific Science Center in Seattle is hosting a special laser show Nov. 11 featuring music from Taylor Swift. (Pacific Science Center)
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