Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 24, 2022

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 24, 2022.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Amazon sheds record 99k employees after overstaffing warehouses, will slow office hiring

Amazon’s direct workforce declined by 99,000 employees from the first to the second quarter, to 1.52 million people, the largest sequential drop in its history, after overstaffing its warehouses to handle pandemic-driven demand. … Read More

Richard Tait, 1964-2022: ‘Cranium’ inventor and serial entrepreneur was ‘the ultimate dreamer’

Richard Tait, the longtime Seattle entrepreneur who co-founded the wildly popular board game “Cranium” after spending 10 years at Microsoft, has died. … Read More

Topgolf opening its new tech-enabled sports and entertainment venue south of Seattle this week

Topgolf is ready to swing into action south of Seattle at its latest tech-enabled golf facility, with an opening planned for Friday in Renton, Wash. … Read More

Can Amazon change healthcare? Experts sound off on tech giant’s $3.9B deal to buy One Medical

Amazon’s planned $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical will bring Amazon further into healthcare. … Read More

Amazon is shutting down its cloud storage service Amazon Drive

Goodbye, Amazon Drive. Amazon sent emails out Friday morning to Amazon Drive users to notify them that the company is shutting down its cloud storage service on Dec. … Read More

High school students in Seattle educate community on how to identify and combat misinformation

The world is overwhelmed with contradictory data and claims. … Read More

Seattle startup making it easier to manage single-family rental properties raises $16.7M

The news: Latchel, a platform that facilitates maintenance requests from rental property tenants, raised $16.7 million.  The product: Founded in 2016, the Seattle-area startup works mostly with landlords and property management firms as a software platform to facilitate tenant requests, ranging from clogged toilets to assembling furniture. … Read More

Tech Moves: Amazon promotes two execs to SVP; Providence exec named Teladoc COO; and more

— Amazon has promoted two executives to senior vice president: James Hamilton, a distinguished engineer at the company; and Drew Herdener, who leads worldwide communications. … Read More

He’s kind of a big dill: Bill Gates on his pickleball past, a sport he’s been playing more than 50 years

Move over bridge and tennis, Bill Gates is touting a new leisure-time activity. … Read More

Chips and Science Act, an ‘historic’ investment in U.S. innovation and tech, goes to Biden for approval

The U.S. Senate and House this week approved the Chips and Science Act, a bill authorizing $280 billion of spending to bolster innovation and tech hubs in America, including support for basic research and strengthening the manufacturing of semiconductor chips. … Read More

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