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

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 May 16, 2021.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

How Melinda French Gates has ‘transformational potential’ to boost equality in VC, tech and beyond

Melinda French Gates created Pivotal Ventures in January 2015 with so little fanfare that news of the effort came out after GeekWire accidentally stumbled upon its website. … Read More

Gates’ divorce drama: Did Bill Gates’ alleged affair prompt board resignations?

Bill Gates resigned from the Microsoft board after allegations surfaced that the company co-founder had an inappropriate, years-long sexual relationship with an employee, the Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday. … Read More

Amazon rebrands Amazon Go Grocery to Amazon Fresh, closes Seattle-area store near Microsoft HQ

The news: Amazon is renaming its Amazon Go Grocery brand to “Amazon Fresh” and closing its Amazon Go Grocery store in Redmond, Wash., near Microsoft’s headquarters, GeekWire has learned. … Read More

Twilio to acquire Seattle business texting startup Zipwhip for $850M

Twilio, a communications software company with Seattle roots, is acquiring Seattle-based business-texting startup Zipwhip for approximately $850 million in a cash and stock deal, the companies announced Monday. … Read More

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella taps Judson Althoff to lead new global org, as Jean-Philippe Courtois shifts role after 37 years

Microsoft will combine its Global Sales and Marketing Organization and Worldwide Commercial Business under Judson Althoff, further positioning the eight-year Microsoft executive as a key leader under CEO Satya Nadella. … Read More

Amazon will end Prime Now as standalone service, integrate speedy deliveries into main app and site

With Amazon offering increasingly faster delivery times — not just one-day or same-day but sometimes a matter of hours — the difference between Amazon.com and its Prime Now speedy delivery service has become more and more narrow. … Read More

With interest in electric trucks on the rise, Rivian gets set for business in Seattle area

Rivian, the California-based electric vehicle startup that some call the “Tesla of Trucks,” is setting up a showroom in Seattle and a service center in nearby Bellevue for this year’s scheduled rollout of its R1T all-electric pickup truck and R1S sport utility vehicle. … Read More

2021 GeekWire Awards revealed: Big winners, surprise guests, and the best in Pacific NW tech

It’s been a tough year for people everywhere. … Read More

Amazon may launch healthcare business line with at-home COVID test and other diagnostic services

Amazon is reportedly considering launching a new line of business that expands on the tech giant’s interests around healthcare. … Read More

Seattle startup Zap Energy lands $27.5M to build commercial fusion reactor without magnets

New funding: Zap Energy raised a $27.5 million Series B round to fuel development of its fusion reactor that “can become one of the key enablers for a sustainable global energy future,” according to its CEO Benji Conway. … Read More

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