Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 14, 2018

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 Jan. 14, 2018.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Amazon narrows HQ2 search to 20 cities, moving to next phase in contest for $5B economic prize

Amazon has selected 20 cities to move to the next phase in its HQ2 selection process, the latest twist in an unprecedented headquarters search that has turned into a national curiosity. … Read More

Ranking Amazon’s HQ2 short list: Analysis of the top 20, and which one has the best shot at the top prize

I’m not a professional oddsmaker, but Amazon’s announcement today that it has chosen 20 cities — yes, 20! … Read More

New security service from Cloudflare hopes to kill the VPN once and for all

Remote workers or business travelers have long been familiar with the travails of working through virtual-private network software, but Cloudflare thinks it can use its vast network of servers to help authenticate network traffic and make life a little easier. … Read More

Amazon party

Thousands of Amazon employees to party with singer Lorde at CenturyLink Field in Seattle

Is Amazon going to treat its employees like “Royals” tonight? … Read More

Image: Alaska Airlines jet

Could one city fly, fly away with Amazon’s HQ2 prize? Here’s who has edge on flights from Seattle

In addition to the big boost to the local economy of whichever city Amazon selects for its second North American headquarters, there’s also going to be another big economic winner: airlines. … Read More

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Amazon loves data, so here’s a look at the numbers on the 20 cities to make the HQ2 shortlist

The nation’s capital looks like a favorite to land Amazon’s second North American headquarters. … Read More

Twitter COO predicts streaming devices like Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast will go extinct in 5 years

Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and other streaming devices won’t be around in five years. … Read More

Geraldine DeRuiter

Seattle writer who wrote viral cinnamon roll post is ‘tired and paranoid’ after being hacked on Twitter

Seattle writer — and viral baking sensation — Geraldine DeRuiter is back on Twitter after having her account taken over, wiped clean and locked by a hacker. … Read More

Amazon’s health ambitions confirmed? Company seeks medical data compliance leader for mysterious new initiative

Amazon appears to be preparing for a serious move into the world of health. … Read More

Microsoft and Alibaba AI programs beat humans in Stanford reading comprehension test for 1st time

Machines can already outplay us in chess, poker and other games, and now they are becoming better readers as well. … Read More