Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 21, 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. 21, 2018.

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Most popular stories on GeekWire

Microsoft makes a new round of layoffs across multiple business units

Microsoft is making a new round of job cuts across multiple business areas. … Read More

Amazon Spheres

Welcome to Amazon’s jungle: Inside the Spheres, where 40,000 plants create a stunning urban oasis

Five years after first proposing the construction of three glass domes on its downtown Seattle campus, Amazon is set to welcome employees into its fully realized, plant-filled Spheres next week, and herald yet another perk of working for the ever-growing tech giant. … Read More

Amazon Go automated retail store handles a crowd on opening morning — and the only line was outside

UPDATE, noon: There’s now a line of people around the block. … Read More

Lawrence Lerner

Cryptocurrency may have its ups and downs, but blockchain’s stock is on the rise

Even bitcoin’s boosters acknowledge that cryptocurrencies aren’t a sure thing. … Read More

Brady? Belichick? Super Bowl talk could be Bezos with this ad for Amazon’s Alexa

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and his coach Bill Belichick are going after their sixth NFL championship, but Jeff Bezos may very well be the subject of Monday water-cooler talk following next month’s Super Bowl Sunday. … Read More

Pittsburgh forges a new future, remaking iconic steel town into a modern innovation factory

Decades before the NBA and Shark Tank, years before making his fortune in tech, Mark Cuban was a kid growing up in Pittsburgh, selling garbage bags to scrounge together enough money for basketball shoes in the working-class industrial city. … Read More

Seattle development

Dramatic new 3D images show how ongoing boom could further alter Seattle’s skyline

Taking in the Seattle skyline is a favorite pastime for many residents and visitors to the city, thanks in large part to the unique vantage points located in various neighborhoods. … Read More

Amazon construction

Trulia picks 3 cities for Amazon HQ2, based on housing affordability data

In Amazon’s hometown, Seattle, the growth-hungry e-commerce juggernaut has had a measurable impact on housing costs. … Read More

One88

Are tech workers getting paid this well? Preview of Bellevue condo tower is latest sign of booming economy

There hasn’t been a new high-rise condominium development in Bellevue, Wash., in nearly a decade, but when One88 eventually opens, it’ll be a showcase for how much the Seattle region has changed in that time when it comes to luxury real estate. … Read More

Peter Beck and Humanity Star

Rocket Lab unveils ‘Humanity Star’ – a shiny satellite you can see in space

In addition to launching three Earth-watching satellites, Rocket Lab has sent up a satellite you can watch from Earth: a bright and shiny object christened Humanity Star. … Read More