Seattle march marking Trump’s inauguration takes aim at the president and GOP

Jan.20, 2018 march in downtown Seattle capture anti-Trump sentiment. (GeekWire Photo / Lisa Stiffler) This year’s march on the anniversary of the swearing in of President Trump was pitched as encompassing the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement and immigration issues — both key topics for the tech industry — but most of the signs in the downtown Seattle march on Saturday took aim squarely at Trump and to a lesser extent the Republican party. The placards shared sentiments about Trump being unfit to serve as president, many played off of his (somewhat in dispute) characterization of some African and Central American nations as “shithole countries,” while others focused on his impeachment… Read More

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Amid shutdown, Boeing offers to help military families watch football playoffs

Staff Sgt. Modesto Alcana manages air times on the American Forces Network at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, as seen in a photo from 2011. (USAF Photo / Nick Wilson) News Brief: Talk about a political football! One of the more unusual twists to this weekend’s government shutdown is that the U.S. military’s TV network won’t be showing NFL football playoffs. Overseas military families think that’s a real shame, and so does Boeing. In a tweet, Boeing is offering to “do whatever needed” to facilitate broadcasting the games on the American Forces Network. It’s not clear what logistics or legalities would have to be addressed. But if worse comes to… Read More

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Rocket Lab sends Electron rocket into orbit, marking milestone for moon mission

Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle rises from its launch pad in New Zealand. (Rocket Lab via YouTube) Rocket Lab’s two-stage Electron rocket successfully reached Earth orbit and deployed satellites for the first time today, raising hopes for a far more ambitious mission to the moon. Today’s mission, which went up from Rocket Lab’s launch complex on the tip of New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, followed up on the company’s maiden launch last May — which sent an Electron into space but fell short of reaching orbit due to data transmission issues. This mission was nicknamed “Still Testing,” but unlike the first mission, the objective was not merely to test Rocket Lab’s… Read More

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