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Amazon releases diversity numbers: 75% of managers are male, 60% of U.S. employees are white

Jesse Jackson’s request has been fulfilled. Nearly two months after the civil rights activist asked Amazon to disclose the gender and racial makeup of its workforce, the Seattle online retail giant on Friday revealed that data. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter all have released data about the diversity of their workforces in recent months. Amazon has finally joined the club. Here’s what company reported: Of its entire global workforce, 63 percent are male. Meanwhile, 75 percent of managers are male. In the U.S., 60 percent of its employees are white. 15 percent are black, 13 percent are Asian, and 9 … Read More on GeekWire

Uber for sick pets: VetPronto offers on-demand pet health service

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There’s an Uber for moving, an Uber for fitness, an Uber for pot ? and now, there’s an Uber for sick pets. VetPronto recently launched in Seattle, offering an on-demand pet health service for those that prefer to push a few buttons to have a veterinarian come to their house, rather than the other way around. “We were talking to a bunch of pet owners about the challenges around veterinary care and they pretty much unanimously told us that getting to the vet was a major pain,” said co-founder Joe Waltman. “We made the rather obvious realization that an opportunity … Read More on GeekWire

Breaking: SpaceShipTwo crashes in desert, one pilot dead, one seriously injured

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It’s a rough week in the spaceflight world. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has crashed during a test flight over the Mojave Desert in southern California. The company announced through its Twitter feed that SpaceShipTwo had “suffered a serious anomaly.” UPDATE:Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of #SpaceShipTwo earlier today. (1 of 4) — Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) October 31, 2014 During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo. WK2 landed safely. (2 of 4) — Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) October 31, 2014 Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is … Read More on GeekWire

GeekWire Calendar Picks: TechStars Launch Party, Indie Game Revolution, Cannabis Tech Meetup, and more

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Ten startups, chosen from over 600 applicants, have participated TechStars Seattle’s intensive bootcamp since Auguest. On Nov. 6 the class will present the fruits of their labor to a group of investors at TechStars Demo Day. Though the pitch event is by invitation, the TechStars Launch Party that evening is open to the Seattle Tech Community. The party is an opportunity to meet the TechStars graduates and network with tech founders and thought leaders. Festivities begin at 6:30p.m. at Showbox SoDo and tickets are available for $36 – $75 here. That?s just one of our selections from the GeekWire Calendar ? our curated list … Read More on GeekWire

One year after launch, Sony’s PS4 is crushing Microsoft’s Xbox One

Almost a year after the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Sony is holding onto a sizable lead over Microsoft in the home console market. Sony reported its financial results for the September quarter this morning, posting overall PlayStation unit sales (PS2, PS3 and PS4) of 4.1 million units for the quarter, which includes PlayStation 4 sales of 3.3 million units. The overall number of 4.1 million PlayStation units compares with 2.4 million Xbox units (Xbox One and Xbox 360) sold by Microsoft during the same time period. Microsoft lumps sales of the Xbox One and the older Xbox 360 … Read More on GeekWire

Sick of tracking mileage on business trips? Concur’s new app Trace is for you

SAN FRANCISCO ? Keeping track of mileage on business trips is no fun. Nobody wants to spend time writing stuff down in a logbook after a long day on the road, and it can cause problems for business owners when employees just estimate how far they’ve driven. Concur is hoping to end all of the frustration around tracking mileage with a new app called Trace. It’s designed to hook up with connected car systems to track how far someone has driven, and then relay that information back to that user’s Concur account for inclusion in their expense reports. The app logs … Read More on GeekWire

Former Android head Andy Rubin leaves Google

Andy Rubin, the founder of Android and head of the mobile operating system company prior to its acquisition by Google, has left the Mountain View-based tech titan, the Wall Street Journal reported. He’s stepping away from his duties at Google to found a new accelerator for hardware startups. Rubin said that he wanted to do something on his own for a change, rather than work at Google. The news comes almost a year and a half after Google exec Sundar Pichai took the reins for the company’s Android group from Rubin, who then went to work on robotics projects at … Read More on GeekWire