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. 17, 2021.

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After all the talk and concern, hope and urging, Bill Gates arrived this week at a critical point in his journey as an outspoken proponent for the science needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic: the Microsoft co-founder received his first dose of vaccine against the deadly virus. … Read More

Slumping, socially distanced Bernie Sanders has made his way to Seattle. … Read More

Microsoft is turning its mostly vacant campus into a COVID-19 vaccination site. … Read More

Editor’s note: Story updated with Amazon’s response to questions about the timing of its letter.  Amazon says it is ready to turn its facilities into COVID-19 vaccination sites and is offering other resources to the U.S. … Read More

Amanda Gorman touched a nerve. With her words, the National Youth Poet Laureate stirred a nation and worldwide audience watching the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday. … Read More

Amazon is using its headquarters in Seattle as a COVID-19 vaccination site. … Read More

[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in journalist Eli Sanders’ “Wild West” newsletter, which covers internet-related legal issues. … Read More

COVID-19 vaccination

Trying to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine on the day that eligibility was expanded to new age groups in Washington state would be a familiar experience to anyone who’s tried to get a hot movie ticket, a cheap airfare or season tickets to Kraken hockey games. … Read More

Editor’s note: Post updated with comments from Melinda Gates Ever the optimist, Bill Gates said he sees promise in the months and years ahead as he tweeted Wednesday at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris that he is looking forward to working with the two of them on “some of our toughest challenges.” Those challenges include the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, two issues of utmost concern for the former Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist. … Read More

Update, 1/23/2021: Microsoft has updated its original post to indicate that the cost of Xbox Live Gold will not increase after all. … Read More