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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

FBI informant led cyberattacks on other countries

"The hacking campaign appears to offer further evidence that the American government has exploited major flaws in Internet security — so-called zero-day vulnerabilities like the recent Heartbleed bug — for intelligence purposes."

NEW YORK TIMES

Could mobile devices be the key to improving literacy rates worldwide?

A new report by UNESCO reveals that mobile devices (not just expensive tablets/smartphones, but featurephones too) can make reading more accessible, especially in developing countries. 

TECH CRUNCH

Female boss at Facebook emphasizes gender roles

Sheryl Sandberg on workplace gender politics: Women make up half the population; get in on higher up positions.

BBC

Comics reinvented with Amazon technology

Superheroes move from print to mobile apps via ComiXology, an iTunes-esque center for downloadable comics.

THE NEW YORKER

Too cool for rules? Sharing companies fight efforts to regulate them

One argument: Existing laws didn't envision how Uber, Airbnb and the like would operate.

NEW YORK TIMES

How to preserve Seattle's special places and embrace change? Avoid apathy

Mark Peterson, principal of a technology and media PR firm, calls for community engagement on all sides: activist, techie, or whoever you may be.

GEEKWIRE

Seattle Tech Meetup celebrates five UW-related startups

The Seattle Tech Meetup held its second annual special event at the UW campus on Tuesday and featured five startup founders who "have connections to the University of Washington."

GEEKWIRE

Tired of upgrading your phone? Google has an answer

Google's new modular phone has working, user-interchangeable components that might save you from ever having to buy a new device again.

WIRED

Connected Seattle: When the world is your phone charger

The ins and outs of using public outlets to charge your phone in the Emerald City.

SEATTLE TIMES

Amazon will unveil a pre-Christmas smartphone

"Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company's plans."

REUTERS
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