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

Celebrity picture leaks: Is the cloud secure?

With official investigations just starting, it's unclear how the large batch of photos from various celebrities leaked out.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

4 geniuses struggle to save world from progress

Some dangers worrying cosmologist Martin Rees and friends are immediate; some other threats, like Artificial Intelligence run amok, could be just 20 years away.

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

UW researcher may be on to something: Charging your phone with Wifi

Shyam Gollakota, a researcher at the UW, is working on a way to capture the "persistent signals" all around us and use them to power our devices. 

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL (SEATTLE)

Gamers are helping UW with ebola research

Months before the recent Ebola outbreak erupted in Western Africa scientists at the UW's Institute for Protein Design asked thousands of computer game enthusiasts worldwide to tackle an Ebola puzzle.

SEATTLE TIMES

See that mom on her smartphone at the park? Are you judging her?

"When I check my phone while watching my son at the park, I’m convinced I’m being judged. And I’m convinced I deserve it," writes Monica Guzman.

SEATTLE TIMES

Inside Seattle's female-only coding bootcamp

"Rather than hold a two-month intensive, the [Ada Developers Academy] program is a year-long approach to teach an all-female class how to code and how to work on a developer team."

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL

Biomed developers plan for major new SLU lab

A big new lab building has plans to break ground in South Lake Union.

GEEKWIRE

The gauntlet: Lyft versus Uber

Both Lyft and Uber have been "locked in a price war" since they became popular a few years ago -- but the war between the two companies has escalated to a new level. 

GEEKWIRE

Tired of college tours? Try Google Street View

Google announced today that 36 university campuses are now viewable through Google Street View. 

GEEKWIRE

The role of robots in 2025

Will humans become obsolete? The Pew Research Center published a report on Wednesday exploring this question -- and a few others. 

NEW YORK TIMES
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