Tech

Uber Seattle systems crash has its drivers uneasy

The Pioneer Square office of rideshare company Uber was shuttered Wednesday, a metal gate blocking the door and curtains covering the windows. A small white…

Video: Highlights from Civic Cocktail’s evening on SIFF and Civic Tech

How is tech reshaping our civic life? We put that question to a panel of local experts at last Wednesday’s Civic Cocktail. Cathy Wissink, Microsoft’s…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Thriving in the crossfire: Yelp’s woman in Seattle

Throwing yourself into the lion's den isn't for everyone. But that is pretty much Katy Hewitson's daily job as the public face of Yelp.com in Seattle,…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Tech and SIFF

How is technology reshaping — hopefully, improving — civic life? A panel of local experts will explore that question at next Wednesday's Civic Cocktail. It's a question…

Life science research: Is state losing focus?

Every April, there was to be a show of symmetry in Washington. This month, Big Tobacco made its annual delivery of millions of dollars to…

Premera cyberattack: How an ancient state law makes our data vulnerable

Odds are good you got one of these letters from Premera Blue Cross, too. The Mountlake Terrace-based health insurer sent them out to 6 million…

How Seattle can deal with the Ellen Pao setback

Ellen Pao has lost her gender discrimination lawsuit against venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins. Only time will tell if she and other professional women will…

Will Alaska Airlines grow through acquisition or “organically”?

The nearly new 737-900 pushed back from the gate at Newark International Airport — on time — and soared into a late winter sky. The cabin came…

A Kleiner Perkins-inspired lesson in workplace diversity

Last Friday, questions of diversity (not much) and bias (more than you’d think) in the tech industry burst into the national spotlight. In a much-anticipated…

Nuclear power measures face questions

Critics raised questions Wednesday about three nuclear-related bills that the Washington Senate has passed and a House committee is considering. The big topic at the…

Can coders fix the Seattle area’s traffic problems?

Buildings can be razed and replaced. Single-family homes can become multi-story apartment complexes. As Seattle adapts to its status as the fastest growing city in…

Environmentalists, utilities at odds over green power

Opinions on a bill to tweak alternative power requirements for utilities followed the stereotypes Tuesday. Utilities and business lobbyists loved it. Environmentalists hated it. They…

The benefits of clowning around at the hospital

Hospitals, with their metallic, sterile aesthetics, aren’t known for their humor. But in Seattle, there’s a group of clowns working to change that. Room Circus…

Can Rep. Suzan DelBene keep your fridge from launching spam attacks?

Last January, a fridge was caught sending spam emails as part of a larger botnet attack: In other words, someone out there remotely accessed more…

Managing Editor Berit Anderson leaving to launch new media venture

I'm equally excited and saddened to announce today that I have decided to leave my role as Crosscut's managing editor. Over the next month or…

Is Seattle’s real advantage how adorable it is?

Is it enough for a city to be “livable?” You know, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly with a convenient mix of homes, apartments and businesses in compact,…

Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is awash in fortune-seeking men again

Seattle is booming. Newcomers are swarming to town. A largely male workforce is spending big, driving up rents and real estate prices, but no one…

At UW, computer science & nuclear history spar

Back in 2008, a group of University of Washington students and preservationists rose up to oppose the demolition of the More Hall Annex on the…

Frank Gehry to design Facebook’s new Seattle office

Paul Carduner, site lead of Facebook's Seattle office, confirmed Wednesday they will move from their current offices in Denny triangle to a larger space off Dexter…

Meet the company making math addictive

"You don’t feel like 'I'm finished' but 'I want to learn more,'" says Zoran Popovic, the Director of the University of Washington Center for Game…

Can mushrooms save the honeybee?

Paul Stamets has had a life-long love affair with mushrooms, one that goes well beyond their culinary and psychedelic qualities. Wearing his signature hat — made…

The rise of the apple picking robots

Three out of five apples in the United States come from Washington. That’s 10-12 billion apples if you’re doing the math – enough to wrap…

Tax breaks could be tied to higher pay for some aerospace workers

Labor liked the bill because it would boost wages for some workers.  Small aerospace firms said it would kill their tax breaks. But the key…

Prospects for statewide $12 minimum wage may be improving

Several supporters of an increase in Washington's minimum wage made a show of playing "bingo" Monday during a House Labor Committee hearing on the proposal.…