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Smartypants guide to entering the world of virtual reality

You may have seen 360 degree videos on Facebook recently, or messed around with Google Cardboard on your smartphone, but the extent to which the…

How competitive is Seattle with other cities?

Amid all this talk of Seattle’s soul, the city seems to lack a thermometer by which to holistically measure what it really means to live and…

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…

A vote for neighborhood bookstores, third places and diversity

For more than a decade two retail truisms have prevailed: Paper-and-mortar bookstores, especially cozy, community-oriented, locally owned bookstores, are toast in the Amazon age. And…

2014’s #9 Most Read: What is it like to work at Amazon?

Editor's Note: As the year ends, we are counting down Crosscut's most read stories of 2014. The following article, No. 9 among the most read,…

Seattle genius tackles energy, healthcare and the future of computing

For every variation in sound, pressure, temperature or electromagnetic wave, Shwetak Patel sees an opportunity. He is the master of white noise, the enemy of…

Learning from Satya Nadella’s comments

Let’s use Satya Nadella’s remarks at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as a learning experience — for all of us. When Larry…

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to women: Don’t ask for a raise. It’s good karma

Update: Thursday, at 5:24 p.m., Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emailed employees about his comments at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which Microsoft…

Ebola tech, sleeping naked with dogs & 2 other things I learned at GeekWire Summit

1. How T-Mobile's John Legere has made Verizon & AT&T sweat. Known for his brash style and dirty mouth, T-Mobile CEO John Legere dropped more…

What’s behind Amazon’s Twitch obsession

The other night I asked my 22-year old son and some of his friends if they’ve ever heard of Twitch TV, the online gaming channel…

Where are Washington’s K-12 dollars? Just ask Microsoft shareholders

In June, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to appear on September 3rd to explain why it hasn't found the revenue to fully…

The puzzling state of Washington’s economy

There was a rerun of the 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail” on TV the other night.  In it, the Tom Hanks character talks about his…

Another Seattle Internet hoax? CenturyLink vows real gigabit in Seattle

In a remarkable announcement today, CenturyLink, formerly known as “the telephone company”, says it will bring gigabit Internet service via a fiber-to-the-home network to Seattle.…

What have Amazon’s drones done for you lately?

At Amazon, the customer always, always, always comes first. Getting people stuff fast and friction-free is what they're all about. They are the company designed…

Microsoft and the Smartphone Problem

I was backstage at FiRe, the annual Future in Review technology conference I run, a few years ago, and Ray Ozzie (then Microsoft’s Chief Software…

Seattle’s innovations: Why can’t we get more satisfaction from our success?

“Innovation” is the buzzword of the moment, at least in business. Seattle is celebrated as a place that fosters innovations that catch on around the…

What is it like to work at Amazon?

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles of the World’s Most Disruptive Company. Leaders at Amazon are right…

Fremont’s gaping question: Can the Center of the Universe hold?

Seattle's Fremont neighborhood is known as the king of quirk. It's part Burning Man, part old Seattle blue collar canal community, a neighborhood that was…

Affordable Seattle broadband? What Would Macklemore Do?

Recently I switched my home alarm to a cellular system, thinking I would save money by canceling my landline. Simple capitalism, right? Buy less, pay…

How the tech industry is re-shaping Seattle

A Crosscut.com collaboration with Seattle Magazine. Strolling around Blanchard and Seventh in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, I’m taking in the last days of a forgettable block.…

Seattle hypocrisy: We talk idealism while catering to corporate bullies

Seattle always falls in love with bullies. Like Boeing, which threatens us like an abusive spouse over jobs and subsidies. And Starbucks, the scourge of…

Seattle Police prepare for a big computer upgrade

The Seattle Police Department is preparing to acquire a multi-million dollar computer system, which would provide powerful tools to manage and analyze data about both…

Is the Seattle area’s tech boom really just a bubble?

A maker of virtual reality helmets sells to Facebook for over $2 billion, without a single product on the market. A mobile messaging app fetches…

Seattle Steam Co., old utility with new ideas

Some of the Seattle Steam Company's equipment looks like scenery pulled from a factory-set in an old silent film. In the company's two buildings on Western Avenue…

Why housing costs should scare tech workers too

Technology industry workers are not apathetic. The industry is known for its passionate defense of civil liberties, growing movements in education and immigration reform and the unprecedented…