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The UX Doctor: Fixing Seattle’s new parking meters

Stuck card, connection failure, redundant charges — nearly every Seattle driver has had a frustrating experience with a parking pay station. So when the Seattle…

Viral Video: Mike Judge does “Silicon Valley”

Mike Judge, the man responsible for Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill and Office Space has set his crude and rude satirical sights on…

Seattle’s shiny economic future depends on city-owned broadband

Seattle moved out of character this winter, as the “12th Man" fanfare drew everyone into the excitement of the Seahawks' Superbowl win. How did it…

Microsoft, Facebook & Google are in an all-out battle for your reality

Last week, Facebook purchased Oculus Rift, the maker of a virtual reality headset, an acquisition which is once again making the brains of the public…

Microsoft: Spark-ing a game industry revolution

Yesterday marked the open beta release of Microsoft Studios’ much-buzzed Project Spark, a gaming platform that allows its users to build their own worlds, complete…

Mark Penn’s questionable road to Microsoft’s Chief of Strategy

What do Disney, military contractor Blackwater, the Clinton impeachment hearings and the 2004 Ukrainian presidential elections have in common? All have been associated with Microsoft’s…

Out of Bill’s shadow: How CEO Satya Nadella can reinvent Microsoft

The problem for Microsoft has never been making money; Steve Ballmer proved that beyond a doubt. Rather, the company's historic challenge (other than avoiding Justice…

Stealthbucks: The non-Starbucks Starbucks

Does anyone remember when Seattle was the espresso cart capital of the world? Back in the ‘90s, you couldn't walk a few blocks without encountering…

Amazon’s latest target: University Book Store

With textbook purchasing in high gear at the start of the University of Washington's quarter, Amazon.com set up outside the Husky Union Building on Monday…

What’s up with Amazon’s German workers?

No "Silent Night" for Amazon.com in Germany this Christmas season. Unhappy members of Ver.di, Germany’s second-largest trade union, noisily blew horns at the gates of…

Amazon Drones: Anything but serious

No sooner had Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos handed 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose his big scoop — on Cyber Monday Eve (imagine that) — than the…

Growth: Do we even know what we want to achieve?

Does Seattle know how to grow? You’d think so, with all those construction cranes back and so many mega-projects underway. We’re about to get expanded…

Redmond’s prestigious new K-12 school will replace textbooks with Xboxes

Among students of the 90s, the phrase “You have died of dysentery” brings back good memories. It was often encountered during the high point of…

Density is the new driver of Seattle’s innovation

Seattle is widely considered an inventive city. We rank 13th in the world when it comes to “patent intensity,” the ratio of patent applications compared…

The Everything Store? A few things out of stock.

It is January 2003. I am sitting in the Seattle headquarters of Amazon.com, surrounded by the “S-Team,” a group of the retail internet giant’s senior-most…

Digital Prospector: Ballmer farewell. Galifianakis talk show. Jay Z’s Made in America.

Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Speech Judging by the boisterous, arena rock turnout for outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s farewell tearjerker (as seen on the online high-tech…

Alan Mulally: Exactly what Microsoft needs

A flurry of speculation that Seattle's Alan Mulally, soon to depart as Ford's turnaround CEO, might be chosen to become Microsoft's next CEO has digital…

A reading list for Jeff Bezos

Two things have cheered me up recently about the state of print journalism: Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post was one. The other was a…

New urban movers shake up Seattle transit

We need urban transportation solutions for Seattle’s 630,000 residents. For 20 years we’ve fought for urban density. With the arrival of innovative mobile-based ride-share apps,…

Steve Ballmer says goodbye

Within the tech world, Steve Ballmer’s enthusiasm is the stuff of legend. The Microsoft CEO enters conference speeches like a force of nature, jumping and…

What happens when Netflix starts streaming live events?

Netflix has never streamed a live event, and CEO Reed Hastings says they never will. Now that’s a wise comment for a disruptor to put…

Bezos and the Post: A real relationship?

Last week, we had visitors at our cabin in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon.  I was walking back up the dirt road from the mailbox…

Remembering Bill Henningsgaard and his goals for children

What is lost when someone in your community, a quiet and thoughtful leader, dies? On Friday afternoon that question kept returning to me after news…

Can Bezos help Post climb back into the ring?

Talk about your bad timing. In last Sunday’s New York Times, readers were treated to a lengthy and florid profile of Katharine Weymouth, the 47-year-old…

Running for Mayor – at Microsoft

If Seattle is the Puget Sound region's 900-pound gorilla, the city's mayor is its handler. This week, eight of the current candidates for that office…