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State Legislature plans for the world of 5G

How fast Washington can boost its internet speeds and capabilities largely boils down to utility poles: unglamorous wood logs, stuck in the ground and usually…

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…

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…

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…

2014’s #3 Most Read: Why Google Fiber will never come to Seattle

Google is bringing high speed fiber broadband networks to homes and businesses in three cities – Kansas City, Austin and Provo. In February, it announced…

2014’s #8 Most Read: CenturyLink’s bold vow of real gigabit in uptight Seattle

Editor's Note: As the year ends, we are counting down Crosscut's most read stories of 2014. The following article, No. 8 most read, was originally…

Alleged North Korean Sony Pictures hack a lesson in corporate decency

Let’s see if I’ve got this straight. Sony Pictures produces a silly [some might call it stupid] movie about a plot to assassinate the ruler…

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.…

‘The Internet’s Own Boy’, the sad, searing tale of Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz documents the sad tale of the information activist and brilliant computer programmer who committed suicide in early…

Who’s responsible for tech industry ethics?

Consider Mike, father of three. He’s been working two jobs for years so he can afford to send his kids to college. And it’s paying…

Fame, media and mass shootings: Culture plays a role in creating these tragedies

As the details unfold in the mass shooting on the Seattle Pacific University campus less than two weeks after the mass shooting at the University…

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…

Viral Video: Could digital imaging resurrect Philip Seymour Hoffman’s acting career?

Actress Emily O’Brien explains the basics of human facial animation in this video produced by Image Metrics, a studio working in conjunction with the University…

Why app design is replacing computer science in public schools

Were teenagers by-and-large rational, computer science would be an easy sell. In what other industry is a 50-person company selling for $19 billion? What other industry…

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…

Why Google Fiber will never come to Seattle

Google is bringing high speed fiber broadband networks to homes and businesses in three cities – Kansas City, Austin and Provo. In February, it announced…

The Seattle photographer upending online education

In the Seattle studios of CreativeLive, a modern sort of class is in session. The classroom resembles a set from King 5, the NBC affiliate…

Saving Seattle from the clutches of Internet monopoly

On January 14, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled that telecommunications and cable companies can “play favorites” among websites,…

Seattle-Gigabit partnership going dark?

For a company touted as the upstart provider of Seattle's next era of high-speed internet service, the faltering Gigabit Squared is having some serious connectivity…

Digital Prospector: Bogosian’s back. Wes Anderson collected. MOHAI’s minutes.

Now This Is How You Use A Go Pro The ubiquitous Go Pro, that indestructible little HD camera you can strap to a bike helmet,…

Phone mystery: landline usage down, taxes up.

Residential phone customers have been abandoning CenturyLink at a faster clip than Mariners fans have forsaken Safeco Field. And that’s saying something. Once the foundation…

Is Twitter the new electronic TV Guide?

Not too long ago, I wrote about Facebook’s potential to become the new Electronic Programming Guide for our digital world. People check Facebook an average of…

Inside Redmond’s rehab center for Internet addicts

The Restart Addiction Center is nondescript by design. The modest, five-acre compound, just a short drive from Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, is not marked by…

In/Flux: The Surveillance Edition

According to the Washington State ACLU, records show the Seattle Police Department tracked the movements of 7.3 million vehicles between 2009 and 2012, using automatic…