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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…

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…

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…

Are we headed down a gentrification gyre?

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…

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…

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…

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…