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Midweek Tech Scan: Amazon is no turkey this holiday

Not a bad weekend for the folks at Amazon.com. Over the weekend, including the double whammy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Amazon set some…

Midweek Tech Scan: Broadband for Seattle?

A step toward bringing broadband to all of Seattle took place earlier this week as Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and UW President Michael Young announced…

Midweek Tech Scan: Why does Microsoft own Skype?

Microsoft keeps pushing ahead on several fronts in the consumer area, including one of the more mysterious acquisitions in the tech field.  This past week,…

Midweek Tech Blog: Amazon’s sci-fi future, Microsoft’s smartphone present

Amazon continues its march into the direct publishing business, this time with the launch this week of 47North, a line of books focusing on science…

Tech roundup: Microsoft is No. 3, but not out of the running

One wonders if the Microsoft campus in Redmond is resounding with the proud cry, “We’re Number 3!  We’re Number 3!”  Probably not.  For a company…

Seattle: a tale of 2 economies

“It’s the economy, stupid.” That’s what many of us wanted to shout at Washington, D.C., during the recent debacle over the debt ceiling debate. It…

Weekend Tech Blog: Facebook, your new phone company?

Could Facebook be your new phone company? Let’s start with one staggeringly impressive number, announced by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg this week at a…

World’s love of Chinese food takes a unique turn in Redmond

This month the Brookings Institution released a study that determined the number of high-skilled immigrants in the American workforce now exceeds the number of low-skill…

Weekend Tech Blog: Celebrating the 4th with George (George M. Cohan, that is) and Microsoft

Before we get to this week’s tech news (or at best this writer’s version of it), I’d like to invite you to spend a few…

Shouldn’t Seattle outpace the sputtering national economy?

Half way through the year, we are still trying to figure out where the economy is headed — over a cliff or sputtering back to life?…

Weekend tech blog: Is a tablet right for you?

So much of the tech news these days is about tablets that I thought it might be worthwhile to talk about why you would or…

Ten things you might not know about the economy

With this week's somewhat encouraging news about unemployment in Washington state, here are 10 things you should know about the local, state and national economies:…

Weekend tech blog: Microsoft’s pricey Skype deal, and more

This week, two of the major players in technology demonstrated what big companies can do when they get serious about changing the world. * *…

Weekend tech blog: Watching TV on your living room couch? That’s so 2010

Watching TV at home, sprawled on the living room couch, is so 2010. Already, 2011 is brimming with solutions that are decentralizing your choices of…

Allen takes a hard look at himself and others, not just Bill Gates

The portrait of Paul Allen on the cover of his new memoir, Idea Man, captures the Allen we know and the Allen we don't. He…

Census shows Bellevue’s growing Asian, minority population

A plentiful supply of high-tech jobs, good schools, and overall livability is making Bellevue the magnet for a growing Asian and minority population, according to…

How does your Valley grow?

It's tough to create a new Silicon Valley. Despite all the talk of "smart growth" and "knowledge cities" and the "creative class," tech hubs are…

Tech roundup: ‘New York Times’ goes behind pay wall; goodbye, Zune

The days of free reading are all but over for Internet readers of The New York Times. On March 28, according to a message from…

CES 2011 report: All tablets all the time, without Apple

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The annual Consumer Electronics Show —CES 2011 —may go down in history as much for what wasn't announced as for what…

So you like Texas better than Washington?

Seattle is proud to have its comfort food innovations showcased for the world. For Barack Obama this week it was highlighting Top Pot Doughnuts and…

Building a springboard to the Next Seattle

The following essay is adapted from a speech delivered August 25th to Seattle's Downtown Rotary. A year and a half ago, President Obama was searching…

A Microsoft keyboard that is definitely not the one of my dreams

There’s a story from Microsoft Research that sent (bad) chills down my, er, fingers. According to the Seattlepi.com, which reported the story, two Microsofties from…

Are tech titans heading into Northwest politics?

California is often thought to be a forerunner of political trends in other states. Does the fact that two Silicon Valley tech chiefs, both women,…

Humor: Microsoft, in a bold stroke, solves 520 and Seattle Center problems

In a joint news conference today, Gov. Christine Gregoire and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith announced Microsoft’s contribution of $500 million to rebuild the 520…

Threatened landmark with powerful connections

Is a building a landmark if no one can see it? I got to thinking about that when I read about plans to demolish a…