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Find the latest technology news from Seattle, the Northwest and U.S. by technology reporter Rachel Lerman, Microsoft reporter Matt Day, Amazon reporter Ángel González and the Seattle Times business staff.

Last Build Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:37:06 -0700


Twitch turns from video games to politics with voter drive

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The video game streaming site will mark National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, with broadcasts touting real-life civic activity.

Washington state’s chief IT agency needs an upgrade, a new state audit says

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The state’s information technology agency suffers from a variety of problems that include poor communication, an obsolete mainframe computer and an overbuilt data center, an audit released Monday says.

The ATM, now 50 years old, led consumers into new tech territory

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:51:17 -0700

Back in 1967, early ATMs responded only to special vouchers because there were no magnetic-stripe cards, and they required that tellers tabulate the day’s transactions by hand. The machines have since become much more sophisticated — as have their users.

Microsoft’s Nadella gives some glimpses behind the curtain in ‘Hit Refresh’

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0700

CEO Satya Nadella details his effort to spark a renaissance at Microsoft in a book that combines semiofficial company history, memoir and rumination on the state of technology and society.

Microsoft replacing Skype for Business with Teams

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The move announced at Microsoft’s Ignite annual conference shows the growing importance of Teams, Microsoft’s answer to Slack.

Tomorrow Ideas aims to get millennials thinking about death

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Seattle startup Tomorrow Ideas has launched an app that lets users draw up a will, set up a living trust and buy life insurance through the same phone they use to call an Uber.

Silicon Valley may already be fading as global hub of innovation

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Commentary: While the technology industry in Silicon Valley is more powerful than ever and its largest companies continue to grow, the geography they call home increasingly looks tapped out.

In space capsules, there’s little room but big improvements

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Boeing and SpaceX are relying on the tried-and-true gumdrop-shaped capsule design as the two companies each develop spacecraft under NASA contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Microsoft makes a ‘crazy’ bet on fuel cells to feed power-hungry data centers

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0700

The tech company is testing the use of natural gas-powered fuel cells that could someday allow data centers — which consume 2 percent of U.S. electricity — to unplug from the power grid. That could translate into big cost savings and, potentially, cuts in carbon emissions.

Slump in startups is slowing the economy — is big business to blame?

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0700

New businesses are forming at a slower pace than before the recession. Some economists say the reason may be the rising power of the biggest corporations to swat away challengers — or else to swallow them before they become a serious threat.

Glitzy iPhone X aside, the iPhone 8 is fine for most

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:29:45 -0700

Tech Review: The iPhone 8 will do just fine for $300 less than the glitzy iPhone X, even though it won’t make your friends and colleagues jealous.

How to keep your PC from going into a deep sleep

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:57:43 -0700

Patrick Marshall answers your personal-technology questions each week.

Facebook hands investors a win by backing off plans for new class of shares

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:33:33 -0700

It reverses a plan for Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to keep voting control even while selling almost all his shares to fund philanthropic endeavors. Some shareholders said that diluted their power and was decided without their interests in mind.

Amazon looks to deliver more fast food in restaurant push

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:20:27 -0700

Amazon has teamed up with a company called Olo, which provides digital order and pay technology to 200 restaurant brands with about 40,000 U.S. locations, potentially giving Amazon access to a slew of delivery orders.

Japan’s emoji creator shrugs as U.S. firms turn his idea into a global hit

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:44:15 -0700

Emoji were created in 1998 by a 25-year-old employee of Japanese mobile-phone carrier NTT Docomo, who designed them for an internet messaging service. But it was Western players Apple and Google that made emoji a global phenomenon.

New Expedia CEO Okerstrom gets $1 million in base pay, plus equity grants

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:24:40 -0700

Mark Okerstrom, formerly Expedia’s chief financial officer, was elevated to CEO Sept. 5.

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election ‘integrity’

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:48:45 -0700

NEW YORK — Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company said it will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators, while also pledging to make political […]

Amazon plans to double staff in New York City

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:41:21 -0700

Amazon says it will add about 2,000 employees in New York City during the next three years, more than doubling an outpost focused on the online retailer’s advertising business.

Amazon preps for a heated race in India as Diwali holiday sales kick off

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:09:00 -0700

Amazon has ramped up in India to compete with local rival Flipkart as the two e-commerce companies launch four-day sales as part of the Diwali holiday shopping frenzy.

Google reportedly close to buying HTC assets to bolster hardware

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:33:49 -0700

Taiwan’s HTC, which has its U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, once ranked among the world’s top smartphone makers. It partnered with Bellevue gaming giant Valve to build Vive, one of the major high-end virtual-reality headsets.