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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: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:52:52 -0800


So how many people who weren’t there watched inauguration?

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:52:52 -0800

Press secretary Sean Spicer said 31 million television viewers watched along with 16.9 million he said had clicked on a CNN live stream of the event.

Microsoft, feds face off in court over customer privacy

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:33:37 -0800

The company argues that court orders for customer data often come with gag orders that Microsoft claims are a violation of customers’ privacy rights. The government contends Microsoft doesn’t have authority to sue on behalf of the customer.

The White House website is no longer available in Spanish

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:14:19 -0800

The site, which the Trump administration took over on Friday, no longer includes an option for translation into Spanish or another that gives information about access for disabled users that had existed under President Obama.

Amazon launches literary contest for self-published authors in U.K.

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:39:08 -0800

The move seems geared to infusing prestige and drawing new writers to the world of self-publishing, a rapidly expanding but chaotic universe where it’s often hard for readers to distinguish the brilliant from the mediocre.

Ex-Microsoft exec named to lead Stanford University board

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:52:39 -0800

Jeff Raikes rose to prominence in a 27-year career at the tech giant and later became CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Judge rules Snapchat immune from distracted driver claim

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:57:03 -0800

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — A judge has dismissed claims against Snapchat that blamed the social media company’s “speed filter” for a highway crash. The judge said the Communications Decency Act provides the social media company with immunity. Snapchat attorney Mark Trigg told The Associated Press Monday in an emailed statement that the “the judge’s ruling […]

Sprint is buying a 33 percent stake in Tidal

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:20:03 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint is buying a 33 percent stake of the Tidal, the music streaming service owned by artists like Jay-Z, Madonna and Kanye West. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tidal has a more than 42.5 million song catalog and 140,000 videos. It’s available in more than 52 countries. The partnership will include […]

Apana makes sure companies don’t waste water

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:45:26 -0800

The Bellingham company aims to be a “security company for water,” offering technology alerting its business customers to leaks and other problems in their systems.

Gamers chase records for playing blindfolded

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:00:00 -0800

Blindfolded players use a game’s sound effects and music to keep track of where they may be, with the aim to break records.

‘An amazing year’: Inside Amazon’s post-holiday company party at CenturyLink

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:25:07 -0800

Thousands of Amazon staffers took over CenturyLink Field on Friday for a “post-holiday” party that showcased the company’s growth. The event was headlined by pop star Joe Jonas and his band, DNCE.

Local techies launch fact-focused Trump wiki site

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800

The crew of developers and writers behind aims to document the Trump administration. Also, local financial advisers predict the Dow Jones industrial average will rise modestly in 2017; and Expedia wires up users to monitor emotions as they book travel.

It’s easy to customize laptop’s zoom level

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:57:57 -0800

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions.

Rightside sells eNom business for $83.5M

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:54:04 -0800

The Kirkland-based Rightside sold the eNom unit to focus on its other businesses.

AirPods are rare product that lives up to the hype

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:15:08 -0800

The Apple AirPods looked cool and convenient when the wireless earbuds were introduced. Actually using them has shown them to be a lot more to this reviewer.

Wave Broadband continues acquisition spree, buys Cascade Networks

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:16:29 -0800

The purchase is Wave’s 21st since the rapidly growing company was founded in 2002.

Microsoft reportedly gearing up to cut 700 jobs

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:15:05 -0800

The expected layoffs fit an emerging pattern in which the company discloses job cuts near the end of a quarter or around the time of quarterly earnings reports.

Local activists in tech vow to resist Trump with data

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:57:20 -0800

The crew of some 30 developers and writers behind aims to compile a Wikipedia-like web portal documenting the Trump administration. “We are really focused on documenting the facts,” says co-founder Jan Miksovsky.

Amazon creates tech apprenticeship for veterans

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:31:48 -0800

(image) and the U.S. Department of Labor have agreed to create a registered apprenticeship program to train veterans in the high-demand field of cloud computing from within the e-commerce titan’s fold.

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:51:02 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tesla Motors Inc. won’t face a recall or fine as a result of a fatal crash involving its Autopilot system, but U.S. safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday it found that […]

Amazon Web Services passes Google on most popular list

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:33:44 -0800

San Francisco-based Okta, which helps companies manage access to web apps, offers a periodic snapshot of winners and losers in workplace software.