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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: Fri, 26 May 2017 16:52:21 -0700


Three devices that make it safer to use your phone while driving

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:01:00 -0700

Tech review: A mount for your smartphone that can be moved from car to car, and an add-on Bluetooth receiver can help you use your phone more safely while driving.

Bad script or add-on may be locking up websites

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:01:00 -0700

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each week.

T-Mobile launches Digits feature

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:11:52 -0700

The feature allows T-Mobile customers to use one phone number across multiple devices, and also to have multiple phone numbers work on one device.

British social-media celebrity among dead from concert blast

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:39:12 -0700

MANCHESTER, England  — It was not just family and friends mourning Martyn Hett this week. Even Mariah Carey was shocked by his death in the Ariana Grande concert bombing. Carey posted a picture of Hett — one of 22 people killed in Monday night’s bombing at the Manchester Arena — on Instagram wearing a T-shirt […]

Microsoft’s Beam game streaming service gets a new name, features

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:33:00 -0700

Beam, the Seattle startup Microsoft acquired in August, is changing its name to Mixer and moving to more prominent real estate on Microsoft’s Xbox.

Jesse Jackson back at Amazon stockholders’ meeting, crusading for workforce diversity

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It’s 2017, and much has changed since Jackson marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. But some old problems remain unresolved — like access to good jobs.

Computer wins 2nd game against Chinese go champion

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:30:03 -0700

WUZHEN, China (AP) — A computer beat China’s top player of go, one of the last games machines have yet to master, for a second time Thursday in a competition authorities limited the Chinese public’s ability to see. Ke Jie lost despite playing what Google’s AlphaGo indicated was the best game any opponent has played […]

Seattle software firm ShipRush bought by Descartes for $14M

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:50:16 -0700

ShipRush’s technology helps small and midsize e-commerce companies deliver packages. It’s being acquired by Waterloo, Ontario-based Descartes Systems Group.

Tennis star Serena Williams accepts a new challenge — spurring diversity in Silicon Valley

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:40:32 -0700

Online survey service SurveyMonkey announced Serena Williams’ appointment to its board. She says she’s embarking on a new mission to help tech companies diversify their workforces and solve one of the industry’s most vexing problems.

Bellevue software firm Smartsheet raises $52.1M

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:00:00 -0700

The nearly 12-year-old company will use some of the funding to expand an internal team that helps clients get the most out of Smartsheet’s project-management software.

In a win for artificial intelligence, Google computer program defeats Chinese Go master

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:23:49 -0700

The world’s best player of what might be humankind’s most complicated board game was defeated Tuesday by Google software called AlphaGo, offering a glimpse of the promise of new technologies that mimic the way the brain functions.

Seattle startup Outreach pulls in another $30M from investors

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:35:13 -0700

The fast-growing company, based in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, will use the new cash to hire engineering and product-development employees.

Microsoft develops Windows 10 version for China’s government

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:25:47 -0700

A China-specific version of the operating system will include greater control for administrators, support for custom data encryption preferences, and have updates and system data administered by a Chinese entity.

Google helps advertisers track spending in physical stores

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:39:05 -0700

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google already monitors online shopping — and now it’s keeping an eye on physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising. The internet company said Tuesday that a new tool will track how much money people spend in merchants’ brick-and-mortar stores after clicking on their digital ads. The analysis will […]

Microsoft unveils Surface tablet updates, signals new hardware push in China

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:15:00 -0700

Microsoft has added battery life and horsepower to its new Surface Pro line. The launch event, in Shanghai, is intended to signal a push to grab a slice of China’s fast-growing market for computing devices.

Vertafore plans to move headquarters to Denver

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:49:10 -0700

Bothell-based software company is moving its headquarters to Denver.

Ukrainian hacker sentenced in stolen news releases scheme

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:08:03 -0700

A Ukrainian hacker involved in an international scheme that used stolen unpublished news releases to make about $30 million in profits was sentenced Monday to more than two years in U.S. federal prison.

Kirkland-based Wave Broadband to be sold for $2.4 billion

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:11:44 -0700

Internet provider Wave Broadband will continue to operate under its own brand name and keep its Kirkland headquarters after the acquisition. But CEO Steve Weed will step down from that position, taking a seat on the board of directors of the combined entity.

Drones, autonomous vehicles on Echodyne’s radar as it pulls in $29M from investors

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Echodyne’s radar arrays are designed to bring some of the power and precision of massive, heavy, military-grade radars to a tablet-sized device.

Mark Zuckerberg says he’s not running for public office

Mon, 22 May 2017 03:51:08 -0700

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn’t before is about building relationships, not politics. The 33-year-old billionaire wrote in a Facebook post that some users have asked if the trip means he’s running for public office. Zuckerberg says he’s not running for anything. […]