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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, 20 Apr 2018 17:37:59 -0700


Apple’s New iPad is the best tablet for almost everybody | Tech review

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:37:59 -0700

Tech review: The biggest improvement to the 2018 iPad is the ability to use Apple’s Pencil. Apple had kept the pencil for buyers of their high-end iPad Pro line, but this time they’ve brought pencil compatibility down to the masses.

U.S. investigating AT&T and Verizon over claims of wireless collusion

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:56:35 -0700

The Justice Department reportedly issued demands to AT&T, Verizon and the GSMA, a mobile industry standards-setting group, for information on potential collusion to thwart a technology known as eSIM, hindering consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

Windows might need a reminder about your network adapter

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:36:06 -0700

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each week.

Amazon Studios is helping to reboot a Hollywood classic

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:27:28 -0700

Amazon’s decision to move its entertainment division to Culver Studios — where “Gone with the Wind” was filmed — demonstrates the degree to which the tech giants have woven themselves into the fabric of Hollywood.

AT&T chief says Time Warner deal would help it compete with tech rivals

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:00:40 -0700

AT&T’s chief executive, Randall Stephenson, said in court testimony that the company’s proposed merger with Time Warner would allow AT&T to better match up against Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google,

New Amazon tool lets users customize Alexa’s responses

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:44:50 -0700

Amazon introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints, tools to add jokes, houseguest instructions, or other custom content to the voice-activated software without learning how to code.

RealSelf raises $40 million for online plastic surgery review site

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:00:33 -0700

RealSelf, which offers an online marketplace where people can review plastic surgery procedures and discuss doctors, says the new financing will help it expand its service across the world.

Airbus, Bill Gates and others back Bellevue-based video imaging satellite venture

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:21:06 -0700

A new Bellevue-based venture aims to launch a constellation of satellites that will deliver real-time, continuous video of almost anywhere on Earth. It’s backed by Airbus, Bill Gates, Masayoshi Son, among others.

Amazon workers’ median pay in 2017: $28,446

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:47:26 -0700

Amazon for the first time disclosed average worker pay, as part of a report mandated by federal Wall Street reform legislation passed after the 2008 financial crisis.

Amazon says it has more than 100 million Prime members

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:02:17 -0700

Amazon for the first time disclosed the number of paying members of the retailer's Prime service, which offers speedier order delivery and other perks. The figure, revealed in a shareholder letter, has long been an important metric for the company — and one executives previously refused to disclose.

Seattle tech company Socrata bought by Tyler Technologies

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:31:00 -0700

“Substantially all” of Socrata's 150 employees will join Tyler Technologies, a Tyler spokesman said. Tyler will keep Socrata’s offices in Seattle as well as its own offices in Renton.

Amazon inks deal with occasional rival Best Buy to sell Fire TVs

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:37:40 -0700

Amazon is extending its partnership with Best Buy, announcing a deal to exclusively sell Fire-branded televisions at the electronics retailer's physical stores. And for the first time, Best Buy will sell on's third-party marketplace.

T-Mobile expands jobs, services for veterans

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:35 -0700

Military families will receive nearly 50 percent off their phone bills as part of a new discount.

Defense contract pits Amazon against the rest of Big Tech

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:45:07 -0700

Amazon is considered the favorite to win a major government contract, and its rivals are pushing back.

Employees jump at genetic test, but it might not be a good thing

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:32:36 -0700

West Coast companies vying for talent offer an unusual array of benefits like college-loan repayment and surrogacy assistance. Some have added genetic screening as well, and employees are lining up for the tests. But federal health agencies, researchers and physicians are wrangling over whether the tests are ready for widespread adoption.

Supreme Court dismisses Microsoft data privacy case

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:42:48 -0700

A new law that passed Congress last month made the lawsuit moot.

How to support women in tech: Step 1. Listen.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Next week, Seattle will be home to the Women in Tech Regatta, a weeklong series of panels. Its organizers want more men to attend.

Pioneer Square Labs raises $80 million to invest in Northwest startups

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:32 -0700

Seattle startup studio Pioneer Square Labs has raised $80 million to invest in tech companies throughout the Pacific Northwest, and not just companies that spin out of its own studio. The financing round is the first investment fund for Pioneer Square Labs, which was formed more than two years ago to come up with ideas for […]

Netflix proves it can raise prices without losing customers

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:56:00 -0700

Netflix added more than 7 million subscribers in the first quarter, even as the company’s average U.S. subscription price rose 12 percent in the past year.

Seattle biotech Kineta teams up with Genentech to create chronic pain medicine

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:02:13 -0700

Kineta could receive more than $359 million as a result of the deal.