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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, 25 Apr 2017 17:15:08 -0700


When car ownership fades, this parking garage will be ready for its next life

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:15:08 -0700

Some apartment developers designing new projects are planning their parking garages for a time when ride-sharing services and self-driving taxis whittle down car ownership until parking places become expendable. They’re designing their garages to eventually serve other uses.

Expedia IT worker sentenced for insider-trading scheme that netted him $330K

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:04:10 -0700

Federal prosecutors say the computer technician invaded the accounts of Expedia’s chief financial officer and head of investor relations to “make well-timed, profitable trades in Expedia options.”

FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:13:02 -0700

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project, said Tuesday it’s adding 500 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to its self-driving vehicle fleet. It will allow hundreds of people in the […]

Companies decry Trump plan to eliminate Energy Star program

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:11:04 -0700

WASHINGTON — More than 1,000 U.S. companies, including some of the nation’s largest manufacturers, are urging Congress to preserve the 25-year-old Energy Star program to promote efficiency in home and business products. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for Energy Star, which encourages efficiency in major appliances, office equipment, lighting and home electronics. […]

Home furnishings site changes name to The Mine

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:21:04 -0700

Longtime Kirkland e-commerce company, which was bought by Lowe’s in 2011, has renamed itself The Mine to emphasize its focus on fine home furnishings.

Tableau Software, PATH work to eliminate malaria in Zambia

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:07:17 -0700

PATH and Tableau are sharing what they have learned from their Visualize No Malaria program at a Tuesday event at Tableau’s headquarters to mark World Malaria Day.

T-Mobile adds 1.1 million subscribers in 1Q as rival Verizon loses customers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:47:06 -0700

The latest quarter was the 16th in a row that the Bellevue-based wireless carrier gained more than 1 million customers.

Microsoft connects LinkedIn with its business software

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:31:58 -0700

The new program, which stitches together Microsoft’s Dynamics and LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator, is the biggest move yet to make use of the Redmond company’s largest-ever acquisition.

How your selfie could affect your life insurance

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:05:00 -0700

Several insurance companies are testing new technology that uses facial analytics and other data to estimate life expectancy.

Seattle health startup speeds up lab tests to improve use of antibiotics

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Seattle startup ID Genomics has developed technology to identify bacteria in 30 minutes, giving doctors all the information they need to prescribe the best treatment while a patient is still in the clinic.

How Facebook keeps beating every rival

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Commentary: Do you know what happens when you control four of the biggest social networks in the world? You get to stop worrying about competitors beating you on features.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has more screen and elegance, but at a hefty price

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:43:16 -0700

Tech Review: The S8 starts shipping Friday for about $750 — $100 more than the iPhone 7 and last year’s Galaxy S7 when it launched.

UW gets high marks for commercializing research

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:36:58 -0700

The University of Washington ranked No. 7 on a list from economic think tank Milken Institute that ranked U.S. universities’ commercialization efforts. That’s up from No. 24 in 2006, when the study was first released.

To sidestep cloud hassle, send file, not just a link

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:35:33 -0700

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each week.

Pioneering computer scientist Harry Huskey dies at 101

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:27:02 -0700

One of the last surviving members of the team that created the pioneering ENIAC computer in the 1940s has died. Harry Huskey was 101.

Seattle startup wants you to make up your mind (and its software will help)

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Element Data is harnessing the power of machine learning and technology to build a framework that helps people make choices — whether it’s what car to buy, what marketing strategy to set out or what city to move to.

Lovable underdog Slack fights off fierce messaging rivals like Microsoft

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:56:38 -0700

Messaging software firm Slack has become big enough to draw a competitive response from giants like Microsoft, but not big enough to have the roster of large corporate clients that it needs to compete with the giants.

Apple faces demands from China on live-streaming apps

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:04:18 -0700

Chinese regulators are summoning Apple to ask that it subject Chinese news and live-streaming services to more stringent app reviews to ensure they conform to regulations.

Amazon makes Alexa-like voice, AI technology available to cloud customers

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:41:26 -0700

(image) said the artificial-intelligence and speech-recognition software that underpins its digital assistant Alexa is now available to all its cloud-computing customers.

Portland wants to open its streets to self-driving cars

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:25:56 -0700

Portland says it wants to be the first city to issue permits for driverless cars, with the goal of getting them on its roads for testing this year.