business http://kuow.org en Startups Show Off Innovative Designs http://kuow.org/post/startups-show-innovative-designs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Startup companies from the University of Washington showed off their innovative products to potential investors and industry advisors Tuesday.</span></p><p>The UW launched a record 18 startups last fiscal year with the support from the UW Center for Commercialization. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:33:38 +0000 Patricia Murphy 39173 at http://kuow.org Startups Show Off Innovative Designs Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia http://kuow.org/post/zillow-buy-rival-real-estate-site-trulia <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Zillow+To+Buy+Rival+Real+Estate+Site+Trulia&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwODI1MTE0MDEzNTk1NjQ4ODc4OTk0Ng004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a real estate merger. The nation's two biggest real estate listings websites have announced plans to merge. Zillow and Trulia have been competing in online real estate listings for nine years. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:38:00 +0000 editor 39117 at http://kuow.org Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash http://kuow.org/post/uber-airbnb-under-attack-spain-old-and-new-economies-clash This summer, more people than ever before are booking rooms on Airbnb and using carpooling websites and smartphone apps to get around on vacation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 39113 at http://kuow.org Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash PHOTOS: Remarkable Seattle Homes In A Sharing Economy http://kuow.org/post/photos-remarkable-seattle-homes-sharing-economy <p>“Sharing” has become a popular suffix in the news these days, mostly in regards to transportation like ridesharing and bikesharing. Your living spaces can now get in on the action with sites like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner, which allow you to rent out your home or a room for short stays. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:27:38 +0000 Arwen Nicks 38303 at http://kuow.org PHOTOS: Remarkable Seattle Homes In A Sharing Economy Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs http://kuow.org/post/washington-vied-tesla-gigafactory-worth-thousands-jobs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/20140725tesla_2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington Governor Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tried to woo electric </span>carmaker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.</span><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39063 at http://kuow.org Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs Is A Robot Going To Take Your Job? http://kuow.org/post/robot-going-take-your-job <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew McAfee,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">principal research scientist at the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, about whether robots will replace humans in the job market.</span> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:19 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38953 at http://kuow.org Is A Robot Going To Take Your Job? Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://kuow.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/20140724airlines.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</span><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:27:16 +0000 Tom Banse 38934 at http://kuow.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught Amazon Fire Phone: 'Showrooming On Steroids' http://kuow.org/post/amazon-fire-phone-showrooming-steroids <p>Go to a box store, hold your phone up to an item, and – ding! – your phone tells you how much the same item would cost on Amazon Prime. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:02:52 +0000 Ross Reynolds 38824 at http://kuow.org Amazon Fire Phone: 'Showrooming On Steroids' Feds Ban Free Climbing By Electric Utility Workers http://kuow.org/post/feds-ban-free-climbing-electric-utility-workers <p>The Obama Administration is putting an end to the common practice of "free climbing" by electrical lineworkers. Seattle City Light and other electric utilities let their lineworkers climb transmission towers without using safety harnesses. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:20:50 +0000 John Ryan 38760 at http://kuow.org Feds Ban Free Climbing By Electric Utility Workers Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide http://kuow.org/post/columbia-sportswear-fined-failing-label-clothes-treated-pesticide The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.<p>Between 2010 and 2013, the company sold socks and hats that were treated with a product called Insect Blocker but didn't have the label notifying consumers as required by federal pesticide labeling laws.<p>According to the EPA, while the products were mislabeled, they should not pose a risk to consumers. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:44:10 +0000 Cassandra Profita 38790 at http://kuow.org Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients http://kuow.org/post/some-food-companies-are-quietly-dumping-gmo-ingredients A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.<p>One recently deceased flavor has yet to be memorialized there: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, one of the company's best-sellers. Ben & Jerry's CEO <a href="http://www.benjerry.com/about-us/how-were-structured#4timeline">Jostein Solheim </a>says the company had to remove the key ingredient, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. Its replacement is called Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:37:56 +0000 editor 38710 at http://kuow.org Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients Massive Layoffs At Microsoft A Test For Seattle Startup Culture http://kuow.org/post/massive-layoffs-microsoft-test-seattle-startup-culture <p>Last week, Microsoft began the biggest layoffs in the company’s history: 18,000 total expected in the next year. So far, about 1,300 local workers have been affected.</p><p>Jon Talton, business reporter for the Seattle Times, told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds on <em>The Record</em> that this event is a test for the local economy. He said the Seattle area is in the midst of an economic boom – driven by Amazon, Boeing’s 777X and 737, increased exports and low unemployment. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:31:36 +0000 Ross Reynolds, Andy Hurst & Amina Al-Sadi 38643 at http://kuow.org Massive Layoffs At Microsoft A Test For Seattle Startup Culture Bookstore Owner's 'Grudging Respect' For Online Subscription Service http://kuow.org/post/bookstore-owners-grudging-respect-online-subscription-service <p>Jeannie Yandel talks with business writer and Page 2 Books&nbsp;co-owner Bill Virgin about Amazon's new unlimited book subscription service, <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/18/amazon-officially-announces-kindle-unlimited-offering-reading-and-listening-for-9-99-a-month/">Kindle Unlimited</a>. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:23:47 +0000 Jeannie Yandel 38520 at http://kuow.org What Happens After A Layoff http://kuow.org/post/what-happens-after-layoff <p>Ross Reynolds talks with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/view/story.jhtml?id=534356761&amp;">Kevin Osborne</a>, vice president of client services at Waldron, a human resources consulting firm based in Seattle, about how downsizing companies may provide for laid off employees. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:23:36 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38532 at http://kuow.org What Happens After A Layoff An Update On The Microsoft Job Cuts And What It Means For The Region http://kuow.org/post/update-microsoft-job-cuts-and-what-it-means-region <p>Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop, founder of Geekwire, about the announcement that Microsoft will be cutting 18,000 jobs over the next year, including 1,351 in the Seattle region. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:49:11 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 38463 at http://kuow.org