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Technology
3:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Is A Dedicated Tablet Reader Passe?

Marcie Sillman talks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about the latest tech news, including tablets, smartwatches and a new app on the market for ordering coffee. 

Seasonal Labor
11:29 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Amazon To Hire 80,000 Holiday Workers

Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 4:44 am

An increase in customer demand is spurring Amazon.com to create 80,000 seasonal positions at its network of distribution centers across the U.S.

That's a 14 percent increase over the number of temporary workers it hired last year at this time.

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Week In Review
1:40 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Be Patient While We Review This Week's News (It's Good Karma)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella found himself on the receiving end of negative backlash due to his remarks on women asking for raises.
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday women are better off not asking for a raise because they’ll be rewarded in the long term. The U.S. Supreme Court considers when workers are on the clock. Plus, Amazon wants to test drones, a Seattle church protests pot next door and Bill Radke recalls the musical ride of Paul Revere with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Luke Burbank.

Pie In The Sky?
7:44 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Aerial Delivery Drones Near Seattle

Amazon.com has asked the FAA for permission to test drones outdoors.

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 2:50 pm

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for aerial drone delivery of packages last year, many observers dismissed the concept as science fiction or pie-in-the-sky.

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Space
8:37 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Boeing And SpaceX Win Bid To Become Space Taxis

NASA announced the winners of its hotly-contested contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Boeing was the big winner.

The company's space unit will be paid more than four billion dollars to deliver and certify its Crew Space Transportation Capsule.

A little over half that will be paid to Boeing's competitor Space X for its own version, called the Dragon.

Mike Fincke is a former International Space Station crew member.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fincke said having two competing capsules will be good for crew safety.

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Economy
3:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Seattle Gets Revenue Boost From Amazon, Construction Boom

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A construction boom and runaway hiring at Amazon are leading to stronger than expected tax revenues for the city of Seattle.

City budget officials say they expect to collect about $7 million more in taxes for 2015 and 2016.

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Technology
4:48 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Amazon Slashes Phone Prices

Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop, co-founder of Geekwire, about the new Amazon Fire phone, Apple's new wearables and other tech news.

Over-Diversification
11:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Could Amazon Go The Way Of Sears Roebuck?

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (David Ryder/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 12:09 pm

Amazon is the world’s largest e-commerce company, but it is trying to be so much more — a mobile carrier, a media company and a major provider of cloud computing services, to name a few.

But is this behemoth internet retailer vulnerable? New York magazine technology columnist Kevin Roose wanted to find out. “Amazon really has unbounded ambitions,” Roose told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “What I wanted to find out is how can you take down Amazon?”

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Week In Review
12:11 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Find Out What All The Twitching Is About This Week

Twitch interactive: not just for younger siblings any more.
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What a week! A website we've never heard of is snapped up by Amazon for a billion dollars. Called Twitch, it allows people to watch other people play video games.

Also, Weyerhaeuser announces it's moving its forest to the big city, Burger King buys out a Canadian institution and we ask, are Seahawks fans becoming spoil sports?

Bill Radke discusses those issues and more with our panel of journalists: Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Civic Cocktail's Joni Balter and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

Twitch Acquisition
2:52 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Amazon Buys Video-Gaming Service For $1 Billion

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times business reporter Jay Greene about Amazon’s Monday acquisition of Twitch, a popular video-game viewing service.

Tech News
1:46 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

How Amazon's New Phone Competes In The Market

Courtesy GeekWire

Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop, co-founder of Geekwire, about the new Amazon Fire phone, Steve Ballmer leaving the Microsoft board, and more tech news.

Technology
8:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Seattle: Up In The Computing Clouds

Computer servers in California
Credit Flickr photo / Roy Kaltschmidt (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal technology reporter Shira Ovide about Seattle's role in cloud computing.

Retail And Unions
3:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

A Conversation With Striking Amazon Workers In Germany

Karl, a worker at a fulfillment center in Germany, said he'll grow his beard until union workers get a contract from Amazon.
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Ross Reynolds visited some of the workers who have participated in the strikes at Amazon fulfillment centers in Germany. The country is the second biggest market for the Seattle-based online retailer. While selling in Germany may be straightforward for Amazon, labor relations are not.

Since May last year, union employees at Amazon fulfillment centers in Germany have been gone on strike seven times for one to three days at a time.

Week In Review
2:21 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ahoy-Hoy! Week In Review Live From South Lake Union

The "Week In Review" panel at the Center for Wooden Boats: Bill Radke, Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Sherman Alexie.
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KUOW's Bill Radke reviews the week's news in front of a live audience at the Center for Wooden Boats on the shores of Lake Union with Joni Balter, Knute Berger, Sherman Alexie and Luke Burbank.

The panel discusses:

  • The eyes of America turn to Ferguson, Missouri, after a police shooting. Are there any parallels to the police response to WTO in Seattle?
  • The publishing war between Amazon and Hatchette heats up. Spoiler alert: Our authorial guest has a stake in the outcome.
  • Steve Ballmer buys the LA Clippers.
  • And the Internet lights up with people dumping ice water on their heads — for a good cause.

Technology
3:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

How Libraries Fit Into E-Book Culture

Libraries now offer electronic ways to experience literature beyond paper and ink.
Flickr Photo/Lynn Gardner (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Geoffrey Fowler, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, about the advantages and challenges libraries have  in the e-book market.

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