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Business
3:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Would You Accept Money To Quit Your Job?

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Ross Reynolds talks with behavioral economist Uri Gneezy about company incentives and why Amazon is implementing the "Pay to Quit" program.

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Tech News
3:19 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Say Goodbye To Windows XP

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Steve Scher talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about Northwest tech news, including the end of Windows XP, an update for Windows 8 and how tech companies are trying to make their mark on television and movies.

Tech News
11:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Amazon Customers Not A Fan Of New Prime Subscription Fee

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Steve Scher talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about the region's tech news including Amazon's decision to raise the price of Amazon Prime membership dues from $79 a year to $99.

Activism
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

We've reserved the slideshow above for a collection of reader-submitted photos from local demonstrations in 2013. Submit yours to pictures@kuow.org. In this photo: A scene from fast food workers demonstrating in Seattle on May 31, 2013.
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

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Labor
5:05 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

German Employees Rally Outside Amazon Headquarters: 'We're People, Not Robots'

Nancy Becker, an Amazon employee from Germany, speaks at a rally at Amazon's corporate headquarters in South Lake Union.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Outside Amazon’s headquarters in South Lake Union on Monday, activists chanted in German, “Wir sind Menchen; nicht Roboter.”

Translation: “We are people, not robots.”  

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9 To 5
10:25 am
Wed December 11, 2013

How Does A Rock Star Get To His Desk Job? He Commutes Like The Rest Of Us

Dave Dederer from the Presidents of the United States of America performing at the Gnomodex technology conference in June 2006.
Flickr Photo/Ted Leung

What happens when you become a star and then you’re not anymore? Where do you go after that?

Seattle guitarist Dave Dederer was a member of The Presidents of the United States of America. In the '90s they had three top-40 hits, two Grammy nominations and a platinum album.

Dederer’s star has faded but his career hasn’t. Now he’s at Amazon as the head of music programming. Bill Radke asked Dederer what made him switch careers.

Business
5:13 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Amazon Partners With USPS For Sunday Delivery In NYC, LA

USPS is partnering with Amazon, and possibly other companies, to offer Sunday delivery.
Flickr Photo/Ron Doke

Amazon has partnered with the United States Postal Service to offer Sunday package delivery in New York City and Los Angeles. The initiative is believed to be mutually beneficial. The USPS gets to expand one of the only areas where it is actually making money – package shipment. Amazon can more closely compete with the brick and mortar stores that boast Sunday hours.

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Business & Technology
2:54 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Microsoft Profits Up, But Amazon's Workforce Surpasses Them

It's not just the elevators that have been welcoming at Amazon: their workforce has surpassed Microsoft for the first time.
Flickr Photo/cheukiecfu (CC BY-NC-ND)

There was big news from our region’s tech giants this week: Microsoft's profits are up nearly 17 percent over the past year, and Amazon now has more than 110,000 employees — passing Microsoft for the first time ever.

Nick Wingfield covers technology for The New York Times. He talks with Marcie Sillman about the latest tech news coming out of Seattle.

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Amazon
12:03 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The Everything Man: Jeff Bezos And The Future Of Retail

Brad Stone's book "The Everything Store."

Amazon is envisioned as a one-stop shop for anything you might wish to buy. Jeff Bezos is the overseer of the massive website, keeping a heavy finger on operations, staying focused on the customer and thinking on a very long time scale. Journalist Brad Stone profiles Bezos in his new book, “The Everything Store.” He talks with Steve Scher.

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Software Engineer Shortage
9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Competition For Tech Talent Heats Up In Seattle Area

A conference room at Groupon’s new Seattle engineering office. The company opened what it thought would be a small engineering office in Seattle last spring. Now with 130 employees, Groupon is looking for additional office space.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

Technology companies have been among the bright spots for job growth in the region. They are hiring a lot of one particular kind of employee—software engineers. Those are the people who design, develop and test systems and software.

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Changing Media Landscape
5:58 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Jeff Bezos Brings Entrepreneurial Mindset To Washington Post Purchase

Jeff Bezos is illuminated by a display screen at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite in Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012.
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post for $250 million, and that has a lot of people wondering what's next for the legacy media company.

Brad Stone, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, has written a book about the mega-entrepreneur. It's called, "The Everything Store,” due out in October. He said the sale was a surprise for many, but in keeping with the way Bezos thinks.

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Online Sellers
11:45 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Amazon And The Business of Selling Books

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  Seattle’s own Amazon is the largest bookseller in the United States. Amazon enjoys a market share of 25 percent in print books and 60 percent in e-books. Recently, some of their prices have gone up. Ross Reynolds talks with a researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance about how she thinks Amazon’s market share changes the business of selling books.

Retail Evolution
10:57 am
Thu June 20, 2013

RIP Retail: Will Amazon's New Game Plan Change Shopping As We Know It?

After launching locker pick-ups and home grocery delivery, Amazon continues to push for online retail innovation.
Flickr Photo/Stephen Cannon

  Amazon has a new game plan: same-day delivery. By building warehouses in the middle of large metropolitan areas, Amazon wants to bring you groceries and goods immediately. That’s big competition for traditional retailand some people are speculating it could mean the end of traditional retail. David Hyde talks to Patty Edwards, retail analyst and the chief investment officer for Trutina Financial about how Amazon is changing consumerism.

News & Analysis
10:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Canadian flag.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio

BC’s Premier Candidates Meet In First Debate
The four candidates who want to be British Columbia’s next premier met for their first TV debate on Monday night. Jobs and the economy topped the agenda. Analysts say the embattled Liberal Party premier didn’t get the knock out she needed to hold on to her job. Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun joins us to discuss the election.

When Words Don’t Matter: The Non-Verbal In Movies
The classic science fiction film from Stanley Kubrick, "2001: A Space Odyssey," told much of its story through image, gesture and sound. The spoken word was often secondary to the plot. According to film critic Robert Horton, a new film, "Renoir," relies on images to convey mood and feeling to moderate success.

Grocery Delivery Services Benefit The Environment
A new University of Washington study suggests that deliveries by trucks are actually better for the environment than each of us driving to the store in our own cars. That might be good news for Amazon Fresh. The company has been testing this grocery delivery service in Seattle since 2007. There are indications Amazon is planning to expand Fresh to other markets. Todd Bishop explores how Amazon Fresh and other grocery delivery services are faring.