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A new letter from Amazon to the Federal Aviation Administration indicates the e-commerce giant is getting frustrated with the wait for approval to test package delivery drones.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop of Geekwire about how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first year on the job went, how tablets are doing in the market and other Seattle tech news.

For many online retailers, Cyber Monday is likely to be the peak shopping day of the year. To handle the onslaught of orders, Amazon has begun rolling out a new robot army.

The Amazon order-fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif., is more than a million square feet — or 28 football fields, if you prefer — filled with orange and yellow bins flying this way and that on conveyor belts. Chances are, if you ordered a bunch of items in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, Amazon put that box together here.

Can Microsoft Catch Up?

Nov 17, 2014
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Jeannie Yandel talks with  Todd Bishop, co-founder of GeekWire, about Microsoft's fate in the sea of successful tech giants.

Is Amazon Really Too Big?

Nov 10, 2014
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Ross Reynolds talks with Felix Salmon, financial commentator and senior editor for news network Fusion, about Seattle's e-commerce giant, Amazon, and what happens when one company makes it big time. 

What's in your home, always on, ready to listen to you and constantly adapting to the way you talk? Why, it's Amazon's Echo speaker. Think a less portable Siri or Google Now, but hands-free.

Are you ready to bring an eavesdropping device that's connected to the cloud into the privacy of your abode?

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Marcie Sillman talks with GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop about this week's tech news, including recent praise for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Apple moving work into the Seattle area.

Amazon's new show "Transparent."

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Leo Segovia and Alison Davison, two local transgender people associated with the Ingersoll Gender Center, about Amazon's new show Transparent.  The show focuses on transgender people and is part of the company's bid to gain a share of the online television market.

Is A Dedicated Tablet Reader Passe?

Oct 20, 2014

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. 

Amazon To Hire 80,000 Holiday Workers

Oct 15, 2014

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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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.

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.

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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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.

Amazon Slashes Phone Prices

Sep 8, 2014

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

Could Amazon Go The Way Of Sears Roebuck?

Sep 5, 2014

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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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.

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

How Amazon's New Phone Competes In The Market

Aug 25, 2014
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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle area novelists Maria Semple ("Where'd You Go Bernadette") and Robert Dugoni ("The Jury Master"), who are on either side of a literary feud between Amazon and Hachette, a major publishing house. 

Hachette authors say Amazon is retaliating by making it harder for people to buy their books. Amazon supporters say they want to keep prices low for consumers.

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Ross Reynolds and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news. Amazon is in a battle with Hatchete over books and with Disney over the pre-order option on movies yet to be released. Also, data from an app suggests that, yes, there does appear to be a "Seattle freeze."

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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.

Jeannie Yandel talks with business writer and Page 2 Books co-owner Bill Virgin about Amazon's new unlimited book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited.

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Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is seeking permission to send unmanned aircraft into the skies. The company has asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test its delivery-by-drone system.

The Seattle retailer has been testing drones indoors in Seattle, but it needs a federal exemption to test them outside. The company tells the FAA it wants to test drones on its own property “near Seattle.”

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Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop of Geekwire about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's 3,200 word, company-wide memo.

Bishop picked out one key section of the missive: Nadella’s pursuit of streamlining the company’s engineering processes and being more responsive to the market and customers’ demands.

Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop about Amazon's new phone and the company's Prime music service. Also, tehy discuss  Seattle a booming tech city? The New York Times thinks so.

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