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FCC
4:31 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Starting Your Own Low Power FM Radio Station

The FCC is currently accepting applications for new low-power FM radio stations. The Record's Marcie Sillman speaks with Sabrina Roach of Brown Paper Tickets about what groups are applying for licenses.

Music
4:27 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Barsuk Records Celebrates 15 Years Putting Out The Music They Love

Steve Scher talks with Barsuk Records co-founder Josh Rosenfeld. The Seattle company is celebrating 15 years in the music business.

Aerospace
3:47 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

No Deal In Sight Between Boeing And Machinists Union

Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about negotiations between Boeing and Machinists District 751 to build the 777X in Everett.

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Labor
10:42 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Union Fury Could Prompt Boeing To Move 777X Assembly

Tom Wroblewski, district president of the Machinists union
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Standing before a crowd of Boeing machinists on Thursday night, Tom Wroblewski, president of the Boeing machinists union, tore up a copy of the proposed contract and said he would try to stop it from coming to a vote.

“I know this is a piece of crap,” Wroblewski said, according to The Seattle Times.

The machinists before him were openly hostile to the eight-year deal, which would replace their health care costs and strip down their pensions.

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One Star
9:30 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Hunger Games: What's Behind Yelp's Fake Restaurant Reviews?

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 11:58 am

When it comes to scouting out a new bakery, pizzeria or noodle shop, there are few review sites that compare to Yelp. In turn, the reviews left on sites like Yelp can have a big effect on many restaurants' bottom lines.

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Architecture
12:03 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

The view from the Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, in Chicago.
FleishmanHillard

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 11:20 am

There's a question that's looming over the new skyscraper at the World Trade Center site in New York: Should it count as the tallest building in the country?

The developers say yes. But by some measures, the Willis Tower in Chicago — formerly known as Sears Tower — can still lay claim to the title.

Now, an obscure organization known as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is preparing to settle the debate.

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Online Learning
10:39 am
Thu November 7, 2013

The Race To Sell Life Skills, From Body Language To Photoshop

Photographer Charlie Borland earned enough money through teaching online courses, he and his wife Barbara were able to buy an RV and sell their home in Bend, Ore.
N3 Photo/Julia Flucht

Online marketplaces like eBay, Craigslist and Etsy offer you a way to sell your stuff. But what about a place to sell your skills and expertise?

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Wall Street
3:56 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Twitter Pops To $44.90 A Share In Debut On Wall Street

Will it fly? The Twitter bird logo was decorating a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 3:43 pm

6 p.m. ET: Twitter Shares Close At $44.90

At the end of its first day of public trading, shares of Twitter were valued at $44.90, reflecting a market value of more than $31 billion. The company sold 70 million shares of stock, raising $1.82 billion in the process.

Earlier Thursday, the company's shares soared from their initial public offering price of $26.

2:35 p.m. ET:

As you can see if you click on the player below, Twitter's stock has been trading around $47 a share in recent minutes.

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Food
2:30 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Kraft Dims Artificial Orange Glow Of Its Mac And Cheese

Some Kraft Macaroni and Cheese will no longer be so ... orange.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 3:35 pm

One of the iconic foods of American childhood is becoming a bit less startlingly orange.

Kraft Foods plans to remove artificial food coloring from mac and cheese products that are marketed for children, starting early next year.

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Harvesting Chocolate
3:46 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Child Labor And The Dark Side Of Chocolate

Chocolate shavings.
Habermann 1 Flickr

This Halloween millions of children across the US will hit the streets looking to score some treats and maybe, if they’re ambitious, give their neighbors a fright. But perhaps more frightening is the story behind many of candy they collect.

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Labor
11:36 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Analyst: Boeing Announcement A Play For Tax Breaks

The Boeing 777.
Credit Boeing handout

Boeing’s announcement that much of the detailed design work on the 777X jetliner will take place outside Washington state is a play for better tax incentives, according to a top aviation analyst.

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Proposition 1
11:52 am
Tue October 29, 2013

SeaTac Wage Fight: Fairer Pay Or Fewer Jobs?

The food court in the SeaTac concourse is a battleground for a proposed minimum wage increase.
Flickr Photo/John Boren

Washington state has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. If voters in the City of SeaTac approve Proposition 1 next Tuesday, the city would boast the highest minimum wage in the country.

Opponents of the proposition say that although the purpose of the proposition is to provide higher-paying jobs, its real consequence would be fewer jobs and more competition from workers from nearby cities.

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Technology
11:55 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Etsy's New Policy Means Some Items Are 'Handmade In Spirit'

Rae Padulo creates handmade ceramics, like these holiday ornaments, for her Etsy-based company, mudstar ceramics. She's disappointed with the site's new policy to allow outsourced manufacturing. "There's nothing wrong with factory-made," she says, but "that's not what Etsy started out to be."
Courtesy of Rae Padulo

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:49 am

Under online marketplace Etsy's new policies, vendors can now use an outside manufacturer to help make their goods.

That is not going down well with some longtime sellers, who are calling the new policies a turnaround from the site's original mission.

"Their moniker is, you know, a place to buy handmade. It doesn't say a place to buy factory-made," says Rae Padulo, a potter who began selling dishes and ornaments on Etsy in 2009.

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Business
12:42 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach

Faster delivery is the new frontier of Internet competition.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 8:58 am

Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.

In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed largely by robots that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. It can take just a matter of minutes to go from order to shipment.

And lately it's pursuing a program where Amazon goes directly into manufacturers and manages their logistics and online retailing.

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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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