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Launching Startups
4:33 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Seattle Startups Unveil Futuristic Products To Potential Investors

Tim Dardis explains the idea behind Project Canton's injury reducing football helmet.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Startup companies from the University of Washington showed off their innovative products to potential investors and industry advisors Tuesday.

The UW launched a record 18 startups last fiscal year with the support from the UW Center for Commercialization.

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Business
2:38 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 4:35 am

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Sharing Economy
1:56 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Taxi drivers protest against Uber, an on-demand car service app, during a 24-hour strike July 1 in Barcelona, Spain. They say it undercuts their business and are calling for the government to ban it.
David Ramos Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 2, 2014 11:53 am

This summer, more people than ever before are booking rooms on Airbnb and using carpooling websites and smartphone apps to get around on vacation. The new "share economy" can be a money saver in areas hard hit by the economic crisis, like southern Europe.

But in sunny Spain, authorities are cracking down.

In Barcelona — one of the top destinations for European tourists this summer — police are pulling over and ticketing drivers suspected of using the private taxi app Uber.

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Rules
9:27 am
Mon July 28, 2014

PHOTOS: Remarkable Seattle Homes In A Sharing Economy

Airstream trailer on lower Queen Anne; $105/night.
Airbnb

“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.

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Electric Vehicles
7:40 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs

A Tesla Roadster electric car.
Tesla Motors

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:13 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee tried to woo electric carmaker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.

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Technology
2:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Is A Robot Going To Take Your Job?

Flickr Photo/CJ Isherwood (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, about whether robots will replace humans in the job market.

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Airline Rivalry
7:27 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught

An Alaska Airlines 737 plane.
Alaska Airlines

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:25 pm

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.

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Tech Review
3:02 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone: 'Showrooming On Steroids'

The Amazon Fire boasts Firefly, a feature that allows you to easily compare box store prices with Amazon.
Credit Courtesy GeekWire

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.

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Work Safety
9:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Feds Ban Free Climbing By Electric Utility Workers

Seattle City Light lineworkers 180 feet above the Seattle Ship Canal in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

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.

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EarthFix Reports
8:44 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide

The downtown Portland Columbia Sportswear store. The Oregon-headquartered company was fined for not labeling clothes that have been treated with pesticides, as required by federal law.
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com/

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 4:37 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.

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.

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Food
8:37 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

General Mills' original Cheerios are now GMO-free. But you won't find a label on the box highlighting the change.
David Duprey AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 9:37 am

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.

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Seattle Boom
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Massive Layoffs At Microsoft A Test For Seattle Startup Culture

Flickr Photo/Wonderlane (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

Jon Talton, business reporter for the Seattle Times, told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds on The Record 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.

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Amazon Unlimited
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Bookstore Owner's 'Grudging Respect' For Online Subscription Service

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

Corporate Downsizing
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

What Happens After A Layoff

Microsoft announced this week that the company would be laying off 18,000 employees in the next year.
Credit Flickr Photo/Fabien Lavocat (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Kevin Osborne, 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.

Tech News
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

An Update On The Microsoft Job Cuts And What It Means For The Region

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.

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