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9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Expedia Begins Accepting Bitcoin For Hotel Bookings

Expedia is now accepting bitcoin payments for U.S. hotel bookings.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:45 pm

Bellevue, Washington-based Expedia just announced that it will start accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings. The online travel site is embracing the volatile, virtual currency on what it calls a "test-and-learn" basis.

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Business & Technology
3:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

BP Can Now Use Drones, But What About Other Companies?

Flickr Photo/Nick Bonzey (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo about the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow BP to use drones in Alaska.

Urban Development
3:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

South Lake Union Named As An 'Innovation District'

South Lake Union as viewed from the Space Needle.
Flickr Photo/Eric P. (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institute, about the infrastructure behind having an "innovation district," and the benefits one can provide.

Cyber-Spying
12:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Microsoft To Government Spies: Back Off

Edward Snowden's revelations have resulted in the loss of at least $22 billion to U.S. tech companies, according to one analyst.
Flickr Photo/Sam Agnew

The Obama administration must restore trust in U.S. technology companies and uphold America’s fundamental liberties, Microsoft’s chief counsel wrote in a strongly-worded blog post.

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Author Interviews
11:32 am
Tue June 3, 2014

'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

David Ignatius is a columnist for the Washington Post who has covered both the CIA and the Middle East. The Director is his ninth book.
W.W. Norton

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:09 am

A year ago this week, The Guardian and The Washington Post first published stories that came out of revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The leaks brought new focus onto U.S. intelligence agencies themselves — and how they keep their secrets safe. The same themes come up in a new spy thriller from author and veteran Post columnist David Ignatius.

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Transparent Tech
11:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

A Call For Fair Phones And Conflict-Free Tech

The Fairphone.
Courtesy of Fairphone

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:51 am

Despite his serene demeanor, Bas van Abel once got so furious, he smashed his 11-year-old's Nintendo DS. It wasn't his son's fault. It was the toy: Van Abel couldn't get it open.

An advocate of open design and a prominent member of the global maker community, van Abel lives by the motto "If you can't open it, you don't own it."

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The Disruptor
3:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Expedia And Zillow Founder Rich Barton On Risk And Success

After Rich Barton created Expedia in 1996 with Lloyd Frink, the two went on to create the online real estate database Zillow.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 1:11 pm

Rich Barton is definitely a disrupter. In his late 20s, he caused major upset in the travel industry by launching Expedia.com, which has now become one of the world’s most popular travel sites.

Then there was Zillow.com, a real estate website that Barton helped to create, which has virtually become a necessity for any consumer looking for information about the housing market. Last month, 80 million people went to Zillow.

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Tech News
2:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Apple's New Operating System, Amazon Vs. Hachette, And A New Museum App

David Hyde and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news: Apple announces a new operating service, brick and mortar stores take advantage of the Amazon and Hachette dispute, and a local startup creates a new app to guide you through Seattle museums.

Science
6:34 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Submerged Wave Energy Generator On Track For Deployment Near Astoria

Computer rendition of the wave energy generator to be placed on the Clatsop County, Oregon, sea floor late this summer.

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:58 am

An engineering company based in Salem, Oregon, says it is close to deploying the first submerged wave power generator on the West Coast. M3 Wave Energy Systems plans a temporary deployment late this summer in shallow water off the northern Oregon Coast.

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Technology
2:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Is There A Driverless Car In Your Future?

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 3:20 pm

Earlier this week, Google debuted a fully functional driverless car — one built without a steering wheel or brake pedals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Brad Templeton, who's advised Google on its car program, about what a future without drivers might look like.

Student Privacy
9:57 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Proposed Sale Of Seattle Student Data Site Worries Officials

Student data is increasingly being stored on cloud computing services, raising new security and privacy concerns.
Kjetil Korslien Flickr

The potential bankruptcy sale of a company that stores online student data – including personally identifiable information for about 20,000 Seattle middle and high school students – has concerned the Federal Trade Commission and Seattle Public Schools. 

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Teen Inventor
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Listen To Your Heart (With Your iPhone)

Image of Suman Mulumudi's Steth IO.
Courtesy of Suman Mulumudi

Steve Scher talks to 15-year-old inventor Suman Mulumudi about his new device that turns a smart phone into a digital stethoscope. He designed it with the help of his father Dr. Mahesh Mulumudi, a cardiologist.

Health News
8:55 am
Wed May 21, 2014

When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care

Hey docs! Play this online game and learn how to do a better job of getting our blood pressure under control!
Lisa F. Young iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:29 pm

Doctors are required to keep current on best medical practices, but those efforts all too often don't do a thing to improve patient care. But what if the class is a game — one that lets you compete against other doctors and show off your smarts?

Plus you get funny emails. Oh, and your patients get better, too.

That's the gist of an online game tested at eight Boston-area hospitals to see if it could improve treatment of high blood pressure by getting practitioners to follow recommended treatment guidelines.

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EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

SolarWorld Among Victims of Alleged Chinese Hacking

Entrance to SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Oregon. The company is among victims in a cyberspying campaign the U.S. Department of Justice say Chinese officials used to steal trade secrets.
Oregon Department of Transportation

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:28 pm

SolarWorld, a solar panel manufacturer with its U.S. operation in Hillsboro, Oregon, is among the companies listed as victims in an alleged cyberspying campaign carried out by the Chinese government.

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Internet Access
2:48 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Can We Even Really Have Net Neutrality?

Credit Flickr Photo/espensorvik (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks to Seattle Times technology columnist Brier Dudley about net neutrality. As advocates worry about the FCC's proposed rules on net beutrality, Dudely explains why the whole idea might be a myth anyway.

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