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12:27 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

How Does Microsoft Feel About Nokia's New Android Phone?

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Steve Scher talks with Todd Bishop of Geekwire about Nokia's new Android phones and Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of the text messaging app WhatsApp.

Law Enforcement Technology
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Seattle Police Push For Facial Recognition Software

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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell about a proposal that would allow the Seattle Police Department to use facial recognition software to identify suspects from security footage.

Digital Currency
12:53 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Local University Accepts Unprecedented Bitcoin Donation

University of Puget Sound
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Universities are used to accepting donations from alumni. They count on it.

But when the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma recently received a donation from 2007 graduate Nicholas Cary, its staff had to do some homework.

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Technology
3:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

FCC To Rewrite Net Neutrality Rules

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Ross Reynolds talks with Maggie Reardon, senior writer for CNET News, about the Federal Communications Commission's decision to forgo an appeal of the court ruling that threw out net neutrality rules. The FCC has announced it will rewrite the existing rules instead.

Internet
2:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Will The Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger Effect You?

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David Hyde talks with Bill Schrier, City of Seattle's former chief technology officer, about the $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Video Games
2:54 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

New Video Game Centers Around Government Surveillance

The new video game, "Republique," begins with with a phone call from a woman named, Hope.
Camouflaj's Facebook page

Ross Reynolds talks with video game creator Ryan Payton and business director Jeffrey Matthews about their new game, "Republique," out of the Bellevue-based studio, Camouflaj.

Breast Cancer Awareness
2:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Stop Getting Mammograms? Not So Fast!

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Marcie Sillman talks with Dr. Julie Gralow, medical oncologist at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, about a new study on mammograms.

Antitrust Concerns
3:45 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Will Comcast Get Federal OK To Buy Time Warner?

Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:44 am

(We put a new top on this story at 9:25 a.m. ET and added an update at 10:15 a.m. ET.)

As NPR's David Folkenflik pointed out earlier today, Comcast's proposed $45 billion purchase of fellow cable company Time Warner will receive some scrutiny from federal officials. Here's some more about that part of the story:

Politico writes that:

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Online Support Groups
12:01 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Through The Internet, Gay Teens Connected To Larger Community

Emily Kitfield, 16, says she's not sure if she would have been able to come out to her parents and community without being able to reach out to others online.
Courtesy of Emily Kitfield

In the past 20 years, the Internet has significantly impacted what it means to grow up as a gay kid in this country.

Before the Web, many gay young people grew up in what seemed to be isolation, particularly those in small towns. But with the advent of online chat rooms and Websites dedicated to gay culture, communities formed, and that demographic began finding new support.

That change can be seen in the experiences of two women who grew up in the same town, two decades apart.

'The Only One'

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Technology
3:43 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

How Good Ideas Spread: A New Social Science Based On Big Data

Alex “Sandy” Pentland's book "Social Physics."

David Hyde talks with Alex “Sandy” Pentland, a professor and data scientist at MIT, about his new book "Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons From A New Science."

Health
1:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

What California's Rule Change On Flame Retardants Means For Washington

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Marcie Sillman interviews KQED's Amy Standen about the battle over flame retardants in California and what it could mean for Washington state.

Buffering Headaches
12:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Author: When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind'

Susan Crawford says that in cities like Seoul and Stockholm, high-speed, high-capacity networks are taken for granted. "It really is astonishing what's going on in America," she says. "We're falling way behind in the pack of developed nations when it comes to high-speed Internet access, capacity and prices."
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:41 am

For an increasing number of Americans, access to high-speed Internet has become an essential part of our lives. We do work, email friends, find restaurants, watch videos and movies, and check the weather. And the Internet is increasingly used for important services, like video medical consults and online education, and is relied upon by businesses for critical operations.

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EarthFix Reports
9:20 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Floating Wind Farm Off Southern Oregon Coast Gets A Green Light

An illustration of floating offshore wind turbines.
Courtesy of Principle Power Inc.

A Seattle company that wants to build a floating wind farm off the shore of Southern Oregon got a green light from some high-ranking officials on Wednesday.

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EarthFix Reports
8:58 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Energy Storage Battery Heads To The Market

Private companies are now interested in putting batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid into commercial production. A battery developed in the Northwest has been licensed by three companies.
Courtesy of UniEnergy Technologies

Clarification 2/6/2014: An earlier version of this report described the storage capacity of a 100-megawatt battery system that has since been disputed by a source for this story.

The push to build supersized batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid is taking a big step forward: Private companies are interested in moving the technology out of the laboratory and into commercial production.

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Microsoft Names New CEO
10:47 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Analyst: Nadella 'Not A Marquee Name' But 'Solid Choice' For Microsoft CEO

Microsoft names Satya Nadella as its new CEO.
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Microsoft has confirmed that Satya Nadella, 46, will be its new CEO as of Tuesday.

Todd Bishop, co-founder of the tech website Geekwire, said Nadella, who has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, will be making a big leap. “He’s been a strong business leader inside the company, but he’s never led an organization at this scale before,” Bishop said.

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