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Ring, Ring, The Phone Is Dead
6:51 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline?

Phone line switches are reaching an end life, one expert says.
Credit Flickr Photo/Austin Squire

America's traditional phone system is not as dependable as it used to be. Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission told phone companies to start collecting stats on calls that fail to complete. According to one estimate, as many as 1 in 5 incoming long-distance calls simply doesn't connect.

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Technology
7:41 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Working In The Shadows To Keep Web Free Of Child Porn

Project Space, a Canadian investigation targeting child pornography, spanned three years and resulted in the rescue of 386 children.
Credit Courtesy of Toronto Police

Rich Brown knows how to crack a child pornography case. For decades, he was a cop for the New Jersey State Police. He worked on a task force dedicated to Internet crimes against children. And part of his job was to look through suspects' hard drives, image by image.

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Gaming
7:07 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Creators Of 'Myst' Hope For Comeback With New Fan-Funded Game

Promotion photo from Obduction.
Cyan, Inc.

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 4:26 pm

The Northwest programmers behind the computer game Myst are now trying to write their next chapter.

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Search History
3:48 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Google, The Government And You

Google released its annual transparency report yesterday showing that government requests for information have doubled over three years.
Credit Official Google Blog

Ross Reynolds talks with Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Nate Cardozo about Google's recent publication of transparency papers that show which governments want to know more about your search history.

Ethical Hacking
4:35 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

UW Students Learn To Hack For Your Safety

Competitors at a computer security competition, also known as a CTF - Capture the Flag.
Flickr Photo/Alexandre Dulaunoy

What do kids who play capture the flag on summer breaks do when they grow up and go to college? Turns out, the same thing – only the game evolves to computer security and privacy puzzles in a trend that’s being called “ethical hacking.”

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Game Industry
3:20 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Game Designer Kim Swift: 'There Needs To Be Games For All Types Of People'

The video game industry needs to be more inclusive of ages, gender and minorities.
Flickr Photo/Sean Dreilinger

Ross Reynolds talks with Portal designer Kim Swift about minorities in the game industry and how diversity will make games better.

Business
11:42 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Rich Barton: Local Entrepreneur Goes Global

Rich Barton, creator of Expedia and Zillow.
Flickr Photo/Erik Hersman

Ross Reynolds interviewed Rich Barton, a former Microsoft executive who went on to create the online travel site Expedia and the co-found the online real estate database Zillow.

Barton was invited to this year’s Global Entrepreneurial Summit to give a keynote speech and offer his knowledge to budding entrepreneurs, most of whom hailed from North Africa and the Middle East.

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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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Sustainable Architecture
7:09 am
Thu November 7, 2013

A House You Could Heat With A Hair Dryer

The Ritchie family - builder Sloan, wife Jennifer, Paxton and Sienna - outside Seattle's first Passive House
Aaron Leitz Photography

At the forefront of energy saving home construction is movement called Passive House. Passive houses are so air tight, builders say they can be heated with a hair dryer.

Buildings consume an estimated 42 percent of America’s energy – more than any other sector. Moving to a more sustainable future compels more energy efficiency in new building construction

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Veteran Jobs
9:16 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Microsoft Exec: Soldiers Make Great Software Developers

Jason Keefer in class at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,Washington.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

A new program in Lacey, Wash., gives soldiers training and a career track in software development after discharge from the Army.

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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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Health
11:51 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

This riboflavin-rich material can be used to print intricate, microscopic structures in three dimensions.
Courtesy of North Carolina State University

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:18 am

Almost every day it seems there's a new use for 3-D printing.

In medicine, the printers are already making prosthetic hands, hearing aid cases and parts of human ears.

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Business
9:31 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Even Bing Improved: Microsoft Earnings Indicate Comeback

Microsoft's earnings were better than expected.
Credit Flickr Photo/Vernon Chan

Microsoft stock rose 6 percent after an earnings report that had analysts cheering. The Redmond, Wash.-based employer has been struggling to change as consumers move away from computers and toward mobile devices.

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10:11 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Kenya's High Tech Solutions For Low Income Problems

Lead in text: 
Kenya had a lot of press coverage during the attack on the Westgate mall last month. The stories revealed deep class divisions in East Africa. Some entrepreneurs from Nairobi's thriving startup economy are using technology to bridge that divide between rich and poor.
The Innovation Trails Ryan Delaney recently returned from a reporting trip to Kenya. This is the first of the stories he filed. You can find the rest of

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