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Technology
8:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Seattle: Up In The Computing Clouds

Computer servers in California
Credit Flickr photo / Roy Kaltschmidt (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal technology reporter Shira Ovide about Seattle's role in cloud computing.

Video Killed The ...
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

How Seattle's Scarecrow Video Is Like A Kung Fu Movie

Matt Lynch works for Scarecrow Video
Credit Joshua McNichols / KUOW

Video stores are dead, they say.

Then how – and WHY – did the Seattle video store Scarecrow Video just raise $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign?

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Venture Capitalism
3:04 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Why Invest Millions In Companies That Are Just Beginning?

Jeannie Yandel speaks with entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer about what investors look for when scoping out new projects.

Startup accelerator TechStars just started its fifth installment in Seattle, after having chosen ten startup companies out of a pool of 600 for a three-month crash course on development and pitching in the University District.

Retail And Unions
3:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

A Conversation With Striking Amazon Workers In Germany

Karl, a worker at a fulfillment center in Germany, said he'll grow his beard until union workers get a contract from Amazon.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds visited some of the workers who have participated in the strikes at Amazon fulfillment centers in Germany. The country is the second biggest market for the Seattle-based online retailer. While selling in Germany may be straightforward for Amazon, labor relations are not.

Since May last year, union employees at Amazon fulfillment centers in Germany have been gone on strike seven times for one to three days at a time.

Economic News
2:46 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Ferguson Economics: 'Suburbs Are The New Epicenter Of Poverty In America'

Protestors rally Sunday, Aug. 10, in response to the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo.
AP Photo/Sid Hastings

Ross Reynolds talks to Jon Talton, economics columnist for the Seattle Times and founder of the blog, Rogue Columnist, about the economic landscape of Ferguson, Missouri, and how it effects racial tensions.

“Now, there’s a lot more going on in Ferguson than just the economics, but we can’t be complacent here,” Talton said.

Workplace Safety
12:57 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

No Criminal Charges In Deadly Tesoro Refinery Explosion

Lew Janz of Anacortes was one of seven Tesoro workers killed by an April 2010 explosion at a refinery in Anacortes, Washington.
Credit Courtesy of Gordon Janz

The U.S. Department of Justice has closed its four-year criminal investigation into whether environmental and worker safety laws were broken leading up to the fatal Tesoro refinery blast.

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EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit Monday

Members of the Yakima and Umatilla tribes say they fish here, where the Morrow Pacific coal export project has proposed to build a dock in Boardman.
Courtesy of Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 9:44 am

Oregon regulators plan to decide Monday whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.

The Morrow Pacific coal export project needs a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands to build a dock for coal barges. The project would ship nearly 9 million tons of coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia. It would transfer coal shipments from trains to barges in Boardman, and load the coal onto ships at a dock in Clatskanie, Oregon.

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Week In Review
2:21 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ahoy-Hoy! Week In Review Live From South Lake Union

The "Week In Review" panel at the Center for Wooden Boats: Bill Radke, Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Sherman Alexie.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

KUOW's Bill Radke reviews the week's news in front of a live audience at the Center for Wooden Boats on the shores of Lake Union with Joni Balter, Knute Berger, Sherman Alexie and Luke Burbank.

The panel discusses:

  • The eyes of America turn to Ferguson, Missouri, after a police shooting. Are there any parallels to the police response to WTO in Seattle?
  • The publishing war between Amazon and Hatchette heats up. Spoiler alert: Our authorial guest has a stake in the outcome.
  • Steve Ballmer buys the LA Clippers.
  • And the Internet lights up with people dumping ice water on their heads — for a good cause.

Russian Superyacht
9:12 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Remember Superyacht Serene? Gates Family Is Vacationing Aboard

Bill Gates and his family are reportedly above the superyacht Serene, which was recently docked in Puget Sound.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

European news media are reporting that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has chartered a luxury yacht owned by Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler.

The yacht, named Serene, is the third-largest superyacht in the world. The cost of chartering the boat runs around $2.1 million a week, according to Yacht Charter Fleet. That's roughly $212 a minute.

Gates and his family are vacationing in Sardinia. They are reportedly using the yacht's helicopter to go ashore for tennis.

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Code Switch
8:15 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Wanted At Barneys New York: An 'Anti-Profiling Consultant'

People walk by a Barneys New York retail store in New York City.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 10:22 am

The luxury retailer Barneys New York is hiring.

WANTED: an "anti-profiling consultant."

The hire is just one part of Barneys' new settlement with the New York state attorney general's office, as The Two-Way reported this week.

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Publishing Showdown
2:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Amazon Vs. Hachette: Two Local Authors Weigh In

Authors Maria Semple and Robert Dugoni have differing views over the Amazon/Hatchette feud.
Flickr Photo/Neon Tommy (CC-BY-NC-ND) and Mark Coggins (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle area novelists Maria Semple ("Where'd You Go Bernadette") and Robert Dugoni ("The Jury Master"), who are on either side of a literary feud between Amazon and Hachette, a major publishing house. 

Hachette authors say Amazon is retaliating by making it harder for people to buy their books. Amazon supporters say they want to keep prices low for consumers.

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Fundraising
2:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Why 'Run, Walk, Bike' For A Cure Brings In The Big Bucks

Ross Reynolds talks to Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, about the trend of fundraising events that ask participants to "run, walk or bike" for a cure.

Tech News
2:07 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The 'Cold War' Brewing Between Amazon And Hachette

Credit Flickr Photo/Guillermo Esteves (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news. Amazon is in a battle with Hatchete over books and with Disney over the pre-order option on movies yet to be released. Also, data from an app suggests that, yes, there does appear to be a "Seattle freeze."

Men In America
1:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce?

It was a great time to be an American man in the workplace after World War II. Hiring was strong for both white-collar jobs and factory work while industries like autos, aviation and steel were booming. By the 1960s, that started to change.
Three Lions Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 8:45 am

There's a long, unfolding story about work in America that often gets overlooked. It's the story of men opting out of work altogether. These are men who have vanished from the labor force — men who don't have a job and aren't looking for one.

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Sharing Economy
12:30 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Critics Blame Airbnb For San Francisco's Housing Problems

Demonstrators in San Francisco have been protesting outside apartment buildings that have units rented through online brokers.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 11:08 am

Online rental brokers like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey in San Francisco may be finding some success renting to visitors on a nightly basis, but people concerned about a shrinking rental market have turned to legal action and protests.

In the city's North Beach neighborhood, for example, protesters recently gathered around a three-unit apartment with flats an online broker rents to vacationers. This used to be the rent-controlled home of elderly tenants until out-of-town investors bought the building and evicted the residents.

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