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App allows Everett parents to track where student's school bus is

EVERETT — School leaders here are hoping a little technology will help students avoid missing their buses and parents know where that bus is on its route.The Everett School District is encouraging use of...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Local News

Time running out to renew ban on Internet access taxes

For Washington Senator Patty Murray, September has been a busy month.Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, launching an "underdog" campaign against the Democratic incumbent. While Sen. Murray will surely...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Commentary

Prison phone smugglers dangerous, indictment says

ATLANTA — They brokered drug deals, ran telephone scams and ordered a hit on a government witness — crimes that fetch long stints in prison. Except these criminals were already in prison.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Xi says ‘without reform’ no progress for business in China

SEATTLE — Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed founder Jeff Bezos, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and other top American and Chinese business leaders Wednesday, vowing that his country would work to remove barriers to foreign investment and improve intellectual...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

Volkswagen CEO resigns after emissions scandal

BERLIN — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world's top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure.No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a scandal that has...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

China’s president arrives

Xi’s visit to include Boeing plant tour

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

Indictment: Man stalked teen girls online, blackmailed them

TRENTON, N.J. — A man stalked girls online and blackmailed them into sending him sexually explicit photos or exposing themselves on a webcam, state authorities said Monday.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

VW chief under fire after emissions scandal and stock slide

BERLIN — Volkswagen's chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than $15 billion from the company's market value in a single trading session.The stock plunge followed revelations that the German carmaker had rigged...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Business Wire

Yakima man who met girls on Facebook pleads guilty to child rape charges

YAKIMA — A Yakima man accused of having sex with underage girls after befriending them on a social media site pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree child rape.The Yakima Herald reported that Austin Bates entered the plea Friday in Yakima County Superior Court.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest

Facebook doesn’t need a ‘dislike’ button — here’s why

Facebook is finally working on a feature that users have wanted for years: a “dislike” button that will let us react to posts that aren’t strictly positive.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Three online cooking class Web sites, reviewed

How do three online cooking schools stack up? Here's a rundown.ChefSteps, www.chefsteps.comCourses available: 15Price: Free to $18. Our Chewy Candy class was free.How the class was...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

EPA: VW diesels violate air standards

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered Volkswagen to fix nearly 500,000 VW and Audi diesel cars that the agency said are intentionally violating clean air laws by using software that evades EPA emissions standards.VW, which owns Audi, faces...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Business Wire

With China buying too, iPhone 6S online orders could take weeks to ship

The iPhone 6S could set a sales record for Apple — in large part because it was made available in China from Day One.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Business

Social media lit up by firefighters’ pics of the West ablaze

Firefighter Stephanie Preheim had only just arrived at the storage facility she was assigned to protect from a massive wildfire near the tourist town of Chelan when the winds shifted, pushing the blaze back her way.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Northwest

Windows 10 devices begin to roll out

BERLIN — Computer manufacturers are unveiling the first big batch of devices running Windows 10 at the IFA home electronics show opening in Berlin on Friday.The industry has seen sluggish sales in recent years as consumers opt to spend their money on smartphones and...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Business Wire

Stephen Colbert, Jeb Bush are in social media feud over tickets

NEW YORK — It’s still a few days before Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of “The Late Show” but he’s already got his first comedy feud going on social media with Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Nation & World

Assumptions galore about adultery website

To the thousands who've been outed as users of the Ashley Madison adultery website: You deserve sympathy. Your greatest sin was trusting a website to protect your identity — especially one that would have rated a 10 as a juicy target for hackers.The second sin, for...

Date: 09/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Epix movies to jump to Hulu from Netflix

LOS ANGELES — Hulu will expand its library in October as part of a new deal with cable network Epix.The news came just after streaming giant Netflix announced that it has decided against renewing its agreement in the U.S. with Epix.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Business Wire

Clinton not the only one with email problem

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server? After talking with a half-dozen knowledgeable lawyers, I think this "scandal" is overstated. Using the server was a self-inflicted wound by...

Date: 08/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Keeping public records public

You would have thought that for something that has been widely used for more than 25 years, we would have figured out how government officials could keep public, political and personal email and other electronic communication separate.Maybe we're too busy deleting spam.

Date: 08/30/2015 | Editorials

Facebook hit billion-user milestone Monday

NEW YORK — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.Monday's milestone was...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Nation & World

Adultery website CEO steps down after reported affairs

The chief executive of dating website Ashley Madison is resigning, parent company Avid Life Media Inc. said Friday, after a hack that revealed millions of user names meant to be kept secret.Noel Biderman founded the site in 2002 to make it easier for married people to find...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire

Estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter

SAN FRANCISCO — A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire

Town approves deal for Facebook data center

PRINEVILLE, Ore. — Facebook has been approved for a new data center in Prineville that is expected to save the social-networking company tens of millions of dollars.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire

Audit criticizes security at Oregon data center

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon technology managers never resolved known security vulnerabilities at a state data warehouse that stores a trove of sensitive information about Oregonians, state auditors concluded in a report released Tuesday.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest

WSU trying to stop hacking attempt

PULLMAN — Washington State University administrators say they are trying to stop a sophisticated hacking attempt they discovered more than a month ago.

Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest

Muppet personal ads found on Ashley Madison

Now that hackers have released data on Ashley Madison's customers, the news of Kermit and Miss Piggy's breakup is less surprising. They and other Muppets have had profiles on the popular dating site for months. A sampling:I've had it with the "dreaming" and all...

Date: 08/21/2015 | Off the Wire

Adulterers note: 36 million AshleyMadison users exposed

Hackers claiming to have stolen data from, a website that facilitates hook-ups between would-be adulterers, have released information they say includes details of more than 36 million user accounts.The data dump...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Business Wire

Blogs and social media are great ways to find your voice

Many years ago when I was a new mom and my days were filled with co-op preschool and deep discussions with my little guy about bulldozers, there were posters in downtown Edmonds featuring prominent residents reading books. I don't remember who was in this literacy campaign, but I do...

Date: 08/16/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Selling music, reaching out to fans on Twitter

ATLANTA — From Kanye West to Taylor Swift to Rihanna, more and more musicians are debuting audio, photo and video content on Twitter to boost marketing efforts without spending big bucks.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Life

Tablet shipments fall 11 percent worldwide

After three years of enormous growth, the worldwide tablet market continues to decline.Tablet shipments in the second quarter fell 11 percent year over year to 42.5 million units, according to the latest report from Canalys.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Business Wire

Making the most of a 'rare earth' opportunity

Along with being great Scrabble words, rare earth elements — with names like europium. promethium and scandium — are key components in our cellphones and other consumer electronics as...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Editorials

U.S. tech workers fall in love with wacky job titles

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — It is a corporate feel-good movement sweeping the nation: titlemania.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Business Wire

Bellingham police consider ‘predictive policing’ software

BELLINGHAM — The Bellingham Police Department wants to adopt software to help officers predict where crimes are most likely to occur.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV, offers TV-wireless package

NEW YORK — AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Business Wire

Town pays ransom to keep computers running

ALBANY, N.Y. — A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said.The comptroller's office, which has audited 100...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Business Wire

Windows 10 fixes annoyances in earlier versions

NEW YORK — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire

YouTube creators want to branch out

ANAHEIM, Calif. — When 29-year-old YouTube star Meghan Tonjes launched a podcast with crowd-funding site Patreon a year ago, it was one of dozens of things the singer-songwriter was doing to grind out a living online. Today, it’s paying her rent.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire

AshleyMadison site for extramarital affairs hacked

AshleyMadison, the dating website designed for those who want a little extramarital action, was hacked over the weekend by a group that threatened to release the personal information of its estimated 37 million users — unless the site took itself offline.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Off the Wire

Photo sites remain offline in wake of possible hack

NEW YORK — The online photo websites of Rite Aid, CVS, Costco and Wal-Mart Canada remain offline in the wake of a possible data breach at the company that hosts all four sites.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire

Some of us not used to tweeting our own horns

"So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on ‘Meet the Press'?"No."Did you tweet that you were going on ‘Hardball'?"No.So goes a recent conversation with my adult son, who...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs as phone sales flag

NEW YORK — Microsoft will cut 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge as it attempts to revive its flagging phone hardware business.The new cuts come on top of the 18,000 jobs that were trimmed last year and just over a year after the company made an...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Business Wire

Contractor overwhelmed by calls on Chinese hack of government employee data

The contractor hired to field inquiries about the Chinese hack of federal data and sign up employees for credit monitoring acknowledged that it was overwhelmed by calls in June.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Ford to recall cars for software update

Ford is recalling about 433,000 of its 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles for a problem with the body control module.The software glitch could allow the engine to continue to run after the ignition is turned off and the key removed or the after pressing the Engine Stop button.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire

Facebook ramps up minority hiring

Facebook nearly doubled the number of its black and Hispanic employees last year, but those groups are still starkly underrepresented at the tech giant. In 2014, black and Hispanic employees made up 5.4 percent of all workers, up from 4.4 percent in 2013.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire

Social media iPhone prank ties up local 911 call centers

EVERETT — Snohomish County’s 911 centers are asking people to refrain from a social media prank that was tying up dispatchers on Thursday morning.At least a dozen of the 911 prank calls had been reported by SNOPAC, the dispatch center based in Everett, by noon, director Kurt Mills said.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Sirens

Church fires not usually caused by arson

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As investigators probe church fires including the blaze that destroyed a rural black church targeted by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, the question is spreading through social media: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

White House lifts photo ban during tours

WASHINGTON — For more than four decades a White House tour was a hushed affair, where visitors moved at timed intervals through the executive residence, their cameras in their pockets, taking in portraits of past presidents, the antique furniture and the color of the drapes.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Netflix to execute 7-for-1 stock split next month

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix will execute a seven-for-one stock split next month in a widely anticipated move designed to make the Internet video service’s shares more affordable to a bigger pool of investors.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire

Showtime price trimmed to $9 in deal for Hulu subscribers

LOS ANGELES — The price of Showtime is being trimmed to $9 a month for Hulu subscribers in a deal that will make it the first premium pay TV service offered through Hulu.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire

Leveling the showroom floor

Most of us would probably say that we want to see the downtowns and small businesses in our communities thrive. They provide jobs. They provide goods and services we need. And it's enjoyable to buy something from someone you become familiar with, an exchange that adds to our sense of...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Editorials

An inspiration to others

Glacier Peak High School’s Corey Person, 17, teaches kids to code

Date: 06/12/2015 | Local News

Taco Bell bones up on youth lingo

NEW YORK — Taco Bell executives are studying a strange new vocabulary emerging on this side of the border — the lingo of its young customers.CEO Brian Niccol said the company features a "Millennial Word of the Week" at its headquarters as a reminder...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Business Wire

Why Americans are getting new credit cards

NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire

Guidelines outline suggested online behavior for Monroe officials

MONROE — The mayor and City Council members are now "strongly discouraged" from friending each other or liking the posts of fellow politicians on Facebook.That's part of a new

Date: 06/06/2015 | Local News

Move to digital medical files will need time

I rarely do follow-up columns. I'm averaging one every 10 years. And while my last such exercise resulted in a written apology from the White House (for accusing me of making up facts over its removal of Churchill's bust), today's is not a complaint. It's merely a recognition that the...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Pong,’ ‘Tetris’ join Video Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The first inductees into the new World Video Game Hall of Fame include "Pong," the game that introduced millions to electronic play, "Doom," which triggered a debate over the role of games and violence in society, and "Super Mario...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire

Online encryption hinders U.S. terror monitors

WASHINGTON — The growing use of encrypted communications and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State group is complicating efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists, U.S. law enforcement officials said Wednesday.Appearing before the House Homeland...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

Intel reportedly will offer $17 B for chip designer Altera

Semiconductor chip maker Intel Corp. is expected to announce plans Monday to buy chip designer Altera Corp. for about $17 billion, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

Robot teaches retirement home exercise class

They aren't on Snapchat. They aren't livestreaming their adventures on Periscope and Meerkat. And they definitely won't be recording 360 videos from drones.Yet for residents of Vughterstede — average age 87 — technology isn't just the bastion of the young. When...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

When popping the question to Obama, anything goes

WASHINGTON — Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it.President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his @POTUS handle last week.The suggested subject from...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World

GoPro meets virtual reality with 16-camera array

GoPro is moving into virtual reality with the announcement of a 16-camera, 360-degree array that can capture stereoscopic and spherical video. But this early model is too big to wear on your head.The rig, meant to be mounted on a tripod, has yet to be priced. It will support...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire

That cute new robot may take your job

Willie McTuggie looks like a photocopier on wheels. But he — it, actually — has the engineered brain of a reasonably smart human, and acts like one when when he rolls up to a nurse's station, opens a drawer, retrieves a dose of pills and glides off to make a delivery.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire

Senate policy may reduce partisan squabbling on social media

TACOMA — A new Senate policy is attempting to reduce lawmakers’ partisan squabbling on social media sites such as Twitter.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest

Suit challenges app tracking of worker phones

When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smartphone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.In the lawsuit, Arias,...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

With ICANN in charge we are no longer masters of our domain names

The U.S. government wants to relinquish control of the Web. But the alternative really dot-sucks.Going back almost to the days when Al Gore invented the Internet, the federal government has been in charge of online addresses through its contract with the California-based...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Little recourse against faceless commenters

Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app...

Date: 05/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Microsoft excites customers again

Something very weird is happening in the tech world: Microsoft looks cool again.The guileless, style-less suburban dad of digital America — maker of Clippy, Vista and the Zune — is suddenly intriguing developers, exciting customers and building things people...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire

Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs for 1st time

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology’s shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

Date: 05/05/2015 | Nation & World

Edmonds School District Internet getting up to speed

Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of a Web page loading in slo-mo?The Edmonds School District says it’s had a problem with Web speeds becoming increasingly slow, but it reached a low point about a week ago.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Local News

An app to find low-priced meds

Why spend time researching the best price on a Ninja blender or Shark Cordless Sweeper and not on your prescription drugs? Insurers don’t always have the best prices, particularly on generics.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Life

Not easy to tell experts from frauds online

There's been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough. Some say we should loudly thank Tara Hills for publicly disowning her anti-vax campaign. Others — me, for...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sheriff’s office joins the social media neighborhood

STANWOOD — For Miriam Lancaster, the website has been a seamless way to connect with others living around Lake Ketchum north of Stanwood."It's just as though we are talking to a neighbor over the fence, even at midnight," she said.Many Snohomish...

Date: 04/20/2015 | Local News

Teens glued to Internet, study finds

Think teenagers are always glued to their phones? A new research report says you're right.A survey of more than 1,000 teens found 92 percent of them go online daily and 24 percent of them go online "almost constantly."The preferred method was...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World

Autonomous cars could leave you queasy

DETROIT — From a technological perspective, the future of autonomous vehicles is bright.From a pragmatic perspective, there are a few basic human hurdles.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Business Wire

Old wheels, new tech: Oregon State students plan 'smart bus'

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Most people who asked Oregon State University students Alex Jacobson and Ryan Kalb about the bus in their driveway assumed they’d bought it as a party bus. Others asked if it was stolen.“We were shocked by how many people were interested,” he said.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest

F-35 fighter pilots to wear $400,000 helmets

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II is one of the most complicated weapons systems ever developed, a sleek and stealthy fighter jet years in the making that is often called a flying computer because of its more than 8 million lines of code.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World

When you can't be on trails, find fellow hikers online

About a year ago, Lee Jacobson noticed a Facebook group for hikers. It had members from all over the world. He liked the idea, but thought it would be even better with a local focus. So, he told a friend, Michael Restivo, that he wanted to create a local Facebook page and...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Explore NW

Drawing the line between privacy and protection

The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors' notes found at his home. But Germany's strict medical privacy laws barred the doctors from conveying that judgment to the airline.A horrific event that could have been...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Tech companies gaming work visa system

The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

WSU regents approve $20-per-year technology fee

RICHLAND — The Washington State University Board of Regents has approved a student-led proposal to charge undergraduates on the Pullman campus a $20 per-semester technology fee.The fee is slated to begin in the fall.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest

Multistate investigation announced into Premera cyberattack

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s insurance commissioner announced Tuesday a multistate investigation into this winter’s cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest

Microsoft to microbrews

Two techies use their skills to promote their love of beer

Date: 03/22/2015 | Hops & Sips

Paper books, alive and well

For years, we've been hearing that print is dead and the electronic reading medium is the future — the whole future. And it's not hard to imagine a day when no tree has to die for people to get all the reading they could want.Half of Americans have already sprung for...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Commentary

Seattle judge orders Russian man to disclose all assets

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has given a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses two weeks to disclose all of his assets.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest

Tesla updates Model S to ease mileage anxiety

DETROIT — Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge — and is hinting that in the future drivers can take their hands off the wheel altogether.Tesla's latest update — which will be...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Business Wire

Students alerted officials to school sex assaults

LOS ANGELES – It was students who alerted Los Angeles Unified School District officials about possible sexual abuse among their peers at Venice High School, a senior district official told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World

They're defying stereotypes

Negative perceptions don’t deter girls on school’s robotics team

Date: 03/14/2015 | Local News

Expand access to computer sciences

There are 20,000 open computing jobs in Washington state. And yet there were only 1,200 computer science graduates at the university level here last year. Only 260 high school girls took the Advanced Placement computer science exam last year, along with just 48 black or Hispanic...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Commentary

Google targets malware-infected websites

SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Business Wire

More chapters may have used racist chant

National leaders of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and University of Texas officials are investigating whether the racist chant used in Oklahoma has been sung by members of other chapters.The University of Texas said in a statement that it is trying to find out if...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

Clinton secrecy only raises more suspicion

The Hillary Clinton email controversy is a reminder of one inescapable fact: She comes with baggage. Not the kind that fits in the overhead bin, either. I'm talking steamer trunks.How could anyone serve four years as secretary of state with no official email account, instead...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Idaho fugitive caught on Facebook

CALDWELL, Idaho — An Idaho fugitive was caught Saturday after he made a post on Facebook inviting friends to join him at batting practice in Boise.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Northwest

Net neutrality had fewer foes than assumed

Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republican Ted Cruz called it "Obamacare for the Internet" (in his world, fightin'...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Facebook adds new gender option

Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World

March 9 event set for Apple Watch

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has sent out invitations to an event on March 9 in San Francisco, where it will unveil details for the release of the Apple Watch, a person with knowledge the matter said.Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said last month that the smartwatch will...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Business Wire

Computer bests humans at ‘Space Invaders'

WASHINGTON — Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders."Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire

Twitter has become our humorless conscience

Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.Or so we are told by the minders of buzz.Penn, just before announcing...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Man starved, killed small pets found online, prosecutors say

OLYMPIA — An Olympia-area man accused of starving, torturing and slaughtering small pets that prosecutors say he purchased through online ads has been ordered held on $150,000 bail.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest

YouTube to release video app for kids

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Business Wire

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