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Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

NEW YORK — A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Congress should safeguard privacy of emails

Imagine police rifling through your desk, then boxing up and carting off any mail or correspondence that was older than six months.Ridiculous; they'd have to have a warrant. But the same Fourth Amendment protection you enjoy at home has yet to be extended to the emails and...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Editorials

Online college a wise choice

The WGU owl — Sage, if you were wondering about the name of the bird of prey in the TV ads — may not yet be as well known as Geico's Gecko, but he already has helped thousands in Washington state get the degrees they...

Date: 04/20/2016 | Editorials

Last Oregon occupier still talking on YouTube — from jail

PORTLAND, Ore. — David Fry, a college dropout from Ohio, had a taste of fame as the last occupier of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Northwest

Streaming services: What Amazon, Netflix and Hulu cost

NEW YORK — Amazon is taking on Netflix and Hulu, offering a stand-alone streaming service for the first time.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Business

Shopping online is saving you less than you thought

You find lower prices online than at bricks-and-mortar stores, right? Wrong.Alberto Cavallo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology displayed resourcefulness and ingenuity by producing a wide-scale international comparison of online and offline prices at...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Commentary

Chinese man pleads guilty in U.S. hacking case

LOS ANGELES — A Chinese businessman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack into the computer systems of U.S. defense contractors, including Boeing, to steal data on military projects, according to court records released Wednesday.

Date: 03/23/2016 | Nation & World

Will Americans like Blendle, the iTunes for news?

NEW YORK — Americans pay to download music. They pay for TV episodes. Will they pay a few cents for news articles to escape ads and bypass subscription requirements?

Date: 03/23/2016 | Business Wire

U.S. charges 3 it ties to hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army

WASHINGTON — Three current or former members of the so-called Syrian Electronic Army have been charged with computer hacking-related conspiracies that targeted the U.S. government, media and private-sector companies, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World

Nature groups devote their websites to Northwest birds

Last week’s column featured national websites with nature content. This week, let’s look at Washington state-oriented sites.

Date: 03/06/2016 | Life

Man hacked teen’s email; blackmailed her into stripping

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to blackmailing a 16-year-old girl in Canada to strip naked on a webcam by using information he obtained after hacking into her email account.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest

Internet redeemed by websites devoted to nature and science

As much as I complain about technology, the time spent on it, or dealing with its glitches, there's no denying that the Internet has opened a world of information.It's also unleashed a pack of trolls, negatively affected political discourse and filled many heads with...

Date: 02/28/2016 | Life

Don’t be too quick to crack open iPhone

Just as necessity is the mother of invention, expediency is the mother of unintended consequences.The necessity here is the FBI's desire to unlock the Apple iPhone used by Syed...

Date: 02/23/2016 | Editorials

Oregon man pleads guilty to hacking celebrity emails

LOS ANGELES — An Oregon man who accessed hundreds of email accounts and stole explicit photos of celebrities pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony hacking charge in Los Angeles.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Northwest

State employee fired for watching porn at work

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Social and Health Services has reported that an employee was fired for watching porn on his computer during work hours.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Northwest

Comcast takes on Google, AT&T with gigabit service

PHILADELPHIA — With Google Fiber and AT&T rushing into the super-fast gigabit market for online streaming, Comcast Corp. disclosed plans on Tuesday for gigabit services in Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., Detroit, Chicago and Miami. The turbo-charged Xfinity Internet service will first be available...

Date: 02/02/2016 | Business Wire

Mobile Now Act seeks to free up wireless spectrum

According to a 2013 report from the Brookings Institution, the greater Seattle area is the 11th most innovative region in the U.S. Much of this is due to the proliferation of mobile devices and seamless connectivity of businesses and people that let Washington's technologists do what...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary

For music fans: Which streaming option to choose?

For those of us whose passion or work leads us to follow the machinery and magic of recorded music, there are infinite avenues for education.

Date: 01/24/2016 | Entertainment

Pros and cons: 5 popular music streaming services

A subjective rundown of five of the most popular services, based on the experiences of one full-time listener:SpotifyGrade: B+$9.99 per month; $14.99 family plan; free ad-supported version

Date: 01/24/2016 | Entertainment

Cornell website’s a must-see for birders

It’s good to have a comfort zone — a website where you can go to learn about birds, trust to be accurate and also find learning opportunities, valuable information and enjoyment.

Date: 01/17/2016 | Life

Can you download me now? N.Y. payphones become Wi-Fi hot spots

NEW YORK — Operator, won’t you help me replace this call?A 9-foot-tall, narrow structure installed this past week on a Manhattan sidewalk is signaling a plan to turn payphones into what’s billed as the world’s biggest and fastest municipal Wi-Fi network.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Nation & World

Feed the trolls or let them starve?

Journalists have a love/hate relationship with online comments.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Web Monkey

Only three of YouTube’s top 10 videos of 2015 were made by ordinary YouTubers

The year has changed, and the exact videos have changed, but one aspect of YouTube’s annual top-10 remains pretty predictable: The real powerhouses on the site that claims to have democratized Internet video are network TV channels and multimillion-dollar companies — not ordinary “creators.”

Date: 12/20/2015 | Life

Everett's new website successful, but logo is no more

EVERETT — The city of Everett launched a new website in March, and by many accounts it's doing the job it should: being easier to navigate and manage.But one element that was promised — a...

Date: 10/26/2015 | Local News

Cybersecurity firm: Chinese hacking on U.S. companies persists

WASHINGTON — Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a...

Date: 10/19/2015 | Nation & World

Yahoo to double size of data center in central Washington

QUINCY — Yahoo says it plans to double the size of its data center in the rural central Washington town of Quincy.The Sunnyvale, California-based company said Monday that it will add about 300,000 square feet to its current facility in order to house thousands of new servers.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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