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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Date: 03/22/2015 | Hops & Sips
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
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
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
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
WASHINGTON — If you've been remiss in cleaning out your email inbox, here's some incentive: The federal government can read any emails that are more than six months old without a warrant.Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed...
Date: 02/15/2015 | Nation & World
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler finally confirmed Wednesday his proposal to protect high-speed Internet service for all Americans. He will ask the commission to reclassify it as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act.This regulatory...
Date: 02/08/2015 | Commentary
PORTLAND, Ore. — The people who own the rights to the film “Dallas Buyers Club” have a recurring role in U.S. District Court.
Date: 02/02/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Sen. Maria Cantwell says proponents of “net neutrality” need to be “loud, just like the Seahawks fans” in the run up to an expected federal decision on the issue.
Date: 01/19/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military’s U.S. Central Command are reminders of the serious threats facing the nation. But an Associated Press review shows that some of his plans are retreads from years past.
Date: 01/13/2015 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.
Date: 01/13/2015 | Business Wire
With the new year begun, it's customary to make a few resolutions. Typically, the custom applies to resolutions for oneself, but we'll make an exception here and recommend a few resolutions for others.Resolved: Those running for office should stop making...
Date: 01/01/2015 | Editorials
"I sent my Christmas list to you in Google Docs. Can you help me edit it and then email it to Santa?"Sigh. The days of scrawled letters to Santa with crayons, smiley faces and Unabomber-like scribbles with serial numbers and price lists and naked greed mellowed...
Date: 12/25/2014 | Commentary
It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy "The Interview." At this point, I'm guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.Let me first note that Hollywood actor-auteur Seth...
Date: 12/17/2014 | Opinion Columnists
The intelligence was obtained illegally. The hackers presented a threat to workers and their families. Foreign operatives likely were behind the document theft. Any news organizations that report this ill-gotten information are, if not un-American, surely "morally treasonous and...
Date: 12/17/2014 | Opinion Columnists
Some Uber customers are reportedly deleting the car-hailing service's app from their cellphones. Here is the reason, which may come on top of other reasons:An Uber exec talked about hiring an investigative team to find dirt on journalists writing unflattering things about...
Date: 11/25/2014 | Opinion Columnists
When Uber hired onetime Obama whisperer David Plouffe, CEO Travis Kalanick wrote: "We are in the middle of a political campaign and it turns out the candidate is Uber. Our opponent — the Big Taxi cartel — has used decades of political contributions and influence to...
Date: 11/21/2014 | Opinion Columnists
On Tuesday, Microsoft patched a critical bug affecting Windows that researchers say could potentially allow hackers to remotely control users’ machines. But the bug wasn’t some recent mistake. The IBM researchers who found it say it has been around for nearly two decades, highlighting the...
Date: 11/12/2014 | Business Wire
Let's just get this out of the way: net neutrality.Now that you've been lulled to drowsiness, pour yourself a cup of coffee, do a couple jumping jacks, whatever you need to get yourself through this subject, because it does matter to you if you use the Internet for anything...
Date: 11/12/2014 | Editorials
Uber, the car-summoning service, got some flak not long ago for "surge" pricing. Customers complained about its policy of raising prices charged for trips at times of high demand. That might happen on New Year's Eve, in the teeth of a monsoon or, less dramatically, during an...
Date: 11/04/2014 | Opinion Columnists
NEW YORK — Comcast Corp.’s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service.Its shares rose more than 3 percent in afternoon trading.
Date: 10/24/2014 | Business Wire
IRVINE, Calif. — Police have arrested a 34-year-old Tustin man for posting an ad on Craigslist in which he allegedly posed as a woman to lure teenage boys into sexual encounters.The Los Angeles Times reported that Irvine police arrested Sherwin Ngo on Friday.
Date: 10/19/2014 | Nation & World
EVERETT — In many ways, it's simply a matter of time and a sign of the times.The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and several local police agencies have started using a new online crime reporting website they hope will save victims of minor crimes time while freeing...
Date: 10/12/2014 | Local News
Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013? Why was Cooper near a Mediterranean restaurant in Greenwich Village? Why was Alba at a ritzy hotel in Soho?We don't know the answers, but...
Date: 10/12/2014 | Opinion Columnists