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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Government can poke through old emails

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

Regulate the Internet as the public utility it is

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

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ copyright enforcer files 5 Oregon suits

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

Cantwell hosts net neutrality forum in Seattle

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

Cyber plans sound familiar

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

Amber Alerts coming to Facebook

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

A few things to work on in 2015

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

Maybe letters to Santa are better in crayon

"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

Hacked emails prove the value of discretion

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

Sony’s ire better directed at N. Korea and not media

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

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