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Tech-spresso Shots from Around the Sound

Tech-spresso Shots from Around the Sound

City Repeals Head Tax 7-2 in Dramatic Reversal

Like a death-defying Seahawks comeback play in the fourth quarter of an NFL showdown, the Seattle City Council called a stunning reversal on the “head tax” it had voted to impose on local companies who generated over $20 million in annual revenue.  Seattle’s homeless population was left standing on the […]

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Seattle A.I. Talent and Mentors Becoming American Idols

Seattle A.I. Talent and Mentors Becoming American Idols

Seattle’s emergence as a nerve center for A.I. technologies, and a remote engineering outpost for companies like Facebook and Google, have created a kind of “cerebral cortex vortex” that is vacuuming talented gray matter and a distinguished brain trust of professors, researchers and other personnel from academia.

The latest gravity well is inside Facebook and […]

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Trump Pushes Postal Commissioner to Double Amazon Shipping Rates. Discuss!

Trump Pushes Postal Commissioner to Double Amazon Shipping Rates. Discuss!

In a series of moves reminiscent of the Nixon administration’s “Enemies List,” president Donald Trump has held a number of meetings with Postmaster General Megan Brennan personally pushing Brennan to double the rates the Postal Service charges Amazon.com

According to multiple sources, Brennan has so far resisted Trump’s demands. In multiple conversations occurring this year and last, the PG has tried […]

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Tech Prosperity vs. City Poverty:  Is Seattle’s Policy or Polity Coming to a Head Tax?

Tech Prosperity vs. City Poverty: Is Seattle’s Policy or Polity Coming to a Head Tax?

Amazon and Zillow Push Back on Head Tax — HQ2 Cities Take Note

What should the civic role of Seattle’s most successful corporations be when they generate more than $20 million in revenue and make their employment hub our fair city?  Does it begin and end with jobs? Payroll taxes? Van pools? Other investments? Is […]

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T-Mobile and Sprint Propose $26.5 Billion Merger

T-Mobile and Sprint Propose $26.5 Billion Merger

How Was Your Weekend?

While four NBA teams did battle this Sunday to advance in decisive playoff games, and a climactic episode of Homeland marked the series’ season finale on cable TV, two other high-flying performers on the global stage, T-Mobile and Sprint, decided to join forces, shaking hands on a $26.5 billion […]

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Starbucks to Close All Stores Nationwide for Racial-Bias Education on May 29

Starbucks to Close All Stores Nationwide for Racial-Bias Education on May 29

Starbucks Coffee Company today announced it will be closing its more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States on the afternoon of May 29 to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores. The training will be provided to nearly 175,000 partners (employees) across the country, and will become part of the onboarding process for […]

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The WebVR Standard That Isn’t, and NYT Augmented Reality

The WebVR Standard That Isn’t, and NYT Augmented Reality

Veterans of the Internet Standards Wars, circa 1996, may remember when the first ratification conference for XML 1.0 was gaveled in at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.

The event inaugurated the Internet of Things, almost two decades before the letters IoT became buzzworthy.

The representatives from IBM, Oracle, Sun and Netscape, among others, were like linguists from different […]

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Techspresso Shots Heard Round the World: Politics and Foes

Techspresso Shots Heard Round the World: Politics and Foes

Facebook Silence Does Not Sit Well with Cantwell

Washington’s U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell has publicly criticized Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his silence during Facebook’s user data scandal.

“There’s a lot of people I’d like to hear from on this thing, writ large,” Cantwell said, in response to a question about Cambridge Analytica. […]

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Techspresso Shots: People Perks, Presses and Pulls

Techspresso Shots: People Perks, Presses and Pulls

Adam Brotman, former Starbucks CDO, Leaves Coffee Giant to Lead J. Crew

The former chief digital officer for Starbucks who subsequently became the executive vice president for global retail operations and partner digital engagement and is credited as steering the team behind the coffee titan’s mobile-order-and-pay offerings, has accepted a top spot at apparel […]

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Techspresso Shots from Around the Sound

Techspresso Shots from Around the Sound

The Intra-spective World of Amazon Health Care

Three of the biggest names in business — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan — set the health care world tilting on its axis when the trio announced a co-venture with the noble endeavor of providing better, cheaper health care for their employees.

The intra-spective […]

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