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Net Neutrality Is Going Down for the Count. Where is Big Tech?

Net Neutrality Is Going Down for the Count. Where is Big Tech?

A vote by the F.C.C. that threatens to end net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast from blocking or slowing sites or for charging people or companies for faster speeds of particular sites, is going down at the end of this week.

Tragically, the principles of net neutrality may […]

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Could Eagle’s Seahawk Loss be Philly’s Amazon HQ2 Gain?

Could Eagle’s Seahawk Loss be Philly’s Amazon HQ2 Gain?

As the race to decide the new location of Amazon HQ2 comes down to the wire, many cities are making last-minute overtures, like Philadelphia’s sly, sky-high gesture combining its NFL contest against the Seattle Seahawks, a game the NFL-leading, number one offense team lost to the Seahawks Sunday night 24-10, with an otherwise good-willed, […]

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, T-Mobile Tuesday, Need We Say More? 

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, T-Mobile Tuesday, Need We Say More? 

In 2016, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday all set records for online sales. The shift to online buying during the holidays is set to continue apace for 2017.

Black November’s expansion means that shoppers are spreading out their buying over more days, but Thanksgiving weekend remains the most popular time of the […]

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Day of Reckoning — for City Mayor — and the Seattle Seahawks!

Day of Reckoning — for City Mayor — and the Seattle Seahawks!

Elections can produce stunning results. As we have learned, even dangerous ones.

The “wisdom of the crowd” is disgracefully downgraded when the candidate with the most votes fails to win and govern by the will of the people.

The Internet has been shown to play a decisive role in the process, illuminating too few and misleading a […]

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Techspresso Shots: Tech News Bytes from Around the Sound

Techspresso Shots: Tech News Bytes from Around the Sound

“WE” the People — Standing Strong for Bridging the Story Gap!

Several years ago, when then Melissa Waggener was in her 20s, she started the first female-owned PR agency. Anywhere. It happened to be in Seattle. Waggener and Pam Edstrom vowed to stay focused on two BIG things: Technology. And People.  The intersection of both led to one […]

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Give Yourself a Higher Pay Grade

Give Yourself a Higher Pay Grade

Paperless Billing, Cardless Cash Create Easier Ways to Pay

 

With all of the payment options competing for a share of your electronic wallet these days, it’s easy to feel your pay grade, or “how to pay” grade, slipping under a steep learning curve. Android Pay. Apple Pay. Samsung Pay. Amazon Pay. PayPal. Venmo. Mint.

Two Seattle-based offerings are seeking […]

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Seattle’s Winterfell: Bountiful New Products from Amazon, Microsoft, Google & Apple

Seattle’s Winterfell: Bountiful New Products from Amazon, Microsoft, Google & Apple

While “Winter is Coming!” may be the starkest warning in Game of Thrones, the heralding of the winter holiday season in Seattle is a quest for glory, and market leadership, in new tech products. This year’s fall harvest is no exception.

The Houses of Amazon, Microsoft, Apple & Google have announced a royal courting of smartly […]

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Chasing Amazon HQ2 on Twitter

Chasing Amazon HQ2 on Twitter

The competition to host the second headquarters of Amazon.com, dubbed HQ2, is already being called the “Corporate Olympics” as qualified cities across North America flex their economic development muscles to respond to the penultimate RFP decathlon.   To show their mettle, the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) must have a population of over one million, possess a well-educated workforce with […]

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“Tell-the-Truth” Monday: Is 2017 Seahawk Scrum Less than Agile?

“Tell-the-Truth” Monday: Is 2017 Seahawk Scrum Less than Agile?

In a preview of what some have suggested will be the NFC Conference Championship showdown in January, the opening game of the 2017 pro football season for the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers was played out in something other than the frozen tundra and arctic temps of Wisconsin’s historically unwelcoming Lambeau Field.

On this particular day, the sun was out, the sky […]

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Seattle’s Lingua Franca: Alexa and Cortana

Seattle’s Lingua Franca: Alexa and Cortana

The vocal, verbal, virtual assistants of Amazon and Microsoft, better known as Alexa and Cortana, are now on speaking terms. The two companies have enunciated that their voice-activated AI assistants will soon be able to communicate with one another to access their respective features.

According to the Amazon announcement, interoperability will be available later this year. If you want to check your Outlook calendar […]

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