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Inside Climate Pledge Arena: New venue is a ‘very Seattle’ mix of high-tech and deluxe experiences

This is not the Coliseum that was constructed here almost 60 years ago, or the KeyArena where fans last saw the Sonics play in 2008. Seattle has a reimagined sports and entertainment venue fit for a city that has undergone its own extensive changes over the past decade, fueled largely by a booming tech sector. Climate Pledge Arena opens this week and it has the look and feel of a new Seattle, just blocks from the headquarters of Amazon and offices of other tech giants. And it’s loaded with the technology bells and whistles visitors have come to expect as… Read More

Seattle-area maritime high school sets sail with support from tech luminaries Bezos and McCaw

The Bezos Family Foundation and the McCaw family are putting some wind in the sails of the newly launched Maritime High School. The two Seattle-area tech families are donating to the school, which began holding classes this fall south of Seattle. The Bezos Family Foundation, which includes Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will provide $750,000 to the school. The McCaw family, which includes Bruce, Craig, John and Mary Kay, are donating $2 million to the Northwest Maritime Center with $500,000 earmarked for the high school. McCaw Cellular Communications was a pioneering cellular company based in Redmond, Wash. that was acquired by… Read More

Washington Technology Industry Association looks beyond its home state for talent, programming

The Washington Technology Industry Association organization says its priority is to “recruit, develop, and retain technology talent in Washington state.” That isn’t keeping the 40-year-old trade group from looking beyond its home state for its own workforce and offerings. Much like other tech companies during the pandemic, the WTIA has shifted to a remote-first work policy. It even sold its office building in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The shift has enabled the organization to recruit across the country. The WTIA has made several recent leadership appointments outside the state including: Belinda Nieves, vice president of human resources, based in… Read More

Microsoft releases preview of Android apps on Windows 11 via Amazon partnership

Microsoft is releasing a preview of Android apps running on Windows 11 starting today. It’s a first for Windows, made possible by a Microsoft partnership with Amazon and Intel. The preview is rolling out in the Microsoft Store to Windows 11 users in the Windows Insider Program Beta Channel, starting with a “curated experience” of about 50 apps. The company says it will release additional apps through Windows Insider Program updates in the months ahead. It’s enabled by a new Windows Subsystem for Android, a component on top of Windows 11 that allows the Amazon Appstore and Android apps to… Read More

This bot plays hot tunes: Super Hi-Fi and WellSaid Labs use AI to create a lifelike DJ

As he turns from a Foo Fighters tune to the Smashing Pumpkins, Andy sounds just like your typical alternative-rock DJ — but his tag line is positively inhuman. “Ever feel like your day just needs a shot of pick-me-up? Well, that’s what we’re here for — to help turn that frown upside down and crank the dial to 11,” he says. “Yes, I may be a robot, but I still love to rock.” The robot reference isn’t just a nod to his canned DJ cliches: In a sense, Andy really is a robot — as in ANDY, or Artificial Neural… Read More

Following 2020’s racial justice pledges, Microsoft shows improvement in annual diversity numbers

In the wake of the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter’s call to action, tech giant Microsoft in 2020 offered a suite of initiatives to boost its support of racially diverse workers. That included a pledge to double its number of Black and African American managers and senior employees by 2025 in the U.S. More than a year later, the Redmond, Wash.-based company said on Wednesday that it has made meaningful moves toward those objectives, while acknowledging that its work is not done. In its third annual Diversity and Inclusion report, Microsoft said that among its core U.S. workforce,… Read More

Average tech salaries in Seattle rise 4.6% to $158K, second-highest in U.S.

The average tech worker in Seattle makes $158,000, a 4.6% increase from last year, according to new data from jobs site Hired. Seattle commands the second-highest average tech salary in the U.S. behind the Bay Area ($165,000), which saw its average decrease 0.3%. Seattle was ahead of New York ($151,000, down 1%), Los Angeles ($149,000, up 2.3%), and Boston ($147,000, up 1%). The U.S. average for tech salaries dipped 1.1%. With the shift to remote work, “employers are expanding their addressable candidate pool, filling roles faster and paying lower average salaries,” Hired noted. Demand for tech talent remains at an… Read More

Light the lamp — and the arches: Seattle landmark will put on display to celebrate Kraken hockey goals

When the Seattle Kraken “light the lamp” by scoring a hockey goal at Climate Pledge Arena this season, another lighting display will take place across Seattle Center. Pacific Science Center is joining the celebration for the city’s new NHL team by projecting some hockey fever onto its iconic 59-year-old arches. In collaboration with the team and using technology from Amazon Web Services, the Pacific Science Center will put on a choreographed lighting display before, during and after home Kraken games at the new arena, PacSci announced Wednesday. The new state-of-the-art lighting system will include a vivid “goal light” celebration every… Read More

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Trump announces launch of his very own social media site

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s launching a new media company with its own social media platform. Trump says his goal in launching the Trump Media & Technology Group and its “Truth […]
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S Korea prepares test of 1st domestically made space rocket

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea was preparing to test-launch its first domestically produced space rocket Thursday in what officials describe as an important step in its pursuit of a satellite launch program. If weather and other conditions prevail, the three-stage Nuri rocket was scheduled to be launched at around 4 p.m. (700 GMT) […]
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Trump announces launch of media company, social media site

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s launching a new media company with its own social media platform. Trump says his goal in launching the Trump Media & Technology Group and its “Truth […]
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Reports: Health problems tied to global warming on the rise

Health problems tied to climate change are all getting worse, according to two reports published Wednesday. The annual reports commissioned by the medical journal Lancet tracked 44 global health indicators connected to climate change, including heat deaths, infectious diseases and hunger. All of them are getting grimmer, said Lancet Countdown project research director Marina Romanello, […]
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Senator asks Facebook CEO to testify on Instagram and kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senator leading a probe of Facebook’s Instagram and its impact on young people is asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel that has heard far-reaching criticisms from a former employee of the company. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who heads the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, called in […]
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug cartels in Mexico are recruiting youths through contacts made on mult...
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Mexico: drug cartels recruiting youths through video games

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug cartels in Mexico are recruiting youths through contacts made on multiplayer online video games, officials said Wednesday. Ricardo Mejía, Mexico’s assistant public safety secretary, said an apparent cartel recruiter had already bought bus tickets for three boys between the ages of 11 and 14. He said the boys met the […]
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Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct.18 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Colin Powell’s efforts to build bridges, steer GOP from extremism: Much as Colin Powell deserves a tribute as America’s first Black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he was under-recognized as a bridge-builder and […]
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Bitcoin tops $66,000, sets record as crypto goes mainstream

NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin stormed above $66,000 for the first time on Wednesday, riding a wave of excitement about how the financial establishment is increasingly accepting the digital currency’s rise. Bitcoin was trading at $66,631, up 5.2%, as of 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, after earlier climbing as high as $66,974.77. It has roared back […]
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Walgreens begins testing drone delivery in Texas

Walgreens will begin flying packages by drone to residents in a pair of Texas cities in partnership with Google’s drone-making affiliate, Wing. The companies said they will begin testing the service next week in the city of Frisco and neighboring Little Elm, two fast-growing communities north of Dallas where road traffic is “probably the biggest […]
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UK fines Facebook $69.4 million for failing to supply data

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s competition watchdog fined Facebook 50.5 million pounds ($69.4 million) on Wednesday for violating rules during the U.K. investigation into the social media giant’s purchase of Giphy. The Competition and Markets Authority said Facebook failed to provide required information during the probe. It said it gave the platform multiple warnings and “considers […]
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Edmunds: Volkswagen Taos vs. Chevrolet Trailblazer

The Volkswagen Taos and Chevrolet Trailblazer are two of the latest in a growing crowd of extra-small crossover SUVs. These entry-level crossovers provide lots of utility in a relatively small package and offer many features found in larger SUVs. Cutting back on size doesn’t mean cutting back on convenience. Chevrolet introduced the Trailblazer for 2021. […]
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Flooding in Venice worsens off-season amid climate change

VENICE, Italy (AP) — After Venice suffered the second-worst flood in its history in November 2019, it was inundated with four more exceptional tides within six weeks, shocking Venetians and triggering fears about the worsening impact of climate change. The repeated invasion of brackish lagoon water into St. Mark’s Basilica this summer is a quiet […]
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Volcano in southern Japan erupts with massive smoke column

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southern Japan erupted Wednesday with a massive column of gray smoke billowing into the sky. The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for Mount Aso to three on a scale of five, warning hikers and residents to avoid the mountain. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said there has […]
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N Korea confirms missile test designed for submarine launch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday that it had test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine, in its first such underwater test-launch in two years and one it says will bolster its military’s undersea capabilities. The test Tuesday was the fifth round of missile launches since September and came as […]
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Netflix posts higher 3Q earnings, solid subscriber growth

Netflix posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings Tuesday thanks to a stronger slate of titles, including “Squid Game,” the dystopian survival drama from South Korea that the company says became its biggest-ever TV show. The company has ramped up production, rebounding from pandemic-induced delays in the first half of the year. It’s also looking beyond movies […]
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