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Microsoft’s 2014 will be defined by a new CEO … if Ballmer and Gates can let go

One of the best moments in the Fremont Players’ production of “Dick Whittington and His Cat” — a British Panto on stage in Seattle’s Ballard …

Picture this: Top 10 tech photos of 2013

They made us smile; they made us think; they made us ponder what’s humanly possible.<p>We saw and shared hundreds of great images with you all this …

Kissing a computer: Technology and relationships in Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’

It’s a double date in a park, or so we’re told. A man, a woman, another man, and his operating system.<p>Her name is Samantha, and she peeks out of a …

Google’s new social networking patent is truly comical

Google+ could be getting a lot funnier, at least in theory, if the company follows through on the approach described in a new patent.<p>The U.S. Patent …

Windows 8 tops 10% market share, XP dips below 30%, and Windows 7 keeps climbing

Microsoft’s Windows 8 is ending the year by reaching a nice little milestone — exceeding 10 percent market share (for Windows 8 and 8.1 combined) for …

Top tech stocks of 2013: Here’s where you could have made (and lost) a lot of cash

2013 was all about the newcomers. Two of the top performing tech stocks in Washington state this past year were some of the newest arrivals on Wall …

CBS, NBC live streaming NFL playoffs for free, but Fox makes things tougher for Seahawks fans

It’s January, and that means it’s NFL playoffs time.<p>It’s also 2014, and that means you’ll be able to watch some of the postseason action for free …

PopCap CEO Dave Roberts retiring, co-founder John Vechey taking over

PopCap CEO Dave Roberts will be retiring after eight years at the Seattle-based game studio, the Electronic Arts unit known for such hits as Plants …

AT&T confirms $200 ‘switcher credit’ for T-Mobile customers

AT&T this morning confirmed that it will offer a $200 credit to T-Mobile customers who switch from the smaller wireless carrier, plus an additional …

Bill Gates’ fortune grew by $15.8 billion in 2013 as Microsoft stock surged 35%

From a financial standpoint, 2013 was a good year for Bill Gates.<p>The Microsoft co-founder saw his fortune grow by $15.8 billion last year to $78.5 …

Gigabit Squared’s legacy in Seattle: Unpaid bill of $52,250

An ambitious proposal to bring ultra-fast broadband to Seattle’s neighborhoods has not only fizzled, as we reported last month, but it has resulted …

Steam, Origin and others taken down in latest attacks against gaming services

Valve’s Steam platform, Activision Blizzard’s Battle.net and EA’s Origin storefront were all brought down last night by Distributed Denial-of-Service …

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos rescued by Ecuadorian Navy after kidney stone attack

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos suffered a kidney stone on New Year’s Day while vacationing in the Galapagos Islands and was rescued by the Ecuadorian Navy.<p>…

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Android this week: Small Acer tablets; Pandora wakes you; Galaxy S 5 design ideas

It’s the weekend before the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and I can’t ever remember more products being announced in this last run-up before the …

Publish And Perish? What To Do With That Book Inside Of You

When people tell me they have a book inside of them — which actually happens quite a lot, probably because I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a clutch of novels (traditionally) published — I always want to ask: “Have you considered surgery?” As George Orwell famously said: “Writing a book is a …

Gillmor Gang: Competitive Blocking

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — ring in the New Year in celebration of surviving yet another crisis in the venture capital community. The concern is that acquihires represent the capitulation of innovation in service of the big getting bigger. As …

Xbox One exclusively debuts FX animated series 'Chozen' for some cable customers

Now that <i>Eastbound & Down</i> is over, the creative team behind that show is launching a new animated series on FX called <i>Chozen</i>. Microsoft has snagged an exclusive for the premiere episode, so owners of the Xbox One can load up their FXNow app January 6th and watch a week before it airs on TV. We don't …

Why Startups Hire Their Own Lawyers

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Daniel Doktori works in the emerging companies practice at WilmerHale in New York City and is the co-founder of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project. Follow him on Twitter @ddoktori.</i><p>Airbnb challenged local hotel zoning laws, Uber took on taxi licensing requirements, and Pinterest …

Facebook, Google, Yahoo all being sued over message scanning

The right of technology companies to read the personal communication of their users is set to get a good run in the courts this year. Last week, two Facebook users filed a class-action lawsuit against the social network, claiming that it violates state and federal law by mining information from …

Yahoo users exposed to malware attack

Yahoo.com visitors over the last few days may have been served with malware via the Yahoo ad network, according to Fox IT, a security firm in the Netherlands. Users visiting pages with the malicious ads were redirected to sites armed with code that exploits vulnerabilities in Java and installs a …

Samsung unveils a new foundation for the smart home

The Samsung family of smart appliances and devices is about to get a lot more tight-knit.<p>Today, Samsung announced a new platform that will enable users to manage all of their connected appliances and devices -- everything from wearable tech to washing machines -- from a single application. The …