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Charts: Here’s just how darn important the tech industry is to Washington state

More than 700 people are gathered today at the Technology Alliance’s annual State of Technology Luncheon, a showcase of the region’s strength as a technology hub. Based on findings from the non-profit Technology Alliance, things are going pretty well in Washington. More than 460,000 people were employed in Washington’s technology-based industries in 2013, representing 14… Read More

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Stopped in its tracks? Tesla faces ban on new stores in Washington state

Legislation now under consideration in Washington state would effectively prevent Tesla Motors from opening new stores in the state beyond its existing locations in the Seattle region — the latest development in the electric car maker’s national struggle against the traditional auto dealership model. Tesla is vowing to fight the legislation, calling it an effort… Read More

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Welcome to Washington: The most innovative state in the U.S.

Silicon Valley may get all of the buzz. But don’t underestimate the power of Seattle and its surrounding communities. A new analysis by Bloomberg indicates that Washington state — home to Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft — is the most innovative place in the country. California ranked second, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut and Oregon. There are… Read More

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Tweet no more: Washington State football bans players from Twitter

A message from Mike Leach to his athletes: Stop Tweeting. On Tuesday, the first-year Washington State head football coach banned his players from Twitter. The Spokesman-Review reports that Leach would give no specifics for what prompted the decision, other than saying, “because I decided to, that’s what prompted that.” WSU student-athletes were required to go to… Read More

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Microsoft voices support for same-sex marriage in Washington state

Microsoft is among several technology companies that voiced support this week for bills that would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. The company’s general counsel, Brad Smith, explained Microsoft’s endorsement of the legislation in a blog post this week, saying it reflects the company’s principles of inclusiveness, and noting that it would be “good for… Read More

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New WA tech chief comes from Microsoft, with cloud cred

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire today named a Microsoft veteran, Bharat Shyam, as the state’s new chief information officer. Shyam, who started at Microsoft in 1993, was most recently a general manager for the company’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform. He worked on products including Internet Explorer, Windows and Xbox Live during his tenure at the… Read More

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Welcome to Washington: Fastest Internet speeds in the west

Next time you’re cursing your crappy Internet connection, just be thankful that you don’t live in Pocatello. The southeastern Idaho town, located along the historic Oregon Trail, ranked in a recent study as having the slowest Internet speeds in the country. In fact, you may want to unplug entirely in Idaho, which ranked as having… Read More