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The city's first live news ticker lit up Monday morning at 1000 Denny Way. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

Most of us look for news on our smartphones, tablets, computer screens or TVs. Heck, we might even pick up a good old-fashioned newspaper.

But what about news from a building?

Drive along Denny Way and you’ll see it — the 44-foot, 6,400 light-bulb ticker that displays news headlines from the west side corner of the new headquarters of the Seattle Times.

The concept of a news ticker is “somewhat retro,” the Times’ own story acknowledged, though the technology behind it is less so. The headlines on the ticker, drawn from the seattletimes.com home page, update automatically via RSS feed.

Fans of the Times seemed to like it. “That’s pretty rad!” wrote one local on its Facebook page. “COOOOOOOL!” wrote another.

What do you think, geeks — is the news ticker an oldie or goodie?

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