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Seattle reverses controversial tax Amazon opposed, just a month after approving it

In an embarrassing and mystifying about-face, the Seattle City Council has repealed a tax it passed unanimously just a month ago that would require large companies to pay a fixed amount per employee;

Washington sues Facebook and Google over failure to disclose political ad spending

Facebook and Google were paid millions for political advertising purposes in Washington but failed for years to publish related information — such as the advertiser's address — as required by stat

Shared housing startups are taking off

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor VCs serve up a large helping of cash to startups disrupting food Scaling startups are setting up secondary hubs in these cities When young adu

Seattle passes new tax on large companies despite Amazon’s howls of protest

Seattle's city council voted unanimously to approve a new tax on the largest employers in the city, despite strong opposition by Amazon and other affected companies. The tax, on companies with more th

The formula behind San Francisco’s startup success

Why has San Francisco’s startup scene generated so many hugely valuable companies over the past decade?

Amazon halts Seattle expansion over city tax proposal

Even as Amazon continues to grow at a staggering rate, it is pumping the brakes on its long-planned hometown expansion. The retail giant threw down the gauntlet this week when it announced that it wou

Seattle’s new venture firm, Flying Fish, holds a first close on its targeted $80 million fund

The founding partners of the new Seattle-based venture firm Flying Fish met as angel investors deploying capital in the talent-heavy, cash-light region around Amazon and Microsoft’s corporate h

Glowforge opens public orders for its desktop 3D laser cutter

Hardware startup Glowforge, which makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, has finally opened up sales to the general public. The maker-targeted device, which can ‘pri

Waze Carpool expands to the entire state of Washington

Google -owned Waze is growing the footprint of its Waze Carpool product with a market expansion today to cover all of Washington state. That means Carpool is now available in California, Texas, Washin

Nokia acquires Unium, a mesh WiFi startup that works with Google Fiber, as part of big home WiFi push

While Nokia’s former handset business forges ahead with its new device strategy under licensee HMD, Nokia itself has taken one more step to build out its business with carriers in a new wave of

Amazon is cutting hundreds of corporate jobs, according to a new report

In a rare move for the online retail giant, Amazon is laying off hundreds of corporate workers in its Seattle headquarters and elsewhere, according to a Seattle Times report. The corporate cuts come a

Seattle says Facebook broke one of its campaign advertising laws

Seattle’s election commission says Facebook broke a city law that requires it to disclose who paid for campaign ads. Reuters reports that the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission’s executive di

Oculus has big plans to expand in the greater Seattle area

As Amazon looks to stamp its footprint beyond the Seattle area, Oculus is making further inroads into the Pacific Northwest's major tech hub. As reported by Seattle-based tech site GeekWire, local rea

Now is the time to plan for the autonomous vehicle future

Here in Seattle, we are proposing to convert Interstate-5 between Seattle and Vancouver, over a number of years, into an autonomous vehicle-only highway.  Seattle and Vancouver are vibrant cities, bu

Transit aggregates bike-share bike locations from multiple services in Seattle and Washington, DC

With multiple bike-share services to choose from, it can be a pain to open up two or three apps just to see which has the bike closest to you. Transit, an app that shows (you guessed it) transit optio

Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle

Seattle seems like an unlikely venue for a duel between bike-sharing companies: it's rainy, hilly, its residents can't drive and another bike-share program recently went belly-up publicly and ignomini

Real estate site Redfin up 11% on stock market day two

Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate site, had a great first couple days on the stock market. After pricing above the expected range at $15 per share, the stock closed Friday up about 45% at almost $

BloomAPI locks down $2.4M to fix medical record releases

Seattle-based BloomAPI is announcing a $2.4 million seed round this morning for its solution to the broken medical records release process. It's no secret that the entire U.S. healthcare system is hel

Boundless, Navigator CRE and Off the Record take prizes at TechCrunch’s Seattle pitch-off

It was a lovely day for a meetup in Seattle, and the Showbox SoDo was packed as TechCrunch's annual pitch-off in my home town took place last week. But as impressive as our 10 contestants were, only t

Seattle Police Department suspends its Twitch channel following Charleena Lyles controversy

Facing backlash on its handling of the officer-involved shooting death of Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Police Department will shut down its official Twitch channel. The department started experimentin
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