This Month in Seattle Tech

Why Microsoft Acquiring Activision Blizzard Is Such a Big Deal

The Seattle-based tech behemoth now owns the makers of Candy Crush and World of Warcraft—but the gaming company is embroiled in harassment allegations.

01/26/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Trivial Pursuits

5 Very Serious Ways for Bruce Harrell to Fix Seattle

We have a few modest suggestions for our new mayor, including a fine imposed on people who say "Pike's Place" and open bars on the water taxis.

01/19/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Stress Test

How Are Seattle Schools Responding to Omicron?

Learning from home, school closures, and teacher staffing shortages have made the start of 2022 chaotic. SPS tries to implement new Covid-19 protocols.

01/14/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

FAILING SLOW

This Month in Seattle Tech: Does a Startup’s Pizza Robot Leave a Bad Taste?

Amazon Web Services outages leave Netflix and Robinhood down; the Seattle NFT Museum opens January 14; another company adopts the four-day workweek.

12/30/2021 By Malia Alexander

Exit Interview

Jenny Durkan on Those Missing Texts, CHOP, and Covid

The Emerald City's latest one-term leader reflects on her turbulent four years in office.

12/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

2021 Election

Kshama Sawant's Get Out the Vote Campaign Decided the Recall Election

Last-minute ballots helped the socialist Seattle City Council member ward off removal from office.

12/20/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Garden Variety

How Your Yard Can Protect Puget Sound

Rain gardens can help curb a major source of pollution in the Salish Sea.

12/13/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Power Players

100 of the Most Influential People in Seattle

Our full list of politicians, chefs, scientists, athletes, housing advocates, and other local leaders who made the cut in 2021.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Power Players

The Most Influential Seattleites

From inclusive outfits to life-saving discoveries, no one can doubt this group’s clout manifests in the essential elements of our city.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Into the Void

What Happens If Kshama Sawant Is Recalled?

As the Seattle City Council member faces the prospect of removal from office, Seattle University professor Marco Lowe considers the election's meaning.

12/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Failing Slow

This Month in Seattle Tech: What Doomed Zillow’s Home-Flipping Biz?

The real estate tech giant's failed experiment, and a prenup startup's Shark Tank appearance highlight November tech news in Seattle.

11/30/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

ICYMI

How Veterans Day 2021 Turned into a Long Weekend for Seattle Parents

The staffing shortage struck again as Seattle Public Schools canceled Friday classes. Is this part of the "new normal"?

11/11/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Lease Peeping

Seattle's Rental Climate Has Changed, Even If Prices Haven’t

New laws backed by city council member Kshama Sawant, including improved eviction safeguards, have buoyed renters and irked landlords.

11/09/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

The Big Dark

Patty Murray Wants to Stop Turning Back the Clock

The Washington Democrat has teamed up with Florida Republican Marco Rubio and others to back the bipartisan Sunshine Protection Act.

11/05/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Explainer

A Seattle Shipping Container's Choppy Journey through the Supply Chain

It might seem stationary, but the Lego-like cargo in the city's port endures quite the journey to and from Puget Sound.

11/04/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Yes, Please

Seattle's Launched a Bid to Host 2026 World Cup Matches

Russell Wilson and Ciara are among the executive committee members for a group aiming to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup matches to the Emerald City.

10/25/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Still a Hoops Hub

Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart Named Two of the WNBA’s Greatest Players

The Seattle Storm stars earned rightful spots in “The W25” this fall.

10/25/2021 By Malia Alexander

Department of Good News

Ballard Food Bank Finally Has a Permanent Space to Call Its Own

One of Seattle’s major food banks cut the ribbon at a new site this week, just in time for the holiday season.

10/21/2021 By Malia Alexander

Currents

The Fight to Preserve Pike Place Market Isn't Over

Fifty years after a vote saved Seattle’s famous landmark, the historical commission that protects its character faces neglect from the city.

10/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Roloviched

How Many Washington Workers Fired Themselves by Rejecting Vaccination?

Seattle's compliance with the Covid vaccine mandate was better than the state's overall, even amongst the Seattle Police Department.

10/20/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy