First take: Experiencing Valve and HTC virtual reality

Standing on the deck of a sunken sailing ship, I could look up through the blue water and see the sun far above and down over the railing to see fish swimming near the ocean floor. Then, a shadow appeared to my left, and everything grew darker as a blue whale swam just overhead. It...

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Venture capitalist says he tried to prevent firing of woman

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent senior partner at a Silicon Valley venture capital firm testified Wednesday that he was a loyal supporter of a woman who is now suing the company for sex discrimination. Billionaire John Doerr took the witness stand for a second day in the lawsuit alleging women were denied chances to...

Judge OKs $415M settlement in tech workers’ lawsuit

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Paul Allen team finds sunken battleship

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Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to ‘FREAK attack’

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Valve announces Steam Machines, Link streaming device

Bellevue game giant Valve released another dollop of news today, announcing that its Steam Machine game systems will finally go on sale in November. It also disclosed a new, $50 streaming device called the Steam Link. "We continue to see very strong growth in PC gaming, with Steam growing 50 percent in the last 12...

Staff at mobile device tester in Bellevue owed back wages

Device Inside, a provider of mobile device testing services for Samsung, HTC and other electronics manufacturers, owed back wages to employees in Bellevue and Dallas and engage in “systemic violations” of overtime pay rules, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday

Venture capitalist testifies in Silicon Valley sex-bias suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A legendary billionaire investor defended his Silicon Valley venture capital firm Tuesday while testifying in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has accused the firm of being an all-boys club where women were denied chances to advance and treated as second-class citizens. John Doerr, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield, Byers,...

Bainbridge Island net maker uses knotless technology

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