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UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 4:02 p.m.

First lady visits Microsoft to discuss online safety for kids

Politics took a back seat during first lady Melania Trump’s trip to Microsoft on Monday to learn about the company’s work on accessibility and online safety for children.


Olympic National Park to launch online permit reservations

The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center will move to an online reservation system allowing backpackers to check the availability of sites in real time, plan their trip and receive …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Kroger, Microsoft create futuristic grocery store. Amazon, take note.

Kroger Co. and Microsoft are joining forces to bring the ease of online shopping to brick-and-mortar grocery stores.


The Spokesman-Review’s most-read online stories of 2018

A rundown of Spokane’s top stories as measured by web traffic.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Cyber Monday sales increase by nearly 20 percent

With consumers already shopping more online, Cyber Monday is expected to bring in record e-commerce sales as retailers’ digital operations face their first major test of the season.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Are you a minority borrower? You might want to think twice about using an online lender.

It’s not just bank loan officers with racial biases who discriminate against black and Latino borrowers. Computer algorithms do, too.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Warby Parker is coming to a suburban mall near you

Stiffening competition, surging online advertising costs and cheap mall space have prompted so-called digital natives like Warby Parker, Bonobos and Casper to embrace what they call “offline” in a big …


E-commerce sales tax coming to Washington

Washington state will require businesses to collect sales tax for items shipped to out-of-state customers beginning Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union.


Walmart sees sales rise at stores and online, raises outlook

Walmart raised its financial outlook for the year after beating Wall Street’s expectations for the quarter and seeing the strongest growth in more than a decade in sales at established …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Audio clip spurs social media debate over yanny or laurel

If you haven’t heard about Yanny vs. Laurel, you likely will.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 3:13 p.m.

Technology streamlines mortgage process

With advancements in technology, the options have expanded far beyond the local lender office you drive by on your morning commute to inlcude an almost completely online process that can …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 4:53 p.m.

High court worries about abandoning online sales tax rule

The Supreme Court sounded concerned Tuesday about doing away with a rule that has meant shoppers don’t always get charged sales tax when they hit “checkout” online.


Retailers hope for certainty as Supreme Court hears tax case

Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in a decades-old dispute: Whether companies must collect sales tax on items sold in …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:58 p.m.

California takes aim at online ads from illegal pot shops

Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along …


Beware, online daters: Looking for love, you could be scammed instead

An estimated 82,000 U.S. consumers who’ve used dating sites in the past three years have been scammed by individuals who shower them with compliments, romantic text messages and promised dates, …


UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 11:25 a.m.

Watching Sunday’s Super Bowl online gets easier this year

It’ll be much easier to watch the Super Bowl online for free this year. NBC won’t require proof of a cable or satellite TV subscription, meaning that anyone in the …


Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.


Only if it serves the state: North Korea’s online experience

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online. It’s just not the World Wide Web. This is all done on a tightly sealed intranet of the sort a medium-sized company …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:13 p.m.

Senators push for more online transparency in elections

Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or …


Online amnesty program aims to boost tax rolls

More than half the states with sales taxes are using a temporary amnesty program to corral scofflaw online businesses into their tax systems, just in time to reap sales taxes …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Floridians say online retailers let them down ahead of Irma

More than 50 Floridians told the Associated Press that they did not receive flashlights, battery-operated radios, boxed milk, water bottles and first-aid kits after placing orders on Amazon.com and Nestle’s …


Report: Idaho is leading state in cyberbullying

One in five Idaho high school students say they have been cyberbullied, according to the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey taken by the Idaho Department of Education. The 21.1 percent …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 8:57 a.m.

Facebook’s invisible Seattle team wrangles the digital deluge

More than 2 billion people log into Facebook every month. Every day, the social-media crowd uploads billions of photos, calls up hundreds of millions of hours of video, and fires …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 6:57 p.m.

Walmart’s online sales soar as it seeks to catch Amazon

Walmart’s recent spending spree to try to catch up to Amazon seems to be paying off.


UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 9:05 a.m.

Teague: Online sales-tax collection levels playing field

Small businesses supporting their local communities throughout the state are currently getting beaten by out-of-state online sellers who unfairly compete by not collecting sales taxes.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Facebook wants to nudge you into ‘meaningful’ online groups

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no longer satisfied with just connecting the world so that people can pass around baby pictures and live video – or fake news and hate symbols. …


Google has yet to fulfill promise not to put ads on fake news sites

A month ago, Google pledged to make sure that the ads sold though its AdSense program wouldn’t go on fake news sites. But so far, the company has largely failed …


Record charitable donations reported for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, a 5-year-old phenomenon aimed at encouraging online charitable giving, produced record-shattering donations this week, according to two organizations which tracked the flow of gifts.