Posted on November 11, 2015 by Jeff Reifman


Corporations that I’ve covered: Amazon: ‘Amageddon’: How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future – GeekWire, How Our Success is Ruining Seattle and Amazon Marketplace Fraud Made Easy AT&T: Spend $750 in International Data Roaming in One Minute Capital One: Capital One Credit Card Fraud Detection Stupidly Shuts Down Accounts Century Link: Affordable Seattle broadband? What Would Macklemore Do? Read More

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Microsoft Begins Returning Proceeds from Tax Dodging

Update: Welcome Slashdot readers! Please be sure to read about the San Francisco-ization of Seattle by Amazon and other technology leaders: How Our Success is Ruining Seattle Is Microsoft the New Robin Hood? Microsoft begins returning a fraction of its multi-billion dollar Nevada tax dodge. In March, The Seattle Times noticed Microsoft’s General Counsel Brad Read More

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Jeff Reifman

Microsoft At Work

My first project at Microsoft was to guide the requirements and end user design for fax machines running Windows. One of the challenges was working with very early, expensive, inaccurate touch screen technology circa 1993. You can learn a bit more at Wikipedia. Microsoft At Work: Ricoh IFS77 Intelligent Fax Machine Commercial from Jeff Reifman Read More

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Apple’s Turned the PC Market on its Head

The iPad’s devastation of PC market share (“Tablets To Grow 53.4% This Year, Says Gartner, As The Traditional PC declines 11.2%“) combined with Apple’s free release of Mavericks OS X struck me at how much the company’s flipped the dynamics of the industry. I worked at Microsoft from 1991 to 1999 as a Group Program Manager. Read More

Microsoft's Gates. Ballmer and Smith Join Pro-Drilling Facebook PAC
Posted on April 28, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Microsoft Executives Join Facebook PAC Promoting Keystone KXL and ANWR Drilling

We’ve discussed at length the Nevada tax dodge run by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer and General Counsel Brad Smith. Well, they’ve joined FWD.US, the PAC run by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – which is funding ads to promote drilling in ANWR and completion of the tar sands driven Keystone KXL pipeline (via Grist).

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

The Seattle Times Executive Editor Covering Microsoft’s CEO Handshake

The Seattle Times failure to cover Microsoft’s $1.5 billion Nevada tax dodge is finally in the news again this week: The Stranger’s Slog Seattle Times Realizes Microsoft’s Running the Legislature, Slashdot Former Microsoft Managers Now In Charge of Washington State’s Budget and KEXP’s Mind Over Matter’s segment hosted me this morning for 30 minutes on the topic (mp3 Read More

Posted on April 12, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Seattle Dance Clubs Fundraise to Pay Microsoft’s Tax Bill

In April 2010, Washington State’s Legislature changed the definition of its software royalty tax and effectively granted amnesty to Microsoft, helping the company lock up $1.51 billion in savings from its thirteen-year Nevada tax dodge – and more than $100 million annually each year into the future. This is also when the state’s Department of Revenue Read More

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