Microsoft recently surpassed $1 trillion in cumulative revenues. Similarly, Amazon’s earned more than a half trillion. Yet, Washington State still can’t afford to pay for education, transportation, police and other vital services and resources.
On Tuesday, The Seattle Times’ columnist Danny Westneat expressed shock that Boeing’s tax breaks cost the state $304 million last year. He failed to mention that the legislature’s actions in 2010 allowed Microsoft to save $776 million in taxes this year. And, he probably didn’t mention it because he didn’t know its scope — The Read More
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
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
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
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
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).