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April 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Brad Smith, Rep. Suzan DelBene, and ACLU rep discuss NSA and privacy

Reining in the National Security Agency, keeping laws and civil rights protections up to date with the digital era, and the tension between national security and personal privacy were among the topics of a panel discussion held this morning at the University of Washington School of Law.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina; Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel; and Gabe Rottman, national office legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, participated in the panel moderated by UW Law Professor William Covington.

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April 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Support for Windows XP ends; Windows 8.1 Update begins

The day is finally upon us — the one that Microsoft has been issuing warnings about for more than a year: Today, more than a decade after its launch, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. That means the company will no longer issue security updates, fixes and content updates nor offer technical support. The company…

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April 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Meet Ben Gilbert, the high-energy leader of The Garage, Microsoft’s grassroots innovation hub

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times April 7, 2014.]

Ben Gilbert, who runs The Garage, sits in front of an LED wall built by Mike Matsel in the facility for less than $700. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Ben Gilbert, who runs The Garage, sits in front of an LED wall built by Mike Matsel in the facility for less than $700. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

It doesn’t take much to get Ben Gilbert enthused.

Mention backpacking, and he’ll tell you about being an Eagle Scout and his hiking trips through Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.

Ask him about hobbies and he’ll get into his past involvement in theater and swing choir, and how the hip-hop dance skills he learned came in handy at weddings.

But what gets Gilbert most excited is when the talk turns to innovation, problem solving, startups and new business ideas.

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