Daily Intel

Obstacles remain for selling local spuds or jets to Cuba
Washington state is a long way from Cuba, but it could become a modest market for the state’s agricultural products and airplanes once trade policies and banking restrictions are normalized.
Dec 18, 2014 | 12:18 AM
Napster co-founder to invest in allergy research
Napster co-founder Sean Parker missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods.
Dec 18, 2014 | 12:18 AM
Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises
Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days.
Dec 18, 2014 | 12:18 AM
Why does state's jobless rate keep rising? Brighter prospects
The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area saw a slight decrease in the unemployment rate, to 4.7 percent from 4.8 percent in October.
Dec 17, 2014 | 11:17 PM
Island heritage: Open relations make sense for Cuba, U.S. and writer’s family
Commentary: The U.S. is a natural economic partner; American investment may be Cuba’s best hope as Russia and Venezuela lose power as oil prices decline. The thawing evokes the possibility of a Caribbean Vietnam — a free-market country with a...
Dec 17, 2014 | 11:17 PM
Tech investors plowing money into future farms
Silicon Valley is pushing its way into every stage of the food-growing process, from tech tycoons buying up farmland to startups selling robots that work the fields to hackathons dedicated to building the next farming app.
Dec 17, 2014 | 10:17 PM
More layoffs as slowdown at West Coast ports continues
Once the longshoreman and maritime association reach an agreement, it would take another four to six weeks of normal port productivity to work through the backlog.
Dec 17, 2014 | 10:17 PM
Seattle author Neal Stephenson joining Magic Leap but staying here | Brier Dudley
Noted Seattle author Neal Stephenson confirmed today that although he's joining a Florida virtual-reality startup, he's not moving to the Sunshine State.
Dec 17, 2014 | 10:17 PM
Urban, Touchstone combine forces in real estate
Urban Renaissance Group, a leading real-estate investment manager, has acquired Touchstone, a commercial developer with projects in South Lake Union and other city hotspots.
Dec 17, 2014 | 9:17 PM
Here's the ultimate weapon against communist Cuba | Jon Talton
Oh, crap... — the ghost of Karl Marx.
Dec 17, 2014 | 8:17 PM