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Ben Miller
Puget Sound Business Journal|www.bizjournals.com/seattle

The number of Washington state residents holding two or more jobs is higher than the national average.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5.7 percent of employed Washington state residents hold more than one job, compared with the U.S. average of 4.9 percent.

South Dakota tops the list, with 9.5 percent of its residents holding two or more jobs, followed by Vermont (8.6 percent), and Nebraska (8.5 percent). Florida held the lowest percentage (3.4 percent) of residents holding multiple jobs. read more »


Inattentive parents are the most annoying airplane passengers, according to a new survey by Expedia.com.

The Bellevue-based company (NASDAQ: EXPE) said inattentive parents were cited by 41 percent of respondents in its survey, topping “rear-seat kickers,” who came in second at 38 percent.

“Aromatic passengers” came in third at 28 percent, followed by “the boozer” at 26 percent and “chatty Cathy” at 23 percent.

More findings from Expedia’s 2013 Airplane Etiquette Study include read more »


Microsoft Corp. said it has disrupted a “rampant botnet” responsible for infecting more than 2 million computers.

In conjunction with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and the FBI, Microsoft said its new Digital Crimes Unit disrupted the Sirefef botnet, also known as ZeroAccess, which targeted search results on Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines, and is estimated to cost online advertisers $2.7 million each month.

“The ZeroAccess case is part of an extensive cooperative effort with international law enforcement and industry partners to dismantle cybercriminal networks and ensure that people worldwide can use their computing devices and services with confidence,” Microsoft said in a statement. read more »


Microsoft Corp.’s head lawyer has called snooping efforts by the National Security Administration an “advanced persistent threat” and the company said it’s taking action against the snooping.

“These efforts threaten to seriously undermine confidence in the security and privacy of online communications,” according to a Dec. 4 blog post by Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president, legal and corporate affairs at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

Smith said Microsoft will counter snooping efforts and protect customers’ data by expanding encryption, reinforcing legal protections for customers’ data, and enhancing the transparency of its software code.


Boeing Co. is soliciting proposals from about 15 U.S. locations for bids to build the upcoming 777X airplane.

The Seattle Times reports sites including Long Beach, Calif., and Salt Lake City are on the list, as is Washington state. Other sites on the list possibly are Huntsville, Ala.; San Antonio; and North Charleston, S.C.

Boeing officials said the proposals are due back in mid-December and the company expects to make a decision sometime early next year.

On Nov. 22, union members from the Machinists, SPEEA and other unions sent a letter to Boeing, saying they are “ready to meet the challenge of designing and manufacturing the 777X on time, within budget and without growing pains.” read more »


Weyerhaeuser Co. said it’s selling its homebuilding unit to Tri Pointe Homes Inc. of California for $2.7 billion.

Federal Way-based Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) said the five homebuilding companies of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co. (WRECO) own or control about 27,000 lots, including 17,500 in California.

The companies sold include:

  • Quadrant Homes, Puget Sound region.
  • Pardee Homes, Southern California and Las Vegas;
  • Trendmaker Homes, Texas;
  • Maracay Homes, Arizona;
  • Winchester Homes, Washington, DC metro area; and

“The separation of our homebuilding division allows us to focus on driving performance in our forest products businesses to deliver further value to our shareholders,” Weyerhaeuser president and CEO Doyle Simons said in a statement. read more »


The state’s largest used-car dealership pleaded guilty this week to financial reporting crimes, and will forfeit $1.5 million and pay a $250,000 fine.

According to the government, Zein Automobiles Inc., which does business as Independence Auto Sales and Best Bet Auto Sales with locations in Lynnwood and Everett, sold cars to undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agents, who told the dealerships they were buying the cars for drug trafficking.

“The sales people assured the agents that they were familiar and comfortable with such transactions and proposed various schemes that they said would avoid the cash transactions reporting requirements. Such schemes are illegal,” according to the government. read more »

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