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SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix will pay Verizon Communications to help clear up some of the congestion that has been bogging down its Internet video service.

The deal marks the second time in less than three months that Netflix Inc. has anted up for a more direct connection to a major Internet service, even though CEO Reed Hastings objects to having to pay for better access.

Netflix negotiated a similar arrangement with Comcast Corp. in February.

The financial details of Netflix’s partnerships with Comcast and Verizon Communications Inc. haven’t been disclosed. read more »


The proposal for a new set of Internet neutrality rules threatens to undermine the FCC’s long-held principle of ensuring equal access to all content.

By Jim Puzzanghera and Meg James, Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Consumers could end up the losers in a high-stakes battle among regulators, broadband providers and online entertainment giants over access to the Internet’s fastest speeds. read more »


By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK — AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas.

The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. That means faster video downloads and the ability for more devices to connect to the network without congestion. read more »


By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times/MCT

After years of rumors, Amazon.com Inc. might finally be getting into the smartphone business.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Seattle e-commerce giant will release a smartphone in the second half of the year, citing people briefed on the company’s plans.

Those people said Amazon plans to announce the phone by the end of June and begin shipping units by the end of September. read more »


APS America, a Poulsbo-based manufacturer of microinverters for solar panels, is bringing its advanced technology to the 2014 Greentech Media Solar Summit, April 14-16 in Phoenix. 

Paul Barlock, APS America senior VP, and Michael Ludgate, VP for business development, will promote the APS line at the annual conference sponsored by the Greentech Media.  read more »


Rodika TollefsonThe rise of the internet and social media allows people to share ideas and tell stories directly to audiences and networks. Traditional marketing alone is no longer effective in reaching out.

A presentation hosted by West Sound Technology Association will explore the power of digital storytelling through blogs, video and content marketing. Multimedia producer Rodika Tollefson will discuss the benefits of digital media and offer tips on how to create compelling content. She will feature some effective examples used by successful companies that “get it” and will discuss how some of their techniques can be applied without a big budget. read more »


Recent events have prompted an update on the state of IT and future directions. I’ve written previously about the advantages of cloud services, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trends, and virtualization.

For business owners, the buzzwords don’t matter. They care about purpose, cost and reliability. Then they weigh pros and cons, view other features, and finally — want to know when to implement. As trusted advisors, clients expect us to delve into details and explore the edge of what’s possible, and recommend best-fit and best-practice solutions when they are ready. Their focus simplifies the decision-making process, but the ‘when’ piece can still be murky. A convergence of business and technology trends has made 2014 a critical year for making transitions happen. read more »

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Kite & Lightning owner Bill Hickner, right, talks with Scott Houmes at Silver City Brewery in Silverdale while checking the restaurant's energy control panel. (Rodika Tollefson Photo)When staff at Silver City Brewery in Silverdale arrive to work in the morning, no one has to worry about going around the building to turn on lights or regulate the thermostat. Nor do they need to worry about adjusting controls or turning on air conditioning as the outside air temperature changes. All those functions, along with others related to the kitchen and refrigeration systems, are performed automatically read more »


Poulsbo-based APS America and Fortune Energy have reached a first-time agreement for California-based Fortune to distribute APS microinverter products in the U.S.

Fortune Energy will add APS to their current portfolio of wholesale solar modules, inverters and racking supplies.

“We are pleased to form this partnership with Fortune Energy,” said Paul Barlock, senior VP of APS America. “APS is pushing the microinverter market in new and innovative directions, as our products offer more power-handling capability at a lower price point.”

“Fortune Energy is excited to bring APS to our installers and homeowners because of the reliability of the product plus the great price and warranty. The people at APS really stand behind their products, which is great for our customers,” company president Jack Meng said. read more »

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