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TECH 16 May 2018 | 6:30 AM

Seattle’s Amazon tax spurred by seething tensions, rising rents

It was, as the local public radio station said, the day “Seattle Nice” died. On May 2, the residents of Seattle were hit with a one-two punch.

TECH 06 May 2018 | 10:00 PM

Amazon puts high-profile Seattle plans on ice over proposal to tax large employers

The company that's conquered the world of online retail is now taking on its hometown City Hall, with Amazon delivering an unprecedented public threat this week against a proposal for a new tax on large employers in Seattle.

TECH 02 Mar 2018 | 8:47 AM

Google’s growing empire seen transforming biggest Bay Area city

Far more people sleep in San Jose than work there, a challenge for the California city’s tax coffers. Now officials are hoping a massive property sale to Google will change that.

TECH 09 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

East Menlo Park tenants to Zuckerberg: Facebook is helping to displace us

Low-income tenants living near Facebook's campus are speaking out, including to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to help stop their landlords from displacing them from their homes.

TECH 25 May 2018 | 3:30 AM

Amazon, Starbucks pledge US$25,000 each to campaign for referendum on Seattle head tax

Amazon and Starbucks are among companies that have promised to cut large checks to a campaign collecting signatures for a referendum on Seattle's head tax.

TECH 10 May 2018 | 1:00 AM

Two years after Chicago passed a home-sharing law, only Airbnb has a license, and hosts say rules are too complicated

Rosalind and Eric Bowden received a surprising letter from the city right around Christmas, notifying them that because they didn't delete an unauthorised listing on Airbnb, they were believed to be in violation of a Chicago law regulating short-term rentals.

TECH 28 Mar 2018 | 2:30 AM

Cisco pledges US$50mil to fight Silicon Valley homelessness, in record-breaking donation

Cisco on March 26 pledged US$50mil (RM193.87mil) to fight homelessness in Silicon Valley in what appears to be the largest donation ever made by a local company in response to the growing crisis.