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News on Oregon tech companies from The Oregonian's Mike Rogoway

TriMet's two-week test drive of an all-electric bus built by BYD has apparently encountered a pretty big speed bump.

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Google has said it will decide by the end of the year if it will bring service to Beaverton.

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Will Aitchison negotiates the end of hostilities between the neighborhood and Google exec Kevin Rose.

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The City Council met in a work session Tuesday to iron out wrinkles in the proposal.

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TriMet announced Friday that it will test its first all-electric bus on selected routes over the next two weeks.

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Even amid budget and ridership troubles in recent years, TriMet's revolutionary technology efforts have been widely praised and defined as the gold standard by which all transit agencies should be measured.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced his company's new "Fire Phone" to the world on Wednesday. It will be available for purchase on July 25.

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Kevin and Darya Rose bought the house in March for $1.3 million. On Monday, the city issued a permit to tear down the house.

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The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone.

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Portland has proposed a package of zoning code changes that would legalize Airbnb-style rentals in Portland.

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Google Fiber would offer clunky boxes with its high-speed downloads.

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The much-discussed Austin-based startup, which bills itself as the Kayak of transportation, announced Monday that it has expanded into Portland and 68 other cities.

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City planners have proposed legalizing the practice of renting out one or two rooms within a private home for less than 30 days, popularized by websites like Airbnb.

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I'll be posting updates from the meeting. Leave your questions and comments about the proposal and I'll do my best to address them.

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Google may install up to two concrete "huts" on city property to house electronic equipment.

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Some interesting facts and quotes that were left out of Thursday's story.

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Apple opened a big, glassy new store Saturday morning in one of downtown Portland's premier retail spots, running the length of a city block cater-corner from Pioneer Courthouse. Commenters were split on their views.

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An hour before the 10 a.m. opening, about 150 people lined the walkway across the street from the Pioneer Place MAX stop.

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Department of Environmental Quality officials stood at the Hillsboro Civic Center Thursday night and withstood over two hours of insistent questioning from citizens concerned about fluoride emissions at nearby Intel.

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The new site, which went live this week, looks a little like Google's version of social networking, Google+.

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The company could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool nearly twice every day, using "ultra pure water" to clean the wafers it makes.

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Siltronic Corp. spent $2 million on water and $1.4 million on sewer services in the past fiscal year. Not coincidentally, the company has contributed $55,000 in campaign donations toward a ballot measure that would end the City Council's grasp over utility rates.

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The purchase follows Facebook's $19 billion deal to purchase messaging startup WhatsApp last month.

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Old Town Chinatown is known in Portland primarily as a home for social service providers, and perhaps for the nightclubs in its entertainment district.

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The company has, in just over a year, quietly doubled its Portland office space.

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Christopher Liles posted a scathing critique of the Dancing Deer Mountain wedding venue, and one of the owners went after him with a $7,500 defamation lawsuit.

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Michael Franz tells us how he came to be on the top of One World Trade Center last year with Time Magazine's senior photo editor, using Gigapan technology to capture a breathtaking image.

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What's the story behind the big, bright electronic speed-reduction warning signs on the ramps where U.S. 26 and Oregon 217 connect near Beaverton?

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The Magista is the latest Nike soccer product introduction in advance of this summer's World Cup; Adidas also introduces soccer shoes with threaded uppers

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High-paying jobs abound for people with computer programming skills. But Oregon schools and universities aren't getting many people ready to fill them, a new study says.

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