Listen to this, Microsoft. JIMMY CHALK

ANOTHER BAD REPORT CARD FOR SEATTLE POLICE A federal monitor who is tracking reforms at the Seattle Police Department has issued a 106-page report that finds major initiatives undertaken by the top brass are far behind, insubstantial, or facing entrenched resistance throughout the department. "Critical milestones remain elusive" in attempted reforms of the SPD's pattern of excessive force, according to the report submitted by Merrick Bobb to the US District Court on June 16. In particular, Bobb notes problems with the slow pace of developing both technology to track data and a plan to adequately supervise officers. Without attacking individuals, the report notably withholds any praise for the interim police chief, Harry Bailey, while telegraphing that blame for the problems lies with Bailey and his assistant chiefs. In other sections, the report is simultaneously politically appeasing and contradictory. For example, it calls Mayor Ed Murray's spirit of cooperation "the most hopeful turn of events in the last six months," but, undermining its own argument, cites as the biggest accomplishments over those same months policies that were developed under the previous mayor and chief, before Murray took office. DOMINIC HOLDEN

BIG VICTORY FOR UBER AND LYFT Mayor Ed Murray's transportation committee, made up of taxi industry representatives and the heads of rideshare companies, came out with a deal on June 16 that represents a big win for the likes of Uber and Lyft. There's a bit of give-and-take in the deal—the city will issue 200 new taxi licenses, for example—but in the end, rideshare companies will get what they wanted all along: no caps on how many drivers they can have on the road. How did they reach this deal? "I just locked 'em in another room, down the hall from the minimum-wage room," Murray quipped. But rideshare companies will continue gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to overturn the city council's earlier ordinance, which capped rideshare drivers at 150, in case the council doesn't approve Murray's new proposal. ANSEL HERZ

NO PHASE-IN OF RAISE FOR CITY LIGHT EXEC Jorge Carrasco, the CEO of Seattle City Light and the highest-paid city employee, just got a raise, bumping him from about $250,000 a year to a pay band that reaches as high as $364,000. Coming as it did on the heels of a minimum-wage hike with a delayed start date and multiyear phase-in, the fact that Carrasco's lavish raise was set to be retroactive from January 2014 turned out to be too much for the city council to stomach. They approved the raise but amended it to hold until July 1. Council Member Kshama Sawant calls that modification, which was sponsored by Sally Bagshaw, "a little bit less of a slap in the face" to lower-paid workers. ANNA MINARD

AGAINST UNPAID INTERNSHIPS The week before her pay-raise comments, Kshama Sawant gave the keynote address for the University of Washington's School of Social Work graduation ceremony, and she took the opportunity to slam unpaid internships in front of the deans of the school. The comments, made on June 12, earned her a chorus of cheers and applause from social work students who say "practicums"—placements in agencies that are required for graduation—are exploitative and illegal under federal labor standards. In a statement given to The Stranger, Sawant called unpaid internships, which have proliferated as wealth inequality has grown over the past few decades, "invisible abominations." The School of Social Work says it's trying to get a grant to provide stipends to the students, but, all the same, insists the unpaid internships shouldn't be considered "labor" to begin with. ANSEL HERZ

CITY COUNCIL BOOK CLUB Okay, so it's not officially a book club, but in this hyperliterate city, our city council often falls into conversations about what they're reading, usually related to the issues they're working on in council or authors who are coming to town. This week: Council Member Kshama Sawant recommends Glenn Greenwald's book on government surveillance, No Place to Hide, while Council Member Sally Clark highlights MIT professor Zeynep Ton's Good Jobs Strategy, about the business sense in treating your workers decently. Read up, Seattle. ANNA MINARD

NOT FEELING SAFE ON SKYPE Speaking of Glenn Greenwald, in an interview with The Stranger ahead of his appearance at Town Hall on June 17, the NSA-scandal-breaking journalist was asked whether Skype, the medium for the interview, could be infiltrated by NSA eavesdroppers. "Oh, they're completely in the system of Skype," he replied. "I mean, they have virtually unfettered rein over Skype calls. Actually, one of the most interesting stories we did was about how easily Microsoft cooperated with the NSA to make sure that they had full rein with Skype." Asked whether it was okay for The Stranger to record the interview, Greenwald said: "You might as well join the party." ELI SANDERS

HUMAN RIGHTS FOR AMAZON SECURITY! The Seattle Human Rights Commission is putting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on notice about attempts by security officers at its South Lake Union headquarters to unionize. "One of Amazon's security subcontractors, Security Industry Specialists (SIS), is operating in a manner that likely violates the human rights of security officers employed to protect your employees and headquarters," the commission wrote in a June 4 letter to Bezos, obtained by The Stranger. In a May complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, the Service Employees International Union accused SIS of using members of its "Executive Protection" squad—the group that protects Jeff Bezos—to follow around employees who were passing out pro-union leaflets. Creepy. ANSEL HERZ recommended