Laura Sydell http://kasu.org en In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://kasu.org/post/battle-web-traffic-bad-bots-are-going-after-grandma As the Web <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/27/282965383/the-web-at-25-hugely-popular-and-viewed-as-a-positive-force">turns 25</a>, it's becoming a terrific place if you're a bot.<p>It began as a tool for human communication, but now, over 60 percent of the traffic on the Web is automated applications called bots talking to other bots, according to one study. And experts say about half of those bots are bad.<p>But first let's talk about the good bots.<p>For example, Google's bots crawl around the Web to find the best information. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 46496 at http://kasu.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma Supreme Court Deals A Big Win For TV Broadcasters http://kasu.org/post/supreme-court-deals-big-win-tv-broadcasters Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. It was a bad day for a certain tech startup. The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a heavy blow to a service that lets consumers stream and record broadcast TV from their phones, computers or tablets. The High Court said it violates the programming copyrights of broadcasters. NPR's Laura Sydell has the story.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: The company is called Aereo. It has warehouses filled with tiny antennas, one for each of its customers. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 46124 at http://kasu.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://kasu.org/post/critics-renew-calls-more-diverse-video-game-characters There's a myth that only nerdy white guys play and make video games. At this week's video game extravaganza in Los Angeles called Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft didn't do much to change that image.<p>At the company's E3 press conference, there was an unseen female announcer, but there was only one female who stood on stage and spoke. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 45566 at http://kasu.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://kasu.org/post/e3-critics-renew-calls-more-diverse-video-game-characters Even though women make up a significant proportion of dedicated gamers, there are few female protagonists in big-selling video games. The same goes for ethnic and racial minorities. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 45551 at http://kasu.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers http://kasu.org/post/virtual-reality-lab-pioneering-researchers When Facebook paid <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/25/294439631/facebook-will-acquire-virtual-reality-company-for-2-billion">$2 billion to buy Oculus VR</a>, the company that makes the virtual reality goggles, it turned heads. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 45130 at http://kasu.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic http://kasu.org/post/fcc-unveil-proposed-rules-govern-internet-traffic The Federal Communications Commission announced last month that it would propose new rules. In a blog post, Chairman Tom Wheeler insists that the open Internet rules will help maintain what's called network neutrality. That is, making certain that your Internet provider doesn't give a faster connection to a service that can pay more. <br /> Thu, 15 May 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 44221 at http://kasu.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints http://kasu.org/post/drones-fly-cities-and-yards-so-do-complaints The price of drones is dropping — a decent one could cost you $300 — but the reality of the devices flying around cities and neighborhoods doesn't sit well with a lot of Americans.<p>Are they just paranoid?<p>Three months ago, when Michael Kirschner and his wife purchased a new condo in San Francisco, they were not concerned about drones. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 44114 at http://kasu.org As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints Apple's Win Settles Samsung's Complaint, Too http://kasu.org/post/apples-win-settles-samsungs-complaint-too Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Yesterday a jury handed down a mixed verdict in a patent dispute between Samsung and Apple. Sat, 03 May 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 43739 at http://kasu.org For Apple, A Limited Victory Against Samsung In Infringement Case http://kasu.org/post/apple-limited-victory-against-samsung-infringement-case In a case between tech giants Apple and Samsung, a jury has issued a mixed verdict. The decision marks only the latest in an ongoing struggle over patents between the two companies, a struggle that is expected to see its next skirmish at the Supreme Court later this year. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=For+Apple%2C+A+Limited+Victory+Against+Samsung+In+Infringement+Case&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzNTg0OTAyMDEyOTc4NzIxNTYxN2U1Yg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 03 May 2014 00:17:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 43726 at http://kasu.org How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape http://kasu.org/post/how-supreme-court-could-reshape-tech-patent-landscape A California jury is deliberating a major lawsuit between tech titans Apple and Samsung. Apple is suing Samsung for patent infringement and asking for a whopping $2 billion in damages. But even if Apple prevails in this case, later this year the Supreme Court could undermine the victory by calling Apple's patents and thousands of others into question.<p>Among the patents at issue in the case between Apple and Samsung is a process that is familiar to any smartphone user. Thu, 01 May 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 43673 at http://kasu.org How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape You Love The Cloud, But It May Not Be As Secure As You Think http://kasu.org/post/you-love-cloud-it-may-not-be-secure-you-think People are storing more and more stuff online: photos, music, personal documents — even books. The business of cloud storage is growing 30 percent a year, Forrester Research says. But if you're storing your digital belongings in the cloud, you should know you're giving up some rights.<p>A year ago, I talked to Kyle Goodwin about one of those scary computer moments — he was saving important videos from his business to an external hard drive.<p>"Right in the middle of a save, I knocked it off my coffee table and it hit the floor and it's destroyed," he said.<p>Goodwin was flipping out. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 43420 at http://kasu.org You Love The Cloud, But It May Not Be As Secure As You Think Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan http://kasu.org/post/life-outside-fast-lane-startups-wary-web-traffic-plan The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is offering up some <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/blog/setting-record-straight-fcc-s-open-internet-rules">new rules</a> to govern traffic on the Internet. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 43377 at http://kasu.org Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player http://kasu.org/post/twitch-boosts-new-pro-category-video-game-player It may not surprise you that Netflix uses more bandwidth at peak hours than any other company, followed by Google and Apple. No. 4 on the list, though, is Twitch.tv.<p><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/" target="_blank">Twitch</a> is a company devoted to live interactive broadcasting of people playing video games. It's helping to launch a new type of broadcast professional.<p>"I make a living attempting to beat video games on my show, and people watch," says Jayson Love. His stage name is Man, and his show is <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/manvsgame">Man vs. Game</a>. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 42446 at http://kasu.org Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints http://kasu.org/post/no-sugar-high-wall-street-candy-crush-makers-ipo-disapoints Candy Crush is played by trying to line up at least three of the same color of candies.<p>In February, an average of 144 million daily active users got sucked in to the challenge.<p>Candy Crush is one of more than 180 games made by King Digital Entertainment, and it alone brought in three-quarters of the company's revenue in the last quarter of 2013.<p>Roger Kay, president of research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, says to a lot of investors, the game seemed like Farmville, the hit game by Zynga that Zynga can't seem to repeat.<p>"It's very difficult to replicate the alchemy of a great Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:38:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 42088 at http://kasu.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality http://kasu.org/post/path-televisions-future-may-be-paved-virtual-reality On display at South by Southwest is an attempt to create the future of storytelling. HBO is working with Oculus — maker of virtual reality goggles — to put the audience right into Game of Thrones. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 41341 at http://kasu.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom http://kasu.org/post/anti-muslim-video-still-stirring-controversy-courtroom Google intends to fight a court order to remove a controversial anti-Muslim video from YouTube in the U.S.<p>The company plans to file for a hearing before a full nine-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after two of three judges on a smaller panel forced the company to take down the film, <em>Innocence of Muslims</em>, which <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/21/161528858/more-protests-in-muslim-nations-some-violence">caused uproar</a> in the Islamic world in 2012.<p>The battle in the U.S. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 41174 at http://kasu.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered http://kasu.org/post/ios-6-users-left-lurch-after-security-flaw-discovered As has been widely reported, Apple recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apples-security-bug-what-to-know-about-it-and-what-to-do-about-it/2014/02/24/b59404e4-9d59-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html">discovered a critical bug</a> in its iOS and OS systems. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40889 at http://kasu.org iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' http://kasu.org/post/internet-match-apps-are-dating-steroids It's Valentine's Day, and if you aren't giving roses to someone special — or getting them — you might be thinking ahead to next year.<p>But OkCupid and Match.com may be considered old-school ways to find a mate. These days, whether you're gay or straight, the online dating scene is all about apps. Like a lot of technological change, apps bring efficiency to the process. But that isn't always a good thing.<p>Kristy Vannatter used to use the online dating service eHarmony, but she says it was a lot of work.<p>"It was just a lot of time looking at people's profiles," she says. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40415 at http://kasu.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? http://kasu.org/post/thats-just-her-could-we-ever-love-computer The film <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/16/251625458/spike-jonze-opens-his-heart-for-her">Her</a>, about a man who falls in love with his computerized personal assistant, has been nominated for <a href="http://oscar.go.com/nominees">five Oscars</a> including best picture. It takes place at an unspecified time in the future when computer voices sound like Scarlett Johansson instead of Siri. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40255 at http://kasu.org That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft http://kasu.org/post/what-bill-gates-new-role-could-mean-microsoft Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman of its board and into a new role, which the company is calling "technology adviser." The change comes as a new CEO — Satya Nadella — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271407768/microsoft-picks-insider-nadella-as-ceo-gates-takes-new-role">takes the helm</a>. Gates says he will actually be spending a little more time at Microsoft. Microsoft watchers say if he manages his new role well, it will be good for the company.<p>Gates is certainly the visionary who turned Microsoft into a software juggernaut. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40054 at http://kasu.org What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture http://kasu.org/post/small-cinemas-struggle-film-fades-out-picture Cinema owners who don't have a digital projector in their movie house can't show Paramount Pictures' latest release: <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>. This year Paramount <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/26/266515266/paramount-cuts-film-giving-the-starring-role-to-digital">became the first big studio</a> to distribute a major release in the U.S. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39823 at http://kasu.org Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised http://kasu.org/post/retailers-can-wait-tell-you-your-card-datas-been-compromised You might think that retailers have to let you know right away if they get hacked and someone steals your account information.<p>But recent disclosures by Target and Neiman Marcus that their networks were hacked, and data about their consumers were stolen, have raised questions about how quickly merchants need to alert their customers.<p>In the case of Neiman Marcus, the company may have had evidence of a breach as far back as July. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39530 at http://kasu.org Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing http://kasu.org/post/game-over-nintendo-not-if-mario-and-zelda-fans-keep-playing Some analysts say that Nintendo's days are numbered. Holiday sales of its new console, the Wii U, have been lackluster compared to Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.<p>But since Nintendo still offers some of the most popular game franchises, the love of Zelda and Mario may keep the company going for a long time.<p>In preparation for this story, I put out a call to talk to die-hard Nintendo fans. I was inundated with responses. Among them, Brian White, 30, grew up playing the Zelda games.<p>Now he's got a daughter. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:46:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39163 at http://kasu.org Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too http://kasu.org/post/hot-youtube-videos-about-video-games-and-science-too <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVhDbYt_awA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxcbppCX6Rk</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:23:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38609 at http://kasu.org Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty http://kasu.org/post/security-guards-big-tech-companies-struggle-low-pay <em>This week, we're exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and the way <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/12/16/251608120/exploring-economic-inequality-from-heart-of-the-tech-boom">income inequality is affecting the region</a>. Check out the other pieces of the week, </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/251652256/income-inequality-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area">aggregated on this page</a>.<p>Santa Clara County, Calif., is home to Google, Apple and eBay. So it's no surprise that the median household income was $91,000 a year in 2012, one of the highest in the country. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38182 at http://kasu.org What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty