Laura Sydell http://ktep.org en In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://ktep.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 21:19:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 43990 at http://ktep.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma Supreme Court Deals A Big Win For TV Broadcasters http://ktep.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 43424 at http://ktep.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://ktep.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 16:18:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 42622 at http://ktep.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://ktep.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 42595 at http://ktep.org Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario http://ktep.org/post/qa-nintendo-president-says-dont-count-out-mario The American face of Nintendo, President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUTl1vEG62Q">once said</a>, "I'm about kicking ass, I'm about taking names."<p>Nintendo hasn't been kicking much ass over the past few years — the company posted a $456 million operating loss in its last fiscal year, its third loss in a row. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Laura Sydell & Nina Gregory 42576 at http://ktep.org Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff http://ktep.org/post/reach-sky-youtube-music-service-standoff <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG6lTQNW04I</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:47:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 42330 at http://ktep.org Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers http://ktep.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 41995 at http://ktep.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers For $3 Billion, Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics http://ktep.org/post/3-billion-apple-buys-dr-dres-beats-electronics Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Apple is moving to the beat. The company's made it official. It's buying Beats Electronics, which streams music and makes the popular Beats headphones. Rumors of this deal leaked earlier this month. All told, Beats came with a $3 billion price tag - the largest acquisition in Apple's history. As NPR's Laura Sydell reports, it's a deal that has some analysts scratching their heads.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Apple's the company that transformed music for the digital age. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 41618 at http://ktep.org Malicious Software Probe Reveals Vast Criminal Network http://ktep.org/post/malicious-software-probe-reveals-vast-criminal-network Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a crackdown on hackers.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MONTAGNE: Law Enforcement officials announced charges in connection with malicious software that makes it easy for anyone to spy on computer remotely. The case reveals a vast international criminal network that made blackmail and password theft simple and cheap.<p>As NPR's Laura Sydell reports.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: The Blackshades Remote Access Tool or RAT, was advertised on hacker forums for 40 bucks. Tue, 20 May 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40984 at http://ktep.org FCC Votes To Open Debate On New Net Neutrality Rules http://ktep.org/post/fcc-votes-open-debate-new-net-neutrality-rules Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Federal Communications Commission meetings usually don't cause much excitement, but today's did. The FCC voted to open up public debate on proposed Internet rules. There were protests before and during the meeting. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40726 at http://ktep.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic http://ktep.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 07:42:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40667 at http://ktep.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints http://ktep.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 20:38:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40496 at http://ktep.org As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints Apple's Win Settles Samsung's Complaint, Too http://ktep.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 39929 at http://ktep.org For Apple, A Limited Victory Against Samsung In Infringement Case http://ktep.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 39912 at http://ktep.org How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape http://ktep.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 20:43:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39817 at http://ktep.org How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape High Court Ruling Likely To Control Patent Trolls http://ktep.org/post/high-court-ruling-likely-control-patent-trolls Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a bad day for trolls.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>INSKEEP: A Supreme Court ruling, handed down yesterday, will make it easier for companies that successfully fight off frivolous patent lawsuits to get their legal fees reimbursed. Observers say this ruling will help ward off so-called patent trolls.<p>NPR's Laura Sydell reports.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: The case involved an exercise equipment maker - Octane Fitness - that built a successful elliptical exercise machine. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39694 at http://ktep.org You Love The Cloud, But It May Not Be As Secure As You Think http://ktep.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 20:23:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39445 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 39369 at http://ktep.org Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan Anti-Poaching Agreements May Implicate Several Tech Titans http://ktep.org/post/anti-poaching-agreements-may-implicate-several-tech-titans 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. A court case in Silicon Valley has brought some juicy emails to light. The correspondence involved some of the valley's biggest stars including the late Apple founder and CEO, Steve Jobs. Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe are accused in a class action suit of suppressing the wages of their developers and engineers.<p>The plaintiffs, all 64,000, say the companies did that by agreeing not to poach each other's employees. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39110 at http://ktep.org U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Argentina Debt Case http://ktep.org/post/us-supreme-court-hear-arguments-argentina-debt-case Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Argentina and its teetering economy will be affected by case being heard today by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case goes back more than a decade and could have wide implications, not just for Argentina's economy, but also to relations with the U.S.<p>NPR's Laura Sydell reports.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Back in 2001, when Argentina was in the midst of a financial crisis that resulted in widespread hunger and deprivation, it defaulted on $80 billion in government bonds. The vast majority of its debtors agreed to take less than they were owed. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39058 at http://ktep.org Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player http://ktep.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 37997 at http://ktep.org Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player Apple And Samsung Face Off In Court Again Over Patents http://ktep.org/post/apple-and-samsung-face-court-again-over-patents Each company claims the other one has swiped its patents. This time Apple is going after patents in the Android operating system that run Samsung's Galaxy S3. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 37704 at http://ktep.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints http://ktep.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 37463 at http://ktep.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player http://ktep.org/post/kickstarter-campaign-begins-neil-youngs-music-player Amid the thousands promoting new music at this week's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, one artist took to the stage Tuesday to promote a new way to hear it. Before a crowd at the Austin Convention Center, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young" target="_blank">Neil Young</a> launched a Kickstarter campaign to support his long-planned high fidelity music player and online store, <a href="http://www.ponomusic.com/#home" target="_blank">Pono</a>.<p>Young was plainspoken as he explained what motivated him to develop a new digital music player. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 36478 at http://ktep.org Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality http://ktep.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 20:22:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 36355 at http://ktep.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom http://ktep.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 36076 at http://ktep.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle http://ktep.org/post/win-fair-use-after-record-label-picked-wrong-guy-sue An Australian record label that threatened to sue one of the world's most famous copyright attorneys for infringement has reached a settlement with him.<p>The settlement includes an admission that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, had the right to use a song by the band Phoenix.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/27/226834651/record-label-picks-a-fight-over-copyright-with-the-wrong-guy">we previously reported</a>, Lessig posted one of his lectures about the fair use of copyrighted work. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:39:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 35690 at http://ktep.org A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered http://ktep.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 35548 at http://ktep.org iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered Facebook To Buy WhatsApp Message Service http://ktep.org/post/facebook-buy-whatsapp-message-service Facebook is buying an instant messaging service called WhatsApp for an eye-popping $19 billion. It's the latest salvo in an arms race by Silicon Valley giants to stockpile mobile technology. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 35146 at http://ktep.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' http://ktep.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 08:43:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 34779 at http://ktep.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids'