Laura Sydell http://whqr.org en In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://whqr.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 57547 at http://whqr.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma Supreme Court Deals A Big Win For TV Broadcasters http://whqr.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 57114 at http://whqr.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://whqr.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 56460 at http://whqr.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://whqr.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 56445 at http://whqr.org Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario http://whqr.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 21:36:00 +0000 Laura Sydell & Nina Gregory 56422 at http://whqr.org Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff http://whqr.org/post/reach-sky-youtube-music-service-standoff <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG6lTQNW04I</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 56234 at http://whqr.org Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers http://whqr.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 55979 at http://whqr.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers FCC Votes To Open Debate On New Net Neutrality Rules http://whqr.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 54980 at http://whqr.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic http://whqr.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 54932 at http://whqr.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints http://whqr.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 54799 at http://whqr.org As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints