Laura Sydell http://nhpr.org en In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://nhpr.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 51326 at http://nhpr.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma Using A 3-D Version Of Rodin's Hands To Understand Anatomy http://nhpr.org/post/using-3-d-version-rodins-hands-understand-anatomy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laStEasjJl4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnmnB9051Rk</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 50707 at http://nhpr.org Using A 3-D Version Of Rodin's Hands To Understand Anatomy At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://nhpr.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 50164 at http://nhpr.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers http://nhpr.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 49665 at http://nhpr.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers Malicious Software Probe Reveals Vast Criminal Network http://nhpr.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 48784 at http://nhpr.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic http://nhpr.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 48517 at http://nhpr.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints http://nhpr.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 48364 at http://nhpr.org As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints Apple's Win Settles Samsung's Complaint, Too http://nhpr.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 47834 at http://nhpr.org For Apple, A Limited Victory Against Samsung In Infringement Case http://nhpr.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 47828 at http://nhpr.org How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape http://nhpr.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 20:54:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 47753 at http://nhpr.org How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape High Court Ruling Likely To Control Patent Trolls http://nhpr.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 47638 at http://nhpr.org Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan http://nhpr.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 47370 at http://nhpr.org Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints http://nhpr.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 45704 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 44820 at http://nhpr.org A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle http://nhpr.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 01:43:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 44304 at http://nhpr.org A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle