Laura Sydell http://wkms.org en In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://wkms.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 41809 at http://wkms.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://wkms.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 41267 at http://wkms.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic http://wkms.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 14:17:17 +0000 Laura Sydell 40579 at http://wkms.org FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints http://wkms.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 40515 at http://wkms.org As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints For Apple, A Limited Victory Against Samsung In Infringement Case http://wkms.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 40304 at http://wkms.org How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape http://wkms.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 40275 at http://wkms.org How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan http://wkms.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 40126 at http://wkms.org Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? http://wkms.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 22:26:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38599 at http://wkms.org That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft http://wkms.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 22:39:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38509 at http://wkms.org What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture http://wkms.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 22:09:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38394 at http://wkms.org Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture