Laura Sydell http://wvasfm.org en In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://wvasfm.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 21:45:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 50856 at http://wvasfm.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma Supreme Court Deals A Big Win For TV Broadcasters http://wvasfm.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 50369 at http://wvasfm.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://wvasfm.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 49689 at http://wvasfm.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://wvasfm.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 49673 at http://wvasfm.org Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario http://wvasfm.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 49652 at http://wvasfm.org Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff http://wvasfm.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 49427 at http://wvasfm.org Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers http://wvasfm.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 49167 at http://wvasfm.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers For $3 Billion, Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics http://wvasfm.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 48853 at http://wvasfm.org Malicious Software Probe Reveals Vast Criminal Network http://wvasfm.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 09:09:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 48333 at http://wvasfm.org FCC Votes To Open Debate On New Net Neutrality Rules http://wvasfm.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 48107 at http://wvasfm.org