Laura Sydell http://wcqs.org en As Ferguson Unraveled, The World Found A New Way Of Watching http://wcqs.org/post/ferguson-unraveled-world-found-new-way-watching <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1H17Gahmu4</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:46:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 22663 at http://wcqs.org As Ferguson Unraveled, The World Found A New Way Of Watching Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board http://wcqs.org/post/ex-microsoft-ceo-ballmer-steps-down-companys-board Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 58, has <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/aug14/08-19steveb.aspx">resigned from the company's</a> board citing other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.<p>Tuesday's announcement closes a chapter in Ballmer's 34 years with the software giant. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 22454 at http://wcqs.org Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever http://wcqs.org/post/how-long-do-cds-last-it-depends-definitely-not-forever Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc.<p>Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs are degrading, and researchers at the Library of Congress are trying to figure out why.<p>In a basement lab at the library, Fenella France opens up the door to what looks like a large wine cooler. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 22401 at http://wcqs.org How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever In Hashtag Protest, 'Black Twitter' Shows Its Strength http://wcqs.org/post/hashtag-protest-black-twitter-shows-its-strength Following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, many young African-Americans posted pictures of themselves on Twitter under the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. They were protesting the damaging ways in which young black men like Brown are often portrayed in the media. The response demonstrated the scope of what's informally known as Black Twitter, a virtual community of African-American Twitter users. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 22198 at http://wcqs.org A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist http://wcqs.org/post/good-it-person-needs-be-half-technologist-half-psychologist <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2ySMXsuMiw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rksCTVFtjM4</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 22085 at http://wcqs.org A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist In Tech Marketing Jobs, Women's Successes Are Rarely Recognized http://wcqs.org/post/tech-marketing-jobs-womens-successes-are-rarely-recognized It's no secret that there aren't a lot of women in Silicon Valley and the tech industry in general. There is one exception — marketing and public relations. Though these women aren't the people writing the code or building the chip, their role in the success of many tech companies is often crucial and overlooked.<p>A recent lawsuit in the valley highlights that problem. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 21783 at http://wcqs.org In Tech Marketing Jobs, Women's Successes Are Rarely Recognized In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://wcqs.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 20328 at http://wcqs.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma Supreme Court Deals A Big Win For TV Broadcasters http://wcqs.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 19950 at http://wcqs.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://wcqs.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 19372 at http://wcqs.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://wcqs.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 19356 at http://wcqs.org