Aarti Shahani

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Why Google Home Has Hard Time Recognizing The Smash Hit 'Despacito'

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Latin Grammy nominated song "Despacito" is a smash hit on YouTube. But if you ask Google's personal assistant to play "Despacito" it can't understand the command. Even though YouTube is part of Google. It's a learning moment about artificial intelligence, how natural language processing works and why machines still struggle with translation and foreign accents.


How Facebook's Ads Could Change Following The Russian Debacle

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Facebook's celebrity executives — Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg — were not on Capitol Hill yesterday when Congress grilled the company's top lawyer about incendiary Russian ads on the platform. Instead, they were on an earnings call with investors announcing a 79 percent jump in profits, fueled by the company's dominance in online advertising. NPR's Aarti Shahani looks at how advertising is the key to Facebook's success and how that may change following the Russian debacle.


Lawmakers Grill Tech Firms On Russia's Use Of Social Media To Influence 2016 Election

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Executives for major tech firms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, take questions in Congress on Wednesday about their role in Russian interference in the last election.


Zuckerberg Mentor Urges More Government Oversight Of Social Media

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

As Congress continues to hold hearings on how tech companies can combat "fake news," one mentor of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the U.S. government should more strictly regulate the industry.


Facebook's Advertising Tools Complicate Efforts To Stop Russian Interference

Monday, October 30, 2017

Facebook says 126 million people may have seen Russian content aimed at influencing Americans. Marketing gurus say Facebook is unlikely to solve the problem because of its ad-based business model.


Facebook's Blind Spot: Connecting The World, For Better Or Worse

Monday, October 30, 2017

Facebook measures how much you like, click, share. But the company has been slow to record the harm that occurs when people are connected, like through fake news and hate speech. Here's a closer look at Mark Zuckerberg's blind spot.


Tech Companies Urge Congress To Help DREAMers

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

A Senate committee holds a hearing on the fate of DACA recipients. Tech industry insiders say they're not optimistic the Senate will move on a bill. A business coalition pushes alternate strategies.


How Do You Turn Around A Tech Giant? With Empathy, Microsoft CEO Says

Monday, September 25, 2017

The CEO of Microsoft was hired to turn the company around. And now, just three years into the job, Satya Nadella has written a book reflecting on this monumental task — and the empathy it requires.


Facebook Enabled Ads Targeting Anti-Semites

Friday, September 15, 2017

ProPublica found that Facebook had enabled advertisers to target ads to people who expressed an interest in anti-Semitic topics.


Silicon Valley Wants To Dust Off The Democratic Establishment

Thursday, September 07, 2017

During the Obama years, Democrats got comfortable and Republicans gained a digital advantage. Now, the liberals of Silicon Valley want to change that.


Microsoft President To Trump: To Deport A DREAMer, You'll Have To Go Through Us

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

As dozens of CEOs called on the president to preserve DACA, and on Congress to pass an immigration bill to help immigrant youth, the president of Microsoft had some fighting words for the White House.


Tech Giant Google Finds Itself In Another Free-Speech Controversy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

News of a scholar being forced out at New America, which is founded by Google, is hitting a nerve. Google has a novel form of power — over both the distribution of ideas and the creation of ideas.


Thinking Of Running For Office? A Website Lets You Test The Waters

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Think you may want to run for public office? A new site lets you crowdfund a potential campaign. See how a California congressional candidate was inspired to give it a try.


Expedia's Dara Khosrowshahi Picked As Uber's New CEO

Monday, August 28, 2017

After a search that included a number of well-known candidates, the board of ride-sharing giant Uber has announced its pick for CEO: Expedia's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.


Tech Companies Blacklist White Supremacist Site

Friday, August 18, 2017

The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has been essentially purged from the Internet following the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.


Silicon Valley Fights Back Against Extremism Online

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Companies are waging a broad attack against white supremacist groups, cutting off their ability to raise money, post content or register their sites online. These moves are not unprecedented, but this muscle flexing raises a lot of questions — not just about free speech, but also about due process and who controls the Internet.


Is The Memo Controversy A Pivot Point On Diversity For Google?

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Once Google is done putting out fires in the wake of a male employee's incendiary memo about gender, the company will have to think about how to tackle its longstanding diversity problem.


Could A Bus With Sleep Pods Replace Airplanes?

Friday, August 04, 2017

A new startup wants to revolutionize how we travel long distances using pretty simple technology: a bus with beds. Only, they're called pods.


To Keep Drivers From Leaving, Uber Tries To Treat Them Better

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Uber is changing its harsh termination policies and launching a hotline for drivers in distress. Leaders at the tech company are trying to repair the relationship they say is "broken."


With Entry Into Interest Curation, Google Goes Head-To-Head With Facebook

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In the feed, users will get a stream of news, photos and more based on their search histories and interests across Google products. The company promises a different, less friend-filtered experience.