Laura Sydell

Laura Sydell appears in the following:

Once Dominant, Netflix Faces An Increasing Number Of Video Challengers

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

With more than 100 million subscribers around the world, Netflix is the premier video streaming service. But, as competition from Amazon, Hulu and others heats up, can Netflix stay on top?

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Shocking Omissions: Joan Armatrading's 'Walk Under Ladders'

Monday, October 09, 2017

Melissa Etheridge once described the record as "the best produced huge album that never was." On it, Armatrading masters a pop sensibility while retaining the qualities that give her songs depth.

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Facebook, Google Spread Misinformation About Las Vegas Shooting. What Went Wrong?

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The platforms promoted the name of a man falsely accused of being the shooter by surfacing less-credible sites. The companies say they're working on fixes, but analysts say the challenge is massive.

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Russian-Linked Election Ads Highlight Scope Of Facebook's Power

Monday, September 25, 2017

Facebook is facing pressure after news that Russia was behind a vast number of ads that tried to take votes away from Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election. People are now realizing the scope of the social media giant's power.

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iPhone X's Face ID Inspires Privacy Worries — But Convenience May Trump Them

Monday, September 18, 2017

Advocates are concerned facial scan data could be stolen, or that a successful rollout could make consumers more comfortable with less innocuous, less accurate uses of facial recognition technology.

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Apple Unveils Highly Anticipated iPhone 10 To Mark Device's Anniversary

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Apple staged a big event Tuesday to unveil new products. The iPhone 10 debuts on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and costs $1,000.

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Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

After big tech companies took action to take down white supremacist content, there have been calls for the government to step in to protect free speech from the right and left.

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Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A University of Arkansas professor falsely identified as a participant in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville says the online reaction was frightening and felt like being chased by a mob.

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Some Are Troubled By Online Shaming Of Charlottesville Rally Participants

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The "Yes, You're Racist" Twitter account uses crowdsourcing to help identify white supremacists. But sometimes it gets things wrong. And not everyone is happy about efforts at public shaming.

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Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

About half of Harvey Mudd College computer science graduates are women, up sharply in the past decade. It and other schools found success by adjusting their curriculums and making other changes.

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Google CEO Cuts Vacation Short To Deal With Crisis Over Diversity Memo

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

CEO Sundar Pichai says that he supported the right of workers to express themselves but that a senior engineer's memo had gone too far. The memo's author says he is weighing legal action.

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Google Fires Engineer Who Criticized Diversity Efforts

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The software engineer's internal memo created controversy after it was leaked. The memo, called "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," criticized the company's efforts to diversify its workforce.

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Google Engineer's Criticism Of Diversity Programs Sparks Controversy

Monday, August 07, 2017

A Google engineer's critique of the company's diversity programs is stoking controversy. The male engineer wrote that women aren't suited for tech jobs for "biological" reasons. Google executives are now trying to tamp down the furor as the memo ricochets around the tech industry and beyond.

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Apple Has Good Sales News For Wall Street

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Investors expected a slowdown in iPhone 7 sales but they were up 1.6 percent year-over-year. Apple also enjoyed iPad and Mac sales well ahead of the overall industry for computers and tablets.

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Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Reigned As Nation's Center Of Innovation

Monday, June 05, 2017

Silicon Valley is known as the nation's tech hub, but decades ago New Jersey had that distinction. The state was once home to Thomas Edison's lab and Bell Labs, the home of Nobel laureates.

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For Video Soundtracks, Computers Are The New Composers

Monday, May 29, 2017

In some cases, the job of composer might be going the way of typewriter repairman and bowling pinsetter as software creates music more cheaply and quickly than humans. Can you hear the difference?

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At The Dawn Of Recorded Sound, No One Cared

Monday, May 22, 2017

In the late 19th century, French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville patented the earliest known sound recording device. But his accomplishments were only recognized recently.

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In Google's Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Point your camera at a flower and your phone identifies it. Walk into a store and your phone leads you to the item you're looking for. It's part of a future world blurring the virtual and the real.

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Google Is Investing In 'Immersive Technology'

Friday, May 19, 2017

Google is making a push into virtual reality with a headset that doesn't require a user to connect to a phone or computer. Amidst massive hype, virtual reality has been slow to take off.

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In 'The Circle', What We Give Up When We Share Ourselves

Friday, April 28, 2017

The film, based on the book by Dave Eggers, presents a dystopian view of where Silicon Valley is taking the world and captures the tech industry's failure to acknowledge the downside of its creations.

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