Laura Sydell

Laura Sydell appears in the following:

Why The Airline Industry Could Keep Suffering System Failures Like Delta's

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Delta's massive outage wasn't the first malfunction to wreak havoc on an airline. The industry's systems are complex and require high security, which can make them more prone to shutdowns.


Why Taylor Swift Is Asking Congress To Update Copyright Laws

Monday, August 08, 2016

It's an ongoing standoff between musicians and Google's YouTube: Who should be responsible for removing unauthorized copies of songs posted online?


Is There A Double Standard When Female CEOs In Tech Stumble?

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Male CEOs fail all the time, but when someone like Yahoo's Marissa Mayer or Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes falls short of expectations it can feed stereotypes about women being unfit for leadership.


Pokemon Go: The Live Video Game Everyone Seems To Be Playing

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon Go is the latest game to use something called augmented reality which combines virtual and real worlds on a smartphone screen. Released only last week by Nintendo, it is a runaway success.


Bodybuilders Beef Over A Workout Supplement — And A Stanford Patent

Friday, July 08, 2016

Two bodybuilders go at it in a legal battle that reveals how university patents for federally funded research can end up in unexpected places.


Brexit Could Threaten England's Global Technology Status

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

London-based tech companies face the uncertainty of the upcoming exit from the European Union. Many worry about less investment and less access to the talent they need to grow. Some may just leave.


Game Developers Try Hard To Appeal To Professional Competitors

Friday, June 17, 2016

They may not be lifting weights to get in shape, but eSports players train hard. And they're competing hard at this year's E3 conference for video gamers in Los Angeles. Top prize is $10,000.


E3 Conference Showcases New Kind Of Video Game Celebrity

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Millions of video game fans have created a new kind of celebrity — gamers who play live while others watch online. NPR looks at the biggest video game trade conference, known as E3, through the eyes of two of these celebrities.


Video Game Trade Show Kicks Off Under Cloud Of Real-Life Violence

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

There were signs that E3's organizers were trying to bridge the contradictions between violent video games and the Orlando massacre. "Shooter games" are a significant part of the industry's sales.


Tech Billionare Peter Thiel Comes Forward In War Against 'Gawker'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel revealed he was a backer of Hulk Hogan's successful invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker.


For People With Disabilities New Technology Can Be Life Changing

Saturday, May 21, 2016

"We shouldn't need to know they have a disability. It should just work for them."


Too Much Technology Can Spoil Your Warhol Experience

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has reopened after a three-year closure. Like a growing number of museums, it hopes new tech doesn't get in the way of looking at the art.


Revamped San Francisco Museum Merges Modern Art With Interactive Tech

Monday, May 16, 2016

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art re-opened this weekend with groundbreaking interactive technology meant to enhance the experience of looking at art. But can there be too much tech in a museum?


Google To Ban Payday Loan Ads

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Google says it will ban all payday loan ads from its site. Consumer advocates say the lending practice hurts the poor and vulnerable.


Biotech's Theranos Offers A Cautionary Tale For Silicon Valley

Monday, May 02, 2016

The blood-testing startup led by Elizabeth Holmes soared on hype and celebrity boosters. Now it's under federal scrutiny. It could show that Silicon Valley's success model doesn't work in biotech.


Beyond Streaming: How Will Future Fans Discover Prince's Music?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Whoever ends up running his estate will face some tough decisions about how to handle his musical legacy. What happens to the music in his vault? Will future concertgoers see him as a hologram?


Do You Yahoo? Despite Dismal Reputation, Many People Still Do

Monday, April 18, 2016

Yahoo goes on the block Monday. The tech company will accept bids for its Internet businesses, properties estimated to be worth billions of dollars. Despite its reputation as a digital dinosaur, Yahoo is the third most trafficked site on the web. NPR looks at users who have stuck with Yahoo.


For Sale: One Used Internet Company Called Yahoo

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Potential buyers are due to submit bids for Yahoo's core Internet business on Monday. Yahoo may be the number three search engine, but it's struggled to attract investors and keep up with competitors.


Can Silly Patents Help Fight Frivolous Lawsuits?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Critics of the patent system say it's too easy for people to save a slew of semi-realistic ideas, then sue when a firm separately tries to make something similar. A new website fights fire with fire.


Department Of Justice Says It No Longer Needs Apple's Help To Unlock iPhone

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Justice Department has asked a federal court to vacate its order that Apple write software to help the FBI access data in the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.