Laura Sydell

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High Court Ruling Likely To Control Patent Trolls

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for companies to get their legal fees paid when they are unreasonably sued for patent infringement. Patent trolls own patents but don't make any products.


U.S. Border Patrol Scrutinized For Increasing Fatalities

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Shooting deaths of foreign national is up along the Southwest border. The agency has been called to modify its use-of-lethal-force policy. But it has a culture of secrecy and lacks transparency.


You Love The Cloud, But It May Not Be As Secure As You Think

Friday, April 25, 2014

People are storing more and more stuff online: photos, music, documents — even books. But if you're storing your digital belongings in the cloud, you should know you're giving up some rights.


Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.


Anti-Poaching Agreements May Implicate Several Tech Titans

Monday, April 21, 2014

Silicon Valley is abuzz over a class-action lawsuit that accuses some of the world's most powerful technology companies of conspiring to suppress the wages of their employees. The suit alleges that Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe agreed not to recruit one another's employees. Documents from the case show top executives at the company quarreling over each other's hiring practices and patching up disputes. The case may be settled before it comes to trial next month.


U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Argentina Debt Case

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Supreme Court will hear a case on Monday that has wide implications for Argentina's teetering economy and its relations with the U.S. The case has been dragging on for more than a decade.


A Video Game Meant To Take Us Back To The Physical World

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ingress, an innovative game from a Google startup, is designed to get its players more engaged with each other. And as the game evolves, the writers respond to actions taken by players.


Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player

Friday, April 04, 2014

Watching a great gamer is like watching a tennis or baseball pro: "If they're really good then you can watch and learn," says Megu Kobayashi, who watches gamers on a site called Twitch.


Apple And Samsung Face Off In Court Again Over Patents

Monday, March 31, 2014

Each company claims the other one has swiped its patents. This time Apple is going after patents in the Android operating system that run Samsung's Galaxy S3.


No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints

Thursday, March 27, 2014

King Digital Entertainment went public Wednesday, and the results were crushing — the stock sank. It may be a sign that investors are losing faith in the mobile gaming market.


Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NPR's Laura Sydell is afraid of heights, so when she got a first-person view from atop a castle, the experience was dizzying. Is Oculus Rift, the headset she was using, the future of entertainment?


Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Young announced his long-planned, high-fidelity audio player, Pono, on Tuesday at SXSW. But at a time when music streaming is overtaking downloads, will anybody want it?


Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality

Monday, March 10, 2014

On display at South by Southwest is an attempt to create the future of storytelling. HBO is working with Oculus — maker of virtual reality goggles — to put the audience right into Game of Thrones.


Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The film ignited protests in the Islamic world, but this copyright claim comes from an American actress who appears in the movie. Google plans to fight a court order to pull the video from YouTube.


A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Liberation Music threatened to sue Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig over a song he used in one of his lectures. Lessig sued back, and now the label is taking a look at its own copyright policies.


iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Apple recently found a critical bug in its mobile and desktop systems. Unfortunately, the security fix won't help you if you haven't updated your mobile device to iOS 7.


Wireless Companies, FCC Reach Deal On 'Unlocking' Cellphones

Thursday, December 12, 2013

U.S. wireless carriers reached a deal with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones and use them on a competitor's network.

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For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier

Friday, November 29, 2013

As video games become more mainstream, some social action organizations are using them to raise awareness or raise funds. They advocate for a range of causes, from the struggles of women in the developing world to the effects of power in Congress.


What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster

Monday, November 11, 2013

Perhaps no company showed how the Internet could turn sharing into a global phenomenon more than Napster. The music-sharing site upended the record industry. But the industry ultimately survived and free-music Napster did not. What are new businesses doing to avoid the same fate?


Raising Social Media Teens Means Constant Parental Learning

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

For parents of teens in the fast-changing social media landscape, which includes sites such as, it can be tough to figure out the balance between giving your children freedom and protecting them from danger. That dilemma was illustrated by the suicide of a 12-year-old Florida girl who reportedly was cyberbullied.