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Laura Sydell

Laura Sydell appears in the following:

FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The suggestion last month that the FCC might let Internet providers charge companies more for faster service prompted a firestorm of protest. The commission votes Thursday to begin debate on the plan.

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As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints

Monday, May 12, 2014

As the price of drones drops, more people are playing around with them in their cities and neighborhoods. This doesn't sit well with a lot of Americans. Are they just paranoid?

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Apple's Win Settles Samsung's Complaint, Too

Saturday, May 03, 2014

In the latest round of litigation, Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6 million to Apple. It was a mixed verdict. The jury found that both sides violated each other's patents.

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South Sudan Near The Brink Of Genocide, Observers Say

Saturday, May 03, 2014

The U.S. was instrumental in South Sudan's independence. Now, as East Africa Correspondent Gregory Warner tells NPR's Scott Simon, it's leading the effort to restore peace.

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For Apple, A Limited Victory Against Samsung In Infringement Case

Friday, May 02, 2014

In a case between tech giants Apple and Samsung, a jury has issued a mixed verdict. The decision marks only the latest in an ongoing struggle over patents between the two companies.

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How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A fight over patents is unfolding between Apple and Samsung in a California courtroom. But a case before the Supreme Court could change the concept of intellectual property in information technology.

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After The Floods, Gulf Coast Towns Dig Out From Muck And Mud

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Florida panhandle and the coast of Alabama have been deluged by rain this week. Some local officials say it's the worst flooding in decades. Sandra Averhart of Pensacola's WUWF sent this postcard.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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