Laura Sydell

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Square Goes Public And Fields A Flood Of Customer Complaints

Friday, November 20, 2015

The mobile payment startup Square has grown rapidly and went public this week. But it is dogged by complaints from small businesses that use it.


Could A Nail Art Printer Be Girls' Gateway To The Tech World?

Sunday, November 08, 2015

A new device called the Nailbot, from the female-run company Preemadonna, uses a smartphone to print art onto fingernails. Its inventors say the beauty tool could help draw more girls to tech.


Gaming Company Activision Blizzard Buys 'Candy Crush' Developer

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

King Digital, the Swedish studio behind the "Candy Crush" puzzle game, is selling itself to Activision Blizzard for $5.9 billion. The goal of this corporate game: converting Crush pla...


What Happens When The Price Of Free Goes Up? YouTube Is About To Find Out

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

YouTube has long suggested it may try to charge for its content. The new subscription service "Red" hopes to lure users with exclusive content from top stars, offline access to music and other perks.


'Fanciful'? Meet Lawrence Lessig, The Candidate With A Single Issue

Monday, October 19, 2015

Lessig is a passionate advocate for campaign finance reform. If he wins, he says, he will pass the Citizen Equality Act of 2017 to provide voters with vouchers to fund the campaign of their choice.


Twitter's Suspension Of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.


At A Time Of Turmoil, Twitter Aims To Keep Pace With Silicon Valley

Monday, October 12, 2015

Twitter is expected to lay off workers, on the heels of announcing its new CEO. What do Twitter's recent struggles say about the company — and Silicon Valley in general?


Hey Siri, What Did You Say? Why Computers Still Mispronounce Names

Monday, October 05, 2015

Computer voices sound perfect in sci-fi films, but in the real world computer voices such as those used for Siri, Cortana and Google Now don't seem to be able to say some words correctly.


Federal Judge Rules 'Happy Birthday' Is In The Public Domain

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that "Happy Birthday" should be in the public domain. Piano arrangements were copyrighted in 1935, but they apparently don't cover the lyrics.


Apple TV, App Makers Try To Move Casual Gamers To Bigger Screen

Monday, September 21, 2015

In 2015, mobile games revenues are expected to hit more than $30 billion worldwide. Apple wants these casual gamers to play their mobile games on its streaming TV console.


In Loaded Launch Event, New Apple TV May Merit Closest Look

Thursday, September 10, 2015

While Apple's new phones and tablet mostly follow the faster-bigger-sharper formula, Apple TV's voice functionality and app ecosystem could be a breakthrough.


New Film Asks: Were Steve Jobs' Flaws Uploaded To His Machines?

Friday, September 04, 2015

Alex Gibney's documentary joins a growing list of Steve Jobs biopics and biographies. The director's thesis seems to be that Jobs' flawed character was infused into the machines he made.


How A Suit Against Uber Could Redefine The Sharing Economy

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A federal judge has allowed some drivers to proceed with a class-action suit against the ride-hailing service. The case could affect other companies in the sharing economy such as Airbnb and Lyft.


Online Stars Feel Cheated As YouTube, Facebook Battle Over Videos

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Many popular videos on Facebook originated on YouTube, and YouTube stars say it means they're losing money. Facebook says it takes intellectual property rights seriously and is working on a solution.


DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

Monday, August 17, 2015

Like a lot of machines, tractors are increasingly run by computer software that has proprietary locks. But if farmers break those locks to fix their John Deere, they are also breaking the law.


Cellphone Service Down For Thousands, But Regulators May Never Know Why

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

State officials say years of deregulation have made it nearly impossible for authorities to find out details from telecom companies.


After Wireless Outage, Some Wonder If Old Phone Networks At Fault

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

On Tuesday, the four major cell phone providers had an outage that effected tens of thousands. The cause is unclear, but experts say our wireless carriers still rely on aging phone infrastructure.


Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

With a young, well-educated population, Iran has the potential to be a boom market for tech. But sanctions and negative political implications for doing business there seem to limit prospects.


Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.


Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.