Laura Sydell

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Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public

Friday, August 30, 2013

Patent trolls — a term known more among geeks than the general public — are about to be the target of a national ad campaign. Beginning Friday, a group of retail trade organizations is launching a radio and print campaign in 17 states.

They want to raise awareness of ...


Can Streaming Services Make Money?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Every time you turn around it seems like there's a new streaming music service. Pandora was among the first a decade ago. Rdio launched in 2010. Spotify came to the U.S. in the summer of 2011. Apple and Google plan to join the fray this year. Music producer ...


Kodak Reinvents Itself As Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has approved Kodak's plan to emerge from court oversight. That paves the way for it to be a much smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing.

The plan received the judge's approval on Tuesday, and the company hopes to put it into effect as ...


How Vine Settled On 6 Seconds

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Six seconds isn't a lot of time. If you were to read this sentence out loud, by the time you finished, six seconds would be up. But the brevity of Vine, the app that lets users make and share six-second video clips, has attracted 40 million registered users since its ...


Combining The Nation's Digitized Libraries, All In One Place

Monday, August 19, 2013

Part of a series, Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries

Buried in the archives of America's public and academic libraries are historical treasures — old papers, photos and records — that flesh out a detailed picture of our past.

Many libraries are trying to make it easier ...


'The New York Times' Site, Apps Return After Two-Hour Outage

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

One of the world's most trusted sources for news is back up, after an internal outage knocked it out for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning. The New York Times' main site and mobile app went down a little after 11 a.m. ET, when users who tried to visit received ...


Amazon Enters Art World; Galleries Say They Aren't Worried

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Local record and book shops have been disappearing as the market for music and literature moves online. In the past few years, there's been a growth in sites that sell fine art on the Internet. On Tuesday, Amazon joined that market. But in this case, many brick and mortar ...


Trade Case Puts Apple In Washington's Sights

Monday, August 05, 2013

Apple has been notoriously disinterested in Washington politics. But two decisions coming from the Obama administration in the past few days indicate that Washington is increasingly interested in Apple.

Apple got some good news this weekend when U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman stepped in and overturned a ban on ...


Google Ups Its Game Against Apple With New Smartphone

Thursday, August 01, 2013

When it was launched Thursday, the Moto X, Google's first smartphone product to come out of its buyout of Motorola, was not the highest powered or highest pixeled device. Rather, the designers boasted of its usability — that the Moto X has a larger purpose: making the technology of a ...


How Hackers Tapped Into My Cellphone For Less Than $300

Monday, July 15, 2013

In the wake of the National Security Agency cyber-spying revelations, you may be worrying about the government keeping track of your digital life. But, for less than $300, a group of ordinary hackers found a way to tap right into Verizon cellphones.

This is a group of good-guy, or "white ...


New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

On Wednesday, 1 million owners of Samsung's Galaxy phone will get to download rap star Jay-Z's latest album three days before its official release. The giveaway is part of one the highest-profile album and phone promotions ever orchestrated. And in an age when album sales are flat and ...


Taj Mahal: Still Cooking Up 'Heirloom Music' His Own Way

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Taj Mahal has a degree in animal husbandry and agronomy, and planned to be a farmer. Music was just something he did.

"No matter what went down, music was always going to be a part of my life," the guitarist and singer says. "What ultimately happened is that, ...