Elise Hu http://wcbe.org en The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey http://wcbe.org/post/future-internet-not-so-free-or-open-pews-new-survey What we know as the World Wide Web — the main way by which most of us access the Internet — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/27/282965383/the-web-at-25-hugely-popular-and-viewed-as-a-positive-force">just turned 25 this year</a>. Its existence has allowed for all kinds of learning and free expression, coding and making, rule-breaking and platform-making. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Elise Hu 58845 at http://wcbe.org The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup http://wcbe.org/post/facebook-manipulates-our-moods-science-and-commerce-roundup So, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/28/326453204/facebook-scientists-alter-newsfeeds-find-emotions-are-affected-by-it">that happened</a>.<p>Scientists <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788.full">published a paper</a> revealing that in 2012, Facebook researchers conducted a study into "emotional contagion." The social media company altered the news feeds (the main page users land on for a stream of updates from friends) of nearly 700,000 users. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:04:42 +0000 Elise Hu 58684 at http://wcbe.org Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup Tech Week: Google's Plans, Aereo's Loss And Occupied Stalls http://wcbe.org/post/tech-week-googles-plans-aereos-loss-and-occupied-stalls It's officially summer, but there's no slowdown on the technology news front. Here's your weekly roundup of notable stories in tech, from the team at NPR and beyond.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Aereo No Longer?</strong>: The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, decided that the streaming TV startup Aereo's service, which lets users watch and record live TV from Internet-connected devices, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/25/325488386/tech-firm-aereo-performs-an-illegal-service-supreme-court-says">is in violation of copyright laws</a>. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Elise Hu 58565 at http://wcbe.org Tech Week: Google's Plans, Aereo's Loss And Occupied Stalls The Binge-Watch Before The Purge, Now That Aereo Is Likely Done http://wcbe.org/post/binge-watch-purge-now-aereo-likely-done The Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/25/325488386/tech-firm-aereo-performs-an-illegal-service-supreme-court-says">gave broadcasters a big win</a> this week in their battle against the startup service Aereo. Subscribers in select cities have been watching and recording live broadcast TV with <a href="https://www.aereo.com/">Aereo</a>, at a cost of $8 to $12 a month. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Elise Hu 58489 at http://wcbe.org The Binge-Watch Before The Purge, Now That Aereo Is Likely Done Facebook's Diversity Numbers Are Out, And They're What You Expect http://wcbe.org/post/facebooks-diversity-numbers-are-out-and-theyre-what-you-expect The summer of tech company demographic data dumps continues apace. Facebook is the latest big firm to share its staff's racial and gender breakdowns, following similar releases from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/05/29/317024113/googles-white-male-heavy-staff-underlines-techs-diversity-problem">Google</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/17/323040120/how-yahoos-diversity-numbers-compare-to-googles">Yahoo</a>. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 58460 at http://wcbe.org Facebook's Diversity Numbers Are Out, And They're What You Expect Tech Week: Yo, The Amazon Fire Phone And Apple's iWatch? http://wcbe.org/post/tech-week-yo-amazon-fire-phone-and-apples-iwatch It was a big week for product news in the tech world, a topic we typically reserve for your weekly round-ups. Here we go ...<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>SCOTUS And Facebook Threats</strong>: A case for our modern times. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Elise Hu 58181 at http://wcbe.org Tech Week: Yo, The Amazon Fire Phone And Apple's iWatch? Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not http://wcbe.org/post/yo-buzzy-app-moment-whether-yo-it-or-not <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeLZCy-_m3s</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 58128 at http://wcbe.org Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's http://wcbe.org/post/how-yahoos-diversity-numbers-compare-googles <a href="http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/89085398949/workforce-diversity-at-yahoo">Yahoo has responded</a> to the years-long calls for tech companies to disclose their staffs' gender and racial breakdowns. The numbers released Tuesday show its workforce, like much of the tech industry, is dominated by white and Asian males. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57942 at http://wcbe.org How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes http://wcbe.org/post/democrats-unveil-bill-ban-internet-fast-lanes Net neutrality has become <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/03/318458496/john-oliver-helps-rally-45-000-net-neutrality-comments-to-fcc">a hot topic</a> this summer, despite its snooze-inducing name. The principle governs that data on the Internet should be served to customers on a level playing field — at the same speeds — without priority for certain companies that might be able to pay for "fast lanes" for content.<p>Now, congressional Democrats want to put a ban on fast lanes, using legislation. A bill unveiled by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57915 at http://wcbe.org Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes Tech Week: Snooping On Steve, Uber Battles, 3-D Nutella Printing http://wcbe.org/post/tech-week-snooping-steve-uber-battles-3-d-nutella-printing So much tech news, so little time. Let's run down the highlights of our tech coverage this week.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Project Eavesdrop</strong>: In a series for <em>Morning Edition</em>, our Steve Henn got white hat hackers to tap his data and communications, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/10/320347267/project-eavesdrop-an-experiment-at-monitoring-my-home-office">in an experiment</a> to see just how much of a digital trail — and pieces of heretofore private data — could be easily obtained. It turns out, it's a whole lot. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:46:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57740 at http://wcbe.org Tech Week: Snooping On Steve, Uber Battles, 3-D Nutella Printing Starbucks Makes Itself More Addictive With Wireless Phone Charging http://wcbe.org/post/starbucks-makes-itself-more-addictive-wireless-phone-charging Starbucks' latest innovation has nothing to do with coffee beans or breakfast, but it may lure the technologically dependent among us into its stores.<p>The beverage giant is partnering with Duracell Powermat to roll out wireless phone charges in Starbucks and Teavana locations. That's right — wireless. You'll be able to put your phone down on designated spots on a table, and batteries will charge from there, sans cables, adapters or outlets. The rollout starts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57642 at http://wcbe.org Starbucks Makes Itself More Addictive With Wireless Phone Charging Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws http://wcbe.org/post/ubers-rapid-growth-pits-innovation-against-existing-laws To see the speed of technological innovation, look no further than a street corner. Hailing a cab from the street is less common in cities with Uber, a service that lets you request a ride with the simple tap of a mobile phone app.<p>The 5-year-old company — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/06/319527353/uber-car-service-company-is-now-valued-at-17-billion">now valued at $17 billion</a> — is growing so fast that it's operating in 128 cities globally, on every continent except Antarctica. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57597 at http://wcbe.org Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws 'Digital Deadly Sins': The Morality Of Our Digital Obsessions http://wcbe.org/post/digital-deadly-sins-morality-our-digital-obsessions One running thread here at All Tech is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/27/294842209/pay-attention-your-frustration-over-smartphone-distraction">smartphone distraction</a>, and whether our increasing dependence on connecting through our devices is bringing us together — or tearing us apart. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57423 at http://wcbe.org 'Digital Deadly Sins': The Morality Of Our Digital Obsessions Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups http://wcbe.org/post/tech-week-apple-homes-snowden-anniversary-sexism-flare-ups It's time for your quick rundown of the week that was in technology and culture.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Tech's Gender Gap</strong>: Getting women to join and stay in technology company ranks is a well-documented issue; a few incidents this week probably didn't do much to help the problem. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/05/318936846/chicago-conference-is-the-latest-in-tech-sexism-hall-of-shame">Chicago's Techweek apologized</a> for using provocatively posing women in a party invite after losing big names and a sponsor. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:46:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57382 at http://wcbe.org Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences http://wcbe.org/post/cool-war-china-unseen-comes-consequences The days of the Cold War are long gone — no more zero-sum showdowns against communism, no <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_1jkLxhh20">duck-and-cover lessons</a> in propaganda videos. But some scholars argue that something else has taken that conflict's place: a "cool war," pitting the U.S. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:19:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57307 at http://wcbe.org The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences Chicago Conference Is The Latest In Tech Sexism Hall Of Shame http://wcbe.org/post/chicago-conference-latest-tech-sexism-hall-shame Times may be slowly a-changin' for the Y-chromosome-dominant technology sphere, where it's becoming a tougher environment to objectify women, at least publicly.<p>We've already covered <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/04/318882549/women-complain-a-lot-interrupt-developer-says-at-conference?live=1">the sexist presentation slide</a> that showed up at a software conference on Wednesday. But also this week, Techweek Chicago organizers sent out a party invite for a "Black Tie Rave" featuring beautiful, scantily clad women. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57265 at http://wcbe.org Chicago Conference Is The Latest In Tech Sexism Hall Of Shame Girlfriend 'Complains A Lot ... Interrupts,' Developer Tells Conference http://wcbe.org/post/women-complain-lot-interrupt-developer-says-conference The consequences of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/11/221052414/sexism-in-the-tech-industry-takes-center-stage">dearth of women in technology</a> are showing up again, this time in a show of sexism at a tech conference in Berlin. (<em>See update at end of post.</em>)<p>Atlassian, the company behind software products Jira, Confluence, HipChat and more, is holding its #AtlasCamp for developers, and a developer there took the stage to present. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57211 at http://wcbe.org Girlfriend 'Complains A Lot ... Interrupts,' Developer Tells Conference John Oliver Helps Rally 45,000 Net Neutrality Comments To FCC http://wcbe.org/post/john-oliver-helps-rally-45000-net-neutrality-comments-fcc <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57138 at http://wcbe.org John Oliver Helps Rally 45,000 Net Neutrality Comments To FCC Apple Makes A Play For 'Smart Homes' By Connecting Appliances http://wcbe.org/post/apple-makes-play-smart-homes-connecting-appliances Into the quickly crowding field of automated home gadgets and appliances comes Apple, which announced HomeKit at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. HomeKit is its entrance into a nascent, fragmented market for home automation, aka the Internet of Things.<p>HomeKit will be a single, centralized way to control various automated appliances — everything from your smart thermostat to lights or locks or garage doors. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57085 at http://wcbe.org Apple Makes A Play For 'Smart Homes' By Connecting Appliances Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal http://wcbe.org/post/tech-week-c-e-bros-diversity-numbers-and-beats-deal The evidence of a lack of gender parity in technology keeps stacking up; this week we saw the fraternity-day emails of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and the diversity and gender breakdowns that Google's been reluctant to share. Let's get right into your week in review:<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Bros in The Valley</strong>: As companies like Google and Snapchat seek to lead the new information age, they are looking pretty backward when it comes to equality and diversity. Sat, 31 May 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Elise Hu 56996 at http://wcbe.org Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal