Laura Sydell http://waer.org en In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://waer.org/post/battle-web-traffic-bad-bots-are-going-after-grandma As the Web <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/27/282965383/the-web-at-25-hugely-popular-and-viewed-as-a-positive-force">turns 25</a>, it's becoming a terrific place if you're a bot.<p>It began as a tool for human communication, but now, over 60 percent of the traffic on the Web is automated applications called bots talking to other bots, according to one study. And experts say about half of those bots are bad.<p>But first let's talk about the good bots.<p>For example, Google's bots crawl around the Web to find the best information. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 20581 at http://waer.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma Supreme Court Deals A Big Win For TV Broadcasters http://waer.org/post/supreme-court-deals-big-win-tv-broadcasters Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. It was a bad day for a certain tech startup. The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a heavy blow to a service that lets consumers stream and record broadcast TV from their phones, computers or tablets. The High Court said it violates the programming copyrights of broadcasters. NPR's Laura Sydell has the story.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: The company is called Aereo. It has warehouses filled with tiny antennas, one for each of its customers. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 20173 at http://waer.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://waer.org/post/critics-renew-calls-more-diverse-video-game-characters There's a myth that only nerdy white guys play and make video games. At this week's video game extravaganza in Los Angeles called Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft didn't do much to change that image.<p>At the company's E3 press conference, there was an unseen female announcer, but there was only one female who stood on stage and spoke. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:18:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 19592 at http://waer.org Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://waer.org/post/e3-critics-renew-calls-more-diverse-video-game-characters Even though women make up a significant proportion of dedicated gamers, there are few female protagonists in big-selling video games. The same goes for ethnic and racial minorities. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 19576 at http://waer.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers http://waer.org/post/virtual-reality-lab-pioneering-researchers When Facebook paid <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/25/294439631/facebook-will-acquire-virtual-reality-company-for-2-billion">$2 billion to buy Oculus VR</a>, the company that makes the virtual reality goggles, it turned heads. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 19164 at http://waer.org Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers