Laura Sydell http://www.kunc.org en In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://www.kunc.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 58556 at http://www.kunc.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters http://www.kunc.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 57700 at http://www.kunc.org For $3 Billion, Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics http://www.kunc.org/post/3-billion-apple-buys-dr-dres-beats-electronics Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Apple is moving to the beat. The company's made it official. It's buying Beats Electronics, which streams music and makes the popular Beats headphones. Rumors of this deal leaked earlier this month. All told, Beats came with a $3 billion price tag - the largest acquisition in Apple's history. As NPR's Laura Sydell reports, it's a deal that has some analysts scratching their heads.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Apple's the company that transformed music for the digital age. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 57117 at http://www.kunc.org Malicious Software Probe Reveals Vast Criminal Network http://www.kunc.org/post/malicious-software-probe-reveals-vast-criminal-network Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a crackdown on hackers.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MONTAGNE: Law Enforcement officials announced charges in connection with malicious software that makes it easy for anyone to spy on computer remotely. The case reveals a vast international criminal network that made blackmail and password theft simple and cheap.<p>As NPR's Laura Sydell reports.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: The Blackshades Remote Access Tool or RAT, was advertised on hacker forums for 40 bucks. Tue, 20 May 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 56732 at http://www.kunc.org FCC Votes To Open Debate On New Net Neutrality Rules http://www.kunc.org/post/fcc-votes-open-debate-new-net-neutrality-rules Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Federal Communications Commission meetings usually don't cause much excitement, but today's did. The FCC voted to open up public debate on proposed Internet rules. There were protests before and during the meeting. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 56567 at http://www.kunc.org