Elise Hu http://www.kplu.org en 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? http://www.kplu.org/post/1-million-net-neutrality-comments-filed-will-they-matter The Federal Communications Commission received more than 1 million public comments on the issue of net neutrality during a five-month commenting period that ended Friday.<p>It's the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331798176/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles">biggest public response</a> the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter in such a short period, and the second most commented-upon FCC issue, period. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:44:10 +0000 Elise Hu 17831 at http://www.kplu.org 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call http://www.kplu.org/post/better-culture-could-have-prevented-viral-comcast-call This week, one man's customer service <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331681041/comcast-embarrassed-by-the-service-call-making-internet-rounds">call to Comcast</a> turned into a badgering — a simple request to cancel his service was repeatedly beaten back by the employee on the other end of the line. It was a familiar feeling for a lot of us, which perhaps explains why more than 4 million people have listened to it in less than a week.<p>"It was frustrating to listen to. It's almost a PTSD we have with bad customer service," said journalist Emily Yellin. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:46:30 +0000 Elise Hu 17803 at http://www.kplu.org Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles http://www.kplu.org/post/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission's commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:51:50 +0000 Elise Hu 17743 at http://www.kplu.org FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds http://www.kplu.org/post/comcast-embarrassed-service-call-making-internet-rounds When a customer service call is described as <a href="http://gawker.com/hellish-comcast-call-sets-new-standard-for-shitty-custo-1605200994">"Kafkaesque" and "hellish,"</a> you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:41:17 +0000 Elise Hu 17724 at http://www.kplu.org Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears http://www.kplu.org/post/tech-giants-make-net-neutrality-case-deadline-nears It's not just comedian <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/03/318458496/john-oliver-helps-rally-45-000-net-neutrality-comments-to-fcc">John Oliver coming out against</a> cable companies to support net neutrality. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:09:14 +0000 Elise Hu 17707 at http://www.kplu.org Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey http://www.kplu.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 17:56:13 +0000 Elise Hu 17562 at http://www.kplu.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://www.kplu.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. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:06:32 +0000 Elise Hu 17474 at http://www.kplu.org Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup Tech Week: Google's Plans, Aereo's Loss And Occupied Stalls http://www.kplu.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 18:45:34 +0000 Elise Hu 17463 at http://www.kplu.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://www.kplu.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 20:54:26 +0000 Elise Hu 17428 at http://www.kplu.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://www.kplu.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 16:15:51 +0000 Elise Hu 17406 at http://www.kplu.org Facebook's Diversity Numbers Are Out, And They're What You Expect Watch This To Put Your Facebook Feed In Perspective http://www.kplu.org/post/watch-put-your-facebook-feed-perspective <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxVZYiJKl1Y</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:07:07 +0000 Elise Hu 17394 at http://www.kplu.org Watch This To Put Your Facebook Feed In Perspective Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not http://www.kplu.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 16:16:50 +0000 Elise Hu 17280 at http://www.kplu.org Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not Turn Any Cup Into A Spillproof Sippy Cup For Your Kids http://www.kplu.org/post/turn-any-cup-spillproof-sippy-cup-your-kids You're welcome, parents of young kids. The days of awkward-sized sippy cups taking up space in your cabinets, of cleaning up spills at restaurants and furiously matching lids to cups before rushing out the door may be over. SipSnap, this week's innovation pick, lets you turn any drinking vessel into a spillproof sippy cup for your little ones.<p>Designers Sativa Turner and Michelle Ivankovic were working on another project when they came up with these silicone lids that mold to fit any cup. They come with spouts for toddlers or straw holes for bigger kids. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:03:50 +0000 Elise Hu 17227 at http://www.kplu.org Turn Any Cup Into A Spillproof Sippy Cup For Your Kids How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's http://www.kplu.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 23:10:11 +0000 Elise Hu 17216 at http://www.kplu.org How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes http://www.kplu.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 17:35:21 +0000 Elise Hu 17195 at http://www.kplu.org Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes