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FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:30:00 -0500

After a brief security evacuation, the agency voted to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps or influencing how fast they load.

News Brief: Senate And House Republicans Agree On Tax Bill, FCC To Repeal Net Neutrality

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:57 -0500

House and Senate Republicans have hammered out details of a final tax overhaul bill. Also, the FCC is set to repeal net neutrality rules, and an update on Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers who were killed.

What Could Change After Net Neutrality Repeal

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

The FCC is expected to repeal net neutrality regulations Thursday. Mitchell Baker of the Mozilla Foundation tells Steve Inskeep that the rules provide vital protections against Internet censorship.

As FCC Prepares Net-Neutrality Vote, Study Finds Millions of Fake Comments

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:06 -0500

The federal agency is about to decide if all Internet traffic should be treated equally. And yet among 22 million comments the FCC received, many were fake. Some are calling for a delay on the vote.

'I Came, I Saw, I Selfied': How Instagram Transformed The Way We Experience Art

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:07:00 -0500

Immersive exhibits, such as "Infinity Mirrors" and Artechouse, are driving people to museums in search of the perfect snapshot. The craze is changing the way we experience art in the Instagram-era.

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America's Classrooms

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:42:35 -0500

Schools use the internet for a lot of learning: researching, virtual travel, watching videos. Educators say it opens their classrooms to the world. The removal of net neutrality could change all that.

How A Female Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:17:00 -0500

Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored.

How Repealing Net Neutrality Could Affect Schools' Internet Access

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

If the Federal Communications Commission chooses to repeal net neutrality regulations, it could affect access to the Internet for schools across the country. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, about the potential impact on classrooms if net neutrality is repealed.

France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:27:00 -0500

The country's education minister says the strict rules are a matter of public health. But some teachers and parents call it a losing battle.

FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality Despite Millions Of Fake Public Comments

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.

How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:46:00 -0500

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

In Effort To Court Drivers, Lyft Offering Education Discounts

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:01:00 -0500

Lyft is offering education benefits, a move aimed at recruiting and retaining drivers in its competition with Uber. But it raises a question about what these companies owe their workforces.

Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:09:00 -0500

January contracts for the skyrocketing digital currency opened at just under $15,500 on Sunday and had spiked to more than $18,000 hours later.

What's Behind Bitcoin's All-Time High Value

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:00 -0500

The value of digital currency bitcoin has skyrocketed. But what is bitcoin and is it just a bubble? Timothy Lee of Ars Technica explains to NPR's Scott Simon.

Tax Bill Favors Adding Robots Over Workers, Critics Say

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:01:00 -0500

They say the Republican tax proposals encourage companies to buy robots instead of hiring people and creating jobs. Some employers and economist say the bill should promote training instead.