Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:44 am
(We put a new top on this story at 9:25 a.m. ET and added an update at 10:15 a.m. ET.)
As NPR's David Folkenflik pointed out earlier today, Comcast's proposed $45 billion purchase of fellow cable company Time Warner will receive some scrutiny from federal officials. Here's some more about that part of the story:
In the past 20 years, the Internet has significantly impacted what it means to grow up as a gay kid in this country.
Before the Web, many gay young people grew up in what seemed to be isolation, particularly those in small towns. But with the advent of online chat rooms and Websites dedicated to gay culture, communities formed, and that demographic began finding new support.
That change can be seen in the experiences of two women who grew up in the same town, two decades apart.
Susan Crawford says that in cities like Seoul and Stockholm, high-speed, high-capacity networks are taken for granted. "It really is astonishing what's going on in America," she says. "We're falling way behind in the pack of developed nations when it comes to high-speed Internet access, capacity and prices."
Waiting to watch a video on YouTube? Susan Crawford recommends this Ars Technica article called "<a href="http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/07/why-youtube-buffers-the-secret-deals-that-make-and-break-online-video/">Why YouTube Buffers</a>."
For an increasing number of Americans, access to high-speed Internet has become an essential part of our lives. We do work, email friends, find restaurants, watch videos and movies, and check the weather. And the Internet is increasingly used for important services, like video medical consults and online education, and is relied upon by businesses for critical operations.
Private companies are now interested in putting batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid into commercial production. A battery developed in the Northwest has been licensed by three companies.
Clarification 2/6/2014:An earlier version of this report described the storage capacity of a 100-megawatt battery system that has since been disputed by a source for this story.
The push to build supersized batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid is taking a big step forward: Private companies are interested in moving the technology out of the laboratory and into commercial production.
Microsoft has confirmed that Satya Nadella, 46, will be its new CEO as of Tuesday.
Todd Bishop, co-founder of the tech website Geekwire, said Nadella, who has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, will be making a big leap. “He’s been a strong business leader inside the company, but he’s never led an organization at this scale before,” Bishop said.
Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:30 am
While it's never been considered a "cool" company, Microsoft is still a force — worth $300 billion, and Windows operating systems still run on a big chunk of the world's computers. While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, outgoing leader Steve Ballmer took the reins in 2000. And Tuesday, the board chose an internal candidate — 46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella — to head the company.