Science & Technology

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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

2019 was a tough year for the media landscape. An estimated 7,000 jobs were lost, and many publications went dark.

from Greater LA

The internet comedy website CollegeHumor laid off nearly its entire staff -- more than 100 people -- last week.

Comedy websites discover that moving their content to Facebook was a bad idea

The internet comedy website CollegeHumor laid off nearly its entire staff -- more than 100 people -- last week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Artists to watch: Moses Sumney, Porridge Radio, Bonny Light Horseman, Sorry, and Tame Impala.

The sound of 2020: Pop meets indie, and digital DIY

Artists to watch: Moses Sumney, Porridge Radio, Bonny Light Horseman, Sorry, and Tame Impala.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Silicon Valley executives may say they’re apolitical, but some are secretly pouring millions into the 2020 election to help Democrats.

Secret Silicon Valley group spends big money to help Democrats

Silicon Valley executives may say they’re apolitical, but some are secretly pouring millions into the 2020 election to help Democrats.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Facebook announced on Thursday that it won’t police the truthfulness of political ads on its site. It also won’t limit how campaigns use the platform to send ads to certain people.

Election official says Facebook is hurting democracy

Facebook announced on Thursday that it won’t police the truthfulness of political ads on its site. It also won’t limit how campaigns use the platform to send ads to certain people.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Australia is dealing with the worst wildfires in its history. The blazes have scorched millions of acres and destroyed more than a thousand homes.

From Santa Barbara, Australian wildlife caretaker watches her home country burn

Australia is dealing with the worst wildfires in its history. The blazes have scorched millions of acres and destroyed more than a thousand homes.

from KCRW Features

Las Vegas is hosting the annual Consumer Electronics Show (   CES   ) this week. Gadgets are usually the best part.

CES 2020: AI, cybersecurity, and government presence

Las Vegas is hosting the annual Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) this week. Gadgets are usually the best part.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Many websites now offer a link to opt out of sharing data about yourself.

Explainer: California’s new landmark data privacy law

Many websites now offer a link to opt out of sharing data about yourself.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Millions of people use online dating apps to find love connections.

Safety concerns of online dating platforms

Millions of people use online dating apps to find love connections.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Some people are trying to dial back on their phone habit by visiting private clubs with no-phone policies.

Purge your phone: the case for digital minimalism

Some people are trying to dial back on their phone habit by visiting private clubs with no-phone policies.

from Design and Architecture

A small group of bar and private club owners in LA are trying to get their patrons to unplug from technology.

Speakeasies with a prohibition on phones

A small group of bar and private club owners in LA are trying to get their patrons to unplug from technology.

from Design and Architecture

Some people are trying "digital minimalism” as a means to wean themselves off of smartphone addiction.

New app delivers mood-boosting 'digital drugs'

Some people are trying "digital minimalism” as a means to wean themselves off of smartphone addiction.

from Design and Architecture

Thinking machines are finally able to think for themselves.  In the US, it’s for money. In China, it’s to enforce state control.

Artificial Intelligence and your life in the future

Thinking machines are finally able to think for themselves.  In the US, it’s for money. In China, it’s to enforce state control.

from To the Point

If you own a smartphone, you also own a tracking device. Companies are always watching. The New York Times tracked a member of President Trump’s entourage all over Palm Beach, Florida.

Smartphone apps are tracking our locations, and even the president is not immune

If you own a smartphone, you also own a tracking device. Companies are always watching. The New York Times tracked a member of President Trump’s entourage all over Palm Beach, Florida.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Starting January 1, 2020, Californians will be able to find out how much big tech knows about them.

California’s data privacy law puts you in control

Starting January 1, 2020, Californians will be able to find out how much big tech knows about them.

from KCRW Features

Thousands of fat innkeeper worms (aka the “penis fish”) washed up on the shores of a Northern California beach this month.

What scientists know about fat innkeeper worms

Thousands of fat innkeeper worms (aka the “penis fish”) washed up on the shores of a Northern California beach this month.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

DNA can help you build your family tree, find out where your relatives came from, find a parent you’ve been searching for (or a sibling or distant relatives you may not have been…

Privacy concerns over the use of genealogical databases

DNA can help you build your family tree, find out where your relatives came from, find a parent you’ve been searching for (or a sibling or distant relatives you may not have been…

from Greater LA

We have cars that run on food, like used french fry oil, corn, and even chocolate. Why not start making cars out of food too? That’s what Ford wants to do.

Ford wants to make car parts out of coffee waste

We have cars that run on food, like used french fry oil, corn, and even chocolate. Why not start making cars out of food too? That’s what Ford wants to do.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Riot Games    announced this week    that it’s going to pay $10 million to all the women who worked at the company at any time in the last five years.

Former Riot Games staffer on the company’s payouts for harassment

Riot Games announced this week that it’s going to pay $10 million to all the women who worked at the company at any time in the last five years.

from Greater LA