WRKF http://wrkf.org en FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report http://wrkf.org/post/fcc-propose-change-net-neutrality-rules-media-report The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:06:00 +0000 editor 25644 at http://wrkf.org Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy http://wrkf.org/post/reports-fcc-poised-about-face-net-neutrality <h6>This post was updated at 12:10 a.m. ET on Thursday. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:56:00 +0000 editor 25643 at http://wrkf.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://wrkf.org/post/obama-gets-taste-jiros-dream-sushi-name-diplomacy President Obama kicked off the first leg of his tour of Asia on Wednesday with some sushi diplomacy.<p>He dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a revered and tiny temple of sushi in Tokyo called <a href="http://www.sushi-jiro.jp/eng-index.html">Sukiyabashi Jiro</a>. The subterranean restaurant, with just 10 seats at the counter, was made famous by the 2011 documentary <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/148737187/cameras-follow-worlds-greatest-sushi-chef">Jiro Dreams of Sushi</a>.<em> </em><p>Obama emerged with a thumbs-up review. "That's some good sushi right there," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 25642 at http://wrkf.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit http://wrkf.org/post/unbeliebable-justin-offends-asian-fans-shrine-visit Pop star Justin Bieber has been lurching from <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/justin-biebers-2013-a-year-of-mishaps-controversies-sobbing-fans-and-fake-retirements-9030439.html">crisis</a> to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2574166/Judge-orders-police-video-showing-Justin-Bieber-urinating-Miami-jail-cell-released-blackout.html">crisis</a> in recent months, but his latest faux pas could be his biggest, risking the affections of possibly a billion Beliebers.<p>During a trip to Japan, the 20-year-old Canadian singer appears to have visited perhaps the Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25640 at http://wrkf.org Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record http://wrkf.org/post/costly-hepatitis-c-pill-shreds-drug-industry-sales-record The launch of Sovaldi, the $1,000-a-day pill for hepatitis C, is shaping up as the most successful ever.<p>The Food and Drug Administration approved the pill in December. And then Gilead Sciences was off to the races. The company said it sold $2.27 billion worth of Sovaldi in the quarter that ended March 31. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Scott Hensley 25635 at http://wrkf.org Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' http://wrkf.org/post/scientists-pinpoint-source-antarctic-quack For decades, researchers and submarine crews in icy waters off the coast of Antarctica have been picking up a mysterious quacking sound.<p>The "bio-duck," as its called, has been heard on and off since Cold War patrols picked it up on sonar during the 1960s.<p>"It goes 'quack, quack, quack, quack,' " says <a href="http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/psbAcousticsPeople.html">Denise Risch</a>, a marine biologist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. "It has this almost mechanical feel to it."<p>Some thought it might be a secret Soviet sub. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 25641 at http://wrkf.org Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack http://wrkf.org/post/age-custom-tailored-ed-tech-teachers-shop-rack The big names in the growing education-technology industry gathered in Arizona this week.<p>The <a href="http://edinnovation.gsvadvisors.com/">"Education Innovation Summit"</a> styles itself the "Davos of ed-tech." Educators, philanthropists and political leaders like Jeb Bush rubbed elbows with the investors, venture capitalists, big companies like Microsoft and small companies hoping to get big. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 25636 at http://wrkf.org In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights' http://wrkf.org/post/brazil-becomes-one-first-adopt-internet-bill-rights Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed into law a kind of Internet bill of rights on Wednesday.<a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25621388/brazil-passes-an-internet-bill-rights"> </a><p><a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25621388/brazil-passes-an-internet-bill-rights">As the AP reports</a>, the law enshrines access to the Web, guarantees neutrality and "puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in Brazil. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 25638 at http://wrkf.org Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights' Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back? http://wrkf.org/post/why-are-we-spiteful-even-though-it-bites-us-back Maybe you turn up your music when your neighbor complains about the noise.<p>Or maybe you curse a baby princess because you didn't get invited to her christening, as in "Sleeping Beauty" and its latest incarnation, the upcoming movie "Maleficent."<p>To see spite in its purest form, try brunch in New York. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 25637 at http://wrkf.org Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back? CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say http://wrkf.org/post/cia-quietly-ramping-aid-syrian-rebels-sources-say The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in the coming months involving American military trainers.<p>The change in strategy comes as the White House sees Syrian leader Bashar Assad growing in strength, and continuing to strike rebel strongholds.<p>Another factor: Russian leaders appear unwilling to help end the three-year-old civil war and are continuing to provide weapons to Assad. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 25639 at http://wrkf.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say