Larissa Anderson is a producer for the Marketplace Tech Report and she also produces Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Wits.

Andersonjoined Marketplace after honing her radio skills as an intern with American RadioWorks and an assistant producer of programs in the MPR newsroom. She also led the Poetry Radio Project, an initiative that spanned many of APM's national programs including Weekend America, Marketplace, On Being, The Splendid Table, Performance Today and The Story.

Prior to her life in radio, Anderson taught high school English as well as English to adult language learners. She also was a grant writer, waitress and singer/songwriter.

Anderson attended the University of Minnesota where she received her bachelor’s degree in English literature. She returned to her alma mater and obtained her master’s degree in English education.

A native and current resident of Minnesota, Anderson likes to hang out with her family and practice yoga.

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Features by Larissa Anderson

Groups wants prisoners to get a break on phone rates


Several groups including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, Consumers Union, Free Press, NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, as well as conservatives David Keene of the American Conservative Union and Gary Bauer of American Values sent a STRONGLY WORDED LETTER to the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to put a cap on the phone rates prisoners are charged.

From Hillicon Valley: “According to the letter, a typical interstate collect call from prison has a $3.95 connection fee and rates as high as 90 cents per minute. The groups note that a 15-minute collect call would cost families $10 to $17 and that a one-hour call once a week would cost $250 per month.”

The argument is prisoners need to connect with friends and family - the less they do so, the more challenging it may be to reintegrate into society, and that because prisons get fees and don’t have to pay for the phone rates (families do), prisons are incentivized to choose carriers with high rates and high fees.

Researchers are trying to make computers a little more like babies

Don’t worry, they still can’t make a computer wail and throw all its food on the floor. But, computer scientists at UC Berkeley are hoping they can teach computers to think like babies. From Futurity:
Young children are capable of solving problems that still pose a challenge for computers, such as learning languages and figuring out causal relationships,” says Tom Griffiths, director of UC Berkeley’s Computational Cognitive Science Lab. “We are hoping to make computers smarter by making them a little more like children.
If scientists crack this code, it could mean that computers could get better at talking on the phone, tutoring you, maybe starting to understand causal relationships and help doctors learn more about what causes certain diseases.

Another nail in the LightSquared coffin

Today is the last day the Federal Communications Commission is taking public comment on the little network that can’t seem to get going … LightSquared, which could have had the potential to radically alter the landscape of how we get wireless service. Earlier this month, the FCC told the company put the kabosh on its application to build out a network. Now, Sprint, the George Harrison of carriers, announced today that it’s going to end its contract with the company, which means that LightSquared no longer has a major partner to help it build out a network. Sprint gave back $65 million in repayments and everything. Sprint had said that it would only help LightSquared if the FCC approved its plan to turn satellite airwaves into airwaves designated for land-based spectrum. For its part, LightSquared is expected to file a defense with the FCC today, hoping to keep its network on track. It says there’s still some money in the bank and they’re trying to make something work. Good luck.

The US and Europe are investigating Google over privacy

The Federal Trade Commission and European Union are investigating Google over what we called the Great Google Cookie Scare of 2012 in which Google was found to be circumventing a privacy feature on Apple’s Safari browser and allowing third-parties to track you online. Google is no longer doing this, but the FTC wants to figure out if Google violated the terms of a settlement last year in which Google said it wouldn’t misrepresent its privacy practices to users. Over in Europe, the French data protection commission says this Google Cookie Scare of 2012 is now a part of an ongoing investigation into Google’s privacy policy changes.

ISPs set to go after pirates starting July 12

The head of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) told U.S. publishers this week that his organization and a handful of Internet Service Providers (ISP) like Comcast, Verizon and others are going to start paying attention to what you’re doing online, and if you’re pirating stuff - tv shows, music, what have you - your ISP just might crack down on you. First, they’ll try to teach you that you’re pirating stuff and that’s illegal. If you keep pirating content, they could take more dramatic action. From CNET:

Participating ISPs can choose from a list of penalties, or what the RIAA calls "mitigation measures," which include throttling down the customer's connection speed and suspending Web access until the subscriber agrees to stop pirating.

No more Kodak cameras

Because why do you need a camera when you have a phone?
Posted In: kodak, cameras

Jeepers, Creepers, where’d you get those pointers

These are not the droids you are looking for.
Posted In: windows 8, touch screen

Sprint sues cable

Here come the suits. Doo da doo doo.
Posted In: Sprint, cable, Time Warner Cable, Comcast

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