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11/21/2017: The Hollywood movie star whose invention led to Wi-Fi and cellphones
Nov 21, 2017

11/21/2017: The Hollywood movie star whose invention led to Wi-Fi and cellphones

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(U.S. Edition) The Trump administration is now set to roll back network neutrality, which says all internet traffic has to be treated equally. We'll explain how all of this would work. Think of the web as a highway, and content providers like Netflix as the cars who now may have to pay extra for high-speed lanes. Next, we'll discuss the European Union's decision to choose new cities to host two European agencies that had been based in London. And finally, we'll chat with Alexandra Dean, director and producer of the new documentary "Bombshell." The film looks at Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr, an avid inventor whose advances in technology helped lead to Wi-Fi and cellphones.

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The story of Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood beauty whose invention helped enable Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth

A new documentary about the Golden Age of Hollywood actress turns the spotlight on her brilliant mind.
Inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr in"Dishonored Lady."
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Campbell Soup Company woos consumers with more plant-based products

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Holiday jobs changing to keep up with online demand

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Amazon's 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Kent, Washington.
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FCC targets net neutrality

Nov 21, 2017
The next target of the Trump administration’s regulatory rollback appears to be net neutrality. The Obama-era rule that says all internet traffic has to be treated equally. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to release a new net neutrality rule this week reversing that decision. Here’s how net neutrality works. Think of the web as […]

(U.S. Edition) The Trump administration is now set to roll back network neutrality, which says all internet traffic has to be treated equally. We’ll explain how all of this would work. Think of the web as a highway, and content providers like Netflix as the cars who now may have to pay extra for high-speed lanes. Next, we’ll discuss the European Union’s decision to choose new cities to host two European agencies that had been based in London. And finally, we’ll chat with Alexandra Dean, director and producer of the new documentary “Bombshell.” The film looks at Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr, an avid inventor whose advances in technology helped lead to Wi-Fi and cellphones.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC