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    • This Is Why Elon Musk Is Buying SolarCity

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    "This Is Why Elon Musk Is Buying SolarCity" is from the August 01, 2016 Tech section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • The Luxury of Telling Poor People That iPhones Are a Luxury

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    “Smartphones are no longer a luxury,” said Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future program at the New America Foundation. “Surveys show that lower-income and minority people increasingly rely on smartphones for Internet access, since they can't afford both home and mobile broadband subscriptions.”

    "The Luxury of Telling Poor People That iPhones Are a Luxury" is from the March 08, 2017 Technology section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • To Battle Hackers, IBM Wants to Encrypt the World

    • By: Brian Fung 
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    IBM, the computing giant, wants to get rid of both. The company said Monday that it has achieved a breakthrough in security technology that will allow every business, from banks to retailers to travel-booking companies, to encrypt their customer data on a massive scale — turning most, if not all, of their digital information into gibberish that is illegible to thieves with its new mainframe.

    "To Battle Hackers, IBM Wants to Encrypt the World" is from the July 17, 2017 The Switch section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung  and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Your Next Smartphone Might Run on Something Called LTE-U. Here’s What That Means.

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    This spring, cellphone carriers such as T-Mobile plan to start supporting a new kind of mobile data. Known as LTE-U, the technology may result in a faster, smoother mobile experience. But the technology has also produced bitter fights between some of the nation's most powerful industries as they battle for dominance over the airwaves.

    "Your Next Smartphone Might Run on Something Called LTE-U. Here’s What That Means." is from the February 23, 2017 Tech section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Elon Musk's Strategy for Taking on Uber and Lyft

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Tesla made a splash yesterday when it said that all of its new cars will be equipped with self-driving hardware. Even though drivers won't be able to activate the fully autonomous mode for at least a year, this is another step toward a future where cars can get you from point A to point B without you taking the wheel.

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    • Michael Bloomberg's Plan to Get Cities Ready for Self-Driving Cars

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Self-driving cars are coming. Whether it's Tesla's Model 3 or Uber's automated ride-hailing service, many cities will probably start seeing these vehicles on the road in just a few years.

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    • How a Single Internet Provider Could End up Making Money off You Several Times Over

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    AT&T's recently announced deal to acquire Time Warner reflects massive changes in media and technology. Although regulators could challenge the acquisition or slap conditions on it that may limit how AT&T can use its new assets, the purchase hints at a future where a single company can monetize the same customer multiple times over, just through the customer's routine use of the Internet.

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    • Tesla’s Enormous Battery in Australia, Just Weeks Old, is Already Responding to Outages in ‘Record’ Time

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Less than a month after Tesla unveiled a new backup power system in South Australia, the world's largest lithium-ion battery is already being put to the test. And it appears to be far exceeding expectations: In the past three weeks alone, the Hornsdale Power Reserve has smoothed out at least two major energy outages, responding even more quickly than the coal-fired backups that were supposed to provide emergency power.

    "Tesla’s Enormous Battery in Australia, Just Weeks Old, is Already Responding to Outages in ‘Record’ Time" is from the December 26, 2017 Technology section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Supreme Court's Big Ruling on 'Patent Trolls' Will Rock Businesses Everywhere

    • By: Brian Fung
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    Tech companies and app developers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief after Monday's major Supreme Court ruling on a topic that's close to their hearts: patents. More specifically, patent lawsuits — a rising number of which analysts say are bogus and threaten to strangle new start-ups and inventions before they have a chance to succeed.

    "The Supreme Court's Big Ruling on 'Patent Trolls' Will Rock Businesses Everywhere" is from the May 24, 2017 Tech section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Two Reasons the Red Solo Cup Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    It's easy to forget when you find them strewn across the room, half-filled with leftover beer or crushed underfoot from parties the night before. But what many take for granted as simply a cheap, disposable beverage holder is the result of careful, beautiful engineering by people such as Robert Hulseman.

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    • Facebook Is Talking to the White House about Giving You 'Free' Internet. Here's Why That May Be Controversial

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Facebook has been in talks for months with U.S. government officials and wireless carriers with an eye toward unveiling an American version of an app that has caused controversy abroad, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

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    • Cross-Country Trips in Electric Cars Are about to Get Easier

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    The White House said Thursday that it's officially designating 48 U.S. interstates as electric vehicle charging corridors, meaning drivers on those highways will be able to expect charging stations every 50 miles or so.

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    • Tesla's Autopilot Controversy Just Took Another Twist

    • By:  Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    "Tesla's Autopilot Controversy Just Took Another Twist" is from the August 15, 2016 Tech section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything

    • By: Brian Fung 
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Last week, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to corporations that try to use patent law as a weapon against other firms, saying that companies can only be sued for patent infringement in the places they actually do business.

    "How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything" is from the May 31, 2017 The Switch section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung  and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • ‘The Ravages of Cord-Cutting’: AT&T’s Race Against Time to Save Its TV Business

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    With more Americans embracing online alternatives, AT&T may have inherited in DirecTV — and its 20 million subscribers — a brewing long-term headache that can be solved only by either preventing or compensating for the effects of cord-cutting.

    "‘The Ravages of Cord-cutting’: AT&T’s Race Against Time to Save Its TV Business" is from the October 13, 2017 Technology section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • One of Disney’s Most Popular Brands Has Investors Really Worried

    • By: Brian Fung
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    For the second year in a row, Disney may have another “Star Wars” hit on its hands. With this season's “Rogue One” debuting Dec. 16, the company is already poised to sell $130 million in U.S. pre-release tickets, according to early estimates.

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    • Auschwitz, Sex Assault and Police Shootings — Where Virtual Reality Is Going Next

    • By: Elizabeth Dwoskin, Michael Alison Chandler, Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    The fundraiser invitation promised a night of “Cocktails and Virtual Reality.” More than 40 people crowded into a Washington rowhouse, sipping mixed drinks in Mason jars before settling into folding chairs and adjusting the focus on their Oculus Rift goggles.

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    • How Verizon and Comcast are Working to Ensure States Don’t Pass Their Own Net Neutrality Bills

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Some of the nation's biggest Internet providers want to make sure that, once the Federal Communications Commission votes to deregulate the broadband industry, states won't be able to set up their own, new regulations to replace them.

    "How Verizon and Comcast are Working to Ensure States Don’t Pass Their Own Net Neutrality Bills" is from the November 06, 2017 Technology section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why Comcast and Verizon Are Suddenly Clamoring to Be Regulated

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
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    Some of the nation's biggest Internet service providers are begging a court not to weaken the power of a major regulatory agency — the Federal Trade Commission — in a case that has implications for businesses and consumers nationwide and puts the companies at odds with another key industry player, AT&T.

    "Why Comcast and Verizon Are Suddenly Clamoring to Be Regulated" is from the June 28, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Caroline Miller.

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    • How a One-Time Ally of Comcast and AT&T Turned the Tables on Industry

    • By: Brian Fung
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    On one side were some of the country’s biggest corporations, arguing there was no need for new rules. On the other were consumer advocates who claimed the largest providers sought new business models that could ultimately harm ordinary Americans.

    "How a One-Time Ally of Comcast and AT&T Turned the Tables on Industry" is from the January 19, 2017 Tech section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brian Fung and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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