Elise Hu

Elise Hu is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

She joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations.

Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters who helped launch The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy. While at the Tribune, Hu oversaw television partnerships and multimedia projects; contributed to The New York Times' expanded Texas coverage and pushed for editorial innovation across platforms.

An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism, she previously worked as the state political reporter for KVUE-TV in Austin, WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, and reported from Asia for the Taipei Times.

Her work has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video, beat reporting awards from the Texas Associated Press and The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named her the "Best TV Reporter Who Can Write."

Outside of work, Hu is an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she keeps up with emerging media and technology as a panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

Follow her on Twitter @elisewho.

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4:52pm

Tue September 24, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Mystery Of $600 Million Traded In The Blink Of An Eye

A television monitor on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision the Federal Reserve made on Sept. 18, 2013.
Richard Drew AP

Here's a mystery involving physics, technology and the markets that meant the difference between nothing and millions of dollars.

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12:46pm

Fri September 20, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: New iOS Design And Grand Theft Auto

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 1:47 pm

Grand Theft Auto V raked in more than $800 million in sales in its first 24 hours on the shelves.
Mario Tama Getty Images

It's time for the weekly roundup of what happened here on All Tech and on our airwaves, and a look back at the big conversations in technology.

ICYMI

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11:46am

Tue September 17, 2013
All Tech Considered

How Blogging And Twitter Are Making Us Smarter

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:41 pm

Students studying on their laptops in Berlin. Writer Clive Thompson says that actively engaging with computers is making students better writers.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Scanning the Internet today, I found a pair of pieces by writer and columnist Clive Thompson — one, for The Globe and Mail, another, for Wired magazine, that focus on how our brains get a boost when we're using social media and blogging.

"The fact that so many of us are writing has changed the way we think," he writes in Wired. "Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public."

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4:52pm

Mon September 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Smartphone Boom Fuels A $1 Billion Fantasy Sports Industry

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 5:55 pm

Steve Covino and Rich Davis attend Sirius XM's Annual Celebrity Fantasy Football Draft in New York in 2012.
Cindy Ord Getty Images for Sirius XM Radio

The whole beauty of fantasy sports is that you can manage teams of pro athletes without ever leaving your couch. The process of drafting teams, betting on the success of individual players and trash-talking with your similarly obsessed friends takes place on Web and mobile platforms, and that makes the fantasy sports pastime about more than just bragging rights. It's become a billion-dollar business.

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1:06pm

Mon September 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Whether Facebook Makes You Lonely Depends On How You Use It

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 3:20 pm

Does Facebook make you sadder? It depends on how you use it.
Facebook

Not long ago, we reported on a new University of Michigan study that found the more young people used Facebook, the worse they felt. According to the research, Facebook use led to declines in moment-to-moment happiness and overall life satisfaction.

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2:59pm

Fri September 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Brogrammers, New iPhones, Twitter IPO

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 10:11 pm

Twitter announced by tweet Thursday that it plans to go public.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

Not a slow news week in the world of technology and culture. But as we do each Friday, we've collected the stories you might have missed from NPR and our friends in the tech reporting universe.

We usually separate the week's big conversations from what you might have missed on NPR, but since we covered the major topics of conversation, here's one big roundup:

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7:33am

Fri September 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Few Takes On How To Fix The Tech Industry's 'Bro' Problem

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 10:03 am

Hackers pose at Disrupt Hackathon in 2011.
Araya Diaz Getty Images

The tech industry's sometimes sexist "brogrammer" culture came into focus at least twice this week, making it as good a time as any to highlight the running conversation about how to constructively change the systemic, entrenched issues that allow for offensive apps like Titstare, which was presented at a tech industry hackathon.

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12:52pm

Thu September 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

The $7 Billion Tech Acquisition You Haven't Heard Of

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 1:33 pm

Molex makes the four-prong connector you see at left.
Taylor Bennett Flickr

While most of us were distracted waiting for a gold iPhone — gold! — the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers quietly made a deal to acquire an electronics company for $7.2 billion. The company they bought? Molex.

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4:39pm

Wed September 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

Sexism In The Tech Industry Takes Center Stage

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 5:59 pm

TechCrunch's Disrupt 2012 conference in San Francisco. This year, two hackathon presentations ignited a firestorm.
Max Morse Getty Images

For women struggling to make inroads in the male-dominated tech industry, a few stunning situations this week have provided some extreme examples of what they're up against.

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12:00pm

Tue September 10, 2013
All Tech Considered

Gotta Be Honest, We're Not That Geeked About Apple's Reveal

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:48 pm

Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones on Tuesday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Leaks to tech industry sites give us a sense of what to expect from Apple's coming product announcement: Not one, but two new iPhone models. One will be more affordable, to reach international markets. The other, which we believe will be called the iPhone 5S, will come in gold or champagne colors.

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2:26pm

Mon September 9, 2013
All Tech Considered

Net Neutrality In Court: Here's What You Need To Know

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 3:27 pm

The future of the Internet is at stake in a case before a D.C. court.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images

The beauty of the Internet — and the reason for its ubiquitous place in our lives — is that just about anyone can use it to offer services, products or information. But the link between what's out there on the Internet, how fast it gets to us and how much data can get to us is dependent on Internet service providers and the rules that govern them. That's where things get thorny for the principle of net neutrality.

If your eyes are already glazing over, consider this: This debate could affect the speed, quality and cost of your Hulu or Netflix binge-viewing.

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1:51pm

Fri September 6, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Encryption Disrupted; Anonymity Online

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 4:09 pm

Circuit board
Marilyn Nieves iStockphoto.com

Monday's Labor Day holiday shortened our week, but there was no shortage of news in the tech space. Herewith, our weekly roundup to help catch you up.

ICYMI

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7:18am

Fri September 6, 2013
It's All Politics

Q&A: How To Do Political Coverage Better In The Twitter Age

Reporters watch the final minutes of the presidential debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney last October in Denver.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Curious about how social media sped up news cycles, amplified trivial events on the trail and enabled Washington's "worst tendencies" during the 2012 presidential race, one of the nation's top young political reporters decided to take a deeper look.

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12:10pm

Wed September 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

Data Marketers Know What You Bought Last Summer

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 4:09 pm

The online purchases you make help form a data profile that marketers use to sell you more stuff. A new site lets you see what data the marketers have on you.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

If you've ever wondered just how much marketing companies know about you, whether it's your education or income or purchase preferences, today you can see for yourself.

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2:11pm

Thu August 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Fast-Food Restaurants That Require Few Human Workers

The Febo snack bar is open all night.
Adam Jackson Flickr

In perhaps the largest nationwide fast-food strike in history, the employees who make your 99-cent burgers and tacos were planning strikes in 50 U.S. cities Thursday. Workers are calling for a $15 minimum wage and hoping to raise attention to the fast-food industry's low pay and limited prospects. The current federal minimum wage standard is $7.25 per hour.

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12:28pm

Wed August 28, 2013
All Tech Considered

Microsoft Vs. Medium: A Tale Of Two Office Cultures

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:36 pm

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer oversaw a system called "stack ranking," which employees have called toxic.
David Becker Getty Images

In the flood of stories about Steve Ballmer's time at the helm of Microsoft, a troubling symbol of the company's office culture keeps emerging. It's called "stack ranking," a system that had corrosive effects on Microsoft employees by encouraging workers to play office politics at the expense of focusing on creative, substantive work.

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6:12pm

Tue August 27, 2013
All Tech Considered

Outage Summer: What To Know About The Syrian Electronic Army

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:39 pm

The New York Times headquarters building in New York City.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

In the latest hacking that brought down The New York Times on Tuesday, evidence points to the activist group of hackers known as the Syrian Electronic Army. This group also took out The Washington Post briefly last week and has used phishing attacks to take control of NPR.org and other national news organizations in previous months. The Washington Post notes:

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2:54pm

Tue August 27, 2013
All Tech Considered

Facebook: U.S. Wanted Data On 20,000 Of Its Users This Year

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 7:22 pm

Facebook has issued a report on government requests for its user data.
Flickr Scott Beale

In its first "Global Government Requests Report," Facebook has released details on the number of requests it has gotten from government agents for user data.

Facebook reveals that governments around the globe have made 38,000 total requests for user data in the first half of 2013, and the U.S. dwarfs the rest of the world in requests. Up to June 30, the U.S. government asked Facebook for access to accounts of between 20,000 and 21,000 users, the company said.

Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users globally.

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1:54pm

Mon August 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

'I'd Tap That' And Other NSA Pickup Lines Are All The Rage

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:58 pm

An anti-NSA protester in Washington, DC.
Steve Rhodes Flickr

News that National Security Agency officers sometimes abuse domestic intelligence gathering practices to monitor potential love interests has led to a sweeping, satirical response by The People of The Internet. On Tumblr and Twitter, the #NSAPickupLines and #NSALovePoems hashtags have sparked all sorts of creativity from users poking fun at the potential intrusion of the NSA into our personal lives.

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1:00pm

Fri August 23, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: National Security, Privacy And Ballmer

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:27 pm

Glenn Greenwald is the blogger and journalist who broke the story about widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency. His partner, David Miranda, was detained at London's Heathrow Airport earlier this week.
Sergio Moraes Reuters/Landov

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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3:25pm

Wed August 21, 2013
All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: Hey, You're Taking Too Long In The Shower

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 8:16 am

The Uji shower head will be available for sale in early 2014. Its light turns from green to red as the shower progresses.
Courtesy of Brett Andler

This week's innovation pick is a shower head that reminds you you're taking too long. The Uji shower head gradually turns from green to red as users linger in the shower.

"It encourages [people] to take shorter and more energy efficient showers," said one of the co-inventors, Brett Andler. "By letting people become aware of how long they're in the shower, we've actually been able to cut shower time by 12 percent."

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2:46pm

Mon August 19, 2013
All Tech Considered

The End Of Buttons: The New Gesture-Control Era

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 6:58 pm

BlackBerry smartphones on a table during a "BlackBerry Brunch" in June in Berlin.
Timur Emek Getty Images

1:12pm

Fri August 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Hyperloop, The Next Blackout, Sites Down

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 3:24 pm

A rendering of the proposed Hyperloop's passenger transport capsule.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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12:28pm

Wed August 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

'The New York Times' Site, Apps Return After Two-Hour Outage

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

The New York Times headquarters in New York City.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

One of the world's most trusted sources for news is back up, after an internal outage knocked it out for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning. The New York Times' main site and mobile app went down a little after 11 a.m. ET, when users who tried to visit received a "Service Unavailable" message.

The news organization's Twitter account sent this message, before the site returned:

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10:55am

Wed August 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

Man Learns How Not To Launch A Site For Women

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 3:02 pm

Bryan Goldberg is founder and CEO of Bustle.com, a new site targeting female audiences.
Courtesy of Bryan Goldberg

Bustle.com is a new women's site staffed by editors and writers from traditionally female-oriented organizations like Glamour and Seventeen but founded and led by a man, Bryan Goldberg. His previous venture was the multimillion-dollar sports site Bleacher Report. In announcing the launch of his new lady-targeted venture Tuesday, he wrote:

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3:03am

Tue August 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:59 am

A rendering of a Hyperloop pod.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.

The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles per hour, which could get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes.

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4:05pm

Mon August 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Biggest Twitter Moments Ever Feature Beyonce, Romney

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:14 pm

At a peak of 268,000 tweets per minute, Beyonce's 2013 Super Bowl halftime performance was the biggest moment on Twitter, ever.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

The conclusion of Beyonce's high-wattage Super Bowl spectacular — and the subsequent blackout in the New Orleans Superdome — are the first and second most tweeted-about moments in Twitter history, according to the social media giant.

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12:47pm

Wed August 7, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Patch Designed To Make You Invisible To Mosquitoes

Researchers have come up with an innovative patch to help you win the war against mosquitoes.
AP

7:02pm

Mon August 5, 2013
All Tech Considered

In Bezos' Purchase Of 'Post,' Tech And Media Keep Melding

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 11:46 am

Jeff Bezos, a tech titan and Amazon founder, purchased a venerable newspaper, The Washington Post.
Richard Brain Reuters/Landov

The news spread with the speed of the Internet: The Washington Post, a newspaper that helped bring down a president, would be sold to Jeff Bezos, the tech titan who started Amazon.

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3:17pm

Mon August 5, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Hackable Japanese Toilet Comes With An App To Track Poop

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:45 pm

A promotion for the My Satis app.
My Satis

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