High-speed Internet access is in the ether this week. Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook friends want to bring it to the developing world. And a recent New York Times article pointed out that as many as 20 percent of Americans aren't using the Internet at home, work or on a mobile device. And now the Federal Communications Comission has pledged $382 million to help fix this issue. It's part of the Connect America Fund, and it's targeted at 600,000 rural homes and businesses that don't have broadband infrastructure.
Rebekah Goodheart, senior legal advisor at the FCC, says private service providers will match some of the federal money and provide the broadband access. Click on the audio player above to hear more.
It's quiz time on Marketplace Tech. 19.68 seconds, 1 in 5 Americans, 71 million, and 78.9 percent: Can you guess what these numbers mean?
We put Buzzfeed President Jon Steinberg to the test for our latest edition of Silicon Tally. Click on the audio player above to play along.
All this week we've been looking at how technology is helping people with disabilities approach their lives in new ways. Today we hear from a guy who is looking toward the future of accessibility. Paul Louden is a Google Glass Explorer. The Texan scored an early pair of the wired glasses by telling Google he was on a particular mission: to help people with autism. He himself has autism and he thinks Glass could help with a common challenge for people like him.
Louden joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to discuss. Click on the audio player above to hear more.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday. He is under house arrest at a military hospital in Cairo. A court ordered his release this week, but Mubarak could go back to prison if he's convicted in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him.
There are no strings attached. People can spend the money on whatever they want, and they never have to pay it back.
A new scientific report claims that a powerful quake can, in effect, be contagious. The finding could have important implications for hazard planning in earthquake zones.
Lawrence Cumberbatch's parents thought their 16-year-old son was too young to walk from Brooklyn to the March on Washington in 1963. And enlisting Lawrence's uncle to dissuade him didn't have quite the effect they had hoped for, Lawrence tells his son, Simeon.