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'Her' Makes Sex with Software OK, and I'm OK With That

Friday, January 10, 2014

Spike Jonzes' new movie forces us to ask how "real" love is when it's with artificial intelligence. And that's a very good thing to start thinking about. 

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It's Baaaack: Cicada 3301 Mega-Puzzle Relaunches for 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Cicada 3301 — a shadowy person or organization behind two previous cryptographic challenges on the internet — unfurled a third set of puzzles Monday that is already boggling the minds of dozens of potential solvers. (For the full story, and solution, to the previous Cicada 3301 puzzles, listen to our latest podcast.)

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Meet the Teenage Codebreaker Who Helped Solve the Cicada 3301 Internet Puzzle

Monday, December 30, 2013

An enigmatic message on the internet from an unknown source named “3301” sends thousands searching to solve ever increasingly complicated puzzles for the past two years.  Will it happen again in 2014?  This week on New Tech City, Cicada 3301.  Can you solve it?

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The Best of #YSLTF ('You Should Listen To' Friday) on Twitter

Friday, December 06, 2013

What is #YSLTF? It's 'You Should Listen To' Friday. Starting this Friday, radio makers and radio lovers are tweeting out the handles and links to their favorite podcasts, radio segments and audio storytelling. Here are some cool things we've discovered so far. 

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ATM of the Future: Where Your Money is Coming From Next

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Since ATMs first appeared on street corners more than four decades ago, their basic function has barely changed.  But recently, to save on costs and attract a younger, more plugged-in generation of customers, banks are updating not only their ATMs, but the meaning of the word “bank" itself.

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A Civic Call for NYC Techies: Bring Digital Talent into Public School Classrooms

Monday, November 11, 2013

"The tech community is rising up and saying, 'We can actually help here. We can actually develop programs, go into public schools and start teaching science and math, teaching teachers and actually building the future that we want as opposed to waiting for the government to respond,'" according to Andrew Rasiej, chairman the 35,000-member NY Tech Meetup.

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Three Ways the Twitter IPO Matters for New York

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Twitter was born in San Francisco, but New York could benefit from its IPO

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Tiny Estonia Beats the U.S. on E-Voting

Monday, November 04, 2013

The tiny Baltic nation of Estonia puts the United States to shame when it comes to electronic voting (not to mention marinated eel served cold and teaching little kids to code.)

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A Juice Cleanse for Your Brain: 5 Steps to Relevance in Today’s Workforce

Thursday, October 31, 2013

We used to classify ourselves as either artsy or analytical. Not only has the myth of left or right-brain dominance been debunked, limiting yourself to one or the other won't further a career these days.

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Airbnb Boasts 10,000 Visitors This Marathon Weekend

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Airbnb founders gave almost $15,000 to Bill de Blasio's campaign for mayor.

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Who Is Jeff Bezos? And What is Amazon?

Monday, October 28, 2013

He wants to find in a cheaper way to get to outer space.  He’s building a clock that ticks once a year, moves its "century hand" once every hundred years and chimes once a millennium.  Oh, and he’s also the CEO of the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.  He is Jeff Bezos.

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Airbnb Claims $632 Million in Annual Economic Activity in NYC

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Airbnb is very popular in New York City, but many room rentals through the website may not be exactly legal. Now the company claims it's providing economic stimulus to neighborhoods across the city. 

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A Glitchy Link Poem, That's Also An Obamacare Summary

Thursday, October 17, 2013

We're looking into some glitches for an upcoming episode of New Tech City. Naturally, the NTC team shares links and ideas with each other via email. Rarely though, do the clipped rhythms of a busy journalist pecking away at a keyboard accidentally land so poetically as this dispatch on Obamacare.

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Airbnb Hosts Owe Millions in Taxes, Says Attorney General

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Renting a room or an apartment through the popular website Airbnb is easy to do and an easy way to make extra money.  And according to the state’s Attorney General, it’s also an easy way to avoid paying taxes.

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Airbnb Moves to Block AG's Subpoena

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Airbnb, the popular person-to-person apartment rental website, is trying to block a subpoena by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, calling the probe an “unfounded ‘fishing expedition.’”

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QUIZ: Nuclear War? Are These Real Terms of Service

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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Every time you sign up for a new online service, you face a choice:  do you click "accept" at the bottom of a long scroll of dense legalese that is the company's terms of service. We decided to whip out the old magnifying glass to get a better look at the fine print and bring you some of the more unexpected gems buried in real terms of service agreements. Can you guess which ones are real? 

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Airbnb Won't Comply With Subpoena from New York Attorney General

Monday, October 07, 2013

Short-term home rental site Airbnb says it won't comply with a subpoena asking it to hand over data about its 15,000 hosts in New York City.

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How Twitter Created Connections But Drove the Founders Apart

Friday, October 04, 2013

New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke to the New York Times technology columnist about why none of Twitter's original founders continue to work at the company and how a service built on connections ended up driving four friends apart.

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In Wake of Government Shutdown, Only Some Web Sites Are Shuttered

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The federal government is currently shut down, and so are the websites for many agencies — but not all of them. 

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Lavabit Founder Talks about Snowden While Under a Gag Order for Hosting His Email

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Another peek into the NSA snooping scandal comes to us today via unsealed court documents in the case of Lavabit, a secure email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. That email service was run by Ladar Levison, an interesting character. He stopped by the New Tech City studios last week, donuts and Red Bull in hand. 

 

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