Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The social networks are out in force here at the Republican National Convention, indicating a shift from reflecting to trying to direct the political conversation.
Monday, August 06, 2012
This year's winner of the Google Science Fair is Brittany Wenger, a 17-year-old high school student from Florida. For her award-winning scientific project, Brittany used her knowledge of computer programming in order to help doctors diagnose breast cancer.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
By Daniel P. Tucker : Associate Producer, WNYC News
A new report shows Midtown South — home to Silicon Alley's start-up scene — is the hottest commercial real estate market in the city.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
(Daniel Tucker -- New York, NY, WNYC) Six subway stations in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood now have free Wi-Fi as part of a program bringing cell phone, data and Internet access to 36 stations by the end of 2012.
Many subway riders were pleasantly surprised by the news as they went through the turnstiles at 14th Street and 7th Avenue to catch the 1, 2 or 3 trains on Monday. Igor Salay was already using the hotspot to check his email.
"Nice speed. Very fast," said Salay, 30, an MTA employee who fixes MetroCard machines. "Perfect."
Not everyone was so bullish on the new service.
"In the future, nobody will want to speak to each other," said 79-year-old Harold Arnold. He prefers talking to texting and wishes the subway would remain the last bastion against a connected culture.
He lamented that an above-ground trend — texting youths crashing into him on the sidewalk — might now extend to the subway platform. "People are like zombies walking around the city," he said.
The wired stops include stations at 6th, 7th and 8th Avenues at 14th Street, as well as the C/E station at 23rd Street.
Google Offers is sponsoring the first phase of the subway’s free Wi-Fi hotspots roll out — for a total of 36 stations. Wi-Fi provider Boingo will bring the service to 277 subway stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx over the next several years.
Monday, June 11, 2012
In barely a decade and a half, Google has become an extension of our brains: with mobile devices and computers we can have the answer to a question before we complete a sentence. Google searches are a prosthetic memory, but they also may constitute an MRI of our collective personality – especially some of it's more disturbing aspects. The research of Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard, focused on voting patterns and racial prejudice in Google searches.
Friday, June 01, 2012
Aspirin, zipper, thermos, yo-yo -- even heroin was once a registered trademark. Today, they're generic product categories. Could the same happen to Google? It's already a recognized verb. Bob speaks with University of Michigan Law Professor Jessica Litman who says that though Google is unlikely to lose its trademark soon, there's a long history of 'genericide.'
New Country Rehab - Ramblin' Man
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
If Washington could attract the same talent as Silicon Valley, maybe Congress wouldn't have the lowest approval ratings in history.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
How much are Facebook ads — and by extension, Facebook itself — really worth? To find out, The Takeaway speaks with Ralph Folz, CEO of Wordstream, a Boston-based software company in the search marketing space, and pitting Facebook's ad model in a cage match against the raining heavy-weight advertising champion, Google.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Google has used letters inspired by the work of the late New York artist Keith Haring for the "doodle" above its homepage search bar. Haring died tragically of AIDS in 1990. Friday would have been his 54th birthday.
Friday, April 06, 2012
After Yahoo! announced yesterday 2,000 job cuts, we look back at past search engines like Archie, AskJeeves and Hotbot. Steven Levy from WIRED magazine joins us to discuss how the idea of search on the Internet has evolved.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
William Poundstone, author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy, shares some of the brain-teasers used to screen applicants at Google and other companies looking for creative thinkers.
TN MOVING STORIES: Ray LaHood Talks Transpo on The Takeaway, Made in America's Unintended Consequences
Friday, February 17, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
Adele Has It All: 6 Grammys…And a Great Bike (link)
Study: Teen Driving Deaths Up After 8 Years of Decline (link)
House Transpo Bill Stalled In a Frenzy of Fingerpointing (link)
Houston Loop Project Moves to Next Phase (link)
Feds Pitch First-Ever Distracted Driving Guidelines For Automakers (link)
Boehner: ‘Fundamental Change’ Means This Bill Stays in GOP Territory (link)
U.S. DOT head Ray LaHood talked about the deadlocked transportation bill on The Takeaway.
Enforcer buses: by early next year San Francisco's entire fleet of 819 buses will be equipped with forward-facing cameras that take pictures of cars traveling or parked in the bus and transit-only lanes. (Atlantic Cities)
Opinion: the transpo bill is a backlash against the Obama Administration's "cluelessness about the difference between national transportation policy and urban transport policy." (Politico)
The unintended consequences of "Made in America:" Boeing -- a U.S. airplane manufacturer -- is selling its planes to foreign airlines, which are then taking over routes previously pioneered by U.S. carriers. (Washington Post)
Nevada --where Google test-drives its robotic cars -- is becoming the first state to create a licensing system for self-driving cars. (NPR)
Any consumer savings from the payroll tax cut will probably be erased by higher gas prices. (Marketplace)
A routine repair project on a California highway went awry -- and has turned into a full-fledged scandal. (Los Angeles Times)
High-speed taxiways -- designed to get jets off runways faster -- are coming to Newark airport. (Asbury Park Press)
Bike share is coming to Austin's SXSW. (Bike World News)
Want one of the wooden benches NYC is phasing out of the subway system? It can be yours for a mere $650. (New York Daily News)
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
Hidden behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)'s relatively benign name are rules that go far and beyond past what a copyright holder needs to stop file sharing of the material they own.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
William Poundstone is the author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy. He joins us to share some brain teasers used to screen applicants at Google and other companies looking for creative thinkers.
Have you ever gotten a brain-teaser or other sort of puzzle question in a job interview? Tell us about it!
Monday, January 09, 2012
TN MOVING STORIES: Payroll Tax Compromise Would Force Obama To Make Pipeline Decision; Saab Files for Bankruptcy
Monday, December 19, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
Even in Austere Era, Mitt Romney Promises To Fund Roads, Bridges, and Rail (link)
Texas Transpo Officials Hope Light-Hearted Campaign Will Help Curb DWI Fatality Stats (link)
NY vs. Chicago: Whose Bike Share Is Biggest? (link)
Delta's Big New York Expansion (link)
Daytona Beach Researchers Are Transforming Air Travel (link)
Saab Automobile filed for bankruptcy, giving up a desperate struggle to stay in business after previous owner General Motors Co. blocked takeover attempts by Chinese investors. (AP via NPR)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is drawing up what some consider a “take it or leave it” compromise on a plan to let livery cabs pick up street hails. (New York Daily News)
Top three Google searches for the New York metropolitan area: (3) Hopstop (2) NJ Transit (1) MTA. (Huffington Post)
Pictorial: how public transit celebrates the holidays -- from Chicago's Holiday Train to San Francisco's candy cane-like streetcars. (Atlantic Cities)
Troy's City Council will vote on whether to approve a new transit center tonight. (Detroit Free Press)
A Defense appropriations bill comes with a parking cap, forcing the Army to reevaluate the traffic impact as it transfers workers to the DC region's Mark Center. (Washington Post)
On January 1, tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway will increase 53% and 50%, respectively. (The Star-Ledger)
New York State picked a pair of consultants to figure out how to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Times Union)