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Putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage, WNYC's New Tech City with Manoush Zomorodi investigates what all the data, constant connectivity, and perpetual "upgrades" really mean for daily life. Follow @newtechcity and subscribe to the podcast for stories of discovery on how the digital age is altering our brains, relationships, and values. 

WNYC News

Mayor Announces 2nd Tech Campus for NYC

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is marking another milestone in the Applied Sciences NYC initiative. He announced Monday that a second proposal for a high-tech campus will go forward in downtown Brooklyn.

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WNYC News

Startups Spur Hiring for Tech Jobs

Friday, April 20, 2012

The third annual NYC Startup Job Fair Friday showed a New York City tech scene in growth mode, so much so that companies, as much as job seekers had to be turned away.

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WNYC News

Venture Capital Deals, Dollars Drop in NYC

Friday, April 20, 2012

Don’t look now, but venture capital financing, both dollar amount and deals, fell in the first three months of this year compared to the same time last year.

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Look | What Happens to Your Electronics: Inside An E-Recycling Plant

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Electronics manufacturers are required by law to take back their products for recycling when consumers are done with them. But figuring out how to turn a product over for recycling – and how to get it there – is the job of the consumer.

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WNYC News

Moody’s: Cornell’s Tech Campus Represents ‘Heightened Credit Risk’

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Moody’s warned that Cornell University's plan to build a high-tech graduate school in New York City comes with risks that could jeopardize their credit rating in the future.

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Map | A Tour of the City's Business Incubators

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that 12 companies nurtured in a city-funded incubator just west of Soho are flying solo. Another 10 are expected to do so in between April and July.

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WNYC News

Congress Mulling Legislation to Make IPO’s Easier for Small Businesses

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Senate is debating a bill this week that would make it easier for small, privately-held companies to go public, as part of a package of legislation to promote economic growth called the JOBS Act.

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For Retail-Starved Roosevelt Island, Planned Tech Campus Brings Hope of New Business

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The tech campus planned for Cornell may be the silver bullet for retail in a primarily bedroom community of 14,000 with no major employers other than two hospitals – one which will be demolished for the new campus --- and where there is nowhere to buy a bottle of wine or an ice cream cone.

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Mayor Names Dean of Cornell Roosevelt Island Campus

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the founding dean of Cornell's new tech campus on Roosevelt Island on Thursday, a move he said hopes will further attract and develop talent to the city’s growing tech sector.

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The Takeaway

Apple Announces Independent Inspectors for Chinese Suppliers' Factories

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recent reporting by our partner The New York Times raised fresh concerns over the safety and well-being of the workers that staff Apple's supplier factories in China. Apple now says that it has requested an independent labor group to audit the conditions at its suppliers' factories, with the first inspections under way starting yesterday.

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The Takeaway

Ken Auletta on Apple's Labor Scrutiny

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Millions of people love their iPhones, iPads, and refuse to be separated from their iPods. But lately our relationship with our Apple technology has been tainted by guilt after a story from our partner The New York Times revealed significant safety concerns for workers at some of Apple's overseas factories in China. Stories of long, abusive hours and horrifying conditions came to light. Now Apple is trying to allay concerns. The company has asked an independent labor group to audit the working conditions at its suppliers' factories.  

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The Takeaway

A Public Display of Facebook

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Today it's official. The social networking site Facebook filed to sell shares on the stock market. In its filing, the company said it was seeking to raise $5 billion and wants the ticker FB for its shares. But Facebook is aiming higher, hoping that the initial public offering could value the company to somewhere between $75 and $100 billion.

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The Takeaway

Twitter Will Censor Tweets in Some Countries

Friday, January 27, 2012

Twitter has announced that they will censor communication in some countries. This has sparked concern among users as the social media platform has become vital to pro-democracy movements around the world. How will this affect normal Twitter users? Which one of your tweets might be censored? Mark Gregory, technology correspondent for our partner the BBC, tells us more.

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The Takeaway

Google's New Privacy Policy Raises Many Concerns

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google recently announced a new privacy policy that has users and privacy advocates up in arms. Effective March 1, this new policy will consolidate information from users' various products — from Gmail to YouTube to the Android mobile phone operating system — in order to "better tailor its services" for customers. But the move could potentially violate a users' privacy simply to better target advertising. Estimates say between 50-75 percent of the world's internet users utilize at least one of Google's products.

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WNYC News

New York City Takes on Silicon Valley

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that Cornell University, with its partner the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, has been chosen to build a new applied sciences and engineering school on Roosevelt Island.  It is another sign of his administration’s push to promote and expand the city’s growing technology sector.

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The Takeaway

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Traveling to Mars

Friday, November 25, 2011

On Saturday, NASA will be launching the new rover "Curiosity," also known as Mars Science Laboratory. The mission is meant to examine chemical ingredients to see if the planet can support human life. The spacecraft will explore a crater the size of a large lake. Curiosity is delivering a rover equipped to test if there is methane in the air. This could be a key sign that the "Red Planet" may be able to support life.

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The Takeaway

Tumblr's David Karp and the US Copyright Office Director on the Stop Online Piracy Act

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tumblr CEO David Karp and Maria Pallante, United States Copyright Office director, join The Takeaway for two very distinct views on the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill's stated purpose is to shut down websites that host or post pirated material and counterfeit goods. Hearings on bill began earlier this week in the House. Another version of the bill, called the PROTECT IP Act, already passed in the Senate.

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The Takeaway

Tweeting World War II in Real Time, 72 Years Later

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Since August 31, the anniversary of Germany's invasion into Poland, Alwyn Collinson has been tweeting the events of World War II as if they were in real time, 72 years later. Under the handle @RealTimeWWII, Collinson sends up to 40 tweets a day chronicling the war, using eyewitness accounts, photographs and video. His Twitter page now has more than 118,000 followers and his tweets are translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Collinson talks about how he embarked on the six-year project.

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Walter Isaacson on the iPod's 10th Anniversary

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It was a decade ago today that Apple's first iPod digital music player was released, forever changing the world's relationship to music. No longer would people on the move have to choose their favorite handful of CDs for their commute to work or trip to the gym. Entire record collections could suddenly be jammed into one's back pocket. The iPod would go on to be recognized as one of the crowning achievements of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

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The Takeaway

Researchers Try to Build 19th Century Computer

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Charles Babbage, the 19th century British mathematician, philosopher, and engineer, has been called the "father of computing" for the powerful calculating machine he devised in the 1830s: the Babbage Analytical Engine. Babbage never built it, but now a team of British researchers at the Science Museum in London are combing through his blueprints to see if they can — and to see see if it works.  

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