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New Tech City

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

Bratton Says Greed Stops Corps. from Reducing Cell Phone Thefts

Monday, March 03, 2014

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton accuses smartphone makers of tolerating rampant theft because it's profitable.

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New Tech City

The Man Who Tried to Eliminate All Words, But Never Met a Smartphone

Friday, February 28, 2014

This is a story of heroic effort, decades of toil and a man obsessed with a utopian dream: to replace the written word with symbols. And how today's text message tools could have helped. 

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Emoji Gone Wild: We Text Without Words for a Month

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cute chat imagery expanded the emotional vocabulary of one cheery couple.

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Money Talking

Should the Internet Be Treated Like a Utility?

Friday, February 21, 2014

The FCC is renewing its efforts to pass net neutrality rules to keep the internet free and open. These days, we can't live without the web, just like we can't live without water or power. So, should the government regulate internet access like a utility?

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New Tech City

The Story Behind the Poster on Every Tech Startup's Wall

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It's a commentary on the ethos behind innovation today, and it reveals just how much luck and self-love are embraced in the startup world. New Tech City explains the ubiquitous "Holstee Manifesto."

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Machine Learning + Love

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As the popularity of online dating sites rises, algorithms are playing a big role in finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. So what will it take to make the machine smarter at finding us love? 

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New Tech City

Drop the Smartphone and Love Me Already

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center finds that a quarter of cell phone owners in serious relationships have felt that their partner was distracted by their device.

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Money Talking

Unpacking the CVS Cigarette Ban

Friday, February 07, 2014

CVS made big news this week when it announced it will stop selling tobacco products by October. The move comes as the drugstore chain has been transitioning away from retail and opening more in-store health clinics. This week on Money Talking examines how the decision could affect the company's bottom line, what it has to do with Obamacare and whether Walgreens is likely to follow suit. Plus, a look at Twitter's first earnings report since its IPO.

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The Reason Why Internet Servers (Hopefully) Won't Destroy the Earth

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Search — not storage — is the biggest conundrum for big data. 

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What If We Deleted Everything?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The message service Snapchat is booming because 'snaps' disappear after just a few seconds. Should we embrace ephemerality in more of our online lives? This week New Tech City explores whether it's time to ditch auto-save and replace it with auto-delete. 

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Mindhacking: Finding Serenity in a Tech-Obsessed World

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This week New Tech City helps you learn how to unplug and regain your piece of mind in a world filled with texts, pings, meeting reminders and social media notifications. Take a deep breath, turn off your smartphone and tune in for a "digital detox" chock full of tips on how to identify your core goals and stick to them in the digital age.

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New Tech City

Two True Stories from the Airbnb Wars

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A musician supports his Brooklyn lifestyle by renting out rooms in Manhattan. And a landlord spends years trying to remove an illegal hotel operation from his building.  It's a tale of two Airbnb citizens.

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New Tech City

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, But Does Airbnb?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chris makes $100 a night by renting out a room in his apartment through Airbnb. Ken is a landlord whose former tenant broke various laws by renting out an apartment through Airbnb. The two men have never met, but they're on opposite sides of a simmering legal battle with a whole lot of money at stake.

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WNYC News

Net Neutrality Blocked: What It Could Mean For You

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tech entrepreneurs say a federal court ruling will have a profound and negative impact on the Internet. "You may find that your Internet service provider is functioning more like a cable company," says On The Media's Brooke Gladstone.

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New Tech City

Learning to Code In One Day and Losing My Mind

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi's New Year's resolution was to confront her fear of coding. 

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New Tech City

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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Solving the Grand Internet Mystery of Cicada 3301

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

For the last two years in January, an enigmatic message has appeared on the internet from an unknown source signed "3301, sending thousands in search of answers to increasingly complicated puzzles and mysteries. But for whom, and to what end?

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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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Price Check! Buying and Selling Bitcoins at Whole Foods

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Every Monday night, a Manhattan Whole Foods fills with a unique breed of "buy-local" enthusiasts. They're not there for the Brooklyn-made pickles or the Westchester apples. They come because they want to buy and sell bitcoins.

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Dude, Where's My Bitcoin? Tales of Real People Dealing With a Virtual Currency

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bitcoins. Bitcoins. Bitcoins. These days, you can’t swing a digital cat without reading a story about the digital currency that’s got tech and financial reporters all in a froth. We've got two stories that will make everyone else care.

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