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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. 

New Tech City

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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The Takeaway

The State of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, October 21, 2013

The healthcare exchanges officially launched on October 1st,  and according to Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post, at least 200,000 Americans have already applied for health insurance through their state exchange. But glitches in the Obamacare computer system severely delayed many applications. Kliff examines the state of the exchanges and the future of the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Social Media, Pre-Internet

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tom Standage, digital editor at the Economist, author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses and Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years (Bloomsbury USA, 2013), finds that papyrus rolls and Twitter have a lot in common as he traces the history of instant communication from ancient times to today.

Event: Tom Standage | Barnes and Noble Wednesday 6pm | Information

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New Tech City

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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New Tech City

Farming 2.0: Tractors and Tech

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Quick! Picture a small farm. There might be a big red barn, chickens running in the pasture; maybe even the stereotypical white picket fence. Whatever the particulars, that imaginary small farm is probably pretty low tech. After all, small farms are supposed to be the antidote to “industrial” agriculture, where farmers sow thousands of acres of corn or soybeans from the comfort of air-conditioned tractors.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Creative Confidence

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tom Kelley, partner at the design firm IDEO, explains how to unleash our creativity and change the way we approach and solve problems. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, written with his brother, David Kelley, IDEO founder and creator of the Stanford d.school, provides principles and strategies for being more creative at work and in life.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Michael Eisner

Friday, October 11, 2013

Michael Eisner, co-founder of the Eisner Foundation and former chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, talks about his foundation's work to promote multi-generational programming, and his thoughts on the state of the economy.

*Spoiler alert: in the course of discussing the government shutdown, the ending (final shot) of the film "Gravity" is discussed. 

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New Tech City

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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The Brian Lehrer Show

NY AG Subpoenas AirBnB User Info

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

New York-area hosts have received an email from AirBnB letting them know that the New York Attorney General has subpoenaed their personal information. Charlie Herman, Business and Economics Editor for WNYC News, and Matt Chaban of the Daily News explain the legal issues and what hosts can expect.

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New Tech City

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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New Tech City

NYC Gets 'LEED for Broadband' and More Free Public WiFi

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced two initiatives Monday he said will keep New York City's tech sector on an upward trajectory for years to come. 

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New Tech City

VIDEO: When the Amish Go High Tech

Monday, September 30, 2013

Amish and Mennonite communities are often perceived as being "anti-technology," but their relationship with technology is more nuanced than that.  They examine what the technology is, what it offers and then decide whether to accept it in their lives.  Call it the "Amish Algorithm."

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New Tech City

Court Reverses Fines Imposed on Airbnb Renter

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The popular website Airbnb has had a victory in court that may make it easier for New Yorkers to rent out their apartments on a short term basis without breaking the law.

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New Tech City

Apple Fingerprint Security Scanner Hacked?

Monday, September 23, 2013

That didn’t take long.

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New Tech City

Twitter Shares, Where You Might Find Them Now

Friday, September 13, 2013

"We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale."

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New Tech City

Understanding the Smartphone Black Market

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This week, Apple introduced a new iPhone. Among its features: fingerprint recognition and other security measures that could make the device harder to re-sell if it’s been stolen. But it’s up against a sophisticated black market that has had six years to cater to the world’s insatiable appetite for second-hand smartphones.

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New Tech City

What a Year in Public Radio Has Taught Me (+Happy Birthday, New Tech City!)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Happy Birthday, New Tech City! You are 1 year old this week. Your daddy, Charlie Herman, and I are very proud." 

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New Tech City

Biotech Comes to Harlem

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Research scientists looking to turn discoveries in their labs into businesses will soon have a new space to do just that in New York City.

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New Tech City

A Google Map of Our Brains: The Next Chapter in Neuroscience

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Scientists in New York City are at the center of President Obama's brain research initiative, a $100 million effort to better understand the inner workings of the human noggin.

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New Tech City

Office Space a Challenge for Silicon Alley Startups

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

When a Silicon Alley startup gets a new round of funding, the company might double or triple in size and quickly need to find a roomier office to house all its new employees.

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