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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. 

New Tech City

Remaking NSA Prism PowerPoint

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The following blog post is by New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.

Imagine this: You flash your top-level security badge, settle into a government conference room as the lights dim and begin to watch a slideshow explaining the latest NSA surveillance plan, code-named PRISM.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

James Bamford on General Alexander, Head of the NSA

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wired magazine’s James Bamford talks about General Keith Alexander, a four-star Army general who’s the director of the National Security Agency, chief of the Central Security Service, and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. Bamford looks at General Alexander’s power and the secret military he runs in his article “The Secret War,” in Wired magazine.

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Money Talking

The Business Relationship Between the U.S. and China

Friday, June 14, 2013

The leaders of the United States and China recently met to try to establish a new and better relationship between the two superpowers. This week on Money Talking, Joe Nocera of the New York Times and Rana Foroohar of Time magazine report from China on what Chinese government officials and business leaders are saying. 

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Ruling: Gene Patent Compromise

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled today that naturally occurring human genes can not be patented. All nine justices agreed that while naturally occurring D.N.A. cannot be patented, synthetic D.N.A. can. The case at hand involves Myriad Genetics, the company that patented the BCRA-1 and BCRA-2 genes, which indicate an increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Robert Blackburn is a former Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel of Chiron Corporation, an American multinational biotechnology firm.

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The Takeaway

How Much Did Congress Know About N.S.A. Surveillance?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

According to President Obama, even if you didn't know about the N.S.A.'s phone-and-Internet data collection programs your Congressman did. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich has been making the rounds on the Hill to find out who knew and who says they didn't know about the program.

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WNYC News

Cell Phone Makers Meet with New York AG

Thursday, June 13, 2013

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with representatives of Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft to discuss the rise in thefts of smartphones.

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New Tech City

Want to Disappear? Don't Fake Your Own Death

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

To disappear in the real world, you need an overseas bank account, some pre-paid cell phones and an uncanny awareness of where potential surveillance cameras might be hiding.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Contractors and the NSA

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tim Shorrock, author of the book Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing, discusses the National Security Agency's reliance on private contractors like Booz Allen Hamilton for a range of sensitive activities.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: How to Disappear from the Internet

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The specifics of a secret government surveillance program called Prism are still being uncovered, but last week it was revealed that for the past six years, the National Security Agency has been collecting people’s emails, photos and videos from companies like Google, Apple and Facebook.

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WNYC News

What Surveillance Programs Say About the Obama Presidency

Friday, June 07, 2013

Two revelations this week about the federal government collecting data on citizens has reignited the debate about when national security trumps individual privacy. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, weighs in on the federal government's practices and what they say about the Obama presidency.

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New Tech City

NYC Tech Reacts to Government Surveillance

Friday, June 07, 2013

The news this week that the U.S. government obtained personal data from several major American communications and technology companies has unleashed fresh debates over privacy and national security.  It's also raising uncomfortable questions for the city’s many tech start-ups.

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New Tech City

Government Surveillance: How Worried Are You?

Friday, June 07, 2013

So the government's tapping vast amounts of internet data and tracking phone calls. How concerned are you?

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Money Talking

Saturday Coffee Table: Money Talking Weekend Reading

Friday, June 07, 2013

Money Talking host Charlie Herman and regular contributor Joe Nocera of the New York Times and Diane Brady of Bloomberg Businessweek tell us what they're reading this weekend. 

 

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Money Talking

Money Talking: The Future of Amazon

Friday, June 07, 2013

This week in a courthouse in Manhattan, Apple is defending itself against federal charges that it colluded with the nation’s biggest publishers to raise the price of e-books.

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New Tech City

Verizon Call Logs Controversy: No Such Thing As Too Much Information

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The news that Verizon is providing the government with data about its customers on a daily basis has reignited the debate between balancing individual privacy and national security.

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New Tech City

6 Best of the Best Google Glass Parodies

Thursday, June 06, 2013

We thought about doing a round up of all the awesome Google Glass memes that are out there. Turns out, it’s been done. A lot. So we decided to go meta with a round up of the round ups. That’s right, it’s New Tech City’s Best of the Best Google Glass Parodies.

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New Tech City

Airbnb Appeals Judgment Against NYC Host

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

For the first time, room-sharing service Airbnb will represent a user in court.

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WNYC News

New York Will Be Top Competitive City in the World in 2025, Report Says

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New York will be the most competitive city in the world in 2025 according to a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit that was sponsored by Citigroup.

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The Takeaway

The Coming Revolution in Higher Ed

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Last year Harvard and M.I.T. announced a joint online learning initiative called edX, that promised to reach students across the globe by providing online classes free of charge. Recently, there has been some debate about the effectiveness of the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by the nonprofit start-up, and its for-profit competitors. Anant Agarwal, the president of edX, remains a strong advocate of online education and its ability to democratize education.

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New Tech City

Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

For many special education students in New York City, this school year was the first time they were integrated into general education classrooms. The move is part of city reform efforts in special education that call for more mixed classes of disabled and nondisabled students in public schools.

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