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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. 

On The Media

#23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When Wired reporter Andy Greenberg read Newsweek's cover story claiming to have found mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he was disappointed. Not so much that the mystery had been solved, but that the answer to the search was not all that interesting. But then, as the Newsweek started getting picked apart, he got a tip about another possible Bitcoin creator: a very ill, very brilliant cryptographer named Hal Finney. 

Andy Greenberg is the author of This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information.

Donate to Hal Finney's care here

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The Takeaway

Should a Video Game Determine Hiring and Firing?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some companies are using video games as a way to evaluate potential employees. It allows them to monitor the "micro-behaviors" of candidates during game play.

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On The Media

Andy Warhol, Computer Artist

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A bunch of old Andy Warhol computer art was found on old diskettes.

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The Takeaway

Here's What the Future of Voting Looks Like

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Many agree that technology can and should simplify the electoral process in this country. But in practice, what will the future of voting in America look like?

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The Takeaway

Are We Just Waiting for Another Tech Bubble?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street are scratching their heads, worrying that the tech economy has re-entered the boom-and-bust era of the late 1990s.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Airbnb and the Law

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Airbnb, the short-term apartment renting web-based service, is trying to navigate its way through a legal gray zone, past subpoenas and taxes. Matt Flamm, senior reporter at Crain's New York, updates the latest developments.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Goodbye Net Neutrality?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The FCC proposed new rules that would leave the concept of net neutrality all but dead. David Carr, media columnist and culture reporter for the New York Times and Nancy Scola, a reporter who covers the intersections of technology, politics, and policy for publications like Reuters, the Washingtonian, and theAtlantic.com, discuss this and the case Aereo is making before the Supreme Court.

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WNYC News

Bed-Stuy Residents React to #MyNYPD Twitter Fail

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When the city's police department asked Twitter users to post pictures of themselves with officers — and instead of posting smiling tourist pictures, users tweeted out photos of police officers tussling with protesters — Bed-Stuy residents weren't surprised.

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The Takeaway

New Migraine Drugs Signal Hope for Millions | Obama Walks Tightrope Between Asian Allies | Are We Just Waiting for Another Tech Bubble?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Three American Doctors Killed in Afghanistan | New Migraine Drugs Signal Hope for Millions | How Video Game Performance Can Determine Hiring and Firing | FDA Proposes New Rules for E-Cigs | Are We Just Waiting for Another Tech Bubble? | Obama Walks Tightrope Between Asian Allies | Here's What ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

Onward and Upward: Supertall Skyscrapers, a Math Genius, New Internet Technologies

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Vanity Fair contributing editor Paul Goldberger talks about the new very tall, very thin residential towers that are being built in Midtown Manhattan. Jason Padgett explains how he became a mathematical genius after he was hit over the head during a mugging. We’ll look at which children’s bedtime books you remember from your childhood and which ones you enjoy sharing with your own kids. We'll find out how Internet bots work and whether mushrooms can help with anxiety.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Bots Are Taking Over

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Internet bots are bits of code that run automated tasks online, often sending you spam links on social media. They're becoming increasingly sophisticated and are even being used by some governments and major corporations to shape public opinion. Nick Bilton, a reporter for the New York Times and lead writer of the Bits Blog, explains how these bots work and how they're being used.

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All Things Considered

FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh.

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Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

President Dilma Rouseff signed the bill into law to kick off an international conference about the governance of the Internet.

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All Things Considered

New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mike Lazer-Walker created a free browser plug-in called Literally, which replaces the word "literally" with "figuratively" in all online text. As the website explains, that's literally all it does.

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The Takeaway

Voting in Congress? There May be an App for That

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One lawmaker believes Congress should spend less time in D.C. He's come up with a proposal that would grant Congress the power to vote on legislation and attend committee meetings remotely.

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Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

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Music That Burns, Literally

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire — with a "Pyro Board." It plays music by pulsing the beats in flame, and when the singer hits a high note — stand back.

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Morning Edition

The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

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New Tech City

Hiring by Video Game

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The traditional job interview is obsolete. That is, when compared to an all-knowing video game that peers into the psyche of every candidate.

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