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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. 

Morning Edition

Supreme Court Rules On Aereo, Cellphone Searches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The court ruled against the technology company Aereo's practice of streaming broadcast TV. It also decided a case involving police searches of individuals' cellphones.

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The Takeaway

Your Guide to Court Decisions on Aereo and Cell-Phones

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Aereo violates the Copyright Act–the ruling is seen as a major victory for television's biggest broadcasters.

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High Court Says Police Need A Warrant For Most Cellphone Searches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Supreme Court's 9-0 decision is seen as a strong defense of privacy in the digital age. But the justices did rule that warrantless searches could be allowed in some exigent circumstances.

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Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The court's 6-3 decision reverses a lower court ruling on what has been a hotly contested issue. Aereo lets subscribers watch TV programming that it routes onto the Internet.

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On The Media

The Supreme Court Sides Against Aereo

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Since its inception, the streaming service has faced a barrage of lawsuits from broadcasters saying that it violates copyright law's prohibition against "public performance" of their content. Aereo consistently won lawsuits in lower courts, but today the company went up against the major broadcasters and lost.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Should You Google Your Date?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"The impulse to snoop behind a date’s back is, of course, as old as dating itself," writes Maureen O'Connor, columnist for New York Magazine and the Cut. She talks about the decision to do online research before meeting a new date and takes your calls on how you negotiate the urge.

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New Tech City

Trying to Get Google to Forget You

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our brains are wired to forget. The internet, not so much. That mismatch is a risk to our humanity.

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All Things Considered

A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The law says that once "personalized" guns are available in the U.S., all handguns sold in New Jersey must be smart guns. So, to avoid triggering the law, vendors aren't selling them — anywhere.

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All Things Considered

In Wyoming, Going Deep To Draw Energy From Coal

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The United States has lots of coal, but most of it is buried far underground. A new method can extract it, but the environmental costs might prove too high for nearby landowners.

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All Things Considered

A Wild West In Flight: Drones Outpace The Rules Reining Them In

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Drone technology has moved at a quicker pace than the rules regulating their use, creating an environment that journalist Craig Whitlock likens to the Wild West.

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NTSB: Too Much Technology, Too Little Training Caused Asiana Crash

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the crash of Flight 214 last year in San Francisco was due to automated systems that the crew did not fully understand.

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On The Media

Canadians Now Have to Ask For Permission To Spam You

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Canadian lawmakers passed a very ambitious anti-spam law that goes into effect July 1. Individual spammers can be fined up to $1 million, companies that spam can be fined up to $10 million, according to the CBC. 

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The Takeaway

EPA Head: States Hold the Power

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that largely affirms that the EPA has the power to regulate sources responsible for 83 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says now it's up to states to do the rest of the dirty work.

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On The Media

New York Wants to Ban Tiger Cuddling Pictures

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Many men on Tinder like to post profile pictures of themselves cuddling tigers. 

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All Things Considered

Digital Detox, Step 1: Step Away From The Phone

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer vacation season has people thinking about how to sign off and escape from the Internet. Is it possible? All Things Considered wants to know about your attempt at a digital detox.

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All Things Considered

3-D Printing Lends Doctors A Hand, Building Tailor-Made Body Parts

Monday, June 23, 2014

Medicine is making use of 3-D printing more and more. Researchers are creating three-dimensional models of body parts to help plan surgeries; they're even creating replacement body parts from plastic and human cells. This has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to set up a 3-D printing lab of its own, to evaluate the flood new medical devices using the technology.

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All Things Considered

Using A 3-D Version Of Rodin's Hands To Understand Anatomy

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dr. James Chang of Stanford University uses hands sculpted by Rodin, together with 3-D technology, to create an experience of augmented reality for his students and surgery trainees.

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Be A Varsity Player ... In Video Games?

Monday, June 23, 2014

A private university elects to make a popular video game into an official varsity sport. Marketing ploy or sign of the future?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier

Monday, June 23, 2014

So if you feel watched while on the web, you're not being totally paranoid - most likely, you're right. 

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Morning Edition

Baltimore's Water Wheel Keeps On Turning, Pulling In Tons Of Trash

Monday, June 23, 2014

It looks like a cross between an old grain mill, a covered wagon and a spaceship: a giant, solar-powered wheel that sucks in bags, bottles and other detritus from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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