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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. 

All Things Considered

Facebook Plans To Include More Of Users' Data To Target Ads

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Facebook will use members' Web browsing habits to help advertisers target their ads more effectively. Facebook also announced a feature that allows users to see why targeted ads are coming their way.

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Science Friday

‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Explores Dad's Influence

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In his new book, Paul Raeburn writes of the surprising biological and genetic connections fathers have with their children.

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Science Friday

Pre-Surgery Routine Needs an Update, Says Doc

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Robert Cima of the Mayo Clinic says science doesn't back up pre-surgical practices like fasting and colon cleanses.

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Science Friday

The Science of the ‘Brazuca’

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How will the “Brazuca” fly? Scientists put the World Cup soccer ball through its paces.

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Science Friday

Is NASA Ready to Make the Leap to a Manned Mission to Mars?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What technologies, budget, and partners would NASA needed for a successful manned mission to Mars?

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Science Friday

Rep. Rush Holt: Science and Congress

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Representative Rush Holt talks about how “thinking like a scientist” can help the political process.

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Science Friday

Your Summer Science Book List

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lee Billings and Maria Popova compile your perfect summer science book list.

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Facebook Ad Targeting Will Use Even More Of Your Data

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It will start drawing on Web browsing data to determine what ads users see, while allowing them to edit their own data profiles. Privacy advocates say the changes put too much burden on consumers.

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On The Media

Google Finally Speaks On the Record About Metafilter

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On TLDR episode #27, we talked to Matt Haughey, the owner of Metafilter, about how his site saw a sudden traffic drop in November, 2012. He attributed the drop to a change in Google’s algorithm, something we essentially couldn’t confirm because Google refused to comment. Danny Sullivan, who also featured in our story, reports that yesterday, Google’s search-swami Matt Cutts confirmed that Metafilter was indeed hit by a change in the algorithm.

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On The Media

ProPublica's Excellent Investigation of Online Tracking By Retailers

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's no secret that we're being tracked from place to place on the internet to better market us products. There was a great big initiative by privacy advocates to create a “do not track” option on the internet a couple years ago to address this very issue, but that failed spectacularly. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin, who has reported on privacy and technology for years, has released an investigative report detailing just how creepy it is.

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How Dame Shirley Jumped Over Tech's Gender Gap In The 1960s

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley founded one of the U.K.'s first software startups, run almost entirely by women. The industry still has gender inequality, but Shirley showed alternatives were possible.

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Morning Edition

How Well Do Tech Companies Protect Your Data From Snooping?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We looked at 15 top companies and services that handle your email or store your data every day to see what steps they take to keep it from prying eyes. See how they stack up.

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Morning Edition

Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The fast-growing startup is operating in more than 100 cities around the world. But Uber, which is valued at $17 billion, faces opposition from traditional taxis and regulators.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Every four years, the U.S. takes a look at the World Cup and develops a slight crush. What would it take to really fall in love?

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All Things Considered

A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One music teacher has used tablets to change life for students at a New York school. The members of the school's orchestra have learning disabilities. For some, the band has opened up their world.

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All Things Considered

Across Europe, Anti-Uber Protests Clog City Streets

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cabbies from London to Berlin are protesting the smartphone-based, on-demand car service Uber. They say Uber should be subject to the same rules as taxis; many fear they'll be driven out of business.

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TweetDeck Vulnerability Opens User Accounts To Hackers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A "cross-site scripting" vulnerability apparently left the social media service interface open to attacks.

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On The Media

Why the Hell is Tweetdeck Retweeting A My Little Pony Twitter Account

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If you were sitting around just a minute ago watching the On the Media Twitter feed, you might have seen On the Media retweet this:

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No More Stubborn Lids: A Pickle Jar You Can Open With Ease

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It turns out the shape of our pickle jars makes opening them harder than it should be. Engineers in Japan have found the ideal shape to free those stubborn lids.

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On The Media

RSS Reader Feedly is Being Held Hostage By a DDOS Attack

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Feedly, one of the most popular post-Google Reader RSS readers, has been unavailable for hours due to a denial of service attack against the site.

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