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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

Do Not Track Declared DOA

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A few years ago, there was a strong initiative to create a "Do Not Track" option on the internet, which would keep advertisers from following you from website to website, watching your every browsing and spending move. The hope was that with a single browser option, consumers could block advertisers from following them around the web. On the Media even did a relatively lengthy look at the initiative as proposed by the FTC in 2010.

three and a half years later, the Do Not Track initiative looks like an ambitious, but spectacular failure.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Battle of the Zzzzs: The Home Stretch

Thursday, May 22, 2014

As part of WNYC's Clock Your Sleep project, WNYC hosts have been leading teams competing to get more sleep by trying different strategies. Hear how it's going and who's winning in the last days of the competition.

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Morning Edition

On The Internet, A Penny Is Nothing To Sneeze At

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's hard to find anything in a store that costs 1 penny. There is one place where people still dream of 1 cent sales: the Internet. NPR's planet money team reports on the value of the virtual penny.

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All Things Considered

For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

General Motors is putting 4G capabilities directly into its vehicles. But analysts say connecting your car to the Internet poses a challenge to automakers: how to balance safety with convenience.

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All Things Considered

Storm Shelter App Helps Pinpoint People Amid Tornado's Rubble

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

After a tornado hits, emergency crews looking for survivors in storm shelters face a problem: Streets and landmarks are suddenly unrecognizable. One Moore, Okla., firefighter developed an app to help.

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A Camera Designed To Take And Send GIFs (Bring Your Own Cat)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

With this retro-style camera, users will be able to take and send their own GIFs by simply cranking a knob. Our Weekly Innovation pick does not settle the debate over how to pronounce GIFs.

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The Takeaway

High Tech, Low Cost Artificial Limbs Could Be on the Way

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The high cost of prosthetics is prohibitive for many people who need them. But a team of graduate students found a way to build them on the cheap. 

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Saying It Was Hacked, EBay Urges Users To Change Passwords

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

EBay says that it hasn't seen any sign of fraudulent activity since the breach was detected "about two weeks ago." It says it stores financial data and customer records in different places.

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On The Media

Airbnb is Handing Over User Data To the New York Attorney General.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

If you have been renting your apartment with impunity on Airbnb and you live in New York, it may be time to reconsider. Airbnb has been engaged for months in a legal and PR war against New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over turning over user data, and it appears that today that fight has ended with Airbnb agreeing to give the Attorney General anonymized user data.

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When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Who doesn't like a contest, especially if it lets you prove that you're smarter than your peers? When doctors played a game that tests their knowledge, patients' blood pressure control improved.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma Pushes Back Against the EPA

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last June, President Obama instructed the EPA to issue new regulations on power plant emissions. But Oklahoma is saying not so fast. Attorney General Scott Pruitt is questioning the EPA's legal authority to impose limits state by state.

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On The Media

Should We Reset Every Password Every Three Months?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

So WNYC, our parent company and benevolent overlords, has set its IT policy such that we are required to change our passwords every three months. and it drives us nuts. It feels like our internal communications are low-stakes enough and WNYC is a not particularly valuable target. But considering how frequently passwords are compromised these days, maybe this should be applied to all my online accounts, not just my work account.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Energy, Education, Romance, and a Ban on Dancing

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Oklahoma Pushes Back Against EPA Emissions Regulations | Federal Science Standards Spark Controversy in Wyoming Education | Boko Haram's Terrorism Takes Toll on Nigerian Economy | Iranian Youth Arrested for Dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy' | Students Design High Tech, Low Cost Artificial Limbs | Russia & China Strike Major Multi-Decade ...

New Tech City

The Home of the Future is Spying on You

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There's a neighborhood where the refrigerators tell stories. The roofs are paved in solar panels. The streets hum with electric cars. It's a kind of eco-paradise — and it could drive you nuts.

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New Tech City

Video Extra: Tracking Kilowatts in the Home of the Future

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Inside these typical suburban walls is a glimpse into the future. 700 homes in the Muëller community in Austin are blazing a trail for how we all might consume energy someday soon.
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Big Deals: We Charted Billion-Dollar Tech Buyouts Since 2002

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lately, there have been so many big technology acquisitions in the headlines that it's hard to keep them straight. Check out our visualization of the most notable tech takeovers of recent years.

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All Things Considered

To Combat Malware Tool, U.S. Undertakes Massive Cyber Crackdown

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

U.S. officials announced they've arrested over 90 people in 19 countries for using and distributing a malware tool that makes cybercrime simple. Brian Krebs of the website Krebs on Security explains.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Silicon Valley Helps the NSA Spy on You

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tech companies are working with the government — sometimes willingly, sometimes not — to gather and warehouse our data. A new PBS Frontline documentary investigates how that happened and how the information is being used.

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On The Media

Making TwoXChromosomes a Default Subreddit Has Not Gone Over Well With Everyone

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Yesterday, I ran a Q&A I did with the founder of the woman-focused subreddit TwoXChromosomes. As of a few weeks ago, TwoXChromosomes became a default subreddit, meaning it is one of the subreddits new users are autmatically subscribed to. Pageviews immediately exploded for the forum, as did an influx of harrassment from users not enamored of a forum devoted to womens' perspectives. Though the forum's founder framed the change as one that will eventually be a positive one, when my Q&A  was posted to the forum itself, it was met with a very different reception.

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On The Media

Facebook Tries Peer Pressure to Shame Users Into Voting

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Did you know there was an "I'm a voter" button on Facebook for the 2012 election? Neither did I. But apparently the button is meant as subtle social pressure on your facebook community to get out and vote. Today, Facebook announced that it will be expanding the "I'm a Voter" button to international elections.

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