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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. 

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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In China, Anger At U.S. Hacking Charges — And Claims Of Hypocrisy

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Citing U.S. surveillance and wiretapping operations, China says the U.S. has double standards on cybersecurity. The angry response came a day after the U.S. accused five Chinese officials of hacking.

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Morning Edition

St. Louis Holds Competition To Attract Startups

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The competition, called the Arch Grants, gives $50,000 to 20 young businesses. In exchange for the money, the winners will have to move their businesses to St. Louis.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Reforming Government Surveillance, Homegrown Militias, and the Secret World of Bob Dylan Superfans

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

China Furious Over Accusations of Economic Espionage | Meet the Senator Who Wants to Reform Mass Surveillance | Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty in $2.6 Billion Criminal Case | Military Evacuates Americans from U.S. Embassy in Libya |Senate Primary Races Could Determine the GOP's Future | Homegrown Militia Groups Multiply in Tense ...

WNYC News

De Blasio Ends Embattled 911 System Overhaul

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s pulling the plug on the city's over-budget and behind-schedule 911 system overhaul.

The New York Daily News first reported that Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris called for a suspension of the project in a letter to several city commissioners.

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WNYC News

NY, NJ Residents Arrested in Major Cybercrime Takedown

Monday, May 19, 2014

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More than 90 suspected hackers around the world, including two from the New York area, were arrested for stealing personal information and spying on unsuspecting computer users.

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All Things Considered

The Blogging Battlegrounds Of Eastern Ukraine

Monday, May 19, 2014

A social media struggle is unfolding in eastern Ukraine, as bloggers on both Ukrainian and separatist sides plead their cases. But many find they face surveillance, trolls and threats as they work.

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All Things Considered

The Rise Of Blogger-Activists, And The Regimes That Rule By Fear

Monday, May 19, 2014

Emily Parker, author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are, joins the program to explain how the Internet is helping to change activism.

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In Europe And America, New Internet Rules Up For Debate

Monday, May 19, 2014

Rey Junco of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society breaks down recent developments on net neutrality and the control of information online.

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'New York Times' Upheaval: Is This A Barack Vs. Hillary Moment?

Monday, May 19, 2014

The New York Times has fired Jill Abramson, making Dean Baquet the paper's first African-American executive editor. The move has sparked a debate about newsroom diversity and 'editing while female.'

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The Takeaway

Net Neutrality: The View From Silicon Valley

Monday, May 19, 2014

A new set of net neutrality rules by the FCC means that content from the big guys with deep pockets would be privileged, while the little guys—the start-ups—would take a hit.

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On The Media

Your Secret Sharing App Will Not Keep Your Secret

Monday, May 19, 2014

Apps like Whisper and Secret allow users to share secrets anonymously. Whisper was famously the home of a post accusing Gwyneth Paltrow of cheating on her husband, Chris Martin, shortly before their separation. But Wired had some legal and security experts look at the terms of service for both Whisper and Secret, and found that the privacy policies of these secrecy apps are not very secret or private:

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The Takeaway

How DNA Forever Changed Forensic Science

Monday, May 19, 2014

Before developing DNA analysis, hair analysis played a key role in identifying and convicting crime suspects. But now exonerations are forcing the criminal justice system to confront the limitations of hair analysis from days past.

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U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Chinese Officials Over Cyberspying

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Justice Department accuses five Chinese officials of stealing trade secrets by spying using military and intelligence facilities. These are the first charges of their kind to be made by the U.S.

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Morning Edition

The Making Of 'Cyber Seniors' Spurs Competitive Videos

Monday, May 19, 2014

Filmmaker Saffron Cassaday was shooting a documentary called Cyber Seniors when the story took an unexpected twist.

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WNYC News

Put Down the Smartphone, Board Games Are Cool Now

Monday, May 19, 2014

Put down the smartphone — card and board game sales are booming. Gaming spots are popping up in New York City to take advantage of the trend.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Money, Access, and Diversity Take On Politics, the Internet, and Television

Monday, May 19, 2014

Net Neutrality: The View From Start-Up Silicon Valley | The Most Expensive Election in America | Tensions Between China & Vietnam Continue to Rise | Retro Report: How DNA Forever Changed Forensic Science | Why the Government Should Have Seen the Mortgage Crisis Coming | ABC Sitcom 'Fresh Off the Boat' ...

A New Kind Of Sports Star: Gamers Make It To The Next Level

Sunday, May 18, 2014

E-sports tournaments and competitive online gaming events are more popular than ever. One event's prize pool hit $5 million last week, but what does it take to win?

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