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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 Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Battles Over Sriracha, Syria & Saving the Media

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sen. Al Franken: Save the Future of Media | Turkey in Mourning After Coal Mine Disaster | Syrian Medical Infrastructure Increasingly Under Assault | How to Survive Without Sriracha | The Ice Cream Truck Song Gets a Makeover | The Dangers of Leaving Elderly Patients Out of Medical Trials | ...

Soundcheck

Apple Could Soon Be The New Owner Of Beats Electronics

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

There's a hotly debated acquisition reportedly underway in the music world: Apple -- the home of iPads, iPhones, and iTunes -- might soon be the new owner of Beats Electronics. The company known for its Beats by Dre headphones and Beats Music subscription music service could soon be under the Apple umbrella, if a multi-billion dollar deal goes through. We talk about the deal with New York Times music writer Ben Sisario

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All Things Considered

EU Court Tells Google That People Have 'The Right To Be Forgotten'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Europe's highest court has issued a landmark decision against Google, ruling that people can go directly to Google and request that the search engine delete certain results about them. For more information, Audie Cornish turns to Meg Ambrose, a professor of communication, culture, and technology at Georgetown University.

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All Things Considered

A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A young engineer working on an Army project to help stabilize weapons realized the technology could also help some Parkinson's patients with essential tasks.

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New Tech City

Join Team Digital Detox for a Twitter Chat about Sleep

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Join Manoush Zomorodi, host of New Tech City on Thursday for a chat and strategy session about surviving and thriving in the Sleep Data Challenge to keep phones out of the bedroom. 

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On The Media

Search Results Can Influence Elections

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Google search results haven't been a neutral, accurate reflection of the web for a long time. Whether it's SEO or Google's own algorithm tweaks to favor in-house services, or even Google bombing like "Santorum," Google's search results have a profound power to influence, and as such there exists a powerful incentive to manipulate those results. If those examples weren't enough for you, consider a recent study that shows search results can influence elections

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The Takeaway

Should We Have the 'Right to Be Forgotten' Online?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Europe's highest court is giving a little bit more power back to the people. On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that in some cases, Google must grant users a so-called "right to be forgotten."

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Big Questions Now That Europeans Can Edit Google Search Results

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The ruling by the European Union's highest court will require Google to remove material that citizens find embarrassing or harmful. But how does this play out, practically?

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On The Media

EA is Shutting Down The Virtual Worlds of Dozens of its Old Games

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Game studio Electronic Arts has announced that it is going to take the virtual worlds of over 50 games offline at the end of the month after its hosting service, GameSpy, announced it was shutting down. It's as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

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Parents Draw The Line On Teen Relationships And Social Media

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Teen performer Willow Smith's mom says the Instagram photo of her daughter laying in bed with an older shirtless man is no big deal. But some say it's creepy. Tell Me More's parenting panel weighs in.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Council Mulls Insurance Coverage For Ridesharing Services

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

During a grueling, six-hour hearing, representatives of app-based transportation companies tried to convince D.C. City Council members — not to mention the city's even more skeptical taxi commissioner — that they did not need to be strictly regulated.

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The Takeaway

Using Innovation to Fight Environmental Catastrophe

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Not everyone believes that we're doomed when it comes to climate change, and one of those hopeful few is Robert Bryce. He says that innovation is the key to future global prosperity, and eventually a cleaner environment for everybody.

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Google Must Delete Personal Data When Asked, European Court Says

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The case started when a Spanish man was irked that a 1998 notice about his home being repossessed was still online. Privacy advocates are welcoming a win for the "right to be forgotten."

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Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Soon, you could be watching political ads based on your television viewing habits and the information the political parties have collected about your gender, party registration and voting habits.

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Morning Edition

Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Inside Looks at An Oil Boom, A Musical Resurrection and An Ill-Fated Voyage

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Should We Have the 'Right to Be Forgotten' Online? | Audio Essay: A Poignant Warning About the Future from a Forgotten Writer | Ukrainian Journalists Navigate the Fog of War | Sleepy New Mexico Towns See Oil Boom | King of Pop Resurrected: A Look at Michael Jackson's New Album, 'Xscape' | ...

Soundcheck

Bad Band Names; Apple Eyes Beats Music; Gabriel Kahane Plays Live

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In this episode: Dan Ozzi, the editor for VICE’s music site, Noisey, talks about his article “How To Ruin Your Band Name;” -- and argues that he shouldn’t have to know the secret history behind a name like SUNN O))) in order to pronounce it.

Then: Last week, it was widely reported that Apple -- the home of iPads, iPhones, and iTunes -- might soon have a new product line under its wing: Beats Electronics, the company known for its Beats by Dre headphones and Beats Music subscription music service. Soundcheck speaks with The New York Times' arts reporter Ben Sisario about the implications of this historic deal. 

And: For his latest album, The Ambassador, Gabriel Kahane turns toward a place that his family has sometimes called home, Los Angeles. Watch the pianist and composer plays some of his L.A.-centric chamber pop songs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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All Things Considered

As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints

Monday, May 12, 2014

As the price of drones drops, more people are playing around with them in their cities and neighborhoods. This doesn't sit well with a lot of Americans. Are they just paranoid?

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All Things Considered

When Drones Leap Into U.S. Airspace, Attention Turns To Herding Them

Monday, May 12, 2014

If drones are ever going to fly safely near manned airplanes, these unmanned craft will need to sense and avoid objects and danger. But the FAA's next generation of radar may not be up to the task.

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On The Media

TLDR Public Service Announcement

Monday, May 12, 2014

This is a public service announcement, not an episode.
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