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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. 

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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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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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' | ...

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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On The Media

Now You Can Ignore People on Twitter the Same Way You Do On Facebook

Monday, May 12, 2014

They've finally decided to add a feature that has been present on apps such as Tweetdeck for a while - an option to "mute" people you follow.

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Reports: FCC Chairman Revising Net Neutrality Rules

Monday, May 12, 2014

The chairman is weighing whether to allow Internet providers to sell fast lanes to content companies seeking faster delivery to its customers.

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Clouds Are Convenient, But Be Paranoid To Protect Personal Data

Monday, May 12, 2014

For many of us, data clouds like Google Drive and Dropbox have replaced clunky hard-drives and easy-to-lose USB sticks. But how secure is our data in these clouds?

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The Takeaway

Learn to 'Think Like a Freak' with Stephen Dubner

Monday, May 12, 2014

In his new book, "Think Like a Freak," Stephen Dubner, host of the Freakonomics, breaks down the decision-making process and explains why it’s often important to admit defeat.

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Morning Edition

Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

Monday, May 12, 2014

The California-based maker of the Falcon 9 is hoping to break up a monopoly on the launch market for national security satellites.

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Morning Edition

Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To?

Monday, May 12, 2014

A survey of data shows a marked drop in teenagers reading for pleasure. Researchers are trying to figure out whether the explosion of e-reading and digital diversions is behind the decline.

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Morning Edition

Glenn Greenwald: NSA Believes It Should Be Able To Monitor All Communication

Monday, May 12, 2014

The journalist, who received a cache of highly classified documents, says no one disputes that the security agency should be reading emails from al-Qaida, but the system has become too powerful.

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