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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. 

Morning Edition

Chemist Turns Software Developer After Son's Cancer Diagnosis

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The parents of a young boy made a terrible discovery while looking through photographs they had taken of him as a baby. They noticed a white dot where a black pupil should have been.

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Morning Edition

Putin's Internet Plan Requires 'Sharing' With Security Services

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A new legal measure will place a host of restrictions on Internet companies and users. One provision will require bloggers to register with the government if they get more than 3,000 hits a day.

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All Things Considered

Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

Monday, May 05, 2014

Unmanned aircraft offer spectacular bird's-eye views, and news organizations are eager to deploy them to get that perspective. But U.S. regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes.

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NSA's Encrypted Tweet: We're Hiring Code Breakers

Monday, May 05, 2014

The National Security Agency sent out a tweet that looked like gibberish. It turned out to be a job advertisement disguised in simple cipher.

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All Things Considered

FAA Head: Safety, Privacy Concerns Abound In Regulating Drones

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is under pressure to come up with rules for the commercial use of drones. The central issue: How can they fly safely in the same airspace as other aircraft?

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On The Media

The NSA's Best PR Move in Months

Monday, May 05, 2014

The NSA could really use some good PR right now. It has had a rough year, deservedly so. With information about the agency's hoovering of personal information continuing to leak as well as the FISA court's alleged rubber stamping of government requests for surveillance, the revelations by contractor Edward Snowden have cast the NSA in a very negative light. It hasn't helped that the agency's response to the leaks by both the agency and The President was slow, and for the most part unsatisfying. Surprisingly, the first thing I've seen the NSA do correctly in months has arrived in the form of total gibberish.

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Teen's App Helps Pay Family's Bills

Monday, May 05, 2014

Seventeen-year-old entrepreneur Michael Sayman took center stage at Facebook's conference for developers. He talks about how he got into tech and developed his popular 4SNAPS app.

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#BringBackOurGirls Reaches Activists Around The World

Monday, May 05, 2014

Nigerians are turning to social media to demand the safe return of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. Human rights activist Nicole Lee discusses how Twitter has helped keep the focus on the crisis.

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On The Media

You Can Buy Amazon Stuff on Twitter Now. How is this a good thing?

Monday, May 05, 2014

Marketers are still only lukewarm on the platform, but Amazon thinks its found the key by turning your tweets into one part advertisement, one part buy-it-now button.

 

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In Wake Of Massive Data Breach, Target CEO Steps Down

Monday, May 05, 2014

Gregg Steinhafel held himself responsible for a 2013 security breach that exposed the personal data of about 70 million customers. In April, Target appointed a new chief information officer.

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You Love Pinterest. Find Out Why The Police Do, Too

Monday, May 05, 2014

Cops worldwide are getting savvy about social media, branching out beyond Facebook to solve everything from murder cases to thefts.

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On The Media

TLDR #24 - The Million Dollar Homepage

Monday, May 05, 2014

In 2005, Alex Tew was a 21-year-old entrepreneur who wanted to make a million dollars before college. The only problem was he had literally nothing of value to sell. So he made The Million Dollar Homepage -- possibly the most ambitiously garish website ever created.

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Snapchat's New Video Messages Feature Is Meant To Last Longer

Sunday, May 04, 2014

As social media companies clamor to build their messaging services, Snapchat's new chat feature brings the intimacy and immediacy of the app to longer lasting conversations.

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All Things Considered

Police Turn To Pinterest To Fight Crime

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Lots of people use Pinterest to bookmark projects, places and events that peak their interest. Ozy.com's Carlos Watson tells how some local police forces have started using the site to solve crimes.

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Apple's Win Settles Samsung's Complaint, Too

Saturday, May 03, 2014

In the latest round of litigation, Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6 million to Apple. It was a mixed verdict. The jury found that both sides violated each other's patents.

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Tech Week: Egg Innovation, Twitter's Future, The FCC's Defense

Saturday, May 03, 2014

This week's technology news included Facebook's new anonymous logins, Twitter's latest earnings, the golden egg innovation and other headlines we don't want you to miss.

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Apple Awarded $120 Million In Patent Suit Against Samsung

Friday, May 02, 2014

Apple had been seeking more than $2 billion in damages. The jury also awarded Samsung $158,400 for Apple's infringement.

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All Things Considered

For Apple, A Limited Victory Against Samsung In Infringement Case

Friday, May 02, 2014

In a case between tech giants Apple and Samsung, a jury has issued a mixed verdict. The decision marks only the latest in an ongoing struggle over patents between the two companies.

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All Things Considered

New Anonymous Facebook Login Hides Info, But Not From Facebook

Friday, May 02, 2014

Facebook has introduced a way for users to log into apps anonymously as a way to build trust and protect privacy. User info would be protected from app developers, but visible to Facebook.

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On The Media

Does Arizona’s Revenge Porn Law Criminalize Notable Nudity?

Friday, May 02, 2014

[Hey TLDR folks, PJ here. Amanda Levendowski is a friend of the show and a revenge porn braniac. She wrote a nice post about how Arizona's new revenge porn law actually has pretty troubling implications for journalists, which we're re-publishing here with permission.]

Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2515 into law, making Arizona the ninth state to criminalize revenge porn. Here’s what the law says:

Unlawful to intentionally disclose, display, distribute, publish, advertise or offer a photograph, videotape, film or digital recording of another person in a state of nudity or engaged in specific sexual activities if the person knows or should have known that the depicted person has not consented to the disclosure.

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