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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

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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Morning Edition

Quiet Zone Shuns Cell Service, Wi-Fi

Friday, May 02, 2014

The National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000-square-miles area in West Virginia where cell phones and WI-FI are banned. (This piece originally aired Oct. 8, 2013 on Morning Edition.)

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Morning Edition

Amid The Device Hype, This Startup Is Taking Wearables To Heart

Friday, May 02, 2014

There's a lot of money and attention going toward wearable devices, though the sophistication of the technology varies. One company is developing wearables with clusters of tiny high-tech senors.

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Microsoft Releases Fix For Critical Internet Explorer Bug

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security had told Americans to stop using the browser until a fix was issued.

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All Things Considered

How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A fight over patents is unfolding between Apple and Samsung in a California courtroom. But a case before the Supreme Court could change the concept of intellectual property in information technology.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Regulators Try To Tackle 'Rideshare' Insurance Confusion

Thursday, May 01, 2014

In a marathon, three-hour long hearing, tech companies tried to make the case to D.C. officials that their companies would be driven out of the city if new insurance regulations are adopted.

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On The Media

4chan Security Breach: Hacker Hacks Hackers

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Yesterday, Christopher Poole, better known as ‘moot’ and the founder of 4chan, confirmed that the popular imageboard had been hacked last week. In his blog post, moot explained that the hacker had gained access to “administrative functions and information from one of our databases.” This information included the credentials of three 4chan Pass users, a twenty dollar a year subscription that allows users to bypass captchas when posting or reporting posts. Fortunately, 4chan does not store any of their user’s payment information, which is handled by Stripe.

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Science Friday

SciFri: App Chat: Apps to Mind Your Money

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Forget balancing a checkbook. Today there are better ways for the budget-minded to keep track of bank balances.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Forty Years of Mindbending Success with the Rubik’s Cube

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Rubik’s Cube has over 43 quintillion different starting combinations.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Squarepusher Rocks with Bots

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Electronic musician Squarepusher talks about writing Music for Robots.

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Science Friday

Elephants Use Different 'Words' to Signal Danger

Thursday, May 01, 2014

African elephants use different types of rumbles to signal danger from bees or humans.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Foraging Dos and Don'ts

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Professional forager Tama Matsuoka Wong gives tips for picking wild plants safely and sustainably.

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