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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. 

E.T.'s Home Is Found: Trove Of Atari Games Unearthed At Landfill

Saturday, April 26, 2014

For decades, it was mere legend: an "Atari Dump" rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the desert seemed the best way to move on.

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Stopping Link Rot: Aiming To End A Virtual Epidemic

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Getting a "File Not Found" or "Error 404" message is annoying, but in the academic world, it can be a minor tragedy. One professor explains why we need those pages, and what's being done to save them.

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Tech Week: Look At The Cloud, Aereo In Court, Net Neutrality

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where's your digital stuff? These days, probably in the cloud. We explored just what the cloud is and the implications of its growth. Also in the news: arguments over the future of TV and Web traffic.

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All Things Considered

You Love The Cloud, But It May Not Be As Secure As You Think

Friday, April 25, 2014

People are storing more and more stuff online: photos, music, documents — even books. But if you're storing your digital belongings in the cloud, you should know you're giving up some rights.

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The Takeaway

David Simon & Beau Willimon on Big Data TV

Friday, April 25, 2014

Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the American "House of Cards," and David Simon, creator and writer of "The Wire" and "Treme," discuss the benefits and drawbacks of data-driven entertainment, and the evolving field of television.

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On The Media

Code Babes, The Worst Thing On The Internet This Week

Friday, April 25, 2014

A website that teaches you how to do basic coding via instructional videos led by half-naked, double-entendre spewing women. Blech.

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Space X To Protest No-Bid National Security Contracts

Friday, April 25, 2014

The space startup says its rockets are capable of carrying satellites for the Air Force, and it can do so cheaper than Boeing and Lockheed.

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The Takeaway

The Rise of Media in Democratic Afghanistan

Friday, April 25, 2014

Afghani media mogul Saad Mohseni discusses the recent elections, the evolution of  media over the past decade, and the risks of being associated with pro-Western development in a country that is fighting for its future.

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Cliven Bundy, #myNYPD: Public Relations Fails?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Both rancher Cliven Bundy and the New York Police Department had a rough week in the spotlight. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the risks of talking or tweeting too much.

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On The Media

Turning Fruit Into Musical Instruments

Friday, April 25, 2014

There is a strong tradition in contemporary composition of making music from non-musical objects. Musique Concrète, playing the jug, Eugene Chadbourne playing an electric rake. But for some reason, there is a critical mass of "making music by playing weird shit" Kickstarters at the moment. Some much cooler than others.

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TED Radio Hour

Can You Use Algorithms To Find Love?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating, so she started treating the world of online dating as data — effectively hacking her way to finding a spouse.

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Morning Edition

Tech Giants Settle Class-Action Lawsuit

Friday, April 25, 2014

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a lawsuit rather than go to trial on allegations they conspired to stop high-tech workers from leaving one company for another to get a better job.

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On The Media

The Death of Net Neutrality?

Friday, April 25, 2014

This week the FCC announced that it would consider a new draft of the Open Internet rules which, if passed, would all but kill net neutrality, the principle that all content should be treated equally. Manoush talks with Siva Vaidhyanathan about how this development might radically affect online innovation as we've known it.

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On The Media

CNN's Malaysia Air Obsession, Bad Political Memoirs, and More

Friday, April 25, 2014

CNN's never-ending coverage of the lost Malaysian Airlines plane, an FCC blow to net neutrality, and why there are so many terrible political memoirs.

On The Media

The Customer Isn't Always Right

Friday, April 25, 2014

Users of the app-based car service Uber probably already know that passengers get to rate their drivers after a trip. But they might be surprised to discover that the drivers are rating passengers too. Manoush speaks with Uber driver Ganu Salami about the passenger rating system, and with University of Denver law professor Nancy Leong about its potential to be discriminatory.

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The Takeaway

Big Data & TV by the Numbers | Should Animals Have the Same Rights as People? | 'X-Men' Accusations & Out-of-Control Hollywood Culture

Friday, April 25, 2014

Big Data TV: David Simon & Beau Willimon on Entertainment by The Numbers | The Rise of Media in Democratic Afghanistan | New Movie Reviews of The Week | 'X-Men' Director's Rape Allegations Raise Questions of Out-of-Control Culture | The Movie Date Reviews This Weekend's Big Releases | Should Animals Have ...

All Things Considered

Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

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All Things Considered

Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

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All Things Considered

Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Google, Intel and others say they will now financially support the open-source software that encrypts much of the traffic on the Internet. The effort follows the discovery of a key security flaw.

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All Things Considered

What Do Net Neutrality Rules Mean For Web Users?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, coined the phrase "net neutrality." He discusses how the Federal Communications Commission's proposed changes could affect the average consumer.

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