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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. 

Morning Edition

Tech News Site Re/code Creates Buzz In Silicon Valley

Monday, April 07, 2014

Re/code is a new tech site that doesn't charge its readers or expect to make much from ads. Instead, it has a successful conference business. Other media also see potential profits in conferences.

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All Things Considered

Keeping Robots In Line With The Law

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Attendees at the annual We Robot conference are peering into the future, pondering questions like, do robots have rights? What kinds of laws do we need to regulate unmanned drones?

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What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The perk-laden, money-drenched world of Silicon Valley gets a send-up from Mike Judge and HBO starting Sunday night. The cast weighs in on the "real" Silicon Valley.

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Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall

Saturday, April 05, 2014

How Amazon's moving into your living room, why the Nest smoke detector got recalled and the big debate that erupted over Mozilla's CEO — all in this week's tech headlines.

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All Things Considered

It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public

Friday, April 04, 2014

The new CEO of Mozilla was forced to step down amid controversy over his anti-gay-marriage donation in 2008. How much should the public judge chief executives for their private views?

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Nest Halts Sales Of Smoke Detector, Disables 'Wave' Feature

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Google owned company discovered users could unintentionally disable the device by waving their hands in front of the detector.

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Morning Edition

New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains

Friday, April 04, 2014

We all know .com and .edu, but now hundreds of new Internet domain names like .fish and .xyz are available. If all these new domains take off, what will become of .com?

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Morning Edition

Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player

Friday, April 04, 2014

Watching a great gamer is like watching a tennis or baseball pro: "If they're really good then you can watch and learn," says Megu Kobayashi, who watches gamers on a site called Twitch.

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Money Talking

Recalled Cars and Rigged Stock Markets

Friday, April 04, 2014

Why did it take GM over a decade to respond to a defect the carmaker has linked to 13 deaths and dozens of accidents? And has high-frequency trading rigged the stock market? Joe Nocera of the New York Times and Rana Foroohar of Time discuss.

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On The Media

Hunting For YouTube's Saddest Comments

Friday, April 04, 2014

YouTube's infamous for having one of the worst comment sections on the internet. There's no reason to ever read them. Unless you’re writer & filmmaker Mark Slutsky.

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Morning Edition

A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Brendan Eich is a co-founder of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser. But his personal donation to an anti-gay-marriage campaign means he's no longer CEO.

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All Things Considered

Transatlantic Duo Looks Into The Future Of Flight

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Airlines, and Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, discuss the future of the aviation business. Delta and Virgin recently announced a transatlantic joint venture. As more mergers and partnerships develop, what's in it for the consumer?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Inside Insight: Clearing and Staining Fish

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Clearing and staining gobies, stingrays, and sharks has revealed to scientist Adam Summers critical data, as well as the beauty of each fish’s unique form.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Sir Roger Penrose: Cosmic Inflation Is ‘Fantasy’

Thursday, April 03, 2014

What's wrong with modern physics—and could alternative theories explain our observations of the universe?

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Science Friday

SciFri: The Origins of Violence

Thursday, April 03, 2014

An anthropologist, a psychologist, and a crime writer ask: Are humans hard-wired for violence?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Diving Into the Underground Ocean of One of Saturn’s Moons

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, may have an underground ocean the size of Lake Superior.

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Science Friday

SciFri: How Will Russian-U.S. Politics Affect Our Relationship in Space?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

NASA suspended a majority of its communications with Russia in response to the conflict in Crimea.

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Court In Turkey Orders Twitter Service Restored

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The social media site was blocked in the runup to last Sunday's local elections, but the ban was deemed a breach of free expression and ordered reversed.

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On The Media

The US built a Secret Twitter for Cuba, Beyonce is Falsely Accused of Using Selfies as Currency, and More

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Happy Thursday morning everyone. We’re putting the finishing touches on this week’s episode. We missed you last week and we’re glad to be back. In the meantime, guess what we have for you?

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Using Your Personal Data to Change the World

Thursday, April 03, 2014

John Havens highlights the benefits of an examined life in the digital world and illustrates how the fruits of the Information Age can improve our lives for the better. Our digital identity is represented by gigabytes of data produced from tracking your activities on your smartphone and computer, and in Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World, Havens argues that emerging technologies will help us use this valuable data to help us track our emotions to improve our well-being based on the science of positive psychology. 

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