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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. 

Venezuela Protests Proof President Maduro Lacks Chavez Charisma

Friday, February 28, 2014

Violent protests have filled the streets in Venezuela for the past two weeks. Tell Me More gets the latest from freelance journalist Andrew Rosati in Caracas.

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On The Media

Why We Should Ban All Parody Twitter Accounts (And Why They're Never Going Away)

Friday, February 28, 2014

If it exists, there will eventually be a parody Twitter account for it.

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The Takeaway

Spy Agencies Capture Millions Through Webcams

Friday, February 28, 2014

Millions were surprised to learn on Wednesday that, with help from the NSA, the British surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters captured and stored the webcam images of millions of Yahoo users worldwide. Spencer Ackerman, U.S. national security editor at The Guardian and the reporter who broke the story, explains how the government was able to get access to this information.

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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy; Nearly $500M Of Bitcoins Lost

Friday, February 28, 2014

The bitcoin exchange says it was hacked. Investors likely have little chance of getting their money — real or virtual — back.

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New Tech City

The Man Who Tried to Eliminate All Words, But Never Met a Smartphone

Friday, February 28, 2014

This is a story of heroic effort, decades of toil and a man obsessed with a utopian dream: to replace the written word with symbols. And how today's text message tools could have helped. 

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Morning Edition

A Smartphone That Tries To Slip You Off The Grid

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Android-based Blackphone, set to hit the market this summer, will help answer the question of whether consumers are willing to pay for privacy.

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Morning Edition

Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom

Friday, February 28, 2014

Oscar-nominated short films, once all but impossible to see except at art-house theaters, are surging in popularity via online streaming and on-demand services.

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On The Media

Device Searches at the Border

Friday, February 28, 2014

The border is a legal gray area where the same constitutional protections one expects inside the country don't necessarily apply. When graduate student Pascal Abidor had his electronic devices searched and seized at the border back in 2010, he filed lawsuit against the federal government. But in December, a federal judge upheld the government's right to search travelers' devices at the border without a warrant. Brooke speaks with Pascal about his experience at the border and the lawsuit.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Social Media for Social Change

Friday, February 28, 2014

Emily Parker, digital diplomacy adviser, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and former State Department official, discusses her new book Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground (Sarah Crichton Books, 2014) and talks about how protesters and activists are using social media to combat repressive regimes around the world.

 

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A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Liberation Music threatened to sue Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig over a song he used in one of his lectures. Lessig sued back, and now the label is taking a look at its own copyright policies.

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All Things Considered

Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New research finds that nearly one-third of full-time workers do most of their work remotely. But just who those workers are — and how much work they're doing — may come as a surprise.

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On The Media

#17 - Hey, Guess What? I Found Truth For Us

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Last fall, TLDR covered a bunch of hoaxes. Some we liked, most we didn't. On this episode, we talk to Paulo Ordoveza and Adrienne LaFrance, a couple of people who have devoted themselves to trying to debunk the innumerable falsehoods flying around the internet. 

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Latest Leak: U.K. Spied On Webchats, Grabbed Millions Of Images

Thursday, February 27, 2014

According to more secrets spilled by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Britain's cyber spies downloaded snapshots of innocent Yahoo users. Much of what they saw was for adult audiences.

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Science Friday

SciFri: On Social Media, the Kids Are All Right

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In It’s Complicated, Internet scholar danah boyd debunks myths about teens’ online lives.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Your Brain on Jazz

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Researcher and musician Charles Limb created an fMRI-safe keyboard to study the effects of jazz on the brain.

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Science Friday

SciFri: This Fish Sucks

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs details how the northern clingfish takes the art of suction to new heights.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A Diverse Energy Diet, to Face a Changing Climate

Thursday, February 27, 2014

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks about progress on President Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Pulsar Pulverizes Incoming Asteroids

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A pulsar 37,000 light-years from Earth collided with a billion-ton asteroid.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A 10,000-Year Stopover En Route to the New World

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The ancestors of Native Americans may have lived for millennia on the Bering land bridge before fanning out across the Americas.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Making Sense Out of Bitcoin

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created by an anonymous developer in 2009.

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