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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. 

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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Thermal Imaging Gets More Common But The Courts Haven't Caught Up

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A new smartphone app will make it easy for you to detect a water leak, spot animals while hunting and more. But the new technology raises a question that the Supreme Court thought it had settled.

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Any Way It's Measured, Tesla's $5B 'Gigafactory' Is Huge

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The electric-car company wants to build a massive plant in the U.S. to churn out 500,000 vehicle batteries a year. That's more than the combined current production at all the factories in the world.

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On The Media

New York Is Gross

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You'd think that a blog devoted to inspecting and cataloguing the most unsavory things in the city would make you feel terrible, but we find it strangely uplifting.

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New Tech City

Inside the Mind that Translated Moby Dick Into Emoji

Thursday, February 27, 2014

There is no white whale Emoji character. But that's just part of the fun (and art) of Emoji Dick.

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The Web At 25: Hugely Popular, And Viewed As A Positive Force

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A quarter-century already? It seems just like yesterday. A new Pew survey looks back on how much the World Wide Web's popularity — and role in our lives — have grown since its birth in 1989.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In most countries, houses get more valuable over time. In Japan, a new buyer will often bulldoze the home. We'll tell you why.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Protect Your Personal Data in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Close your LinkedIn account. Unfriend your Facebook friends. Cover your webcam. This was just the start of one woman's attempt to protect her privacy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mass Extinction on the Horizon; Surveillance, Security, and Protecting Your Privacy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert discusses the predictions of another mass extinction, coming soon and triggered by humans. And investigative journalist Julia Angwin looks at how our personal data is collected every day by the government, private companies, and even criminals, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

The Takeaway

The VA's Opiate Problem: A Whistleblower Speaks Out | Checkbook Diplomacy? Obama Faces Uproar Over Nominees | Real People / Best Pictures: 'American Hustle'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The VA's Opiate Problem: A Whistleblower Speaks Out | Nationalist Split in Ukraine May be Coming to the Surface | Inside the Highly Organized World of Drug Cartels | Should We Add an Extra Amendment to the Constitution? | Venezuela's Government May be Running Out of Time | Real People ...

Mapping Differences In America's Musical Tastes, State By State

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If you're in the Pacific, there's a better chance you're nodding along with Cat Power rather than grooving to Fantasia — but that reverses if you're across the country in the South Atlantic.

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Robot Swarm: A Flock Of Drones That Fly Autonomously

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Inspired by birds that fly in tight bunches, researchers fit drones with GPS, processors, and radios that allow them to navigate in formation or while following a leader.

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All Things Considered

With Tech Outsourcing, The Internet Can Be 'A Scary Place'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

When you hear the word outsourcing, you might think of threats to jobs. To cyber experts, there's another threat: to our data. Hiring third parties with lax security can leave data vulnerable.

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Supersonic Jet Throws Traditional Design 'Out The Window'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An 18-passenger plane created by a Boston-based company will feature windowless travel. Instead, cameras outside the aircraft will project images onto thin screens, giving passengers panoramic views.

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On The Media

Amtrak is Offering Free Tickets to Writers

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Amtrak is offering "residencies" to some writers who tweet at them -- essentially, they're given free train tickets so that they can ride the rails and work on their writing in quiet isolation. (In return, they ask the writers to mention Amtrak on social media.)

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Do Tech Startups Need More Diversity?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Race and gender gaps can discourage people from getting the skills to make it in the tech world. But if you have what it takes, how do you get your startup off the ground?

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If You've Ignored Bitcoin Up Until Now, This One's For You

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If the idea of a crypto-currency confuses you to the point of avoiding the topic altogether, you're missing out on some good stuff worthy of a Dan Brown novel.

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On The Media

Maybe People Aren't So Ashamed of Their Porn Habits After All

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yesterday, PJ wrote an article about Porn MD's transfixing real-time display of other people's porn searches. In that article, PJ posited that part of the appeal was that it was a peak into a universe that we don't usually see, because "while we share most things online, porn consumption is one of the few online media consumption experiences that usually remains private. Very rarely will someone 'Like' a porn website on Facebook, or tweet a link to some great porn they enjoyed." One of our readers informed us that may not be the case.

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iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Apple recently found a critical bug in its mobile and desktop systems. Unfortunately, the security fix won't help you if you haven't updated your mobile device to iOS 7.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Kind of Intelligence Google Hires For

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This week's "most read" New York Times article is a Thomas Friedman column that expands on a previous NYT interview with Google's hiring manager Laszlo Bock. "Corner Office" columnist for The New York Times, Adam Bryant, discusses his original interview with Bock, and why Google looks for unconventional types of intelligence.

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