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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

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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Book News: Apple Appeals Ruling In E-Book Price-Fixing Case

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Also: Emily Gould writes about being broke; The Relentless Award is founded in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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New Tech City

Emoji Gone Wild: We Text Without Words for a Month

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cute chat imagery expanded the emotional vocabulary of one cheery couple.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Green Energy Options, Explained

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Last week, we talked about why many listeners saw their bills spike this winter. Gerald Norlander, executive director of New York's Utility Project, explains why other listeners didn't, and the options available for customers who want to shop around.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Behold the Most Complicated Object in the Known Universe

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We’ve learned more about the human brain in last decade than in all of human history. As the secrets of the living brain are being revealed through high-tech scans by physicists, take a look at what the future has in store. In the next decades scientists will create a map of the brain's 100 billion neurons and how they connect, and we'll have technologies that can save our memories—or erase them.

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All Things Considered

For Those Unable To Talk, A Machine That Speaks Their Voice

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Most people diagnosed with the devastating Lou Gehrig's disease will lose their ability to speak. But one man in Washington state recorded his own voice onto a machine that will one day talk for him.

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All Things Considered

Massive Digital Heist Allegedly Hits Bitcoin Market

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MtGox, the leading bitcoin exchange, has stopped doing business amid reports it was hit by a massive theft. The troubles at the exchange could prove to be a pivotal moment for the virtual currency.

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Facebook Shuts Down Its Email Service Since No One Used It

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Facebook sent a note to all its users that the @facebook.com email service is going away. It will reroute any facebook.com email to the default address associated with user accounts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Netflix Pays Up. What's It Mean?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Netflix is now paying Comcast to make sure its streaming service is smooth - so what does that mean for customers (and the other major broadband companies)?

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Morning Edition

Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They've Always Done

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In the world of social media research, danah boyd is a star. She says most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of teenagers. But as the title of her new book suggests, It's Complicated.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Easy Weeknight Meals; Michio Kaku on the Future of the Human Brain

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Homecooks Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion share their favorite easy recipes for weeknight meals. Physicist Michio Kaku tells what high-tech brain scans are showing scientists about telepathy, memory, and telekinesis.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Netflix Pays Comcast; Scary Movies; Atheist Contributions

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Netflix struck a deal to pay Comcast to keep its streaming service fast and smooth. The Wall Street Journal’s Shalini Ramachandran explains why this gives even more power to major broadband providers. Plus: Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen talks about his show’s scary movie contest and explains the Studio 360 Oscar night bingo game; and historian and journalist Mitchell Stephens argues that most major advancements in civilization came from atheists.  

Soundcheck

Pandora Thinks It Knows Who You'll Vote For

Monday, February 24, 2014

Data scientists at music streaming site Pandora think they can tell what your political preferences are, given your musical tastes and your zip code. And they're willing to sell that information to political campaigns that are seeking to target their spending in the run-up to 2014 mid-term elections.

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4 Takes On Netflix's Streaming Deal With Comcast

Monday, February 24, 2014

Netflix and Comcast ended their video streaming feud over the weekend, when Netflix agreed to pay the cable giant for direct access to consumers.

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All Things Considered

Wearable Cameras, Tailored To The Legal Details

Monday, February 24, 2014

Photography is ubiquitous now — especially with the advent of wearable cameras. But what does the law say about when you take someone's picture and when you can't? Attorney Kurt Wimmer explains.

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All Things Considered

Netflix Pays Comcast To Ensure Its Videos Stream Smoothly

Monday, February 24, 2014

Content companies and internet service providers have disagreed over who should pay for broadband infrastructure upgrades. A new agreement between Nextflix and Comcast suggests that's changing.

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