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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. 

Obama Secures Funding To Help Connect Students To Internet

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint pledged $750 million in equipment and services. Obama said this is part of an initiative that seeks to connect almost all American students to high speed Internet within five years.

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Lawyer's Local-Market Super Bowl Spot Is An On-Fire Smash

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The TV spot has won fans online, thanks to its use of slow motion, quick edits, smoke and fire to create an atmosphere that would suit a trailer for a new action hero. Attorney Jamie Casino is riding a wave of popularity as a result.

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Transportation Nation

Vehicle-To-Vehicle Tech Offers New Ways to Prevent Crashes

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The federal government is moving closer to requiring all new cars and trucks communicate with each other. That technology, regulators say, could reduce crashes by up to 80 percent.

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The Novelist: A Story-Driven Game Of Impossible Choices

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The fictional Dan Kaplan is struggling to finish a high-stakes book while balancing the needs of his wife and son. You pull the strings in this family drama by scouring the Kaplans' thoughts and memories. The emotion-driven story is compelling, but is a game about real-life problems actually fun?

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The Takeaway

Digital Divide Remains As Domains Enter New Era

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

About 1,000 new generic top-level domain names—the last bit of an internet address, such as the .org in TheTakeaway.org—are coming into existence. Cyrus Namazi, vice president of Domain Name System Services at ICANN, and Michael Froomkin, professor of law at the University of Miami, explain why the web is getting a new look. As the select few scramble to buy up new domains, many are left without any Internet access entirely. Michael Liimatta, co-founder and president of Connecting for Good, provides a snapshot of the digital divide.

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Microsoft Picks Insider Nadella As CEO; Gates Takes New Role

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Satya Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. Most recently, he led the company's "cloud and enterprise" group. Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, will no longer be the company's chairman. He's going to be a "technology adviser" to Nadella.

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8 Things Worth Knowing About Microsoft's New CEO, Satya Nadella

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

He's hyper-educated and his background is in the cloud. Learn more about the Indian-American Microsoft veteran who became the third CEO in the company's 38-year history.

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On The Media

Facebook Turns 10

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

To celebrate a decade in existence, Facebook released "Look Back," a page which creepily collects all of your posts into a short video narrating your time on Facebook. We found ourselves surprisingly misty-eyed at our own look back videos.

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The Takeaway

Syria: A Diplomatic Dance & the Music of War | Digital Divide Remains As Domains Enter New Era | Heroin: Growing Epidemic Spreads Across U.S.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Syria: A Diplomatic Dance & the Music of War | Digital Divide Remains As Domains Enter New Era | Heroin: Growing Epidemic Spreads Across U.S. | Tea Party & House GOP Battle Over Immigration

Hacker Group Sues German Government Over NSA Spying

Monday, February 03, 2014

The group wants German federal prosecutors to investigate the country's aiding of the U.S. agency's activities. It's the latest fallout from revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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U.S. One Step Closer To Future Where Cars Talk To Each Other

Monday, February 03, 2014

The technology, the Department of Transportation says, could mitigate 70 to 80 percent of accidents. The agency is not talking about self-driving cars; instead it's talking about a system that alerts drivers to dangers.

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On The Media

Patent Holders Strike Again

Monday, February 03, 2014

Last week brought us two patent troll stories.

Do you remember Lycos? It was sort of the proto-Google, and was, for a time in the late 90's, the most visited site on the web. Those days are now long gone, but patents that were once owned by Lycos are now being used to force Google to fork over a hefty chunk  of its revenue.

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Should Uber Be Responsible For Driver Recklessness?

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The family of a 6-year-old girl who was hit and killed by an Uber driver is suing the ride-sharing company. They say the driver was distracted by the mobile app he used to find his next fare.

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Press Here To Say You Survived The Latest Bomb In Lebanon

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Bombings are a frequent reality of living in Lebanon, so Lebanese student Sandra Hassan made an app to alert let friends and family know you're okay after violence strikes. It's getting a lot more attention that she had originally imagined.

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Foreigners Still Vulnerable To NSA Snooping

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Mikko Hypponen is a "white hat" hacker in Finland who breaks into security systems to test network safety. Hypponen tells NPR's Guy Raz of the TED Radio Hour that Americans may be protected under NSA reforms, but foreigners like himself aren't.

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Finding The Sum Of True Love On The 88th Try

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Mathematician Chris McKinlay wasn't having any luck finding love, so he used an algorithm to crack the dating website OkCupid. After a mountain of data mining and more than 80 first dates, he finally met his fiancée.

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Tech Week: 'Leaky' Angry Birds And Digital Invades Cinemas

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The NSA is said to collect data from apps like Angry Birds, small movie theaters struggle to go digital, and a Silicon Valley mogul offends a whole bunch of people. If you missed this week's news, All Tech has you covered.

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On The Media

Gossip By Algorithm

Friday, January 31, 2014

This is embarrassing to admit, but I got fooled by an algorithm this week. 

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TED Radio Hour

Does More Convenience Mean Less Privacy?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Behavioral economist Alessandro Acquisti studies how everyday decisions blur the line between our public and private lives.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Should You Be Worried About NSA Surveillance?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Virtually every international Internet user is being watched, says hacker and security expert Mikko Hyppönen. He calls for digital privacy in the age of government surveillance.

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