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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. 

Tech Leader Quasi-Apologizes For His Nazi Rampage Analogy

Monday, January 27, 2014

After comparing the outrage over the richest one percent to Kristallnacht, venture capitalist Tom Perkins quasi-apologized Monday night. "The use of the word ... was a terrible misjudgment," he said, before noting "I don't regret the message."

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U.S. Agencies, Tech Firms Agree To Rules On Surveillance Info

Monday, January 27, 2014

While the agreement gives tech companies more options in publishing data about government requests for information, it also includes several limitations. It's part of President Obama's plan to change how U.S. intelligence agencies handle personal data.

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On The Media

Tumblr Crowdsources Their Terms of Service

Monday, January 27, 2014

This is kind of cool, insofar as the words “Terms of Service” and “cool” can sit comfortably in the same sentence. Tumblr just updated their Terms of Service, and as part of the process they allowed users to input their ideas and suggestions via GitHub.

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The Takeaway

The State of the Union Through an Artist's Eyes

Monday, January 27, 2014

Artist, composer and performer R. Luke DuBois developed his signature style through data mining. In his 2008 piece, "Hindsight is Always 20/20," DuBois isolates the most frequently mentioned words from State of the Union Addresses that span from George Washington to George W. Bush. As President Barack Obama prepares for the 2014 State of the Union Address, DuBois examines word patterns in State of the Union Addresses over time, and describes how a president's rhetoric reflects their era.

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NYT: NSA Can Exploit Mobile Apps For Information

Monday, January 27, 2014

According to leaked secret documents, the NSA can scoop up deeply personal data from mobile phone apps. The spy agency also exploits innocuous actions like updating a phone's software.

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CEO Of A Bitcoin Exchange Charged With Money Laundering

Monday, January 27, 2014

The charge: That he conspired to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to individuals who used the virtual money to buy drugs on the Silk Road website.

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On The Media

Prince's Troubled Relationship With the Internet

Monday, January 27, 2014

Prince is suing 22 fans, for $1 million a piece, for posting links to bootlegs of his concerts on filesharing sites. This is just the latest volley in Prince's long standing love/hate (well, mostly hate/hate) relationship with the internet.

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WNYC News

Breaking the Ice on the Hudson

Monday, January 27, 2014

To keep the river open for business in the freezing winter months, the Coast Guard runs its cutter boats up and down the river, opening a navigable track through the ice.

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The Takeaway

Are E-Cigarettes Making it Cool to Smoke Again?

Monday, January 27, 2014

"The marketing of it is of particular concern because not only is it glamorizing and in some ways sexualizing e-cigarettes, there is a concern that it is going to renormalizing smoking," says Michael Eriksen, former director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.

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The Takeaway

A Look at E-Cigarettes: Who's Using Them & Where? | The State of the Union, Through an Artist's Eyes | How to Take the Plunge & Do What You Love

Monday, January 27, 2014

Ukraine Slides Further into Political Chaos | A Look at E-Cigarettes: Who's Using Them & Where? | Businesses & Consumers Hit by U.S. Propane Shortage | The State of the Union, Through an Artist's Eyes |  How to Take the Plunge & Do What You Love

Billionaire Compares Outrage Over Rich In S.F. To Kristallnacht

Sunday, January 26, 2014

As class tensions intensify in the Bay Area, a venture capitalist is comparing the treatment of the tech-affluent to that of the Jews during a deadly raid in the Holocaust.

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Can The Auto Industry Win The Future If It Looks Like 1974?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The North American International Auto Show wraps up Sunday in Detroit. The cash is rolling for the auto industry again, but innovative ideas seem absent. Sonari Glinton wonders whether the lack of diversity on the auto show floor might not be a factor in the event's retro feel.

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Mars Rover Turns 3-Month Mission Into Decade Of Exploration

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Opportunity, NASA's Mars Rover, landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004. It was supposed to be a three-month mission, but 10 years later the rover is still investigating the red planet and sending data and images back to NASA. Jim Bell, an astronomer at Arizona State University, talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about Opportunity's decade on Mars.

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Paramount Cuts Film, Giving The Starring Role To Digital

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Paramount Pictures will stop distributing its movies in film, moving to a completely digital format. It isn't just cinephiles who are reeling; archivists rely on film as a medium that will stand the test of time. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, about the implications of Paramount's move.

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Tech Week That Was: The Mac Turns 30, More NSA Rumblings

Friday, January 24, 2014

In technology news this week: Apple's iconic baby celebrated a big birthday, the debate over Edward Snowden and NSA data collection continued to simmer, and the Target data breach prompted more talk about credit card security.

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On The Media

#12 - Hunting For YouTube's Saddest Comments

Friday, January 24, 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. Mark spends hours scouring the comments section on YouTube, and occasionally, scattered in the dross, he finds small poignant stories for his site Sad Youtube.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | January 24, 2013

Friday, January 24, 2014

Other Highlights From Today's Show: Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for the state of California. What does this mean for cities like San Diego?...Our Movie Date team reviews this week's big release and gives their top picks for this year’s Sundance Film Festival ...The World Economic Forum will devote all of today to panels and talks on the threat of climate change. Is this a sign of things to come?

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On The Media

A Reporter Interviews Men On an Anonymous Phone Sex Line

Friday, January 24, 2014

In the Bay Area, there's a number you can call to chat anonymously with strangers. People use it for phone sex. On the new Love + Radio, reporter Julia DeWitt called up and tried to interview the men on the line, and it's very great radio. 

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Take a Digital Detox with New Tech City

Friday, January 24, 2014

Struggling to keep up with your email inbox? Overwhelmed by your Twitter feed? Do you feel separation anxiety when you're without your mobile device? Take a deep breath. New Tech City is here to help.

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As Windows XP Fades Away, Will Its Users Stick With Microsoft?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in April. But the company faces a challenge as it herds its users away from the 12-year-old operating system: With so many computing options on the market, customers leaving XP behind might end up turning their backs to Microsoft, too.

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