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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. 

Transportation Nation

Bankruptcy of Bike Share Company Will Not Immediately Affect Systems in U.S. Cities

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WAMU

Montreal's bike share company, which also supplies equipment and technology to the largest bike share systems in the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy—but transportation officials in the U.S. say that won't have any immediate impact on operations.

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Studio 360

Science Goes to the Movies: Her

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

From Science Friday's series "Science Goes to the Movies"

Could you fall in love — develop a real relationship — with a computer?  In Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated movie Her, a lonely Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls hard for his operating system. Part of the film’s power is that its premise isn’t so improbable ...

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New Tech City

Two True Stories from the Airbnb Wars

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A musician supports his Brooklyn lifestyle by renting out rooms in Manhattan. And a landlord spends years trying to remove an illegal hotel operation from his building.  It's a tale of two Airbnb citizens.

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New Tech City

Why Don't More People Use Digital Door Locks? A Few Facts

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hotels, dorms, offices, they all use digital door locks. Why don't the rest of us? New Tech City reviews some of the reasons holding back the evolution of the key and lock, a truly ancient technology. Plus, a few facts to help you decide if you should make the switch. 

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New Tech City

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, But Does Airbnb?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chris makes $100 a night by renting out a room in his apartment through Airbnb. Ken is a landlord whose former tenant broke various laws by renting out an apartment through Airbnb. The two men have never met, but they're on opposite sides of a simmering legal battle with a whole lot of money at stake.

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The Takeaway

General Wesley Clark on Putin, Ukraine & the NSA | Doctor Predicted 'Agony and Horror' in Ohio Execution | The Magic of a Snow Day, Now and Then

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

General Wesley Clark on Putin, Ukraine & the NSA | A New Chapter for the Voting Rights Act? | Tech Giants Clash With City Residents in San Francisco | The Most Popular Super Bowl Foods | Doctor Predicted 'Agony and Horror' in Ohio Execution | The Magic of a Snow ...

The Link Between Media Multitasking And Impulsiveness

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Researchers say instant messaging makes people think they're more easily distracted, but it doesn't affect them on key ADHD performance tests.

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On The Media

Have You Been Pwned?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It's has simply become a fact of life now that personal information is going to be compromised by hackers. Both private and public entities are routinely having information stolen because they are either unable or unwilling to properly inoculate against these kinds of attacks. So if you can't rely on third parties to safeguard your data, there should at least be a way to know if it has fallen into the hands of hackers. Now there is.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | January 21, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Also On Today's Show: The Geneva II peace conference on Syria is set to begin tomorrow, and for the first time in the nearly three-year-old conflict it’s anticipated that talks backed by the United Nations will bring together representatives from both sides of the fighting...According to today's Financial Times, Ukraine is "living through its most dangerous period since its independence more than two decades ago."

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The Takeaway

Our Sleepy Sun?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

While most meteorologists focus on weather patterns, we also know that the Sun's behavior plays a role in regulating winter temperatures. The word "sleepy" is being used about the Sun right now—the likes of which has not been seen for about 100 years. David Hathaway is Solar Astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He explains the latest solar cycle and what impacts it could have on climate change.

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The Takeaway

Bill and Melinda Gates on the Myths of Poverty

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Since launching their foundation in 2000, Bill and Melinda Gates have granted nearly $30 billion to organizations and individuals working to eradicate poverty. In an interview on Tuesday with Takeaway host John Hockenberry, the couple talk about why poor countries aren't doomed to stay poor.

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U.S. Is Becoming More Diverse, But Is The Online Population?

Monday, January 20, 2014

According to a National Science Foundation study, only five percent of scientists and engineers in the U.S. are African-American. Host Michel Martin speaks with Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County about the challenges blacks face in the tech world. They're joined by Silicon Valley techie Ayori Selassie and digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong. This segment originally aired Nov. 27, 2013 on Tell Me More.

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Book News: Amazon Wants To Ship Products Before You Even Buy Them

Monday, January 20, 2014

Also: Lewis Wolpert admits lifting material from other authors; E. L. Doctorow on reading; the best books coming out this week.

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The Takeaway

A Defense of Russia's Vladimir Putin | Communities Step Up to Fight Mississippi Diabetes Crisis | Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Defense of Russia's Vladimir Putin | Shunning Retirement for Start-Ups | A Look at What's Ahead for The Seahawks & Broncos | Communities Step Up to Fight Mississippi Diabetes Crisis | 2014 Midterms See Shake Up as Lawmakers Exit | Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

Still Texting? OMG, That's Already So Old-School

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A new report says instant messaging is surpassing old-fashioned texting in Britain. It may seem too soon to talk about the good old days of texting, but technological turnover is another sign of the times. Also on the decline: phone numbers.

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Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone

Friday, January 17, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant. A decision is expected this year.

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Week That Was: Smart Fridge Hack, Net Neutrality And The NSA

Friday, January 17, 2014

Your weekly roundup of tech headlines from NPR and publications around the country, including more credit card security breaches and the latest developments with the "Internet of Things." We asked what was in the hacked fridge, but — spoiler alert (pun intended) — we didn't find out.

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Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

Friday, January 17, 2014

Retail analysts say more data breaches like the hits on Target and Neiman Marcus are coming. A new report details how hackers "with ties to the former Soviet Union" stay ahead with "innovation and a high degree of skill."

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WNYC News

Huh? NIH Funding Increases and Decreases (We'll Explain)

Friday, January 17, 2014

The National Institutes of Health will see a $783 million increase in funding this fiscal year thanks to the spending bill passed in the Senate Thursday, but biomedical researchers in New York aren't popping champagne corks. 

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The Takeaway

Obama Overhauls NSA's Surveillance Programs

Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced a major overhaul of the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance practices. The president said that in order for the nation's intelligence community to be effective over the long haul, the trust of the American people must be maintained. To maintain that trust, the president said he would end the vast collection of phone data “as it exists” today. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, Todd Zwillich breaks it down with further NSA analysis from Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright.

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