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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. 

Add Security To The List Of HealthCare.gov Tech Issues

Thursday, October 31, 2013

To the long list of problems plaguing HealthCare.gov, add data security. The enrollment site for the new health insurance exchanges had a security flaw that didn't get patched up when the exchange marketplace went live.

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Radiolab

The Boss of the Plains

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In the mid 1860s, John B. Stetson introduced a new hat to the American West, and it caught on like wild fire. But according to author Jonnie Hughes, the history of how and why the cowboy hat conquered the Plains is a lot more complicated than that -- and it ...

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Radiolab

Turing's Machines

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Alan Turing's mental leaps about machines and computers were some of the most innovative ideas of the 20th century. But the world wasn't kind to him. Turing was a math genius, a hero of World War II, and is widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence. But in ...

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Radiolab

Of Men and Myths

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A hat that goes viral, an idea that gives birth to computer science, and a life-saving maneuver.

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New Tech City

Airbnb Boasts 10,000 Visitors This Marathon Weekend

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Airbnb founders gave almost $15,000 to Bill de Blasio's campaign for mayor.

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Report: NSA Has Broken Into Google And Yahoo Data Centers

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Documents obtained from NSA leaker Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials reveal the program, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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(Don't) Pardon Me: One Man's Fight Against Distracted Walking

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

They're everywhere — smartphone users who wander the sidewalks, and sometimes into other people, tapping away at their cellphones. Is resistance futile?

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Transportation Nation

Cabbies of Washington Unite! Taxi Drivers Lock Arms with Teamsters

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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D.C. cabbies -- frustrated with a spate of city mandates requiring drivers to modernize their vehicles -- have voted to unionize.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Does Apple Plan Its Own Obsolescence?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Have you noticed that your iPhone starts to slow down...right around the time a new iPhone roll-out is announced? Catherine Rampell of The New York Times discusses whether Apple is intentionally coordinating the obsolescence of its products, and if the strategy could ultimately backfire as it upsets customers.

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New Tech City

Alone in the Dark: Susan Crawford and the Telecom Industry

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A year after Sandy cut power to cellphone towers and flooded copper wire, land line telephones leaving thousands of people without service, what's changed?  "Nothing," says Susan Crawford, author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.

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New Tech City

Safety Nets: Broadband & Wifi in a Post-Sandy World

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This week New Tech City looks at how New York City's internet connectivity has changed since Sandy knocked out communications for so many New Yorkers.

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New Tech City

Bye Bye, Cable Guy. Hello, Microwave Broadband.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two brothers had an idea: How about starting a broadband service provider in New York City?

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Features

Etsy's New Policy Means Some Items Are 'Handmade In Spirit'

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Online marketplace Etsy is a hive for creative vendors selling handmade goods. But the site recently said it will allow sellers to outsource their manufacturing. Some vendors with growing businesses are delighted at this news; others feel Etsy is abandoning its small enterprises.

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The Takeaway

When Big Technology Comes Home

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bre Pettis has been on the forefront of 3-D printing technology, and he has made efforts to get the technology into the hands of regular people. Pettis is the founder and CEO of MakerBot, which produces affordable 3-D printers. He joins The Takeaway to explain why he thinks it’s important to democratize this kind of technology, and why he thinks anyone of us can be an inventor.

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New Tech City

Who Is Jeff Bezos? And What is Amazon?

Monday, October 28, 2013

He wants to find in a cheaper way to get to outer space.  He’s building a clock that ticks once a year, moves its "century hand" once every hundred years and chimes once a millennium.  Oh, and he’s also the CEO of the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.  He is Jeff Bezos.

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The Takeaway

Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker Remembers Lou Reed | Recovery in The Rockaways A Year After Sandy | Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Latest NSA Spying Scandal

Monday, October 28, 2013

Syria Moves Closer to Destroying Chemical Weapons Stockpile | Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker Remembers Rock Legend Lou Reed | Security Lags Behind Biotech Advancements | When Big Technology Comes Home | Retro Report: Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath | Examining Recovery in The Rockaways A Year After Sandy | Sen. ...

Features

The Antidote: DNA Secrets

Friday, October 25, 2013

At WNYC, we’re experimenting with new ways to tell stories about health. 

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Money Talking

Six-Year High School Answer for Tomorrow's Workers?

Friday, October 25, 2013

In a visit to Brooklyn Friday, President Obama will honor the innovative new education model at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, P-Tech for short. Is it the answer for preparing kids to be tomorrow's workers?

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The Takeaway

New Tech Shines Light on Human Trafficking | The Lasting Emotional Damage from Hurricane Sandy | Roundtable: Navigating Healthcare Changes Across the Country

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fallout Continues from NSA Revelations in Europe | Mikhail Khodorkovsky: The Case that Defines Russian Justice | The Lasting Emotional Damage in Hurricane Sandy's Hardest Hit Community | New Movie Releases of The Week: 'The Counselor,' 'All Is Lost,' 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' | New Tech Shines Light on ...

The Takeaway

When Quantum Physics Meets Video Games

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A group of scientists, gamers, and of course, folks from Google may have found a way to make the popular world-building game, Minecraft, into a tool for teaching quantum physics. Joining The Takeaway is Joel Levin, cofounder of TeacherGaming and creator MinecraftEdu, which produces the educational version of Minecraft that has already entered schools worldwide.

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