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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. 

Can Streaming Services Make Money?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pandora, Rdio and Spotify are changing the way we listen to music, but all have had money issues. Apple and Google join the fray this year and music producer Jimmy Iovine is launching a service with Beats by Dr. Dre.

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The Fast-Food Restaurants That Require Few Human Workers

Thursday, August 29, 2013

As fast-food workers go on strike in cities across the country, opponents argue robots could replace them if their demands for a higher minimum wage are met. But robots for fast food exist already — kind of.

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Does 'Marching' Digitally Send A Message?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

As thousands of people gathered in the nation's capital to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many more activists participated online. Host Michel Martin talks about social justice in the digital age with Michael Skolnik of Global Grind and Corey Dade of The Root.

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Transportation Nation

How Does a Teen Cross the Road? While Texting.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WNYC

High school students can't put their phones down, even when crossing a dangerous street. A new study quantifies just how often kids walk while distracted by technology. 

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The Takeaway

Video Surveillance, Facial Recognition Technology and the Law

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ohio law enforcement have been using facial recognition technology to match driver’s license photos and surveillance footage for months, without telling the public. Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center and professor at George Washington University Law School, describes the current law on surveillance and facial recognition technology.

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The Takeaway

"Hit Them Hard" in Syria | Muslim Leader Responds to NYPD Surveillance of Mosques | Video Surveillance, Facial Recognition Technology and the Law

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Is the United Nations Still Effective? | Iran Warns of Israel Attack Should U.S. Strike Syrian Targets | Video Surveillance, Facial Recognition Technology and the Law | Two Prisoners to Be Transferred Out of Guantanamo Bay | A Battle for Water When the Rio Grande Runs Low | Could Nadal Hasan ...

Outage Summer: What To Know About The Syrian Electronic Army

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The New York Times website reportedly was under attack by hackers on Tuesday. Here's a primer on the Syrian Electronic Army, the activist hacker group that's responsible for taking down or taking control of the sites of major news organizations.

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Looking For Free Condoms? There's A Health Department App For That

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

State and local public health departments are turning to apps as to help them reach people when they need help the most. Birth control finders, recipe tweakers and searchable restaurant inspections are in the mix.

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Transportation Nation

Uber's Referee: This D.C. Politician Keeps Mediating Between Uber and D.C. Taxi Commission

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WAMU

One week after D.C. regulators effectively banned the new sedan-for-hire service UberX from operating in Washington, a District council member who has refereed the many disputes between the D.C. Taxicab Commission and the tech startup Uber said she would intervene again.

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Microsoft Vs. Medium: A Tale Of Two Office Cultures

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The corporate culture at Microsoft seems to go against the tech industry's trend toward more empowered employees. The focus on the software giant's inner workings comes as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer prepares to depart.

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New Tech City

Swack! Tech Disrupts Tennis

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tennis is a sport that prides itself on tradition, but it can't escape technology.

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Radiolab

How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You; 'Privacy Wear' Comes To Market

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A New York design team has just produced an invisibility cloak for your cell phone. Pop it in and no government, no merchants, no friends, no one knows where your phone is. Another design team in Canada says they could do stuff like this — but they won't. Who's right?

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How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A New York design team has just produced an invisibility cloak for your cellphone. Pop it in and no government, no merchants, no friends, no one knows where your phone is. Another design team in Canada says it could do stuff like this — but it won't. Who's right?

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The Takeaway

New Report Shows Ohio Police Secretly Use Facial Recognition Technology

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Cincinnati Enquirer has revealed that Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation has used facial recognition technology to match drivers license photos and surveillance footage for months—without telling the public. Reporter Chrissie Thompson discusses her investigation, and Attorney General Mike DeWine defends the law enforcement's use of this technology.

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Click Here For 'The New York Times' While It's Being Hacked

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Times appears to be the target of another hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad group. But the news organization has created an alternate site where its stories can be seen.

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Mayer Shines At Yahoo After Spotlight Dimmed At Google

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Yahoo has redesign some of its major sites — the latest step in CEO Marissa Mayer's dramatic turnaround of the Internet company. Before Mayer interviewed for the job at Yahoo, her career at Google appeared to have stalled. Renee Montagne discusses this with Nicholas Carlson, who wrote a profile of Mayer for the news website Business Insider.

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One Historic March, Countless Striking Moments

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What if Twitter existed 50 years ago, on this monumental anniversary of the March on Washington? Our answer: @TodayIn1963. We've been reporting events of the summer of '63 as if they were happening now, in real-time, through this Twitter account.

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New Tech City

Real Estate, Rackets, Risk: When Rules Get Rewritten

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

When it comes to finding just the right sized office space, New York City's tech companies are turning to subleases because they are not ready to sign five to 10 year leases favored by the city's landlords.

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New Tech City

Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists: What's the Difference?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Meet David Rose, an angel investor and a venture capitalist. Yes, both categories of investor fund startup companies, but there are a few key distinctions. 

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New Tech City

Office Space a Challenge for Silicon Alley Startups

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

When a Silicon Alley startup gets a new round of funding, the company might double or triple in size and quickly need to find a roomier office to house all its new employees.

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