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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. 

Online Tracking: Is Everyone Doing It?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

To be tracked or not to be tracked: That is the question.

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Will Video Ruin Instagram's Appeal?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The popular photo-sharing service is adding a video feature. But if the current user experience "ain't broke," should Facebook, Instagram's owner, fix it? We explore the fears about the new feature.

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In More Cities, A Camera On Every Corner, Park And Sidewalk

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A growing number of cities are using surveillance cameras in the hope of fighting crime, but all that video is almost useless without powerful search tools to sort the material. The municipal camera trend is proving to be big business for companies that design video analytics software.

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Microsoft Responds To Fan Outcry, Changes Xbox One Policies

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Microsoft has changed policies regarding Internet connection and used game capabilities for its upcoming Xbox One gaming console. The company says it is responding to feedback from consumers.

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Federal Agents Accuse Two Of Plotting Deadly X-Ray Weapon

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Officials say the suspects did not acquire a radiation source for a weapon, but they finished building a remote control that was meant to operate it.

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FBI Director Says Agency Is Using Drones Over The U.S.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Robert Mueller told the Senate the FBI used drones rarely and for surveillance proposes. The DEA and the ATF had both revealed they possessed drones.

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U.S. Automakers Are On A Roll, But Hiring Is Slow And Steady

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Profits for the nation's carmakers are on the rise, but after years of doing more with less, higher profits are unlikely to translate into significant numbers of new jobs. There are eight fewer plants and hundreds of thousands fewer workers in the industry than before the Great Recession.

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Parvum Opus: Followers Flock To Pope's Latin Twitter Feed

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The account has gained more than 100,000 followers worldwide in less than six months. Followers, who represent a wide variety of professions and religions, are convinced the language of the ancient Romans is perfectly suited to 21st century social media.

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TV, Movie Streaming Services Want To Grow With Kids

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Twenty percent of Netflix's streaming is made up of content for kids. Amazon just ordered a bunch of pilots of kids' shows. TV critic Eric Deggans says subscription streaming services are going to lean on parents' desire for control of what their kids watch as they build their audiences.

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The Takeaway

An Inside Look at The Largest Solar Boat Ever Built

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

While it was docked in New York City, The Takwaway visited the largest solar boat ever built—the MS Turanor PlanetSolar. On today's show we're joined by the vessel's captain, Mr. Gerard d'Aboville; head of the PlanetSolar Deep Water expedition, Professor Martin Beniston; and University of Geneva professor and biologist Bastiaan Ibelings, who discusses the solar boat that's crossed three oceans and 11 seas.

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Amazon Cuts Ties In Minnesota Ahead Of New Sales Tax

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Amazon ends the contracts of people and businesses that are paid for sending customers to the retailer. The company has taken similar steps in other states that have passed laws like Minnesota's new sales tax legislation.

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New Tech City

MAP: 25 Solar-Powered Charging Stations for Mobile Devices Coming to NYC

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Twenty-five solar charging stations for mobile devices are coming to city parks, beaches, golf courses and other outdoor spaces this summer, courtesy of AT&T. 

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Mexico's Tech Startups Look To Overcome Barriers To Growth

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the past decade, Mexico's tech industry has flourished, growing three times faster than the global average. Most of that growth has been fueled by demand from the United States. But as Mexico's startups strive to make it in foreign markets, they say they need more engineers and ways to finance their growth.

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Breaking Bad News To Kids: How Media Has Tweaked The Process

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Parents have always had to break hard news to kids, from family hardships to national tragedies. Now there are more ways for children to learn about news faster — through 24 hour news and social media. So, what's changed in how parents broach these subjects? How can media help, or hurt?

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The Takeaway

Transparency, Secrecy and Freedom: The History of Privacy and Democracy

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

As we learn more about the National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs and leaker Edward Snowden, The Takeaway is looking at freedom in America, and freedom's relationship to privacy. Jill Lepore, New Yorker staff writer and professor of American history at Harvard University, explores the relationship between privacy, government transparency and freedom in U.S. history.

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New Tech City

NSA Surveillance as a Teachable Moment?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What can we learn from the NSA's surveillance program? A lot, according to Chris Lawrence, senior director of the Mozilla Mentor Community. He calls the scandal's aftermath "a teachable moment."

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New Tech City

Remaking NSA Prism PowerPoint

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The following blog post is by New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.

Imagine this: You flash your top-level security badge, settle into a government conference room as the lights dim and begin to watch a slideshow explaining the latest NSA surveillance plan, code-named PRISM.

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New Tech City: NSA Surveillance Backlash

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the wake of news that the National Security Agency is collecting vast amounts of digital data about the online activity of U.S. citizens, the federal government has said the program — known as PRISM — is crucial for homeland security. Of course, not everyone agrees.

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Teens Find The Right Tools For Their Social-Media Jobs

Monday, June 17, 2013

There was a time — a time long, long ago — when MySpace dominated the teen social-media world. Not anymore. NPR's Sami Yenigun looks at how teenagers use various social platforms in today's increasingly segmented online universe.

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Google's 'Internet Balloons' Could Expand Online Access

Monday, June 17, 2013

Google's "Project Loon" just launched in New Zealand — it uses balloons floating in the stratosphere to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas.

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