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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. 

Will The Court's Gene Ruling Stifle Bio Innovation?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with bioethicist Arthur Caplan of New York University about Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that isolated human genes may not be patented — and the implications for that ruling.

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Pandora Buys A Radio Station, Songwriters' Group Calls It A 'Stunt'

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This week, the Internet radio broadcaster bought a radio station in Rapid City, S.D., in an effort to get the more favorable royalty rates given to terrestrial broadcasters. But the move has songwriters and composers up in arms.

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The Case For Surveillance: Keeping Up With Terrorist Tactics

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Since the leak of the National Security Agency's data-gathering program, U.S. officials have been defending their strategies. But they've been arguing for years that intelligence gathering has to keep up with the new ways America's enemies are planning and communicating.

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How U.S. Arms Will Reach Syrian Rebels

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This week the Obama administration announced it would send weapons to the Syrian rebels, because of credible evidence Syrian government forces had indeed used chemical weapons. Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about how Syrians are reacting to the news.

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Did ATMs Represent The Dawn Of The Digital Era?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Weekend Edition Saturday Scott Simon remembers the controversy when the first automatic teller machines started popping up in the 1970s. Today there's an electronic transaction, and record, of just about everything we say, read, purchase or do.

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Looking Back, and Up, at a Seattle Icon

Friday, June 14, 2013

Seattle's Space Needle opened in 1962 as part of the World's Fair. Knute Berger, author of Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle, discusses the history and engineering behind the tower, and explains why a symbol of "the future" from days gone by still has relevance today.

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Rolling Out Bamboo Bicycles

Friday, June 14, 2013

Valid Cycles specializes in handcrafted bamboo bicycle frames. To be bike-ready, the bamboo must be cooked in an oven, stripped, and sealed. But after that, the founders of Valid Cycles say the bikes last as long as a metal one. We stopped by their shop — a barn in Woodinville, Washington — for a look at how the bikes are put together.

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Dear NSA: Please Read This Email

Friday, June 14, 2013

We are beyond the point where privacy can be expected because somebody somewhere has details about all of your electronic habits. The question is, who is most likely to want to look at what you're doing?

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Can Captain Sunshine Save The Israeli Electric Car Dream?

Friday, June 14, 2013

The electric car company Better Place failed to build the dream it had designed. Its bankruptcy left tech-watchers worried about the stain on the country, which is proud of its image as a startup hotbed. But there may be a savior in the wings.

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Under The Radar: Some Pilots Of Small Drones Skirt FAA Rules

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Unmanned drones aren't just a tool for governments anymore. By as early as this year, the Federal Aviation Administration expects to propose regulations opening up the use of small, unmanned airborne vehicles, or drones, for commercial use. Until then, anyone trying to make money with them is breaking FAA rules.

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Hacktivists: Heroes Or, Well, Hacks?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NSA leaker Eric Snowden and the people behind Wikileaks are being called 'hacktivists' for their activities. Host Michel Martin speaks with digital activism expert Gabriella Coleman, and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen about 'hacktivists.'

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WNYC News

New Healthcare Tech Causes Spike in Costs

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Many things make healthcare expensive in the United States, and close to the top of the list is technology. Several studies have challenged whether patients get better results from the latest high-tech equipment. Kaiser Health News reporter Jenny Gold has been looking at perhaps the costliest of these devices, proton-radiation ...

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Transportation Nation

FTC to D.C. Taxicab Commission: Avoid "Unwarranted Regulatory Restrictions"

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Tech companies are complaining. A D.C. Council member is urging restraint. And now the Federal Trade Commission is asking the D.C. Taxicab Commission to be careful when it comes to weighing new regulations for app-based hailing services reshaping Washington's vehicle-for-hire industry.

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Gamers Converge On LA For Electronic Entertainment Expo

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The biggest players in the video gaming industry are attending E3. Gamers have been anticipating the unveiling of new products from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and other companies.

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Will A Kill Switch Stop Cellphones From Being Stolen?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Law enforcement officials are pressing cellphone companies to make their devices more theft resistant. Mobile phones — iPhones especially — have become common targets of thieves.

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WNYC News

Is Virtual Reality Gaming Destined For A Comeback?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The last time most video game players were excited about virtual reality was the 1990s. But at the E3 gaming conference this week, game developers have been tinkering with Oculus VR's new hardware. It's not ready for consumers yet, but Oculus Rift holds the promise of reviving the dream of VR.

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Net Giants Try To Quell Users' Jitters About Their Data

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tech companies that field National Security Agency data requests are currently barred from sharing those requests publicly. But Google, Microsoft and Facebook all have a financial interest in showing their users that the NSA does not enjoy unfettered access to their data.

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Tallinn: The Former Soviet City That Gave Birth To Skype

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Estonian capital is dotted with medieval towers and Soviet architecture that belie its status as one of the world's most technologically advanced cities. Residents use a smart card to ride the bus, and mail packages and pay for parking with their phones.

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A Guide To Tech Terms In The NSA Story

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The details about the NSA's foreign surveillance programs are still not fully understood. And for many people, neither are the terms associated with some of the stories. What, exactly, is "metadata"? What does an "algorithm" do? We've tried to explain.

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Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Systems that turn a driver's speech into text are the most distracting. Drivers in a University of Utah test experienced a kind of inattention blindness that mean they sometimes overlooked potential hazards.

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