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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. 

The Takeaway

Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomber Dies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The last member of the U.S. crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II has died. Theodore Van Kirk was 93-years-old. As a 24-year-old, Van Kirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users who loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.

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On The Media

#AskCostolo and Twitter's Abuse Problem

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Twitter's CEO did an interview. If you followed it on Twitter, it didn't go great. 

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The Takeaway

It's Not OK Cupid: Co-Founder Defends User Experiments

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The online matchmaking service this week revealed that it had manipulated the information users received about potential matches. Co-founder Christian Rudder says this sort of testing is necessary to deliver a better product - and pair more compatible profiles.

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New Tech City

Knowing Your N@ighbor, Hacking Your Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It’s not always so easy to make friends with your neighbors. Can technology help? 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Turning the Screw on Russia, Wide-Open Senate Races, and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in One Family

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

1. Can the West Curb Russia's Bad Behavior? | 2. Lessons From My Jewish Mother & Palestinian Father | 3. Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomber Dies | 4. The 2014 Midterms: The Open Races to Watch

All Things Considered

OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.

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On The Media

TLDR #6 - Ghost Town

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This is a repeat of TLDR #6. This episode contains some explicit language.

Before the Internet as we know it today, there were text-based bulletin board systems all over the country that people could dial into. One of those systems, M-net, happened to live in Alex's backyard, and it was his internet home base for the better part of a decade. Alex went back this week and found out that it's actually still running.

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The Takeaway

The Electronic Waste Orchestra

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Musician and programmer Colten Jackson is getting some use out stuff most of us call trash. With six hard drives and an old keyboard number pad, Jackson put together his first e-waste instrument: The hard drive guitar. It's part of a project called the Electric Waste Orchestra.

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On The Media

The NYPD is Taking Twitter Classes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York Police officers are being taught how to use common sense on social media. 

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Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.

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Morning Edition

Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two brothers rented a condo in Palm Springs and began claiming tenants' rights after 30 days, then threatened to sue the owner for negligence, claiming the tap water damaged their espresso machine.

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Morning Edition

Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You can travel the world without opening your wallet — or your eyes. Sound Transit, a collaborative website, allows users to immerse themselves in the everyday sounds of faraway places.

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Morning Edition

Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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All Things Considered

IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's New Odd Couple

Monday, July 28, 2014

In a deal that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, Apple has announced a partnership with IBM. The two companies will work together on a new class of applications for iPads and iPhones.

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All Things Considered

It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

Monday, July 28, 2014

One-click online shopping is changing how we shop. Stores with leases as short as a day are proliferating — meaning a storefront can be a designer clothing store one day and a test kitchen the next.

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All Things Considered

'Like' Something? Social Networks Would Like You To Buy It Too, Please

Monday, July 28, 2014

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are increasingly finding ways to move into e-commerce, adding buttons and acquiring startups that encourage users to buy products on their sites. Hannah Kuchler of the Financial Times discusses the moves with Audie Cornish.

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On The Media

A Novel About Working On My Novel

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cory Arcangel is an artist whose work often deals with the way we interact with technology. His latest project is a book comprised entirely of people tweeting about how they're working on their novels. You will be not at all surprised to learn that it is called Working On My Novel.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Here Comes The Boom

Monday, July 28, 2014

There's a new subprime boom, based on auto loans given to people with poor credit, by the millions. One of the authors of a New York Times report on this issue explains. Plus:  The latest on the Governor Cuomo and the Moreland Commission; and how New York City is integrating computer classes into public schools.