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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. 

All Things Considered

In Europe, Google Stumbles Between Free Speech And Privacy

Monday, July 14, 2014

Europe's highest court left Google with the responsibility of balancing the privacy rights of citizens with the public interest — and it's a tough balancing act.

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On The Media

Where the Internet Goes to Be Lonely

Monday, July 14, 2014

A decade ago, a Google search for "I am lonely" took people to a conversation thread on an obscure digital video discussion board. Now it's a 2,200-page repository of the Internet's thoughts on loneliness.

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Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears

Monday, July 14, 2014

The nation's top Internet companies are officially pressing for broad regulation to maintain free and equal access to the Internet.

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The Takeaway

Why Environmental Crime Goes Unpunished

Monday, July 14, 2014

A new investigation finds that existing environmental regulations are rarely enforced — and environmental crimes are almost never prosecuted.

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The Takeaway

Why Is It So Hard to Test for Lyme Disease?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer is prime time for the tick-borne illness; some 300,000 people contract it every year. But a regulatory loophole means the market for Lyme disease tests is unreliable — and highly lucrative.

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On The Media

On Passwords and Fearlessness and the Future

Monday, July 14, 2014

Today, Wall Street Journal technology columnist Christopher Mims boldly declared that the password is irrelevant and dying. How boldly, you probably weren't asking yourself? Well, so boldly that he posted his twitter password in the article.

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Transportation Nation

Ridesharing Critics Urge Caution As D.C. Regulation Put On Hold

Monday, July 14, 2014

The move to regulate ridesharing services like UberX and Lyft will likely be put on hold as the D.C. Council moves towards a recess next week, but some say that leaves riders in limbo over whether the cars have adequate insurance coverage.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Escalating Conflict, The World Cup's Legacy, and A New Look at Hemingway

Monday, July 14, 2014

1. Tensions Between Israel & Hamas Escalate | 2. Benghazi, Citigroup, and The DOJ's Curious Timing | 3. Why Is It So Hard to Test for Lyme Disease? | 4. The Legacy of the 2014 World Cup | 5. Hemingway's Grandson Restores Never-Seen Elements to "The Sun Also Rises"

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Swiss vaults have held treasures ranging from Nazi gold to Wall Street fortunes. Now they're becoming the guardians of the 21st century's most precious asset: digital information.

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Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Also in this week's roundup, a tech company that may not exist, using sensors to keep your plants alive and what the debate over sandwich taxonomy teaches us about innovation.

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Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats

Friday, July 11, 2014

Forget the Forbes Celebrity 100. This is the Friskies 50 — the new definitive guide of the most influential cats on the Internet. The list is based on a measure of the cats' social media reach.

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On The Media

You Can Watch Congress Edit Wikipedia

Friday, July 11, 2014

A number of Twitter bots are monitoring Wikipedia edits made from national legislatures around the world. 

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Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

Friday, July 11, 2014

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos

Friday, July 11, 2014

An eagle soars above a park in Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from high above. Those are two of the best images taken by aerial drones, according to an online contest.

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On The Media

The FTC Is Suing Amazon For In-App Purchases By Children

Friday, July 11, 2014

The FTC wants to make it harder for children to make purchases in tablet and smartphone games.

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Morning Edition

NSA Implementing Fix To Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

Friday, July 11, 2014

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way for the NSA to be entirely secure.

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A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LG's KizON wristband lets you keep tabs on your child. But some experts say such devices send the wrong message about the world we live in. And the gadgets raise questions about kids' privacy rights.

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Science Friday

What’s So Bad About Being Alone With Your Thoughts?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A study finds that many people would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.

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Science Friday

The Surprisingly Predictable Patterns of Random Choice

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In his new book, Rock Breaks Scissors, author William Poundstone decodes the patterns in big data, sports, and human behaviors.

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Science Friday

Could Inducing Hypothermia Help Revive Trauma Patients?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In a procedure called “Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation,” doctors would replace the blood of patients with cold saline to help buy valuable operating time.

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