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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. 

Facebook's Sandberg Apologizes For Newsfeed Experiment

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Facebook scientists were criticized for a study that manipulated what some Facebook users saw on their feeds. COO Sheryl Sandberg said they didn't mean to upset users.

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This Week's Innovation: Slippers That Fit Like A Second Skin

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A concept of perfectly fitting footwear inspired by cheese fondue, these slippers would be made by you, for you.

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U.S. Privacy Board Says NSA Internet Spying Is Constitutional

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Some parts of the program come "close to the line of constitutional reasonableness," so the board is offering some proposals to fix those concerns.

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Google Glass Faces A Ban In British Movie Theaters

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Just one week after the Google Glass eyewear went on sale in the U.K., fears of movie piracy have led an industry group to call for a ban on the device in theaters.

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'Frobot' Creator: Taking Frozen Yogurt Where It's Never Been Before

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Is frozen yogurt a weak link in our quest for sustenance and gastronomic pleasure? A Washington, D.C., startup thinks so, and has just launched a frozen yogurt vending machine to make fro-yo easier.

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Radiolab

Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.

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New Tech City

Mindy Kaling: The New Face of Girls in Tech

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sure we want more girls to try computer coding. But is the way to do it by using code to make bracelets and "selfie accessories"? This trailblazing girly girl says, 'hell yes!' 

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Fresh Air

Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

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WNYC News

Google: Mixing Work with World Cup

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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Workers around New York relied on their multitasking skills, or gave up on work altogether, as the United States battled Belgium in a tense game during the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup.

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On The Media

A Tool To Filter Out All The Sad Parts of Twitter

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Are you bummed because Facebook secretly manipulated your newsfeed to make you sad? Jonty Wareing has just the tool for you. 

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Facebook's Newsfeed Study: Was It Ethical Or A Violation Of Privacy?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

In 2012, Facebook changed its users' newsfeeds without their knowledge for research. Host Michel Martin learns more about the study and why some people aren't happy about it.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Communities Fight Fracking

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

On Monday, New York's highest court delivered a huge upset to the oil and gas industry when it ruled that towns can use zoning ordinances to introduce bans on fracking. It's expected that the ruling will have an impact on towns around the country.

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On The Media

ESPN and Univision are Filing Takedown Notices for Vines of Soccer Goals

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The U.S. has World Cup fever (pending the results of today’s game) and ESPN and Univision probably couldn’t be more thrilled, at least as long as you aren’t watching any goals online.

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Morning Edition

IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual prowess on Jeopardy. Now after analyzing a massive number of recipes, Watson has come up with its own sauce.

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WNYC Digital

11 New York City Instagrammers You Should Follow This Summer

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

You can’t be everywhere this summer, but you can get an eyeful of the city on Instagram. These are the people who’ll show you the highlights and secret moments of New York City.

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All Things Considered

Why 140 Characters, When One Will Do? Tracing The Emoji Evolution

Monday, June 30, 2014

The smiley face and heart icons popular in text messages predate today's smartphones. To trace their roots, you have to go back to Japan in the mid-1990s, when pagers were all the rage with teens.

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All Things Considered

An Algorithm Is A Curator At The Sept. 11 Museum

Monday, June 30, 2014

Curators at the September 11 Memorial and Museum came up with a novel solution to the problem of interpreting the tragedy. They put a computer algorithm in charge of an exhibit. But is it objective?

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On The Media

The New Emoji-Only Social Network is Probably a Hoax, But We Want it to Be Real

Monday, June 30, 2014

I have a totally unscientific theory that as time goes on the odds increase of any (yes, any) given person communicating with me entirely through emoji. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Just Because It's on the Internet Doesn't Mean It’s True

Monday, June 30, 2014

Internet information is uncontrollable and everywhere. Are you messaging a fake dating profile? Is wikipedia reliable? Are you being scammed? How to identify and avoid the trickery that’s so prevalent online

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