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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. 

NASA Explores A New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas

Monday, June 30, 2014

NASA is asking the public to help it develop new ways to bring their technology to the commercial market. Daniel Lockney of NASA tells us more about this crowdsourcing, profit-sharing initiative.

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Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup

Monday, June 30, 2014

The scientific experiments of Facebook fueled wide Internet outrage over the weekend, when news surfaced that it was purposely manipulating users' emotions through content on their feeds.

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Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment

Monday, June 30, 2014

Researchers have unveiled a study in which Facebook users were experimented on to see if their emotional states could be artificially altered. Sound weird? It is.

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On The Media

Don't Let Facebook's Emotional Manipulation Study Make You So Mad

Monday, June 30, 2014

Last week, Facebook announced it had conducted an experiment on some of its users without their knowledge or permission. 

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Finding Promising New Games In A World Of Dispiriting Sequels

Monday, June 30, 2014

A survey of some of the games that previewed at this month's Electronic Entertainment Expo shows that even in a landscape of mostly boring franchised sequels, there are a few standouts.

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Morning Edition

Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

Monday, June 30, 2014

When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.

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Morning Edition

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Monday, June 30, 2014

Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.

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On The Media

TLDR #30 - The Russian Troll Army

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last month, documents surfaced that showed a company called the Internet Research Agency was paying people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day. Alex talks to Buzzfeed's Max Seddon about why they do it, and how successful they actually are at swaying public opinion.

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All Things Considered

Modern Video Games Go Beyond 'Jumping On Blocks'

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The creative director for BioShock Infinite, one of 2013's biggest video games, says as technology improves, so does the ability for games to tell complex stories with rich narrative structures.

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All Things Considered

Harley Hopes An Electric Hog Will Appeal To Young, Urban Riders

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Harley-Davidson has rolled out a prototype of its first battery-powered motorcycle. It's sporty and speedy, but quieter than your average Harley — and you'll need to charge it about every 50 miles.

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Facebook Scientists Alter News Feeds, Find Emotions Are Affected By It

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A News Feed filled with negative comments led to users expressing more negativity. The opposite was also true, proving "emotional contagion" can happen even online.

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Following High Court Decision, Aereo Suspends Operations

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled that the company, which allows users to watch local TV stations from anywhere through the Internet, was publicly performing the work of TV networks.

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Tech Week: Google's Plans, Aereo's Loss And Occupied Stalls

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Google rolled out a slew of new products and ideas at its annual developers conference, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to a TV startup, plus more headlines in this week's tech news roundup.

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All Things Considered

SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

Friday, June 27, 2014

To put a literary spin on the Supreme Court's recent decision to limit warrantless cellphone searches, author Craig Morgan Teicher turns to A.R. Ammons' book of poetry, Tape for the Turn of the Year.

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Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment

Friday, June 27, 2014

After trying out online balloting in elections in 2011 and 2013, Oslo has concluded that it didn't improve turnout and might undermine the democratic process.

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All Things Considered

Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That

Friday, June 27, 2014

Europeans throw away about 90 million tons of food each year. A new German website aims to ratchet that number down a bit by connecting people with leftovers to spare with people who could use them.

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On The Media

Online Gamers Arrested In Japan For Cheating

Friday, June 27, 2014

Playing video games online, you're likely to run into cheaters. Aimbot, wallhacks, NoClip, they can render a server unplayable. However, they're little more than a pain in the ass, and penalties for getting caught can be pretty severe, including having accounts that cost a lot of money banned from using certain games. In Japan, they'll just arrest you.

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France Outlaws Free Shipping On Books Bought Online

Friday, June 27, 2014

France's parliament passed a law this week that's been nicknamed "The Anti-Amazon Law." 

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TED Radio Hour

Is Everything A Remix?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas — and transform them into something new.

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TED Radio Hour

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Friday, June 27, 2014

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But writer Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.

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