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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. 

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The Feds Have $25 Million In Bitcoin From the Silk Road. Now What?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Yesterday, the US District Attorney's Office for the Souther District of New York announced the forfeiture of 29,655 bitcoins from the servers it seized from Ross Ulbricht, the owner of defunct internet drug marketplace Silk Road. According to this bitcoin converter, that is about $24.5 million dollars worth of bitcoins. But since the US doesn't legally allow bitcoin exchanges, what can the feds do with it?

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Policing Gangs Through Rap Videos

Friday, January 17, 2014

In New York City, 30 percent of all shootings are tied to youth gang rivalries. There are over 300 street crews in the city, loosely affiliated gangs that battle mainly over turf. The rivalries often play out in rap videos made by the gangs and posted on YouTube. Those videos - and threats of violence in their lyrics - are being used as evidence by New York City police to make arrests. Brooke talks with WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan about this policing technique. 

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Obama’s NSA Surveillance Orders, the Uncertain Future of Net Neutrality, and more

Friday, January 17, 2014

President Obama announces changes to the NSA's surveillance practices, the first U.S. case to consider libel on Twitter could set a precedent for defamation on social media, and a devastating blow to net neutrality.

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Happy Thursday Everyone!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Thursday everyone! 

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What if We Got Rid of Likes?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There’s a million reasons why no social media platform wants to get rid of whatever version of Like it has. As a human though, it's kind of crappy.

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A Weird, Gwen Ifill-Related Twitter Mystery is Happening Right Now (Update: Solved!)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

At 2:01 this afternoon, a bunch of journalism-related Twitter accounts suddenly started tweeting this cryptic message: "f gwenifill." If you search twitter for the phrase, you see that it's very widespread, and that no one really seems to know what's going on. 

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Businesses Might Suffer If They Google Prospective Employees

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Scientific American reports on a study that shows job applicants who know their prospective boss viewed their social media profiles are more likely to think that their hiring process was unfair. This is even true in cases where the applicant gets the job. 

 

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Of Course You Can Tweet About Having Cancer

Monday, January 13, 2014

UPDATE: 12:37PM. Wow, The Guardian pulled the columnCached copy is here. It could've been because of the content, or because of this. Guardian's notice just says that it was "inconsistent with the Guardian editorial code."

 

People are angry about a Guardian op-ed by Emma Keller titled: “Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness?”

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A Good Year For Duck Duck Go, the Search Engine That Promises Privacy Protection

Friday, January 10, 2014

Last April, OTM producer Chris Neary profiled an upstart search engine called Duck Duck Go. DuckDuckGo’s selling point is that it promises its users that their privacy will be protected and that their results will be unfiltered.

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I Am A Real Person

Friday, January 10, 2014

When Time Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer got a call from a telemarketer named Samantha West, he knew the voice on the other end of the line wasn't quite right somehow. Yet Samantha West kept insisting she was, in fact, human. OTM producer Chris Neary finds out who, or what, Samantha West really is. 

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TLDR #10 - One Hundred Songs In a Day

Thursday, January 09, 2014

One way to make money making music online is the boring way. Write one song that does incredibly well and live off the royalties for the rest of your life.

Matt Farley is a musician who’s gone a different route. He's written over 14,000 songs and he makes a tiny bit of money each time someone plays one on Spotify or iTunes. PJ visited Matt at his home recording studio to see how it all works.

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The Aptly Named New Technology That Tracks Everything You Do

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

With all the alerts and tracking your cell phone does, it can feel a bit like an overbearing mother. At this year's Consumer Electronic Expo, a company called Sense is exhibiting a product actually called Mother, designed to stick its virtual nose into just about everything you do.

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Every Edit You've Ever Made to a Facebook Post Is Visible

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Anyone who can see your post can see a full history of its edits. All they have to do is click the gray text that reads "Edited" at the bottom of your comment, just to the left of the "Like" button.

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Reviews that Are 100% Objective

Friday, January 03, 2014

Video game criticism is a weird beast. 

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Two Professors Search the Internet for Time Travelers

Thursday, January 02, 2014

It’s hard not to like this. Professors Robert J Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson published a study where they looked online for some sign that time travelers from the future are hiding among us, accidentally revealing themselves on the internet.

 

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4.6 Million Snapchat Accounts Have Leaked And It's Actually Not That Important.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

4.6 million Snapchat usernames and their associated phone numbers were leaked this week.  (If you use the service, there’re a few single serving sites where you can check to see if your information’s out there.)

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Highlighting the Worst Internet Comments In All of England

Monday, December 30, 2013

Enjoying this list comes from perversity and from seeing what kind of absurd topics people can get worked into a lather about. Like being angry that survivors of a theater collapse weren't wearing coats.

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An Iron Maiden Hoax Too Boring To Check

Monday, December 30, 2013

If you weren’t on the internet last week (apparently there were holidays) you might’ve missed this small story about Iron Maiden. A blog called citeworld wrote that the band was using data about where their music was most pirated in order to plan their tours.

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How much is your privacy worth? About five bucks.

Friday, December 27, 2013

There’s a $16 billion market out there for app developers willing to offer consumers their privacy back.

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Amazon’s War on Bigfoot Erotica

Friday, December 27, 2013

Not sure how I missed this last week, but there’s a nice piece by Eric Spitznagel about how monster erotica writers are struggling in the wake of a crackdown on their work by Amazon. 

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