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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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Dare to Stream

Friday, March 07, 2014

Bob goes to Hollywood to track down the future of television and locates it....in his laptop. A special report on streaming video.

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#18 - The Army's Robot Recruiter

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Sgt. Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist in the US Army. So how do we feel about that?

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The Pseudonymous Man Behind Bitcoin Has Been Found, and He's Not a Pseudonym

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Long thought to be a pseudonym, journalists have pointed the finger at economists, cryptographers and mathematicians as possible people behind the digital currency. Until now. Maybe.

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Facebook's Weak Measures Against Selling Guns on Facebook

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

PJ wrote an article a couple weeks ago about attempts to curb gun sales on Facebook. He was skeptical that such a ban would work. This week, after a lot of vocal protest and a petition that got 230,000 signatures, Facebook announced new measures to prevent Facebook gun sales. Judging by these new measures, it looks like PJ's skepticism was justified.

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An Older Man From Beaumont, Texas, Goes To Battle With Ellen Degeneres’s Twitter Record

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Terry Shipman, a man with four tweets and under thirty followers to his name, managed nearly 45,000 retweets in one night.

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You Can Virtually Hang Out In Seinfeld's Apartment

Monday, March 03, 2014

Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset -- you strap it on your head, and it lets you explore a virtual 3D space. Greg Miller has recreated a 3D rendering of Seinfeld's sitcom apartment for Oculus Rift, which means that anyone with an OR headset can download his project and sit around pretending that they're talking about nothing. 

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Someone Recreated The Jurassic Park Computer System

Monday, March 03, 2014

Hold onto your butts. Tully Robinson built a website that recreates the scene in Jurassic Park where the Chief Park Engineer played by Samuel L. Jackson, finds out that his computer system has been hacked. 

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A Computer Created A Pretty Good Ashton Kutcher Burn Today

Friday, February 28, 2014

There's a specific genre of formulaic joke that you see a lot of on the internet. The way this joke works is that you take two topical but unrelated news stories and jam them together. 

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Netflix Has (Kind of, Sort of, Not Really) Invented A Way to Pause Your Movie When You Fall Asleep

Friday, February 28, 2014

Netflix says they've invented a way to automatically pause your movie once you fall asleep. But will it really happen, or is this just a hovercar?

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Why We Should Ban All Parody Twitter Accounts (And Why They're Never Going Away)

Friday, February 28, 2014

If it exists, there will eventually be a parody Twitter account for it.

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Device Searches at the Border

Friday, February 28, 2014

The border is a legal gray area where the same constitutional protections one expects inside the country don't necessarily apply. When graduate student Pascal Abidor had his electronic devices searched and seized at the border back in 2010, he filed lawsuit against the federal government. But in December, a federal judge upheld the government's right to search travelers' devices at the border without a warrant. Brooke speaks with Pascal about his experience at the border and the lawsuit.

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#17 - Hey, Guess What? I Found Truth For Us

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Last fall, TLDR covered a bunch of hoaxes. Some we liked, most we didn't. On this episode, we talk to Paulo Ordoveza and Adrienne LaFrance, a couple of people who have devoted themselves to trying to debunk the innumerable falsehoods flying around the internet. 

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New York Is Gross

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You'd think that a blog devoted to inspecting and cataloguing the most unsavory things in the city would make you feel terrible, but we find it strangely uplifting.

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Amtrak is Offering Free Tickets to Writers

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Amtrak is offering "residencies" to some writers who tweet at them -- essentially, they're given free train tickets so that they can ride the rails and work on their writing in quiet isolation. (In return, they ask the writers to mention Amtrak on social media.)

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Maybe People Aren't So Ashamed of Their Porn Habits After All

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yesterday, PJ wrote an article about Porn MD's transfixing real-time display of other people's porn searches. In that article, PJ posited that part of the appeal was that it was a peak into a universe that we don't usually see, because "while we share most things online, porn consumption is one of the few online media consumption experiences that usually remains private. Very rarely will someone 'Like' a porn website on Facebook, or tweet a link to some great porn they enjoyed." One of our readers informed us that may not be the case.

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The New Google Maps Update Would Like To Sell You A Bunch of Stuff

Friday, February 21, 2014

A new upgrade brings event listings for venues (buy tickets!), icons for local businesses (buy local goods!), and a way to map an airplane route. Why add this? Because it allows Google Flights to sell you plane tickets.

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Drone Law

Friday, February 21, 2014

A rash of state laws considered or passed in 2013 seek to rein in drone surveillance. They offer a patchwork of restrictions that seem to reflect the particular culture, or business interests, of individual states. Bob talks with Margot Kaminski, executive director of the Information Society Project and a lecturer at Yale Law School, who has surveyed the legal landscape and noticed a trend.

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