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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 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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No, Facebook is Not Dying.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

If 2014 is the year we read a never-ending parade of stories about the Death of Facebook, you can probably safely ignore them. The first sign that Facebook’s actually in trouble will be when it's no longer popular enough to earn clickbait pieces about its imminent death.

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In Case Anyone Forgot, Google is Still Very Powerful

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Following Google’s decision to knock Rap Genius way down in its search results, traffic at the site has plummeted. We go inside Google with the guys who set the search rules—and can make or break your company.
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Bad PR

Friday, December 20, 2013

Justine Sacco does corporate communications for IAC, the parent company for  Tinder, OkCupid, CollegeHumor, Dictionary.com, and Vimeo. 

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Why It's Silly to Make Rules About What Your Employees Can Say Online

Friday, December 20, 2013

In September, after the Navy Yard shooting, a journalism professor at Kansas University posted the following tweet:

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A Surprise Ruling

Friday, December 20, 2013

On Monday, a DC District Court judge issued a surprise injunction against the NSA's massive metadata gathering. Bob talks with University of Chicago Law Professor Aziz Huq who says that even though the injunction has little chance of surviving appeal, it may still have an influence. 

Shigeto - Ringleader

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An Instagram Photographer in North Korea

Thursday, December 19, 2013

This is just a public service announcement to make sure everyone’s following AP photographer David Guttenfelder on Instagram. Guttenfelder's feed is mostly photos from inside North Korea. He shoots using his iPhone, then uploads the pictures via North Korea’s visitors-only 3G network.

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The Apple Ad Everyone's Crying About

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Apple has a new iPhone ad that's really an ad for the idea of smartphones. 

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That Bomb-Hoaxing Harvard Student Was Using Tor, But They Caught Him Anyway

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kim sent the threatening emails using a Tor browser, which anonymizes your web browsing, paired with an anonymous email program called Guerilla Mail. That actually could have been enough to protect his identity, except that he did all of this on Harvard's wireless internet

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The Weird Allure of Stories about Hypothetical Twitter and Facebook Changes

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Yesterday, blogger Matthew Keys published the kind of nerdy exclusive that excites a small percentage of geeks (present company included). Twitter, Keys wrote, was going to add an “edit” button in the near future.

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No One Outside the NSA Seems Particularly Happy with the 60 Minutes NSA Story

Monday, December 16, 2013

The piece doesn't include any on camera interviews with critics of the NSA, and interviews with NSA employees were overseen by a team of minders.

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