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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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Could Copyright Law Be the Best Solution to Revenge Porn?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Yesterday, I wrote a post about how the trend in revenge porn prosecutions (there's been more of them) seems like a good sign in the overall war on revenge porn. 

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#9 - The Second Life of Marion Stokes

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Marion Stokes was a hoarder. When she died last year, her family had to figure out what to do with 9 separate residences and 3 storage locations full of stuff - everything from tens of thousands of books to decades-old Apple computers. This is the story of how they found a home for the strangest artifact in her collection — 140,000 videocassettes filled with 35 years of round-the-clock cable TV news.

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President Obama Took a Funeral Selfie.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

If you still think funeral selfies need defending, at the very least this is no longer something you can blame on millennials. Also, someone needs to track down this actual selfie.

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A Fake Captcha Generator

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Someone went and created a fake Captcha generator

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Today's Hoax: The Screaming Google Employee

Monday, December 09, 2013

Last week, we threw up our hands in the face of the endless deluge of viral hoaxes. Then, we tried to make peace with living in a fake world and even found a lie that we liked. Well, it's Monday, and just like you and I, viral internet hoaxes are clocking in for their workweek.

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The NSA Spies on Gamers, too

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Guardian reported this morning that the NSA and their UK sister agency, the GCHQ, are spying on gamers.

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Should The Internet Track Down One Man's Manic Pixie Dream Girl? (Probably Not.)

Friday, December 06, 2013

At Slate, Amanda Hess argues the internet ought to halt its quest to track down one guy's manic pixie dream girl. The guy in question is a New Zealander who met an American woman in Hong Kong on New Year's Eve last year:

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Everyone Struggles to Define "Quality" after Facebook Changes Algorithm

Friday, December 06, 2013

Facebook announced plans this week to tweak their news feed algorithm to serve users more high quality content and less of what Facebook called “the latest meme.”

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Fighting for Information from DHS

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Electronic Privacy Information Center just won a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, requiring the federal agency to release documents about the so-called "internet kill switch." Bob speaks with EPIC's Julia Horwitz about the lengthy battle with DHS, and the difficulty in getting information out of the notoriously opaque agency.

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Covering the Newtown Shooting Anniversary, Fighting Revenge Porn, and More

Friday, December 06, 2013

Why residents of Newtown, CT want the media to stay away on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, the battle between the FDA and genetic testing service 23 & Me, and one mother's fight with the most hated man on the internet.

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#8 - The Pace Picante Salsa Robot Has Gone Haywire

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Finally, a hoax we can get behind!

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Another Thought On Viral Hoaxes

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Over at his tumblr Just North Of Something Important, writer Michael Barthel has a smart response to my post from yesterday where I said I don't feel very outraged about living in a world of peak hoax. 

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The Internet Is Monetizing Lies and I Am Mostly Out of Outrage

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

So that Diane story, about a guy proudly live tweeting his bullying of an upset airline passenger, has turned out to be a fraud. 

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Musings of A Salinger Thief

Monday, December 02, 2013

Like a lot of people, I’ve loved JD Salinger since junior high. I grew up hanging out on a street corner in Wayne, Pennsylvania, down the street from Salinger’s old high school, Valley Forge Military Academy, which he seems to have based Catcher in the Rye’s Pencey Prep on.

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Why Facebook Messenger Wants Access To Your Phone's Microphone

Friday, November 29, 2013

There's an Infowars story that's beginning to circulate widely about a seemingly very Orwellian move by Facebook. 

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Stats Man

Friday, November 29, 2013

If an NFL announcer sounds like an omniscient know-er of all things football, it's because they've got a stats man in the booth feeding them info. 75-year-old Marty Aronoff is one of the best stats men in the business. Bob talks with Aronoff about stats and his 200 travel days a year getting to games. 

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Inside NFL Football, The Journalist Behind Jackie Robinson, and More

Friday, November 29, 2013

The men behind the games you see on Sundays, the journalist who played a crucial role in breaking baseball's color barrier,  and a loquacious former NBA star.

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Goldieblox Took That "Girls" Ad Down

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Today, Goldieblox wrote an open letter response to the Beastie Boys open letter (relatedly, everyone knows you can privately mail a letter too, right?) saying that they have taken that "Girls" parody ad down.

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