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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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Google Finally Speaks On the Record About Metafilter

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On TLDR episode #27, we talked to Matt Haughey, the owner of Metafilter, about how his site saw a sudden traffic drop in November, 2012. He attributed the drop to a change in Google’s algorithm, something we essentially couldn’t confirm because Google refused to comment. Danny Sullivan, who also featured in our story, reports that yesterday, Google’s search-swami Matt Cutts confirmed that Metafilter was indeed hit by a change in the algorithm.

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ProPublica's Excellent Investigation of Online Tracking By Retailers

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's no secret that we're being tracked from place to place on the internet to better market us products. There was a great big initiative by privacy advocates to create a “do not track” option on the internet a couple years ago to address this very issue, but that failed spectacularly. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin, who has reported on privacy and technology for years, has released an investigative report detailing just how creepy it is.

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Why the Hell is Tweetdeck Retweeting A My Little Pony Twitter Account

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If you were sitting around just a minute ago watching the On the Media Twitter feed, you might have seen On the Media retweet this:

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RSS Reader Feedly is Being Held Hostage By a DDOS Attack

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Feedly, one of the most popular post-Google Reader RSS readers, has been unavailable for hours due to a denial of service attack against the site.

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We're Happy to Report That Webdriver Torso Is Not A Viral Advertisement

Monday, June 09, 2014

The secret is out, and we're happy to report that it's not a viral ad for a sci-fi property or a stupid art project.

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The New "Game" By Minecraft's Creator Is An Indictment of Independent Games

Monday, June 09, 2014

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of the massively successful independent game Minecraft has a long-awaited follow up to his groundbreaking open world game. Unfortunately for fans, his new "game," Cliffhorse, is deliberately an unplayable mess.

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TLDR #28 - No Trail

Sunday, June 08, 2014

In February of this year, Philip Welsh of Silver Spring, Maryland, was murdered. His murder remains unsolved, largely because he didn't use the internet, and left no digital trail. Alex talks to Philip's family and reporter Dan Morse about the case.

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Yes, We Were Followed On Twitter By Taye Diggs. No, We're Not Special

Friday, June 06, 2014

On TLDR #26, we talked to Buzzfeed's Charlie Warzel about what we can glean from people's non-textual online communication. Like their Twitter favorites, their Facebook likes, who they choose to follow on Instagram, and what it means to us common folk when a celebrity interacts with us online.

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Colbert Wages War on Amazon

Friday, June 06, 2014

Here's what happens when the mega-globo store starts picking on one publisher. Specifically, Stephen Colbert's publisher.

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A Year of Snowden

Friday, June 06, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, Brooke reflects on the man who set off a global debate about surveillance and the right to privacy, and whose personal saga and public image continue to intrigue and divide us.

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Our Digital Afterlives

Friday, June 06, 2014

After a loved one passes away, accessing his or her Facebook profile, emails, and other “digital assets” often puts family members in a legal bind. But there’s a robust array of online services tailor-made for people who want to control the future of their own digital content, pre-mortem. Brooke talks with Evan Carroll, co-author of the book, Your Digital Afterlife, about the potential for these services to change the way we think about death.

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He Didn’t Jump on the Couch!

Friday, June 06, 2014

On May 23rd, 2005, Tom Cruise was on Oprah to talk about his new movie. But Oprah wanted to hear about his new relationship, with Katie Holmes. The freeze frame from that interview, of Cruise apparently jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch, is now enshrined in pop culture history, and has tarnished the mega-star’s reputation. Trouble is, it never actually happened. Brooke talks to Amy Nicholson, head film critic for the LA Weekly, about the incident.

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Data after Death

Friday, June 06, 2014

We don’t know for certain who owns our digital legacies after we die. A group of legal volunteers called the Uniform Law Commission is trying to sort this out with model legislation they call the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, or FADA. The goal is to give executors and other legal proxies access to files created by the deceased. Bob speaks to Suzanne Brown Walsh, attorney and chair of FADA, about the act.

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#28 - No Trail

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The murder of Philip Welsh remains unsolved, largely because he didn't use the internet, and left no digital trail. 

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SavedYouAClick Defuses Clickbait Headlines

Thursday, June 05, 2014

@SavedYouAClick is a Twitter account that retweets news outlets clickbait-y headlines and spoils the fake mysteries they've concocted. 

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The Internet Responds To Net Neutrality in a Big Way

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Last Sunday, John Oliver gave a 13-minute soliloquy about the fragile state of net neutrality, and ended with a plea exhorting the trolls of the internet to contact the FCC and let it know just how they felt. Looks like it worked.

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TLDR #27 - How Google is Killing the Best Site On the Internet

Monday, June 02, 2014

A couple weeks ago, Matt Haughey, the founder of TLDR's favorite website, Metafilter, announced that his website is dying. And he says it's because Google algorithmically stopped directing traffic to the site over a year ago. Alex tries to figure out what you do when Google's algorithm decides it no longer likes you.

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#27 - How Google is Killing the Best Site On the Internet

Monday, June 02, 2014

A couple weeks ago, Matt Haughey, the founder of TLDR's favorite website, Metafilter, announced that his website is dying. And he says it's because Google algorithmically stopped directing traffic to the site over a year ago. Alex tries to figure out what you do when Google's algorithm decides it no longer likes you.

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