Yelp is Screwing Over Restaurants By Quietly Replacing Their Phone Numbers (Motherboard)

The phone numbers add tracking before connecting to a restaurant so that Grubhub can bill for a marketing fee.

Blockchain Bureaucracies (The New York Times)

In 2017, more than 200 government agencies around the world, including the Department of Homeland Security, were exploring the use of blockchain.

‘Are you Batman?’: How YouTube’s Volunteer Army Gets Channels Undeleted (Motherboard)

When YouTube’s content moderation fails, super-users from the YouTube Contributors and Trusted Flagger programs are ready to intervene.

How to Succeed in Advertising (and Transform the Internet While You’re At It) (Select All)

We have programmatic advertising to thank for the internet’s wealth—and privacy problems. And we have Right Media to thank for programmatic ads.

Inside the Brotherhood of the Ad Blockers (Businessweek)

For the advertising industry, ad blocking is an existential crisis. For the Pi-hole community, it’s a sport.

Blockchain is meaningless (The Verge)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Blockchain laws tend to be hasty, unnecessary, and extremely thirsty (The Verge)

Lawmakers are passing bills without understanding the technology.

Coinbase is erratically overcharging some users and emptying their bank accounts (The Verge)


At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude. (The New York Times)

Marco Zozaya critiqued those linking vaccines and autism, but he struggles like many science communicators with social media platforms that may favor a style that inflames.

Google's featured snippets are worse than fake news (The Outline)

The highlighted answers given prime placement over search results are often shockingly bad.

How Google eats a business whole (The Outline)

Google’s Featured Snippets are not only often wrong, they’re also damaging to small businesses that depend on search traffic.

Mic's Drop (The Outline)

How exploited social justice for clicks, and then abandoned a staff that believed in it.

I now have equity in an alt-right Twitter clone (The Outline)

What now?

Machine learning is racist because the internet is racist (The Outline)

Deep learning algorithms are often trained on data from the web, and their biases are getting hard to ignore.

Bitcoin is none of the things it was supposed to be (The Outline)

The cryptocurrency was supposed to replace the finance industry. Instead, it has replicated it.

Thanks a lot, (The Verge)

How Obamacare's epic fail exposed our government's biggest tech problem.

Meet Hacking Team, the company that helps police hack into computers (The Verge)

Hacking Team may not have any clients in the US yet, but it's not for lack of trying.

Twitter gives up on encrypting direct messages, at least for now (The Verge)

The company has a reputation for fighting government data collection. So why did it suddenly drop plans to protect private messages?

Comcast Confessions (The Verge)

An investigative series about why Comcast is so hated based on interviews with more than 100 current and former employees.

This is Comcast's internal handbook for talking customers out of canceling service (The Verge)

"Retention specialists" can be pretty persuasive.

Should a robot decide when to kill? (The Verge)

The ethics of war machines.

Inside the GitHub scandal: is sexism part of the Valley's DNA? (The Verge)

Julie Ann Horvath wanted to help other women — and it may have cost her a job

How to perform amateur surgery on a phone (Motherboard)

The nerve-wracking process of repairing your own electronics.

It's your face. It's your photos. Meet the creepiest kind of Instagram spambot (The Verge)

These bots pretend to be you to evade spam filters

The richest man in Vegas has declared war on internet gamblers (The Verge)

Eighty-year-old billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson hates email, doesn't text, and wants to stop you from betting online.

Dark money: only 35 Bitcoin dealers are compliant with US law (The Verge)

Nine months after the law came down, most Bitcoin companies go unregistered

The camera next door: How neighbors watch neighbors in New Orleans (The Verge)

Ordinary people are installing security cameras in high-crime cities to help police, but is it working?

Should you go to jail for posting video of a real murder? (The Verge)

352 The Canadian owner of Best Gore faces prison for 'corrupting morals'

A few feet from failure: why Verizon FiOS in New York is a sad joke (The Verge)

The company is technically on track to meet its obligations, but that contract now looks hollow

The FBI busted Silk Road, but not the 'dark web' behind it (The Verge)

'Dread Pirate Roberts' wasn't as smart as he — and everyone else — assumed he was

Not OK, Cupid: dating site email security gaffe leaves your account wide open (The Verge)

Users may be exposing themselves without realizing it

Escape from PRISM: how Twitter defies government data-sharing (The Verge)

The company has a reputation for fighting back against government information requests. But how long can it hold out?

Why won’t Bitcoin die? (The Verge)

The virtual currency has had many near-death experiences in its short four year life, but it just keeps bouncing back

New crowdfunding platforms let you sell stock in yourself (The Verge)

A new crop of startups can help you sell shares in your future

Come into my igloo: online dating as an 8-year-old (The Verge)

Kids are exploring dating in virtual worlds, but everyone is keen to stop them

Innovating a racket: the awards sideshow at CES (The Verge)

If everybody's special, then no one is

One small hotel's long nightmare with Expedia (The Verge)

Facebook's fake-name fight grows as users skirt the rules (The Verge)

Facebook users are getting creative about evading the social network's real name policy.

Uber the outlaw: a rogue startup fights the taxi power (The Verge)

59 Uber continues its crusade for car and taxi-ordering apps in spite of regulatory resistance.

The Bernie Madoffs of Bitcoin? As market heats back up, virtual hedge funds claim fantastical profits (The Verge)

As the market for Bitcoins gets hot again, the rise of high-yield investment programs is making some suspicious that they may be pyramid schemes.

Overnight at Occupy Wall Street (The New York Observer)

By the tenth night of the Occupy Wall Street protest, the miniature colony at Liberty Park Plaza was rather sophisticated.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Take a Hard Line on the Internet at Rally of 40,000 Men (And Me) (The New York Observer)

I snuck into an anti-internet rally at Citi Field.

Ranting about company data breaches: Equifax, Equifax again, and T-Mobile.

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