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.

Tunnel vision: how an obsessed explorer found and lost the world's oldest subway (The Verge)

New York City has sealed up a 169-year-old landmark, but the man who discovered it wants back inside.

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.

What it’s like to be clinically nocturnal (Motherboard)

Ritalin in the morning, Ambien at night.

How to perform amateur surgery on a phone (Motherboard)

The nerve-wracking process of repairing your own electronics.

The World of Do-It-Yourself Fecal Transplants (Thanks, YouTube!) (Motherboard)

If your doctor won't do it, here's how to do it at home.

The secondary market for Soylent on Craigslist and Ebay (Motherboard)

People are reselling their food of the future.

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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