In 2017, more than 200 government agencies around the world, including the Department of Homeland Security, were exploring the use of blockchain.
When YouTube’s content moderation fails, super-users from the YouTube Contributors and Trusted Flagger programs are ready to intervene.
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.
Lawmakers are passing bills without understanding the technology.
‘I am FREAKING OUT’
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 Mic.com 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)
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, Healthcare.gov (The Verge)
How Obamacare's epic fail exposed our government's biggest tech problem.
Hacking Team may not have any clients in the US yet, but it's not for lack of trying.
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.
"Retention specialists" can be pretty persuasive.
Should a robot decide when to kill? (The Verge)
The ethics of war machines.
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.
These bots pretend to be you to evade spam filters
Eighty-year-old billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson hates email, doesn't text, and wants to stop you from betting online.
Nine months after the law came down, most Bitcoin companies go unregistered
Ordinary people are installing security cameras in high-crime cities to help police, but is it working?
352 The Canadian owner of Best Gore faces prison for 'corrupting morals'
The company is technically on track to meet its obligations, but that contract now looks hollow
'Dread Pirate Roberts' wasn't as smart as he — and everyone else — assumed he was
Users may be exposing themselves without realizing it
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
A new crop of startups can help you sell shares in your future
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)
Will speedy new chips and smaller margins spell doom for the currency's core users?
The SSN-as-ID thing has got to stop. How did we get here, and can we get out?
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.
Makers of independent apps are scrambling to interpret Twitter's ambiguous new API rules.
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.