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Further Down the Ashley Madison Spiral (Pt. 2)

Friday, September 04, 2015

When hackers leaked user information from the cheating site Ashley Madison, they also revealed data showing women on the site are not what they seem. Or even women. 

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Further Down the Ashley Madison Spiral (Pt. 1)

Friday, September 04, 2015

Hacked data from the adultery website Ashley Madison has hit the open web, and scammers are coming up with new ways to extort people whose names appear in the leaked database.

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The Fat Jew: Superstar or Supervillain? (Part 1)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Josh Ostrovsky, better known by his social media alter-ego "The Fat Jew," was recently signed by mega-agency CAA, arousing the ire of comedians who say he steals their jokes.

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The Fat Jew: Superstar or Supervillain? (Part 2)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Vilified by the media, Josh Ostrovsky (aka "The Fat Jew") mostly declined comment to the press, until Vulture.com's Jesse David Fox finally persuaded him to talk. It didn't go well.

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An American "Right To Be Forgotten?"

Friday, August 21, 2015

It takes little effort to make an impression online. But erasing that impression can be impossible. Privacy watchdog John Simpson on the need for a "right to be forgotten" in the US.

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The Socrates of the NSA

Friday, August 21, 2015

Buried in the trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden was a series of internal opinion columns entitled The SIGINT Philosopher. How'd the NSA wind up with an in-house philosopher?

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Havana, Hacks, and Shame Attacks

Friday, July 24, 2015

Revisiting the Elián González story as the US embassy reopens in Havana. Plus: Paul Ford examines the various issues raised by the Ashley Madison hack, and Jon Ronson on public shaming.

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Reddit In Revolt

Friday, July 17, 2015

The resignation of Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has prompted extensive discussion about the future of speech on the web.

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A National Conversation

Friday, July 17, 2015

Listening in on the national conversation about race, on Twitter and beyond. Plus, the re-release of a satirical novel about bi-racial identity, and upheaval at Reddit.

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Blocking Ad-Blockers

Friday, July 10, 2015

Online ad-blocking software doesn't just remove advertisements from screens -- it also endangers the internet.

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Putting Tips In The Internet's Guitar Case

Friday, July 10, 2015

A new Google product lets you support websites by bidding for their ad space. But is it a way to give users choice, or another way for Google to expand control over your web experience?

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This Quack Don't Track

Friday, July 10, 2015

DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn't collect your personal information, surges in popularity in the wake of the Snowden revelations.

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Polls Are Stupid

Friday, July 10, 2015

With Donald Trump in first place, the media uses polls irresponsibly. Plus: how the Dominican press is covering a humanitarian crisis there; blocking ad-blockers; DuckDuckGo; and more.

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Joking With Robots

Friday, July 03, 2015

Comedian Myq Kaplan faces off against a robot in a duel for comedic superiority.

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Robot Humor

Friday, July 03, 2015

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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Operation Digital Data Rescue

Friday, June 26, 2015

A guide to moving your data from those obsolete cassettes, tapes and even floppy disks to somewhere you can actually use them.

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Surviving A Solar Flare

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rocky Rawlins created the Survivor Library in preparation for a solar flare taking us back to a pre-digital age.

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The Solar Flare Scenario

Friday, June 26, 2015

Could a solar flare cause a digital meltdown? Brooke speaks with Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, about the sun's power to affect our electrical grid.

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Preventing a NASA Dark Age

Friday, June 26, 2015

NASA's archives faced technological extinction, until a series of happy accidents allowed Keith Cowing to rescue the iconic photograph, Earthrise.

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Vint Cerf and Our Uncertain Digital Future

Friday, June 26, 2015

Four decades after he co-developed one of the protocols that made the internet a reality, Vint Cerf is worried about our digital future.

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