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How Our Home Delivery Habit Reshaped The World

How Our Home Delivery Habit Reshaped The World

Business Long Reads Tech

The great trick of online retail has been to get us to do more shopping while thinking less about it – thinking less, in particular, about how our purchases reach our homes. This divorce of a product from its voyage to us is perhaps the thing that Amazon has sold us most successfully.

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

Long Reads Tech

The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter. The future of TripAdvisor and similar enterprises seems less certain than it once did.

How Ads Follow You Around The Internet

How Ads Follow You Around The Internet

Explainers Tech Videos

You’ve seen the pop-ups: “This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Please accept cookies.” Without cookies, the online world we know today couldn’t exist. But that world relies on advertising, which gives three kinds of companies a strong incentive to track your online behavior.

Horror Stories From Inside Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

Horror Stories From Inside Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

Business

The workers of Mechanical Turk, Amazon’s on-demand micro-task platform, say they have encountered mutilated bodies, graphic videos of botched surgeries, and what appeared to be child pornography. They say they have been asked to transcribe Social Security numbers and other personal data.

Why Government Websites Fail

Why Government Websites Fail

Tech

While the rest of the world has evolved to a place where we can track anything at all times and order anything from anywhere, government has been hopelessly stranded on an island in 1993.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
What Facial Recognition Steals From Us

What Facial Recognition Steals From Us

Science Tech Videos

In just the past five years, the meaning of the human face has quietly but seismically shifted. That’s because researchers at Facebook, Google, and other institutions have nearly perfected techniques for automated facial recognition.

Data Compression Drives the Internet. Here’s How It Works.

Data Compression Drives the Internet. Here’s How It Works.

Explainers Science Tech

With more than 9 billion gigabytes of information traveling the internet every day, researchers are constantly looking for new ways to compress data into smaller packages. Cutting-edge techniques focus on lossy approaches, which achieve compression by intentionally “losing” information from a transmission.

Zoom Company Story: How Eric Yuan Defeated Skype

Zoom Company Story: How Eric Yuan Defeated Skype

Apps Business Tech Videos

Chances are you’ve used some sort of video call with family, friends or even to school and most likely it’s been Zoom, the videoconference software has taken the world by storm. But in the presence of giants like Microsoft, Skype, Teams and Google Hangouts, why is everybody using Zoom?

We’re Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

We’re Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

Explainers Innovation Science Tech

Instead of the bits that today’s network uses, which can only express a value of either 0 or 1, the future quantum internet would utilize qubits of quantum information, which can take on an infinite number of values. A quibit is the unit of information for a quantum computer; it’s like a bit in an ordinary computer.

War Propaganda: How To Get A Country To Go To War

War Propaganda: How To Get A Country To Go To War

Media Videos

The war propaganda function in the United States is finely tuned. It’s sophisticated and most of all it blends into the media terrain. While the names of the countries changed, and of course each circumstance was different, there were some parallels that cried out for examination.

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Apps Long Reads Tech

The speed of machine learning is startling, often creepy. It is hard to tell what is creepier: the feeling that someone is somewhere out there, following your every step, or the fact that no one is, just the tracking device you carry with you in your pocket.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
The Unhackable Email Service

The Unhackable Email Service

Tech Videos

Ladar Levison built an encrypted email service called Lavabit that counted a prominent figure among its users: Edward Snowden. When the FBI demanded Levison decrypt Snowden’s communications, he had two options, either hand over the encryption key or destroy his servers. He chose the latter.

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

Long Reads Media Tech

Twenty years after it sputtered onto the web, it’s now a de facto pillar in our fact-checking infrastructure. Its pages often top Google search and feed the knowledge panels that appear at the top of those results. Big Tech’s own efforts to stop misinformation also rely upon Wikipedia.

The Contrepreneur Formula Exposed

The Contrepreneur Formula Exposed

Videos

People are getting rich selling crap online courses because you believe there is some kind of secret formula to create passive income. In this video, Mike Winnet explains the science behind the CONtrepreneur formula. He spent 6 months buying their courses and attending their events so you don’t have to.

The One-Traffic-Light Town With Some Of The Fastest Internet In The U.S.

The One-Traffic-Light Town With Some Of The Fastest Internet In The U.S.

Politics Tech

Connecting rural America to broadband is a popular talking point on the campaign trail. In one Kentucky community, it’s already a way of life. McKee, an Appalachian town of about twelve hundred tucked into the Pigeon Roost Creek valley, is the seat of Jackson County, one of the poorest counties in the country.

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

Long Reads Tech

In a journal with unlined 8-by-10 paper, Zuckerberg sketched his mission and product design and explored how a tiny company might become a vital utility for the world. In detail, he described features called Open Registration and Feed, two products that would supercharge his company.

The Godfather Of Fake News

The Godfather Of Fake News

Apps Long Reads Media

Once his stories go viral, the Facebook comments burst forth. And that’s when Christopher Blair the fake news writer becomes Christopher Blair the crusading left-wing troll. It’s then that he starts on the offensive. The faker becomes the exposer, weeding out and reporting the most extreme users among his fans.

Behind The Chinese Internet Wall

Behind The Chinese Internet Wall

Tech World

What is happening on the other side of the barrier? There we find people who respond to state controls with creativity and spunk. While some spend their days trawling cat videos, others create oases of subversion within the reality that they’ve been dealt.

History Remembers These People, Just Not Their Names

History Remembers These People, Just Not Their Names

History

Throughout history, people have made a name for themselves without anyone actually knowing their name, from the protestor who stood up to a tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989, to notorious successful hijacker D.B. Cooper (almost certainly not his real name).

The Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span

The Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span

Health Science Tech

The length of time our “collective attention” is on any given event has grown shorter, and topics become popular and then drop out of public view at an accelerating rate. It’s no surprise if it feels harder and harder to dwell deeply on any topic.

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
How Typefaces Influence You

How Typefaces Influence You

Design Explainers

A typeface choice could influence your perception of people running for school board seats, the lawyer opening a new law office, or the coffee shop you never noticed before.

The Murder House

The Murder House

Crime Long Reads

A mysterious mansion. A murder-suicide. Paranormal activity. This is the true story of 2475 Glendower Place. Before the Internet, it retained its anonymity, hiding at the foot of Griffith Park, at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. Now it’s becoming an Amityville horror for the Facebook generation.

I Tried AirBnb’s Zaniest Online Experiences

I Tried AirBnb’s Zaniest Online Experiences

Apps Long Reads

Could the company’s latest play to own the experience economy transport me virtually around the world? I made sangria with drag queens in Portugal, meditated with sleepy sheep in Scotland, and visited stray dogs in Ukraine to find out just how far Zoom-powered travel could take me.

The Influencer And The Hit Man

The Influencer And The Hit Man

Apps Crime Tech

How a years-long domain name feud for DoItForState.com ended in a bloody shootout. “Do It For State” is the hyperviral tagline associated with the social media company State Snaps, which aggregates and posts debaucherous college-aged behavior on its Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Staring At A Digital Black Hole

Staring At A Digital Black Hole

Politics Tech

On the morning of November 16, 2019, we, the exiled Iranians, woke up and like billions of other internet addicts in the world immediately checked our phones, only to realize that Iran had been cut off from the global internet.

The New Mind Control

The New Mind Control

Long Reads Media Psychology

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do. Most of the vacuous thoughts and intense feelings our teenagers experience from morning till night are carefully orchestrated by highly skilled marketing professionals working in our fashion and entertainment industries.

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