1. coronavirus
    Lower Your Video Quality for the Greater GoodEveryone working and playing from home is taxing our internet infrastructure. You don’t need to watch everything in 1080p.
  2. sports
    The Last Sport Still StandingWith every other league suspended, it’s time to get really into watching marble races on YouTube.
  3. no uggos
    TikTok Is Not The Internet’s EdenAccording to a report, moderators were advised to keep those with “ugly facial looks” & “dilapidated housing” off its front page.
  4. encounter
    The Twin Blockchain Entrepreneurs Who Dream of “Digital Air Jordans”Forecasting the future of art collecting with Duncan and Griffin Cock Foster.
  5. technocracy
    A Lurkers’ History of the InternetIn Lurking and other new books, writers are constructing an alternative history of the internet.
  6. learn to code
    Lambda Coding Boot Camp Claims 86 Percent of Students Get Tech Jobs. They Don’t.Coding boot-camp start-up Lambda School has been valued by investors at $150 million — but its job placement rate is much lower than it claims.
  7. vision 2020
    Here We Go Again? Fears Spread of Iowa-Style Chaos in Nevada Caucuses.On top of some of the same problems Iowa had, Nevada is introducing early caucusing without an obvious way to calculate results.
  8. technocracy
    I Got a Ring Doorbell Camera. It Scared the Hell Out of Me.What it’s like to live with an Amazon Ring security camera.
  9. technocracy
    5 Theories About Conspiracy TheoriesWe live in the age of red yarn and corkboard. There’s no easy explanation — but here are five theories why.
  10. technocracy
    The Real Problems With the Iowa Caucuses’ ‘Shadow’ AppTechnical failures were amplified by institutional failures, which were amplified by communications failures, creating a cascade of incompetence.
  11. vision 2020
    The Mourning After in IowaIt’s unclear what the nominating process will look like in 2024. But for Iowa, these caucuses were a tragedy.
  12. just asking questions
    Why Video Game Workers Need a Union: a Q&A with Emma KinemaEmma Kinema of the CWA’s new initiative to organize workers in video games and tech explains why new-economy workers need a union too.
  13. select all
    Peter Thiel’s Latest Venture Is the American GovernmentHow the VC learned to love Big Brother.
  14. facebook
    Facebook Exec: Facebook Is Like the One Ring, Helped Trump WinAndrew Bosworth compares Facebook to an evil ring from fantasy books. He also thinks it helped Trump win.
  15. ufos
    About Those Mystery Drone Swarms Over Colorado …It is ominous that so many robot planes can operate for so long, over so huge an area, without anyone — even the authorities — knowing what they are.
  16. vision 2020
    How Low Will Democrats Go? Probably Not Low Enough.In a world of fake news and dank memes, this means they’re no longer very good at the internet.
  17. select all
    The Characters Who Dominated the Internet in 2019The VSCO Girl, the Area 51 Raider, the Wife Guy, the Too-Online Boomer, and more.
  18. ranking
    Big Tech’s Most Powerful Apostates, RankedSelf-criticism is suddenly huge in Silicon Valley. But not all critiques are created equal.
  19. the future issue
    What Life in 2019 Can Tell Us About Life in 2029A calendar of predictions about the near future as seen through the recent past.
  20. the future issue
    In 2029, AI Will Make Prejudice Much WorseIf you think structural bias is bad now, just wait until the machines take over.
  21. the future issue
    There Will Be No Turning Back on Facial RecognitionIt’s not perfect yet, but it’s already changing the world.
  22. self
    Peloton Is Spinning Faster Than EverThe company may have unwittingly created a fitness cult, but their business model is a little more complicated.
  23. spooky szn
    How ‘Spooky Scary Skeletons’ Became the Internet’s Halloween AnthemThe 23-year-old track, from the writer of the ‘Golden Girls’ theme song, has become a mainstay of the Skeleton War.
  24. wework
    How WeWork Went from Unstoppable Unicorn to Postponing Its IPOFive months ago, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann was riding a unicorn to riches. Now his company has postponed its IPO. What happened?
  25. the ttp project
    Gaze Upon the Terrifying Visage of Jake Tapper’s DilbertThe CNN anchor drew the comic strip for charity, and the results will burn out your retinas and scar your brain.
  26. politics
    Big Tech’s Big Divorce From DemocratsInside the collapsed marriage of Silicon Valley and the Democratic Party.
  27. technology
    A Cynic’s Guide to Killing It at StanfordMany of the 1,700 freshmen arriving in Palo Alto this September didn’t come for the Romantic poetry but to network, raise capital, and drop out.
  28. checking in
    You Might Not Be Checking In on Foursquare, But Foursquare Is Checking In on YouThe company has become a data-harvesting success story — and is still trying to figure out whether that’s “cool or creepy.”
  29. social media
    Why Celebrities Fall for the ‘New Instagram Rule’ HoaxPlatforms need broad licenses to exist. That doesn’t mean users shouldn’t be worried.
  30. the zucc
    Facebook Exacerbates One Problem by Trying to Solve AnotherIn reintroducing human editors, Facebook is making it easier for bad-faith critics to claim bias.
  31. encounter
    At the Fortnite World Cup With the Game’s Youngest Star YetH1ghSky1, a.k.a. 12-year-old Patrick Bragaru, is too young to compete in the tournament, but still has plenty of fans.
  32. life in pixels
    Is Andrew Yang the Doomer Candidate?Andrew Yang’s climate fatalism during Wednesday’s debate seemed to reflect a strange, esoteric nihilism taking root in the internet’s weirder corners.
  33. life in pixels
    Can This Slingshot-Building German Unionize YouTube?An upstart “YouTubers Union” is now allied with Europe’s biggest industrial union. Will YouTube listen?
  34. anthropaulogy
    Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau Getting Married Is Peak Wedding-Industrial Complex“Jake Paul & Tana Mongeau formally invite you plus 1 to join their Holy Cloutramony,” reads the couple’s invitation.
  35. select all
    Ignore the Memes and Listen to Your TherapistShopping online probably isn’t the answer to your sadness.
  36. conspiracies
    Democrats Find a New Bogeyman to Blame Their 2020 Loss On: FaceAppFaceApp, the theory goes, is a front for the Russian government because it is based in St. Petersburg.
  37. stances
    What It Means to Do It to EmFeet apart, hands clasped, ready to do it. To who? Em.
  38. select all
    Instagram Accidentally Made Emoji Fun AgainWouldn’t it be nice if social media was a little weirder all the time?
  39. memes
    Unwanted Ivanka Memes Put Ivanka Trump on the Front Lines of HistoryIvanka Trump’s presence at the annual G20 summit sparked some memes.
  40. pride
    Years-Long Queer Tumblr Saga Gets Wholesome Ending at PrideFive years ago, Nick and Gaby came out on Tumblr in a viral post. This year, they finally met IRL.
  41. memes
    Cory Booker Side-Eyes Beto O’Rourke Over Spanish Debate AnswerBooker made quite the face when O’Rourke answered a question in Spanish. Later in the debate … he answered a question in Spanish.
  42. homophobia
    Google Tells Employees Not to Protest Google at PrideA leaked internal memo shows LGBTQ+ employees were told they could be punished for using Google’s platform to protest at Pride in San Francisco.
  43. youtube
    Nightmare Neighbor YouTuber Engaged to Nightmare TanaCon YouTuber. Maybe?Everything you wanted to know in a dispatch from the dark, fake universe of YouTubers, including cameo appearances from Mod Sun, Bella Thorne.
  44. the tweet beat
    I Highly Recommend the Beyoncé Twitter ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ GameWhatever you do … do not opt to let Beyoncé go swimming.
  45. ipos
    Slack Is a Boring Company. That’s Why Its Stock Was Exciting.Maybe other tech companies can adopt its unorthodox strategy of “selling a service for money.”
  46. the tweet beat
    Elon Musk Has Deleted His Twitter Account, According to … His TweetsUh, buddy.
  47. select all
    You Should Really, Really Make All Your Venmo Transactions PrivateA computer science student scraped data from millions of transactions without even needing the app.
  48. pride
    Talking to the Drag Queen Who Accidentally Caused a Right-Wing ‘War’A conversation with Christian Aguirre, the drag queen whose “Drag Queen Story Time” at a library inadvertently set off a national debate.
  49. the tweet beat
    Trump’s First Twitter Like in Years Is About … Rihanna?The “Executive Time” president salutes another work-life balance queen.
  50. bitcoin
    Rick Santorum Is Getting Into Bitcoin for CatholicsIt should have been called “Vaticoin,” if you ask me.
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