How grassroots activists are forcing gun sales off Facebook

July 3rd, 2016

The social network banned private gun sales in January, but a dedicated group of users says it’s fallen to them to enforce the rules.

The sad, strange murder case behind @BillComeans

July 3rd, 2016

Bill Comeans was murdered 36 years ago, but he’s still tweeting from beyond the grave.

The Lifeline program, “Obamaphones,” and the struggle to provide broadband for all Americans

June 26th, 2016

For more than 30 years, a U.S. government program has helped provide connectivity to the poor. It recently expanded to provide broadband access—but critics want to shut it down.

Can technology and a new way of teaching help Ghana’s schools?

June 26th, 2016

In the African country, an ambitious program uses video conferencing to train underfunded and overwhelmed teachers. But is it enough?

How big data and poker-playing bots are blurring the line between man and machine

June 12th, 2016

Computers have long outclassed humans at chess; more recently they’ve won at Go and even Jeopardy! Now they’re coming for poker. What’s that mean for their human creators?

When cybersecurity research leads to jail time

June 12th, 2016

Independent hackers often reveal security flaws that might otherwise go unfixed. So why are corporations and the government coming after them?

The indie game studio that’s betting it all on virtual reality

June 12th, 2016

Owlchemy Labs’ rise to the top of gaming in VR has been fraught with challenges and risks.

The rise and fall of Urlesque, the site that wanted to take memes mainstream

June 5th, 2016

For three and a half years, from 2008 to 2011, Urlesque was the definitive site covering the internet as its own culture. Then AOL shut it down and erased it from the web.

How to speak meme

June 5th, 2016

So you’ve finally decided to browse memes. Here’s how to use the lingo like one of “the crew.”

The enduring memeability of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

June 5th, 2016

Who lives in a pineapple under the meme?

How the internet reinvented a racist old meme to make it all about butts

June 5th, 2016

The “your girl” meme has been around for years, but it’s had a weird resurgence lately.

Meet Soraya Montenegro, the evil telenovela queen turned Spanish meme

June 5th, 2016

No matter where the actress appears, you just really get what she’s feeling.

The unending quest of the Hoax Slayer

May 29th, 2016

Thirteen years ago, Brett Christensen was the victim of an email hoax. Since then, he’s dedicated himself to preventing the same fate for others.

The esports reporter who never existed

May 29th, 2016

Ann Pragg was a rising star and a special esports talent. There was just one small problem.

The strange and twisting case of r/A858, Reddit’s indecipherable Stonehenge

May 22nd, 2016

Five years ago, cryptic numbers began to appear in a little-trafficked subreddit. They seemed to be a code—one whose purpose, even today, remains a mystery.

The literature professor who helped convict the Unabomber

May 22nd, 2016

Ted Kaczynski mailed bombs to people across America, then demanded newspapers publish his manifesto. They did, and that proved to be his undoing.

The fearless woman behind America’s cyber rapid-response team

May 22nd, 2016

Amid a torrent of cyberattacks and seemingly endless data breaches, the United States Computer Emergency …

The secret tricks doxers use against you

May 22nd, 2016

It’s time to lock down your privacy settings.

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