Dylan Tweney

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Justice Department charges Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion

The Justice Department announced Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials.<p>The indictments target two …

Obama Administration

Behind the IPO Spectacle: Five Communications Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Whenever a technology company gears up to go public, I feel a wave of empathy tinged with nostalgia and a little PTSD. Nearly three years ago, Box, …

Android Can't Compete With iMessage. Google Is Changing That

When text messaging was simple, SMS worked beautifully. You could send 160 characters to anyone with a cellphone, and they'd receive it the same way …

The Essential Role of Storytelling in the Search for Truth

The work of public health is based on scientific evidence. We have real data on risks from gun violence to antibiotic resistance to addiction. …

Manifestos and Monopolies

It is certainly possible that, as per recent speculation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to run for President. It is also possible that …

Earth’s Mysterious Magnetic Field, Stored in a Jar

Of all the environmental amenities that this hospitable planet provides, the magnetic field is perhaps the strangest and least appreciated. It has existed for more than three and a half billion years but fluctuates daily. It emanates from Earth’s deep interior but extends far out into space. It is …

Why Is Snap Calling Itself a Camera Company?

Ever since Snapchat—sorry, Snap Inc.—filed for its initial public offering, last week, it has been all that anyone in Silicon Valley can talk about. In the documentation that it sent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Los Angeles-based company reported that it had achieved a …

The Internet Archive wants to host PACER records from U.S. courts and make them available for free

The Internet Archive wants to add a new string to its bow by becoming the official host of electronic records from U.S. courts.<p>Launched originally in 1988, PACER — an acronym for “Public Access to Court Electronic Records” — is a publicly accessible database of U.S. federal court documents and …

HP launches original content studio with web series about security starring Christian Slater

The company once upon a time known as Hewlett-Packard has plunged into the growing market for original online content with the creation of HP Studios.<p>First out of the gate: a four-part web series called “The Wolf“ <i></i>that stars Christian Slater making noises appropriate to the titular animal as he …

How a 500-year-old engineering innovation led to selfies

Self-portraits in the 1400s were created for the same reasons we take selfies today.<p>In 1433, artist Jan van Eyck invented an entirely new genre of …

Research

Guardians of a Vast Lake, and a Refuge for Humanity

Thousands of years ago, every lake was like Great Bear Lake. So pure you could lower a cup into the water and drink it. So beautiful that people composed love songs to it. So mysterious that many believed it was alive. Today, of the 10 largest lakes in the world, it is the last one that remains …

Northwest Territories

Against Storytelling

My co-founder Rich Ziade and I are out in San Francisco for a conference. The hotel we’re in is very…designed. I think the designers wanted the rooms …

San Francisco

Reddit’s /r/worldnews community used a series of nudges to push users to fact-check suspicious news

To curb the spread of unreliable news, should news organizations and platforms turn to algorithms or rely on users themselves? One recent experiment suggests a potential solution could combine the two.<p>In a recent collaboration with Reddit’s /r/worldnews community, researchers at MIT found that …

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World

Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references to Amusing Ourselves to Death, a book written by my late father, Neil Postman, which anticipated back in 1985 so much about what has …

Literature

Building by numbers: how 3D printing is shaking up the construction industry

Attendees at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in March are in for a surprise. No, not the usual prize petunias or gigantic geraniums. Natural beauty is two a penny here. Instead lucky ticket-holders will witness the unveiling of something entirely man-made – yet, not: a 3D …

Construction Industry

Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix

Artificial intelligence is luring science into dangerous waters. To make scientific publishing more efficient, commercial publishers now rely more …

Resident Evil VII’s excellent, chilling design isn’t that scary for someone used to death

My uncle died this morning.<p>The flu is a killer, especially when you’re in your elder years. He went into the emergency room this morning, and he didn’t come out, falling to a heart attack. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, my uncle was someone whose perceived sternness terrified me as a child … …

How to Become an Insanely Good Writer, According to Stephen King

<b>See how you can use the tips and tricks that helped Stephen King sell over 350 million books.</b><p>Whether you’re trying to become the next top blogger, or …

Creative Writing

How some parents decided to fight back against child protective services

August 29, 2013 was Danyelle Branning’s day off. She worked as a nurse in a hospital intensive-care unit and was reading in bed at her home in …

Crime

San Francisco biohackers are wearing implants made for diabetes in the pursuit of 'human enhancement'

Paul Benigeri, a lead engineer at cognitive enhancement supplement startup Nootrobox, flexes his tricep nervously as his coworkers gather around him, phones set to record the scene. He runs his fingers over the part of the arm where Benigeri's boss, Geoff Woo, will soon stick him with a small …

The Man in the Zebra Suit Knows the Secret of the Stripes

At four in the morning, Tim Caro roused his colleagues. Bleary-eyed and grumbling, they followed him to the edge of the village, where the beasts …

How a Mere Prick of the Finger Can Diagnose a Concussion

On September 4, 2015, 17-year old Kenney Bui's coach removed him from his Seattle high-school team’s football game with a mild concussion. Thirteen …

The dream of Ara: Inside the rise and fall of the world’s most revolutionary phone

It looked nothing like an iPhone, or anything Apple might dare to make.<p>On September 10, 2013, the day Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S, Dutch designer Dave Hakkens uploaded a video to YouTube to promote his college graduation project: Phonebloks, “a phone worth keeping.”<p>Hakkens imagined a smartphone …

E-waste

My Launch Lessons from 37 Minutes in an Amazon War Room

In the late morning of April 11, 2011, hours before its planned launch, the third-generation Kindle—the first lower-priced Kindle with Special …

Product Management

Yahoo to change name and lose Marissa Mayer as a board member pending sale to Verizon

Yahoo Chief Executive<p>Marissa Mayerwill step down from the board of directors and the Internet giant will change its name to Altaba Inc. after the company's pending sale to Verizon closes, according to a Monday filing with theSecurities and Exchange Commission.<p>Verizon announced plans in July to …

Advertising

Wikimedia Foundation nabs $3 million grant to improve accessibility of free Commons content

The Wikimedia Foundation may be better known for a vast crowdsourced online encyclopedia called Wikipedia, but the not-for-profit also operates a repository of free-to-use media assets — including photos, audio clips, and videos — called Wikimedia Commons, the content of which is used to illustrate …

Wikimedia

This is why 2017 is going to be a hell of a tough year for seed startups

In 2006, the average early-stage seed round for a startup was just under $600,000. A decade later, this has peaked at $2.2 million. In the era of mega-rounds, mega-valuations, over-funding, and mega-burn it is becoming increasingly common for startups to raise not one, but multiple seed rounds. …

Venture Capital

Even Steve Jobs Didn’t Predict the iPhone Decade

When Apple set out to build a smartphone, the team tasked with doing so didn't plan on changing the world. It didn't foresee the App Store becoming a …

Meet the presidential candidate who’s using the internet to reinvent French politics

After a year in which the internet turned global politics upside down, Emmanuel Macron is trying to use it to strike a new political balance in France.<p>The former Minister of the Economy quit the Socialist government in August several months after founding a new political organization, En Marche! …

France