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The Untold Story of the Teen Hackers Who Transformed the Early Internet

On October 12th, 1983, Bill Landreth called his friend Chris in Detroit to chat. Chris frantically explained that the FBI had raided his house. …

This Site Obfuscates 15 Million Online Criminal Records

Artist Paolo Cirio is battling websites that profit off mugshots.<p>There's a minor industry of websites that publish mugshots and monetize them by charging a picture removal fee, or by placing advertising alongside the listed booking data. The mugshot websites can charge several hundred dollars for …

Privacy

The secret rules of the internet

The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech<p>By Catherine Buni & Soraya Chemaly | Illustrations by Eric Petersen<p>Julie Mora-Blanco remembers the day, in the summer of 2006, when the reality of her new job sunk in. A recent grad of California State University, Chico, …

Internet

The Rise of Pirate Libraries

Shadowy digital libraries want to hold all the world’s knowledge and give it away for free.<p>Only a tiny fraction of the world’s knowledge. (Photo: …

Humanities

VR porn is coming to hotels on the Las Vegas strip

Sin City is about to get a bit more sinful, as VR content platform VR Bangers and headset maker AuraVisor are teaming up to offer in-room adult experiences (via virtual reality) at hotels on the strip in Las Vegas.<p>What makes this partnership particularly interesting is that users who purchase the …

Virtual Reality

What bots are

“I PROPOSE, if and when found, to take him by his beastly neck, shake him till he froths, and pull him inside out and make him swallow himself.” P.G. …

Artificial Intelligence

T

There is something special happening in a generic office park in an uninspiring suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inside, amid the low gray …

Virtual Reality

The One-Armed Robot That Will Look After Me Until I Die

The game is simple, designed for a child and intended to teach users about diet and diabetes. I sit opposite Charlie, my diminutive fellow player. …

Robotics

Life Logging Is Dead. Long Live Life Logging? - MIT Technology Review

The former editor in chief of <i>Wired</i> set off a flurry on Twitter over the weekend when he said a years-long experiment in self-tracking was kaput.<p>After …

Google Glass
Panama Papers

So How Does Analog Film Work Anyway?

Even though it contains some of the most memorable images in human history, how many of us really know how film actually works?<p>Let’s break it down to …

Netflix says it might let you download movies and TV shows

Amazon already does.<p>Wall Street worries that Netflix isn’t growing fast enough.<p>You? You don’t care. You just want to download “Narcos” on your iPad before you get on the plane, so you can finally get around to watching Netflix’s coke+guns+mustache miniseries.<p>And you can’t, because Netflix only …

Televisions

Airbnb bets on local with user-generated guidebooks and new neighborhood/home matching

Last November, we reported on how Airbnb appeared to be experimenting with ways to expand beyond its role as a P2P marketplace for renting private accommodation, to “experiences” — including more detailed local guides and a prepaid card to spend money once you’re there. Now, as Airbnb continues to …

Hospitality

A Brief History of Apple Meddling With the App Store

Apple has a long history of maintaining obsessive control over the App Store.<p>Security experts are incredulous that law enforcement would ask Apple and Google to consider banning or policing apps that support encryption, to which I ask… why?<p>Throughout the Apple-FBI battle, the company has been held …

Apps

5 Things You Need to Know about Facebook’s Next 10 Years - MIT Technology Review

This week at Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, in San Francisco, CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out the social network’s plans for the next …

Virtual Reality

13 Ways Joss Whedon Avenged His Inner Geek

In a Tribeca Talk, Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo discussed Whedon's love for writing, how scripts that don't get made are like "masturbating," and …

Joss Whedon

15 photos that prove Earth is far stranger than any science fiction.

1. The Atacama Desert in South America is so dry, NASA has used it to test Mars rovers.<p>2. The Red Beach of Panjin in China looks like it's covered in …

South America

These over-the-counter meds might shrink older brains - Futurity

Older adults might want to avoid using over-the-counter medicines like night-time cold products. They can literally change the brain.

Searching the Deep Sea for New Antibiotics - VICE Video: Documentaries, Films, News Videos

Antibiotics

The Long Decline of the Dinosaurs

For at least 40 million years before that pesky asteroid, the dinosaurs were losing species faster than they could replace them.<p>Around 66 million years ago, the sky fell on the dinosaurs’ heads. An asteroid smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, causing cataclysmic climate changes that marked the end …

Paleontology

If You Give A Mouse A Heart Attack

<i>by Peter Wieben</i><p>Every year, tens of millions of experiments are performed on living mice, rats, birds, fish, frogs, or invertebrates. Usually, when …

Stem Cells

Dolphins Are Helping Us Hunt for Aliens - Facts So Romantic

When 12 men gathered at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia to discuss the art and science of alien hunting in 1961, the Order of the Dolphin …

Aliens

The increasing sexualisation of men in film

MALE screen-actors have been complaining recently of their increased objectification by female fans. Henry Cavill, the current big-screen incarnation …

Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost in the Shell casting is even worse than it seems

Scarlett Johansson is starring in next year’s <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> live-action adaptation, and fans of the original animated film are up in arms. When Johansson was officially cast to play a character known as the Major in the movie, the news sparked a wave of criticism aimed at Paramount and …

Anime
Al Gore

I Saw the Future of Netflix in a Japanese Reality Show

Not long ago, I found myself staring at my laptop at 3 am with bleary eyes, knowing I should stop but unable to. I'd fallen deep down the Netflix …

How Lifetime Became One Of The Best Places In Hollywood For Women

Lifetime’s grown from “guilty pleasure” to a critically acclaimed home for groundbreaking television. Here, a feminist history of “television for women.”<p><b>The oeuvre of the channel</b> once known as Lifetime: Television for Women has historically been met with near-unanimous critical disdain. Lifetime’s …

How BuzzFeed Motion Pictures Is Retaining Its Top Talent

BuzzFeed's Hollywood arm has inked two-year exclusive deals with online stars including The Try Guys and Quinta Brunson.<p>It's a Thursday afternoon in …

Hollywood Studios Race to Release Uber Themed-Comedies

Universal plunked down seven figures for its Will Ferrell starrer, while Fox has a leg up with its 'Stuber' finished script.<p><i>This story first appeared</i> …

Here Are the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The winners of the 100th Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday, with the New York <i>Times</i>, the Boston <i>Globe</i>, <i>The</i> <i>New Yorker</i>, and the Tampa Bay <i>Times</i> all …