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The Masked Avengers
The New Yorker has a long piece about Anonymous, tracing its history and the people behind some of its best-known attacks.
Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports

Meet BuzzFeed’s Secret Weapon
Dao Nguyen is BuzzFeed’s “secret weapon,” helping the site quintuple traffic in two years with savvy data-driven promotion and editorial strategies. In this Inc. profile, she argues that data only tells you what is happening, not why.
—Nanette Byrnes

Google’s Remote Drone Deliveries Point to Fast Track Niche
Here’s a take on where drone deliveries will work, and where they won’t.
Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy

Water’s Edge: The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels
An impressive, data-rich piece on the likely impact of rising sea levels.
Will Knight, news & analysis editor

An Inside Look at the Development of Samsung’s Gear VR
How Oculus VR teamed up with Samsung to create a more portable, and potentially more appealing, VR headset.
—Will Knight

Study Alleges China iPhone Factory Riddled with Human Rights, Safety Violations
On the eve of another big Apple announcement, a new report about human rights and safety violation emerges concerning an iPhone factory in China.
David Talbot, chief correspondent

White House Names Google’s Megan Smith the Next Chief Technology Officer of the United States
President Obama announced a new appointment for the third-ever national CTO.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Margaret Atwood’s New Work Will Remain Unseen for a Century
The Future Library project is collecting 100 works of fiction to be published in 2114, on paper made from trees planted this summer. The Canadian novelist is the first contributor.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief

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