We Can’t Trust Uber
Two academics make the case that Uber and other companies collecting sensitive information about our lives should be subject to independent oversight of how they use and protect our data.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Is Lyft Too Cute to Fight Uber?
“Like communism, the pink mustache makes sense on paper, less so in real life.”
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
Behind the Alarming Rise of the Online Vigilante Detective
An independent writer’s recent attempt to reveal the true identity of “Jackie” in Rolling Stone’s controversial story about campus rape is just the latest instance of reckless online vigilantism.
— Mike Orcutt, research editor
It’s Official: Instagram Is Bigger Than Twitter
Viewing images vs. text as a way for friends to share “what’s going on” is like a whisper compared to the constantly rotating letters and words of other social networks. Go, Instagram!
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Tell, Don’t Show
A deftly made case for plain-text “data verbalizations” over the more prevalent dashboard-style visualizations as a way of reporting data.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Need for Speed
A small, remote Alberta town invests in crazy-fast Internet speed.
From the Alps to the Arctic: Tech Companies’ Weirdest Outposts
A very interesting look at where the world’s tech companies are storing your data.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
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