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A Project to Turn Corpses into Compost
A low-tech possibility for making burial more sustainable.
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
Why This National Data Breach Notification Bill Has Privacy Advocates Worried
Perhaps the patchwork of state laws on data breaches is better than the national standard we supposedly should want.
Taking Back Detroit
Informative and engaging user experience design on this three-part feature profile of Detroit, Michigan.
— Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
L.A. School District Demands iPad Refund from Apple
Interesting story about LAUSD’s bad experience with a plan to buy iPads for all students, teachers, and administrators, shining a light on the idea that more technology isn’t always better.
—Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile
Meet the Lawyer Taking On Uber and the Rest of the On-Demand Economy
A labor lawyer could dent the sustainability of Uber with a case arguing that its drivers are employees, not independent contractors.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Devices and Apps for Heading Outdoors After the Thaw
Techies go outside.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
The inside story of how ChatGPT was built from the people who made it
Exclusive conversations that take us behind the scenes of a cultural phenomenon.
How Rust went from a side project to the world’s most-loved programming language
For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.
Design thinking was supposed to fix the world. Where did it go wrong?
An approach that promised to democratize design may have done the opposite.
Sam Altman invested $180 million into a company trying to delay death
Can anti-aging breakthroughs add 10 healthy years to the human life span? The CEO of OpenAI is paying to find out.
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