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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending June 6, 2015)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

Jun 5, 2015

The Agency
Troll Hunters” author Adrian Chen investigates a particularly strange source of Internet mischief in Russia.
Brian Bergstein, executive editor

I Handed Over My Facebook Password to an Indonesian Hacker. Now We’re Friends.
What happens when you strike up a conversation with your hacker a half a world away.
—Megan Barnett, deputy editor

The Myth of a Borderless Internet
Why the Internet isn’t the global playing field you thought it was: Twitter, Google Maps, and other services carefully censor what they show to people in different places around the world.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

The Long Life of a Quick ‘Fix’
A Washington Post story about how to take down the Internet.
—Tom Simonite

Beyond Automation
An interested article in Harvard Business Review looks at ways workers might adapt to increasing workforce automation.
Will Knight, senior editor, AI

What’s a Ghost Moose? How Ticks Are Killing an Iconic Animal.
Is there anything positive about these blood-sucking insects?
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

I Made an Untraceable AR-15 ‘Ghost Gun’ in My Office—And It Was Easy
An interesting story about how a reporter built a functional, untraceable AR-15 by buying most of the parts and then using a $1,500 CNC desktop-sized mill to make the gun’s lower receiver (the part on which the serial number is typically etched).
Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile

The Billion-Dollar Biotech
Nature News tries to figure out what’s going on at the mysterious—and very rich—biotech startup Moderna, which is promising to make drugs based on messenger RNA.
Mike Orcutt, research editor