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why rating people on the web is one of the worst ideas in tech
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why rating people on the web is one of the worst ideas in tech

Of all the terrible ideas conceived in the social media age, a Yelp for people has to be, by far, one of the absolute worst and poorly thought out.

how do we determine the lifespan of the internet outrage industrial complex?
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how do we determine the lifespan of the internet outrage industrial complex?

Outrage has become the web's most lucrative and eye-catching product, and quite a few news sites have now streamlined its distribution for those sweet, sweet clicks.

why you should really be using an ad blocker
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why you should really be using an ad blocker

Ad blockers aren't just a way to stop annoying banners pop-ups, and videos. They can also keep your devices safe.

did smartphones kill the celebrity sex tape?
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did smartphones kill the celebrity sex tape?

Celebrity tapes and nudes used to be shocking scandals on which tabloids pounced. Today they're frequently glossed over and that may be thanks to the technology that now lives in our pockets.

from russia with trolls, or, you mad comrade?
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from russia with trolls, or, you mad comrade?

Internet writer Adrian Chen decided to investigate professional trolls working for the Russian government and they played him like a fiddle.

why most of what you’re told is still wrong
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why most of what you’re told is still wrong

Even in the age of on-demand knowledge downloaded to a device in the palm of your hand, common misconceptions and urban legends persist.

the online freedom that was never there
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the online freedom that was never there

Techno-utopians sold a world on the narrative that the web was built for a free exchange of information. But that's never actually been true...

why the itu just can’t hijack the internet
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why the itu just can’t hijack the internet

Bureaucrats keep thinking about how to tame the internet, but the internet's very nature makes it trivial to resist their efforts.

why the web never forgives, or forgets
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why the web never forgives, or forgets

A European lawmaker wants the web to forget your embarrassing moments. But at this point, that's pretty much an impossible task.

in defense of sprawling, wasteful data centers
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in defense of sprawling, wasteful data centers

Data centers are getting a bum rap, but behind the scenes, they're working hard on trying to keep the internet more reliable and their power usage more efficient.

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