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Cheating, Incorporated

On the adultery website AshleyMadison.com.

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Come On, Feel the Buzz

On Politico's brand of insider journalism.

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Slash and Burn

The rise of One Direction fanfiction that imagines the band members in relationships – with each other.

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Proust Wasn’t a Neuroscientist. Neither Was Jonah Lehrer.

The allure of conclusion-shaping and a wunderkind’s fall.

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Inside the Mansion -- and Mind -- of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Net

The strange existence of the accused Internet pirate as he battles the U.S. government.

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Why Is This Man Running For President Of The Internet?

Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian launches an ambitious campaign.
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In Search of the Living, Purring, Singing Heart of the Online Cat-Industrial Complex

Exploring the relationship between cats and the Internet in Japan.

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How To Not Be The Biggest Asshole In Media: 4 Lessons I Learned From Meeting Jay Mariotti And Reading His Awful Book

“What follows is my attempt, based on a few increasingly hostile exchanges and a close reading of his terrible book, not only to examine why Mariotti is currently jobless but to explain why, in a sane world, he should forever remain that way. I present this as a cautionary tale for other sportswriters, both young and old.”

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Is an ESPN Columnist Scamming People on the Internet?

The strange saga of Sarah Phillips, who went from message board commenter to ESPN gambling columnist and hid her identity from editors, scamming many of the people she met along the way.

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Six Degrees of Aggregation

The story of the Huffington Post.

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5.4

A fifteen year history of the music site Pitchfork detailing its prescient take on the relationship between culture and consumption.

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How I Ended Up Leaving Poynter

The Starbucks-fueled saga of how Jim Romenesko, beloved journalism blogger, took an early retirement.

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The road ahead for The Huffington Post

Nine months after the AOL merger, here’s a progress report.

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Michael Arrington's Revenge

On the TechCrunch founder’s venture capital fund, and a new breed of startup investor.

As Twitter-loving VC investors have become brand names themselves (Fred Wilson, Marc Andreessen, Chris Sacca), what one might call the auteur theory of venture capitalism has emerged—the idea that startup companies bear the unique creative signature of those who invested in them. To study a venture capitalist’s portfolio is to study his oeuvre.

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A Fearless Media Critic

"Here is what Jack Shafer is," says Erik Wemple, who blogs about the media for washingtonpost.com. "Obviously, very talented, tremendously original and highly informed. But more important, he is utterly uncorrupted by friendship, money, power, anything. He is ruthless with people he doesn't know, but what is impressive is how ruthless he can be with the people he knows. He's impervious to outside influence, and it's a glorious thing to watch."
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Inside Match.com

A look at the dating site's new algorithm.
Codenamed “Synapse”, the Match algorithm uses a variety of factors to suggest possible mates. While taking into account a user’s stated ­preferences, such as desired age range, hair colour and body type, it also learns from their actions on the site. So, if a woman says she doesn’t want to date anyone older than 26, but often looks at ­profiles of thirty-somethings, Match will know she is in fact open to meeting older men. Synapse also uses “triangulation”. That is, the algorithm looks at the behaviour of similar users and factors in that ­information, too.
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The Great Right Hype

Tucker Carlson: The bow-tie is gone, but the moxie remains.

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The Adventures of Maer Roshan, Editorial Boy Wonder

A profile of the founding editor of Radar and current editor of The Fix, penned by a former employee.

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The Social[ist] Network

The story of Daily Kos and its founder, Markos Moulitsas.

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What I Learned in Joplin

A reporter on his first time covering a disaster.

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North Korea’s Digital Underground

The perilous routes through which information—video footage, secret documents, radio broadcasts—flow in and out of North Korea through its porous borders with China.

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Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media

Is it time to end the mourning period for old media?

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Who You Are and Who You Say You Are

Thoughts on the current era of online anonymity.

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A Memory of Webs Past

The challenges facing the historians of the internet.

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Welcome to Tony's Kansas City

Kansas City’s most powerful political journalist is a 36-year-old blogger who resides in a porn lair in his mother’s basement, posting rants on local government and bikini shots 24-hours-a-day.

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The Most Paranoid Man in America

A profile of Alex Jones, who draws a bigger online audience than Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh combined.

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Revealing the Man Behind @MayorEmanuel

How a journalism professor named Dan Sinker became the most entertaining part of the Chicago mayoral race.

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Why I Blog

A manifesto from one of the first professional bloggers on a new ‘golden age of journalism.’

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Queen of the Mommybloggers

A profile of Heather Armstrong, a mom in Salt Lake City who has more than 1.5 million Twitter followers and a personal blog generating $30,000-$50,000 monthly.

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How Bloomberg Does Business

A look at the legislative lobbying efforts of Michael Bloomberg’s $7 billion-per-year company. While the mayor has no specific day-to-day role at Bloomberg LP, he maintains “the type of involvement that he believes is consistent with his being the majority shareholder.”

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The Oracle

A profile of Arianna Huffington.

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How YouTube's Global Platform Is Redefining the Entertainment Business

How YouTube went from ubiquitous to profitable; and where it goes next.

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The Worldwide Leader in Dong Shots

A profile of A.J. Daulerio, editor of Deadspin and procurer of, among other things, cell phone pics of Brett Favre’s penis.

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The Web Is a Customer Service Medium

But the web is not just some kind of magic all-absorbing meta-medium. It's its own thing. And like other media it has a question that it answers better than any other. That question is: Why wasn't I consulted?
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Huffing and Puffing

On the (disputed) origins of the Huffington Post.

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The New Gawker Media

Nick Denton is rebooting his entire Gawker empire—and his vision is drawn more from TV than blogs.

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An Interview With WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

The unedited transcript of an interview with Julian Assange for the cover story of Forbes’ December issue. His next target? A major U.S. bank.

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Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing

Its editors still live in different cities, still work different careers, and still treat Boing Boing as a (lucrative) hobby.

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Bravo L’Artiste

A review of several books on Rupert Murdoch first criticizes the authors for not grasping the many sides of their subject, then offers a thesis of its own. He’s “not so much a man, or a cultural force, as a portrait of the modern world.”

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My Summer on the Content Farm

The perpetually underpaid author takes a moonlighting job with Demand Media, publisher of search-engine optimized articles with titles like “Hair Styles for Women Over 50 With Glasses”, absurdity ensues.

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The Long Tail

The article that spawned a school of thought; an elegy for the age of the megahit and a primer for the niche-based future.

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Search and Destroy

A profile of Nick Denton.

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The Hamster Wheel

In the last decade, newsrooms across the country have adopted a “do more with less” strategy. It’s a kamikaze mission.

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All the News That’s Fit to Animate

Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong tabloid tycoon, thinks he’s found the future of journalism: an animation assembly line that can crank out clips recreating–or anticipating, or imagining–breaking news.

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Huff Po is crazy about your health

The cozy relationship between “the internet newspaper” and bogus medicine.

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The Savior of Condé Nast

Scott Dadich, 34, has been described by a former boss as a “combination of Pelé and Jesus” and is now tasked with figuring out the future of the magazine. All he’s got in his new Times Square office: an iPad and a book of George Lois’ Esquire covers.

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“Paywall Will Underperform”

An interview with Clay Shirky on “why no medium has ever survived the indifference of 25-year-olds.”

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Look at me!

A young journalist’s low-paid odyssey through publications from the Hong Kong iMail to Gawker adrift in the “nothing-based economy.”

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Rage Machine

Andrew Breitbart’s empire of bluster.

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How to Save the News

Yeah, you’ve seen that headline before. The difference? This time it’s not journalists trying to do the saving. It’s Google.

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Issue 9: The Intellectual Situation

The editors of N+1 recap the revolution that is/was the internet with pit-stops to survey the Bolshevik Revolution, the NYT’s messy relationship with tech, and the value of an ad.

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The Man the White House Wakes Up To

How the daily e-mail from Mike Allen, Politico’s star reporter, has become a morning ritual for Washington’s elite.