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ZPM Espresso and the Rage of the Jilted Crowdfunder

What happens when a successfully funded Kickstarter product fails to launch?

Wednesday, April 29

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Game of Fear

A man felt wronged by his ex-girlfriend, a video game designer. So he published a 9,425-word online screed with "each component designed to be as damaging to [her] as possible." It sparked the online fire known as "Gamergate."

Tuesday, April 28

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The Untold Story of Silk Road (Part 1)

How Ross Ulbricht went from idealistic used-book seller to murderous drug kingpin.

Monday, April 27

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Three Days in Beijing With the Global Dissident Elite

A visit with Ai Weiwei, Laura Poitras, and Jacob Appelbaum, three people who live in justifiable paranoia of government surveillance.

Wednesday, April 1

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I Followed My Stolen iPhone Around the World, Became a Celebrity in China, and Found a Friend for Life

“None of this should have ever happened. It makes absolutely no sense at all. It’s truly crazy.”

Saturday, March 28

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The Shut-In Economy

There are two roles to play in the new world of on-demand everything: royalty or servant.

Sunday, March 22

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The Strange Saga and Dark Secrets of Matt DeHart

The government says Matt DeHart is an online child predator. DeHart—and his parents—say he’s being framed over his knowledge of CIA secrets.

Friday, March 13

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Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband

The quest to create a friction-free Disney World.

Wednesday, March 11

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A Tale of Money, Sex and Power: The Ellen Pao and Buddy Fletcher Affair

How Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher Jr., an openly gay hedge fund star, came to marry Ellen Pao, a partner at a powerful Silicon Valley firm, before they “went to war with their elite worlds.”

Tuesday, March 10

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Shitphone: A Love Story

Giving up the iPhone ghost, and other forays into knock-off technology.

Friday, March 6

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Brianna Wu vs. the Troll Army

“I laugh off 90 percent of the stuff I’m sent,” Wu says. “But it’s the 10 percent.”

Wednesday, March 4

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This Is What It’s Like To Go To Prison For Trolling

The afterlife of a thoughtless, cruel insult.