Wednesday, May 15


Drugstore Cowboy

The con man who cost Google $500 million.

Tuesday, May 14


Welcome to the Programmable World

In the not-so-distant future, all of our objects will talk to each other. They’ll make our coffee, find our keys, save our lives. The roadmap to a fully networked existence.

Monday, May 13


Laptop U

The possibilities and pitfalls of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Saturday, April 27


A History of Like

Marketing research,the pre-Facebook history of ‘likeability,’ and why there will never be a ‘dislike’ button.

Tuesday, April 16


Web Dreams

The story of

Friday, April 12


Refugees of the Modern World

Life in Green Bank, West Virginia, a town without cell signals and a haven people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (a disease that may or may not exist).

Monday, April 8


Hollywood Archaeology: The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Two decades later, unpacking a historic bust.

Sunday, April 7


The Locust Economy

Groupon disasters, the behaviors of the consumer swarm, and how the "1% and the 90% [are] collaborating to prey on the 9% in the middle."

Saturday, April 6


The Creator

On Swedish game designer Markus Persson and his singular creation, Minecraft, which has sold over twenty million copies and earned Persson over a hundred million dollars last year.

Wednesday, April 3


The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency

A cultural history of Bitcoin and what happened when the nascent virtual currency began to be covered by the mainstream media.

Tuesday, March 26


Life, Death, and Free Culture in the Mission

On Ilya Zhitomirskiy, an idealistic young developer who committed suicide 18 months after founding Diaspora, his well-publicized, open-source alternative to Facebook.

Saturday, March 16


Greed Is Groupon

The daily deals company turned down a $6 billion offer from Google and went public. Now its stock is down 80% and its founder/CEO has been fired. On Groupon’s failed strategy and tenuous future.