Monday, March 24


Sinkhole of Bureaucracy

In an old mine an hour north of Pittsburgh, 600 federal employees manage paperwork for the government’s retirement system. By hand. On paper. Without computers. The same exact way they always have.

Sunday, March 23


Flying Upside Down

An engineering team races to create a next-generation computer.

The first installment of The Soul of a New Machine.

Saturday, March 22


Pixel and Dimed

On (not) getting by in the gig economy.

Thursday, March 13


Tuesday, March 11


The Infinite Lives of BitTorrent

Despite its association with piracy, BitTorrent is a company in its own right, and one desperate to hit upon a way to monetize its revolutionary file transfer technology.

Tuesday, February 25


The Most Thrilling Boring Game In The Universe

Trying to understand the appeal of Eve Online.

Tuesday, February 18


The Facebook Comment That Ruined a Life

“I guess what you post on Facebook matters.” An 18-year-old faces 10 years in jail for a sarcastic threat on Facebook.

Monday, February 10


Saving eBay

How a small team of 20-somethings helped spark a $50 billion turnaround.

Saturday, February 1


How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love

After nine months of striking out, Chris McKinlay decided to change his online dating strategy. It worked.

Friday, January 31


The Post-Hope Politics of 'House of Cards'

On the Netflix hit drama and its show runner, Beau Willimon.

Tuesday, January 21


Sad YouTube

Finding personal stories buried deep in the YouTube comments.

Sunday, January 19


Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?

To his friends and family, Ross Ulbricht was a compassionate, warm soul known for random acts of kindness. To the F.B.I., he was Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind behind the Silk Road who was willing to order hits to protect his black market operation.