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Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 16:45.

In new art exhibit, Citizenfour director Laura Poitras shows you what surveillance feels like

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"These 8 minutes changed my life, but I didn't know it at the time."

So says the disembodied voice of documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras to visitors of Astro Noise, her new solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Before Poitras introduced the world to Edward Snowden and made Citizenfour, the documentary about NSA surveillance, she had spent years being detained and...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 16:29.

Hackers got a sneak peek at Michael Mann's new hacker movie 'Blackhat.' Verdict: It doesn't suck.

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Michael Mann's new cyber thriller Blackhat opens Friday. The movie starts with a villain hacking a Chinese nuclear facility and the New York Stock Exchange, resulting in death and stock dips. The plot gets complicated from there, but it features Chris Hemsworth as a muscle-bound, MIT-trained hacker who is sprung from the clink by the FBI to help track the bad guy down. Instead of Thor's...

Jul 15, 2019 at 15:00.

Did Airbnb delete this woman's account because she's a sex worker?

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Julie Simone had heard wonderful things about Airbnb. "So many of my friends, when I was at [the Adult Entertainment Expo] in January, had used Airbnb and were like, 'It's really great, that's who you should use when you travel, because y'know, you can cook your own meals, it's cheaper than a hotel,'" she told me over the phone, quickly adding, "That's why I tried it, because I can probably...

Jul 15, 2019 at 11:00.

What alcohol does to your brain

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You had a few too many Manhattans. You're less coordinated. Your reflexes aren't as sharp as usual. Your speech is slightly slurred, but making conversation seems easier. Suddenly the dude sitting across the bar looks more like Ryan Gosling than Steve Buscemi. So, of course you catwalk...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 14, 2019.

Kickstarter investment gone sour? Tell the Feds, they’re cracking down

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The saga of “The Doom That Came to Atlantic City!” is not so different from many of the tales of Kickstarter gone wrong.

Enthusiastic backers rushed to invest in the board game, a collaboration between well-known artists and game designers in which characters dreamed up by cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft set out to destroy Atlantic City. The campaign raised $122,874 from 1,200 people, far...

Jul 14, 2019.

The highest YouTube earner of 2014 made nearly $5 million just by opening Disney toy packages

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An unidentified individual or group responsible for uploading videos that simply show a woman opening Disney toys made an estimated $4.9 million last year, more than any other channel for 2014, according to OpenSlate, a video analytics platform that analyzes ad-supported content on YouTube.

Almost nothing is known about the person or people behind the channel, DC Toys Collector (DC), which...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 14, 2019.

If you use the Internet, you need a VPN. Here's why

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Many kids these days get a safe-sex lesson where they learn the basics of the birds and the bees. Sadly, we don't tend to do similar lessons for the bits and the bytes of computer security.

If you're like most people, you know that there are certain risks involved with being online, especially in public. You've heard the stories about hackers exploiting wi-fi networks at coffee shops and

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 14, 2019.

What does 'perfect sound' look like? Inside the bizarre science of concert hall design

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Zackery Belanger

When Charles Garnier designed the Paris Opera in the 1870's, he said that architecting the acoustics of a room was a “bizarre science.” Garnier compared the acoustician to an acrobat “who closes his eyes and clings to the ropes of an ascending balloon.”

More than a century later, how sound moves through a room is still sometimes a mystery.

At the spherical Mapparium, a so-called...

Rafa Fernandez de Castro Rafa Fernandez de Castro Jul 14, 2019.

Check out this Mexican graffiti drone that's taking protest to new heights

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Her name is Droncita, a Mexican drone that trolls President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The graffiti-spraying drone, created by the the radical Mexican protest collective Rexiste, is quickly becoming an internet sensation. “We are an idea, without owner, without copyright, replicable, appropriable, an insurrect utopia, viral art. I exist because I resist,” reads the group’s motto.

Prior to...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 13, 2019.

What you should read after watching 'Making a Murderer'

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Netflix's new, 10-part documentary series, Making a Murderer, is riveting but emotionally devastating.

It tells the tale of Wisconsin man Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit, who was free for only two years before being charged with another sexual assault and murder, along with his 16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey. The case against Avery and...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

The fabulous almost-famous life of (the other) Mark Zuckerberg

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A few years back, Mark Zuckerberg became a star overnight.

The movie “The Social Network,” had just come out and suddenly, every time he offered up his credit card to pay for something or called to make a restaurant reservation, people wanted to know, “Is it really you?”

The 53-year-old Indiana bankruptcy attorney was annoyed. Of course it was him! Who else would it be?

In 2011, Facebook shut...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

Hello Barbie isn't just creepy. She is also pretty sexist.

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Among the 8,000 phrases programmed into Hello Barbie's speech, the word "fashion" appears more often than almost any other noun, at 51 times. Style is one of artificially intelligent Barbie's favorite topics of discussion. She frequently interrupts conversations to direct them toward what she presumably deems more fashionable subjects instead.

"We've been talking a bit about school, why don't...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

I tried three apps that claim to make you more likable—and am now addicted to one of them

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I have a confession to make: I might have cheated to get this job.

Last spring, when I was applying to Fusion, I heard about a new start-up called Crystal that promised to, among other things, help you write the perfect email. Crystal scrapes the web for public data on a person, from sites like...

Alexis Madrigal Alexis Madrigal Jul 13, 2019.

The interesting problem with Periscope and Meerkat

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Periscope and Meerkat are mobile livestreaming apps. Lots of tech people are talking about these apps, and using them feels like exploring a new frontier. Livestreaming isn't new, but broadcasting video from a smartphone to your Twitter feed is, and maybe that experiences will...

Jul 13, 2019.

A running list of things that've gone wrong as people play Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go is a new augmented reality (AR) game that allows players to wander the world catching tiny cartoon creatures called pokémon. The game uses your smartphone camera to show the real world around you, and superimposes the pokémon on your real world landscape. Released at the beginning of July, it's already been wildly successful. The game, co-developed by Niantic, The Pokémon Company,...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 13, 2019.

The age of profile anxiety

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When I was in high school in the 90s back in those days when the Internet was still new and wondrous, there was a kind-of-scam called Who's Who Among American High School Students that took advantage of the fact that people still loved printed things.

It was a book, published starting in 1967, full...

Alexis Madrigal Alexis Madrigal Jul 12, 2019.

Who wrote this amazing, mysterious book satirizing tech startup culture?

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A mysterious little book called Iterating Grace is floating around San Francisco right now. At least a dozen people have received the book in the mail—or in my case, by secret hand-delivery to my house. (Which is a little creepy.)

The artifact itself consists of a 2,001-word story interspersed with hand-drawn recreations of tweets by venture capitalists and startup people like Chris Sacca,...

Kevin Roose Kevin Roose Jul 12, 2019.

NASA's Messenger probe is giving up on life this afternoon

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Sometimes, you just can't make it to Friday.

Around 3:30 p.m. EDT this afternoon, NASA's Messenger spacecraft, a $446 million probe that was launched in 2004 to study Mercury's geology and atmosphere, is expected to crash into the planet, ending a successful four-year orbit.

"Following this last maneuver, we will finally declare the spacecraft out of propellant, as this maneuver will deplete...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 12, 2019.

These two Diablo III players stole virtual armor and gold — and got prosecuted IRL

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These days, we all have shadow selves that exist in virtual environments — be it on Facebook, Twitter, or in video games. And those digital avatars, it turns out, can get us in IRL trouble. Last year, in a first-of-its-kind legal case that has not previously been reported, two men pled guilty to misdemeanors in California and Maryland that stemmed from their robbing video game characters of...

Kevin Roose Kevin Roose Jul 11, 2019.

A San Francisco artist wants "rich and evil" people to give her 50 gold Apple Watches

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If you can afford one $10,000 smart watch, you can probably afford two. And then you can donate your spare to an art installation that will "explore the relationship between desire and action."

That's the hope, anyway, of San Francisco performance artist Qinmin Liu. For her new show, Liu is soliciting donations of 50 Apple Watch Editions (the most expensive version of the Apple Watch), which...

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