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Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”
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Enlarge / Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (credit: Getty Images) Entrepreneurs Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman famously founded Reddit as college roommates in 2005. Tech journalist Christine Lagorio-Chafkin’s recent book, We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory, follows their sometimes rocky relationship as Reddit grew from a simple, user-directed […]

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'My Airbnb Guests Threw a New Year's Party For 300 People'
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“What’s the worst that can happen?” thought Nicko Feinberg last December when he listed his house on Airbnb. The listing explicitly said no parties. Then a request came through to book the house for one night on New Year’s Day. It was from a young man, probably in his early 20s. He had one review […]

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Cussing parrots, dolphins who love TV: The wildest animal news of 2018     – CNET
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Colorful and curious land animals, insects and marine life stole headlines from humans this year.

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From NASA to SpaceX, just look to space for good news from 2018     – CNET
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The Falcon Heavy rocket launch headlined a year filled with marvelous milestones when it comes to navigating and understanding space.

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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Roma’ might be the best movie of the year
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A number of critics have declared that “Roma” is the best movie of the year. Naturally, we had to weigh in on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s recent (and excellent) films were all fantasy and science fiction films (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men” and […]

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The year social networks were no longer social
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The term “social network” has become a meaningless association of words. Pair those two words and it becomes a tech category, the equivalent of a single term to define a group of products. But are social networks even social anymore? If you have a feeling of tech fatigue when you open the Facebook app, you’re […]

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Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch
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Enlarge / Civil CEO Matthew Iles, as seen in this promo video. (credit: Freethink / YouTube) In March 2018, Matthew Iles—the head of Civil, an ambitious blockchain-for-journalism startup—stood in a tiny New York conference room with a few colleagues seated around him. Wearing a peach-colored sweater, Iles looked up at a mounted camera to speak […]

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Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything
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Enlarge (credit: Benno Hansen) What makes some people radical and prone to taking extreme views on topics? Radical, violent political movements have received a lot of attention in the news cycle, while non-violent radicalism is a significant impediment to the compromises that are necessary to build a functional society. At the same time some things […]

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Cydia shuts down purchasing mechanism for its jailbreak app store
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Years after becoming one of the go-to destinations for iOS jailbreaks, Cydia’s app store is disabling purchases. Users will be able to access existing downloads through the store and access purchases via third-parties, but beginning this week, they’ll no longer be able to buy apps through the store. Founder Jay “Saurik “ Freeman revealed the […]

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