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The high hopes of the low-tech phone

How the phone of the future hid a multimillion-dollar fraud campaign

Ferguson five years after the killing of Michael Brown

The 2014 protests made it a focal point for police brutality, but now Ferguson faces many other challenges

Meet the US’s spy system of the future — it’s Sentient

The classified artificial brain being developed by US intelligence programs

Big Alcohol is pouring billions into weed drinks, but does anybody want it?

High hopes

They said you could leave electric scooters anywhere — then the repo men struck back

How Joey Salads could meme his way into Congress

The YouTuber brings his pranks — and reactionary dog-whistles — on the campaign trail.

Nomads travel to America’s Walmarts to stock Amazon’s shelves

To stock Amazon’s shelves, merchants travel the backroads of America in search of rare soap and coveted toys

Deaths and injuries don’t slow Uber Eats’ rapid expansion in Mexico

The Mormon Church vs. the internet

Leaving a community isn’t easy, but a subreddit and QuitMormon.com makes the process simpler and more human

Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose desperate working conditions

At Facebook’s worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives

How a group of mothers uses drones to find the casualties of Mexico’s drug war

Mexico’s drug war has left tens of thousands of casualties in secret graves. Now, the mothers of the missing are digging them up, armed with iron rods and quadcopter drones.

The many human errors that brought down the Boeing 737 Max

How the Boeing 737 Max betrayed its pilots and passengers

The sound of justice

The original records of Nazi atrocities were at risk of being lost - this is how they were saved

Andrew Yang is the candidate for the end of the world

He’s a fringe presidential hopeful who thinks automation is the country’s greatest threat — and the answer is to give every American human $1,000 a month

Foxconn is confusing the hell out of Wisconsin

Last summer, Foxconn announced a barrage of new projects in Wisconsin — so we went looking for them

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Webcomics: an oral history

Featuring the artists behind XKCD, Questionable Content, Dinosaur Comics, and more

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The golden age of YouTube is over

How did we get here?

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Instagram needs stars, and it’s built a team to find them

To ramp up IGTV, Instagram’s money is on old-fashioned talent scouting

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Running with the pack: a journey to the center of Coyote Peterson

Can Coyote Peterson bring his millions-strong following to Animal Planet?

He filmed the killing of Eric Garner—and the police punished him for it

The story of Ramsey Orta is one of continued and unending police harassment

The Strange Case of Eugene Gu

Behind one of Twitter’s most outspoken social justice personalities is a history of abuse

The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America

In Arizona, Facebook’s content moderators get through the day with sex, drugs, and guns

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Automated background checks are deciding who’s fit for a home

But advocates say algorithms can’t capture the complexity of criminal records

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Meet the scientists who are training AI to diagnose mental illness

What if a brain scan could tell you what medicine treats your depression?

How a Vermont social network became a model for online communities

Front Porch Forum’s secret? Staying local

Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace

Prime and punishment

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Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service

Going on a coffee run with Waymo One

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Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory

Inside the massive factory where Tesla will soon make 60 percent of the world’s lithium-ion batteries

An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated

She claims her once-promising career was sidelined

Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn boondoggle

Foxconn’s planned factory keeps shrinking

Android: a 10-year visual history

The secret life of teen scooter outlaws

Teenagers are flocking to electric scooter services like Bird and Lime, ignoring requirements that riders be age 18 or older

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How a nuclear stalemate left radioactive waste stranded on a California beach

Nuclear waste is all dressed up with nowhere to go

How Google Earth led a team of scientists to discover an untouched mountaintop rainforest

Secret Garden

How an international hacker network turned stolen press releases into $100 million

How the shared family computer protected us from our worst selves

Bad romance

To cash in on Kindle Unlimited, a cabal of authors gamed Amazon’s algorithm

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Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock

Skeptics say full autonomy could be farther away than the industry admits