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The Top 10 Longreads of 2012

9. The Semplica-Girl Diaries George Saunders | The New Yorker | October 8, 2012 | 35 minutes (8,979 words) A father uses his lottery winnings for an extravagant birthday party for his teenage…
LENGTH: 1 minutes (283 words)

The Samsung controversy and the murky world of tech blogging

The Indian bloggers said they had told Samsung they would only travel if they could work as independent journalists. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images For the two technology bloggers from…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 3, 2012
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1583 words)

The true fathers of computing

Once upon a time, a "computer" was a human being, usually female, who did calculations set for her by men in suits. Then, in the 1940s, something happened: computers became machines based on…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 26, 2012
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2815 words)

Secrets of the billionaire bankrolling Gingrich's shot at the White House

Abraham Foxman, the amiably chatty director of the Jewish civil rights group, the Anti-Defamation League, has a story to tell about his friend, the 78-year-old multi-billionaire casino mogul Sheldon…
PUBLISHED: Jan. 28, 2012
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2099 words)