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The Untold Story Of The Invention Of The Game Cartridge
Consider the humble video game cartridge. It's a small, durable plastic box that imparts the most immediate, user-friendly software experience ever created. Just plug it in, and you're playing a game…
Published: Jan. 13, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4700 words)
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@pierauy 3 days, 1 hour ago
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How the CIA made Google
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, western governments are moving fast to legitimize expanded powers of mass surveillance and controls on the internet, all in the name of fighting…
Published: Jan. 22, 2015
Length: 43 minutes (10938 words)
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@NafeezAhmed 1 day, 21 hours ago
20 SAVEs
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@longreads 15 hours, 43 minutes ago
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Everybody hates Pearson
John Fallon doesn’t look like the devil incarnate. With his ruddy cheeks and cheerful-but-not-too-posh English accent, Fallon, 52, seems more like a buddy from the local pub than the chief…
Published: Jan. 21, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4015 words)
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@FortuneMagazine 15 hours, 43 minutes ago
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Science, Meet Journalism. You Two Should Talk.
When I began my term as a public policy scholar at the Wilson Center last year working on the project “Science and the Media,” I ran into a journalist colleague I hadn’t seen in…
Length: 13 minutes (3307 words)
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@longreads 1 day, 19 hours ago
15 SAVEs
What It Was Like to Record Michael Jackson’s Voice
I was still in Detroit, and I got a call from Berry Gordy — he was out in California — and he said, “We signed these kids. We finished the album and listened to all the mixes,…
Published: Jan. 24, 2015
Length: 1 minutes (420 words)
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@SAijaz_ 19 hours, 20 minutes ago
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Julian Barnes on Confidence and Calling Yourself a Writer
INTERVIEWER So you chose novel writing as a profession. BARNES Oh, I didn’t choose it as a profession—I didn’t have the vanity to choose it. I can perhaps now state that I am at…
Published: Feb. 4, 2014
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@longreads 5 hours, 13 minutes ago
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The Unlikely Roots of Solitary Confinement
In a perverse tribute to human endeavor, solitary confinement began as a reform. Thinkers in Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States in the late 18th and early 19th centuries imagined that it…
Author: Julia Wick
Published: Jan. 24, 2015
Length: 1 minutes (368 words)
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@longreads 16 hours, 13 minutes ago
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Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From its Streets Throughout History
Snowplows aren’t perfect. They pile chunks of icy, compact snow at the end of your driveway, usually right after you’ve finished shoveling them. They hit your mailbox. They always plow…
Published: Jan. 24, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3645 words)
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@SaraMorrison 23 hours, 43 minutes ago
10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned
(Credit: Wired magazine. ) Time to read: 50 minutes We touched down in Las Vegas only three hours before, but we were already back in the plane and flying home to San Jose on a brisk winter day in…
Length: 30 minutes (7599 words)
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@dttg 1 day, 17 hours ago
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