The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder

Jerrold Haas was on the brink of blockchain riches. Then his body was found in the woods of southern Ohio.

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 14, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,500 words)

The Untold Story of the 2018 Olympics Cyberattack, the Most Deceptive Hack in History

As the opening ceremonies of the 2018 winter olympics began in Pyeongchang, a cyberattack targeted the games’ digital infrastructure, jeopardizing WIFI connections, event tickets, and even the official Olympics app, packed full of information on event schedules, maps, and hotel reservations. Andy Greenberg examines who was behind the attack and why they wanted to publicly embarrass South Korea.

Source: Wired
Published: Oct 17, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,126 words)

Three Years Of Misery Inside Google, The Happiest Company In Tech

“Sexual harassment. Hate speech. Employee walkouts. The Silicon Valley giant is trapped in a war against itself. And there’s no end in sight.”

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 13, 2019
Length: 45 minutes (11,481 words)

The Meaning Of All Caps—In Texting And In Life

“What’s cool about expressive lengthening is that, although it started as a very literal representation of longer sounds, it’s ended up creating a form of emotional expression that now has no possible spoken equivalent, making it more akin to its typographical cousins, all-caps and italics.”

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 23, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,003 words)

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

While a student at Belmont High in Belmont, New Hampshire, Ryan Vallee — under the name of Seth Williamson — would initially befriend teen girls by texting them about their favorite ice cream or the name of their pets. They thought he was been sweet. He was after clues to their social network passwords. His aim? To hack their accounts in a bid to extort them for nude selfies. If he didn’t get what he wanted, his demands escalated.

Source: Wired
Published: Jun 24, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,243 words)

A Clever New Strategy for Treating Cancer, Thanks to Darwin

Robert Gatenby, a radiologist in Tampa, Florida, is rethinking cancer as a chronic illness: studying the link between cancer and Darwin’s principles and finding a way to “outsmart it rather than carpet-bomb it.”

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 25, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,042 words)

On the Trail of the Robocall King

One man; some auto-dialing software; 96,758,223 illegal robocalls.

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 25, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,820 words)

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

Hand transplant patients at the University of Pittsburgh were given new hands — and hope. But the experimental technique has led to side effects.

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 18, 2019
Length: 34 minutes (8,550 words)

Pan Am Flight 103: Robert Mueller’s 30-Year Search for Justice

Today, Robert Mueller heads the investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 US presidential election. At Wired, Garrett M. Graff reports on one of Mueller’s perhaps lesser known but nonetheless fascinating and insightful previous assignments: at one time, Mueller oversaw the US’ investigation into the the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 27, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,822 words)

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World’s Most Coveted Meteorite

Meteorite hunters Mike Farmer and Robert Ward travel to Carancas, a tiny village at 12,000 feet in Peru’s remote altiplano, to examine a crater in the hope to claim precious rock from space.

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 17, 2018
Length: 43 minutes (10,805 words)