A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect

Karen Navarra was a quiet woman in her sixties who lived alone. She was found beaten to death. The neighbors didn’t see anything. But her Fitbit did.

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 17, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,400 words)

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

What happens when you give thousands of pedants a place online to let loose the full force of their passions? Something flawed, but beautiful.

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 17, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,445 words)

Behind the Scenes at Rotten Tomatoes

Despite certain criticisms people lobby against the film and TV rating website, one thing Rotten Tomatoes does well is help you get away from its website and get you in front of a good movie as quickly as possible.

Source: Wired
Published: Jan 21, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,530 words)

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

Andy Greenberg visits with Clifford Stoll, 30 years after the man wrote the original book on computer hacking, The Cuckoo’s Egg. Stoll discovered what is believed to be the very first state-sponsored computer hacker. (Who was behind it? The Russians. Quelle surprise.)

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 18, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,333 words)

The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell

Jared Johns, a former soldier and father of two, thought he was swapping text messages with a pretty girl from a dating site. What he didn’t realize was that he was the victim of a scam that would cost him everything.

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,553 words)

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)