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Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control: Inside Shein’s Sudden Rise

I had come to watch Kelly film a haul. She skipped off to the living room to dance around—a warm-up—then led me upstairs...

Inside the Takedown that Shredded the Myth of Crypto’s Anonymity

At the bottom of several pages of the site was a copyright date: March 13, 2015. Welcome to Video had already been online...

Is Russia’s Largest Tech Company Too Big to Fail?

Arkady Yurievich Volozh seemed to be in good spirits. It was February 11, his birthday, and the 58-year-old billionaire CEO and cofounder of...

How an AI Became My Code-Writing Genie

Code pours from Feross Aboukhadijeh’s fingers.As a devotee of the open source software movement, he has written immensely popular web apps, peer-to-peer file...

‘I’m the Operator’: The Aftermath of a Self-Driving Tragedy

The media descended on the story the next day. Right away, experts were quoted lambasting Arizona’s lax regulatory environment, calling for a national...

What Happens When an AI Knows How You Feel?

In May 2021, Twitter, a platform notorious for abuse and hot-headedness, rolled out a “prompts” feature that suggests users think twice before sending...

‘We Got Memed Into Moving’: Inside Miami’s Tech Boom

Early in the first pandemic summer, around the time California started requiring people to wear masks indoors, Jack Abraham booked a weeklong vacation...

Boom’s Quest to Make Supersonic Flights a Reality (Again)

Onboard my first plane in well over a year, since the start of the pandemic, I settle into seat 20F of United Airlines...

Amazon’s Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

On September 26, 2018, a row of tech executives filed into a marble- and wood-paneled hearing room and sat down behind a row...

Weighing Big Tech’s Promise to Black America

Mitchell came from a Black family with an entrepreneurial spirit. When he was a teenager growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, his mother...

Rain Boots, Turning Tides, and the Search for a Missing Boy

Later that week, in a video now viewed tens of thousands of times, Jada Brooke fanned the flames. She’d spoken to a family...

Artificial Intelligence and the ‘Gods Behind the Masks’

“Why don’t you go join them?” asked Ozioma. Showing up behind Amaka on the balcony, the landlady lit an English-brand cigarette, leaned against...

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