Google Thinks It Can Make Paywalls Less of a Pain in the Arse

It’s no secret that for just about everyone but Facebook and Google, online ad revenue is on the decline. That’s forced some of the biggest news publications, including The New York Times and The Atlantic, to limit free content and install paywalls. It’s hard to blame them, as quality content deserves fair compensation, however this often leaves users in the awkward spot of having to manage a shedload of various login credentials. Read More >>

New York Times Public Editor Slams Facebook Op-Ed

The New York Times op-ed section recently published an opinion piece that defended Facebook from calls that it should fact-check the news as a way of combating fake stories. Read More >>

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Donald Trump: ‘The Wind is a Very Deceiving Thing’

Donald J. Trump, businessman and president-elect, finally had his meeting with the New York Times this week. In their lengthy chat, the ascendant leader of the free world shared what appeared to be words of wisdom passed down to him by a cartoon sea captain: “The wind is a very deceiving thing.” Read More >>

No, Celebrities Don’t Die in Threes

You’ve probably heard the saying “celebrities die in threes.” This, of course, is one of the more silly things that a human can utter. But in case you needed someone to fact-check this one for you, the New York Timeswent to the trouble in an article from 2014: Read More >>

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Watch a North Korean Military Parade in VR With This Free App

I went to Pyongyang today: I stayed in an immaculate North Korean hotel room, watched as the country’s ballistic missiles paraded past me, and saw thousands of followers wave flags and flowers in honour of their leader. Read More >>

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Crazy Drone Footage Shows a Huge Lake of Melted Ice in Greenland

A story about Greenland’s melting ice was published by the New York Times this week, in which it was explained that global sea levels could rise by six metres. To give us the real scope, they used video footage shot by a drone, capturing a huge lake of meltwater that’s one of many. It is at once stunning, worrying, and strangely beautiful. Read More >>

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New York Times to Send Subscribers More Paper—Google Cardboard, In Fact

If you subscribe to The New York Times print edition, you can expect a special surprise the weekend of November 7th. The paper is sending over a million subscribers their very own Google Cardboard so they can experience the Times’s new virtual reality new app. Welcome to 2015, folks. Read More >>

US Officials Knew NSA Spying Programme Was Likely Illegal

A formerly secret report on the NSA’s warrant-less surveillance was published yesterday evening. It’s a detailed look into the history of the Stellarwind surveillance program—one that makes it clear that US government officials repeatedly questioned its legality and efficacy. Read More >>

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The History of the Anti-Vaccine Movement Explains Our Terrifying Future

Vaccines are not part of some evil plot to poison our children. But there are plenty of terribly misguided people who believe they are! And their beliefs didn't just materialise out of nowhere. A new video from the New York Times explains how we got to this terrifying point in American history — a seemingly upside down, dystopian world where we're witnessing the resurgence of diseases we thought were long since wiped out. Read More >>

The Heartwarming Story of an 11-Year-Old’s New Technological Friend

For most of us, Siri or Google Now (or Cortana, if you swing that way) is a minor help at best, a first-world solution to the first-world problem of not being able to text and drive. But as Judith Newman illustrates today in a heartfelt and heartwarming piece in the New York Times, Apple's digital assistant has become a lifeline for her autistic son. Read More >>

Today, France is Still Cleaning Up Hundred-Year-Old Bombs From WWI

A century ago today, the first shots of WWI were fired. It was the first modern conflict, fought with fatally efficient technology. Even today, crews must safely destroy bombs left untouched for a century. Erik Olsen travelled with one of those crews for The New York Times, bringing us a video glimpse at the delicate task of cleaning up history. Read More >>

Behold: Adorable Hand-Drawn GIFs That Explain Higgs-Boson

You hear about the Higgs-Boson all the time, but do you know what it is? If the answer is no, fear not: It's complex and confusing. Luckily, the New York Times has a beautiful, animated explainer to break it down for you in layman's terms. [New York Times] Read More >>

China Is (Kinda) Loosening Its Web Censorship

China has a rich—and occasionally odd—history of censoring the web. Now, though, it seems it may be loosening its iron grip, at least a little. Read More >>

SEA Hacks Continue With Takeover of NYT, Twitter Registrar Homepage

Melbourne IT, an Australian domain name registration, just got hijacked, apparently by the very busy Syrian Electronic Army. This shouldn't be a surprise since it's the same company that was implicated in Tuesday's New York Times and Twitter hacks. Read More >>