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TIME COSTS PRODUCTION ONCE MOORE • Rereading the most influential article of the 20th century.
A TWEET BEFORE DYING • The revolutionary internet is over, and we don’t have much to show for it. A new start is out there, somewhere.
The Digital Payments Mastermind
JUGGLING ACT • Working from home makes it easier to secretly take on multiple full-time tech jobs. The extra cash is nice—but overlapping Zooms can be tricky.
HIGH IMPACT • Photographer Neil Buckland captures the mosaic of minerals in meteorites.
SEE NO EVIL • Companies pay millions to get their digital ads in front of humans. Shady networks show them to bots instead. And everyone is fine with this.
Dear Cloud Support:
Meeting of Music Minds • EXACTLY 40 YEARS SINCE the release of the first CDs in October 1982, and more than 20 years since the arrival of the first portable MP3 players, the music industry is on the brink of another technological revolution that will transform the way we produce and consume music.
WISH LIST 2022 • PRODUCT REVIEWERS: MICHAEL CALORE, JULIAN CHOKKATTU, SCOTT GILBERTSON, MEDEA GIORDANO, PARKER HALL, SIMON HILL, MATT JANCER, SIMON LUCAS, ADRIENNE SO, HALEY SPRANKLE, ADAM SPEIGHT, AND JEREMY WHITE. PHOTO ASSISTANT: TAKA MARK KASUYA
THE BIG FIGHT OVER 403 VERY SMALL WASPS
THE HIBERNATOR’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY • Scientists are on the verge of figuring out how to put humans in a state of suspended animation. It could be the key to colonizing Mars.
FEED ME • Pitcher plants are beautiful, rare, and life-consuming—in every way. How one collector’s obsession became a nightmare.
INSIDE FACEBOOK’S CONSCIENCE • Mark Zuckerberg established the OVERSIGHT BOARD to investigate how Meta handles controversial posts. Two years in, the panel’s members want to EXPAND THEIR MISSION—and transform the way social platforms work.
THE RISE AND FALL OF ALPHABAY, PART 2: INTO THE TRAP • The stunning culmination of a worldwide quest to capture the dark web’s biggest kingpin——and destroy the underworld economy he ruled.
ON THE MORNING
Honorable Mentions • THE ASSIGNMENT: IN SIX WORDS, WRITE A STORY ABOUT LIVING FOREVER.