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For Kids, By Kids—But Not For Long

YouTube’s (mostly) teenage vloggers created a monumental mainstream youth culture free of adult supervision. Now they’re doing the unthinkable: growing up.

The Internet’s First Family

MetaFilter began in 1999 as a sort of humane proto-Reddit. Why did a site for sharing “best of the web” links become a place where strangers help each other in real life in extraordinary ways?

Computers! They’re Just Like Us

Plenty of companies are feeding data to computers in the hopes of replicating human behavior, but how close can machines truly get if all they have to work on is the information we offer?

The Things You Own Insult You

Attachment to objects may be juvenile, but we won’t let that stop us.

Say Good Night, Saturday Morning

On the end of Saturday-morning cartoons.

Are You #amwriting?

Leave it to writers to turn an ostensible productivity tool into yet another distraction.

NASA’s Multitasking Abilities Leave Something To Be Desired

The space agency is making exciting strides in deep-space exploration—but, apparently, not keeping a careful enough eye on objects closer to Earth.

Confessions of a Serial Faver

A quick chat with Kallen Law, “that guy who favorites everything” on Twitter, about the silly thing for which he’s known and the evolution of the social media service.

Cable Unbundling and the Triumph of Lowered Expectations

Canadian consumers may soon get to choose which cable channels they pay for, but don’t worry: telcos will still find new and exciting ways to disappoint.

What Rob Ford and His Critics Have in Common

My favourite theories of technology are the ones that argue we create tech in order to become cyborgs—that through everything from the hammer to the smartphone, we express our fantasies of becoming more than ourselves.

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