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‘YouTube's Biggest Philanthropist’ Has a History of Homophobic Comments

‘YouTube's Biggest Philanthropist’ Has a History of Homophobic Comments

Over the past year, Jimmy, a 20-year-old YouTuber known as “MrBeast” who chooses not to reveal his last name in his videos, has gone repeatedly viral for giving away massive amounts of cash. Known to
Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Malfunction, It Was Just Bad

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Malfunction, It Was Just Bad

On March 18, at 9:58 p.m., a self-driving Uber car killed Elaine Herzberg. The vehicle was driving itself down an uncomplicated road in suburban Tempe, Arizona, when it hit her. Herzberg, who was
Elon Musk’s Silly War With the Media

Elon Musk’s Silly War With the Media

Updated on May 24 at 4:30 p.m. ETElon Musk’s screed against the media began with a story about Tesla.“The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only
What the @RealDonaldTrump Ruling Actually Means

What the @RealDonaldTrump Ruling Actually Means

“If my fellow citizens want to go to Hell,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. once wrote, “I will help them. It’s my job.”In our time, Twitter is the nearest thing I can think of to hell on earth. On
The Lil Tay Saga Reaches Its Logical Conclusion

The Lil Tay Saga Reaches Its Logical Conclusion

In mid-February, a mysterious 9-year-old by the name of Lil Tay began blowing up on Instagram.“This is a message to all y’all broke-ass haters, y’all ain't doing it like Lil Tay,” she shouts as she
The New York Stock Exchange Has Its First Woman President. Is She on a Glass Cliff?

The New York Stock Exchange Has Its First Woman President. Is She on a Glass Cliff?

In April, officials in New York City decided to move the “Fearless Girl,” the statue commissioned by a financial firm to stare down the Charging Bull of Wall Street, in what became a symbol of female
The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls

The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls

During her freshman year, Stephanie Tena, a 16-year-old programmer, was searching the internet for coding programs and came across a website for an organization called AI4All, which runs an
A Belgian Legislator Berates and Scoffs at Mark Zuckerberg

A Belgian Legislator Berates and Scoffs at Mark Zuckerberg

On Tuesday, as the deadline to implement the sweeping European internet rule known as the General Data Protection Regulation approached, Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the European Parliament in
<p>Donald Glover Fans Have Taken Over a Pro-Trump Reddit Page</p>

<p>Donald Glover Fans Have Taken Over a Pro-Trump Reddit Page</p>

Donald Glover fans have taken control of a popular Trump fan page on Reddit.The subreddit, thedonald, which has about 17,000 subscribers, is not to be confused with Reddit’s much larger and more
Vegan YouTube Stars Are Held to Impossible Standards

Vegan YouTube Stars Are Held to Impossible Standards

Stella Rae looks back at her old YouTube videos and cringes. These are the videos that built her career: At 19, she has hundreds of thousands of subscribers to her main channel, which she has
The Problem With Buying Cheap Stuff Online

The Problem With Buying Cheap Stuff Online

The package came in a small black box, covered in tape. It had no return address. Under layers of packaging, there was a box labeled Smart Watch, with no brand name. Inside the box was the watch
When You’re Not Just the Product on Facebook, but the Manager

When You’re Not Just the Product on Facebook, but the Manager

In the near future, if Facebook fulfills its stated goal, a billion people will be part of a “meaningful group” on the service, . By the company’s definition, a meaningful group is a Facebook group
Email Is Dangerous

Email Is Dangerous

One week ago, a group of European security researchers warned that two obscure encryption schemes for email were deeply broken. Those schemes, called OpenPGP and S/MIME, are not the kinds of
Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control

Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control

Every afternoon around 4 p.m., when school lets out, Brandon, an 18-year-old high-school senior in Los Angeles who asked to be referred to only by his first name, goes “Bird hunting.” He heads for his
What's Up With All These Viral Illusions?

What's Up With All These Viral Illusions?

The dress is blue; tennis balls are yellow; and much like a glass can be both half-empty and half-full (because there are TWO HALVES), the audio clip is saying both “laurel” and “yanny” at the same
The Instagram Stars of High-School Basketball

The Instagram Stars of High-School Basketball

Zion Williamson has 1.5 million followers on Instagram and more than 100,000 on Twitter, and tens of thousands more keep up with his every move via a network of dedicated fan accounts. On his most
The Mystery of the ‘SpaceBees’ Just Got Even Weirder

The Mystery of the ‘SpaceBees’ Just Got Even Weirder

“Perfect timing!” Mike Coletta said when he answered the phone. I called him recently to ask about some satellites currently orbiting Earth. Just then, one of them was passing over his home in
Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport

Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport

Los Angeles is an open-air museum of aerospace history. It is a city of abandoned missile-defense facilities and stealth-jet assembly plants, of erased airfields and repurposed hangars, flagships of
Should the U.S. Break Up Amazon?

Should the U.S. Break Up Amazon?

Some time later this year, Amazon could become the first trillion-dollar company in American history. Its valuation has already doubled in the last 14 months to about $800 billion, and Jeff Bezos, its
The Senate Votes Against the Net-Neutrality Rollback

The Senate Votes Against the Net-Neutrality Rollback

In a shocking reversal, the Senate voted 52–47 to disapprove of the rollback of network neutrality—the policy that treats broadband and wireless data as common carriers. That protection required