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Crowdsourcing ‘violence interruption’ in Chicago

At Pop Tech, an unlikely partnership forms between an infectious disease expert fighting gun violence and a crisis mapping website.


Celebrating failure, and other novelties, at Pop Tech

Need to Know reports from the Pop Tech conference in Maine, where social innovators are discussing meditation, disinformation and freakish waves.


  Verizon, Google and the future of the Internet

Some fear that a pact between the two companies announced this week could undermine equal access to the internet. We talk to Need to Know contributor Rick Karr to find out what’s at stake.


Gary Shteyngart on Facebook, literacy and the end of America

Need to Know talks to author and satirist Gary Shteyngart, whose new dystopian, darkly humorous novel “Super Sad True Love Story” foretells the ruinous decline of literacy in America.


Mmm! Good enough to blog

Rhubarb tart with lemon verbena. Kohlrabi salad. Baby barracuda. Mouth-watering recipes are just a mouse click away thanks to the ever-expanding food blogosphere.


This summer, let’s really disconnect

By William Powers Why the only screen you should take to the beach is sunscreen Ah, those lazy days of summer. Snoozing in a hammock. Reading a good book under a beach umbrella. It’s the season for disconnecting from everything that makes life frantic and arduous – the office, the traffic, the endless rushing around. [...]

  Visualizing the memescape

A look inside Current, a new way to see what people want to know and how the press responds.


New tool aims to help journalists get better bang for ‘fluff’ pieces

A new tool aims to help web journalists satiate the page-view beast with a smaller number of high-traffic stories.


Internet regulation demystified

New plans for regulating broadband Internet has triggered a showdown between government policy and corporate and political interests. What does this mean for you?

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