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One-Hit Wonders
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One-Hit Wonders

For more than a year now, tens of millions of Americans have found time each day to devote themselves to an essential task: swiping at their phones and tablets...

The Interstellar Contract
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The Interstellar Contract

Last September, the Times reported that Voyager 1, the hardy spacecraft launched in 1977, had exited the solar system and entered the interstellar void.

Is Ad Avoidance a Problem?
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Is Ad Avoidance a Problem?

Back in the twentieth century, people were roughly equal in their power to avoid advertising.

How Facebook Makes ­s ­nhappy
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How Facebook Makes ­s ­nhappy

No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely.

E-Book Vs. P-Book
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E-Book Vs. P-Book

When Barnes & Noble announced, a couple of weeks ago, that its Nook division lost almost five hundred million dollars last year and that its C.E.O. was resigning...

The Medium of the Moment
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The Medium of the Moment

After the Boston Marathon bombings, the process by which breaking news and information are generated and disseminated looked more ragged and exposed than ever: ...

The Creator
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The Creator

When Markus Persson visited Las Vegas in 2011, for the first international convention held in honor of Minecraft, the video game he designed and built, a young...

Steve Jobs: 1955
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Steve Jobs: 1955

Steve Jobs is dead. One big question is whether the unbelievably innovative culture he forged will live. Jobs was not a great human being, but he was a great,...

In Praise of Distraction
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In Praise of Distraction

For many Americans, March Madness has been a time to worry about office pools, busted brackets, and buzzer beaters. For American businesses, though, the N.C.A...

Shigeru Miyamoto: Master of Play
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Shigeru Miyamoto: Master of Play

The many worlds of a video-game artist.
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