1. Threat Level →

    How digital detectives deciphered Stuxnet, the most menacing malware in history.

  2. The Long Tail  →

    The article that inspired the book of the same name . Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream


  3. Lord of the Files: How GitHub Tamed Free Software (And More) →

    GitHub’s geektastic 14,000-square-foot loft mirrors its mission: to democratize computer programming. GitHub.com is best thought of as Facebook for geeks. Instead of uploading videos of your cat, you upload software. Anyone can comment on your code and add to it and build it into something better. The trick is that it decentralizes programming, giving everyone a new kind of control. GitHub has shaken up the way software gets written, making coding a little more anarchic, a little more fun, and a lot more productive.

  4. The Coffee Fix →

    Can the $11,000 Clover Machine Save Starbucks?

    "The Clover coffeemaker debuted in a handful of cafés in 2006 and was promptly hailed as the best thing to happen to coffee lovers since the car cup holder. With an $11,000 asking price, the Clover has become a fetish object among the coffee-obsessed. Long queues signal its arrival in new cities, and self-described "Cloveristas" post videos on YouTube demonstrating the machine’s flashy brewing process. There are more photos on Flickr paying homage to this shiny gadget than actual Clovers in existence."

  5. Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business →

    The article that inspired the book of the same name, on how some businesses in the digital distribution profit for giving something away for free.

  6. High-Powered Plasma Turns Garbage Into Gas →

    The household waste delivered into this hangar will get shredded, then travel via conveyer to the top of a large tank. From there it falls into a furnace that’s heated to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit and mixes with oxygen and steam. The resulting chemical reaction vaporizes 75 to 85 percent of the waste, transforming it into a blend of gases known as syngas (so called because they can be used to create synthetic natural gas).


  7. In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits →

    On the growth of open-source, custom fabricated, DYI design:

    “Hardware is becoming much more like software,” as MIT professor Eric von Hippel puts it. That’s not just because there’s so much software in hardware these days, with products becoming little more than intellectual property wrapped in commodity materials, whether it’s the code that drives the off-the-shelf chips in gadgets or the 3-D design files that drive manufacturing. It’s also because of the availability of common platforms, easy-to-use tools, Web-based collaboration, and Internet distribution.

  8. Why The Clean Tech Boom Went Bust →

    On how the clean tech boom in America went bust:

    Anyone who has heard the name Solyndra knows how this all panned out. Due to a confluence of factors—including fluctuating silicon prices, newly cheap natural gas, the 2008 financial crisis, China’s ascendant solar industry, and certain technological realities—the clean-tech bubble has burst, leaving us with a traditional energy infrastructure still overwhelmingly reliant on fossil fuels. The fallout has hit almost every niche in the clean-tech sector—wind, biofuels, electric cars, and fuel cells—but none more dramatically than solar.

  9. The Curse of Cow Clicker: How a Cheeky Satire Became a Videogame Hit →

    On Cow Clicker, the game Ian Bogost created as a critique of Facebook games like FarmVille:

    And then something surprising happened: Cow Clicker caught fire. The inherent virality of the game mechanics Bogost had mimicked, combined with the publicity, helped spread it well beyond its initial audience of game-industry insiders. Bogost watched in surprise and with a bit of alarm as the number of players grew consistently, from 5,000 soon after launch to 20,000 a few weeks later and then to 50,000 by early September. And not all of those people appeared to be in on the joke.

  10. Hackerville, Romania →

    How a remote town in Romania has become cyber crime central.