Mystery Seeds

Hundreds of Americans Planted 'Chinese Mystery Seeds'

What I learned by reading thousands of internal emails about the Chinese mystery seeds.
Jason Koebler
9.9.20
TikTok

Trump Declares TikTok a 'National Emergency,' Officially Moves to Ban it

The executive order would make American 'transactions' with TikTok illegal in 45 days.
Jason Koebler
8.8.20
Clubhouse

Silicon Valley Elite Discuss Journalists Having Too Much Power in Private App

In leaked audio from an invite-only app, venture capitalists pondered everything they think is wrong with journalism.
Jason Koebler
Anna Merlan
Joseph Cox
7.3.20
LAPD

Did a Barista Put a Tampon in a Cop's Frappuccino? An Investigation

"LAPD one looks like it was sitting in a coffee cup for a week on someone's dashboard."
Jason Koebler
Tim Marchman
6.25.20
Twitter

How Is Twitter Going to Moderate These Voice Recordings?

Audio recordings are notoriously difficult to moderate, and Twitter already has a harassment and white supremacist problem.
Jason Koebler
6.19.20
Internet Archive

It’s Time to Archive the Internet Archive

Publishers are suing the Internet Archive for its emergency library, putting the whole project in danger.
Samantha Cole
Jason Koebler
6.12.20
facial recogniition

Amazon Puts 1-Year Ban on Police Use of its Biased Facial Recognition Software

"Rekognition" has been shown time and time again to be ineffective and biased. Rather than shelving it altogether, Amazon is putting a one-year moratorium on police use of it.
Jason Koebler
6.11.20
body cameras

The Police Are Gaslighting Us

Reformers said body cameras and video evidence would stop police brutality. Instead, we're being told to not believe our own eyes.
Jason Koebler
6.8.20
Sudoku

This Sudoku Solve Made Me Cry

'The Miracle' isn't just a puzzle, it is high art.
Jason Koebler
5.24.20
super smash bros

Archivists Frantically Hunt Footage of 1999 Super Smash Bros. Boxing Match

The best we have right now are low-res screenshots of Mario fighting Donkey Kong from an ancient internet livestream.
Jason Koebler
5.13.20
amazon

Amazon VP Resigns, Calls Company ‘Chickenshit’ for Firing Protesting Workers

Tim Bray says the company has become 'toxic' and the firings are 'designed to create a climate of fear.'
Jason Koebler
5.5.20
UFOS

UFO Videos ‘Only Scratch the Surface’ of What the Pentagon Knows, Harry Reid Says

The former Senate Majority Leader says the "American people deserve to be informed" about UFOs.
Jason Koebler
4.29.20
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