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37 items by David Kushner

  • The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out

    The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out | ARTICLE

    Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam, and had a day job programming location devices for taxis, spent a holiday weekend making a mobile game. He wanted it to...

    March 11, 2014 12:05 PM ET
  • Dead End on Silk Road: Internet Crime Kingpin Ross Ulbricht's Big Fall

    Dead End on Silk Road: Internet Crime Kingpin Ross Ulbricht's Big Fall | ARTICLE

    On October 1st, 2013, inside the science­-fiction section of the Glen Park library in San Francisco, one of the Internet's most-wanted men sat typing...

    February 4, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • The WikiLeaks Mole

    The WikiLeaks Mole | ARTICLE

    On a recent frigid night near Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigurdur "Siggi" Thordarson slips into a bubbling geothermal pool at a suburban swim club. The cherubic,...

    January 6, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Anonymous Vs. Steubenville

    Anonymous Vs. Steubenville | ARTICLE

    On November 25th, the most notorious rape case in recent memory took yet another shocking twist. In Steubenville, Ohio, where a 16-year-old girl was raped by two high school football players in August 2012, a grand jury...

    November 27, 2013 3:25 PM ET
  • Joss Whedon Goes Where No TV Man Has Gone Before

    Joss Whedon Goes Where No TV Man Has Gone Before | ARTICLE

    In the current issue, Joss Whedon, the George Lucas of television, reveals why working on his triumphant return to the small screen, Dollhouse, has convinced him to abandon TV for good. His alternative medium: Web serials. He...

    February 19, 2009 8:00 AM ET
  • TV on the Web: The Net's Best Serial Shows

    TV on the Web: The Net's Best Serial Shows | ARTICLE

    Star Trek: Phase II Joss Whedon name-checks this cult fave fan-made Trek series, originally titled New Voyages, when asked about the Web serials that turned him on to the medium. Now five years and running...

    February 19, 2009 7:30 AM ET
  • Boyz Under The Hood

    Boyz Under The Hood | ARTICLE

    Even among the roughest schools in the country, West Philadelphia High School stands out. Situated among boarded-up abandoned buildings and graffiti-covered crack houses, the school has had dozens of arson fires. A Spanish teacher...

    November 13, 2008 7:00 AM ET
  • Zero's Heroes: Nine Inch Nails Get Cryptic

    Zero's Heroes: Nine Inch Nails Get Cryptic | ARTICLE

    At first it seems like any other YouTube video. Someone's pointing the camera out a car window as a desert landscape rolls by. But...

    April 19, 2007 11:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: The Year in Digital Music

    The Digital Beat: The Year in Digital Music | ARTICLE

    2001 will go down as the year digital music grew up -- or at least, underwent growing pains. Napster was smacked down. The Recording Industry hatched online music subscription plans. And digital music players finally made the...

    December 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: MusicNet Doesn't Rock

    The Digital Beat: MusicNet Doesn't Rock | ARTICLE

    After much ado, much hype, and, for the recording industry, much hope, the first online music subscription service, MusicNet, launched on December 4th. The joint venture of RealNetworks, AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann AG and EMI Group is...

    December 12, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Digtial Industry Continues to Prosper

    The Digital Beat: Digtial Industry Continues to Prosper | ARTICLE

    As 2001 comes to a close, digital music isn't just surviving the tough times, it's thriving. Despite the Napster crackdown, the Dot Com bust, and the post-September 11th crash of consumer confidence, recent developments suggest that MP3...

    November 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: The Recording Industry Faces the Music, and the Feds

    The Digital Beat: The Recording Industry Faces the Music, and the Feds | ARTICLE

    Now that the major labels have beaten Napster into submission, they're facing their own possible lashing by an even more formidable opponent: the federal government. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether or not the recording industry...

    October 29, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Napster's Side of the Digital Music Smackdown

    The Digital Beat: Napster's Side of the Digital Music Smackdown | ARTICLE

    The stage is being set for music's equivalent of a WWF Smackdown. In one corner: free rebel services like Kazaa, MusicCity, Grokster, and, the powerhouse, Gnutella. In the other: MusicNet and PressPlay, the industry's two upcoming "legit"...

    October 16, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: The Fed's Big Bad Music Bill

    The Digital Beat: The Fed's Big Bad Music Bill | ARTICLE

    After spending more than a year fighting illegal MP3s, the recording industry is finally getting some help from the cavalry: the federal government. The salvo is coming in the form of the Security Systems Standards and Certification...

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: The RIAA Can Stop Napster, But Not the World

    The Digital Beat: The RIAA Can Stop Napster, But Not the World | ARTICLE

    A few weeks ago, I caught Radiohead at Liberty State Park in New York. It was a memorable show, great set list, great Thom, all taking place outside against the awesome backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Boy...

    September 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Scrambled Music Stinks Like Eggs

    The Digital Beat: Scrambled Music Stinks Like Eggs | ARTICLE

    Despite the fact that Napster traffic is down by sixty-five percent, the big guns in the music industry are still hell bent on making sure that surfers stop swapping/stealing their tunes. The latest move: Labels including Warner...

    August 22, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Ups and Downs of the Online Chat

    Ups and Downs of the Online Chat | ARTICLE

    These days, online chats are part of the pop star dog and pony show. With every new album, a band is ushered through the usual routine on AOL or a label's site: Hunker down at a PC...

    August 6, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Napster Limps Along

    The Digital Beat: Napster Limps Along | ARTICLE

    Poor Napster. After the heat of its glory days, it's starting to look like an old sick horse fighting a trip to the soap factory. The past few weeks have been especially sad, as the company struggles...

    July 25, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: The Moby Nation

    The Digital Beat: The Moby Nation | ARTICLE

    Despite the heat, the romance with digital music has been a fairly passive affair: Netizens were swapping music online but not really getting down, dirty, and creative. Now, with a burgeoning breed of DJ warez made specifically...

    July 9, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Can MP3 Survive the Times?

    The Digital Beat: Can MP3 Survive the Times? | ARTICLE

    The MP3 digital music format has had quite a run. It's changed an industry, ignited a DIY revolution. And, like a true rock star, it might very well burn out before it fades away. The reason: both Microsoft...

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM ET
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