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07.01.15 Liam Mathews

The unburstable bubble of Manhattan real estate continues to inflate, with the New York Times reporting that the average sale price of a Manhattan apartment hit a new high in the first quarter of 2015. According to new market reports from top real estate brokerage firms, the average price of a Manhattan apartment is over […]

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03.30.15 Peter Yeh

GitHub, a code management website used by more than 8 million developers, has been hit by a flood of data intent on taking down anti-censorship tools, the largest such attack in the site’s history. As of 11:50 UTC Monday, GitHub is back online, but the attack continues to “evolve” and the staff is racing to […]

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02.02.15 Christopher Inoa

The number of tourists visiting New York City reached a record high last year with 56.4 million people visiting the city, up from its previous record of 54.3 million in 2013. Last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio increased spending on tourism promotion, and is considering doing so again this year, the New York Times reports. […]

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01.14.15 Monty McKeever

German newspaper DIE ZEIT has published a troubling account by its Beijing correspondent Angela Köckritz, in which Köckritz reveals her ongoing struggles with Chinese authorities following the arrest and subsequent detainment of her assistant, Zhang Miao. The arrest occurred as the two had been covering the Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong in early October, […]

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11.24.14 Rhett Jones

Vapor-based electronic cigarettes have become a ubiquitous item for people trying to quit, those who want to smoke indoors, and consumers simply hunting for what they believe to be a safer alternative. While the jury is still out on whether or not e-cigs are harmful to the body, they might be harmful to your computer. The […]

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11.19.14 Prachi Gupta

While the FCC continues to debate net-neutrality regulations, scientists in China and America are quietly creating a new kind of internet, encyrpted by bursts of light instead of the standard long string of numbers. Revelations gleaned from the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden showed that even the largest tech companies with the best security were vulnerable to […]

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10.14.14 Rhett Jones

Hong Kong police took chainsaws and sledgehammers to barricades set up by pro-democracy demonstrators today. The New York Times reports that the barricades were largely symbolic, but the dismantling by authorities has prompted protesters to build stronger ones out of bamboo, trash cans, bus stop signs and other available materials. Reports say that crackdowns prompted […]

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10.09.14 Rhett Jones

As the “Polite Revolution” continues in Hong Kong, protesters are finding that their phones are being infected with malware. It isn’t clear who’s behind the attack but experts say the sophistication of the virus leads them to believe it was deployed by the Chinese government. The protests began September 22nd, when a rare mass demonstration […]

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10.01.14 Dannie Higginbotham

The protests in Hong Kong started out with a bang and blasts of tear gas Sunday night. Since then, Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement has spread rapidly to five different districts in the city. Roads normally filled with buses and taxis have been closed off, as tens of thousands of people sit in the streets […]

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09.11.14 Sophie Weiner

The Chinese government’s censorship machine has expanded exponentially since the advent of social media. Instead of controlling a few state approved publications, the government must now monitor the output of hundreds of millions of social media users. Science has published an impressively extensive new study, creating their own Chinese social network to reverse-engineer “the machine” based on the […]

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