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Stolen Airline Miles (and Lots of Them)

vocativ.com — His handle is CipherCracks, and he's a highly popular seller on the web. He has dozens of customer reviews, which are almost uniformly positive. People seem to like his customer service, and he always delivers on time. What's he selling? Stolen airline miles on the dark net.

How a Concert App Fueled the Hong Kong Protests

vocativ.com — If you've been to a music festival in the last few years, you've probably experienced a jammed cell tower. When thousands of people congregate in one small, dense area, cell signals get blocked and your texts won't go through. FireChat was built to solve that problem.

One Tiny City Is Standing Up to Big, Bad Comcast

vocativ.com — It seems that everyone hates Comcast, the aggressively metastasizing corporate cable giant that charges high, high fees and offers what many regard as the worst customer service in the nation. But what can you do about it? Often it seems like nothing. Well, one small city isn't taking Comcast's shit lying down.

The Most Biggest Drug Courier in America is The U.S. Postal Service

vocativ.com — You might think dark net drug dealers use some super secret delivery method to get their products point A to point B. Maybe, you thought, it's some sort of stealth drone that dispatches from some clandestine warehouse and drops off the packages in the dead of night. Not exactly.

This Is Where Dark Net Drugs Come From

vocativ.com — The dark net is the world's fastest-growing marketplace for illicit goods. You can get fake IDs, guns or even explosives-but drugs are by far the most common product for sale. Weed and cocaine are plentiful, and more particular buyers can order drugs that are a bit harder to find, like ketamine and opium.

The Notorious Hacking Group Lizard Squad Gets Wiped From the Internet

vocativ.com — There are hackers that steal money and hackers that steal information. And then there's Lizard Squad. Over the last few months, the shady, Anonymous-style hacking collective has been wreaking its own kind of havoc-mainly, it appears, out of boredom.

Kale vs. Weed: Which Is the More Lucrative Green?

vocativ.com — This year's Super Bowl, an American ritual in which average folk gather around the television to gorge on chicken wings and cheap beer, will feature an unlikely addition to the menu for stadium-goers: kale. "Kale is so trendy right now," says Eric Borgia, the chef overseeing this year's game, who has created a delicious-sounding chicken-sausage and Tuscan kale sandwich to be sold at MetLife stadium.

Silicon Valley's Most Hyped Startup Finally Has a Product

vocativ.com — Clinkle is a case study in Silicon Valley hype. In 2013, the startup raised $25 million-"the largest seed round in Silicon Valley history," its PR trumpeted-on nothing more than a vague idea to "reinvent payments." It was founded by a 22-year-old fresh out of college with no experience whatsoever.

Has Justin Bieber been buying millions of fake YouTube views?

vocativ.com — A couple of weeks ago, I received a phone call to my office line from an unavailable number. I picked up. "Get a paper and pen," the voice instructed me. I asked who it was. "Write down 'rantic,'" the male voice said slowly and deliberately. I asked once more who he was.

The Feds Just Shut Down Bitcoin's Most Controversial Startup

vocativ.com — In June, I went to Kansas to try to make sense of a company called Butterfly Labs. Bitcoin was rising fast, and the miners were allowing people to literally mint the new cybercurrency - and get rich. Butterfly Labs was selling what it said were the most sophisticated bitcoin miners yet.
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Oct 23, 2014

VIDEO: Interview With a Captured ISIS Fighter @lindseysnell voc.tv/1rngbCL

Oct 22, 2014

Sad, but you must watch: It Took 62 Minutes for Wheelchair-Bound Man to Get a Cab in NYC voc.tv/1tbD0ib

Oct 21, 2014

@derekarnold naw I think it's actually kinda nice...you should probably help us redesign @vocativ tho, we like your design sensibility

Oct 16, 2014

How One Tiny City Is Standing Up to Big, Bad Comcast @vocativ voc.tv/1wcbyyH

Oct 15, 2014

@TimDraper So, got any special plans for the giant BTC stash you just moved? blockchain.info/tx/0e8d8c4d920…

Oct 15, 2014

Regardless of the controversy, pretty astonishing that so many people want this product: dailydot.com/politics/anona…

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