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Full-time technology reporter for the New York Times, part-time maker of zines, GIFs and delicious sandwiches.

Never Can Say Goodbye — Most people in New York have a half-life, an expiration date, an unknown period of time before they will say enough is enough, a moment they will concede to the city's toughness, its cruelty and hardness, and start saying their unsentimental goodbyes.

Starting From the Bottom — I didn't start out wanting to be a journalist, let alone one who worked at one of the biggest publications in the world. As the first person in my family to go to a reputable, sleepaway, four-year university, my career goals were simple.

Ubering While Black — By Jenna Wortham The comedian Hannibal Buress has a bit in his act about trying to hail a cab in New York as a black man. He walks up to the taxi and tries to open the door, but rather than pick him up, the driver hits the gas and speeds away, with Buress running alongside the cab.

Ghosts Of My Youth — The first ghost story I ever heard was from my mother. She described how once, while sleeping in an upstairs bedroom in her sister's house, she woke to the feeling of twin icicles curling around her ankles. They were hands, but she didn't see a body, exactly.

Heady Stakes for ‘Black-ish’ on ABC — The first time I heard about " Black-ish," ABC's new sitcom about an affluent black family in Los Angeles, I was skeptical about its premise. Early commercials and previews played up tired stereotypes about "acting white," made jokes about curvy behinds and took shots at the heritage of the show's biracial matriarch, played by the effervescent Tracee Ellis Ross.

Trying to Live in the Moment (and Not on the Phone) — There's a scene in the movie " Her," a love story between a lonely writer and an artificially intelligent software program, that shows dozens of people riding the subway, deeply absorbed in their smartphones, oblivious to the world around them. They all seem much more comfortable interacting with their devices than with one another.

Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York — Never Can Say Goodbye has 6 ratings and 1 review. From the editor of the celebrated anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York...

Convicted video bootlegger remains unrepentant

On the Trail of an Online Pirate — Last Sunday Jenna Wortham, a technology reporter, profiled Hana Beshara, a founder of NinjaVideo, a now-shuttered streaming website. She discusses the challenge of tracking down Ms. Beshara, who served a prison term for her role in running the illegal site, and of describing a culture with a different understanding of copyright law.

Readers Debate Online Piracy and the Future of Digital Entertainment — On Sunday, The New York Times published the story of a popular - and illegal - website that let people stream and download movies and television shows at their leisure. The site was taken offline in 2010 by the federal government, and the administrators behind the site were charged with conspiracy and copyright infringement.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @kevinroose: I talked to the people behind @serial and other big podcasts about what’s fueling the podcasting boom. (Hint: cars.)

Oct 30, 2014

The full graph that addresses the racial bias in the Hollaback! harassment video that got 15 million views this week

Oct 30, 2014

.@kat_george they explicitly said the video was edited that way. Perhaps not consciously intentional, but influenced by their own biases.

Oct 30, 2014

Thanks for the explanation, Hollaback!, but what about the cultural damage that's been done? Stereotypes that have been reinforced? #smdh

Oct 30, 2014

"We regret the unintended racial bias in the .. video that over represents men of color." -- via an email I just got from Hollaback! team

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