Does Reddit Have a Transparency Problem?Its free-for-all format leaves the door open for moderators to game a hugely influential system.
Why Apple Pay Can Succeed Where Google Wallet FailedWith its careful and steady approach, Apple may achieve a coup in the credit ecosystem.
Blame AppleFive reasons why celebrities and civilians should never trust Apple with nude photos, or any data at all.
The Big Data ParadoxIt’s never complete, and it’s always messy—and if it’s not, you can’t trust it.
The Most Sexist Video Game of All Time?It’s called Catherine, and it reveals a lot about misogynist gaming culture.
The Oldest Rivalry in ComputingForget Apple vs. Google. Emacs and Vi have been battling for text-editor supremacy among programmers for 40 years.
Twitter Is BrokenIt stresses conflict over consensus. It rewards trolling instead of reasoned debate. And GamerGate proves it.
Gaming Journalism Is OverThe gaming press declares that gamers are dead. But they are the ones who are becoming obsolete.
Letter to a Young Male GamerSome ground rules to keep in mind in the wake of an ugly, sexist scandal.
The First Gay Space on the InternetIt was called soc.motss, and it anticipated how we use social networks today.
How Failure Breeds Success
Re-AnimatorHow Stewart Butterfield created Flickr and Slack out of the ashes of failed projects.
Yes, Your Internet Is Getting SlowerYour provider likes it that way. And the government doesn’t care.
The Death of ZyngaAnd the birth of all the other companies perfecting Zynga’s pay-to-win games model.
Trust Nothing, Verify EverythingA software engineer reads Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
TODAY IN SLATE
Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case
The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race
The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race The Whiteness Project underscores why there is so little empathy between whites and blacks.
How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada
You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney
Or at least trade it for something.
- Texas Lab Worker on Cruise Tests Negative for Ebola as Dallas Hospital Apologizes
- Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up College Pumpkin Festival Turned Violent
- Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy Challenges Eric Holder in Bizarre Campaign Ad
- Supreme Court Allows Texas Law That Accepts Handgun Permits but not College IDs to Vote
Space: The Next Generation
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.
Dawn Patrol Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s critically important 5 a.m. wake-up call on voting rights.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Senior editor David Haglund shares what intrigued him at the magazine.
Bio-Inspiration Is Finally Delivering Inventions Based on Porcupines, Parasites, and Of Course Geckos