Category: Backchannel

July 11, 2019

The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost

China’s Bitmain said it would build the world’s largest bitcoin mine in Rockdale, Texas. Then the price of bitcoin plunged, taking with it the town’s hopes for a revival.


by Mark Dent in Backchannel
June 25, 2019

A Device to Detect ‘Aggression’ in Schools Often Misfires

Screams by high schoolers didn’t trigger the detector, but some coughs did. So did cheers for pizza.


by Jack Gillum Jeff Kao in Backchannel
April 16, 2019

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

Scandals. Backstabbing. Resignations. Record profits. Time Bombs. In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook. Here’s how that turned out.


by Nicholas Thompson in Backchannel