Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

Akasha Rabut Days later, the card was returned. Puzzled, she called the prison where she learned the facility had instituted a prohibition on greeting cards. If she wanted to send a card, a prison official told her, Jones would have to pass along her greeting electronically using JPay, a company…

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What Robert Mueller Knowsand 9 Areas He’ll Pursue Next

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knows what he’s protecting by staying in his job and fighting each day to preserve Mueller’s investigation Zach Gibson/Bloomberg/Getty Images Even those who think they know turn out to be surprised by the scale and specificity of what Mueller knows. Last month, the senior Democrat…

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How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco

Related Stories Wayne D’Orio Colorado Schools Pay Students to Work With Local Tech Firms Jon Marcus Impatient With Colleges, Employers Design Their Own Courses Matt Simon Can Robots Help Get More Girls Into Science and Tech? As the school’s first principal, the district hired a charismatic man named Demetrius Hobson…

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The Ghost of John Perry Barlow Lives in His Posthumous Memoir

In the mid-1980s, John Perry Barlow tried to follow his father into the Wyoming state senate, losing the election by one vote. But Barlow—cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and “junior lyricist” for the Grateful Dead—became a statesman anyway, if such a term can be applied to the borderless territory…

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This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis of Net Neutrality

In March, Ajit Pai, the 45-year-old chair of the Federal Communications Commission, took to the internet—a community he joyfully inhabits and grudgingly regulates—to pay tribute to his favorite movie. “It’s not just, like, my opinion, man: 20 years ago today, #TheBigLebowski—the greatest film in the history of cinema—was released,” Pai…

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