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Ethereum's 'Merge' Is a Big Deal for Crypto—and the Planet

One of the most influential cryptocurrency projects is set to finally ditch proof-of-work mining.

Spyware Scandals Are Ripping Through Europe

The latest crisis that rocked the Greek government shows the bloc’s surveillance problem goes beyond the notorious NSO Group.

Smiling Dogs? Horses Made of Clouds? Captcha Has Gone Too Far

Users face increasingly impossible challenges to prove they are not bots.

Will Europe Force a Facebook Blackout?

Regulators are close to stopping Meta from sending EU data to the US, bringing a years-long privacy battle to a head.

Amazon Workers in the UK Walk Out in a Cost-of-Living Rebellion

After news of a “pointless” pay increase spread, workers at three warehouses stopped work to demand higher wages as inflation and interest rates surge.
Shutdown

The Rise and Fall of a Bitcoin Mining Sensation

Compass Mining grew quickly during crypto’s halcyon days. Now, its customers and their thousands of mining machines are stuck.
Small Change

What Twitter’s Move to Shutter Offices Signals for Big Tech

Companies are cutting costs by embracing remote setups, but what happens to the hubs they leave behind?
Hot Work

How Siestas Might Help Europe Survive Deadly Heat Waves

The snooze is optional. But as climate change intensifies, Northern European countries are seeing the appeal of Spain’s controversial midday break.
Food on the Move

Gig Workers Are Losing Their Hard-Won Rights

A battle between unions and Just Eat France sets a troubling precedent for platform workers.
Data Melt

Data Centers Are Facing a Climate Crisis

Companies are racing to cool down their servers as energy prices and temperatures soar. And the worst is yet to come.
Tech Earnings

Big Tech Can’t Stop Obsessing Over Apple and TikTok

Earnings season was dominated by two companies—both existential threats to their competition.
Air Mail

Drone Contraband Deliveries Are Rampant at US Prisons

Law enforcement officers face an air assault as drugs, weapons and phones are flown in to prisoners.
Ticket to Ride

The Case for Making Public Transit Free Everywhere

From Spain to Germany and Luxembourg to Estonia, more and more countries are experimenting with fare-free transportation.
Future Proofing

How to Prevent Another European Transport Meltdown

This summer’s heat wave knocked roads, railways, and runways out of action. But existing solutions could help shore up critical infrastructure.
Drive Time

EV Makers Think They’ve Figured Out What Women Want

Men are more likely to buy electric vehicles, and carmakers are eager to diversify their base. But what will it take to close the gender gap?
Hybrid Approach

Canary Wharf Is Trying to Make a Comeback 

The business district in London, home to bankers, lawyers and office workers, is pivoting to stay relevant in the work from home era.
Time’s Up

TikTok Starts Layoffs in Company-Wide Restructuring

The company laid off some US staff and told workers in Europe and the UK that their jobs are at risk.
Backward Logic

Twitter Has Entered the Elon Musk Twilight Zone

In the tortured deal’s alternate reality, it makes sense for the company's leaders to try to force Musk to take over—but things will get tricky if they succeed.
Reproductive Rights

Abortion Pill Demand Is Driving an Underground Network

Desperate people in the US and beyond are turning to an unregulated, cross-continental supply chain.
Making Waves

Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No, It’s a Flying Ferry

An electric hydrofoil ferry could be the future of public transportation in Stockholm—and beyond.
Deal or No Deal

As Elon Musk Walks, Twitter Workers Say No One’s in Charge

Days after the deal to buy Twitter fell apart, fed up employees say they are being kept in the dark. 
Green Machine

Escooter Rentals Aren’t as Green as You Think

Dubious design and inefficient operations are just some of the reasons why shared scooters’ eco-credentials are thin.
Left Behind

The Digital Divide Is Coming for You

More services are going online-only—catching more people on the wrong side of a widening gulf.
Plug In

Autonomous Drones Could Soon Run the UK’s Energy Grid

The National Grid is testing computer-manned drones that can save millions in maintenance work.
Crypto Crackdown

Crypto’s Free Rein May Be Coming to a Close

Lawmakers in the US and Europe are considering ways to regulate crypto and crack down on money-laundering and other illicit activities.