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Why Does It Cost $18 To Make A Call From Prison?

It's a monopoly, fueled by government kickbacks.The FCC says it's fixing the problem, but things still look bleak.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Supermax Prisoners In Solitary Were Given One Photo Request — This Is What They Asked For

If you were held in the hole for years, what one image would you want to look at?

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

17 Most Disturbing Things You Can Buy At Prison Gift Shops

Yes, prisons — and their adjunct museums — have souvenir stores.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Silicon Valley Hidden In Plain Sight

A San Francisco MOMA photographer examines the invisible side of tech.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Exclusive: San Francisco Tech Company Drops Out Of Charity Tax Break Program

21Tech withdrew from city payroll tax exemption, saying the program is too burdensome. The decision coincided with reports that the company wasn't fulfilling its obligations to the city.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Google Mystery Barge Is Actually A Giant Fake Sailboat

Documents reveal more details behind the tech company's secret boats.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

26 Things You Miss About Landlines

Before cell phones there were these things called landlines. We say they were a pain. But really they were the best.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Halloween In The Heart Of The Tech Bubble

For some San Franciscans, tech culture is the scariest thing out there.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

What It's Really Like To Be An Amazon Super Reviewer

Yes, they get free stuff to review. But the real story goes way deeper than that.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Exclusive Documents: State Department Lacks Basic Cybersecurity

Passwords and user accounts are missing basic security measures. Another "grossly incompetent" government IT effort in post-Manning age.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Tech Companies Are Trying To Rename Downtown San Francisco The "Cloud Corridor"

In a city famous for micro-hoods, these companies are trying to rebrand an entire district.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

San Francisco Tech Company Gets Charity Tax Breaks For Helping Other Tech Companies

San Francisco asked tech companies to help local community groups in exchange for tax breaks. 21Tech's charities, however, look an awful lot like startups.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

The Army's Failed, Embarrassing Plan To Teach Soldiers About Cybersecurity

Preventing cyber attacks is a national priority. So why doesn't the military's cybersecurity awareness program take itself seriously?

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

How San Francisco Tech Companies Justify Their Tax Breaks

Yelp reviews, cocktail parties, and employee-only ballet performances. Community board members push back.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

The Twitter Documents You Didn't Hear About Last Night

While the world was discussing its IPO, Twitter was making a case to justify massive tax breaks it received from the city of San Francisco.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Exclusive: Years After Manning Leaks, State Department Cable System Lacks Basic Security

For four years, highly sensitive communications, including cables, have been left vulnerable by bureaucratic intransigence, incompetent contractors, and a series of waivers, people who worked on the project say. "There is this attitude that security didn't even come into the picture."

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

What's Wrong With Google Alerts?

The small but useful service seems to be dying. One researcher uses data to answer the questions that Google won't.

Justine Sharrock • 5 years ago

Millions Of Americans Have Zero Interest In The Internet

Fifteen percent of adults in the U.S. don't go online. A third of them say they just don't want it and never will.

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Exclusive: Army Admits To Major Computer Security Flaw

Army's Deputy of Cybersecurity told BuzzFeed a security failure can allow unauthorized access to computer files. Instead of fixing it, they are telling soldiers to be more careful.

Justine Sharrock • 6 years ago