Riding Along With a Biohazard Crew That Cleans Up NYC Murder Scenes

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Welcome to Reading List, Gizmodo's Saturday afternoon collection of the best articles from around the web. This week, we've got smart takes from The Atlantic, Ars Technica, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and more.

  • Saira Khan rides along with Island Trauma Services, a biohazard cleanup crew in NYC that cleans up murders, unattended deaths, hoarder houses, and other manner of disgustingness throughout the city. [The Atlantic]
  • Nick Bilton tells the aching story of deleting his relationship from social media after he and his wife divorced. Despite this being something nearly every social media user will experience, there's really no easy way to do it. [The New York Times]
  • Heidi Kemps tells a wide-ranging yet personal tale about the search for the "secret" levels of the old Sonic the Hedgehog 2 game—and how she returned a stolen, long-lost, pirated copy of the game to its creator, Yuki Naka. [The Atlantic]
  • Casey Johnston tells the tale of myIDkey, one of the most promising electronic devices funded on Kickstarter. It tripled its funding goal—but then as time dragged on, the project unraveled, traveling a slowly declining path to failure. [Ars Technica]
  • Ben Austen takes a long, piercing look at what he calls "post-post-apocolyptic Detroit," examining the ways the city's champions and inhabitants are working to revive Motor City. [The New York Times Magazine]
  • Leon Neyfakh's oral history of the internet is great, focusing on the year 1994, when the formerly fringe technology started moving into the eye of the mainstream. Since then, everything about our society's use of computers has changed.[The Boston Globe]
  • Joseph Bernstein explains a very real, very serious aspect of the internet that we rarely think about: how service providers navigate around war zones as they deliver connectivity to the world. [BuzzFeed]
  • Adrienne Lafrance gives us a historical, typographic, and design insight into why The Wall Street Journal looks so unmistakably like The Wall Street Journal. [The Atlantic]
  • JP Mangalindan tells the unknown story of John Arrillaga Sr., the secretive billionaire who turned a California orchard region into Silicon Valley, some of the most expensive and famous real estate in the U.S. [Fortune]

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