Jason Koebler

Jason Koebler

Jason is a cofounder of 404 Media. He was previously the editor-in-chief of Motherboard. He loves the Freedom of Information Act and surfing.
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Our Third FOIA Forum! 3/6, 2PM EST
FOIA Forum

Our Third FOIA Forum! 3/6, 2PM EST

We are hosting our third FOIA Forum at the start of March. Join the livestream, file FOIAs with us, get tips, and more.
Reddit: 'We Are in the Early Stages of Monetizing Our User Base'
Reddit

Reddit: 'We Are in the Early Stages of Monetizing Our User Base'

Reddit's filing with the SEC makes clear that training AI with user posts is a core part of Reddit's new business model.
Darknet Drug Dealers Arrested After Packages of Meth-Laced Adderall Repeatedly Returned to Sender
Courtwatch

Darknet Drug Dealers Arrested After Packages of Meth-Laced Adderall Repeatedly Returned to Sender

'Professional Paper Filing Inc.' was a fictitious name. But the return address went to a real, uninvolved business.
Do Spencer’s Vibrators Have Malware on Them? An Investigation
Security

Do Spencer’s Vibrators Have Malware on Them? An Investigation

We tested the vibrator that a Spencer's customer claims almost gave their computer malware.
‘What Was She Supposed to Report?:’ Police Report Shows How a High School Deepfake Nightmare Unfolded
News

‘What Was She Supposed to Report?:’ Police Report Shows How a High School Deepfake Nightmare Unfolded

An in-depth police report obtained by 404 Media shows how a school, and then the police, investigated a wave of AI-powered “nudify” apps in a high school.
What Is the Governor of Iowa Hiding About a Satanic Temple Statue at the Capitol?
FOIA

What Is the Governor of Iowa Hiding About a Satanic Temple Statue at the Capitol?

Kim Reynolds redacts 27 pages of public documents about the government's response to a Baphomet display at the Iowa Capitol.
Taliban Shuts Down 'queer.af' Domain, Breaking Mastodon Instance
Mastodon

Taliban Shuts Down 'queer.af' Domain, Breaking Mastodon Instance

After years in limbo, the Taliban recently began reoperating Afghanistan's .af TLD, which is breaking parts of the internet.
Apple Is Lobbying Against Right to Repair Six Months After Supporting Right to Repair
repair

Apple Is Lobbying Against Right to Repair Six Months After Supporting Right to Repair

"It is our belief that the bill’s current language around parts pairing will undermine the security, safety, and privacy of Oregonians by forcing device manufacturers to allow the use of parts of unknown origin in consumer devices."
This Guy Has Built an Open Source Search Engine as an Alternative to Google in His Spare Time
Stract

This Guy Has Built an Open Source Search Engine as an Alternative to Google in His Spare Time

"I found it very weird that there essentially is no way to browse the web in an open manner. So that's what I am trying to build," the founder of Stract said.
The Viral Smart Toothbrush Botnet Story Is Not Real
Hacking

The Viral Smart Toothbrush Botnet Story Is Not Real

"FortiGuard Labs has not observed Mirai or other IoT botnets target toothbrushes or similar embedded devices."
Woman Got Cremation Ads in the Mail After Getting Chemotherapy
Data Brokers

Woman Got Cremation Ads in the Mail After Getting Chemotherapy

"This matter has brought to light the close interplay between data brokers and data analytics firms in the digital marketing landscape.”
A ‘$3,500 Chastity Belt’: Early Apple Vision Pro Adopters Alarmed to Learn VR Porn Doesn't Work
Apple Vision Pro

A ‘$3,500 Chastity Belt’: Early Apple Vision Pro Adopters Alarmed to Learn VR Porn Doesn't Work

"So uhh.. where is all the 3d porn?"