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The Strange (and Secretive) World of Silicon Valley Real Estate

When it comes to buying property, the Bay Area's tech titans like to do things differently than their überwealthy peers in Los Angeles and New York City. Their operating system is to keep the dealings under the radar—using shell corporations to snap up their neighbors' homes (to create a personal buffer zone) and to transform a suburban downtown district to match a mogul's whims. Their houses can seem almost humble to passersby, but it's the over-the-top luxury you'll find behind closed doors and in extravagantly built-out basement bunkers that really counts. Just as with hoodie-wearing college dropouts, don't be fooled by modest exteriors. read more
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How a Simple DNA Test Can Reveal Shocking Details About Your Ancestry

You share a Y chromosome with your father, your grandfather, and every father before them. Now, for $170, you can trace the route your paternal line took 60,000 years ago without embarking on an ancestral research project. Just be ready for . . . well, you'll see. read more
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Must-Have "Mandles", All About Denim, and More Top Stories of the Week

You clicked, we counted. Behold, the most popular stories of the week. read more
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Can Bitcoin Clean Up Its Act?

The world's leading virtual currency was originally embraced by rebellious hackers, drug dealers, gun traffickers, and anarchist ideologues with an appetite for destruction. Now, as bitcoin is being adopted by the mainstream, its fringe pioneers are getting muscled out by Silicon Valley investors, Wall Street speculators, and federal authorities who want to legitimize it, normalize it, sanitize it. Inside the battle for the soul of bitcoin. read more
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A Brief History of Bitcoin

A time line of the digital currency's evolution from inception to present day. read more
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