Sponsors Are Playing Moneyball to Snag Unsung Olympians

From the Zika virus to polluted Guanabara Bay to Russian doping, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is fraught with controversies. This year, sponsors face another problem: more competition. It turns out you don’t have to be the most popular Olympian to help sponsors make a splash. The International Olympic …

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Rio Throws An Upbeat, Gold-Medal Olympic Dance Party

For the past decade or so, the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics have taken on the screen-filling dizziness and the ooooh-inducing chutzpah of that other mid-year spectacle, the summer blockbuster. In 2008, Chinese director Zhang Yimou threw down a delicate gauntlet, filling Beijing National Stadium with a sea of drummers, …

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How to Host the Olympics and Actually Improve Your City’s Transit

Once upon a time, hosting the Olympics seemed like a good idea for Rio de Janeiro. The games would provide a catalyst for much-needed infrastructure improvements, complete with funding and must-meet deadlines. But when the Olympic torch lit the cauldron in Maracana Stadium on Friday night, many Brazilians surely wondered, “How did we …

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Hacker Unlocks ‘High Security’ Electronic Safes Without a Trace

Melina Mara/Washington Post/Getty Images Hillary Clinton doesn’t usually get much love from the hacker elite. This is a presidential candidate, after all, whose idea of securing classified emails was to keep them on a server in her basement, and when asked if she’d “wiped” that computer, responded “with a cloth …

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