16 Facts About Ars Technica


Ars Technica is a website covering news and opinions in technology, science, politics, and society, created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998.

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Ars Technica was privately owned until May 2008, when it was sold to Conde Nast Digital, the online division of Conde Nast Publications.

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Writers for Ars Technica were geographically distributed across the United States at the time; Fisher lived in his parents' house in Boston, Stokes in Chicago, and the other writers in their respective cities.

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On May 19, 2008, Ars Technica was sold to Conde Nast Digital, the online division of Conde Nast Publications.

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Ars Technica was added to the company's Wired Digital group, which included Wired and Reddit.

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On May 5, 2015, Ars Technica launched its United Kingdom site to expand its coverage of issues related to the UK and Europe.

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Content of articles published by Ars Technica has generally remained the same since its creation in 1998 and is categorized by four types: news, guides, reviews, and features.

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Ars Technica provided short commentaries on the news, generally a few paragraphs, and a link to the original source.

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Ars Technica is written in a less-formal tone than that found in a traditional journal.

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On September 12, 2012, Ars Technica recorded its highest daily traffic ever with its iPhone 5 event coverage.

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Ars Technica formerly taught scientific writing and science journalism at Stony Brook University and Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Ars Technica earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his PhD from University of California, Berkeley and worked as a postdoc at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

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Ars Technica collects revenue from affiliate marketing by advertising deals and discounts from online retailers, and from the sale of Ars Technica-branded merchandise.

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On March 5, 2010, Ars Technica experimentally blocked readers who used Adblock Plus—one of several computer programs that stop advertisements from being displayed in a web browser—from viewing the website.

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The next day, the block was lifted, and the article "Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love" was published on Ars Technica, imploring readers not to use the software on websites they care about:.

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Readers of Ars Technica generally followed Fisher's persuasion; the day after his article was published, 25, 000 readers who used the software had allowed the display of advertisements on Ars Technica in their browser, and 200 readers had subscribed to Ars Premier.

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