How a Social Media Guy Took an Underground Drug Market Viral

Adrian Chen · 09/27/13 03:02PM

These days, everyone has a social media guy. It's a crucial component of marketing for any modern business, no matter what's being sold: books, cars, food, journalism. Illegal drugs. Since the online illegal drug market Atlantis Marketplace launched six months ago, it's set itself apart with brazen marketing tactics. But it abruptly shut down this week. Now that he's got some free time on his hands, the freelance online marketing expert who was Atlantis' main PR guy was willing to talk to me about hustling drugs in the social media era.

Popular Underground Drug Market Shuts Down for 'Security Reasons'

Adrian Chen · 09/20/13 10:10AM

It just became a little harder to buy drugs online. After launching this past April, the drug market Atlantis became one of the most popular places to buy and sell illegal drugs on the Dark Net. Today Atlantis announced it's shutting down because of "security reasons," which should freak out a lot of inhabitants of the shadier places of the internet.

Atlantis Lands, Ending NASA's Shuttle Program

Jeff Neumann · 07/21/11 05:01AM

NASA's 30-year shuttle program officially ended this morning when Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. From NASA: "Space shuttle Atlantis and the STS-135 crew have landed on runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida."

Space Shuttle and Space Station Make Love For Last Time

Seth Abramovitch · 07/19/11 02:37AM

Space Shuttle Atlantis has undocked from the International Space Station and begun its final voyage home, making it the last time in history the two longtime, spacefaring lovers will engage in intergalactic intercourse. Sadness all around. [AP, image via NASATV]

Only One More Space Shuttle Flight to Go

Seth Abramovitch · 06/01/11 03:05AM

Space shuttle Endeavor touched down with its crew of six astronauts safely aboard, marking the last flight for that spacecraft, and leaving only one more — Atlantis, launching in July — before the space shuttle program is retired. [NYT]