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A look at the high-speed, high-stakes underworld of tennis betting

Courtsiding, or the simple practice of sitting on the sidelines of tennis matches and relaying scores via phone to hungry gamblers, can be an incredibly lucrative business. For instance, Sporting Data Ltd, a UK-based private betting company, managed to rake in millions on the speedy fingertips of its young employees. The work, to hear the young men tell it, is good, too. You get to travel around the world following the major tennis tours, watch exciting matches, and make money just enjoying the game. But to call the business controversial would be to put it lightly, as it represents a shadow industry tennis officials are trying to shut down. Just ask Daniel Dobson: back in January, the 22-year-old courtsider was arrested at the…

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These are the customized Lamborghinis of Japan’s underworld

What do you do with your Lamborghini if you think it isn’t getting enough attention? For some of the Yakuza in Tokyo’s underground, you customize it with vinyl wraps, flashing lights, and strings of colored LEDs. Japan-based director and cinematographer Luke Huxham created a mini-documentary last year offering a wonderful peek inside this subculture, which has blossomed from illegal, loud bōsōzoku motorcycle gangs full of young daredevils. Huxham managed to gain access to a man named Morohoshi-san, who invited him to shoot the short film about the gang and its customized rides.

“It’s not for the thrill,” Morohoshi-san says in the documentary. “My [bōsōzoku] is for the pursuit of being who I am.” His fascination with customized…

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Underworld and VW create the ultimate driving music

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You can’t beat a bit of music when you’re driving, and Underworld – who you’ll remember as the people who organised all the music for last year’s Olympic opening ceremony – have teamed up with Volkswagen to create the Play the Road experience and attempt to redefine the meaning of driving music.
    




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Dealers: Writer Peter Madsen introduces the many anonymous faces of NYC’s drug underworld

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After losing his writing job in NYC, Peter Madsen turned to something more physical—he became a bike messenger. Few professions give greater insight into what makes a city tick; by way of bicycle, Madsen learned the ins and outs of neighborhoods across all…

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