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Listen to narrated versions of WIRED's biggest stories in the morning, and get an update on the day’s most interesting story from Editor in Chief Nick Thompson in the afternoon.

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Facebook Employees Speak Up to Zuckerberg—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Internal dissent at Facebook! Employees are protesting the company's policies on Trump's posts. But really they're protesting what they think is their company's complicity in the mayhem that America finds itself in right now.
Jun 02, 2020
An Italian doctor sends good news, poorer countries spike with infections, and scientists analyze the enzyme at the center of Covid-19- Tech in Two
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Jun 02, 2020
Trump's Twitter Battle Continues—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
243
The MiTT: the fight between the president and Twitter has gotten even stranger and even more consequential. And it doesn’t look like it’s heading to a good end.
Jun 01, 2020
The Fate of Section 230—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The president wants to overhaul section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, one of the foundational laws of the modern Internet. Why? Well, it seems just because he is mad at Twitter right now. He probably doesn’t have the legal authority to succeed, but, if he does, he’ll be opening Pandora’s Box.
May 29, 2020
A race to understand outdoor transmission, a new set of guidelines for reopening offices, and difficult decisions for IVF patients- Tech in Two
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May 29, 2020
Twitter Fact-Checks Trump—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Twitter's fact checkers just cracked down on Donald Trump. But they did it for interesting reasons and in an imperfect way. They're going to get a lot of blowback, even if trying to limit false statements about elections is an important thing to do.
May 28, 2020
Contact tracing faces security issues, infection rates are rising, and Google is rolling out new features to help- Tech in Two
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May 28, 2020
Japan ends its state of emergency, New Zealand floats a four-day workweek, and the US approaches 100,000 deaths- Tech in Two
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May 27, 2020
How Facebook Allowed Mass Partisanship—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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New reporting from the WSJ about an internal effort at the company to limit the ways the platform pushes people into filter bubbles and enables partisanship. And, unfortunately, details about how the platform mostly quashed the proposed changes. You can read the story here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-knows-it-encourages-division-top-executives-nixed-solutions-11590507499
May 26, 2020
Business is Booming in the Cloud—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Companies that make infrastructure for the cloud are booming. Nvidia is now worth more than Disney. But can this growth last through a real split with China? And if it does, will there be a backlash against on the wealth in tech six months down the road?
May 23, 2020
The CDC changes its transmission guidelines, experts worry about polio, and bots take over the coronavirus conversation- Tech in Two
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May 23, 2020
Joe Rogan Signs with Spotify—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Spotify is paying $100m or so to have exclusive access to the Joe Rogan podcast. Which raises the question: how come Apple, which had such an early lead in podcasting, lost it all here?
May 21, 2020
The virus shows signs of change, states ease restrictions, and your pillows are no longer safe- Tech in Two
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May 21, 2020
A positive sign for recovered patients, a new estimate of Covid-19's deadliness, and a boost for faux meat- Tech in Two
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May 20, 2020
Will AI Help Us Find a Coronavirus Vaccine?—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Ray Kurzweil, always a tech optimist, believes that vaccine development can be massively improved with advances in AI (to identify drug candidates) and biotechnology (to allow us to run virtual human trials.) Is he right? I certainly wouldn’t dismiss it, and we’re certainly headed that way.
May 19, 2020
A vaccine trial shows promise, China faces new lockdown measures, and employers consider tracking technology- Tech in Two
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May 19, 2020
The Building Antitrust Case Against Google—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A potential anti-trust case against Google is building. Here’s what we know about how an argument that they have monopolized the ad market could go.
May 18, 2020
What Next for VR?—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Apple just purchased virtual reality streamer NextVR. Historically, Apple hasn't done much in VR. And it's a medium no one has really figured out the broad use for yet. But maybe that's about to change.
May 15, 2020
The WHO issues a warning, scientists examine the impact on seniors, and a top government virologist testifies- Tech in Two
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May 15, 2020
The Future of Tech Work—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Every city is going to change as people realize that they can work from home just as easily as in the office. But Silicon Valley might change the most: tech workers largely have flexible jobs, and tech companies have been very open to employees working remotely. Combine that with the crazy rents in Silicon Valley and you have the recipe for major change, even when we’re all able to come back from quarantine.
May 14, 2020
An inside look at the first vaccine trials, a new stimulus package in the works, and an update for Twitter employees Tech in Two
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May 14, 2020
What Happened to Marcus Hutchins—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Marcus Hutchins saved the Internet and then the FBI arrested him. Here’s his riveting life story, with lessons for all of us and a big moral question. Can good deeds in the present absolve us from the sins of the past?
May 13, 2020
Health officials testify, South Korea confronts reinfection, and scientists face some hard questions- Tech in Two
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May 13, 2020
Should Facebook Be Paying for News?—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Many of my peers, and some legislators, are now arguing that the tech platforms should pay publishers directly. that’s an argument that i understand, but that also makes me uneasy.
May 12, 2020
White House officials isolate, Germany's infection rate rises, and California becomes a vote-by-mail state- Tech in Two
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May 12, 2020
Human Vaccine Trials Begin—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Moderna has moved into phase II clinical trials. This is fast! We’re making genuine progress toward a vaccine for Covid-19, which means it’s a good to step back and look at all the different efforts now underway.
May 11, 2020
Who's Staying Productive At Home?—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Companies are using more and more surveillance software to monitor what their employees do on their machines. You can see why! With everyone working from home, it’s harder to tell who’s being productive. But it’s also creepy and could easily be misused.
May 08, 2020
Outbreaks in meatpacking plants, another rise in unemployment, and good news for a vaccine candidate- Tech in Two
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May 08, 2020
Facebook's New Oversight Board—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Facebook announces the members of its new oversight board. It's an impressive group! The key questions, to me at least, are how far the purview of the group eventually stretches and how much their decisions really matter. After all, whether content stays up or goes down, is a fairly small matter with Facebook. The bigger question is what the algorithm shows to a huge number of people and what it shows to very few.
May 07, 2020
Researchers warn of mutation, nonwhite communities are suffering disproportionately, and the US infection rate rises in reopened states- Tech in Two
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May 07, 2020
The FDA cracks down on tests, the White House predicts a new death toll, and Google and Apple reveal details for contact tracing- Tech in Two
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May 06, 2020
Neuroscience Technology Gets Closer to Reading Your Mind—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The neuroscience company Kernal is claiming a breakthrough in technology designed to read our brainwaves. They claim that they can, after a bit of calibration, identify the music you’re listening too. That’s impressive, and indicates progress in what has been a fraught and slow-moving field.
May 05, 2020
The FDA approves an antibody test, coronavirus hits the meat industry, and a new study outlines the cost of reopening- Tech in Two
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May 05, 2020
Hydroxychloroquine Info Wars—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Is hydroxychloroquine a wonder drug? Is it snake oil? No one knows! We haven’t been able to do the science on it, in large part because it has become such a political topic. And that’s a great shame. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/the-info-war-over-chloroquine-has-slowed-covid-19-science/.
May 04, 2020
Bitcoin Bounces Back—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Yes, the energy and excitement around blockchain and crypto investing has dropped in the past two years. But Andreessen Horowitz is still putting $500m into a new fund investing in new crypto technologies and companies. That’s a pretty good sign that people are still using blockchain to make things that are real, not just speculating on coins.
May 01, 2020
The Future of Robot Work—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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As we start to think about new ways of going back to work, and new ways of opening factories back up, companies are starting to think about new ways to integrate robots into the workforce. Maybe there are new ways that machines that didn’t make economic sense before make economic sense now. Maybe they can help clean; or help humans spread out. Maybe instead of replacing jobs, the robots of the future will be the ones who actually let us do our old jobs. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/workers-spread-halt-virus-robots-fill-gaps/.
May 01, 2020
A potential treatment draws optimism, unemployment crosses 30 million, and L-A county implements testing for all- Tech in Two
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May 01, 2020
Frontline workers are striking, the airline industry is shriveling, and the US reaches 1 million cases- Tech in Two
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Apr 30, 2020
Domestic Violence and Coronavirus—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The coronavirus crisis has led to an increase in domestic violence. But tech can help and we’ve published a guide in Wired to services that can be used by people at risk: https://www.wired.com/story/covid-19-coronavirus-domestic-violence/.
Apr 29, 2020
New Zealand claims victory, an experimental vaccine shows promise, and top scientists predict an annual return- Tech in Two
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Apr 29, 2020
The Rise of Thermal Cameras—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Thermal cameras are now becoming ever-more prevalent in the US: in grocery stores and in buildings. They work in interesting ways and they will make us safer. But they are still taking data coming from inside us, which feels intimate, even if it’s entirely rational. Will we regret this once the moment of crisis has passed?
Apr 28, 2020
The race to collect Covid-19 antibodies is on, the White House changes its messaging, and Dr. Deborah Birx issues a warning- Tech in Two
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Apr 28, 2020
Why We Might Need to Change How We Test New Drugs—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The way we test vaccines and evaluate treatments is changing rapidly because of COVID-19. There are kinds of smart reasons for speeding up testing that we are trying now. And one big question: will what we are doing now change the way this science happens in the future? Here’s a really good article explaining how this is working: https://www.wired.com/story/want-a-new-covid-19-drug-fast-bring-on-the-battle-royale/
Apr 27, 2020
Drones Swoop in to Help Ghana Tackle Coronavirus—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Can drones really help with the coronavirus crisis in Ghana? I think they can, and I think testing them is a good opportunity to learn what they are capable of.
Apr 24, 2020
Human trials begin in Europe, hacking ramps up, and joblessness continues to soar- Tech in Two
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Apr 24, 2020
The UK underestimates its death toll, a study pokes holes in a potential treatment, and the CDC predicts a second wave in the winter- Tech in Two
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Apr 23, 2020
Hacking Amidst Coronavirus—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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There’s been an uptick in state-sponsored hacking. Why? Well, everyone is distracted right now, and also newly vulnerable as we work from home and rely on new ad-hoc networks. Stay safe, patch your software, and do what your trusted cyber security teams tell you to do.
Apr 22, 2020
The WHO dispels coronavirus conspiracies, a new study on the the pandemic is getting a lot of attention, and lockdown is slowing emissions.
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Apr 22, 2020
Syndrome Surveillance—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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There are all kinds of data sets that public health officials will be able to use to help us return life to normal. One of them is going to be websites where people self report symptoms, like covidnearyou, whether they are healthy or ill. Ideally it will help us identify outbreaks and then slow them.
Apr 21, 2020
The US reaches 40,000 deaths, data shows coronavirus can survive high temperatures, and Lady Gaga raises millions for Covid-19 relief- Tech in Two
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Apr 21, 2020
How AI May Help Us Treat Covid-19—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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There has long been the promise that AI can help accelerate the process of drug development and maybe we are seeing that now with the first clinical tests of an arthritis drug with potential to treat coronavirus patients. Maybe it will work, and maybe it won’t. But we may be getting the first hints of how medicine will work in the future.
Apr 20, 2020
Facebook Alerts Users to Misinformation—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Facebook is now alerting people who have interacted with false information or hoaxes about COVID-19. This is a good move! But it's complicated because: A) No one knows exactly what is true in a situation like this. Both the CDC and WHO have made mistakes. B) When you tell people something is a hoax it can just harden their belief in it. So Facebook has a slightly weird solution that may just confuse people.
Apr 17, 2020
The president of Taiwan shares advice, Facebook springs into action, and unemployment soars again- Tech in Two
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Apr 17, 2020
Can Wearables Diagnose Covid-19?—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Researchers are working to see if wearables can help diagnose coronavirus. I’m skeptical. But the work is important and, at the least, I think that wearables will help accelerate the revolution in telemedicine.
Apr 16, 2020
The president cuts WHO funding, new studies project years of social distancing, and China withholds critical information- Tech in Two
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Apr 16, 2020
Facebook Meets Westworld—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Facebook has built a simulated world, with bots representing humans, where they can try to model out how we interact and where they can test new features. It may sound creepy, but, tbh, I think it’s pretty cool.
Apr 15, 2020
Trump claims "total" authority, point-of-care testing machines are on the way, and new financial projections look grim- Tech in Two
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Apr 15, 2020
Trump fuels uncertainty around his coronavirus response team, Apple and Google announce a plan for contact tracing, and new studies show how long coronavirus lives on shoes- Tech in Two
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Apr 14, 2020
Apple and Google Team Up to Take On Contact Tracing—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A lot of people are saying that there’s no point to digital contact tracing and to the system that Apple and Google are collaborating to build. If only a small percentage of the population opts-in, what’s the point? That may be true for now! But there are ways it could become a social norm. Or we might decide as a society to accept the tradeoffs necessary if use of the app were to become mandatory, or were to be incentivized in other ways. And at least the technology will exist if and when that happens.
Apr 13, 2020
Amazon Workers Speak Out—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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My colleague Louise Matsakis interviewed 9 Amazon employees, mostly working in warehouses. It's a fascinating portrait of how they think about the essential moral purpose of their jobs in this crazy moment—and also, in certain ways, how Amazon is falling short in its efforts to protect them and keep warehouses safe. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-workers-pandemic-risks-own-words/
Apr 11, 2020
Unemployment claims broke records yet again, coronavirus is reactivating in cured patients, and new research shows the benefit of lockdowns-Tech in Two
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Apr 10, 2020
AI Chatbots Step in For College Visits—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Listen to narrated versions of WIRED's biggest stories in the morning, and get an update on the day’s most interesting story from Editor in Chief Nick Thompson in the afternoon.
Apr 09, 2020
Scientists are looking into the role of genes, evidence of heart damage is emerging, and New York City's transit system is struggling. Tech in Two.
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Apr 09, 2020
Securing Contact Tracing—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Smart experts in security and privacy are figuring out ways to allow apps to determine if you’ve been near someone positive for COVID-19—without creating a privacy dystopia.
Apr 09, 2020
Plasma trials have begun, New Zealand is crushing the curve, and helpful tips to avoid straining your relationships during quarantine. Tech in Two from Wired.
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Apr 08, 2020
Bill Gates Accelerates Vaccine Testing—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Bill Gates announces that his foundation will put billions of dollars into building factories to manufacture potential coronavirus vaccines, even before they are approved and ready. This is a brilliant way to accelerate the process of getting a vaccine out to the public. And this is clearly one of the most urgent races of our time.
Apr 07, 2020
Covid-19 returns to Asia, Bill Gates steps into the vaccine race, and Japan tests a new possible treatment. Tech in Two from "Wired".
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Apr 07, 2020
How Will We Preserve Our Privacy and Trace the Virus—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Germany says that they will soon launch an app that will use bluetooth to keep track of all the people you are near and to automatically alert you if you have come in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19. And importantly, they say this can be done while protecting your privacy. If that’s truly so: great. I’m skeptical that privacy really can be protected but eager for a system like this. Making it work is going to be one of the challenges of our time for security experts.
Apr 03, 2020
The U-S hits record unemployment, the federal government is delivering broken ventilators, and China seems to be on the mend. Tech in Two from Wired.
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Apr 03, 2020
The Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine is On—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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How can we possibly make a vaccine come more quickly? Would it be ethical to run challenge trials, where volunteers submit to getting the virus as part of a test? A new paper has proposed just that.
Apr 02, 2020
Florida Shelters In Place, France is protecting abuse victims and big tobacco enters the vaccine race. Tech in Two from Wired.
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Apr 02, 2020
What Inventions Will Solve Climate Change—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A few months ago, while we were talking about climate change, one of my children asked: “”If there’s one thing that I could invent that would help, what would it be?” We decided to devote an issue of Wired to this question, and it’s just out now—with essays on battery technology, rice farms, urban design, wind power, and much, much more. The key message: with the right science and tech, we can solve this problem.”
Apr 01, 2020
A CNN anchor tests positive, Trump pulls a bait-and-switch, and hospitals face heartbreaking decisions. Tech in Two from Wired.
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Apr 01, 2020
Zoom Backlash—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Zoom is facing a backlash—over their privacy policies and encryption. It’s now negative story after negative story. It’s clearly a company that cut a few corners while racing to grow fast. Now it’s time for it to slow down and to review its whole tech stack and privacy policies. The world depends on it now, and we all need to completely trust it too.
Mar 31, 2020
Why the US is confronting a mask shortage, Johnson & Johnson is preparing a vaccine and how the U-S can learn from Italy’s mistakes. Tech in Two from Wired.
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Mar 31, 2020
Amazon and Instacart Hire Hundreds of Thousands—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Amazon and Instacart are hiring hundreds of thousands of people. Will those jobs still exist when all this over? Or, put another way, we’re all learning to order everything and get everything delivered now. Will we keep these habits when we’re allowed to go back into stores?
Mar 30, 2020
Unemployment is soaring, New York E-M-S systems are reaching their limits, and more news. Tech in Two from "Wired".
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Unemployment is soaring and outdated software at state offices is compounding the problem. New York E-M-S systems are reaching their limits with COVID-19 calls. New Orleans is facing a virus nightmare and Mardi Gras may be to blame. Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less. Get even more news you can use with the Tech in Two newsletter. Sign up here: https://www.wired.com/tt".
Mar 27, 2020
DIY Face Masks to the Rescue—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The inspiring story of three engineers who designed a DIY face shield that’s now being mass produced by Ford. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/tinkerers-created-face-shield-being-used-hospitals/
Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus Update: The Postal Service's Role in Surviving Doomsday, Why Germany's Death Rate is So Low and More News- Tech in Two
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The USPS has an important role should a mass vaccine for COVID-19 become available, Germany's success limiting coronavirus deaths and what to do with all your spare time at home. Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less. Get even more news you can use with the Tech in Two newsletter. Sign up here: https://www.wired.com/tt"
Mar 26, 2020
Sister Cities Exchange Masks—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The story of Wuxi in China and Toyokawa in Japan, its sister city. In February, Toyokawa sent masks to help fight coronavirus in Wuxi. Now Wuxi is returning the favor. This is the way it’s supposed to work: with resources going to the place of greatest need. And it helps us understand something about how the global economy might eventually recover.
Mar 25, 2020
Coronavirus Update: Kids getting sick, Trump changing his tune, and more - Tech in Two
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A new study looks promising, Trump delivers a dangerous pledge, and 1.3 billion enter lockdown in India. Get even more news you can use with the Tech in Two newsletter. Sign up here: https://www.wired.com/tt
Mar 25, 2020
Blood Serums Provide New Hope for Coronavirus Inoculation and Treatment—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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We’re learning more about the possibility of using blood from people who have recovered from coronavirus to help protect who haven’t gotten it yet—and possibly to even help patients. There’s a ton of work to do, and many more tests to come. But the research is promising and moving ahead. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/an-old-source-for-potential-new-covid-19-drugs-blood-serum/
Mar 24, 2020
The Coronavirus Update: State shutdowns, stimulus package trouble, and more news - Tech in Two
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More states are issuing shelter in place orders, the stimulus bill is becoming more contentious, and the Tokyo Olympics are in trouble. Get even more news you can use with the Tech in Two newsletter. Sign up here: https://www.wired.com/tt
Mar 24, 2020
Why Robot Jobs Might Not Be So Bad—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The pandemic is making clear that there are actually very few jobs that can entirely be done by robots and software. Humans are still necessary for almost everything, which is why the pandemic is grinding economies to a halt. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/robot-jobs-coronavirus/
Mar 23, 2020
How Will Bandwidth Hold Up While We're All Quarantined—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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"Everyone is starting to worry about bandwidth as the whole world moves to videoconferencing. It's a live issue in Europe, though not yet here. If it becomes one, it could once again open the Pandora's box of net neutrality."
Mar 20, 2020
The Coronavirus Update: Youth in danger, how to clean your stuff, and more - Tech in Two
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Young people aren't as invincible as they might think, the White House is considering phone tracking, and China hit a major (positive) milestone. Sign up for our daily newsletter here: Sign up here: https://www.wired.com/tt
Mar 20, 2020
Could Chloroquine Be the Answer to Treating Coronavirus—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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There's a lot of excitement in Silicon Valley about chloroquine as a potential treatment for coronavirus. But the paper that's circulating has been overhyped and is a little bit bogus. Still: that doesn't mean we shouldn't experiment and test. And ideally, there will be real data soon. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/an-old-malaria-drug-may-fight-covid-19-and-silicon-valleys-into-it/
Mar 19, 2020
The Coronavirus Update: What to buy, your hospital's preparedness, and more - Tech in Two
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Scientists are scrambling to identify possible treatments, family units are facing lots of alone time, and one man showed the internet how to throw a proper socially distanced party. Sign up for our daily newsletter here: Sign up here: https://www.wired.com/tt
Mar 19, 2020
Location Data Amidst Coronavirus—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The debate over cell phone surveillance and corona comes to the US. And there are some big questions: like how much privacy we’ll give up and how well this will work—given that it’s hard to map people’s movements inside, which is where most transmission occurs.
Mar 18, 2020
The Coronavirus Update: Heartbreak in Italy, FDA approved tests, and more - Tech in Two
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Mar 18, 2020
Social Media Takes on Coronavirus Misinformation—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Listen to narrated versions of WIRED's biggest stories in the morning, and get an update on the day’s most interesting story from Editor in Chief Nick Thompson in the afternoon.
Mar 17, 2020
Introducing the Coronavirus Update: How to stay safe in a changing world - Tech in Two
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Mar 17, 2020
Government Responses to Coronavirus in the US and Israel—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Mar 16, 2020
The High Stakes of Remote Work—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The most interesting thing in tech: the work-from-home revolution is possible because of a couple of smart advances in tech in recent years, namely 2FA and smart networks that limit access once you are inside. That’s why i’m now in my attic! But WFH doesn’t work if you are in critical infrastructure, or government security, and have even tougher access protocols. And that creates a risk as the coronavirus spreads. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/high-stakes-security-set-ups-making-remote-work-impossible/
Mar 13, 2020
How Singapore, and Other Countries, Have Curbed a Coronavirus Outbreak—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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We're learning lessons from the countries that have contained the coronavirus. And one thing the success stories—like Singapore—have done is massive testing and tracking all the data. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/singapore-was-ready-for-covid-19-other-countries-take-note/
Mar 12, 2020
The Official Coronavirus Pandemic, Trump's Border Wall, and More News – Tech in Two
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Mar 12, 2020
How Coronavirus is Affecting the Gig Economy—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The coronavirus is changing the gig economy, just as the gig economy is changing the way people respond to coronavirus. In theory, having a flexible workforce can help build resilience in moments of crisis. But the crisis is also laying bare some of the inequities in the gig economy—and for some workers, like Uber drivers in Seattle, their business is crashing. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-exposes-workers-risks-gig-economy/.
Mar 11, 2020
The Problem with Our Medical Devices—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A shocking 83% of medical devices are running on operating systems that are no longer supported. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/most-medical-imaging-devices-run-outdated-operating-systems/
Mar 10, 2020
Why Kids Don't Seem to Be Getting Covid-19—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Children don't seem to be getting hit hard with the coronavirus. Here's what the data shows, why this might be happening, and what it might mean. On the one hand it's very good news! On the other hand, it means families with grandparents and grandchildren in the same home need to be extremely careful. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/kids-can-get-covid-19-they-just-dont-get-that-sick/
Mar 09, 2020
Congress's EARN IT Act and Silicon Valley's Preparations for Coronavirus—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A new bill in Congress called the EARN IT Act takes aim at child exploitation online, which sounds good! But it could also mean the end of end-to-end encryption. And in Silicon Valley, tech companies are responding quickly and vigorously to coronavirus. Why is that? Well, when you make viral software, you know how viruses spread. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/earn-it-act-sneak-attack-on-encryption/?utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=twitter&mbid=social_twitter&utm_campaign=wired&utm_medium=social&utm_brand=wired
Mar 06, 2020
The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine, Cloned Car Keys, and More News - Tech in Two
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Mar 06, 2020
Tips for Disinfecting Your Phone, Vanishing Tweets, and More News - Tech in Two
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Mar 05, 2020
Twitter Tests Out Disappearing "Fleets"—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Twitter now allows you, at least if you're part of a test in Brazil, to post ephemeral messages. I can see why they're doing this. But does this solve any problem that Twitter needs to solve? More here: https://www.wired.com/story/twitter-testing-disappearing-tweets-fleets/
Mar 04, 2020
Money for iPhone Users, Cell Service From Space, and More News - Tech in Two
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Mar 04, 2020
Apple's Massive Payout—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Apple has a $500 million payout for throttling your iPhones. Go get your checks, people! More here: https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-class-action-settlement/
Mar 03, 2020
The Nicest Social Media Bots, Flash Droughts, and More News - Tech in Two
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Mar 03, 2020
How Covid-19's Path Traces the Silk Road — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The path of Covid-19 seems to very much be following the path of the old Black Death on China's Silk Road. In the long run, will this change the world's economic integration with China? More here: https://www.wired.com/story/covid-19-is-traveling-along-the-new-silk-road/.
Feb 28, 2020
Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 28, 2020
How AI is Helping Hospitals Combat Coronavirus — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A Chinese hospital at the epicenter of the coronavirus is using AI for diagnosis. This is important and good! And it’s an indication of how important fast-moving technology can be in countering fast-moving pandemics. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/chinese-hospitals-deploy-ai-help-diagnose-covid-19/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=wired&utm_social-type=earned
Feb 27, 2020
US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 27, 2020
US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 27, 2020
Clearview AI Was Hacked, and This Might Not Be So Bad — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Clearview AI has been hacked! This sounds very bad!!!! Actually, though, it’s not. Because it’s just the client list, and, in certain ways, that information should be in the public domain to begin with. More here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/clearview-ai-facial-recognition-company-that-works-with-law-enforcement-says-entire-client-list-was-stolen?source=twitter&via=desktop
Feb 26, 2020
Covid-19 and Surging Face Mask Prices, GIF vs. JIF, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 26, 2020
Covid-19 and Surging Face Mask Prices, GIF vs. JIF, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 26, 2020
Why is Amazon Trying to Curb Mask Price Gouging — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Amazon is combatting sellers who raise the price of face masks too high. This might be the first time I've ever thought Amazon was not being capitalist enough. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/covid-19-amazon-curb-face-mask-price-gouging/
Feb 25, 2020
Katherine Johnson Dies, Russia Sows Election Chaos, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 25, 2020
Katherine Johnson Dies, Russia Sows Election Chaos, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 25, 2020
Bushfires Far Beyond Modelers' Wildest Thoughts — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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None of the best climate change models predicted that the devastating Australian fire could happen during this century. This tells us a lot about modeling, a lot about climate change, and should make us want to act with even more urgency. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/australias-bushfires/
Feb 24, 2020
AI Antibiotics — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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MIT researchers used artificial intelligence to find a new antibiotic that can kill 35 powerful bacteria. The discovery is a sign of the promises of AI. More here: https://www.ft.com/content/e5bb4e4e-5332-11ea-8841-482eed0038b1
Feb 21, 2020
Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 21, 2020
Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 21, 2020
The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 20, 2020
The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 20, 2020
Judges v. Algorithms — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Is it actually fairer to have judges run the bail system or algorithms? And if it's the former, shouldn't the solution just be to figure out better, fairer algorithms? More here: https://www.wired.com/story/algorithms-supposed-fix-bail-system-they-havent/
Feb 19, 2020
New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News - Tech In Two
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Feb 19, 2020
Jeff Bezos' $10 Pledge — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight climate change. This is great, but it's not the most important thing on this issue he could do.
Feb 19, 2020
Bloomberg’s Influencer Campaign, a Hackable Voting App, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 14, 2020
Bloomberg’s Influencer Campaign, a Hackable Voting App, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 14, 2020
The Age of Political Sponcon is Officially Upon Us — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The weird, discombobulating world of political social media sponcon that will soon be ascendant. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/election-2020-influncers/.
Feb 13, 2020
Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 13, 2020
Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 13, 2020
Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Secret Notebook — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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New long-lost diaries provide a glimpse into the mind of Mark Zuckerberg: https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-lost-notebook/.
Feb 12, 2020
New Samsung Phones, Record Heat in Antarctica, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 12, 2020
New FTC Regulations and New Revelations About Advertising on Partisan Websites — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The FTC takes a bold step toward figuring out whether the big tech companies have been crushing their nascent rivals. Also: why do advertisers pay more to reach conservatives than liberals?
Feb 11, 2020
Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 11, 2020
Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 11, 2020
The Mystery of the Equifax Hackers — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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We now know who hacked Equifax. It was four people working for the Chinese government. The good news: this explains why your data hasn't been sold on the dark web. The bad news: there could be lots of retaliation ahead.
Feb 10, 2020
How the DHS is Using Data from Cell Phone Apps — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The federal government is using aggregate location data from cell phone apps to track illegal border crossings. Depending on your perspective, this is either brilliant and efficient—or surveillance dystopia.
Feb 07, 2020
A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 07, 2020
Hackable Cisco Phones, a Locust Invasion, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 06, 2020
The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 05, 2020
Iowa's App Fiasco — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The Iowa App Fiasco. There's a lot to learn from the disaster in Des Moines.
Feb 05, 2020
YouTube's Disinformation Crackdown, Coronavirus Wild Cards, and More News - Tech in Two
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Feb 04, 2020
Google's Fourth Quarter Earnings – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Google finally breaks out its YouTube and cloud revenue in its earnings. Thank you! But the more interesting story is what we've learned from the artist walking around Berlin with a little wagon full of phones, creating fake Google Maps traffic jams and teaching us a lesson in how software works.
Feb 03, 2020
The Coronavirus Global Health Emergency, an Amazon Rival, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 31, 2020
To Survive, Byte Needs to Win Over Creators Where Vine Failed – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Jan 30, 2020
A Spinning Rocket Slinger, a Bionic Jellyfish, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 30, 2020
Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Criminalize Disinformation Online — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Lots of people online are saying that Elizabeth Warren wants to criminalize all disinformation online. That would be scary for anyone who cares about free speech! But it's not true. Her plan is pretty detailed. It actually says she won't spread disinformation herself, wants more from the tech platforms on this issue, and will criminalize disinformation specifically if it is designed to suppress the vote.
Jan 29, 2020
Space Force's Rough Launch, Oversight for Facebook, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 29, 2020
Facebook's New Content Advisory Board — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Facebook has released the rules for its new content advisory board—effectively its new Supreme Court. This is probably a good idea. But why are they limiting its domain just to content? More here: https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-oversight-board-bylaws/
Jan 29, 2020
Spying Antivirus Software — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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It turns out your antivirus software might be spying on you too. The more we learn about privacy, the less it seems we have. Here's the story about Avast and its subsidiary, Jumpshot: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qjdkq7/avast-antivirus-sells-user-browsing-data-investigation.
Jan 28, 2020
An AI Virus Warning System, Mac Malware, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 28, 2020
Deep Sea Mining for a Green Economy — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Should we mine the deep seas? There are precious metals that could help transitioning to a green economy. But we know so little of the science of life down there and the risks are huge. I hadn't studied the issue deeply before this week; but now I'm in favor of a moratorium.
Jan 24, 2020
Advances in Drone Delivery – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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There is fascinating innovation in drones that deliver medicine and humanitarian supply. But it’s a new and emerging technology and it’s very important that we get the rules and regulations right from the start. It’s an industry that would be easy to overregulate and mess up—but also one where you do need smart rules to keep people safe and to protect their privacy.
Jan 24, 2020
Jeff Bezos’ Hacked Phone, Coronavirus Hits the US, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 23, 2020
Apple's iCloud Encryption and the FBI – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Apple has not been encrypting icloud backups. This is a surprise to me! It's particularly a surprise given all of Apple's statements in recent years about the paramount importance of privacy and encryption.
Jan 22, 2020
A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 22, 2020
Microsoft's Carbon Pledge – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Microsoft pledges that their carbon emissions will be net zero by 2030, and that, by 2050, they will have pulled as much carbon out of the air as they have emitted since their founding. This is hugely ambitious! And good! And other companies should follow their lead.
Jan 17, 2020
A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 17, 2020
A Feral Cat Infestation, Swarms of Snake Emoji, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 16, 2020
An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 15, 2020
Big Tech and the Government – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Yesterday: Apple and the FBI go to war again. Today: Microsoft and the NSA break bread.
Jan 15, 2020
A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 14, 2020
A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 14, 2020
Amazon Takes a Swipe at PayPal's $4 Billion Acquisition – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Why is Amazon messing with the coupon extension Honey? Is it because Honey is a real security risk? Or is it more that Amazon doesn't want PayPal to get data on shopping behavior? Or perhaps that Amazon doesn't like how easy Honey makes it to get coupons?
Jan 11, 2020
An Iranian Hacking Campaign, Social Media Surveillance, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 10, 2020
How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 10, 2020
Pingpong with a Robot at CES – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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What I learned at #CES2020 by getting crushed in pingpong by a robot.
Jan 09, 2020
Iran’s Nuclear Capability, Australia’s Smoke Clouds, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 08, 2020
Ivanka Trump's Future of Work Isn't for Workers – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Ivanka Trump is at CES. A lot of people are mad about this, but I'm not. But I also don't think the government is living up to the ideals she laid out. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/ivanka-trump-ces-future-of-work/
Jan 08, 2020
Neat CES Gadgets, a Deadly Cobra's Genome, and More News - Tech in Two
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Jan 07, 2020
How Iran's Hackers Might Strike Back After Soleimani's Assassination – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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How will Iran's cyber warfare operatives respond to the killing of Qassem Soleimani?
Jan 03, 2020
An Interesting Day for Google – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Two interesting stories about Google published today — one they like, and one they surely don't.
Jan 02, 2020
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Dec 23, 2019
Billionaire Techies and the Demoratic Primary – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
Dec 20, 2019
Terrible Cats, Testing Your Biological Age, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 20, 2019
Star Wars and Fortnite Team up – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Star Wars made a brilliant marketing move and posted a clip in Fortnite. Is this the future of Hollywood advertising, or just a clever one-off?
Dec 19, 2019
How to Not Get Sick While Traveling, 5G's Health Effects, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 19, 2019
The Future of Deepfakes – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A reporter made a pretty convincing deepfake without a lot of time or money. This is an important reminder that as technology improves, deepfakes will only get easier to make and harder to detect.
Dec 19, 2019
The Rise of the Instagram Face – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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People are getting crazy cosmetic surgery to have a more ideal “Instagram face.” This is what happens when filters and face-tuning software are reinforced by likes and comments. And it's profoundly disturbing.
Dec 19, 2019
Earth's Largest Scientific Structure, a WhatsApp Flaw, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 18, 2019
An Early Flu Season, a Flight Simulator Revival, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 17, 2019
The Possibility of an Open, Decentralized Twitter – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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In a tweetstorm, Jack Dorsey said he’s creating a small team at Twitter to look into open, decentralized social networks. It if it happens, it could be good for competition, online discourse, and our democracy. But I’m skeptical that it will. #MostInterestingThinginTech
Dec 16, 2019
Apple's Location Tracking Controversey – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Another controversy about location tracking — this time, involving Apple. A researcher noticed his iPhone 11 was tracking him even when he turned location services off. That’s creepy, but also possibly justified.
Dec 13, 2019
China’s AI Unicorns, Kung Fu Physics, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 13, 2019
New York City Tries, and Fails, to Regulate AI – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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New York City’s AI task force finally released its report, and it’s terrible! This isn’t surprising — government regulation of AI will be incredibly difficult. But it’s important that we do it, and that we do it right.
Dec 12, 2019
The Science of New Zealand's Eruption, Toy Store Surveillance, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 12, 2019
Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 11, 2019
Bernie Sanders' Sweeping Broadband Proposal - Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Bernie Sanders offered up a sweeping plan on broadband. If you’re a free market capitalist who wants Internet competition, you may think it’s a regulator morass. But should you actually #feelthebern?
Dec 10, 2019
Disparity in Tech Jobs, Green Monday Deals, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 10, 2019
Amazon Sues Over a Pentagon Contract – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Amazon is suing over the JEDI contract. The $10 billion process was rigged, they argue, which means we're heading toward a messy fight.
Dec 09, 2019
Uber's Alarming Crime Report, T-Mobile's 5G Test, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 09, 2019
How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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It's time to renovate our airports to prepare for rising seas and the climate crisis. But even more important, it's time for engineers, designers, and all of us to start thinking about how we adapt to this changing world. More her: https://www.wired.com/story/how-airports-protecting-rising-seas/
Dec 07, 2019
A SpaceX Beer Supply Run, Sketchy Baby Yoda Merch, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 06, 2019
A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill, an Arctic Warning, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 05, 2019
Amazon's AI Will Transcribe Our Conversations with Doctors – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A new tool from Amazon will record conversations between patients and doctors and then add the transcriptions directly to our medical records. This will freak people out. But it also could really improve our healthcare.
Dec 04, 2019
Elon Musk’s Slander Trial, Offensive Ornaments on Amazon, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 04, 2019
I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Is it time to switch your search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo? Here's why one writer did: https://www.wired.com/story/i-ditched-google-for-duckduckgo-heres-why-you-should-too/
Dec 03, 2019
The Best Cyber Monday Deals, How to Sleep Better, and More News - Tech in Two
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Dec 03, 2019
Mark Zuckerberg speaks out again on political ads - Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Mark Zuckerberg speaks out again on political ads. I think he's getting the first amendment upside down.
Dec 02, 2019
The Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes, Black Friday Advice, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 28, 2019
Trump's Ukraine Delusion, Tesla's Ford Showdown, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 27, 2019
Putting the Ukrainian Server Theory to Rest – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The president keep talking about a Ukrainian server. There is no server—and to the extent there is one, it's not Ukrainian. This theory really needs to be put to rest. Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/trump-ukraine-server-delusion-spreading/
Nov 26, 2019
UN Secretary-General: US-China Tech Divide Could Cause More Havoc Than the Cold War – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has put the geopolitics of the Internet front of mind and on top of his agenda. This is most definitely a good thing.
Nov 25, 2019
Is Tesla's Cybertruck Pickup for Real? – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Tesla has a new space-age truck. The reasons why it might work are pretty interesting.
Nov 22, 2019
Trump’s Notes Exposed, a Disney+ ‘Hack,’ and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 21, 2019
A Twitter #Fartgate, a Google Dream Dies, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 20, 2019
Ford's Electric Mustang, A Gadget-Stealing Hack, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 19, 2019
How Iran's Government Shut Off the Internet – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Iran shut off the internet, which is a lot harder technologically than you might think. Let's hope this drives more people into the streets and that it scares fewer into staying in their homes. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/iran-internet-shutoff/
Nov 18, 2019
146 New Android Bugs, an Audio Porn Streaming Site, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 18, 2019
Apple Bans Vaping Apps – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Apple's recent vaping ban tells you something about the vaping backlash and Apple—and it makes me wonder if the rest of the tech industry will act too.
Nov 15, 2019
Vape Detectors in Schools, Mental Health on Pinterest, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 15, 2019
Pinterest's New Plan to Address Self-Harm – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Pinterest has launched a fascinating new strategy to help people when they're thinking of self-harm.
Nov 14, 2019
A MacBook Keyboard Fix, Best Buy's Smart Home Mess, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 14, 2019
Nike Moves Off of Amazon – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Nike announced it will move off of Amazon. Will other brands—particularly fashion brands—follow?
Nov 13, 2019
Disney+ Is Here, Google Has Your Health Data, and More News
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Nov 13, 2019
Disney+ Is Here – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Disney+ launched today. Yes, there are a million streaming services. But I think this one's going to work. https://www.wired.com/story/disney-plus-power-launch/
Nov 13, 2019
A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 12, 2019
A ‘Safe’ Smoking Gadget, Vodka Made From Air, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 08, 2019
A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 07, 2019
Google's Ultra-Secure Chip, a Facebook Face-Lift, and More - Tech in Two
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Nov 06, 2019
Trump Begins Paris Accord Exit, Devices Hacked With Lasers, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 05, 2019
Google Buys Fitbit, Rats Drive Little Cars, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 04, 2019
Your Brain Cleans Itself, This Jet Lands Itself, and More News - Tech in Two
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Nov 01, 2019
Alphabet Might Acquire FitBit – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Alphabet, Google’s parent company, may be acquiring Fitbit. Why? Fitbit has extraordinary data and, in some interesting ways, both it and Google are becoming medical companies.
Oct 31, 2019
Ford Screens Go Big, a WhatsApp Hacking Case, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 31, 2019
The Pentagon's Jedi Clous Contract – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The Pentagon awarded its $10b Jedi cloud contract to Microsoft. If this was done on the merits, great! If it was done because of politics, that’s a tragedy.
Oct 30, 2019
Prepping Bees for Mars, New Google Shortcuts, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 30, 2019
Apple's New AirPods, Tesla's New Solar Roof, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 29, 2019
Uber Tipping Behavior Revealed, Apple App Store Malware, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 28, 2019
Tesla Profits, Health Care Algorithm Bias, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 25, 2019
A Republican Raid, NASA's Venus Plans, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 24, 2019
A Face-Scanning Algorithm for Job Candidates – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Oct 23, 2019
NASA's Biggest Telescope Yet, Facebook's 2020 Plan, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 23, 2019
New DNA Editing for Diseases, Dining Surveillance, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 22, 2019
Facebook Discovers New Disinformation Campaigns – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Facebook rolled out of whole bunch of changes having to do with election interference. My unpopular opinion of the day? It's absolutely fine for them run political ads and they shouldn't shut them down.
Oct 21, 2019
Juul Pulls Pods, Roll-Royce Builds a Flying Lab, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 21, 2019
DNC Hackers Resurface, Zuckerberg Talks Free Speech, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 18, 2019
Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Mark Zuckerberg gave a big talk on free speech. Good for him! But it didn't do exactly what I wanted. Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/zuckerberg-doubles-down-free-speech-facebook-way/
Oct 17, 2019
An App to Help Jet Lag, the World’s Oldest Tupperware, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 17, 2019
New Google Devices, Mouse Mind Reading, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 16, 2019
Robot Rocket Printers, Fornite Disappears, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 15, 2019
Apple's Involvement in Hong Kong Police App Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The most interesting thing in tech: Why exactly did Apple remove an app that let Hong Kong citizens know where police are? It doesn’t totally square. https://www.wired.com/story/hong-kong-tripwire-tech-firms-china/
Oct 14, 2019
Twitter Puts Profit Ahead of User Privacy – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Twitter has harvested the phone numbers people gave them to set up two-factor authentication and used them for targeted advertising. This is madness! And it’s a reminder that we should use authenticator apps or USB keys for more secure 2FA. https://www.wired.com/story/twitter-two-factor-advertising/
Oct 14, 2019
Elon Musk's Tweets Land Him in Outsized Trouble Once Again – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Documents are coming out from the Elon Musk “pedo guy” lawsuit. Among other things, they tell us that Musk's mind works much better when focused on his companies, rather than on insulting people on Twitter. https://www.wired.com/story/elon-musks-mouth-tweets-trouble-again/
Oct 12, 2019
The ‘Forever Chemicals’ You Eat, a $200 Spy Setup, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 11, 2019
A Mass Power Outage, Twitter's Data Misuse, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 10, 2019
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of an Equitable Internet — Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Even if you’re blind, you should be able to order a pizza on Domino’s website—so says the Supreme Court, who just ruled in favor of ADA compliance online. This seems eminently reasonable, fair, and equitable. Will it change the internet for the better?
Oct 09, 2019
PlayStation 5 Is Coming, Elon’s in Trouble Again, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 09, 2019
Ancient Sippy Cups, A Full-Control Android Hack, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 08, 2019
PayPal Ditches Facebook's Cryptocurrency, Libra – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Why did PayPal drop off of Facebook’s new cryptocurrency project, Libra? https://www.wired.com/story/paypal-unfriends-facebooks-libra-cryptocurrency/
Oct 07, 2019
A US Election Phishing Attack, Quitting Vaping, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 07, 2019
Microsoft's New Dual-Screen Devices – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Microsoft has a new phone/tablet/foldable thing. It actually looks pretty interesting. And maybe most important of all: Microsoft says it doesn’t care about the operating system layer. It’s going to use Android and focus its efforts on Microsoft apps. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/microsoft-surface-duo-neo-phone/
Oct 07, 2019
Instagram’s New App, Whistle-Blower Protocol, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 04, 2019
Microsoft’s New Devices, Tesla’s ‘Smart Summon,’ and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 03, 2019
The First Drone Airline, a Critical Device Vulnerability, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 02, 2019
A Wildfire Vaccine, Elon's New Starship, and More News - Tech in Two
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Oct 01, 2019
NASA's Nuclear Idea, an Unfixable Apple Flaw, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 30, 2019
Congress Grills the Spy Chief, Google’s Quantum 'Victory,' and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 27, 2019
Uber Adds a Suite of New Safety Features – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Uber is adding new safety features into the app. This is good for customers! And some of the features—like identifying phones and cars with high-frequency sounds—are super cool. But it’s also important for Uber. They disrupted the norms and culture of transportation, and lots of bad things happened along the way. They need to fix that, and of course they are still trying to rebrand from the crazy days when the company was run like a pirate ship.
Sep 26, 2019
New Amazon Devices, Trump’s CrowdStrike Ask, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 26, 2019
A Ruling on the Right to be Forgotten – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The right to be forgotten doesn't have to be remembered across the world. This is a victory for free speech and the free press, but a loss for privacy advocates.
Sep 25, 2019
A Robot Dog for Rent, Apple’s Secret AR Glasses, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 25, 2019
Tesla's Million-Mile Battery – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Tesla has apparently designed a battery that can last a million miles. The science is interesting and the consequences are too. Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/tesla-may-soon-have-a-battery-that-can-last-a-million-miles/
Sep 24, 2019
Tesla's Million-Mile Battery, Greta Thunberg's UN Speech, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 24, 2019
A Global Climate Strike, a Dangerous Huawei Move, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 23, 2019
An Apple iOS 13 Review, Spying Streaming Devices, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 20, 2019
Carriers and the States Take Action Against Robocalls – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The carriers finally take bold action against Robocalls, spurred on by the states. This is good! But it’s also nuts that it took them this long. Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/attorneys-general-robocalls-telecoms/
Sep 19, 2019
An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 19, 2019
New Clues Show Russia's Grid Hackers Aimed for More - Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A startling, dangerous new theory and insights into why Russia hacked Ukraine's election grid in 2016. Here's the full story: https://www.wired.com/story/russia-ukraine-cyberattack-power-grid-blackout-destruction/
Sep 18, 2019
A Massive GM Strike, a LastPass Vulnerability, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 18, 2019
A Buzz-Kill Physics Discovery, a Deadly Miracle Drug, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 17, 2019
A Super-Powered iPhone Chip, a Potential HIV Treatment, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 13, 2019
A New Water Vapor Discovery in Space, SFO Delays, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 12, 2019
Apple Event Breakdown, a Honkin’-Huge Car Screen, and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 11, 2019
Apple's Big Hardware Conference – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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New specs, new prices, and a mysterious chip—and I want you to help me understand what it's for. Read more about the event here: https://www.wired.com/story/everything-apple-announced-sept-2019/
Sep 10, 2019
The Myth of Processed Foods, an Amazon Walkout, and More News - Tech In Two
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Sep 10, 2019
Fireworks Between Apple and Google – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Fireworks between Apple and Google! And also, OMG what did China just do? More here: https://www.wired.com/story/ios-hacks-apple-response/
Sep 09, 2019
A Moon Landing Goes Awry and More News
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Sep 09, 2019
Identifying Deepfakes – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Facebook, Microsoft, and The Partnership on AI have launched a contest to write software that can identify deepfakes. This is crucial work if we want to live in a world of trust: where we can believe that what we’re seeing or hearing is actually real. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-microsoft-contest-better-detect-deepfakes/
Sep 06, 2019
Facebook's Dating App Arrives and More News
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Sep 06, 2019
Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News
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Sep 05, 2019
A New Kind of Business Fraud – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A new kind of business fraud is on the rise. If your boss calls you, be wary.
Sep 04, 2019
Android 10's Best Features and More News
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Sep 04, 2019
An Unprecedented iPhone Hack and More News - Tech in Two
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Sep 02, 2019
A Crazy New iPhone Hack – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A crazy new iPhone hack has been revealed. And based on the clues we've got, it looks like a government trying to spy on its citizens. Be careful out there! https://www.wired.com/story/ios-attack-watering-hole-project-zero/
Aug 30, 2019
A New Kind of Wi-Fi and More News
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Aug 30, 2019
A New Kind of Wi-Fi and More News
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Aug 30, 2019
The Debate Over Ring – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Ring has created something like a social network for video surveillance, and police departments are making use of it. This debate is going to get heated.
Aug 29, 2019
Capitalism Burns the Amazon and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 29, 2019
The Lawsuit Against Anthony Levandowski – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Anthony Levandowski is the self-driving vehicle pioneer accused of stealing Google trade secrets. His arc is, in my mind, very much the story of Silicon Valley's Icarusev. Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/ex-uber-engineer-levandowski-charged-trade-secret-theft/
Aug 28, 2019
A Hack to Steal a Tesla More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 28, 2019
A Development in Language Generation – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Open AI built a tool for language generation, but they decided it was risky so they locked it up. But now two graduate students have come and replicated it. They just took the idea and did the same thing. And, in their success, lies a really interesting lesson about how technology works today.
Aug 27, 2019
China Trade Spillover and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 27, 2019
China Trade Spillover and More News
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Aug 27, 2019
Why the Amazon’s On Fire and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 26, 2019
A New Strategy for Combatting Hate Online – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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A new strategy for combatting online extremism on social media platforms. Would it be better to randomly knock off bad actors, instead of banning large groups en masse—for fear they might regroup?
Aug 23, 2019
A Tugboat in Space and More News - Tech In Two
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Aug 23, 2019
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Aug 22, 2019
The Irony of Alibaba's Listing in Hong Kong – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Alibaba has called off its listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Yes, it’s partly because of the instability. But it’s also just a way to please Beijing. And there’s a deep irony: HK could have had the original listing in 2014 if, like the US, it was OK with dual-class stock systems that centralize power with executives.
Aug 21, 2019
The Dangers of Vaping and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 21, 2019
The Dangers of Vaping and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 21, 2019
A New Chapter for Facebook and the Press – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Facebook is launching a new News Tab, starting a new chapter in the vexed, complicated, messy relationship between the platform and the press. And actually, I think it’s off to a pretty good start. Read more about Facebook's troubled relationship with publishers here: https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-15-months-of-fresh-hell/
Aug 20, 2019
Bananas in Crisis and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 20, 2019
A New Approach to Privacy – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Google shuts down a service that helps cell carriers find gaps in coverage. It's a pretty interesting example of the new privacy-centered world we live in, and why sometimes that means we lose things that are good.
Aug 19, 2019
WeWork's Red Flags – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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We now have the S1 of WeWork and boy does it raise a lot of red flags: about the finances, about management, about the future. It feels like one of those insane Silicon Valley startups that appears in a bubble.
Aug 19, 2019
A Heroic Plane Landing and More News - Tech In Two
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Aug 19, 2019
A Rocket-Catchin' Copter and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 17, 2019
A Rocket-Catchin' Copter and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 16, 2019
India Shut Down the Internet in Kashmir – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The government in India has shut down the internet in Kashmir for 11 days. It’s a reminder that—as much as we talk about social media fueling chaos—governments primarily shut down the Internet as a technique of control and oppression.
Aug 15, 2019
Arctic Plastic Pollution and More News: Tech In Two
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Aug 15, 2019
Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The employee revolt at Google has shaken the company over the past three years. Read the full story here: https://www.wired.com/story/inside-google-three-years-misery-happiest-company-tech/
Aug 14, 2019
Google's Hellish 3 Years, and More News - Tech in Two
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Aug 14, 2019
WordPress Acquires Tumblr – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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WordPress has acquired Tumblr for next to nothing. It’s a reminder about the perils of network effects: the same forces that can make a social network suddenly boom can make everything drop rapidly away
Aug 13, 2019
Huawei Debuts Its Own OS – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Huawei has a new operating system, Harmony OS. That was fast! But there are a couple of important things that have to happen before it can be a legitimate Android replacement. More here: https://www.wired.com/story/huawei-harmonyos-no-android-replacement/
Aug 10, 2019
The Black Hat Security Conference – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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We’re learning this week about all kinds of digital vulnerabilities this week—in our airplanes and in our phones. What can we do? Update our software for one, and hope to the high heavens that the companies we rely on protect their mission critical software in every way.
Aug 08, 2019
A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Aug 07, 2019
Are Apple Contractors Listening to You? – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Apple now wants to make it harder for contractors to hear you talking to your doctor or having sex. Read more about their policies here: https://www.wired.com/story/hey-apple-opt-out-is-useless/
Aug 02, 2019
The FTC Is Looking at Facebook's Acquisitions – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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The FTC is looking into Facebook's acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp. Is it time to unwind them?
Aug 01, 2019
AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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AI algorithms are showing promise in identifying kidney damage before it occurs. This isn't just one success. If this truly comes about, it shows a new way forward for medicine. Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/alphabets-ai-predict-kidney-disease/
Aug 01, 2019
The Crazy Story of the Capital One Hack – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Jul 30, 2019
The West Has China's Social Credit System All Wrong – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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China's social credit system — it's real, it's important, but it's not nearly as dystopian or pervasive as you probably think. Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/china-social-credit-score-system/
Jul 29, 2019
DoorDash Changes its Tipping Policy – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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DoorDash changes its controversial tipping policy. Before today, your tips didn’t go directly to your delivery person. Now they will.
Jul 24, 2019
Another Antitrust Investigation – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Yet another antitrust investigation. This one is broad and sweeping, and handled by the DOJ.
Jul 23, 2019
A Big Day for Artificial Intelligence – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Jul 22, 2019
Netflix's Falling Subscription Numbers – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Netflix numbers are going down for the first time in a decade. What the heck just happened? Here are four theories.
Jul 19, 2019
Elon Musk's Plan to Stitch a Computer into Your Brain – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Jul 17, 2019
Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym
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The Beverly Hilton feels pretty peak Los Angeles. Under a bright blue sky, valets park luxury cars with views of palm trees. In the lobby, chandeliers twinkle for the guests who will soon be heading out to a pool cabana. Or perhaps they’re here to visit Upgrade Labs, a startup that bills itself as the world’s first biohacking health and fitness facility.
Jul 17, 2019
What Stranger Things' High Viewership Numbers Actually Mean
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Hey, guess what? Some 40 million household accounts have been streaming Stranger Things's third season! It's true, Netflix says so. They also say, via tweet, that 18.2 million of those accounts have already finished the new season. Pretty cool, right? It certainly sounds impressive. But is it? Like justice for Barb, the answer to that question may be forever elusive. TVNetflix Could Never Make Its Own OfficeLong-running shows with 20-episode-plus seasons are not a specialty of streaming services.
Jul 16, 2019
On Prime Day, Robots Alone Can't Solve Amazon's Woes – Most Interesting Thing in Tech
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Jul 15, 2019
Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives
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The Fourth of July, Independence Day, America’s birthday—whatever you want to call it, this holiday is a time for celebration. As it evokes the rich history of a proud, tumultuous country, the Fourth of July reminds us of all that we have in common, of the single, shared yearning that resides deep in the heart of every human being: the desire to blow things up. July Fourth is a holiday designed to terrify dogs and assert America’s dominance through firepower.
Jul 08, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 7/3/19
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Jul 03, 2019
Knowing What You Really Want Is Your Tidying Superpower
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This story is part of a series on how we clean—from taming your trove of photos to washing your tuchus. Gawd, just look at your kitchen drawers. Junk drawers, every single one of them. Your shelves are groaning with enough books to last you for a dozen desert islands. Your closets contain torrents of T-shirts, boxes full of papers, and piles of dust-bunnied shoes. Your desk is a forest of stress-beavered ballpoint pens. You need to tidy the fuck up. WIRED Series PrintA Tour of How We clean stuff.
Jul 03, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 7/2/19
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Jul 03, 2019
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Isn’t the Next Pokémon Go. Good
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When developer Niantic launched Pokémon Go in the summer of 2016, it did so at maximum velocity. The game’s blend of simple mechanics and next-level augmented reality sparked a months-long stretch of virality, followed by years of low-key dominance. The studio’s follow-up, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, debuted Thursday on iOS and Android.
Jun 27, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/24/19
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Jun 24, 2019
Review: Brim 8-Cup Pour-Over Coffee Maker
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Recently, in the pursuit of a better cup of Joe, I've developed what my officemates have called an odd ritual with the coffee machine. The old automatic is a teal-colored Mr. Coffee, the 900-watt JWX36T, and left to its own devices it splatters water in a straight line across the circle of grounds in the filter basket, pretty much missing anything that’s not directly in its path. This is bad.
Jun 24, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/20/19
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Jun 20, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/19/19
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Jun 19, 2019
Snow Peak’s Fire Pit Makes Me Like Camping Again
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I first saw Snow Peak’s pack-and-carry fire pit at Snow Peak Way, the cult outdoor brand's yearly camping retreat. A few fire pits were set up in the field, deep in the wooded recesses of the Columbia River Gorge. Kids of all ages gathered around them, helping themselves to marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, while their parents warmed their toes beside them. My husband handed glow sticks to our two kids and they ran around like happy, sticky fireflies in the dimming twilight.
Jun 18, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/17/19
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Jun 17, 2019
Here's Everything Nintendo Did—and Didn't—Announce at E3
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Greetings, and welcome back to WIRED's ongoing E3 coverage! What have you missed since yesterday? A lot, actually. The bulk of the news came from Nintendo's presentation, so we'll start there, but there's plenty more to get through. Here are the big stories—and the big absences—from the last 24 hours at gaming's biggest confab.
Jun 17, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/14/19
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Jun 14, 2019
Keanu Reeves Showed Up at E3 to Say He's in Cyberpunk 2077
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Happy Monday, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all the world's biggest pop culture news. What's up this fine Monday? For one, Dark Phoenix bombed pretty badly, and for another, HBO cancelled Vice News Tonight. But let's get to the real reason you clicked on this story: KEANU. Keanu Reeves Surprised E3—in a Very Big Way Here's some news (probably) no one expected: Neo himself, Keanu Reeves, showed up at E3 yesterday.
Jun 13, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/12/19
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Jun 12, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/11/19
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Jun 11, 2019
Destiny 2's Future Looks Pretty Swell
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Happy Friday! It's time, once again, for Replay, WIRED's look at the biggest news in the world of gaming. This week, a Fornite player gets banned from Twitch for being too young, and Destiny 2 might have a bright new future ahead. Let's get started. A Pro Fortnite Player Just Got Banned From Twitch—for Being 12 Esports and streaming are both young careers, but, uh, they're usually not this young.
Jun 11, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/10/19
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Jun 11, 2019
Netflix Is Making a Magic: The Gathering Animated Series
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Hello, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all the biggest and best pop culture news. Up this week: Netflix is working on an animated version of Magic: The Gathering, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot might have a new home soon, and Robert Downey Jr. wants to save the planet. Let's get started.
Jun 10, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/7/19
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Jun 07, 2019
Plant Silhouettes Foreshadow the Effects of Climate Change
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Science can tell us a lot about climate change, like the fact that temperatures are rising, oceans are warming, and polar bears are dying. But it isn't the greatest at helping us process that information and the feelings it can provoke—from sadness to guilt to golly gee willikers we're toast. For that, former field biologist Deanna Whitman turns to art.
Jun 06, 2019
James Holzhauer Finally Lost Jeopardy!—and Changed the Game for Good
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It’s over. Thirty-three games, more than 1,100 correct responses, and $2,464,216 dollars after first taking the Jeopardy! contestant podium, James Holzhauer lost. While his run failed to match Ken Jennings’ for either longevity or earnings—he fell just $56,484 short—Holzhauer has left as indelible a mark on the game. How did he do it? By not treating Jeopardy! like a game at all.
Jun 05, 2019
Depth of Field: At the French Open, Serena Williams Is a Study in Motion
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Serena Williams descended upon the clay courts of the French Open in Paris this week, where, the year prior, she had become a lodestar of ridiculous controversy. In one early bout, Williams' decision to wear a black catsuit resulted in a violation; the form of dress has since been banned by the French Tennis Federation. "The combination of Serena this year, for example, it will no longer be accepted," FTF President Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis magazine.
Jun 05, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 6/4/19
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Jun 05, 2019
The YouTuber on a Mission to Save the Classic RPG
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English professor Matt Barton grew up loving computer role-playing games like Pool of Radiance and Baldur’s Gate, and was discouraged when that style of thoughtful, analytical gameplay almost disappeared. “For a long time the very words ‘turn-based’ were enough to make everybody laugh at you,” Barton says in Episode 363 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “It was like, ‘Who wants that? It’s boring.
Jun 04, 2019
Is Your Wobbly, Illegible Touchscreen Signature Still You?
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Technology changes us as much as we change technology. It trains us to behave in certain ways, to modify how we speak or move to better accommodate its utility. In some cases, technology can transform the very things that define us. Perhaps the most literal example is our handwritten signature, a core talisman of identity. Developed in response to the ancient technology of paper and ink, it’s lately been confronted with the primacy of keyboards and screens.
Jun 03, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/31/19
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May 31, 2019
Cannondale's New Fitness Bike Can Track All Your Rides
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The bicycle manufacturer Cannondale is well known for its high-performance bikes—pricey chariots that are ridden by some of the world's top pros in the elite trail- and road-cycling ranks. But things were not always so. The company's first cycling-related product, released way back in the early 1970s, was a bike trailer called the Bugger. You'd mount the accessory two-wheeler to your bicycle's rear triangle and use it to haul groceries, bags of potting soil, or your toddler.
May 30, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/29/19
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May 29, 2019
Grilling Over Charcoal Is Objectively, Scientifically Better Than Grilling Over Gas
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It’s a beautiful day. The family’s in attendance, side dishes and beer in tow. Your sister-in-law brought a trunk full of Super Soakers. It’s BBQ time. Time to kick back in the yard and fire up the … stove? Hmm, that doesn’t sound terribly exciting, does it? But that’s basically what you’re doing when you cook out on a gas grill, which is powered by the same largely flavorless fuel as your kitchen stove.
May 29, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/28/19
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May 28, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/24/19
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May 24, 2019
Grilling Over Gas Is Objectively, Scientifically Better Than Grilling Over Charcoal
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Grilling on a holiday, when you've got the day off, is easy. You can take your time; pull out your artisanal hardwood charcoal; light it in your chimney starter; build a perfect two-level fire; and lovingly tend your rib-eye, or your chicken breasts, or your pork ribs. Holiday grilling is hobby grilling.
May 24, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/22/19
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May 22, 2019
Facing the Ubiquity of Fortnite in Our Kids' Lives
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Amos and I were walking out of the gym after basketball practice last weekend when he saw a friend inside the lobby. He bolted to the window, rapped on the glass, and began performing a very particular dance. He put one hand—fingers in the shape of an L—to his forehead; his legs jutted back and forth like a dancing bear on a pendulum. Puzzled, I watched. Then I pulled out my phone. “Siri, show me a dance with an L.
May 21, 2019
Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors
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The sandwich was unremarkable—lukewarm and not quite melted, like a college freshman’s late-night microwave snack rather than a true grilled cheese. But I have thought about the sandwich every week since I ordered it, because the food truck that made it won’t stop emailing me. First came the receipt. Then the expressions of gratitude, offers of deals. “Thanks for your visit!” one email screamed. “Get FREE FRIES!!” another offered.
May 21, 2019
How Twitter Became My Sacred Space
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I woke up one day, at age 38, and realized I was the worst kind of bored housewife. My kids were old enough to no longer need me, my amusing(ish) satirical novels were largely being unread, and my life had become a dull hum of paint colors and upholstery. I live on New York’s Upper East Side, where everyone shares the same small, incredibly specific concerns—private schools, vacations, and getting our husbands to notice us. I was drowning in provincialism.
May 20, 2019
Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR
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Sometime last fall, a man walked into the Nike store in Pasadena, California. He was a runner, it was a running-centric store, and he was there to buy a pair of running shoes just like the ones he had worn in the past. The clerk asked him if he'd be willing to have his feet measured a new way. "I'm a 9," the runner said. "I've always been a 9. Just give me a 9." Still, he relented. The runner walked out with a size 10. What size shoe do you wear? Wait, let's make that more specific.
May 17, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/15/19
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May 15, 2019
The Society Is a Smart Show With Too Many Dumb Teens
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In an early episode of The Society, Netflix's new YA drama about power and privilege in a socialist adultless future, a group of teens gather to play a game of Fugitive. They split into two teams, each with a specific but precise role: The enforcers are tasked with catching the fugitives, and fugitives must do whatever they can to elude detainment. Many of the town's rich kids promptly elect themselves as enforcers, with almost all of the less fortunate townies regarded as targets of capture.
May 14, 2019
James Cameron Doesn't Seem to Mind Taunts From Avengers Fans
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Happy Thursday, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all the best pop culture news. What's up this week? A lot of news about Avatar movies, surprisingly. Also, a victim of the Red Wedding might be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Batwoman is officially to the CW. Let's get started.
May 13, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/10/19
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May 10, 2019
The Game of Thrones Starbucks Cup: What's Inside?
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May 09, 2019
Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas
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May 08, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Is Gunning for Avatar's Box Office Record
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May 08, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/7/19
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May 07, 2019
How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations
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As a professional pilot, I spend four or five days a year in multimillion-dollar flight simulators being examined by specialized training pilots. Since professional pilots already know how to fly, much of the testing focuses on what are called “non-normal situations.” Let’s imagine you find yourself on an airplane, in the sky, without a pilot. You are in a non-normal situation.
May 07, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/6/19
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May 07, 2019
Why the Apple Card Is the Gleaming Future of Money
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This story is part of a collection of pieces on how we spend money today. Will you sign up for the Apple Card? You probably will, frankly. Apple’s latest innovation, which arrives this summer, is a credit card that comes with all kinds of conveniences: No late fees! No long strings of numbers! No wait to qualify! No card, either, if you’re using it the way Apple intends.
May 06, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/3/19
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May 03, 2019
The Case Against Watching the Rest of Game of Thrones
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First, a fair warning: This piece has Game of Thrones spoilers. If you didn't watch last night and don't want to know what happens, close this tab. Now that they are gone, and it's just us, the shell-shocked, left to consider last night's 1.
May 02, 2019
Waze Wants to Help All of Us Win at Carpooling
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Recently I downloaded an app that was supposed to help me find people to carpool with. I'm not someone who relishes the idea of coordinating with strangers for my commute but, still, I wanted to give it a shot. For two weeks, I asked drivers—many of whom, the app indicated, had signed up but never actually accepted any carpool requests—for rides between my home in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood and my office South of Market.
May 02, 2019
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Will Get a Stricter Twitter Babysitter
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It takes far more than 280 characters to describe Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s disputes with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Late Friday, Musk and the SEC reached a settlement in their latest clash over his tweets. The dispute stems from February, when the agency asked a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt of court for violating a September agreement that a Tesla lawyer would pre-approve all of his written communications—including tweets.
May 01, 2019
How to Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Online
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The reviews for Avengers: Endgame—the final installment in a decade-long run of Marvel films—have already landed. The movie itself hits thousands of theaters Thursday night. All of which means that the internet is about to become a very treacherous place for anyone who doesn't want to know the ending before they've seen it for themselves. Fortunately, ridding the internet of spoilers is a snap.
Apr 29, 2019