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Saturday, December 4, 2021

The FTC Sues Nvidia to Block Its Historic Deal With Arm

Regulators say the merger would create a semiconductor chip conglomerate and stifle innovation across the industry.

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A Planned Parenthood LA Hack Affects 400,000 Patients

Plus: A Ubiquiti hack revelation, predictive policing, and more of the week's top security news.

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Can Gambia Turn the Tide to Save Its Shrinking Beaches?

In an economically developing country reliant on tourism, the rapidly eroding “smiling coast” shows the urgent need for action on climate change.

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These Are Our Favorite Hair Straighteners

Curls and waves are beautiful. But when you want to smooth them out, these hot tools—irons, brushes, and combs—work wonders.

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It’s Never Been More Obvious That You Suck at Video Games

Comparing ourselves to professional gamers and checking online ranking systems can be humbling—and fun.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

NSO Group Spyware Hits at Least 9 US State Department Phones

The incident lays bare how hollow the surveillance company’s reassurances about the limits of its hacking tools have always been.

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What Crypto Can Expect From Twitter’s New CEO

@jack is out at Twitter, but his crypto-mania is alive and well under Parag Agrawal.

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Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Failed African Countries

Throughout the continent, the former CEO’s hubris and negligence allowed disinformation and abuse to run rampant.

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How to Use Your Smartphone as a Hot Spot

Learn how to use tethering to turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hub for other devices to connect to.

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2021’s Spotify Wrapped Is a Haunting, Hilarious Time Capsule

There's a lot to be gleaned from people’s listening patterns in the past year.

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Subscriptions Are Eating My Paycheck!

Plus: In memory of Jim Warren, a whole lot of space trash, and Omicron’s path.

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Web3 Is Silicon Valley’s Rosy Vision of the Future

This week, we imagine a new version of the web that takes the power from the platforms and puts it back into the hands of the people.

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Meta’s Biggest Encryption Mistake Is What It Promised

The company’s decision to delay the rollout makes sense—because its initial plan never did.

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Why Buzz Lightyear’s Rocket Launch Looks Better Than Reality

We use video analysis to compare an animated liftoff to an actual one, proving that truth is more boring than fiction.

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18 Gifts for People Who Just Need a Good Night’s Sleep

Sweet dreams are made of these, from special lamps to noise machines.

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Your Rooftop Garden Could Be a Solar-Powered Working Farm

A new scientific field proposes an idea that could help generate food and energy while reducing a building's cooling costs.

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Meta’s Failed Giphy Deal Could End Big Tech’s Spending Spree

There was a time, not so long ago, when Meta’s big-money deal to acquire Giphy would have been waved through. No more.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

A Software Bug Let Hackers Drain $31M From a Crypto Service

An attacker exploited a vulnerability in MonoX Finance's smart contract to inflate the price of its digital token and then cash out.

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Congress Takes Aim at the Algorithms

A new crop of Section 230 reform proposals focuses on amplification, not content moderation. But the devil is in the details.

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Facebook Will Force More At-Risk Accounts to Use Two-Factor

The platform joins Google and others in requiring stronger protections for its most vulnerable users.

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How to Not Melt Down Over Our Warming Planet

WIRED spoke with Maria Ojala, a psychologist studying climate anxiety, about how you can stay focused and active in the face of dread.

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Ex-Googler Timnit Gebru Starts Her Own AI Research Center

The researcher, who says Google fired her a year ago, wants to ask questions about responsible use of artificial intelligence.

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DJI's Action 2 Camera Adds Magnets—and Fresh Flaws

This new modular camera borrows some ideas from competitors like Insta360 and GoPro—and it holds it all together with magnets.

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This Is What It Will Take to End Deforestation by 2030

Nations around the world made a vital climate crisis declaration to save forests within the next decade. Can they actually do it?

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Why Do Games Still Struggle With Trans Inclusion?

AAA titles often feel exploitative of trans people and trauma. But some indie games are getting it right.

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David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

“We tend to think we are the be all and end all—but we’re not. The sooner we can realize that the natural world goes its way, not our way, the better.”

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The Movement to Hold AI Accountable Gains More Steam

A New York City law requires algorithms used in hiring to be “audited” for bias. It’s the first in the US—and part of a larger push toward regulation.

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The Twitter Wildfire Watcher Who Tracks California’s Blazes

When fire ignites, the race begins to alert the state’s residents of the path of destruction. One of the leading voices lives on the other side of the world.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Jack Dorsey’s Square Is Now Block

Payments company Square has a new name befitting its CEO's blockchain obsession.

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The US National Space Council Is Back and Focused on Security

Led by vice president Kamala Harris, the first council meeting of the Biden administration drew attention to keeping space safe for NASA and industry players.

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This Drone Uses Piercing Talons to Perch—or Snatch Things

What do you get when you slap 3D-printed raptor legs on a quadcopter? A robot that can land like a falcon to keep an eye on the forest.

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18 Hours of Omicron Chaos at Schiphol Airport

On November 25, two planes took off from South Africa for Amsterdam. By the time they landed, the Omicron variant had thrown the world into chaos.

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Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.

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How Science Will Solve the Omicron Variant’s Mysteries

So far, panic about the mysterious new Covid variant has outpaced actual information. Here’s what scientists around the world are trying to uncover.

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Speak in (Many) Tongues With This Pocket Translator

Pocketalk’s mobile device acts as a real-time translator so two people can hold a conversation while speaking different languages.

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Researchers Have a Method to Spot Reddit’s State-Backed Trolls

Academics claim they can sniff out the telltale signs of troll-like behavior. But is it really as simple as monitoring cute animal postings?

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More Companies Offer Fertility Benefits. It’s Only the Beginning

Employer support for staff who wish to freeze their eggs has great potential—but broader support for parents still lags behind.

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These Startups Deliver Groceries Fast—Without Gig Workers

Facing a tight labor market and even tighter schedules, some companies are hiring employees, with benefits.

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The Matrix Is the Best Hacker Movie

Most people point to Sneakers or WarGames. They’re all wrong. The Wachowskis actually invented the ultimate cyber superhero.

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Welcome to the (Synthetic) Meatspace

Reactor-grown nuggets, human-edited genetic code, and new mRNA technologies could change our relationship to life itself.

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WIRED Peers Into the Future of Reality

Two decades after The Matrix, technologies have emerged that make us question what is real—in ways stranger, if less sinister, than the movie imagined.

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The Most Efficient Way to Debug the Simulation

Look, some of these tickets just have to be marked WONTFIX so everyone can move on.

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What The Matrix Got Wrong About Cities of the Future

Where the movie foresaw a distinction between digital and physical reality, modern cities are merging them, and not necessarily in a good way.

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It’s Time to Reimagine the Future of Cyberpunk

In the 20th century, the genre imagined the body modifications and protective streetwear that could save us from our own future. Now it needs to envision humanity anew.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Is Ready to Blow Your Mind

The actor isn’t just the new Morpheus. He’s the future of Hollywood.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Malicious Google Play Apps Stole User Banking Info

Using tricks to sidestep the app store's restrictions, malware operators pillaged passwords, keystrokes, and other data.

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253 Last-Chance Cyber Monday Deals You Can Still Get Now

These discounts are the last ones standing—for the moment.

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The Escapist Fantasy of NFT Games Is Capitalism

In blockchain-based video games like Axie Infinity, wealthier players are becoming bosses in a flourishing international labor market.

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Get More From Your Multicooker With These 5 Cookbooks

If you’ve got an Instant Pot (or something like it), let these books guide you toward some exciting new flavors.

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The Watch That Made Everything Now

When the Pulsar debuted in 1972, the first digital watch offered a new concept of time—and foreshadowed our fraught relationship with instantaneity.

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Think Climate Change Is Messy? Wait Until Geoengineering

Someone's bound to hack the atmosphere to cool the planet. So we urgently need more research on the consequences, says climate scientist Kate Ricke.

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An AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.

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Europe Went Bananas for Gorillas. Then Its Workers Rose Up

The delivery app raced to a $1 billion valuation, promising to transform a problem-prone industry. Striking riders say it’s no different from its peers.

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Online Gaming Is the New Therapist’s Office

Plenty of us play to let off steam, but online multiplayer and single-player gaming can be healing in the hands of mental health professionals.

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