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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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Monday, November 29, 2021

The Best Cyber Monday Deals on PC Components

You can get (nearly) everything you need to build your work station or gaming rig today.

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A Hacking Spree Against Iran Spills Out Into the Real World

Hackers have targeted the country's trains, gas stations, and airline infrastructure, as cyber conflict with Israel continues to escalate.

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12 Cyber Monday Deals the WIRED Gear Team Snapped Up

From hoodies to vacuums, we did some shopping of our own. (We are gearheads, after all.)

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Jack Dorsey Was the Soul of Twitter

The quirky CEO announced his departure on Monday. His record at the company is mixed, but his impact is undeniable.

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Tamarya Sims Is on a Quest for Land

Sims is in the vanguard of young land stewards who embrace farming not just as a means of production, but to cultivate sustainable relationships with the natural world.

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Thinking of Sending That Quick 'Love You' Text? Just Do It

Even one message can mean a lot to your family and friends.

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My Music App Knows Me Way Too Well. Am I Stuck in a Groove?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on predictability, freedom—and the duality of rebellion.

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What Is Web3, Anyway?

Gavin Wood, who coined the term Web3 in 2014, believes decentralized technologies are the only hope of preserving liberal democracy.

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Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Acoustic waves can detect all kinds of explosions and volcanic activity, but it’s hard to place sensors at sea—unless you’ve got a bird with a backpack.

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Frances Haugen Still Thinks People Should Work at Meta

The face behind the Facebook papers tells how she became Mark Zuckerberg’s nightmare—and thinks people can still make a positive impact at the company.

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Online Courses That Are Actually Worth Taking

Here’s how to navigate the avalanche of web learning—and find classes that can help with your work and life.

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The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Fitness and Outdoor Gear

Gear up for next year's adventures or plunge into a winter wonderland with these deals on ebikes, outdoor clothing, and fitness trackers.

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38 Relaxing Cyber Monday Beauty and Self-Care Deals

Can your home use some calming vibes? Is your frizzy hair desperate for some love? We found the best deals to glam up or chill out.

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The Best Cyber Monday Vacuuming and Cleaning Deals

The humble vacuum is a staple in every home. These are our favorite picks from iRobot, Roborock, and more.

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44 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Phones, Tablets, and Smartwatches

Come for the discounts on Google Pixels, Fire HD tablets, Apple Watches, iPhone 13 cases, and wireless chargers. Stay for that shiny "Add to cart" feeling.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Best Cyber Monday Deals on STEM Toys for Kids

These games and services can help your little ones explore science, technology, engineering, math, or the arts. They won't even know they're learning.

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The 37 Best Cyber Monday Deals at Target Today

It's your mom's favorite place on earth, and there's a lot of stuff on sale. From headphones to security cams, these are our favorite picks.

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The 43 Best Cyber Monday Deals at Amazon This Year

We’ve found great deals on a ton of gear we like, from smartphones to soundbars.

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The 53 Best Cyber Monday Deals for $50 or Less

Treat yourself or someone else to WIRED-recommended deals that won't break the bank.

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The Best Cyber Monday Deals for Your Kitchen

Need a stand mixer, thermometer, or professional-grade blender? Now is the time to restock your culinary tools.

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21 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Amazon Devices

Snag any Amazon gadgets on your wish list with discounts on Echo speakers, Fire tablets, and Kindles.

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The Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals Online Right Now

These are the very best discounts we've found at all the major tech retailers. There's a stellar pick here for everyone.

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Jam Out To the Best Cyber Monday Headphone and Speaker Deals

From smart assistants to portable Bluetooth companions, upgrade the sound in your life with these great audio discounts.

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The Best Cyber Monday TV and Soundbar Deals

From gorgeous flatscreens to earth-shaking surround sound, here are the best discounts to upgrade your home theater.

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All the Cyber Monday Deals on Subscription Services

Keep your belly full, your kids busy, and your digital life secure with these Black Friday deals on subscription services.

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24 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Coffee Makers and Gear

Coffee gear can be expensive, but we've found quite a few great deals on brewing supplies and accessories.

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The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Laptops and Home Office Gear

We scoured the web to find the best discounts on notebooks, Chromebooks, external monitors, keyboards, and other peripherals.

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15 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Google Devices We Like

Our favorite Pixel phone is $50 off, plus there are discounts on Nest security cameras and smart speakers.

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40 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Smart Home Gear and Furniture

Revamp an office or refresh a living room with discounted security cameras, smart displays, and more.

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The 15 Best Cyber Monday Pet Gear and Accessory Deals

It's a good time to spoil your cats, dogs, reptiles, or hamsters with discounts on some of our favorite products.

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The 46 Best Cyber Monday Deals at Best Buy

The retailer's holiday sale event is in full swing, with discounts on smart speakers, watches, headphones, laptops, and more.

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69 Best Cyber Monday Video Game and Accessory Deals

We found some great gear and games on sale for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, VR, and PC.

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Best Cyber Monday Deals on Sex Toys, Vibrators, and Lubes

The weather outside is frightful, so spend some time in bed this holiday season with some of our favorite sex toys.

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Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Cyber Monday

Trouble sleeping? A bunch of our favorite WIRED-Reviewed hybrid, organic, and foam mattresses are on sale right now.

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All of Our Favorite Couches are on Sale for Cyber Monday

They're comfy, cheaper than usual, and will ship right to your door.

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What Is a Watering Hole Attack?

It's a technique that can hit thousands of victims—through no fault of their own.

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Looking for Alien Life? Seek Out Alien Tech

Shifting the search for extraterrestrial life from biological to technological signs could break us out of anthropocentrism and help guide humanity's future.

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7 Tips to Improve Battery Life on Windows 11

Some very simple settings can help you get more juice between charges on that new (or upgraded) laptop.

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Your Brain Is an Energy-Efficient 'Prediction Machine'

Results from neural networks support the idea that brains use predictions to create perceptions—and that they work that way to conserve power.

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What to Know Before You Take a Job in a Hybrid Workplace

Here's now to sniff out good company culture while you're interviewing—and what to do once you've landed the gig.

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The Android 12 Privacy Settings You Should Update Now

Google's new mobile operating system is finally rolling out to more phones. Here's what you need to tweak.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

20 Best Early Cyber Monday Deals on Cameras and Gear

A full-frame mirrorless Nikon for less than $1,000? A Moment phone lens for $50? These discounts are a photo enthusiast's dream.

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Curb Your Food Tech Enthusiasm

Innovation might help us create a low-carbon food system, but that's not the same thing as a sustainable or ethical one.

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The Pentagon Set Up a UFO Office

Plus: An Apple lawsuit, a GoDaddy breach, and more of the week's top security news.

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Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

When ice goes, lichens and mosses move in and an entirely new ecosystem starts to take shape.

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Our Favorite Local Shops for Small Business Saturday

Today—and every day—support stores in your community. Here are our hometown favorites we think you'll like, too.

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Not Every Character Needs an Origin Story

From 'Home Sweet Home Alone' to 'Cruella,' prequels and reboots increasingly rely on cheap and clichéd explanations for villains.

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Playing Games Has Helped Humans Learn—and Survive

The purpose of play runs deeper than fun and social connection. It might even help kids practice for real-world dangers.

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Why Do DVDs Still Exist?

Some people still buy them—though not necessarily who you’d think.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

The 18 Best Pet Gear and Accessory Deals

It's a good time to spoil your cats, dogs, reptiles, or hamsters with deals on some of our favorite products.

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All of Our Favorite Couches are on Sale for Black Friday

They're comfy, cheaper than usual, and will ship right to your door.

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All the Black Friday Deals on Subscription Services

Keep your belly full, your kids busy, and your digital life secure with these Black Friday deals on subscription services.

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Howard the Duck Is Even Worse than You Remember

Watching the 1986 movie now, it's easy to see why it bombed.

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Will Nathan Drake Make This Jump in the Uncharted Trailer?

Leaping into an airborne cargo plane might not be impossible, but the numbers have to work out just right.

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15 Best Black Friday Deals on Google Devices We Like

Our favorite Pixel phone is $50 off, plus there are discounts on Nest security cameras and smart speakers.

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21 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon Devices

Snag any Amazon gadgets on your wish list with discounts on Echo speakers, Fire tablets, and Kindles.

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Why Is It So Hard to Believe In Other People’s Pain?

People—and groups—who are suffering are often dismissed. Scarry’s axiom might help us understand why.

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The Watch World Is Finally Being Forced to Embrace Ecommerce

Digital retail came into its own during lockdown, yet amazingly some watch brands still haven’t committed to online sales. Now time is running out.

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Robots Won’t Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon

Even Amazon’s new AI-powered machines aren’t nearly capable enough to handle the most important fulfillment tasks.

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Are Instagram’s Aesthetic Moms Hindering Kids’ Development?

Taupe and cream nurseries are in vogue right now. They’re beautifully beige, but some worry they might be bad for babies.

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WIRED's Picks for the 7 Books You Need to Read This Winter

Now is the perfect time to curl up with a good read. From pop culture histories to time-traveling immortals, here are some of our favorites.

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32 Relaxing Black Friday Beauty and Self-Care Deals

Can your home use some calming vibes? Is your frizzy hair desperate for some love? We found the best deals to glam up or chill out.

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The Best Black Friday Vacuuming and Cleaning Deals

The humble vacuum is a staple in every home. These are our favorite picks from iRobot, Roborock, and more.

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25 Best Black Friday Deals on Phones, Tablets, and Smartwatches

Come for the discounts on Google Pixels, Fire HD tablets, Apple Watches, iPhone 13 cases, and wireless chargers. Stay for that shiny "Add to cart" feeling.

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Best Black Friday Deals on STEM Toys for Kids

These games and services can help your little ones explore science, technology, engineering, math, or the arts. They won't even know they're learning.

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The 33 Best Black Friday Deals at Target Today

It's your mom's favorite place on earth, and there's a lot of stuff on sale. From headphones to security cams, these are our favorite picks.

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The 43 Best Black Friday Deals at Amazon This Year

We’ve found great deals on a ton of gear we like, from smartphones to soundbars.

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The 32 Best Black Friday Deals for $50 or Less

Treat yourself or someone else to WIRED-recommended deals that won't break the bank.

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The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online Right Now

These are the very best discounts we've found at all the major tech retailers. There's a stellar pick here for everyone.

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Jam Out With the Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals

From smart assistants to portable Bluetooth companions, upgrade the sound in your life with these great audio discounts.

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The Best Black Friday TV and Soundbar Deals

From gorgeous flatscreens to earth-shaking surround sound, here are the best discounts to upgrade your home theater.

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24 Best Black Friday Deals on Smart Home Gear and Furniture

Revamp an office or refresh a living room with discounted LED bulbs, smart displays, and more.

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Our Favorite Smartwatches Do Much More Than Just Tell Time

These little wearables reduce your reliance on a phone while keeping you connected.

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The 15 Best Holiday Movies to Stream This Season

Need help navigating all the services to find something good? Here's what to watch to pass the time—and get into the spirit.

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The 15 Best Black Friday Deals on Coffee and Espresso Gear

Coffee gear can be expensive, but we've found quite a few great Black Friday deals on brewing supplies and accessories.

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The UK Government Wants to Sequence Your Baby’s Genome

Genomics England plans to test out a program that will offer whole genome sequencing to newborns—opening up a Pandora’s box of ethical concerns.

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How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

As climate-related disasters increase, projects are being put in place to alert local communities to impending danger.

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The Best Black Friday Deals on Laptops and Home Office Gear

We scoured the web to find the best discounts on notebooks, Chromebooks, external monitors, keyboards, and other peripherals.

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What Is the Metaverse, Exactly?

Everything you never wanted to know about the future of talking about the future.

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The Real-Life Quest to Cook All 74 Stardew Valley Recipes

Meet the TikTok creator who’s re-creating all of the in-game recipes and dishes from this cozy RPG sim.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The Best Black Friday Deals for Your Kitchen

Need a cast-iron skillet, thermometer, or professional-grade blender? Now is the time to restock your culinary tools.

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32 Best Black Friday Video Game and Accessory Deals

We found some great gear and games on sale for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, VR, and PC.

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How to Pick the Right Roku for Your TV

The company has a dizzying array of streaming sticks, boxes, and soundbars to choose from, but don’t worry—these are the ones to buy.

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Now Isn’t the Time to Give Users Control of Their Data

Until the collection of data is regulated, having power over your own information is more of a nightmarish responsibility than an appealing right.

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Apps to Help Manage Meals for Different Dietary Needs

Cooking and dining out don't have to be difficult, whether your children have allergies or guests have food restrictions.

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The Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoor Gear

Gear up for next year's adventures or plunge into a winter wonderland with these deals on ebikes, outdoor clothing, and fitness trackers.

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To Help People With Long Covid, Scientists Need to Define It

Patients with the perplexing syndrome have reported 200 different symptoms. Researchers will have to decide which to study—and rule out.

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Black Friday Deals on Sex Toys, Vibrators, and Harnesses

The weather outside is frightful, so spend some time in bed this holiday season with some of our favorite sex tech.

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Can AI Truly Give Us a Glimpse of Lost Masterpieces?

Recent projects used machine learning to resurrect paintings by Klimt and Rembrandt. They raise questions about what computers can understand about art.

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How to Deal With Difficult Family During the Holidays

If you have strained relationships with your family, you're not alone. These resources can help.

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Austria’s Covid Surge Is a Warning to the World

As the nation locks down and plans a vaccine mandate, a bleak second pandemic winter risks overwhelming Europe and beyond.

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Good Luck Trying to Fix the Supply Chain Crisis

The system of getting things from A to B is broken. Fixing it will involve rethinking how pretty much everything moves.

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Great Resignation? Tech Workers Try a Great Reconsideration

More Americans are quitting their jobs than ever before. Some engineers are finding new workplaces to prioritize their own wellbeing.

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Can a Digital Reality Be Jacked Directly Into Your Brain?

The idea of a synthetic experience uploaded to the mind has been a sci-fi fantasy forever. New brain-computer interfaces are making it nonfiction—very slowly.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The 34 Best Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

The retailer's holiday sale event is in full swing, with discounts on smart speakers, watches, headphones, Chromebooks, and more.

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Elizabeth Holmes Speaks for Herself

The infamous entrepreneur at the center of the Theranos case took the stand this week.

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The McDonald's Ice Cream Machine Hacking Saga Has a New Twist

The cold war between a startup and a soft-serve machine manufacturer is heating up, thanks to a newly released trove of internal emails.

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SPOILER ALERT: Spoiler Alerts Are Making Us All Stupid

If you think they’re protecting the experience of experiencing art, you’re more deluded than you know.

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Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

Climate change could threaten humans' protection from fungal infections. It's time to fear the fungi.

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17 Bags, Backpacks, Cubes, and Straps to Protect Your Camera

There are dozens of ways to tote around your photo and video gear. We’ve tested a bunch of solutions and rounded up our favorites.

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The Tamagotchi Was Tiny, but Its Impact Was Huge

It’s been 25 years since the little device first hit store shelves, but its simple brilliance lives on in today’s most popular games.

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What Are You Going to Tweet After You Die?

The artful death announcements of Chadwick Boseman and MF DOOM show us how the way we die online can help the living grieve.

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Is a Wasted Opportunity

This “definitive edition” is a buggy and broken trip down memory lane. You might want to stay at home.

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Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Black Friday (So Far)

Trouble sleeping? A bunch of our favorite WIRED-Reviewed hybrid, organic, and foam mattresses are on sale right now.

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NASA Really Wants Its Spacecraft to Slam Into an Asteroid

The DART mission is scheduled to launch early Wednesday. It will crash into an asteroid to see if it's possible to deflect one.

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Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

The size of undersea creatures seemed to follow a strange but stable pattern—until industrial fishing came along.

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How to Preserve and Share Grandma's Recipes

Going digital can save time and money and keep family traditions alive.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Devious ‘Tardigrade’ Malware Hits Biomanufacturing Facilities

The surprisingly sophisticated attack is “actively spreading” throughout the industry.

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Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here’s How to Choose

PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now? Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate? It’s confusing, so we break them all down.

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Which Streaming Services Are Best For You?

Whether you're a hardcore cord-cutter or an animation fan, there's a platform for you. Here are the best we've tried.

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30 Stimulating Gifts for All the Best People in Your Life

Turbocharge the holidays with a speedy electric scooter, the smartest robot vacuum, and presents that are just plain fun.

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Researchers Want to Restore ‘Good Noise’ in Older Brains

Aging people lose variation in brain oxygen levels—a sign of declining cognitive flexibility. A new drug study probes whether that loss can be reversed.

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Why Bosses Are Inflexible About Flexible Work Arrangements

Since lockdown, employees have adopted new work habits, but many execs want a return to the old normal.

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This Rolex Is Made Using Eye-Surgery Lasers

The 2021 Rolex Datejust 36's unique dial pattern is etched into the surface using femtosecond laser technology.

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TikTok’s Next Big Move? To Become Facebook

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind TikTok and Douyin, has global ambitions to challenge Meta’s universe.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Future of Digital Assistants Is Queer

AI assistants continue to reinforce sexist stereotypes, but queering these devices could help reimagine their relationship to gender altogether.

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How to Keep Work Notifications From Taking Over Your Life

Teach your devices to respect your boundaries.

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12 Laptops We’ve Tested and Love

These are our favorite Windows notebooks, MacBooks, and Chromebooks.

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A New Theory for Systems That Defy Newton’s Third Law

In nonreciprocal systems, “exceptional points” are helping researchers understand phase transitions and possibly other phenomena.

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The Best Deals and Cases for Every Galaxy S21

We break down the differences between Samsung’s three Galaxy phones—and our favorite accessories and discounts.

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The Best Early Black Friday Deals on Laptops, TVs, and More

Beat the holiday rush with truly good discounts on our favorite gear.

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Body Language Pseudoscience Is Flourishing on YouTube

In celebrity interviews and homicide cases, video sleuths are searching for the truth—but what if the signals are all wrong?

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Best Early Black Friday Deals on Laptops, TVs, and More

Beat the holiday rush with truly good discounts on our favorite gear.

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Capture Your Daring Feats With Our Favorite Action Cameras

Gearing up to shred the slopes or dive into the seas? These cameras are made for danger.

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A Canadian Teen Was Arrested in a $36.5M SIM-Swap Heist

Plus: An FBI email hack, a cam site data leak, and more of the week's top security news.

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The North Carolina Town Besieged by Armadillos

Thanks to climate change, the armored animals are making their way up north. And there’s no sign of them stopping their relentless march.

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Why You Gravitate to Puzzles When You’re Depressed

Puzzle games keep our minds occupied, even in our darkest moments. Here’s why they make you feel better, more capable, and more optimistic about life.

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AirTags Are the Best Thing to Happen to Tile

With increased sales and products things have never looked better for Tile. So why is its CEO so mad at Apple?

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25 Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy People

We've got the gifts to help your favorite adventurer answer the call of the wild, from sleeping bags to tiny cat tents and more.

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30 Great Deals From Amazon’s Early Black Friday Sale

We've found TVs, smartphones, and wireless earbuds at steep discounts.

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How to Shop More Ethically This Holiday Season

Consider these tips for putting your dollars back into your community, from supporting small businesses to making more sustainable choices.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

13 Great Black Friday Deals on Google Devices We Like

The brand-new Pixel phones are $50 off, and there are discounts on Nest security cameras and smart speakers.

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Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Fails

The live-action adaptation is an overwrought performance of the beloved anime rather than a bold reimagining.

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Brent Spiner's New Book Is a Star Trek Mem-Noir

The actor, who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, says Fan Fiction is a thriller, memoir, black comedy, and novel all in one.

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17 Best Early Black Friday Deals on Amazon Devices

Get a head start on your wish list with deals on Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Kindles, and more.

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How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller With Everything

Want to play games on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet? If you own a console, you probably don't need a separate controller.

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The Best Wireless Earbuds for Every Need

Ready to cut the cord? We've tested the best buds that will never, ever get tangled.

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Netflix’s New Top 10 Lists Feel Like a Grasp for Relevance

As the market gets more and more crowded, the streaming giant seems to be fighting to stay in the conversation.

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Iranian Hackers Are Going After US Critical Infrastructure

A hacking group is targeting a broad range of organizations, taking advantage of vulnerabilities that have been patched but not yet updated.

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Can Science Fiction Help Solve Our Biggest Problems?

This week, we hear from the acclaimed novelist Neal Stephenson about climate change, the metaverse, and the role fictional stories can play in shaping our future.

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Arrested Evolution: Pokémon’s Refusal to Grow Up

Now in its 25th year, the franchise looks much the same as it always has. But is that such a bad thing?

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Inside X’s Mission to Make Robots Boring

Plus: The man behind a famous paradox, the laws that will govern the metaverse, and a deadly swarm of scorpions.

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New Covid Drugs Are Here—and They Could Change the Pandemic

Two antivirals could help beat Covid-19 in countries that don’t have vaccines yet. They just need to work as promised.

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The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Autism Gets Murkier

As scientists look for a link between digestive-tract microbes and autism, some questionable treatments have surfaced. A new study says they’ve got it all backwards.

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8 Early Black Friday TV Deals to Help You Cozy Up This Fall

From LG OLEDs to affordable TCL screens, a ton of our favorite models are steeply discounted.

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How Facebook Could Break Free From the Engagement Trap

Jeff Allen, cofounder of the Integrity Institute and a former data scientist at Facebook, says social media companies need missions beyond "giving everyone a voice."

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Locked Out of ‘God Mode’, Runners Hack Their Treadmills

NordicTrack customers were watching Netflix using a simple trick—until the company blocked their access.

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Star Trek: Discovery Is Tearing the Streaming World Apart

Season four of Discovery is boldly going where no multibillion-dollar franchise has gone before—and fans are outraged.

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The Bold Gamble to Make Halo Infinite Last Forever

To reinvent the shooter in the present, the team behind the iconic franchise had to study the game’s past.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

How Iran Tried to Undermine the 2020 US Presidential Election

From faked emails to a hacked voter registration database, a new indictment offers fresh details on the attempted interference.

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The Best Early Black Friday Deals on Laptops, TVs, and More

Beat the holiday rush with truly good discounts on our favorite gear.

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The Best Wireless Earbuds for Working Out

Rock your inner jock with a pair of sturdy, sweatproof, and tangle-proof headphones. Here are our favorites.

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DuckDuckGo Wants to Stop Apps From Tracking You on Android

The privacy-focused tech company's latest update promises to block invasive data collection across your whole phone.

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How to Re-Waterproof Your Old Rain Jacket

All clothing loses its water resistance over time. Here's how to get it back, so you don't have to buy new outerwear.

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How to Use Wi-Fi Calling on Your Smartphone

Are you struggling to get a signal in your home or office? Switch to Wi-Fi calling for clearer chats.

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How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

Europe is betting big on wood to replace coal, but the industry is taking heat for stoking carbon emissions and air pollution.

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3G Service Is Going Away Next Year. Here's What That Means

As companies shut down their aging 3G equipment to make room for 5G networks, older devices like phones, alarm systems, and wearables will lose functionality.

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Humans Are On Track to Export Our Environmental Woes to Space

The cosmos is turning into the playground for entrepreneurs, so the outdated legal spacescape needs to directly address space pollution.

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6 Essential Numbers to Understand the Glasgow Climate Pact

Last week nearly 200 countries agreed to take key steps to tackle the climate crisis. Here's what you need to know.

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3 Years After the Maven Uproar, Google Cozies to the Pentagon

The company has contracts to detect corrosion on Navy ships and help maintain Air Force jets. Now it wants to bid for a lucrative cloud contract.

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25 Amazing Gift Ideas Under $25

Just because these gifts are cheap doesn't mean they're not totally awesome.

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Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

The oil producing nation is learning what happens after a country fills its roads with electric vehicles.

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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

Voyeurs. Sabotaged accounts. Backdoor schemes. For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

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12 Great Deals From Target’s Early Holiday Sale

Find iPhone 13 cases, Nest smart speakers, and electric toothbrushes discounted at stellar prices.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The 25 Best Early Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

The retailer's holiday sale event started early this year, and you'll find Chromebooks, smart home gadgets, and phones on sale.

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16 Best Early Black Friday Deals on Outdoor Gear

GoPros, Garmin fitness trackers, and REI Co-op jackets are all on sale right now so you can spend Thanksgiving doing the turkey trot.

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Apple Finally Makes It Easier to Fix Your Own iPhone

In an unexpected right to repair win, the company will make manuals and tools publicly available for a number of its most popular devices.

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Your TV Sounds Terrible. These Soundbars Can Fix That

Every television deserves a dedicated row of speakers to call its own. These are our favorites.

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Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk

The vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to the CPU to bypass the security measures protecting some of its most sensitive data.

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Help, I’m Stuck in Cutscene Hell

The cutscenes in Yakuza: Like a Dragon are great—until you need to put down your controller in a hurry.

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The Problem With Motorola Phones

The smartphone maker ranks No. 3 in the US, but its software update strategy is one of the worst in the industry. And that's not all.

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You Need a Password Manager. Here Are the Best Ones

Keep your logins locked down with our favorite apps for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and web browsers.

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Patient Testimonials Are Unethical And Should Be Banned

Patients shouldn’t have to drum up new business for their doctors.

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This Couch Hides Built-In Surround Sound in the Cushions

These comfortable couches now come with surround sound.

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18 Analog Gifts For People Who Need a Digital Detox

Remember when your hobbies didn't come with a screen and constant notifications? We rounded up all the best gifts to use IRL.

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The US Space Force Wants to Clean Up Junk in Orbit

Debris from a Russian anti-satellite weapons test adds new urgency to international and government efforts to get rid of high-flying trash.

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How to Increase Your PS5's Internal Storage Capacity

Your Sony console has an expansion slot so you can add more storage space for games, and installing a drive is fairly easy.

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Tiger King 2 Provides More Memes Than Answers

Netflix's chaotic and confusing new installment of the salacious docuseries reveals an accidental new genre: true-ish crime.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Activision Blizzard Employees Are Done With CEO Bobby Kotick

As Kotick’s handling of alleged sexual misconduct draws headlines, workers staged their second walkout this year.

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Facebook Reaches for More Realistic VR With Haptic Gloves

The company has unveiled a new prototype wearable that mimics the feeling of handling real objects in the virtual world.

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‘Ghostwriter’ Looks Like a Purely Russian Op—Except It's Not

Security researchers have found signs that the pervasive hacking and misinformation campaign comes not from Moscow but from Minsk.

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Considering a MacBook? Here Are Our Favorites

Apple’s laptops are expensive, and you’ll have to make some hard choices to pick the right one. Let us help.

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How Apps Commandeered the Age-Old Idea of Takeout

Third-party delivery services have convinced us they are an essential part of our busy lives. But humans have managed to order food to-go for centuries.

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The 13 Best Subscription Boxes for Gifting

We have options for plant lovers, foodies, pets, and even those who are hard to shop for with these gifts that keep on giving.

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Inside the Lucrative World of Console Resellers

Yes, the PS5, Xbox, and high-end graphics cards are tough to buy. But some have an in—and are paying off medical bills and buying houses with the profits.

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How the Black Girl Gamers Community Became a Lifeline

Jay-Ann Lopez’s Twitch channel and Facebook group are safe spaces for thousands of players.

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This Dam Simple Trick Is a Big Green Energy Win

Only a small fraction of dams actually produce electricity. Transforming them them into hydropower plants might stop new ones from being built.

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Used EVs Are in Hotter Demand Than Ever

Congress is now considering an incentive that could help low- and moderate-income buyers go electric.

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Tiger King 2 and the Weird Rise of Documentary Sequels

Hours-long multipart documentaries should be able to tell a whole story. And yet, more and more of them just keep going.

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At the End of the World, It’s Hyperobjects All the Way Down

Do you feel lost? Alone? Powerless in the face of forces beyond your control? Timothy Morton can help—if you’re ready to have your reality blown apart.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

The Science Museum Wants Their Plastic Samples. They Refused

Three microplastic researchers have backed out of an arrangement to send materials to the Science Museum in London to protest a controversial deal with Shell.

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Oura's Gen3 Launch is Marred by an Unhealthy Business Model

A monthly subscription fee and delayed features contribute to a disappointing launch for this health tracker.

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India's New Rules for Map Data Betray Its Small Farmers

The country says that more open access to terrestrial data will help rural farmers. More likely, will make it easier for corporations to control their land.

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5 Affordable Automatic Watches That Feel Luxe

No, you don't need to spend thousands to get a proper self-winding mechanical timepiece.

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How to Run Your Own Secure, Portable PC From a USB Stick

Build a super-safe computer you can take anywhere.

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How a VR Company Became the Airbnb for NFTs

Yes, that’s a really a thing now.

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You Don’t Have to WFH at Home—Try These Places Instead

Mix up your new normal by seeking out quirky local coworking spaces—or find some inspiration in a museum.

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Finally, A Practical Use for Nuclear Fusion

Researchers used the roiling temperatures of an experimental fusion reactor for a surprising purpose—testing heat shield materials for spacecraft.

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Twitter Vigilantes Are Hunting Down Crypto Scammers

Open source investigators are struggling to maintain law and order in the wildest recesses of cryptocurrency’s Wild West.

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The 15 Best Personal Tech Gifts for Kids

Your child has spent years watching you tap away on your phone or laptop. Give them a turn on an age-appropriate device of their own.

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

The Best Desktop Gaming PCs We’ve Played With

These five rigs will keep you at the top of your game.

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Gear and Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home

Don't become a snowman in your own house. Here's how to keep your place toasty warm.

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Sponge Genes Hint at the Origins of Neurons and Other Cells

A new gene expression study reveals broad cellular diversity as well as possibly ancient connections between the nervous, immune, and digestive systems.

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Nvidia GeForce Now Is the Best Way to Get an RTX 3080

It's great that you can rent an RTX 3080 now because we wish you Godspeed if you're trying to buy one.

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16 Gifts for PlayStation Lovers

From a branded bomber to a classic game, every PlayStation fan deserves a little treat.

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Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro

Gear can make or break your home office setup. Here’s our ultimate list of the best monitors, desks, webcams, headphones, and more.

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A Black Woman Invented Home Security. Why Did It Go So Wrong?

Surveillance systems, no matter the intention, will always exist to serve power.

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Someone Snuck a Card Skimmer Into Costco to Nab Shopper Data

Plus: A Robinhood breach, NSO Group spyware, and more of the week's top security news.

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The Polish Simulator Company Gamers Love to Hate

PlayWay's big library of vocational games makes it an investor favorite. But some say it's more like a pyramid scheme of glorified prototypes and prologues.

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Glowing Worms Could Shed Light On the Secrets of Regeneration

Cut a panther worm into thirds and each section will grow a new body. Researchers injected some with a fluorescent protein to study how.

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Which Amazon Echo or Alexa Speaker Is Best for You?

We've rounded up our favorites, from house-made options to the Sonos Roam and a voice-enabled Yamaha soundbar.

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Early Evidence of How Wildfire Smoke Alters Bird Migration

A team tracking the flights of four Tule geese from Alaska to California documented how the birds changed course in response to dense smoke.

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Twitter Blue Is for People Who Love Reading the News

The platform's first subscription feature has a specific target audience.

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Randonauting Promised Adventure. It Led to Dumpsters

Powered by the Randonautica app, the practice blew up on TikTok and Reddit following last year's lockdowns. Since then, it's left many users disappointed.

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The Best Early Black Friday Deals on Laptops, TVs, and More

Beat the holiday rush with truly good discounts on our favorite gear.

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10 Gift Ideas to Tempt the Home Chef

From the real everyday pan to the best book for odds and ends, we have ideas that will keep the curious cook in your life tinkering away.

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The Fashion Industry Could Reduce Emissions—if It Wanted To

It’s common practice for apparel brands to hop from factory to factory in search of cost savings. Experts say this keeps companies hooked on fossil fuels.

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Meet the Duke Nukem Fan Re-Creating Britain in All Its Glory

From sacks of wet eggs to Michael Gove raving in a nightclub, Duke Smoochem perfectly captures the farcical reality of Brexit Britain.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

What Is Imax Enhanced, and Should You Care?

Disney+ has added a new way to stream Marvel movies. We break down what it means and if you can take advantage of it.

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Substack Is Now a Playground for the Deplatformed

The company’s CEO says the old way of social media is broken—but is his alternative much different?

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Good VR Is Not Always Going to Be High Fidelity

Timoni West, the head of augmented and virtual reality at Unity Technology, talks to WIRED about the future of XR.

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'The Beast Adjoins' Is Seriously Creepy Sci-Fi

Let's just say that the fate of humanity looks pretty bleak in Ted Kosmatka’s horrific short story about an AI uprising.

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Power Up Anywhere With the Best Travel Adapters

When going abroad, the right plugs are essential to keeping your gadgets charged. These are our favorites.

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Our Favorite Audiophile-Grade Gear for Serious Listening

Ready to get the best sound quality of your life? From speakers and headphones to streaming amps, here are our favorite tools for gold-plated listening.

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E-Cigarettes Could Be the New Nicotine Patch

England will allow doctors to prescribe vaping devices to people who want to quit smoking—if manufacturers can develop a product that works.

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Our Favorite Gear for Everyday Sun Protection

The sun is a giver of life—but get too much of it and you’re toast. These are the best hats, arm coverings, and shirts to shield yourself.

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John Doerr Wants to Stop Climate Change—With OKRs

Plus: Bill Gates’ climate plan, real estate in the metaverse, and a different kind of mirrorworld.

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How Metadata From Encrypted Messages Can Keep Everyone Safer

Sharing “metadata of the metadata” is crucial for informing product design that will fight misinformation without allowing security backdoors.

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In Celebration of Adele’s Finsta

The singer told Rolling Stone she knows how to “trace something online like no one’s business.”

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The Man, the Myth, and the Metaverse

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to believe his metaverse is the final frontier. The misconception comes with over a century of warnings.

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This Intrepid Robot Is the WALL-E of the Deep Sea

Here's how engineers got the car-sized Benthic Rover II to roam the seafloor 13,000 feet deep without immediately breaking down.

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Meta Isn’t the Only Company Building the Metaverse

This week, we look at Niantic and Snap, whose augmented reality plans are quite different than what’s being hyped elsewhere.

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PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: How They Compare 1 Year Later

Sony and Microsoft have had a year to address supply shortages and improve game libraries for their new consoles. Here's how they stack up.

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20 Great Deals From Amazon's Early Black Friday Sale

We've found TVs, smartphones, and wireless earbuds at steep discounts.

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Why the Chip Shortage Drags On and On … and On

Demand is still surging, but it takes time to build new factories. And a history of highs and lows may deter some investors.

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The Sneaky Way TikTok Is Connecting You to Real-Life Friends

The social network got huge by ignoring who you know. That's increasingly no longer the case.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Doom’s Creator Goes After ‘Doomscroll’

A metal guitarist thought Doomscroll would be a great name for a band. Video game developer Id Software had other ideas.

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Hackers Targeted Hong Kong Apple Devices in Widespread Attack

Visitors to pro-democracy and media sites in the region were infected with malware that could download files, steal data, and more.

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The Best Weighted Blankets for Calm and Comfort

These accessories might not cure your anxiety or insomnia, but they can feel like a hug when you really need one.

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When Databases Get to Define Family

Pakistan's national database encodes social expectations—like that every citizen has two married parents—and raises important questions about digital IDs.

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How to Pick the Perfect Phone Case

Protect your smartphone—and your sanity—with this helpful expert guidance.

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The Beats Fit Pro Are Apple's Best Earbuds Ever

The latest Beats in-ears are by far the best everyday headphones for iPhone owners.

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