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Copycat: How Facebook Tried to Squash Snapchat

12:13 | Feb 19th, 2018

Just before Facebook went public in 2012, Mark Zuckerberg had a bound red book titled Facebook Was Not Originally Created to Be a Company placed on every employee’s desk. The book, written by Zuckerberg himself, ended with an urgent, even ominous ral...Show More
Google's New Ad Blocker Changed the Web Before It Even Switched On

06:18 | Feb 16th, 2018

You might see fewer ads on the web from now on. But you probably won't. On Thursday, Google Chrome, the most popular browser by a wide margin, began rolling out a feature that will block ads on sites that engage in particularly annoying behavior, suc...Show More
The Bike-Share Wars Heat Up With Latest Funding

05:54 | Feb 16th, 2018

The bike-sharing wars have escalated. What started as healthy competition between two powerful, well-funded Chinese companies and a handful of scrappy American upstarts has intensified into a trash-talking land grab involving electric scooters, elect...Show More
This App Lets Drivers Juggle Competing Uber and Lyft Rides

11:13 | Feb 15th, 2018

Angel Torres was driving down a major Los Angeles boulevard in late 2016 when it happened: Ride requests from Uber and Lyft arrived at the same second. As he looked away from the road to decide which trip was more worth his time, he nearly rear-ended...Show More
Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators

11:01 | Feb 15th, 2018

Do not let their names fool you. The silicon places---Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach, Silicon Bayou, Silicon Shire, Silicon Desert, Silicon Holler, Silicon Hill and, separately, Silicon Hills---do not aspire to become “...Show More
What Microsoft’s Antitrust Case Teaches Us About Silicon Valley

05:03 | Feb 14th, 2018

In the twilight of the 20th century, Bill Gates was well and truly a tentacular squid, with his sucker-covered limbs extending into every level of the computer industry. The one area that Gates didn’t dominate: the World Wide Web. And how he tried to...Show More
Trust in Social Media Withers In the Industry's Own Backyard

06:01 | Feb 14th, 2018

In conservative circles, the pitchforks have been out for tech since at least the 2016 election season, with far-right media organizations like Breitbart and Project Veritas accusing the industry and its leaders of silencing Republican voices, advoca...Show More
What Happened to Zuckerberg? Here's How Our March 2018 Cover Was Created

02:47 | Feb 13th, 2018

The bruised Mark Zuckerberg on this issue's cover? That's a photo-illustration created by Jake Rowland, a New York City–based artist known for his composite portraits. For this image, Rowland mashed together an existing image of Zuckerberg with a pho...Show More
Google Autocomplete Still Makes Vile Suggestions

09:48 | Feb 13th, 2018

In December of 2016, Google announced it had fixed a troubling quirk of its autocomplete feature: When users typed in the phrase, "are jews," Google automatically suggested the question, "are jews evil?" When asked about the issue during a hearing in...Show More
Unicorns Are Rare. This Study Suggests They Should Be Even Rarer

14:06 | Feb 12th, 2018

For startups, achieving unicorn status is a big deal. Companies valued at more than $1 billion look more formidable to competitors, customers, and recruits---and less like the fly-by-night startups they may actually be. Thus, for the past three years...Show More
To Make AI Smarter, Humans Perform Oddball Low-Paid Tasks

14:40 | Feb 9th, 2018

Tucked into a back corner far from the street, the baby-food section of Whole Foods in San Francisco’s SoMa district doesn’t get much foot traffic. I glance around for the security guard, then reach towards the apple and broccoli superfood puffs. Aft...Show More
Ethical Tech Will Require a Grassroots Revolution

07:00 | Feb 9th, 2018

Tristan Harris holds his iPhone in the air, so the whole crowd of educators, technologists, doctors, and researchers before him can see the virtual wasteland of his iPhone's home screen. Gone are the cluttered, candy-colored icons that a busy brain s...Show More
Should Data Scientists Adhere to a Hippocratic Oath?

06:07 | Feb 8th, 2018

The tech industry is having a moment of reflection. Even Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook are talking openly about the downsides of software and algorithms mediating our lives. And while calls for regulation have been met with increased lobbying to block...Show More
Can Crisis Line Messaging Help Improve Workplace Culture?

06:12 | Feb 8th, 2018

Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit that offers emotional support through text messaging, has spent four years connecting people in extreme emotional duress with online counselors. Now its founder is creating a startup called Loris.ai to help companies tea...Show More
Why JP Morgan, Daimler Are Testing Computers That Aren't Useful Yet

06:21 | Feb 7th, 2018

JPMorgan Chase has plenty of “quants” who hunt profits with computers. In 2018 the bank is adding employees you might call quantums. The computers they’ll use work on data using the intuition-defying processes of quantum mechanics. America’s largest ...Show More
The WIRED Guide to the Blockchain

13:23 | Feb 7th, 2018

Depending on who you ask, blockchains are either the most important technological innovation since the internet or a solution looking for a problem. The original blockchain is the decentralized ledger behind the digital currency bitcoin. The ledger c...Show More
The Gawker Archives Aren't Going Anywhere

07:07 | Feb 6th, 2018

In May of 2017, nearly a year after Gawker shut down, a story mysteriously disappeared from its archives. The 2015 article detailed leaked emails written by Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, which had become public after the company’s servers were br...Show More
How Grab Is Giving Uber a Run for Its Money in Southeast Asia

07:08 | Feb 6th, 2018

Not long after Uber’s pugnacious founders first tested their app among San Franciscans, a pair of Harvard Business School classmates from Malaysia seized upon a similar idea: They wanted to build Uber, but for Asia. In 2012, they launched a ride-shar...Show More
How To Be a Bitcoin Thought Leader

07:02 | Feb 5th, 2018

So you still have no idea how to talk about cryptocurrencies at a cocktail party. That's fine: Your livelihood doesn't depend on it. But for a certain segment of the population—investors, industry analysts, lawyers, really anyone who's tech-adjacent ...Show More
Facebook's Future Rests on Knowing You Even Better

05:04 | Feb 5th, 2018

For the past few years, Facebook’s quarterly earnings calls have been something of a victory lap. Even at its massive scale---$40 billion in annual revenue and more than half of the world’s internet users, the company manages to grow consistently eac...Show More
The Next 25 Years of WIRED Start Today

04:43 | Feb 2nd, 2018

In the first issue of WIRED, published 25 years ago this year, founding editor Louis Rossetto declared that “in the age of information overload, THE ULTIMATE LUXURY IS MEANING AND CONTEXT.” (Caps his.) If anything, that simple observation rings even ...Show More
Now That Tech Runs the World, Let's Retire the Hacker Ideal

06:53 | Feb 1st, 2018

Virgil Griffith discovered the allure of hacking in 1993, while slumped at an Intel 80386 system in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was 10, and he was on a losing streak at Star Wars: X-Wing. To hit the leader­board, he’d need a fleet of ace wingmen, but he ...Show More
Proposal for Federal Wireless Network Shows Fear of China

10:41 | Feb 1st, 2018

The interstate highway system wasn't built in the name of convenience or even commerce. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, he did it in the name of national security. In fact, the official name of the syst...Show More
Health Experts Ask Facebook to Shut Down Messenger Kids

06:27 | Jan 31st, 2018

A coalition of 97 child health advocates sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday asking him to discontinue Messenger Kids, a new advertising-free Facebook app targeted at 6-to-12-year olds. Advocates say the app likely will undermine healthy chil...Show More
Why Tether's Collapse Would Be Bad for Cryptocurrencies

09:38 | Jan 31st, 2018

The cryptocurrency world, with its volatility, is all about FUD—fear, uncertainty, doubt. And nothing is generating more FUD right now than an unusual currency called tether. Unlike bitcoin and its many siblings, tether is what is called a stablecoin...Show More
Facebook Wants to Fix Itself. Here's a Better Solution.

07:03 | Jan 30th, 2018

Chalk it up to a New Year’s Resolution or maybe just the ongoing fallout from Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is looking to do things a little differently this year. At the beginning of January he p...Show More
A Debate About Bitcoin That Was a Debate About Nothing

10:55 | Jan 30th, 2018

James Altucher would like to remind us of the math behind cryptocurrency: Two hundred billion dollars in supply. Two hundred trillion dollars of potential demand, even more if you throw in contract law. There’s 10,000 man-years of science behind it. ...Show More
At Davos, Big Tech Is Waiting for Its Grace Period to Run Out

07:56 | Jan 29th, 2018

There’s a trust crisis afoot. Earlier this week, Edelman’s annual Trust Barometer report suggested that trust is collapsing in America. In a survey of 33,000 people across more than 28 countries, only a third of Americans responded that they trust th...Show More
The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google

12:38 | Jan 29th, 2018

Fired Google engineer James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company’s liberal political orthodoxy, particularly around the merits of diversity. Now, outspoken diversity advocates at Google say that they are ...Show More
The Dangers of Keeping Women Out of Tech

11:27 | Jan 26th, 2018

In 1978 a young woman named Maria Klawe arrived at the University of Toronto to pursue a doctorate in computer science. She had never used a computer—much less written a line of code—but she had a PhD in math and a drive to succeed in a male-dominate...Show More
What's at Stake With Amazon's New HQ? Ask Newark

09:59 | Jan 26th, 2018

Amazon's list of finalists for the location of its second headquarters holds few surprises. Following months of hype in cities and small towns across America, the 20 that made the final cut are altogether expected—major business centers and transit h...Show More