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A Clever Radio Trick Can Tell If a Drone Is Watching You

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 04:00
A quirk of video compression lets spy targets see what the drone watching them sees.
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GM Will Launch a Self-Driving Car Without a Steering Wheel in 2019

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:01
Now the automaker must prepare for the age of the truly driverless car.
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How a Mudslide Becomes a Deadly Tsunami of Rocks and Sludge

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:09
Scientists are learning how to predict deadly mudslides. (After fires, when enough rain comes.) The next step: Figuring out how bad they’ll be.
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Facebook Tweaks Newsfeed to Favor Content from Friends, Family

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:34
In response to critics, Facebook says it is changing its newsfeed algorithm to generate "more meaningful social interactions."
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Skype Introduces End-to-End Encrypted Texts and Voice

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:36
After years of lingering questions about Skype's commitment to protecting user data, it will soon offer end-to-end encryption to its 300 million monthly users.
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'Sex Party' or 'Nerds on a Couch?' A Night in Silicon Valley

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:31
Party described in Vanity Fair article and forthcoming book was at a home of Steve Jurvetson, a founding partner of venture-capital firm DFJ who left the firm in November.
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Congress Renews FISA Warrantless Surveillance Bill For Six More Years

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:19
The House of Representatives Thursday strengthened spying powers authorized under Section 702 of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act.
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Scientists Discover Clean Water Ice Just Below Mars' Surface

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:00
It’s not just the volume of water they found, it’s how mineable it promises to be.
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Facebook, Twitter Under Fire From Activist Investors

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:52
Activist investors filed shareholder resolutions asking Facebook and Twitter to take more responsibility for content on their sites, highlighting how concerns about the power of big tech firms is moving from Washington to Wall Street.
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Chuck Johnson's Twitter Free Speech Suit Is Probably DOA

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 09:06
Regardless of the merits of alt-right troll Chuck Johnson's case against Twitter, it raises important questions about the new public square.
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Moog Music Drummer From Another Mother (DFAM): Price, Specs, Release Date

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 07:00
Moog Music's new Drummer From Another Mother is an analog synthesizer that makes twisted percussion sounds.
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Astronomers Trace Fast Radio Burst to Extreme Cosmic Neighborhood

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 06:00
A mysterious object that repeatedly bursts with ultra-powerful radio waves must live in an extreme environment.
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At CES, Everyone Is Still Hunting for VR's Killer App

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 06:00
Reality has caught up with VR. But advancements on display at CES hint at a new, more satisfying chapter ahead in 2018.
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The Best VR News at CES Isn't Even a Headset

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 05:00
Resolution is great, but any VR fan knows the Vive Pro isn't the thing that matters—the wireless adapter is.
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CES 2018 Liveblog Day 4: Vegas's Biggest Gadget Show Rolls On

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 05:00
Join us for live updates from the WIRED team during our last day at CES 2018.
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How Dark Matter Physicists Score Deals on Liquid Xenon

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 05:00
Averaging around $100,000 a bottle, the xenon that powers a new generation of dark matter detectors doesn’t come cheap.
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When It Comes to Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 04:00
Google promised a fix after its photo-categorization software labeled black people as gorillas in 2015. More than two years later, it hasn't found one.
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Russian 'Fancy Bears' Hackers Target International Olympic Committee in Latest Email Dump

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:30
A state-linked hacking group is once again trying to discredit antidoping investigators.
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How the Bomb Cyclone Nearly Broke JFK Airport

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:19
The bad weather was bad enough to trigger cascade of effects through a system that's in delicate equilibrium at the best of times.
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We Climb Aboard the Flying Car Concept of the Future

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 13:15
At CES2018, Bell Helicopter showed off its idea of how a flying taxi system might work—so we climbed aboard.
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