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Friday morning, Virgin Galactic’s spaceship, meant to eventually take wealthy passengers on brief rides into space, crashed during a test flight over southern California. One of the pilots onboard was killed, the other suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. It’s a serious setback for the space tourism effort, but is unlikely to kill the enterprise altogether. The program is quite advanced, and Richard Branson’s employees have put a ton of effort into finding a reliable way to get people into space. Here's how they plan to do it once they're back on track. The post No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It’s Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo appeared first on WIRED.

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By adding its video service to Roku devices, Google is going after more streaming-content purchases while trying to get a leg up on Amazon. The post Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku appeared first on WIRED.

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Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others, Amazon has released the diversity statistics of its workforce, and they're in line with what we've seen from its many tech competitors. The post Amazon Joins Google and Facebook in Exposing Tech’s Gender Gap appeared first on WIRED.

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Today, a brave Virgin Galactic test pilot is dead and another one critically injured---in the service of a millionaire boondoggle thrill ride. The post Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For appeared first on WIRED.

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Hacking into the Home Depot credit card system, the financial records at JP Morgan Chase? Child’s play! Try hacking into the feed of a local Chicago television station and replacing the sport anchor with a really creepy incarnation of Max Headroom. The post Tech Time Warp of The Week: Remembering the Max Headroom Incident, One of the Creepiest Hacks Ever appeared first on WIRED.

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There seems to be an ongoing, almost incessant debate about the concept of responsible disclosure and whether it’s helpful or not for white hat hackers and other security researchers to publicly reveal details about the information security vulnerabilities they find. The debate has been getting a lot of mainstream media exposure because of phenomenon such […] The post The Tao of Responsible Disclosure appeared first on WIRED.

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WIRED editors discuss Nintendo's impending figurine business, Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One and more. The post Game|Life Podcast: Nintendo Downgrades Amiibo Figures appeared first on WIRED.

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What’s Going On? During a test flight over the Mojave Desert today, Virgin Galactic’s spaceship suffered a “serious anomaly” and crashed. Two pilots were on board the plane, as is typical during test flights, and media reports claim that one parachute was seen on the ground. The California Highway Patrol is reporting one fatality, according […] The post Everything We Know About the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash appeared first on WIRED.

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As commencement ceremonies conclude at colleges and universities, many thousands of recent graduates are entering or re-entering the workforce and finding a competitive and still-recovering market for most professions. One thing I thought about as I watched students graduate this year is the stress on students to find gainful employment with their rising debt load […] The post Congress, Tech Have Their Eyes on Rethinking the Textbook — And Educators Should Too appeared first on WIRED.

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What do you want for Halloween? How about Lollipops? And Nexus devices, and modular phones, and wrist-computers that are not watches? Hold out your goodie bags and download this week's show. The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Modular Phones, Microsoft’s Wearable, and Technology and Stuff appeared first on WIRED.

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For tourists more interested in spotting Bugattis and Paganis than the history of the White Tower, here's where you want to hang out. The post The Best London Neighborhoods for Spotting Supercars appeared first on WIRED.

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Now the world's least anonymous website (Facebook) has just joined the Web's most anonymous network (Tor). The post Why Facebook Just Launched Its Own ‘Dark Web’ Site appeared first on WIRED.

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You weren’t imagining things. The Facebook iPhone app was getting slower. In 2012, the social networking giant launched its first native iPhone app, and over the next two years, according to Facebook engineer Adam Ernst, its all-important News Feed gradually slowed down as the company beefed up the app with new features. But recently, after […] The post How Facebook Sped Up Its iPhone App by Nearly 50% appeared first on WIRED.

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Google's head of robotics and former head of Android, Andy Rubin, is stepping down from the company to launch a new incubator for hardware startups. The post Android Founder Departs Google, Adding to Executive Shakeup appeared first on WIRED.

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Spiders form communal webs more often than you think. The post 4-Acre Spider Web Engulfs Building appeared first on WIRED.

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The touchscreen Chrome OS notebook from Lenovo has some appealing hardware on the outside, but the touch display is sub-par, and the internals aren't well-suited to the heavier end of the modern web. Hey, at least it's inexpensive. The post Touch and Go appeared first on WIRED.

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If Microsoft wanted to take a slice out of Apple's impending Apple Watch audience, it couldn't have crafted a better plan than with its just-released Microsoft Band. The post The Apple Watch Just Got the Perfect Rival: Microsoft’s Band appeared first on WIRED.

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Tim Cook made history, becoming the first openly gay CEO on the Fortune 500 list. But for many gay people across the country, coming out at work isn't so easy. The post Why Tim Cook’s ‘Proud to Be Gay’ Essay Means So Much to the Workplace appeared first on WIRED.

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The mythmakers in Brian Shumway’s series Modern Medieval aren’t content to sit around a table slaying imaginary dragons or play make-believe on Halloween. No, they're out and about, dressing, talking and behaving like lords, warriors, Valkyries and the other characters of their own worlds and imaginations. The post Meet the Wizards and Lords That Rule the Suburbs of Utah appeared first on WIRED.

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Stefan Olander, Nike’s VP of Digital, discusses what the company's planning after the FuelBand and hints at grander ambitions to quantify fitness and the body even more completely. The post Nike’s Digital Guru Hints at the Post-FuelBand Future appeared first on WIRED.

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When it comes to multiplayer shooters, most games “innovate” via level design, fun weapons, and game variants that go beyond your simple deathmatch or objective game modes. Double Action: Boogaloo is not one of those games. The post Double Action: Boogaloo Is a Free-to-Play Multiplayer Shooter With Serious Style appeared first on WIRED.

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This is the stuff from our lives that we either own and never want to let go, or that we’ve been testing and are totally enamored with. This is October’s most loved gear. The post The Gadgets and Gear We Couldn’t Get Enough of in October appeared first on WIRED.

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Thanks to a depth-sensing camera that points down from the top of it, the HP Sprout will let you scan and manipulate digital objects with your bare hands. The post HP’s New PC Can Project a Touchscreen Onto Your Desk appeared first on WIRED.

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Can Microsoft compete with Google, Apple, and so many others in the ever-expanding world of wearable health gizmos? J.P. Gownder thinks so—if the company can make good on its promise to closely analyze all the data streaming from its new Microsoft Band wearable. Microsoft launched Band on Thursday, alongside a service called Microsoft Health, a […] The post Microsoft Could Still Win the Future of Health Wearables appeared first on WIRED.

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There's no terror like the terror that comes from being a little kid and seeing something that unexpectedly freaks you all the way out. Let's take a moment to pay our respects to the movies that unwittingly triggered our fear centers. The post The Most Terrifying Non-Horror Movies We’ve Ever Seen appeared first on WIRED.

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