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MCX—the coalition of retailers at the heart of recent decisions to block Apple Pay—says it could eventually embrace that technology that drives Apple’s brand new payments service. But it seems that coalition will continue to freeze out Apple Pay—and all other payments services that compete with its own app, known as CurrentC. The post Why So Many American Retailers Are Fighting to Freeze Out Apple Pay appeared first on WIRED.

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Last night, an unmanned Antares rocket carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station exploded in a huge fireball seconds after liftoff. No one was hurt, but in addition to damage to the launch pad, NASA lost tons of supplies, including equipment and food for astronauts. Science also took a big hit in the explosion. The post What Science Lost in the Antares Rocket Explosion appeared first on WIRED.

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Personal communications are becoming more user friendly every day. However workplace communications seem to be getting more complex. Every time employees log-in, there are more applications that they are required to use and more streams to keep up with. Despite communications advances, the inevitable truth is that employees spend too much time messaging and not […] The post Personal: Check. Next Up: The Workplace — Contextual Communications Change the Game appeared first on WIRED.

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Even if you've procrastinated on your Halloween plans, you can still whip up festive, interactive costumes and decor. Here are seven tips and ideas for a WIRED All Hallows Eve. The post Last-Minute Tech Tips for Making Your Halloween Nice and Creepy appeared first on WIRED.

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In Mike Judge’s excellent comedy series “Silicon Valley”, the much clichéd mission statement of start-ups claiming “to make the world a better place” is mocked to full effect. In one episode, a handful of start-ups line up to pitch to a panel of investors. They all conclude their presentations with the same lofty ambition, pledging […] The post Beyond Disruption: The Age of the Impact Entrepreneur appeared first on WIRED.

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Watson, the artificially intelligent IBM supercomputer, can already beat you at Jeopardy. And soon, it will know more than you do about what’s happening on Twitter, too. It’s part of a deal the two companies announced on Wednesday that’s designed to let IBM’s business clients mine the 500 million daily Twitter messages for competitive intel. […] The post After IBM Deal With Twitter, Watson Supercomputer Can Mine Mountains of Tweets appeared first on WIRED.

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy two years ago, shocking photos showed the huge extent of the destruction caused by the storm. Only days after the storm struck, before and after satellite images from Google revealed the widespread damage to coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. Last year, before and after photos showed progress but still a lot of work to be done. The post Two Years After Sandy, See How Much It Changed the Neighborhoods It Hit appeared first on WIRED.

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If you wanted to find a new species of frog, the rainforest seems like a better place to look than the urban jungle. However, scientists have found a new species of frog living in and around New York City. The post New Species of Frog Discovered in New York City appeared first on WIRED.

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LAGUNA BEACH, California — Coursera is one of the driving forces behind the MOOC, the massive open online course, a way for enormous numbers of people to experience university courses over the internet. But the company may soon delve into something not so massive. Rick Levin, the former president of Yale University who now serves […] The post King of Free Online Courses May Soon Add Videochats With Professors appeared first on WIRED.

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OSquery aims to identify attacks on the thousands of machines used across Facebook. On Wednesday, the company open-sourced the tool. The post Facebook, Google, and the Rise of Open Source Security Software appeared first on WIRED.

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In just the latest sign that the future of television is online, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed a new rule that would let internet TV providers license television content just like cable and satellite companies do. The post FCC Proposes New Rule to Make All Your Cord Cutting Fantasies Come True appeared first on WIRED.

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On Wednesday, Poynt unveiled its flagship product: a “smart” payment terminal intended for small and medium-sized merchants. Based on the Android mobile operating system, this gadget includes two screens (a main one facing the merchant, and a second, smaller screen for the consumer). It offers a traditional credit card reader, a chip-and-pin card reader, and a receipt printer. It comes with built-in sales-analysis apps. It lets you build and install your own apps. And it includes a wide range of tools for accepting digital payments, including NFC, QR code, and Bluetooth technologies. The post Former Head of Google Wallet Debuts a Universal Payments Terminal appeared first on WIRED.

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Seth Newburg has a phone. It’s a new phone, just a prototype. Almost no one here at Google has seen it yet. Not even Sundar (as in Sundar Pichai, Google’s new head of nearly everything). Which is just bonkers, because Sundar sees it all—especially important phones like this one. But Sundar’s meeting got delayed, and […] The post A Day With Project Ara, Google’s Crazy Modular Phone appeared first on WIRED.

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Disney has unleashed LucasArts' classic adventures for DRM-free download, including the brilliant Sam & Max Hit the Road. The post One of the Funniest Adventure Games Ever Is Finally Back on Sale appeared first on WIRED.

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In the 40-plus years since he first donned the hazmat suit and flower pot hat as cofounder of Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh has done a lot more than just whip out pop hits. He's been a Wes Anderson collaborator, commercial jingle writer, Yo Gabba Gabba! character, and the guy who made the awesome music on The Lego Movie. And he's also tirelessly been making art. The post The Beautiful, Goofy Art of Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh appeared first on WIRED.

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MIT Media Lab's new logo, created by Pentagram, draws on a decades-old design. The post MIT Media Lab Gets a Transforming Logo, Courtesy of Pentagram appeared first on WIRED.

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Seaview divers routinely cover 2 kilometers in a dive and generate 3,000 panoramic images in a day. Only a fraction of the best are uploaded to Google Street View. The post Take a Google Seaview Tour of the World’s Most Stunning Coral Reefs appeared first on WIRED.

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Our gallery of "winners" of the saddest-cubicle contest still holds the record for WIRED's most popular post ever. We're resurrecting the long-forgotten saddest-cubicle gallery, and issuing a new call for submissions. The post The Saddest Office Cubicles We Could Find appeared first on WIRED.

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In his career-ending extramarital affair that came to light in 2012, General David Petraeus used a stealthy technique to communicate with his lover Paula Broadwell: the pair left messages for each other in the drafts folder of a shared Gmail account. Now hackers have learned the same trick. Only instead of a mistress, they're sharing their love letters with data-stealing malware buried deep on a victim's computer. The post Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data appeared first on WIRED.

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Continuity should make your Apple ecosystem more complete and convenient, but incessant ringing from every device can be annoying. Here's how to restore the quiet (and your sanity). The post How to Turn Off Your Mac’s Annoying Call-Forwarding Feature appeared first on WIRED.

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Imagine if your refrigerator could learn how to keep food cooler more cheaply by looking at the data from other refrigerators in the area? The post The Wonderful Possibilities of Connecting Your Fridge to the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

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Bryan Edwards Dealing with poorly-designed stuff is always a drag, but it can be especially irksome when it’s first thing in the morning. It’s a vulnerable time. You’re groggy. You’re grumpy. After all, while your job may seem as soul crushing as ever by lunchtime, you should at least give every day a fair shot […] The post 23 Beautiful Products to Make Waking Up Suck a Little Less appeared first on WIRED.

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The Martini boat has an active suspension to make going over waves feel like, well, nothing. The post This Self-Stabilizing Boat’s Deck Is Always Flat, Even in Rough Waters appeared first on WIRED.

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Flipboard may have been the original iPad magazine, but now it's making its app smarter for its growing smartphone audience. The post Flipboard Finally Ditches Its iPad Roots With a Smarter Phone App appeared first on WIRED.

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[HTML1] An unmanned Antares rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station exploded just seconds after taking off this evening. The rocket, which launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia at 6:22 pm ET, was operated by the Orbital Sciences Corporation. The cause of the “catastrophic anomaly” is not clear, and […] The post Rocket Headed for Space Station Explodes After Liftoff appeared first on WIRED.

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