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Google announced today that it will begin running ads in Google Play, in an apparent attempt to compete in a mobile advertising race that includes other frontrunners like Facebook. The post As Search Revenue Growth Slows, Google Opens Play Store to Ads appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s been just about 18 months since Neill Blomkamp followed up District 9 with Elysium, and in doing so left his native South Africa behind as a backdrop. Next weekend, however, he returns to theaters—and Johannesburg—with his new film, Chappie. Back is his friend and frequent collaborator Sharlto Copley, though in decidedly nonhuman form; Copley […] The post Neill Blomkamp Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Chappie appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple Pay is up and running and digital wallets are back in the limelight. Are merchants, consumers, and the market ready for mass adoption of digital wallets? Google Wallet’s poor early uptake comes to mind four years after its launch in 2011. We believe a combination of factors – part structural, part user experience – […] The post Digital Wallets: End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End? appeared first on WIRED.

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The FCC voted today to change the way it regulates internet providers in the United States. Net Neutrality advocates say it's a major victory for the internet. The post The FCC’s Vote to Protect Net Neutrality Is a Huge Win for the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

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Benjamin Black—who claims a role in the creation of modern cloud computing at Amazon—is now joining one of the key companies providing the rather complex tools that allow the world’s businesses to fashion their own cloud computing services. This week, Black moved to Pivotal, the rather ambitious outfit spun out of big-name tech companies EMC […] The post Cloud Computing Pioneer Moves to EMC’s Pivotal appeared first on WIRED.

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The glow of high-end music videos shines brightly in this week's round-up. Beautiful cinematography, rich lighting, celebrity cameos—this collection of clips just oozes class. But true to the egalitarian spirit of the Internet, we've also made space for the budget ballers out there in music land. Here are WIRED's favorite audio visuals of the week. The post Audio Visuals: Sleater-Kinney Gets Cartooned for Their Bob’s Burgers-Themed Video appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s commonly accepted that China is the largest nation on Earth by population, with more than 1.36 billion residents. But when today’s giants of Silicon Valley have as much ownership and control over our daily lives as traditional national governments do, it’s time to think more broadly in how we define a state. So if […] The post Opting Out of the Data Games – An Open Conversation for Facebook Friends appeared first on WIRED.

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Fact: Sexting is fun. Even celebrities who should perhaps know better are snapping nude selfies. But fret not, horny phone-clutching hordes, there is such a thing as safe sexting. Behold—four seemingly dirty images that, on closer inspection, turn out to be audaciously innocent. Study, practice, then hand this list to a nearby teen. —Lauren Bans […] The post How to Safe Sext appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple is holding an event March 9th in San Francisco. It could reveal more details about the Apple Watch, or perhaps, new MacBook Airs. The post Apple Invites Us to ‘Spring Forward’ at March 9th Event appeared first on WIRED.

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Motorola debuts a new version of Moto Maker. But instead of customizing a smartphone, users can design their own Moto 360 smartwatch. The post A Big Bet On Choice: Motorola Will Soon Let You Build Your Own Smartwatch appeared first on WIRED.

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OK, so maybe the Oscars were a little unkind to the superhero movie genre last weekend, but given the amount of big news from that side of the movie industry over the last seven days, it's clear who's likely to have the last laugh. The post Cape Watch: Viola Davis Joins Suicide Squad, Khal Drogo Gives Aquaman Sex Appeal appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1991, Alaska's governor proposed building a pipeline to bring his state's water to drought-stricken California. 25 years later, the state is in a worse drought, and the idea is still crazy as hell. The post Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska? appeared first on WIRED.

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The five-mile track will be built halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and be open to paying customers. The post Hyperloop Construction Starts Next Year With the First Full-Scale Track appeared first on WIRED.

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Ingrid Burrington introduces us to this physical face of modern telecommunications in Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide. The post A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight appeared first on WIRED.

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For five decades a 6.3-million pound behemoth of a machine, like a baseball diamond perched atop tank treads, has moved NASA rockets from their hangars to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. Now the two Crawler-Transporters, stalwart workhorses of the American space program, is getting its first major upgrade. Maxing out at just a mile […] The post NASA Upgrades Giant Rocket-Carrying Vehicle appeared first on WIRED.

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Xiaomi's Mi Note doesn't really feel that different from an iPhone. And at half the price, that similarity makes all the difference. The post Xiaomi’s Great New Phone Is a Lot Like an iPhone. Apple Should Take Note appeared first on WIRED.

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Neur.io is the latest company to help renters -- or anyone else -- turn their home into a smart home without retrofitting. The post The Tiny Gadget That Plugs Into Your House and Monitors Power Use appeared first on WIRED.

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Nearly two decades after it was canceled, we can finally play the lost Sonic the Hedgehog game. (After a fashion.) The post Fans Resurrect a Long-Lost Sonic the Hedgehog Game appeared first on WIRED.

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Quick: Name a female magician. Just one, dead or alive. Go! You probably can’t. And it’s not your fault; there aren’t many of ‘em. For a while, if people thought a woman had magic powers, they called her a “witch” and killed her. Once people figured out magic isn’t real, illusionists started dressing women in […] The post There Aren’t Many Women in Magic, But Those Who Are Kick the Guys’ Asses appeared first on WIRED.

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“The Diary” takes on all the conventions that make soap operas an integral part of the TV landscape---and Adventure Time blows our minds all over again. The post Tonight’s Adventure Time Is Modeled After Soap Operas, and It’s Glorious appeared first on WIRED.

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And it's actually a tribute to a forgotten visionary from the 1950s. The post A Killer Light Show, Set Inside a Church appeared first on WIRED.

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Of the nearly 24 million people in Shanghai, just 250 of them have motorcycle sidecars. The government won’t license any more, a decision that has created an unusually small niche of avid riders. French photographer Aurélien Chauvaud documents these quirky aficionados and their eclectic rides in his meticulously composed series Shanghai Sidecar Riders. Chauvaud took his first […] The post Meet the Eccentric Riders of Shanghai’s Motorcycle Sidecar Subculture appeared first on WIRED.

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Flow comes from father and son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who have simplified the task of harvesting honey to make the process almost as easy as turning on a tap. The post An Ingenious Invention That Turns Beehives Into Flowing Honey Taps appeared first on WIRED.

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“Our product is designed to be a window into entertainment," says the creator. The post A Universal Remote That Aims to Change How You Watch TV appeared first on WIRED.

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Software patents have become every business owner's nightmare. Here, the Electronic Frontier Foundation lays out its argument for abolishing them altogether. The post EFF: If You Want to Fix Software Patents, Eliminate Software Patents appeared first on WIRED.

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