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LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA — Alibaba founder Jack Ma says that his company—the Chinese ecommerce giant that recently debuted on Wall Street—is set to expand its investments in the U.S. tech market. “We’ve invested a lot in this space and we’re going to invest more,” Ma said on Monday evening at the Wall Street Journal‘s WSJD […] The post Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Vows To Pour Cash Into Silicon Valley appeared first on WIRED.

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Automatic's new driver program doesn't try to catch youngsters being bad drivers. It just gives them a chance to prove they're being good ones. The post Automatic’s App Will Teach Teen Drivers Without Spying on Them appeared first on WIRED.

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Today, Amazon got into the streaming-stick game with the announcement of the $39 Fire TV Stick. Here's how it compares to other popular HDMI streaming sticks. The post How Amazon’s Fire TV Stick Compares to Other Streaming Dongles appeared first on WIRED.

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A school board in Tennessee is being accused of violating the constitutional rights of students over a policy that allows school officials to search any electronic devices students bring to campus and to monitor and control what students post on social media sites. The post ACLU Calls Schools’ Policy to Search Devices and ‘Approve’ Kids’ Web Posts Unconstitutional appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s been my experience that too much of the same thing tends to end badly — and higher education is no exception. It was that way in college when my roommate Chris decided his life’s work was to take the Doodle Challenge — at the time, beating the record of 19 burgers within a 2.5 […] The post Rethinking the Lecture: In the Information Age, It’s Time to Flip the Classroom appeared first on WIRED.

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Well, that didn’t take long. Apple Pay launched only a week ago, and it’s already unmasking major strife in the retail industry. According to The New York Times and others, Rite Aid and CVS both blocked the use of Apple Pay over the weekend. Though neither company is saying why, one likely reason is a […] The post Stores Are Dropping Apple Pay. But They’ll Soon Change Their Tune appeared first on WIRED.

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Three years ago, New York Senator Chuck Schumer held a press conference to pressure federal law enforcement to crack down on the Silk Road, the anonymous online drug market that had only just come to light. Now, over a year since that contraband bazaar was seized by the FBI, Schumer seems to have discovered that […] The post NY Senator Calls for Renewed Crackdown on Dark Web Drug Sales appeared first on WIRED.

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According to Gallup, in 30 years the global economy will have $140 trillion worth of new customers. Whether by choice or necessity, businesses are racing to grab a piece of this lucrative pie and remain competitive in the market. As the pace of change quickens, the race becomes more difficult — and even more crucial. […] The post Community Sourcing: Bringing Innovation Out of the Ivory Tower appeared first on WIRED.

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On your next date, wear something red. Or just stand in front of a red background. Research shows that people find members of the opposite sex more attractive when they are in close proximity to the color red. For instance, redder faces are perceived as more attractive and individuals wearing red clothing are considered more […] The post The Red Effect, in People and Monkeys appeared first on WIRED.

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Cloud technology has introduced a new level of convenience to our lives, making our files available from whatever device is most handy at the moment. In a world where only a few years ago people fretted over how to transfer large files across computers, and had no options but to carry laptops everywhere because that […] The post Will Breaches and Privacy Concerns Lead to the Rise of the Personal Cloud? appeared first on WIRED.

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Anyone who’s played racing videogames like Gran Turismo or even Mario Kart knows the ghost car—the hologram that rides the track with you, recreating exactly the fastest lap you’ve driven. Following that car through the apexes is the best way to learn to drive consistently fast and beat your competition come race day. Justin Hayes […] The post A Head-Up Display for Your Car That Lets You Race Yourself appeared first on WIRED.

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Danielle Citron looks at Facebook Rooms and sees a nice middle ground in the battle over anonymity on the internet. Released last week, the new Facebook app is a place where you can chat with other like-minded people about most anything, from the World Series to 18th century playwrights, and because you needn’t use your […] The post The Future of Anonymity on the Internet Is Facebook Rooms appeared first on WIRED.

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The DoD is looking for a new Humvee, and Oshkosh has got a potential replacement. The post This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee appeared first on WIRED.

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Amazon's Fire TV Stick is cheaper and more powerful than some competitors. What's most noteworthy about the stick is not its low cost or its capabilities, but its timing. The post Like the Fire Phone, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick May Be Too Little, Too Late appeared first on WIRED.

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If you listened hard over the weekend to the chatter around the political theater of detaining a nurse returning from the Ebola zone in a tent with no heat or running water, you might have heard a larger concern expressed. It was this: What happens if this kind of punitive detention — which went far […] The post The Grim Future if Ebola Goes Global appeared first on WIRED.

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Fitbit, one of the predominant players in today's increasingly saturated fitness tracking space, today announced a trio of wearables of the wrist-worn variety. The post Fitbit Announces Three New Wearables, Including a Fancy ‘Super Watch’ appeared first on WIRED.

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Tony Buffington is a cat expert who wants to help you harmonize your relationship with your favorite feline. The post Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape appeared first on WIRED.

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Inspiration for the project came from science, but the aesthetic layer is a fascinating array of choices and influences. The post An Arty Oculus Trip Through the Large Hadron Collider appeared first on WIRED.

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The failure of the Fire Phone has been widely cited as the reason for Amazon’s disastrous quarter, but a darker cloud has settled over the world’s biggest online retailer. The core of Amazon’s business—its original reason for being: selling books and other media—has grown wobbly. The problem: many people no longer want to buy stuff. […] The post Apple and Amazon Have a Problem: People Don’t Want to Buy Stuff Anymore appeared first on WIRED.

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Less than a week after its launch, modders have already gotten a new perspective on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The post Play Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in Third Person, Thanks to This Mod appeared first on WIRED.

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So there's some quality stuff in this week's trailer roundup. There's a remake of The Gambler coming out. Lisa Kudrow is at long last coming back to HBO with a second season of The Comeback. Drumline got a sequel that's airing on Vh1. But really, the story here is the Avengers: Age of Ultron. We hope you watch all of these trailers. They're worth the time, but we also understand if you just want to watch the Ultron one over and over and over again. We recommend springing for the 1080p resolution at full screen. Powerful as Marvel is, they still don't pull the strings of the Internet. Superhero fiends, assemble! The post The Week’s Best Trailers: Avengers: Age of Ultron Blows Our Minds appeared first on WIRED.

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The station smartly and subtly blurs the line between the built and natural environments. The post This Clever Train Station Doubles as a Part of the Landscape appeared first on WIRED.

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Verizon Wireless has been subtly altering the web traffic of its wireless customers for the past two years, inserting a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters into data flowing between these customers and the websites they visit. The company—one the country’s largest wireless carriers, providing cell phone service for about 123 million subscribers—calls […] The post Verizon’s ‘Perma-Cookie’ Is a Privacy-Killing Machine appeared first on WIRED.

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The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This is a big deal, and now it's here. The post The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World appeared first on WIRED.

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Caves are intrinsically mysterious, beautiful places, which of course makes them great places to explore. But they tend to be dark, deep and occasionally dangerous, which means they need various safety features and amenities to be visitor-friendly. The results are sometimes garish, occasionally comical, and often spectacular in their own way. Austin Irving became interested […] The post Descend Into the Surreal World of Tourist-Friendly Caves appeared first on WIRED.

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