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The debate over online anonymity, and all the whistleblowers, trolls, anarchists, journalists and political dissidents it enables, is messy enough. It doesn’t need the US government making up bogus statistics about how much that anonymity facilitates child pornography. At the State of the Net conference in Washington on Tuesday, US assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell discussed what […] The post No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn appeared first on WIRED.

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The sci-fi flagship is many things: a drama, a comedy, a series about ideas, a competition to see who can eat the most scenery, and much, much more. The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Star Trek appeared first on WIRED.

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Some people have non-human neighbors of the usual, inspiring kind: Bald eagles and bears, sea lions and salamanders, the sort of creatures found in nature documentaries intoned by deep-voiced narrators who plead on our planet's behalf. But I live in New York City. The star of this show, a charismatic megafauna of my own particular wilderness, is none other than the rat — and what science is teaching us may change how we think of this oft-reviled creature, and maybe even ourselves. The post The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats appeared first on WIRED.

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Good news for people without natural born talent: You don’t need it. The post This Machine Guides Your Hand to Teach You How to Draw appeared first on WIRED.

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Can't imagine a world without televisions? It may sound crazy now, but it's not impossible. The post Why All Three Game Consoles Have Now Ditched the TV appeared first on WIRED.

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War has a long history of sparking and accelerating invention. But while many of those ideas change history---the bayonet, aerial combat, the nuclear bomb---there are just as many that flop. The list of failures is long, but must surely be led by a device whose test ended with a dog chasing an errant rocket and generals running for their lives alongside members of the general public. The post Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead appeared first on WIRED.

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A gastronomical virtual reality experience that uses head mounted displays, 3-D printers, and food science to trick our taste buds. The post Forget Virtual Reality. Are You Ready for Virtual Sushi? appeared first on WIRED.

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Jesuit priests aren’t especially known for their heavy drug use, but it would seem that Father Domenico Giardina was tripping pretty hard on August 14, 1643. Looking out over the sea from Messina, Sicily, Giardina saw “a city all floating in the air, and so measureless and so splendid, so adorned with magnificent buildings, all […] The post Fantastically Wrong: The Bizarre Mirages That Once Scared the Bejesus Out of Sailors appeared first on WIRED.

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New Yorkers caught the wimpy end of Juno, but the carbon charged storm chin-checked New England. The post Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse appeared first on WIRED.

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Thule's Convert DSLR Rolltop Backpack features a padded removable camera pod, a laptop sleeve, and plenty of compartments and fasteners for stowing and organizing all of your gear. The post A Superbly Designed Camera Bag With Compartments Like Whoa appeared first on WIRED.

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Breaking up is hard to do. So is falling in love. Matthew Swarts has been pondering this since splitting up with a long-term girlfriend 2013 and then finding a new one last year. To process the strong, often conflicting emotions that come with these changes, Swart is working on two photo series. In Beth, he manipulates old photos […] The post An Artist Copes With a Breakup by Erasing His Ex in Photoshop appeared first on WIRED.

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Roman Mars thinks public radio needs a tune-up. His popular design podcast, 99% Invisible, was a start, but Mars’ plan for total airwave domination relies on Radiotopia, the podcast collective he founded last year with public media company PRX. The post Roman Mars: The Man Who’s Building a Podcasting Empire appeared first on WIRED.

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To date human beings have spotted about 300,000 asteroids. These range in scale from Ceres, the first discovered, way back on the first day of the 19th century (950 kilometers in diameter), to unnamed boulders. Little asteroids (say, the size of a bus or a house) far outnumber the big ones. Only a few thousand […] The post Fun with Killer Asteroids appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple sold a whopping 74.4 million iPhones last quarter, shattering its previous record of 51 million. The post Apple Sold a Bonkers Number of iPhones Over the Holidays appeared first on WIRED.

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At Apple's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook finally announced that the highly anticipated Apple Watch would ship in April. The post The Apple Watch Will Ship in April appeared first on WIRED.

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The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday released a detailed report urging businesses to take concrete steps to protect consumers’ privacy and security. The post FTC Warns of the Huge Security Risks in the Internet of Things appeared first on WIRED.

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This morning, the comic emailed fans some thoughts about his new special, and unwittingly penned one of the best comedy memories we've ever read. The post Louis CK’s Latest Email Is A Fantastic Elegy to Comedy Clubs appeared first on WIRED.

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As the world gets their gossip fix at Sony’s expense, I find myself marveling at the hubris. It’s easy to point fingers at Sony and the executives who’ve had their private conversations aired for the world to scrutinize, but Sony is hardly unique in their distress. Could Sony Pictures have done more to protect their […] The post It’s Easy To Point Fingers at Sony appeared first on WIRED.

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Google appears set to announce the next four cities to receive its gigabit speed fiber optic internet service: Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee. The post Google Fiber Is Coming to Four More Big Cities appeared first on WIRED.

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Forecasters say winter storm Juno will drop upwards of two feet of snow, crippling New York City, Boston, and the rest of the region. Nearly 7,000 flights have been cancelled as residents are hunkering down and bracing for power outages. That would make it one of the biggest storms in recorded American history. The post The Most Expensive Winter Storms in US History appeared first on WIRED.

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What was once just a figment of the imagination of some our most famous science fiction writers, artificial intelligence (AI) is taking root in our everyday lives. We’re still a few years away from having robots at our beck and call, but AI has already had a profound impact in more subtle ways. Weather forecasts, […] The post From Science Fiction to Reality: The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence appeared first on WIRED.

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Facebook wants to show the world that its ads really work. Today, the social networking giant unveiled a new online tool that will allow advertisers across the globe to test the effectiveness of the ads they post to Facebook. The tool offers what Facebook calls “conversion lift” testing, and in essence, it’s a means of […] The post Facebook Rolls Out Online Tool For Testing Ads With Control Groups appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1995, nothing better represented the excitement and wealth-making potential associated with the Internet than Netscape. But the Netscape saga—from spectacular rise to decline and humiliating absorption by AOL—spanned fewer than five years. The post The ’90s Startup That Terrified Microsoft and Got Americans to Go Online appeared first on WIRED.

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Jupiter Ascending is the first original, non-adaptation film from Andy and Lana Wachowski in a dozen years, so it seems only right they should have some wholly unique posters to promote it. Check out the awesome alternate artwork for Jupiter Ascending. The post New Jupiter Ascending Posters Bring the Intergalactic Awesomeness appeared first on WIRED.

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Snapchat's long-awaited news tool, Discovery, is finally here, enabling media outlets to post bite-sized content on the app. The post Snapchat Is Officially in the News Business With Launch of Discovery appeared first on WIRED.

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