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As the saga of the Silk Road has unfolded over the last four years, everyone has had an opinion about the unprecedented, billion-dollar online narcotics bazaar, from press to politicians to prosecutors. Even the pseudonymous mastermind of the site, the Dread Pirate Roberts, gave an interview and posted thousands of words to the Silk Road’s […] The post Here’s the Secret Silk Road Journal From the Laptop of Ross Ulbricht appeared first on WIRED.

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Leatherman's new Tread is an industry first: a serious multi-tool that's worn on the wrist. Each link on the band includes two to three functional tools, for a total of 25 usable features. The post Leatherman’s New Wearable Tech Can Repair Your Wearable Tech appeared first on WIRED.

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Things like connectivity, infotainment, and autonomous features are as important to Ford as performance, styling, and safety. The post Ford Finally Discovers Silicon Valley appeared first on WIRED.

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The specific hackers behind the Sony breach and data leaks may never be identified or arrested. But authorities say they have caught a hacker behind another high-profile breach: the intrusion into computers owned by Madonna, which resulted in leaks of her songs before their scheduled release. The Israeli suspect, 39-year-old Adi Lederman, was arrested in […] The post Aspiring Singer Arrested in Israel on Suspicion of Hacking Madonna appeared first on WIRED.

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"Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys," says Lucas, "Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old girls." The post George Lucas Confounds Expectations With Strange Magic appeared first on WIRED.

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Expedia has agreed to buy Travelocity from its parent company, Sabre Corp., for $280 million, merging two major travel booking sites amidst increasing competition from other players in the space. The post Expedia Buys Travelocity, Merging Two of the Web’s Biggest Travel Sites appeared first on WIRED.

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President Obama believes America must build “21st century infrastructure—modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet,” and in his State of the Union this week he asked the Republican-controlled Congress to pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan, likely the trillion-dollar legislation Senator Bernie Sanders proposed earlier this month. It’s an ambitious plan that many agree is desperately […] The post It’s Time to Fix America’s Infrastructure. Here’s Where to Start appeared first on WIRED.

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Revelations from the Washington Post and others are bringing to light growing concern that every Uber employee, and apparently interviewee, is allowed unlimited access to customer data. For instance, one article described how the company’s employees use a feature called “God View” that allows tracking of all Uber customers in real time; that information has then been […] The post Uber’s Privacy Woes Should Serve As a Cautionary Tale for All Companies appeared first on WIRED.

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Microsoft has agreed to acquire open-source software company Revolution Analytics, heavily embracing the R programming language, a data analysis tool widely used by both academics and corporate data scientists. The software giant announced the deal on Friday, but did not disclose the terms. Revolution Analytics is best known for offering developer tools for use with […] The post Microsoft Acquires Open Source Data Science Company Revolution Analytics appeared first on WIRED.

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Humans have a natural characteristic of living inside their own head and think that the way it works in their head is similar to how it works in someone else’s head. Chances are that the person who will read this article belongs to the 5% of people who naturally feel excited about the future, when […] The post Is Keeping Things Simple the Wearable Industry’s Way Forward? appeared first on WIRED.

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Almost a year after it publicly filed for an IPO, Box finally made its debut on Wall Street on Friday morning. The market’s reaction was rather favorable. The post Box Shares Surge in the First Big IPO of 2015 appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s the quintessential college experience: late nights, pizza, and heady intellectual conversations. And then there was that one friend, whose philosophical musings would bring unconnected thoughts together into a stream of mellifluous prose; it all sounded pretty convincing at the time – even if the specifics were hazy – leaving us with the sense of […] The post Is this the Earnest, Fast-Paced Future of Science Communication? appeared first on WIRED.

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Skymall was a tradition. An absurd, capitalistic embodiment of everything that was shallow and wrong with our lives, and yet it also brought us comfort. The post An Ode to SkyMall After It Files For Bankruptcy appeared first on WIRED.

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Ban trolls. Research shows that groups of people who are good at reading signals from others are collectively smarter. Even online. The post People Who Are Good at Cocktail Parties Are Also Better at the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

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The world's first publicly traded person and Kanye West's former technical consultant want to help you IPO anything. The post The Crowdfunding Site That Lets You Sell Shares in Your Videogame or Movie appeared first on WIRED.

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The best TV this week not only had excellent showings from the women of Broad City and the Saturday Night Live players, it also has a cameo from none other than President Obama. USA! USA! The post The Week’s Best TV: Obama’s Sick Burn and Bill Cosby’s Tone-Deaf Comedy Jam appeared first on WIRED.

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In the late '70s, researchers at MIT built a tablet that filled an entire room. It was called the Spatial Data Management System, and although it was enormous, it was an awful lot like a modern tablet or smartphone. It had a touch screen, voice recognition, and multiple apps. It could even make phone calls. The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: The 1977 Tablet Computer That Took Up an Entire Room appeared first on WIRED.

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On a fall morning in 2009, a team of three young physicists huddled around a computer screen in a small office overlooking Broadway in New York. They were dressed for success—even the graduate student’s shirt had buttons—and a bottle of champagne was at the ready. With a click of the mouse, they hoped to unmask […] The post How Three Guys With $10K and Decades-Old Data Almost Found the Higgs Boson First appeared first on WIRED.

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An app that began as a prototype at Stanford now lets sight impaired iPad users type Braille on its touchscreen. The post iPad App Brings Braille Keyboard to Blind Users’ Fingertips appeared first on WIRED.

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Ah, motherhood. I don’t know anything about it, but I heard there’s a lot of, like, sacrifice and stuff. Not only do you have to bring the brat into the world, but then you have to feed it for at least 18 years or you get in big trouble. That’s a lot of pressure. But […] The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Fly That Devours Its Mother From the Inside Out appeared first on WIRED.

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Rapper Yung Jake makes some impressive celebrity portraits...with emoji. The post Celebrity Portraits Made Entirely Out of Emoji appeared first on WIRED.

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The Brilliance Pro is like the MacBook Air of developing-world jaundice treatment. The post How a Design Firm Is Saving Lives by Sweating the Details appeared first on WIRED.

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But more than anything, today's public market debut of a "consumer-enterprise" startup is a way to take the temperature of the confidence Microsoft's ability to make software people actually want to use. In other words, can Microsoft make software people really want to use? The post Box’s IPO Could Rain All Over Microsoft’s Comeback appeared first on WIRED.

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I spent last weekend elbow-deep in engine grease, hands tangled in the steel guts of my wife’s Mazda 3. It’s a good little car, but lately its bellyachings have sent me out to the driveway to tinker under the hood. I regularly hurl invectives at the internal combustion engine—but the truth is, I live for […] The post WTF! It Should Not Be Illegal to Hack Your Own Car’s Computer appeared first on WIRED.

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What would make someone want to take a trip to see the site of a mass execution? How about a natural disaster, or a nuclear meltdown? The post Explore the World’s Most Morbid Tourist Attractions appeared first on WIRED.

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