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In 1958, Michael Young coined the term “meritocracy” in his book, The Rise of the Meritocracy. Young used the term satirically to depict a United Kingdom ruled by a system that favored intelligence and merit above all else, including past personal achievements. However, the concept of meritocracy has taken on a different meaning since Young’s […] The post Meritocracy: The Workplace Culture That Breeds Success appeared first on WIRED.

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Rejoice, cord-cutters. HBO has announced it will launch its own online video streaming service next year, no cable TV subscription needed. Until now, HBO’s streaming service, HBO GO, has required users to have an HBO subscription, but in an investor meeting on Wednesday, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler acknowledged that this model excludes the […] The post Down With Cable! Why HBO Is Finally Launching a Standalone Streaming Service appeared first on WIRED.

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Google announced a few new Nexus devices today---the new Nexus 6 phone, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player, a streaming set-top box for movies and games. The post Google Announces New Nexus Devices and Makes Lollipop Official appeared first on WIRED.

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A is for Zebra helps kiddos work on their vowel sounds while providing an esoteric, slightly cheeky, and fascinating review of 20th century culture. The post A New Alphabet Book With Dozens of Offbeat Drawings for Every Letter appeared first on WIRED.

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New York’s bitcoin regulations may not be as onerous as many have feared. In a speech at Cardozo Law School in New York on Tuesday night, Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of financial services for the state of New York, said that the state will not require digital-currency software developers to have a license, as it had […] The post New York’s Bitcoin Regulations May Not Kill Startups After All appeared first on WIRED.

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On November 18th, 1755, the ground beneath Boston, Massachusetts started shaking violently, toppling chimneys, sending glassware flying, and confusing fishermen off the coast. Residents interpreted the 6.0 magnitude earthquake as punishment for moral lassitude, and local churches saw a brief increase in attendance. The 18th century may seem like ancient history, but to geologists, that’s […] The post Think Your State Doesn’t Need an Earthquake Plan? Think Again. appeared first on WIRED.

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The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system […] The post Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing appeared first on WIRED.

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The Galaxy Note 4 is a great device. And while we’re still mystified by some of Samsung’s software decisions, the hardware and overall experience are flagship-worthy. The post Note Worthy appeared first on WIRED.

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Welcome to the middle (approximately) of the academic semester. Yes, students (and faculty) often refer to this time as “midterms”. In some courses, this might be a time for your first exam. In other cases, there may have already been a couple of exams. Either way, now is traditionally a time to reflect on progress […] The post “I Just Don’t Understand Physics”: Midterm Advice For Students appeared first on WIRED.

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The problem when it comes to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people aboard, is that there's no wreckage to show us what went wrong, and how to avoid the same problem. But that lack of evidence, and the frustration that comes with getting nothing from the most expensive search operation in history, has its own lessons. And changes are already in place to help us the next time a plane vanishes. The post What Malaysia Flight 370 Taught Us About Looking for Missing Planes appeared first on WIRED.

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What does the universe look like? How about the sun, moon, planets, and stars? These are probably question that humans have been asking themselves ever since we first looked up at the sky. A new book, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, looks at the imaginative variety of ways that people have answered these questions throughout […] The post Travel Through Time With These Strange and Beautiful Visualizations of the Universe appeared first on WIRED.

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Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is a heartwarming tale of a mermaid falling in love, battling evil to be with her love, and living happily ever after as a human. Just kidding. That’s the Disney version. In Andersen’s, the young mermaid has her tongue cut out, gets burned hard by the prince when he […] The post Fantastically Wrong: The Murderous, Sometimes Sexy History of the Mermaid appeared first on WIRED.

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Calling Pulp Fiction an independent film feels like a joke—a cruel jab meant to make all other indie films feel bad about what they'll never achieve. It's like your friend posting "You have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé" on social media. It's supposed to sound "motivational" but sounds "dickish" instead. After all, Pulp Fiction isn't just an independent movie, it's the independent movie. It changed Hollywood forever, and we'll never see another cultural moment like it again. Ever. The post There Will Never Be a Better Indie Film Than Pulp Fiction appeared first on WIRED.

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For understandable reasons, when we tell stories of technological innovation, we tend to focus on insight and even seeming clairvoyance—the people who can see the future before the rest of us. But there's a flip side to such farsightedness that shows up again and again in the history of innovation: the blind spots, the possibilities that somehow escaped our field of vision but that, in retrospect, seem glaringly obvious. The post Why Inventors Misjudge How We’ll Abuse Their Creations appeared first on WIRED.

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As a journalist, Laura Poitras was the quiet mastermind behind the publication of Edward Snowden’s unprecedented NSA leak. As a filmmaker, her new movie Citizenfour makes clear she’s one of the most important directors working in documentary today. And when it comes to security technology, she’s a serious geek. The post Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple's QuickType keyboard pays attention to what and how you type to auto predict next word or phrase suggestions. But you can also use the feature to quickly change the capitalization of a word you just typed. The post How to Quickly Change the Case of Words in iOS 8 appeared first on WIRED.

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This week marks the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction It would go on to win Quentin Tarantino an Oscar, but it also had a huge impact on an entire generation of filmmakers. Twenty years later, those directors are out making their own marks on the world, so we decided to ask a couple of our favorites to write about how Pulp Fiction influenced their lives and work. The post Pulp Fiction Is Like Good Sex—It’s Hard to Explain appeared first on WIRED.

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The new version features redone music, puzzles, voice acting and completely remastered graphics, and is available today for Windows and OS X with mobile versions to follow. The post Gabriel Knight’s Creator Releases Incredible 20th Anniversary Remake appeared first on WIRED.

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The designer took cues from sea sponges and other naturally occurring structures that have a springy feel, but are a made from a single material. The post A 3-D Printed Seat With a Cellular Structure That Molds to Your Butt appeared first on WIRED.

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Microsoft’s never-ending war on software piracy caused some collateral damage this week. The victims? A handful of prominent YouTube video bloggers. The bloggers—including LockerGnome founder Chris Pirillo and FrugalTech host Bruce Naylor—took to Twitter on Tuesday, with the hashtag #Microstopped, to complain that they had received erroneous copyright infringement notices for videos that were often […] The post Video Bloggers Get ‘Microstopped’ by Microsoft Takedown Notices appeared first on WIRED.

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On a day when system administrators were already taxed addressing several security updates released by Microsoft, Oracle, and Adobe, there is now word of a new security hole discovered in a basic protocol used for encrypting web traffic. Its name is POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle on Downgraded Legacy Encryption, and it was discovered […] The post There Is a New Security Vulnerability Named POODLE, and It Is Not Cute appeared first on WIRED.

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Twenty years ago today, a little movie called Pulp Fiction hit theaters, and, we're dedicating this week's playlist to its fantastic soundtrack: 10 songs that sampled Tarantino's selections or the cast's unforgettable dialogue. The post 9 Sicknasty Songs That Sample the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack (And One Black Eyed Peas Track) appeared first on WIRED.

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Cyberspace is constantly evolving and presenting organizations with new opportunities, as the desire of businesses to quickly adopt new technologies, such as using the Internet to open new channels and adopting cloud services, provides vast opportunity. But, it also brings unanticipated risks and inadvertent consequences that can have a potentially negative impact. Hardly a day […] The post Cybercrime: The Next Entrepreneurial Growth Business? appeared first on WIRED.

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Imagine you have two glasses of wine in front of you. Each was made from grapes grown on the same vines, but 10 years apart. The glass on the left is young, smells like ripe berries, and when you take a sip it fills your mouth with tart bitterness. You swallow, and your mouth feels dry and […] The post What’s Up With That: Why Some Wines Taste Better With Age appeared first on WIRED.

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Silicon Valley is long way from solving its many gender issues. But at least in some ways, it’s helping to break new ground for women in the workforce. According to a report from NBC News, Apple will start paying for the costs of egg freezing for their female employees beginning in January, following in the […] The post Apple and Facebook Pay for Female Employees to Freeze Eggs appeared first on WIRED.

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