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It has happened to you, and it has probably happened more than once. But you may not have realized why. And you may not have known you were helping to change online advertising and, well, advertising in general. Chances are, you’ve bought a hat or a scarf or a Christmas ornament at a department store […] The post How Facebook Knows When Its Ads Influence Your Offline Purchases appeared first on WIRED.

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Commuters may soon be whisked to work in train cars made of aluminum foam, a composite material that’s stronger, lighter, and has better crash-test characteristics than traditional fiberglass or metal. The post New Aluminum ‘Foam’ Makes Trains Stronger, Lighter, and Safer appeared first on WIRED.

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I remember my first newt fondly. I named him Gingrich, because I grew up in the ‘90s and I thought I was clever—so sue me. When he died, I buried him in the backyard, lacking the means to preserve him so I might remember him properly. So when I had the opportunity to tour the […] The post Blood-Squirting Lizards and More Awesome Reptiles and Amphibians appeared first on WIRED.

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A new feature lets Facebook users search through their old posts, photos, and videos. The post At Last: You Can Now Search Your Old Facebook Posts appeared first on WIRED.

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The Create 2 is a Roomba that swaps out the vacuum for programmable parts, and it's built for STEM students to play around with. The post The Roomba’s New Cousin Is Built for Custom Programming appeared first on WIRED.

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These gifts will make your jet-setter's next flight easier no matter what---even if they're crammed between a sumo wrestler and a snoring grandpa in seat 21C. The post 14 First-Class Gifts for Frequent Fliers appeared first on WIRED.

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Mrs. Alesia Atolevna Markina is a Russian widow who wants to leave a suitcase full of cash on your doorstep. Grace Smith is a 24-year-old orphan who needs a husband so she can receive her inheritance. And Fagbemi Lateef is an attorney with $3.5 million he is required to get rid of fast. You are […] The post What the World’s Worst Email Spammers Might Look Like appeared first on WIRED.

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Square just hit a new milestone: Its merchants recently processed more than $100 million in sales in a single day. The post In a First, Square Tops $100M in US Sales in One Day appeared first on WIRED.

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If you’ve been out of school for a long time you may only remember the good parts — growing up with your friends, school events, and those few inspirational teachers who pushed you to excel. The bad parts of school are just as memorable; fights, changing relationships, and failures. But the day-to-day lecture, note-taking and […] The post Forget AI, Technology Is Powering Our Own Intelligence appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple and IBM reveal IBM MobileFirst for iOS, the first wave of enterprise apps borne out of its partnership announced back in July. The post Apple and IBM Launch First Wave of iOS Apps for Businesses appeared first on WIRED.

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We created PubPeer in our spare time two years ago to improve peer review by using the power of the internet to accelerate the exchange of ideas and scientific progress. Now the foundation of our site is under threat. The post Scientific Peer Review Is Broken. We’re Fighting to Fix It With Anonymity appeared first on WIRED.

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Critics have compared Keurig's restrictions on other brands' coffee to DRM. And like DRM, Keurigs now appear to have been hacked. The post Hackers Claim to Free Keurigs from Copyrighted Coffee appeared first on WIRED.

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Google commissioned more than 15 artists and designers to create new faces for Android Wear smartwatches. The post Google’s New Smartwatch Faces Look Beyond Time-Telling appeared first on WIRED.

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One of the theories for how Earth became a watery world suitable for life now faces doubt, according to the latest results from the Rosetta spacecraft that’s now orbiting a comet 326 million miles away. Countless comet impacts were thought to have delivered water to Earth not long after the planet formed 4.6 billion years […] The post Rosetta Comet Mission Reveals Clues About the Origin of Earth’s Water appeared first on WIRED.

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Buckminster Fuller once wrote, “there is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  It’s true that often our capacity to look at things and truly understand their final form is very limited.  Nor can we necessarily predict what happens when many small changes combine – when small pebbles roll […] The post Butterflies, Ants and the Internet of Things appeared first on WIRED.

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You can trace the history of television comedy through its families, and the Belchers of Bob’s Burgers have stealthily become one of those iconic clans. The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Bob’s Burgers appeared first on WIRED.

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Twitter has become one of the easiest, fastest ways to get and disseminate the news. Facebook wants to change that. The post Facebook Challenges Twitter With Savvy Update to Trending Topics appeared first on WIRED.

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Outpour is a new app that lets you leave anonymous notes telling people how much you appreciate them. The post The Anonymous App That Lets You Send…Sweet Nothings appeared first on WIRED.

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The GIF could have a killer future in graphic novel storytelling. The post A Gorgeous New Graphic Novel Made From GIFs appeared first on WIRED.

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Shazam has been helping people identify the music they're listening to since long before iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify ever even existed. But despite its early lead, and the fact that it's app has amassed 500 million downloads, the company still owns a comparatively small piece of the digital music industry pie. Now, it's angling for a bigger one. The post Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora appeared first on WIRED.

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Today, the Russian government is trying censor individual pages served from overseas, but a recently passed law could eventually prevent foreign internet companies from reaching Russia unless they set up computer servers inside the country. The post Russia’s Creeping Descent Into Internet Censorship appeared first on WIRED.

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In the vast, digital sea of gadget review blogs, Erika Moen's website has two things that set it apart. First, since she's an artist and cartoonist, so all her reviews aren't just text—they're comics. Second, she's reviewing sex toys. Welcome to the NSFW world of Oh Joy, Sex Toy. The post Finally, Sex Toy Reviews Done as Hilarious Comics appeared first on WIRED.

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Picking out the best games of the year is always a knock-down, drag-out fight. So we recruited some experienced sparring partners. The post What Were the Best Videogames of 2014? WIRED and Smosh Games Debate appeared first on WIRED.

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New York mayor Bill de Blasio, making good on a campaign promise, has asked the City Council to ban the city's iconic horse-drawn carriages within two years. That's led to some discussion of replacing the carriages, which often provide tours of Central Park, with vintage electric vehicles. The post These Old-Timey Electric Cars Should Replace NYC’s Horse Carriages appeared first on WIRED.

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If your top priorities in a Chromebook are price, speed, and battery life, you should consider Samsung's latest Chromebook 2. The post Review: Samsung Chromebook 2 appeared first on WIRED.

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