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Over the last few years, we underwent a change in perspectives on the U.S. government — and more specifically, the NSA. It all started when whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of secret NSA data collection programs. Since then, the media and security analysts (including myself) have debated back and forth concerning the usage of these […] The post The Duality of Big Data: The Angel and the Demon appeared first on WIRED.

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For the longest time, I believed that certain people were inherently more important than others — think Einstein or Gandhi — but lately my viewpoint has changed. Now I’m convinced that everyone in society, just as everyone on a team, really does matter equally. All people have their own strengths and weaknesses, and each person […] The post The Anatomy of a Social CEO appeared first on WIRED.

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Google has been testing its same-day delivery service, Google Shopping Express, in cities like San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles, for about a year now. Now, thanks to the success of those trials, the company is expanding the service to Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C. under a new and simplified name: Google Express. […] The post Google Express Expands, As Search Giant Doubles Down On Shopping appeared first on WIRED.

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I’ve written before about how mathematics can be used to unify lots and lots of different disciplines. Well, here’s another great example from an article (behind paywall) from 2007. It’s about how Stephen Oh, the co-founder of AccuScore, brought his knowledge of population genetics to sports: So in 2002, Oh began writing code that simulated […] The post Quantitative Biology and Quantitative Football appeared first on WIRED.

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[HTML1] WIRED Beautiful design—from the physical product to the app to the packaging. Stupid-simple installation—no locksmith required. Virtual key-sharing uses two factors of authentication: email and SMS. Notifications let you know when the dog walker is late. Incredibly convenient when it works. TIRED Not quite reliable enough to trust completely. Guest key experience, while secure, […] The post The August Smart Lock Works Like Magic—When It Works appeared first on WIRED.

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When it comes to opportunities for innovation in the space industry, the sky is not the limit. The limit is the universe. Billions of dollars are now being spent on the burgeoning commercial space industry. From SpaceX rockets to Virgin Galactic’s space hotels to Planet Labs’ micro satellites, this technology promises to let astronauts, businesses, […] The post The Next Big Thing You Missed: The Space Race Will Breed a New Wave of Data Startups appeared first on WIRED.

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The latest victim in the movie studios' quest to take stories we know and love and destroy them with tedious pre-history? Dracula Untold, which provides us with the unnecessary origin story on how a Transylvanian prince became a thirsty bloodsucker, long before the days of Twilight. The post Angry Nerd: Dracula Untold Is a Dull Origin Story We Never Asked For appeared first on WIRED.

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Chris McGrath was walking through Hong Kong when inspiration struck. The Getty photographer had worked through the night covering the pro-democracy protests. As the sun rose over the city, he happened upon a row of protesters fast asleep on the sidewalk. Some had shaded themselves with umbrellas, which have become an international symbol of the […] The post To Keep the Protests Going, Hong Kong’s Activists Sleep in the Street appeared first on WIRED.

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New 3DS and Super Smash Bros. will be a big boost for Nintendo. But they'll also exacerbate the company's most infuriating policy. The post Smash Bros. Is Awesome, But Reveals All That Ails Nintendo appeared first on WIRED.

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The first thing Desmond Wheatley tells me about his solar-powered EV car charging system is you don’t need great weather to make it work. “The highest concentration of photovoltaics anywhere in the world is in Germany,” he says. “The weather is appalling in Germany. Raining, cloudy and gray all the time. And it works very well there.” The post An Easy-to-Install Solar Charger That Juices Your EV Off the Grid appeared first on WIRED.

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Tracking what's happening on Earth from space is becoming more and more feasible as Earth-observing satellites increase in both number and resolution. The USGS's Landsat mission has an incredible 40-year record of the planet's changing landscape, with virtually every spot imaged every eight days. It's an incredible scientific asset. But what if you could see every bit of the globe, every single day? That opens up a whole new range of possible uses for satellite imagery. This is the mission of Planet Labs. The post The Best New Photos of Earth From a Huge Flock of Minisatellites appeared first on WIRED.

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With Sergio Marchionne now at the helm of Ferrari, it's as good a time as any to enjoy the classic and contemporary prancing horse stars that took over Rodeo Drive. The post Ferrari Marks 60 Years in the US With a Grandiose Bash on Rodeo Drive appeared first on WIRED.

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When household objects come to life onscreen (think candlesticks and teacups in Beauty and the Beast, books and brooms in Harry Potter, the cast of practically every Pixar film), it’s the result of careful animation or painstaking CGI. Done well, it’s magic. But computer-generated imagery doesn’t translate well into live theater, so researchers in Zurich […] The post Watch Cirque du Soleil’s First Magical Experiment With Drones appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple just unveiled some of its biggest products ever---the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch---but the company isn’t done with the year’s announcements quite yet. The post What to Expect From Apple’s Oct. 16 Event appeared first on WIRED.

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If you're a Snapchat user, you should know something: the "Snappening" is not your fault. It is Snapchat's job to be secure and to educate you about risks. The post Don’t Listen to Snapchat’s Excuses. Security Is Its Job—Not Yours appeared first on WIRED.

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A cyberespionage campaign believed to be based in Russia has been targeting government leaders and institutions for nearly five years, according to researchers with iSight Partners who have examined code used in the attacks. The campaign, dubbed “Sandworm” is believed to have been running since 2009, and used a wide-reaching zero-day exploit uncovered by the […] The post Russia’s ‘Sandworm’ Hack Has Been Spying on Foreign Governments for Years appeared first on WIRED.

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Let’s be honest: Healthcare on the internet still doesn’t work. Two decades since the dawn of the web, you’d think the best tool ever invented for connecting people with information—and each other—would offer better ways to practice medicine. Instead, a Google search for nearly any health issue results in a cascade of SEO-optimized link bait—symptom […] The post The Google Doctor Is a Reminder of How Badly the Internet Does Real Medicine appeared first on WIRED.

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Apollo didn’t die; it was killed. The Apollo Program might have continued for many years, evolving constantly to achieve new goals at relatively low cost. Instead, programs designed to give Apollo a future beyond the first lunar landing began to feel the brunt of cuts even before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. By […] The post Dreaming a Different Apollo appeared first on WIRED.

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This year we skipped the celebrity fluff altogether and headed straight for the exhibit floor. Of all the merchandise that was up for grabs, these items most captured the collective imagination. The post The 9 Must-Have Items We Saw at New York Comic Con appeared first on WIRED.

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They do smell nice....but not very effective. The post Essential Oils Fail at Killing Bed Bugs appeared first on WIRED.

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There’s a new record holder in the world of “big data.” On Friday, Databricks—a startup spun out of the University California, Berkeley—announced that it has sorted 100 terabytes of data in a record 23 minutes using a number-crunching tool called Spark, eclipsing the previous record held by Yahoo and the popular big data tool Hadoop. […] The post Startup Crunches 100 Terabytes of Data in a Record 23 Minutes appeared first on WIRED.

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Last July, I predicted that that recent moves by Apple, IBM and Microsoft were emblematic of major weakness in the tech market. But, even I was shaken by the announcement in September that Larry Ellison would step down as CEO of Oracle Corporation, the company he founded and ran for 37 years. Why would he […] The post How EBITDA Is Killing Enterprise Tech Innovation appeared first on WIRED.

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Here’s a story all tech geeks can relate to. You’re at a party, and someone asks the standard small-talk question, “So, what do you do?” By the time I get to the words “supercomputing” or “high performance computing” (HPC) in describing my job, a wave of misunderstanding often engulfs my questioner. The situation either progresses […] The post Supercomputing for All at a Research University: Is There Really a Debate? appeared first on WIRED.

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Human rights groups and technologists have long criticized Gamma International and the Italian firm Hacking Team for selling surveillance technology to repressive regimes, who use the tools to target political dissidents and human rights activists. Both companies say they sell their surveillance software only to law enforcement and intelligence agencies but that they won't sell their software to every government. Gamma has, in fact, denied selling its tool to Bahrain, which has a long history of imprisoning and torturing political dissidents and human rights activists. The post Bahraini Activists Hacked by Their Government Go After UK Spyware Maker appeared first on WIRED.

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There’s a thing you learn, when you’ve been writing about infectious diseases for a while: People love drama. They’re not so much with detail. Drama is H5N1 avian flu killing half the people who contract it, and the enormous surge in whooping cough, and the sinister movement of almost-untreatable NDM-1 resistance from South Asia to […] The post What Would Keep Ebola from Spreading in the US? Investing in Simple Research Years Ago. appeared first on WIRED.

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