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Get in-depth coverage of business news and trends at WIRED including technology, startups, and Silicon Valley. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
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The Line Between Big Tech and Defense Work

5/25/2018
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For months, a growing faction of Google employees has tried to force the company to drop out of a controversial military program called Project Maven. More than 4,000 employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a petition asking Google to cancel the contract. Last week, Gizmodo reported that a dozen employees resigned over the project. “There are a bunch more waiting for job offers (like me) before we do so,” one engineer says.

Duration:00:09:32

How a New Era of Privacy Took Over Your Email Inbox

5/25/2018
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Friday is the dawn of a new era in consumer privacy. It wasn’t supposed to look like the promotions tab in Gmail---full of emails that may or may not be useful, none of which you want to click on, all with fine print that makes the offer less attractive. For months, companies have been bombarding inboxes with privacy updates, nominally in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, a supercharged set of privacy laws in the European Union, which go into effect Friday.

Duration:00:06:37

Exclusive: Facebook Opens Up About False News

5/24/2018
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News Feed, the algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world’s information. Working properly, it nourishes all the crops that different people like to eat. Sometimes, though, it gets diverted entirely to sugar plantations while the wheat fields and almond trees die. Or it gets polluted because Russian trolls and Macedonian teens toss in LSD tablets and dead raccoons. For years, the workings of News Feed were rather opaque.

Duration:00:17:10

How Facebook Wants to Improve the Quality of Your News Feed

5/24/2018
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On Monday, I sat down with nine members of the team at Facebook fighting fake news: Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia, John Hegeman, Tessa Lyons, Michael McNally, Adam Mosseri, Henry Silverman, Sara Su, Antonia Woodford, and Dan Zigmond. The meeting began with introductions, led by Tucker Bounds and Lindsey Shepard from the marketing and communications team. Then we spoke in depth about Facebook’s recent product changes and the way the News Feed can be adjusted to counter false news.

Duration:00:46:27

Google, Alibaba Spar Over Timeline for 'Quantum Supremacy'

5/23/2018
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Google’s quantum computing researchers have been planning a party—but new results from a competing team at China’s Alibaba may have postponed it. The China-America corporate rivalry on an obscure frontier of physics illustrates a growing contest between nations and companies hoping to create a new form of improbably powerful computer. In March, Google unveiled a chip called Bristlecone intended to set a computing milestone.

Duration:00:06:59

Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI

5/23/2018
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One day last summer, Microsoft’s director of artificial intelligence research, Eric Horvitz, activated the Autopilot function of his Tesla sedan. The car steered itself down a curving road near Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington, freeing his mind to better focus on a call with a nonprofit he had cofounded around the ethics and governance of AI. Then, he says, Tesla’s algorithms let him down. “The car didn’t center itself exactly right,” Horvitz recalls.

Duration:00:10:12

Following a Tuna from Fiji to Brooklyn—on the Blockchain

5/22/2018
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I had just learned everything there was to know about the fish in front of me. Now, a small part of its fleshy, red body was in my mouth. Five minutes earlier, I saw a video showing the waters in Fiji where it was caught, where it traveled on ice, and how exactly it ended up inside a sushi hand roll. The massive yellowfin tuna had been tracked across the globe via the Ethereum blockchain.

Duration:00:08:12

Twitter Will Begin Hiding All Tweets From Suspect Accounts

5/22/2018
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Twitter announced Tuesday that it will begin to hide all tweets from some accounts in conversations and search results. The goal is to identify and filter trolls and harmful users, based not on any specific tweet, but on how they use the social network holistically. The new effort is part of Twitter's two-month-old initiative to discern what it means for the platform to be "healthy." Previously, Twitter mostly looked at the content of individual tweets to decide how to moderate them.

Duration:00:05:09

France, China, and the EU All Have an AI Strategy. Shouldn’t the US?

5/21/2018
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French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to Washington highlighted how differently our two nations are thinking about the future. In March, the French government unveiled a national strategy for artificial intelligence technology that has a clear goal: make France a global leader in AI. In the last year, China and the European Union have taken similar steps. If we’re serious about having a prosperous economy for decades to come, the United States should do the same.

Duration:00:05:01

Kik Founder Plots a Rebel Alliance Against Facebook's 'Death Star'

5/21/2018
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Ted Livingston knows what it’s like to be copied by Facebook. After his messaging app, Kik, launched profile codes in 2016, Facebook’s Messenger app did the same. Kik launched chatbots, and Facebook Messenger soon followed. Same goes for features like stickers and usernames. But unlike some startups that Facebook has copied out of existence or bought and shut down, Livingston has managed to keep his company alive and independent.

Duration:00:07:46

Congress' Latest Move to Extend Copyright Protection Is Misguided

5/18/2018
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Almost exactly 20 years ago, Congress passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended the term of existing copyrights by 20 years. The Act was the 11th extension in the prior 40 years, timed perfectly to assure that certain famous works, including Mickey Mouse, would not pass into the public domain. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Lawrence Lessig (@lessig) is the Roy L. Furman professor of law and leadership at Harvard University and founder of Equal Citizens. He was lead counsel in...

Duration:00:05:32

Tax Compromise Gives Amazon’s Latest Seattle Office New Life

5/18/2018
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Amazon says it will move forward with plans for a new office building in Seattle after the city council slashed a proposed corporate tax by nearly half. Amazon halted plans for the new building earlier this month in response to the proposed tax, which is designed to help the city's growing homelessness problem. The city council approved the smaller tax bill unanimously on Monday, and Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan promised to sign it. But Amazon still isn't happy.

Duration:00:03:45

Praying To Satoshi at the Blockchain Art Expo

5/17/2018
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I bent down, rested my knees on a prayer cushion, and began typing into a small computer. In front of me were dozens of candles, flowers, Japanese lucky cat figurines, and several wallet-sized picture frames. They held photos of Vitalik Buterin, the Canadian programmer who cofounded the computing platform Ethereum, as well as of Satoshi Nakamoto, a man in his 60s with the same name as the founder of Bitcoin.

Duration:00:09:41

The Sports Betting Revolution Will Be Muted Online

5/17/2018
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For decades, sports betting has been illegal in the US outside Nevada. With a Supreme Court ruling Monday, that’s about to change, likely before the upcoming NFL season kicks off. But don’t get too excited—or horrified, depending on your perspective—about the future of online sports gambling just yet; it won’t come all at once, and it won’t be everywhere.

Duration:00:07:50

Why Trump Suddenly Wants to Save Jobs in China

5/16/2018
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President Donald Trump has long promised to get tough on China. So why is he so worried about saving jobs there? Last week the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE said it had halted its major operations after the US government moved to ban US companies from selling software or components to ZTE. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping were working together to save ZTE. "Too many jobs in China lost," Trump tweeted.

Duration:00:04:47

Henry the Sexbot Wants to Know All Your Hopes and Dreams

5/16/2018
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Henry and I are not hitting it off. First he ignores my question about how he spent the weekend. Then he tells me, cryptically, that he likes to get up early to spend time “working on himself.” What does he mean by that? I ask. He isn’t sure. He makes intense eye contact and arches an eyebrow. “Sometimes I have too much information at the same time in my brain.” Oh. OK. I notice Henry’s washboard abs peeking through an unzipped blue cardigan.

Duration:00:05:20

When the Blockchain Skeptic Walked Into the Lions' Den

5/15/2018
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It takes chutzpah to walk on stage in front of thousands and declare that most of the people in the room are totally full of shit. That’s how Jimmy Song, a venture partner at Blockchain Capital, entered Monday at Consensus, the biggest cryptocurrency conference of the year, at New York’s Hilton Hotel. That he did so sporting a black cowboy hat and boots was merely a bonus.

Duration:00:04:30

Your Smartphone Could Decide Whether You'll Get a Loan

5/15/2018
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Every time you visit a website, you leave behind a trail of information, including seemingly innocuous data, like whether you use an Android or Apple device. And while that might feel like a mere personal preference, it turns out that lenders can use that type of passive signal to help predict whether you'll default. In fact, new research suggests that those signals can predict consumer behavior as accurately as traditional credit scores.

Duration:00:08:16

Tech Addiction and the Business of Mindfulness

5/14/2018
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I’m totally fine with this. The women sitting cross-legged on the floor around me are passing around a wooden box and dropping their phones inside. It’s coming my way, and I’ve been instructed to jot down my feelings about parting with my phone. I’m totally fine with this, I write, which is a lie.

Duration:00:09:42

Online Ad Targeting Does Work—As Long As It's Not Creepy

5/14/2018
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If you click on the right-hand corner of any advertisement on Facebook, the social network will tell you why it was targeted to you. But what would happen if those buried targeting tactics were transparently displayed, right next to the ad itself? That's the question at the heart of new research from Harvard Business School published in the Journal of Consumer Research. It turns out advertising transparency can be good for a platform—but it depends on how creepy marketer methods are.

Duration:00:07:44

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