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How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

5/17/2019
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In early April, the European Commission published guidelines intended to keep any artificial intelligence technology used on the EU’s 500 million citizens trustworthy. The bloc’s commissioner for digital economy and society, Bulgaria’s Mariya Gabriel, called them “a solid foundation based on EU values.” Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.

Duration:00:07:52

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

5/17/2019
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The White House is scrubbing out Obamacare, Microsoft found a major flaw, and there's a good alternative to AirPods. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines The Trump administration is scrubbing Obamacare from government websites President Donald Trump hasn't been subtle about his distaste for the Affordable Care Act.

Duration:00:02:42

When Google Serves Ads in Iran, Advertisers Pay the Price

5/16/2019
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As director of paid search at Greenlane Marketing, a web marketing firm based in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, Christian Wenzel spends a lot of time studying who's clicking on his clients’ Google ads. He’ll look at things like where they're located to see if, for instance, people in Pennsylvania are more likely to click on a given ad than people in California. Then, he'll tweak the ad campaign accordingly in hopes of maximizing its effectiveness.

Duration:00:09:42

The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites

5/16/2019
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President Trump has never been coy about his desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. While that pledge has faced setbacks in Congress, his administration has managed to gut Obamacare by other means, like cutting financial support. The executive branch can also undermine the law in subtler ways. According to a new report, the Trump administration has been systematically wiping crucial information about the ACA from government websites over the past two years.

Duration:00:07:59

Why Amazon Is Giving Employees $10,000 to Quit

5/15/2019
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The so-called last mile of delivery—getting an order to the customer’s door—has long been an obsession for ecommerce companies. To make the journey as efficient as they can, some have engaged in extreme experiments. Take Walmart: Two years ago, it tried asking its employees to deliver online orders before and after work, in their own cars. That idea was later abandoned, but the problem of the last mile remains, even for the biggest retailers.

Duration:00:04:21

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

5/15/2019
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Microsoft would like to loosen its grip on your login. The company’s credentials are used all around the internet, especially by companies and developers who use its cloud service, Azure. But on Monday, the company unveiled a project that, using the technology that underpins bitcoin, would give you control of your own credentials, independent of any company. The question is whether you’ll want to take on the responsibility.

Duration:00:04:28

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

5/14/2019
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Instagram has begun using image recognition and other tools to identify posts and stories that may contain misinformation and send them to Facebook’s fleet of fact-checking partners for review. If they’re determined to be false, Instagram will not recommend the posts to new users in the Explore tab or hashtag pages, as first reported by Poynter. Paris Martineau covers platforms, online influence, and social media manipulation for WIRED.

Duration:00:05:45

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

5/14/2019
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On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States voted to allow a years-long antitrust case against Apple to move forward, despite Apple's objections. The case, Apple Inc. v. Pepper, concerns a group of iPhone users who accuse Apple of driving up the price of apps by charging third-party app developers a 30 percent commission.

Duration:00:05:27

You'll Soon Be Able to Run Linux Apps on Any Chromebook

5/13/2019
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Microsoft announced this week that it will bring the heart of the open source operating system Linux into Windows. Not to be outdone, Google says all future Chromebooks will be able to run Linux applications. Chromebooks run an operating system, ChromeOS, that is built on the Linux kernel but was originally designed to only run Google's web browser Chrome. That meant you could only really use web apps.

Duration:00:03:14

Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump's Lawyers

5/10/2019
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Over the course of a weekend in which North Korea tested a new short-range missile, Iran allegedly prepared to attack US forces, and the Pentagon confirmed China may be holding as many as three million Muslims in concentration camps, the one region of the world that received the most direct and damning criticism from the President of the United States was, er, Silicon Valley.

Duration:00:06:09

Google May Have Finally Made a Truly Usable Voice Assistant

5/10/2019
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Millions of people routinely say “hey” to voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, even though the experience can be frustratingly glitchy. On Tuesday, Google previewed new technology that makes speech recognition strikingly more responsive, suggesting voice control could soon be seamless enough to be irresistible. Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.

Duration:00:06:13

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

5/9/2019
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For decades, Microsoft Windows and the open source Linux operating system were polar opposites. Windows was developed by the biggest software company in the world, one that was no friend to open source. Linux was developed by a ragtag team of programmers scattered around the world, often working in their spare time. But over the years, open source, and Linux in particular, went mainstream.

Duration:00:04:40

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

5/9/2019
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Google’s mission for the past 21 years has been to organize the world’s information. Onstage at the company’s annual developer conference Tuesday, CEO Sundar Pichai had a more low-key message: We just wanna help. As corporate messaging goes, it was a smart choice. After years of nonstop scandals from Big Tech, the usual buzzwords have taken on a sinister cast.

Duration:00:03:46

At F8, Zuckerberg Explains Facebook's Shift Toward Privacy

5/8/2019
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Mark Zuckerberg once promised Facebook would move fast and break things. Now Zuckerberg says Facebook is trying to fix the things it broke. Standing on stage before an audience of developers at the annual F8 Conference on Tuesday, Zuckerberg—the same guy who spent years convincing billions of people to share their every thought and action with the world—explained all the ways Facebook is going to help people keep that same information under wraps.

Duration:00:06:27

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

5/8/2019
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If Facebook’s pivot from town square to private living room wasn’t laden with enough irony, here’s a new twist: Big business, it appears, has been invited to join us by the fireplace. Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported new potential details about Facebook’s long-awaited cryptocurrency plans.

Duration:00:06:25

This Programming Tool Makes It Easier for Apps to Work Anywhere

5/7/2019
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For programmers, building a new application is never as simple as writing the code. That's because most software depends on other software, such as database management systems, to work. Just because an application works on your laptop doesn't mean it will work well on your company's data center, which might lack some of the software it depends on.

Duration:00:07:24

Facebook Is Finding Problems With Artificial Intelligence Too

5/7/2019
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One day at work last year, Lade Obamehinti encountered an algorithm that had a problem with black people. The Facebook program manager was helping test a prototype of the company’s Portal video chat device, which uses computer vision to identify and zoom in on a person speaking. But as Obamehinti, who is black, enthusiastically described her breakfast of french toast, the device ignored her and focused instead on a colleague—a white man.

Duration:00:05:09

Facebook Bans Extremists, Jakarta Is Drowning, and More News

5/6/2019
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Facebook took down some conspiracy theorists, Indonesia has to move its capital because of climate change, and Mother's Day is coming. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Facebook banned Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan, and others After stating that it wouldn't ban accounts that push conspiracy theories, Facebook did exactly that today when it banned a handful of extremists from the platform.

Duration:00:02:02

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

5/6/2019
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A little over a year ago, we introduced a paywall at WIRED. The idea, as I wrote back then, was largely about us. To start, we wanted to give ourselves stronger structural incentives to do great reporting. When your business depends on subscriptions, your economic success depends on publishing stuff your readers love—not just stuff they click.

Duration:00:08:24

OpenAI Wants to Make Ultrapowerful AI. But Not in a Bad Way

5/3/2019
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One Saturday last month, five men ages 19 through 26 strode confidently out of a cloud of magenta smoke in a converted auto showroom in San Francisco. They sat at a line of computer keyboards to loud cheers from a crowd of a few hundred. Ninety minutes of intense mouse-clicking later, the five’s smiles had turned sheepish and the applause consolatory.

Duration:00:09:18