A New Overwatch Hero and Telltale’s Death Throes Top the Week in Gaming News

A New Overwatch Hero and Telltale’s Death Throes Top the Week in Gaming News

Let's get to it.Ashe Is the Newest Cowboy in Overwatch, a Game With a Surprising Number of CowboysGames like Overwatch grow via the introduction of new characters, playable heroes that expand the roster and change up the climate of play in casual and competitive modes.

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Of course the story is more complicated than that, but the ability for members of society to privately smoke weed was essential for putting it on the path to legalization.We don’t yet know which subversive ideas and illegal acts of today will become political causes and positive social change tomorrow, but they’re around.

These DNA Startups Want to Put All of You on the Blockchain

These DNA Startups Want to Put All of You on the Blockchain

“They’re rare, but extremely impactful if they hit you.”Nebula is joining another genomic data platform, called EncrypGen, which launched the first blockchain-enabled DNA marketplace on November 6.

What Is a Bot?

What Is a Bot?

Retweeting things hundreds of times a day, spamming the same link repeatedly, and using multiple accounts to amplify the same message are all good indicators of bot-like activity, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the account is a bot.Even Twitter gets confused sometimes.

Your Drone Can Give Cops a Surprising Amount of Your Data

Your Drone Can Give Cops a Surprising Amount of Your Data

One drone had the owner's credit card information stored in a database that law enforcement officials were then able to access.Watson and NIST aren’t the only digital experts tapping into this cache of personal information that's flying around on drones.

FilmStruck Has 2 Weeks Left—Spend Them With These 10 Movies

FilmStruck Has 2 Weeks Left—Spend Them With These 10 Movies

But because 2018 is the year in which literally nothing good has happened, their pleas are likely to be ignored.For those hoping to cram one last movie-blitz before the site departs, here are 10 invaluable classics that illustrate FilmStruck’s breadth, depth, and sheer art-house-in-your-house joy.Alice in the Cities (1974)The first entry in writer-director Wim Wenders’ famed mid-’70s “Road Movie” trilogy casts Rüdiger Vogler as an aimless, irritable writer who’s tasked with accompanying a rebellious young teenager (played by Yella Rottländer) from America to Germany.

Facebook Moves to Limit Hate Speech as ‘Times’ Scandal Swirls

Facebook Moves to Limit Hate Speech as ‘Times’ Scandal Swirls

Facebook Moves to Limit Toxic Content as Scandal SwirlsTOM BRENNER/The New York Times/ReduxMark Zuckerberg would like you to know that despite a scathing report in The New York Times, which depicts Facebook as a ruthless and selfish corporate behemoth, things are getting better—at least, the way he sees it.In a lengthy call with reporters Thursday, and an equally lengthy "note" published on Facebook, the company's CEO laid out a litany of changes Facebook is making, designed to curb toxic content on the platform and provide more transparency into the decisions on content.

Juul Can Breathe After Dodging Full FDA Ban on Flavored E-Cigs

Juul Can Breathe After Dodging Full FDA Ban on Flavored E-Cigs

“I think Juul is breathing a big sigh of relief,” says Marc Scheineson, a former FDA associate commissioner and partner at the law firm Alston & Bird.Gottlieb said the agency still must finalize its policies, which did not specify how convenience stores or other retail outlets could develop a section that makes products “not visible or accessible to persons under the age of 18.” Vape shops that limit entrance to buyers 18 and older won’t be affected, he added.The FDA’s approach is a creative way to address e-cigarettes while avoiding some legal pitfalls, according to Azim Chowdhury, a partner with Keller and Heckman who leads the firm’s tobacco and e-vapor practice.

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against

Speaking first in support of the resolution, Silicon Valley has lost its soul, Noam Cohen, journalist and author of "The Know-It-Alls." Ladies and gentlemen, Noam Cohen.Noam Cohen: So I wanted everyone to take a moment and think about the first time they used the internet 20, 25 years ago.

Fantastic Beasts Is About to Make Grindelwads of Cash (and Other Culture News)

Fantastic Beasts Is About to Make Grindelwads of Cash (and Other Culture News)

PicturesIt's time once again to turn on The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from CGI-heavy trailers to casting to box office news.

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare PushTim Pannell/Corbis/Getty ImagesAlphabet’s London-based AI lab DeepMind made history in 2016 when its AlphaGo software defeated a champion at the complex board game Go. On Tuesday the company said it was handing off a seemingly much simpler software challenge: a healthcare app for hospital staff called Streams being tested by UK hospitals.That project and its staff will be transferred to DeepMind’s much larger sister Google.

All 141 'League of Legends' Champions, Explained

All 141 'League of Legends' Champions, Explained

Valve's Dota 2 has 79.And then there's League of Legends.Since its release in 2009—just two short years after Team Fortress 2—Riot Games' battle arena title offers 141 champions players can choose.

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue.” A Facebook spokesperson told WIRED that neither Zuckerberg nor Sandberg had any idea about “the Soros stuff.”5) Did Facebook lie about what they knew about Russian operations on the platform during the 2016 election?This is a complicated, tangled question!

The Beauty and Danger of Australia's Salt Lakes

The Beauty and Danger of Australia's Salt Lakes

Photographer Leah Kennedy documented the region's resulting salt lakes in her series Salis.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeGet Lost in Australia's Vast Salt Lake With These Dreamy PhotosDoug BierendPhotos of Lakes Turn Psychedelic After Soaking in Their WatersAarian MarshallHow to Derail a Runaway Train (and Save Australia)The salt lakes predate human settlement, but over the past hundred years so-called "secondary salinization" has made the lakes’ natural chemistry even more extreme.

The Expanse Gets Artificial Gravity Right in This Neat Trick

The Expanse Gets Artificial Gravity Right in This Neat Trick

With no thrust, Jim and Naomi lose their artificial gravity and start floating off the gangway. When the artificial gravity ended, they were still pushing for a short time and this increased their momentum upward.Once they are moving away from the gangway, Jim does something rude.

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

The Camp Fire comes just a year after the second most destructive blaze, the Tubbs Fire, struck the city of Santa Rosa to the south of Paradise, leveling 5,500 structures and killing 22.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate Change“How could this happen?” says Stephen Pyne, a fire researcher at Arizona State University.

Borrowing a Page From Uber, Tinder Invents the 'Swipe Surge'

Borrowing a Page From Uber, Tinder Invents the 'Swipe Surge'

The company also says that in some cities, like New York, surges may happen later at night than elsewhere.Just like a ride-hailing company, Tinder constantly needs to solve the problem of supply and demand.When users choose to participate in a Swipe Surge, their profiles are placed at the beginning of the line, meaning other users swiping at the same time will see them first.

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With Purpose

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With Purpose

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With PurposeThough she was raised and resides in NYC, Yaeji spent portions of her formative years in Atlanta, Seoul, and Pittsburgh—and her music can feel like putting a puzzle together.Micaiah CarterKathy Yaeji Lee creates in the multihyphenate.

Why Amazon’s Search for a Second Headquarters Backfired

Why Amazon’s Search for a Second Headquarters Backfired

But in at least one respect, Amazon’s Hunger Games-style civic competition backfired: It’s shined a spotlight on how Amazon and companies like it have benefitted enormously from taxpayer funds.Each year, local politicians spend up to an estimated $90 billion to lure corporations like Amazon to their states, which The Atlantic points out is “more than the federal government spends on housing, education, or infrastructure.” Most companies broker these deals in private.“Companies are already very good at negotiating incentives, often using offers from other cities to up their deals.

The Hail Mary Plan to Restart a Hacked US Electric Grid

The Hail Mary Plan to Restart a Hacked US Electric Grid

After failures plague Utility B, Utility A then needs to step in, restarting to offer redundant power to that same critical customer.In order to interact and safely share electricity, utilities also need to get their electromagnetic frequencies in tune at around 60 hertz, so part of the exercise involved not just getting Utility A and B running, but syncing them."We had 18 substations, two utilities, two command centers, and we had two generation sources that we had to bring up a crank path and synchronize," says Stan Pietrowicz, a researcher at Perspecta Labs who is working on a black start network analysis and threat detection tool through RADICS.

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Artificial intelligence, she says, presents a huge opportunity for the government and the private sector, but the risks of its being abused, biased, or deployed by foreign adversaries is so real that the government and tech companies should be collaborate to secure it.Some in tech openly agree with that notion—Bezos told the audience at WIRED 25 last month that “if big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in a lot of trouble”—much of the rank and file are uneasy or flat-out hostile to the idea of working with the government on matters of war.Google, in particular, has had a recently rocky relationship.

Cities Cause Hurricanes to Dump Extra Rain on Them

Cities Cause Hurricanes to Dump Extra Rain on Them

“We said, what if we replaced the urban area of Houston with cropland?” Using a system called the Weather Research and Forecasting model to simulate climate and its changes over a region (as opposed to models with lower resolution but wider geographic scope), that’s actually possible.

Is California's Smoke Getting Worse? It's Complicated

Is California's Smoke Getting Worse? It's Complicated

"If you use intensity as a proxy for pollution—that is, if you assume stronger fires will produce more emissions like smoke—then by stint of that, yes, there ought to be more smoke," says atmospheric composition scientist Mark Parrington.A senior researcher at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Parrington tracks wildfires around the world to better understand their effect on pollution and public health.

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

At the same time, the forced resignation of attorney general Jeff Sessions, and appointment of his chief of staff Matt Whitaker to be the acting attorney general—a decision that is of at least debatable legality—has raised fears that the Trump administration is closing in on firing Mueller himself.Yet as the dust settles from the midterms and Sessions’ abrupt departure, there are five clear reasons to be optimistic that the rule of law will hold, and that Mueller will be able to complete his probe, regardless of what he ultimately finds.

Should I Delete My Tweets?

Should I Delete My Tweets?

That might mean a few days or a few weeks, if you’re someone who habitually engages in threads or long conversations on Twitter—you don't want your half of the discussion disappear before the conversation is even finished!You can download your archive of tweets before you delete them, if you worry that maybe the MOST BRILLIANT THING you’ve ever said is buried back in your twitter history, and one day you’ll dig through and find it.

Mozilla's 'Privacy Not Included' Gift Report Highlights Security Concerns

Mozilla's 'Privacy Not Included' Gift Report Highlights Security Concerns

And in some cases, it’s easy to forget that they’re even connected to the internet.”Among the important signifiers of a trustworthy stocking stuffer, according to Mozilla’s rubric: the use of encryption, pushing automatic software security updates, strong password hygiene, a way to deal with vulnerabilities should they arise, and a privacy policy that doesn’t take a PhD to parse."We’re trying to give people essentially a way to look at any product and what to look for, what questions to ask."Ashley Boyd, MozillaThe most surprising result of Mozilla’s testing may be how many products actually earned its seal of approval.

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Unite to Save Their EV Tax Credits

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Unite to Save Their EV Tax Credits

Just as Elon Musk's automaker has started to hit its stride—churning out Model 3s, outselling Audi and Cadillac, making a profit—the federal tax credit that can knock $7,500 off the price of its electric cars is expiring.That credit, established in 2008, starts to phase out once a manufacturer sells 200,000 fully or plug-in electric vehicles in the US.

This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Fibers—in a Good Way

This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Fibers—in a Good Way

Inject RTX, as it’s known, into an aching joint, and it’ll actually destroy the nerve endings that signal pain. That’s toxic, leading to the inactivation of the pain-sensing nerve endings.This leaves other varieties of sensory neurons unaffected, because RTX is highly specific to TRPV1.

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power Users

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power Users

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power UsersIn a ride-hail landscape where persistent competitors like Lyft, Grab, and Careem offer virtually identical services and have blocked Uber’s bid for monopoly, the program is another path to keeping customers in the house that Travis (and Dara) built.Lucas Jackson/ReutersFor a service that’s meant to be easy to use, Uber can be awful stressful.

Forage Wild Nuts for Your Holiday Feast

Forage Wild Nuts for Your Holiday Feast

Also called American filberts (Corylus americana), wild, native hazelnuts taste like the cultivated kind, but are half the size. They taste good, especially roasted, and they’re plentiful, usually producing an annual crop of nuts.

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