The Rise and Fall of Facebook’s Memory Economy

The Rise and Fall of Facebook’s Memory Economy

Facebook’s Memories feature—where it shows you pictures and posts from a day in the recent or far-gone past—used to be my favorite thing about the platform.

Scientists Need to Talk More About Failure

Scientists Need to Talk More About Failure

Despite this, scientific failure is rarely talked about openly, which was why when University of Arizona astrophysicist Erika Hamden used her TED 2019 talk last week to share how her work has been characterized by setback after setback, it felt like a radical act.

Rami Malek Is Your New Villain ... Bond Villain

Rami Malek Is Your New Villain ... Bond Villain

Rami Malek's new Bond villain is still unnamed, as is the new Bond movie. Also, Avengers: Endgame is coming for everyone's last coin, and Captain Marvel is pretty good at virtual reality. Rami Malek Is Your New Bond Villain.

‘If You Want to Kill Someone, We Are the Right Guys’

‘If You Want to Kill Someone, We Are the Right Guys’

He suggested that Amy could be killed at home and agreed that her house could be burned to the ground—for an additional 10 bitcoin, or $4,100.“Not my wife,” Stephen replied, “but I was thinking the same thing.” The next day he scraped together the money.

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there will be a million self-driving Tesla taxis on the road by next year. You can finally make money surfing the web, and Elon Musk says you could be picked up by a self-driving Tesla taxi as soon as next year.

Waze Wants to Help All of Us Win at Carpooling

Waze Wants to Help All of Us Win at Carpooling

More than 20 million people had downloaded Waze's app at that point, but Cook's name-drop gave the company's user numbers a shot in the arm.

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password. It turns out Attorney general William Barr's original summary of the Mueller report left out some pretty important details. Last month, Facebook revealed they had accidentally saved millions of Facebook passwords in a way that allowed company employees to see them.

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

In technology, all that matters is tomorrow.” Here’s a quote from the 1909 manifesto: “Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible?” Where Marinetti declares “We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!” today’s technology moguls say “the future is now.” Where the Italian Futurists were hypnotized by cars and planes, today’s technologists are drooling over rocket ships and space travel.

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

But a massive effort to catalogue the sex ratios at birth, for the first time, for every country, shows that’s not such a smart strategy after all.“For so long people just took that number for granted,” says Fengqing Chao, a public health researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore.

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

A company spokesperson could not immediately say when Stratolaunch planned to complete additional flights, and the aircraft will need certification from the Federal Aviation Administration before it can begin to carry rockets and satellites into space.

How to Watch the Star Wars Celebration Livestream

How to Watch the Star Wars Celebration Livestream

A streamed panel on Saturday at 2:30 pm ET focuses on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order , from the same studio that brought you the delightful Apex Legends .

Julian Assange Arrested, Mastering Jeopardy!, and More News

Julian Assange Arrested, Mastering Jeopardy!, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: Julian Assange charged with computer hacking. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested today in London and faces hacking charges from the US government .

Uber’s Losing Less Money—but Growing Less, Too

Uber’s Losing Less Money—but Growing Less, Too

The year of the gig economy IPO continues, when Uber Thursday made public its first bit of official paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission—a sign that the tech company is preparing to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

How the Boston Marathon Messes With Runners to Slow Them Down

How the Boston Marathon Messes With Runners to Slow Them Down

Most marathon courses finish roughly where they start, meaning that the wind will likely blow in your face as frequently as it blows at your back.

The Impressionistic Tracings of Airplane Lights at Night

The Impressionistic Tracings of Airplane Lights at Night

Now he photographs airplanes in the middle of winter, when fireflies are hibernating and there's an extra hour of darkness, letting him squeeze in a few more shots before the last flights of the day touch ground.

The First Black Hole Photo, Facebook Changes, and More News

The First Black Hole Photo, Facebook Changes, and More News

The First Black Hole Photo, Facebook Changes, and More News. This may be good at stopping some of the viral fake news the platform has become famous for, but bad for the smaller outlets that have optimized their content specifically for Facebook.

House Endorses Net Neutrality, but the Outlook Remains Dim

House Endorses Net Neutrality, but the Outlook Remains Dim

"For two years, they [the Republican Party] could have brought their so-called version of light touch net neutrality to the body," Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania), who introduced the bill approved Wednesday, said during the debate.

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Indeed, a perusal of the launch manifest for the Delta IV heavy shows that the majority of its flights over the past 15 years have hosted military payloads, and the ability to snag some of these lucrative contracts in the future would represent a major windfall for SpaceX.The Air Force will undoubtedly be paying close attention to the Arabsat launch today, which will help prove that the rocket can safely deliver its sensitive payloads to orbit.

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

If MetaFilter was the best newsfeed you'd ever seen, painstakingly moderated and sincerely interested in unearthing interesting stories, AskMe was the message board you'd always wanted to read.

Watch the Mesmerizing Routine of a World Champion Yo-Yoer

Watch the Mesmerizing Routine of a World Champion Yo-Yoer

Today’s yo-yo’s are mostly butterfly shaped to better catch the string and spin for minutes on a single throw, thanks to smooth spinning ball-bearings instead of a wooden or plastic axle.

Facebook Exposed Data Again, but This Viral Cat Can Save Lives

Facebook Exposed Data Again, but This Viral Cat Can Save Lives

Facebook Exposed Data Again, but This Viral Cat Can Save Lives. Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: Facebook exposed your personal data ... Researchers discovered that data from hundreds of millions of Facebook users was left unprotected once again, this time on Amazon's servers.

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.Since 2011, Vertica has been the Democratic Party's central repository for data—a place to store every state's voter file, every door knock and phone call organizers make, and every bit of commercially available data campaigns collect.

RIP AirPower: Apple Kills Its Elusive Wireless Charging Pad

RIP AirPower: Apple Kills Its Elusive Wireless Charging Pad

Apple ’s long-anticipated inductive charging pad for Apple devices has been cancelled due to the fact that it didn’t meet the company’s own high standards, TechCrunch reported earlier today. Apple’s AirPower was supposedly going to offer a new inductive charging standard, one that built upon the consortium-approved Qi standard.

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

That movie would be a modest hit upon release late in 1997, but at the time of the Matrix casting, Reeves wasn't high on the studio's wish list for Neo. According to di Bonaventura, the role had been passed on by Will Smith (who wanted to make Wild Wild West ), Brad Pitt (who'd just been through Seven Years in Tibet ), and Leonardo DiCaprio (who didn't want to do another special effects movie after Titanic ).

Long Before Selfies and Memes, People Wanted to Share Pics

Long Before Selfies and Memes, People Wanted to Share Pics

There was a time not so long ago when people snapped photos and didn't think about sharing them until much later. says Clément Chéroux, curator of the new exhibit Snap+Share at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Like pre-existing personal finance apps such as Mint and Acorns, Apple Wallet will automatically track where and how much you spend with Apple’s credit card.

Breaking Down Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Card and More

Breaking Down Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Card and More

News broke today that hackers put backdoors into thousands of Asus computers using the company's own software update platform, meaning there may be malware on your computer if you performed one of these system updates. WIRED Recommends: Fitness Trackers.

Here Are All the New Services Apple Announced Today

Here Are All the New Services Apple Announced Today

It announced its own credit card, a magazine subscription service, and a new way to find premium games. The last of Apple's new subscription services focuses on premium games.

Apple Launches Apple News+ Paid Subscription Service

Apple Launches Apple News+ Paid Subscription Service

Apple formally unveiled its new subscription news service today, a tab within its existing Apple News app that is designed to unlock access to premium magazines and a few national newspapers for $10 per month.

On the Trail of the Robocall King

On the Trail of the Robocall King

Hoping he might get lucky and receive one of the robocalls himself, Garvin began answering every suspicious call and spoofed number that lit up his cell phone.

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