Gadget Lab Podcast: Google Takes on Microsoft, Amazon in Gaming

WIRED’s Peter Rubin was at GDC this week for Google’s big reveal, and he joins the latest Gadget Lab episode to talk about how Stadia is supposed to work when it launches later this year.

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Change your Facebook password. Facebook acknowledged a bug that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords (dating back to 2012) for both Facebook and Instagram to be stored as readable text internally.

TypeScript’s Quiet, Steady Rise Among Programming Languages

TypeScript’s Quiet, Steady Rise Among Programming Languages

Microsoft's programming language TypeScript has become one of the most popular languages among developers, at least according to a report published by the analyst firm RedMonk this week.

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

But Toshin points out that attackers could also use the bug to gain inappropriate device access by tricking users into clicking a malicious link that would then open through Android's Instant App feature.

The EU Hits Google With a Third Billion-Dollar Fine. So What?

The EU Hits Google With a Third Billion-Dollar Fine. So What?

This is the third billion-dollar antitrust penalty levied against Google by the European Commission, which has fined the company more than $9 billion for anticompetitive practices since 2017.

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

"Within five seconds, you can be playing the game." Stadia doesn't simply present a challenge to traditional consoles and computers, but to distribution platforms themselves.

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

The 2018 Korn Ferry research forecasts that by 2030 the global technology, media, and telecommunications labor-skills shortage will reach 4.3 million positions and an unrealized output of nearly $450 billion.

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral The online spread of a video from a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch Friday shows the limits of social media moderation.

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

In a statement, An, the Google lobbyist, said he has no knowledge “of the author who goes by The Real DC.” Yelp vice president of public policy Luther Lowe denied any connection to the video or tweet.

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

If Spotify were to pay Apple's commission, he says, it "would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music." That's important because antitrust law in the United States places a major emphasis on how competition affects consumer pricing.

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York has already begun to prepare his Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of David Cicilline of Rhode Island, to probe anti-competitive consolidation in the tech industry, building on Nadler’s earlier observation that companies like Facebook “cannot be trusted” to regulate themselves.

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

If you don't have a plank on tech platforms, it will be very notable." Warren's plan envisions a new category of company called a "platform utility." This would include companies "that offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties." That includes, of course, Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

On Monday, Google published a blog post with selected findings from its 2018 analysis, highlighting that proposed changes for 2019 would have paid male engineers less than female engineers in one lower-level job category, referred to internally as Level 4 engineers.

An Alphabet Moonshot Wants to Store the Security Industry's Data

An Alphabet Moonshot Wants to Store the Security Industry's Data

The tool is a cloud platform on which companies can store their network intelligence data indefinitely, allowing them to use Google's search smarts to comb through logs and gain insight into emerging digital security threats.

Hack Brief: Google Reveals 'BuggyCow,' a Rare MacOS Zero-Day Vulnerability

Hack Brief: Google Reveals 'BuggyCow,' a Rare MacOS Zero-Day Vulnerability

So like clockwork, 94 days after Google alerted Apple to a bug in its MacOS operating system that could allow malware to inject data into the most privileged code running on its computers, Mountain View's hackers are revealing that fresh zero-day vulnerability to the world.

YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts to Reduce Violent Content

YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts to Reduce Violent Content

Samantha Cooper YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki defended her company’s efforts to keep violent content off the video platform at the sixth annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit Friday in San Francisco.

Critics Are Wary of the FTC’s New Tech Antitrust Task Force

Critics Are Wary of the FTC’s New Tech Antitrust Task Force

In a call with reporters Tuesday, the FTC’s Bureau of Competition director Bruce Hoffman said the new 17-member task force will have the power to investigate both future mergers and finalized ones.

No, Data Is Not the New Oil

No, Data Is Not the New Oil

Newly installed California governor Gavin Newsom recently proposed an ambitious “data dividend” plan , whereby companies like Facebook or Google would pay their users a fraction of the revenue derived from the users’ data.

Android Is Helping Kill Passwords on a Billion Devices

Android Is Helping Kill Passwords on a Billion Devices

Google's Brand points out that under FIDO2, developers will even be able to streamline their mobile browser and local app sign-in infrastructure so a user can set up password-less login on the web, and have that same easy authentication step carry over to the service's app or vice versa.

A Hidden Nest Secure Mic, Facebook's Dead VPN, and More Security News This Week

A Hidden Nest Secure Mic, Facebook's Dead VPN, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: Google Forgot To Mention the Nest Secure's Hidden Mic Nest The Mueller investigation has lasted so long, it's easy to forget that it'll end at some point.

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week Smartphone season started early this year. Samsung showed off five new Galaxy phones, including three Galaxy S10 models available for preorder right now.

Europe’s New Rules Aim to Make Online Marketplaces More Fair

Europe’s New Rules Aim to Make Online Marketplaces More Fair

FREDERICK FLORIN/Getty Images European lawmakers took a swing at Amazon, Google, Apple, and other tech giants Thursday, endorsing new rules to crack down on unfair practices that stifle competition by online platforms and app stores.

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When Samsung first teased its foldable smartphone in November, it mostly left the details to the imagination.

Inside the Alexa-Friendly World of Wikidata

Inside the Alexa-Friendly World of Wikidata

The connections forged between nuggets of knowledge in Wikidata allow computers to answer complex questions in fractions of a second, without having to trawl through multiple web pages or databases.

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

In response, Jeff Bezos told an audience at WIRED's own 25th anniversary conference, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.” But who would come and work on AI for the federal government or US military when the perks of Silicon Valley are spectacularly more attractive?

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Now, internet-based companies like Google and Facebook have added an entirely new wrinkle to this business model: instead of charging for their products, they give them away in exchange for vacuuming up our personal data and monetizing it in various ways.

Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things

Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things

The warning appeared for the first time in the “Risk Factors” segment of Alphabet’s latest annual report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the following day: “ New products and services, including those that incorporate or utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning, can raise new or exacerbate existing ethical, technological, legal, and other challenges, which may negatively affect our brands and demand for our products and services and adversely affect our revenues and operating results.

An Apple-Hacking Teen, SIM-Swap Indictments, and More Security News This Week

An Apple-Hacking Teen, SIM-Swap Indictments, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: A Teen Won't Tell Apple How He Hacked MacOS Giulia Marchi/Getty Images It's frankly hard, at the end of this long week, to devote much mental energy to any news that's not Jeff Bezos going to war with the National Enquirer , but stay with us!

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps Senators Richard Blumenthal (pictured), Ed Markey, and Josh Hawley want more information about Facebook’s Project Atlas program.

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