China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

What’s new about China's massive deployment of fiber, both in its own territory and in its global market along its planned Belt and Road, is that China is likely to permit only 5G equipment made by Huawei and a handful of other Chinese companies to connect to that fiber.

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media Dull tours of supermarkets and mundane candid shots soothe us with warmth and relatability on YouTube and Instagram—and push back against the envy industry.

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

“I don’t know what the Michael Pollan version would be: Eat independent sites, mostly not Facebook?” says Glitch CEO Anil Dash, who helped create some early social web tools 15 years ago at Six Apart and has long argued that tech needs to reintroduce community and user control.

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

News spread on Tuesday that Lyndon LaRouche, the dogged global conspiracy theorist and fringe United States presidential candidate, died at age 96 . A couple years back, this question of the internet’s empowering conspiracy believers centered on an emerging community of self-identified “targeted individuals.”.

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

Since December, Indian policymakers have taken a page from China’s playbook, enacting sweeping restrictions in an attempt to curtail the power of ecommerce behemoths like Amazon, and pushing proposals that would require internet companies to censor “unlawful” content, break user encryption, and forbid Indian data from being stored on foreign soil.

Captain Marvel Has the Best Movie Website Since Space Jam

Captain Marvel Has the Best Movie Website Since Space Jam

“I give them a huge amount of credit,” says Dara-Lynn Weiss, one of the producers who built the Space Jam site in 1996, of the Captain Marvel throwback.

What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

“In short, Russia would need to do two things: Ensure that the content Russians seek to access is actually located somewhere in the country, and ensure that routing and exchanges could all occur domestically,” says Nicole Starosielski a professor at New York University and author of The Undersea Network .

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

She'd been eyeing the community from a distance for a while, but then there was rumbling among Reddit's moderators: The deposed alt-right troll king Milo Yiannopoulos had just requested control of the sub.

A Photographer Recreates the Snapshots in Old Family Albums

A Photographer Recreates the Snapshots in Old Family Albums

Yet for her series, Yamada had a strict set of criteria: Any album she used for her project had to contain at least 100 photos and she would only re-stage portraits where the subjects were aware they were being photographed.

YouTube and Instagram Tots Are the New Child Stars

YouTube and Instagram Tots Are the New Child Stars

"I don't want to have a child 15 years from now sitting in a therapist's office saying my parents made me take pictures every day," Bee Fisher says.

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Plus: Lyft sues to halt a driver minimum wage law in NYC, LA Metro experiments with ride-hail, and we connect the dots between carbon fiber production and flying taxis.

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Now, it seems, someone has cobbled together those breached databases and many more into a gargantuan, unprecedented collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and associated passwords, and is freely distributing them on hacker forums and torrents, throwing out the private data of a significant fraction of humanity like last year's phone book.

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

The accidental brilliance of the newspaper business model is it commoditized all those information needs to an audience that, pre-internet, had no other choice. Rebuilding local media starts with figuring out what people truly want and need from their news, now that the excess has been stripped away.

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

More specifically as "an immersive experience" offering "the best in food, art, music, and adventure" on an island "once owned by Pablo Escobar" that is somehow "on the boundaries of the impossible." As one social media strategist in Fyre Fraud put it, "what Fyre Festival did prove is that the power of influence is real." If that all sounds like gobbledygook marketing, it's because it is.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

Shouldn’t We All Have Seamless Micropayments By Now?

Shouldn’t We All Have Seamless Micropayments By Now?

If you buy things directly from small vendors, you’re stuck entering your credit card information, your email, and your billing address on site after site—sinking ever deeper into the surveillance economy as each digital form puts your personal details into someone else’s database, while also giving hackers ever more opportunities to filch your data.

Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Cal Newport, author of the new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World , says he’s had to convince younger users that connecting with people oin the internet is not the same as Facebook or Instagram.

Tesla’s Price Cut and More Car News From This Week

Tesla’s Price Cut and More Car News From This Week

Required Reading News from elsewhere on the internet In the Rearview Essential stories from WIRED’s canon Back in 2016, WIRED explored how the internet got all wrapped up in city transportation systems.

The 'Twinning' Fad, the Weather Channel, and More Security News

The 'Twinning' Fad, the Weather Channel, and More Security News

Security News This Week: The 'Twinning' Site Leaked Selfies WIRED; Momoa by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, Chewbacca by DPA Picture Alliance Archive/Alamy You know what they say, the first hacks of January set the tone for the rest of year.

Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp

Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp

Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp La Tigre As the internet has evolved over its 35-year lifespan, control over its most important services has gradually shifted from open source protocols maintained by non-profit communities to proprietary services operated by large tech companies.

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

In fact, according to court documents, the primary driver behind the original creation of Mirai was creating "a weapon capable of initiating powerful denial-of-service attacks against business competitors and others against whom White and his coconspirators held grudges.” Once investigators knew what to look for, they found Minecraft links all over Mirai: In an less-noticed attack just after the OVH incident, the botnet had targeted ProxyPipe.com, a company in San Francisco that specializes in protecting Minecraft servers from DDoS attacks.

The 2018 Internet Moments That Made Being Online Worth It

The 2018 Internet Moments That Made Being Online Worth It

In April, actor Adam Pally took the stage at the 11th annual Shorty Awards in New York City with a blinkered expression on his face, as though he'd just realized he was at an event honoring achievements in categories like "Native Advertising" and "Twitter Presence." Pally's response was less savage than it was self-loathingly honest: "Why are people getting awards?" he asked to a room full of Instagram celebs and marketing execs.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2018Casey Chin; Getty ImagesThis year thankfully avoided any world-breaking ransomware attacks like NotPetya. In many cases, the most dangerous people online are also the most dangerous in the real world.

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

Meanwhile, search results within the European Union can differ from those elsewhere due to its right to be forgotten law, and web publishers around the world are still grappling with the effect of the sweeping EU privacy regulations that took effect this year.A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet.

Grande Arrival: The Year Digital Native Pop Stars Took Over

Grande Arrival: The Year Digital Native Pop Stars Took Over

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Within the first 24 hours that Ariana Grande’s music video for “thank u, next,” went live in late November, it broke the internet. Grande’s response, though, wasn’t elation or even concern: it was a practiced online apathy so palpable you could almost see the eye roll.

Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days

Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days

Sean Parker : So I see this thing, and I emailed some email address at Facebook, and I basically said, “I’ve been working with Friendster for a while, and I’d just like to meet you guys and see if maybe there’s anything to talk about.” And so we set up this meeting in New York—I have no idea why it was in New York—and Mark and I just started talking about product design and what I thought the product needed.

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The FCC regulates who can use which ranges, or bands, of frequencies to prevent users from interfering with each other’s signals.Low-Band FrequenciesBands below 1 GHz traditionally used by broadcast radio and television as well as mobile networks; they easily cover large distances and travel through walls, but those are now so crowded that carriers are turning to the higher range of the spectrum.Mid-Band SpectrumThe range of the wireless spectrum from 1 GHz to 6 GHz, used by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and many other applications.

The Case for Viral ‘Call-Out’ Culture

The Case for Viral ‘Call-Out’ Culture

We did everything.”The video showcases just the kind of furious entitlement and everyday racism progressives on the internet have been calling out all year: This student is just the college campus version of the people screaming at Spanish speakers in restaurants and grocery stores, or the many, many, many people who have called the police on black people doing things like mowing lawns, being in Starbucks, or doing community service.

While You Were Offline: Maybe All Social Media Was a Bad Idea

While You Were Offline: Maybe All Social Media Was a Bad Idea

Come with us and we'll uncover it all together.(Not) Tumbling Towards EcstasyWhat Happened: Tumblr announced a new policy limiting adult content, to which the internet responded, "Wait, isn't that why most people are on Tumblr?"What Really Happened: If there's one social media platform that rarely gets a mention here, it's Tumblr.

Microsoft Retools Its Edge Browser, But Internet Explorer Is Forever

Microsoft Retools Its Edge Browser, But Internet Explorer Is Forever

Especially compared to Internet Explorer.The enduring popularity of Internet Explorer has long been a handy punchline.Chrome dominates the desktop browser space, notching over 60 percent market share over the last year or more.

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