Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches This week, a security researcher found that Chinese company SenseNets, which allegedly facilitates that facial recognition tracking, had left a database containing the associated data completely exposed online.

Trump Declared an Emergency Based on Data That Doesn’t Exist

Trump Declared an Emergency Based on Data That Doesn’t Exist

During his remarks, President Trump repeatedly called into question and even dismissed as lies much of the available data that exists on immigration and crime, all while glorifying countries like China that give drug dealers the death penalty and painting a picture of a country under siege by criminal invaders.

Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

In coordination with the National Council for the American Worker and through the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, federal agencies will now work together with industry and educational institutions to develop AI-related education and workforce opportunities.

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

What Really Happened: Welp, after a lot of political rigamarole, President Trump gave his State of the Union speech last week—and what a speech it was.

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

If by now you feel like you have a pretty good handle on what Donald Trump looks like and would rather just listen, try TuneIn , which has a Roku app and will offer streams from a few sources, or NPR , which is NPR.

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

President Trump's son caught flack from the internet last week for referring to Saturday Night Live as "S&L." Drew Angerer/Getty Images OK, where to begin? What Happened: Donald Trump Jr. maybe doesn't know what Saturday Night Live is, or at least maybe doesn't fully understand the name of the NBC show.

Howard Schultz: Presidential Hopeful, Ratio King

Howard Schultz: Presidential Hopeful, Ratio King

Over the course of 12 tweets, Schultz has emerged a paragon of what Twitter obsessives know as “the ratio,” a term popularized by reporter Luke O’Neil in a 2017 Esquire post, “ How to Know If You’ve Seen a Horrible Tweet .” If a tweet garners more responses than likes and retweets, you’ve been ratioed.

The US Government Shutdown Tops This Week's Internet News

The US Government Shutdown Tops This Week's Internet News

Take Lara Trump’s comments early in the week, in which the wife of Eric Trump responded to the suggestion that the shutdown hurts federal workers by saying, "this so much bigger than any one person.

Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week

Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week

Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week A new analysis estimates American cities will only be able to keep up with electric vehicle charging demand if they have to build 20 percent more chargers every year between now and 2025.

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

“In 2013, when the government shut down for two weeks, it took the FAA nearly six months to get the school back up to a normal level of training capabilities,” says Sharon LaRue, a professor of air traffic control at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Trump's Fast Food Photo Op Tops This Week's Internet News

Trump's Fast Food Photo Op Tops This Week's Internet News

Reports over the past week suggest strongly that perhaps Trump has the interests of an entirely different nation in mind when he makes decisions. What really happened: As if all the existing intrigue surrounding Trump wasn't enough to make people wonder about his loyalties, The New York Times dropped a bombshell report last weekend.

Trump's Missile Defense Plan Creates More Problems Than It Solves

Trump's Missile Defense Plan Creates More Problems Than It Solves

The assessment also discusses more radical ideas, like capabilities that could neutralize a missile anywhere in the world during its initial ascent, space-based tracking and interception technologies, and even high-energy lasers mounted on "airborne platforms." Anywhere, Any Time, Any Place And while Trump described a comprehensive, airtight vision of missile defense in his remarks, analysts say the administration's actual report is more of a survey of all possible avenues, from realistic, incremental next steps to unlikely moonshots.

While You Were Offline: Another Glitch in the Wall

While You Were Offline: Another Glitch in the Wall

What Really Happened: The President of the United States started the third week of the government shutdown with what many considered to be a public relations masterstroke: his decision to take his case directly to the American people.

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers Last night after President Trump's address on border security, an Associated Press tweet claimed that, in placing blame for the government shutdown, "it takes two to tango." Twitter thought otherwise.

Pixar's Renderman CGI Software Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

Pixar's Renderman CGI Software Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

Since inception, the program's powers have grown—what used to take all night on a render farm for Toy Story can now be accomplished in real time—but Pixar filmmakers like Coco's Lee Unkrich are still using it to push the limits of visual storytelling, without sacrificing emotional payoff.In the 30 years since RenderMan became available, 27 of the 30 films to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects used it.

While You Were Offline: Trump's 'Smocking' Gets a Mocking

While You Were Offline: Trump's 'Smocking' Gets a Mocking

While You Were Offline: Trump's 'Smocking' Gets a MockingJIM WATSON/Getty ImagesLast week started with President Trump announcing that his chief of staff would be leaving by the end of the month, something that later became potentially untrue because no one wants the job.

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.

A Huawei Exec’s Arrest Complicates the US-China Trade Dispute

A Huawei Exec’s Arrest Complicates the US-China Trade Dispute

But the arrest of Meng Wanzhou will strain future negotiations as Beijing will likely see the move as part of a broader pattern of US aggression against China, says Paul Triolo, who focuses on technology for the political risk-consulting firm Eurasia Group.

While You Were Offline: Welcome Back, Paul Manafort!

While You Were Offline: Welcome Back, Paul Manafort!

While You Were Offline: Welcome Back, Paul Manafort!Last week, President Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort (center) was accused of lying to the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office.Zach Gibson/Getty ImagesMan, where can we even begin with this past week?

Jeep Revives the Pickup and More This Week in the Future of Cars

Jeep Revives the Pickup and More This Week in the Future of Cars

In: autonomous and electric vehicles, trucks and SUVs. Out: cars.Also in GM news: President Dan Ammann will move out west, to replace Kyle Vogt as CEO of self-driving subsidiary Cruise.

GM's President Is Leaving Detroit to Run Its Robo-Car Biz

GM's President Is Leaving Detroit to Run Its Robo-Car Biz

That’ll be a continuous and ongoing investment.” New hires, he says, are still mostly engineers, and will be “for the foreseeable future.”Still, it’s time to think about the next phase of the business, one that benefits from a different sort of leadership, and Ammann has played a central role in GM’s revival over the past decade.

A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

A new government report—1,600 pages, two and a half years of work, hundreds of authors, 13 participating agencies—warns that by the end of the century, unchecked climate change could cause tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in losses and damage.

Trump's Apparent Aquaphobia Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Trump's Apparent Aquaphobia Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Indeed, a lot of what people were talking about last week—Melania Trump's verion of "you're fired" and pro wrestling debacles aside—were events set in motion at various points in the past.

A Presidential Pardon for A Thanksgiving Raccoon

A Presidential Pardon for A Thanksgiving Raccoon

In 1926, President Calvin Coolidge received a raccoon as a Thanksgiving dinner gift. This decision probably didn’t surprise many people at the time, as Coolidge had quite a collection of animals at the White House, according to the Presidential Pet Museum.

How Trumpy Bear Divided the World—and Conquered the Internet

How Trumpy Bear Divided the World—and Conquered the Internet

They are meant to: If you’re a Trump supporter, Trumpy Bear—who sports the President’s signature blond coiffure and red tie, and is stuffed with an American flag you can pull out the back of his fuzzy neck—is a hilarious gift that is, as the commercial says, “great for all American holidays.” If you’re not, it’s the sort of stupendously baffling object that makes you wonder what aliens would think if they visited Earth today.

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

You’d think that that someone so stuck in the past as President Trump would remember the saying about never arguing with people who buy ink by the barrel…The Takeaway: This is just the beginning of a bigger fight—and one that's likely going to happen sooner rather than later.https://twitter.com/melissakchan/status/1060531575492935680Wave Hello, Say GoodbyeWhat Happened: If no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected the president to fire his attorney general immediately after the midterm elections, does that mean that Jeff Sessions was a victim of the Spanish Inquisition?

Don’t Be Duped by Voting Misinformation Before the Midterms

Don’t Be Duped by Voting Misinformation Before the Midterms

There are also third-party tools supported by nonpartisan organizations like Ballotopedia, Democracy Works, and Vote411.org, which allow you to input your address and receive individualized voter information for your area.What People Are SayingThere’s a ton of misinformation out there, and it’s always evolving, but there are a few general themes that come up every election cycle.Voter FraudVoter fraud is a constant boogeyman.

While You Were Offline: Some Things Should Never Be Tweeted, Really

While You Were Offline: Some Things Should Never Be Tweeted, Really

But tell that to those around the president.https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1040629257398046720The Takeaway: There’s really only one way to end this, isn’t there?https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1040623817280954370Ringo Starr Would Be AppalledWhat Happened: Just in case you thought that Thomas and Friends was a jolly series about happy trains and overweight controllers, the National Rifle Association has a shocking piece of information for you.

California Had Its Own Climate Summit. Now What?

California Had Its Own Climate Summit. Now What?

“We need to be thinking about exponential changes.”Getting the U.S. back on boardThe American politicians at the conference, who typically came from liberal cities and blue states like New York and Washington, had a more immediate concern: Trying to persuade the rest of the world that the United States hasn’t completely abandoned the fight, despite the fact that President Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

California to launch its 'own damn satellite' to track greenhouse gases

California to launch its 'own damn satellite' to track greenhouse gases

California is set to launch a satellite to track greenhouse gases, as former US Secretary of State John Kerry and island nation leaders warned that the world is far off course to avoid the worst effects of rising temperatures.

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