How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

Muhammad Fahd, 34, and his co-conspirators allegedly paid AT&T employees more than $1 million in bribes over five years to install malware and spying devices at their offices in Washington, according to a Department of Justice indictment unsealed Monday.

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

European Union regulators have recently revealed a flurry of actions against US tech companies, starting last month with an investigation into chipmaker Broadcom over whether it used exclusivity agreements to fend off competitors.

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

Don’t tell anyone, but Jay Inslee is going to get a presidential debate focused on climate change .Inslee, the governor of Washington state and one of two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has been agitating for such a single-topic debate for months.

Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokémon Go—But Bigger

Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokémon Go—But Bigger

Back in the Minecraft offices in Redmond, Washington, where they shared a building with Halo studio 343 Industries, the team would put people in the HoloLens and then send AR sheep walking down the hallway toward them—“slowly, certainly not threateningly,” Persson says now, sitting in a conference room right next to that hallway.

Census Citizenship Question Riles Tech and Privacy Groups

Census Citizenship Question Riles Tech and Privacy Groups

"Our position is that collecting citizenship information from every person in the country and transferring it in bulk to another federal agency potentially for criminal law enforcement is a gross invasion of privacy that isn't justifiable," says John Davisson, counsel at EPIC.The organization filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Washington DC, laying out much the same argument.

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News. Lyft has to pump the brakes on its e-bikes. A Lyft subsidiary had to pull its e-bikes from New York, Washington, and San Francisco after riders reported injuries from unexpectedly strong front brakes .

Male Birth Control Could Actually Happen. But Do Men Want It?

Male Birth Control Could Actually Happen. But Do Men Want It?

Now a professor at the University of Washington, Page oversees three studies of new contraceptive methods for men: a hormonal pill, which suppresses sperm production with a compound called DMU; an injection, modeled after the Depo-Provera shot for women; and the NES/T gel, which uses a type of progestin called nesterone in concert with testosterone.

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

Mueller—or the Southern District, or one of the other 18-plus investigations targeting the president—could dramatically alter the impeachment narrative in Washington in at least three ways: (1) by outlining clear evidence of a specific presidential crime, (2) a demonstrable, smoking-gun-included pattern of obstruction, or (3) demonstrable action taken to compromise American interests at the expense of advancing a foreign power’s goals, including actively conspiring with Russia in the 2016 campaign.

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.

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up' Elena Lacey; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images The breaking news hit a snowy Washington on Wednesday: Newly installed attorney general William Barr appears to be preparing to announce the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

For the past few weeks, the National Weather Service has been forecasting snowfall that ends up disappearing, according to Doug Kammerer, chief meteorologist at WRC-TV in Washington, DC.

Women Will Dominate—and Dismantle—the Music Industry in 2019

Women Will Dominate—and Dismantle—the Music Industry in 2019

(Last year's releases from male counterparts Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, and Kamasi Washington also flirted with a disregard for structure, thematically and narratively, by testing the limits of paucity, excess, originality.) Pop aspirants of uncanny talent—Noname, Cardi B, Mitski, Hayley Kiyoko, Rico Nasty, and Tierra Whack among them—are demonstrating an immodest, near-singular, anti-populist aptitude for industry-wide reinvention.

The Prime Challenges for Scout, Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

The Prime Challenges for Scout, Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

And soon, your Amazon Prime packages may show up courtesy of Scout, Amazon's new six-wheeled autonomous delivery robot built to withstand the sidewalk. While at the moment Amazon’s Scout is sequestered in one neighborhood in Washington, it’s not hard to see a future where delivery robots of all kinds roam among humans on city streets.

As Snow Disappears, the Sierras and Rockies Are Shrinking

As Snow Disappears, the Sierras and Rockies Are Shrinking

“For the future, that percentage will keep increasing,” says Zeng, who presented his findings at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeAt the same time, the length of the snow season shrank by 34 days for the snowiest regions.

'Fortnite' Season 7's Winter Wonderland Tops the Week's Game News

'Fortnite' Season 7's Winter Wonderland Tops the Week's Game News

Right?In Less Fun Fortnite News, the Inventor of the Milly Rock is Suing EpicYes, The Washington Post reports that rapper 2 Milly is suing Epic Games for the use of his Milly Rock dance as an in-game emote.

Russian Hackers Haven't Stopped Probing the US Power Grid

Russian Hackers Haven't Stopped Probing the US Power Grid

But grid hacking comes in less dramatic forms as well—which makes Russia's continued probing of US critical infrastructure all the more alarming.At the CyberwarCon forum in Washington, DC on Wednesday, researchers from threat intelligence firm FireEye noted that while the US grid is relatively well-defended, and difficult to hit with a full-scale cyberattack, Russian actors have nonetheless continue to benefit from their ongoing vetting campaign."There’s still a concentrated Russian cyber espionage campaign targeting the bulk of the US electrical grid," says FireEye analyst Alex Orleans says.

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos Won

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos Won

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos WonMark Lennihan/APAfter a 14-month search, Amazon announced Tuesday that it will open a pair of regional offices in two major metropolitan areas where it already has a presence: the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, a borough of New York, and Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington DC.The decision comes after more than 230 cities submitted bids to be home of the Seattle-based company’s highly anticipated second headquarters, which originally promised to employ 50,000 white-collar workers.

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.

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at RiskPoolThe President of the United States says he does not believe that Hurricane Maria and its aftermath killed 2,975 people—an estimate generated by researchers at George Washington University and accepted as the rough official death toll by the government of Puerto Rico.

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Security News this Week: IBM Made Cops a Tool to Search Surveillance Video by Skin ColorCasey Chin/Getty ImagesTech went to Washington this week, and their biggest problems followed them.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg faced Congress, and though Google CEO Larry Paige was invited, he declined to make the trip—a move that didn’t ingratiate him with Congressional watchdog Mark Warner.

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free ReachJabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty ImagesThe algorithms that govern how we find information online are once again in the news—but you have to squint to find them.“Trump Accuses Google of Burying Conservative News in Search Results,” reads an August 28 New York Times headline.

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

As geographers, we believe story maps can also help people better understand such complex global issues as human rights, climate change and refugee resettlement. In 2016, University of Washington professor Jin-Kyu Jung, working with Ecuadorian subsistence farmers, used Post-It notes to facilitate a community discussion on climate change.

An Adorable Rodent Gives a Glimpse Into Earth’s Climate Chaos

An Adorable Rodent Gives a Glimpse Into Earth’s Climate Chaos

While barn owls and western meadowlarks were “losers” during the drought, killdeer and greater roadrunners were “winners.” The blunt-nosed leopard lizard suffered; the side-blotched lizard came up in the world.“The drought kind of knocked down the species that were dominating and allowed the underdogs to do better and stay in the system,” says wildlife ecologist Laura Prugh of the University of Washington, lead author on the new paper in Nature Climate Change.For all the winners and losers, nearly three quarters of species weren’t strongly affected by the drought.

Long-term Records Validate What We Know About Climate Change

Long-term Records Validate What We Know About Climate Change

Nature is validating what we know about climate change from long-term records of temperature. Earlier plant flowering in spring as a response to global warming in the Washington, D.C. area.