Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Is on Trial. Silicon Valley Is Watching

Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Is on Trial. Silicon Valley Is Watching

Six pages of text messages are some of the first documents to come out of Holmes’ trial, which began this week, more than three years after she was indicted on charges of defrauding investors , as well as doctors and patients, about Theranos’ capabilities.

Social Media CEOs Can’t Defend Their Business Model

Social Media CEOs Can’t Defend Their Business Model

On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai testified before Congress for a hearing titled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role In Promoting Extremism And Misinformation.” By this point, it was far from their first rodeo.

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

When Diddy hosted a charity event on Instagram Live for health care workers in April, he had to rotate celebrities like Cardi B, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Michelle Obama in and out of the second spot.“The number one most requested feature was, ‘Can I go live with multiple people?’” says Kristin George, Instagram’s director of product for creators.

Birders’ Tweets Are Causing an Online Flap

Birders’ Tweets Are Causing an Online Flap

McMahon does not approve of accounts like Manhattan Bird Alert and worries about how the crowds of gawkers are affecting the animals.“I don’t want that rare bird being surrounded by people!” she says.

How Many of Maria Ressa’s Warnings Will We Ignore?

How Many of Maria Ressa’s Warnings Will We Ignore?

Facebook gave me a statement saying, “We believe strongly in press freedom and the rights of journalists to work without fear for their personal safety or other repercussions.Facebook’s explanation is that it doesn’t normally single out free-speech heroes and that it did meet privately with Ressa after her conviction.

It's Time to Defund Social Media

It's Time to Defund Social Media

That information, however, is filtered through what Ryan Milner and I call deep memetic frames : sense-making apparatuses that structure how people see the world, and the ways that they respond to it.

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

To memorize these, Dellis recommends starting by turning each one of those items into an easily-remembered image.This technique of linking images with places is called the memory palace, and it’s particularly useful for remembering the order of certain elements, says Shaw.

How to Use Slack Without Driving Your Coworkers Crazy

How to Use Slack Without Driving Your Coworkers Crazy

“The inflections in our voice get lost, and we're not able to hear or emphasize body language that sometimes speaks louder than words.” Couple that with notification overload and water cooler talk spamming your work channels, and you’re bound to get a little frustrated with your colleague’s Slack usage—or vice versa.

Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?

Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?

I don't want to sound Pollyannaish on this point, but if you think back a few years, the awakening to the incredible injustice that was suffered for so long by the LGBTQ community led to a startling change in the demand for marriage equality and for an end to discrimination in employment, recently codified in a Supreme Court decision.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.

New Pokémon Snap Revives a Classic for Nintendo Switch

New Pokémon Snap Revives a Classic for Nintendo Switch

The upcoming version for the Nintendo Switch, succinctly titled New Pokémon Snap, has no release date yet.

When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning

When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning

A promising approach is hybrid or blended learning, which integrates online components with traditional classroom practices.Blended learning promotes the vital classroom connections that students and professors value, while also providing new modes of engagement.

Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?

Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?

Last week, a Belgian-Dutch research team self-published a report advising runners and cyclists that they should take extra care while passing others on the road, warning them that respiratory droplets that could potentially contain the novel coronavirus might spread further than the 6 feet buffer recommended by public health officials.

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

“She has a much larger platform because she’s talking about a global phenomenon.” Like the Parkland students—notably Emma González and David Hogg—Thunberg excels at using her personality to humanize a complex political issue, and, as Middaugh puts it, “clapping back at critics.” “They share this ability to use participatory, social media activism methods while also interfacing with public officials,” she says.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Remarkably Relevant in 2019

Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Remarkably Relevant in 2019

Neon Genesis Evangelion is forcing a television culture that has largely ignored anime to actually pay attention. My hope, then, is that the sudden critical interest in Neon Genesis Evangelion , which had almost no Western critical attention outside of far niche publications as recently as a month ago, is a sign of publications rethinking and re-attenuating themselves to 2019's television atmosphere.

Myspace Employees Used to Spy on Users

Myspace Employees Used to Spy on Users

Motherboard reports week that in the golden age of Myspace, employees had access too and abused an administrative tool called Overlord.

Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself

Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself

Many of the updates focused on health , including Noise app, which will monitor, well, noise surrounding the device and alert its user when a cacophony reaches potentially harmful levels.

Tamagotchi Have Returned to Bewitch a New Generation

Tamagotchi Have Returned to Bewitch a New Generation

And while the original Tamagotchi would wither after a day without attention (say, while its caretaker was in school or at work), the new Tamagotchi On comes with another thoughtful feature.

Chris Hughes Is Right: We Should Dismantle Facebook

Chris Hughes Is Right: We Should Dismantle Facebook

Facebook’s last creative gasp was an effort called Creative Labs, which launched long-forgotten apps like Slingshot and Rooms, and was shuttered in 2015.Or consider the team I worked on while at Facebook, ads.

F. Gary Gray Is Working on a Saints Row Movie Adaptation

F. Gary Gray Is Working on a Saints Row Movie Adaptation

Gary Gray is reportedly in line to film an adaption of the Saints Row videogame franchise. Variety reports that Saints Row is the next game to get tapped for a film adaptation, with F.

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

Feelings of helplessness and symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder—like anxiety, guilt, and anhedonia—are on the rise, they said, as warnings go unheeded and their hopes for constructive change are dashed time and time again.“We are in a time where a lot of things feel futile,” says Alice Marwick, a media and technology researcher and professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘Downgrading Humans.’ It’s Time to Fight Back

Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘Downgrading Humans.’ It’s Time to Fight Back

Harris thought Zuckerberg’s embrace of the phrase was a step in the right direction, and he was even more pleased when Apple and Google —which he calls “the central banks of the attention economy”—rolled out features to try to help people limit their addictions to their screens.

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s London headquarters suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after climate-change protesters smashed doors and glued their hands to windows. One activist has already been arrested for the actions at the Shell office, out of nine that participated, Extinction Rebellion said.

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week The crash of Ethiopian Flight 302 outside Addis Ababa has focused the aviation world's attention on the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX jets.

While You Were Offline: The North Korea Summit Goes South

While You Were Offline: The North Korea Summit Goes South

What Not to Say in Your Outside Voice What Happened: You'd think that an attorney would know better than to attempt to intimidate a witness via social media, considering how much trouble it could get everyone in. And one that got a lot of people's attention, not least of the media , because of course .

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

The phenomenon is due to a shrinking “useful field of view,” the feature of visual attention that helps us recognize at a glance what’s important to focus on. Studies show that kids have a similarly limited field of view, hindering their ability to register the complete visual world around them.

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

"The whole point is to push your body and your mind to a place they've never been before," says Stevens, who recently visited WIRED's offices in San Francisco to give me a taste of what it's like to pedal one's ever-living brains out.

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

The second, first posted at 2 am Texas time Thursday morning, was initiated by a group sympathetic to Ted Cruz’s reelection campaign (it’s still unclear who) and it was pushed via a combination of an advocacy app and some of Twitter’s own ad tools.They were amplified by a lot of real people—as well as a fair number of sketchy accounts.Anyone who’s ever run a campaign—political, advocacy, or marketing—knows that getting attention is key to winning—and that getting attention is really hard.