Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

After WIRED flagged them to the company, Google said Friday it had blocked those suggestions for breaking its new election-related policies for autocomplete.Typing "donate bid" on Thursday suggested searches related to the Biden campaign.

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

“I think especially when we think about operating in this new reality that we’re in, where you really need to build compelling digital experiences for people,” says Alfred Johnson, cofounder of Mobilize, an organizing platform used by Democratic and progressive campaigns.

Hackers Target Oil Companies as Prices Plunge

Hackers Target Oil Companies as Prices Plunge

As the world’s top oil producers prepared for a weeklong meeting earlier this month to plan a response to slumping prices of crude, espionage hackers commenced a sophisticated spear-phishing campaign that was concentrated on US-based energy companies.

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

That’s true even in the modern era of microtargeted advertising and social-media-enabled disinformation; and it’s particularly relevant as we begin to imagine what electoral campaigns will look like in the midst of (or, hopefully, the aftermath of) the Covid-19 pandemic.

Obama’s Ebola Czar on What Strong Federal Response Looks Like

Obama’s Ebola Czar on What Strong Federal Response Looks Like

After an initial response that critics said was too slow, Obama took aggressive action, including deploying thousands of troops to West Africa and bringing on Klain as the Ebola czar.

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

Tonight, former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders will meet onstage to debate for the 11th time in the 2020 campaign season—but it's never been quite like this.

The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job

The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job

“Can it be used on my 13-year-old daughter?” one customer asks about a product called “Nose Up Lifting Magic Nose Shaper Clip Beauty Nose Slimming Device Pain Free High Up Tool.” The seller’s answer?

If Russia Hacked Burisma, Brace for the Leaks to Follow

If Russia Hacked Burisma, Brace for the Leaks to Follow

All of that makes Burisma an almost inevitable target for another hack-and-leak operation of the sort that Russia carried out against the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign in 2016—once again with the goal of influencing a US election .Now the first evidence has surfaced, in a report from security firm Area 1, that the very same team of Russian hackers who hit those targets may in fact have hacked Burisma.

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

What unfolds before us, to quote Susan Murray and Laura Ouelette in 2008's Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, "is an unstable text that encourages viewers to test out their own notions of the real, the ordinary, and the intimate against the representation before them.".

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

“I got to not stress every time I went to the bathroom.” Tushy was founded a year later, promising, as Agrawal variously calls it, “the Model T of bidets” and “an iPhone next to your toilet.” It sits atop your existing john, a sleek control panel to the right and a nozzle hanging at the back of the bowl, just outside the average pooping radius.

WIRED Suggests Updated Theme Songs for Presidential Hopefuls

WIRED Suggests Updated Theme Songs for Presidential Hopefuls

But if she doesn't stick with Dolly Parton's feminist anthem, Taylor Swift's latest hit is a strong contender to be the theme track for the Warren 2020 campaign.

Why Women Are Called 'Influencers' and Men 'Creators'

Why Women Are Called 'Influencers' and Men 'Creators'

While at a streaming and gaming conference, Crystal Abidin, a digital anthropologist studying internet celebrity, and a few other women presenters referred to people who think of themselves as "gamers" as "influencers" or "internet celebrities.

Scientists reach new understanding of main threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins

Scientists reach new understanding of main threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins

The 18-month scientific study has discovered: The dolphins can breed earlier, live longer and are capable of faster population growth than previously thought, which makes them more resilient to human threats Scientists can accurately predict where they live using satellite data on seawater turbidity (cloudiness) and the distribution of their main prey The importance of non-fishery threats had been underestimated, including the parasite causing toxoplasmosis, which is spread by cats.

President Trump's Meeting With Jack Dorsey Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

President Trump's Meeting With Jack Dorsey Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Happened: With all the important matters needing his attention, perhaps it's a good thing that President Trump spent part of last week meeting with the man responsible for his—and everyone's!—favorite social media platform, Twitter.

Privacy Groups Claim Online Ads Can Target Abuse Victims

Privacy Groups Claim Online Ads Can Target Abuse Victims

New documents filed Monday with regulators in Poland, the UK, and Ireland claim that the way personal data is handled during the process of matching advertisements to ad slots does not comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, a strict set of consumer privacy rules that went into effect in May. The documents focus on the categories that key players in the ad-tech industry have adopted to instantly match advertisers with appropriate users or content.

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

X-Tronic 3020-XTS Soldering Station Use this 75-watt soldering iron to forge solid electronic connections. The onboard Wi-Fi module will let you (or an automated web service like IFTTT) send your bot commands from afar.

Reducing sedimentation

Reducing sedimentation

While soil erosion and sedimentation are entirely natural processes, the rates increased markedly due to loss of forest landcover with the arrival of people in New Zealand, says Dr Swales.

Rise for Climate: Protesters take to streets across the planet to demand action on environment

Rise for Climate: Protesters take to streets across the planet to demand action on environment

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, it is a crisis of democracy, justice and human rights,” said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, the New York-based campaign group behind the day.

PPP Cancellations: If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading (Lao Tzu)

PPP Cancellations: If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading (Lao Tzu)

In a previous blog, I used the metaphor of marriage to explore the dynamic of public-private partnerships (PPPs) as relationships created between two parties with often very different expectations and methods of communication.