How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

After watching up close as a woman is sexually harassed in her place of work, you might gain more understanding of the power imbalance between genders.The goal of Messy Truth is to immerse viewers in situations where they normally would not find themselves because of their gender, their race, or where they live.

Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines

Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects “interactive computer services” like Facebook and Google from legal liability for the posts of their users.We could start by limiting Section 230 and making the platforms responsible, like any other publisher, for content they decide to promote and amplify.

Qualcomm’s Founder On Why the US Doesn’t Have Its Own Huawei

Qualcomm’s Founder On Why the US Doesn’t Have Its Own Huawei

At the time, the existing contenders for a wireless standard had limits on how many conversations they could handle, and Jacobs was considering a better alternative called Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA.Jacobs says he thought that other US companies, like Motorola, would stay in the business.

Trump’s Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

Trump’s Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

“The Chinese government is the one that is actively in the banning business, and they’ve got a big head start on the Trump administration,” Donald Clarke, a Chinese law specialist at George Washington University wrote in a blog post.

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

In the coming days, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee will bring the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple to Washington and ask them about their anticompetitive business practices.

Microsoft Halts a Global Fraud Campaign That Targeted CEOs

Microsoft Halts a Global Fraud Campaign That Targeted CEOs

The attackers returned with a new BEC that took a different tack: instead of tricking targets into logging in to lookalike sites, and consequently divulging the passwords, the scam used emails that instructed the recipient to give what was purported to be a Microsoft app access to an Office 365 account.

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

The only problem: No bank would give him a serious credit card.“Imagine that you’re making $2 or $3 million a year and they’re capping you at $20,000 a month,” says Donnelly, which was the best he could get from a traditional bank.

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

At the beginning of 2020, a business that offered you a real person in real time to help you with your needs would be considered a luxury and somewhat exempt from the forces of frictionlessness.

Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them

Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them

My office life resembled that of any full-time employee: I snacked on charcuterie boards and fresh ahi poke bowls, rejiggered my calendar to accommodate conflicting meetings, and cheered for employees on their work anniversaries (a peculiar Silicon Valley ritual that celebrates equity accruing).Unlike full-time employees, contract workers aren’t entitled to Airbnb’s premium health care, generous 401(k), unlimited paid vacation time, transportation coverage, and stock options.

EBay’s Harassment Campaign Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum

EBay’s Harassment Campaign Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum

And this week, when the United States government filed one of most damning indictments in the history of Silicon Valley against eBay’s now-former officers, the company’s only comment was an unsigned four-paragraph statement distancing itself from the acts of its officials.

Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Under so-called “pay-to-publish” models, like the one the UC system is entering with Springer Nature, the university negotiates the cost of making every piece of research it publishes open access.

The Grim History of Counting the Dead During Plagues

The Grim History of Counting the Dead During Plagues

But Pepys and other Londoners depended on these local, near real-time, and sometimes contradictory running death counts as a kind of civic algorithm that could help them program their shopping, travel, and business dealings while avoiding plague-stricken districts of the growing metropolis.

Amid a Pandemic, Magic Spoon Eats Cake

Amid a Pandemic, Magic Spoon Eats Cake

But there was plenty of fun at Magic Spoon, a cereal startup celebrating its first year in business.Making it through year one as a startup seemed like cause for celebration, but so was the last month of sales, some of the highest Magic Spoon has seen yet.

Georgia's Governor Lets Businesses Reopen. Some Say No Thanks

Georgia's Governor Lets Businesses Reopen. Some Say No Thanks

“It’s a nightmare,” says Ben Horgan, co-owner of the Comet Pub and Lanes, a bowling alley and brewery in Decatur, Georgia.Horgan closed the business on March 16, weeks before government orders, out of concern for the safety of staff and customers; the closure affected roughly 100 employees.

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

Jesseca Dupart started as a simple hair salon in this northeastern section of New Orleans, called Little Woods, back in 2012, when she was 30 years old, and by the time I visited her six years later, Kaleidoscope was a rapidly growing brand in the African American beauty market.

What the T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Means for You

What the T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Means for You

That’s still true for the time being—buying a phone from Sprint doesn’t mean it will be able to work on T-Mobile’s network just because it’s the new owner.What Does This Mean for Me. Boost Mobile will be owned by Dish Network.

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

Blaine County residents are ordered to stay home “unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.” The county says that individuals may go to grocery stores and gas stations, pick up food to go from restaurants, and recreate outside so long as they follow social distancing.

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge Animal Crossing Weekend

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge Animal Crossing Weekend

Supply chains will be tested in the coming weeks and months, yet game distributors interviewed by WIRED said they’ve already received their shipments of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal and are sending them out to stores.

Amid Coronavirus Fears, Startups Rethink the Virtual Conference

Amid Coronavirus Fears, Startups Rethink the Virtual Conference

Xiaoyin Qu, the cofounder of a new virtual conference startup called Run the World, says the problem with most virtual conferences is the inability to meet other people.

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver app, and waited.

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Out of the chaos of Uber’s international business, which ranges from shared to premium ride-hail trips, to e-bikes, to e-scooters, to buses, to on-demand staffing, to food delivery, Khosrowshahi promised some actual money.

This Company Hires Gig Workers—as Employees

This Company Hires Gig Workers—as Employees

Roston candidly compares his business to gig economy apps, offering algorithmic job matching and work-when-you-want flexibility.Three of the four companies selected by the city—Lime , Uber, and Bird-owned Scoot—told WIRED they still use staffing agencies to hire W-2 employees.

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Vermont’s Department of Labor wrote in a 2017 bulletin that the “usual course of [Uber]’s business is the provision of a technology platform to its drivers, in exchange for a service fee.” But one federal judge in California called the distinction between technology and transportation company “fatally flawed.” (Uber settled that lawsuit by workers in March 2019, for $20 million.).

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Excite was flung into space courtesy of a company called NovaWurks, which makes “satlets.” The suffix—like that of “piglets”—implies littleness, and indeed these 14 satlets are smaller than a standard piece of paper and only a few inches thick.

The 2010s Killed the Cult of the Tech Founder. Great!

The 2010s Killed the Cult of the Tech Founder. Great!

From the time they started their company in the late 1990s, they gleefully drew the boxes that subsequent founder-savants would later check off: pursuing ideas that conventional wisdom deemed crazy; dismissing traditional business practices; and maintaining control of their company even after going public, bypassing oversight by granting themselves powerful voting shares.

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers

And for a smaller core of cybersecurity practitioners within that massive readership, it’s become a kind of legend: the ur-narrative of a lone hacker hunter, a text that has inspired an entire generation of network defenders chasing their own anomalies through a vastly larger, infinitely more malicious internet.

Google's AI Chief Wants to Do More With Less (Data)

Google's AI Chief Wants to Do More With Less (Data)

WIRED: You gave a research talk about building new kinds of computers to power machine learning.W: Mustafa Suleyman, a cofounder of DeepMind, the London AI startup that’s part of Alphabet and a major player in machine learning research, recently moved over to Google.

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

Every quarter, the military branch sees 10,000 part requests go unfilled, despite its readiness to pay an exorbitant amount of money to replace bits and bobs that once cost pennies—try $10,000 for a toilet seat cover in a C-17 Globemaster III.“We’re gonna have to find better ways to keep old things flying,” says Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition technology and logistics.

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

On August 10, 2015, Google CEO Larry Page shocked the business world by announcing he was restructuring the company he cofounded into a holding company called Alphabet.

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

It’s the same graffiti font used by many of the Cybertruck swag sellers on Amazon and Etsy, both of which forbid trademark infringement on their platforms but have sometimes struggled to remove it .