How Facebook Gets the First Amendment Backward

How Facebook Gets the First Amendment Backward

So, for argument’s sake, let’s take Zuckerberg at his word when he says Facebook is taking inspiration from the First Amendment, and instead ask a different question: Does the decision to not fact-check politicians actually embody First Amendment values.

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

As Mark Zuckerberg testified about all things Facebook on the House side of the Capitol last week, over on the Senate side some lawmakers were debating whether CEOs like Zuckerberg should face jail time if their companies misuse people’s personal data.“You know, my sense is that Mark Zuckerberg is not going to take American’s privacy seriously unless he and others in these positions face personal consequences,” senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told WIRED in his Capitol Hill office.

Corporate America's Second War With the Rule of Law

Corporate America's Second War With the Rule of Law

Last month, after a fierce lobbying battle, California passed a law that will likely end up mandating that companies in the “gig economy,” such as Uber, treat gig workers as employees .

Dyson Sucks the Air Out of Its Electric-Car Dreams

Dyson Sucks the Air Out of Its Electric-Car Dreams

In a letter to employees, chief executive James Dyson wrote the company “simply can no longer see a way to make [the vehicle project] commercially viable,” though he said the 523-person global automotive team had “developed a fantastic car.” The company says most of those workers will be “absorbed” into its home division, which builds products like vacuum cleaners and hairdryers.

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Oil companies have done about 70 deals in sectors including solar, wind and biofuels so far this year, already close to surpassing the total for the whole of 2018, according to the report.

Why WIRED.com Looks Different Today

Why WIRED.com Looks Different Today

For years, was run by a separate company from WIRED Magazine, and the design looked like we’d copied Craigslist while tripping.That should allow WIRED to continue to thrive and evolve for many years, redesigns, and rogue back-room operations to come.

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and David Baser, the director of product management, noted in a blog post that the new tool “could have some impact” on Facebook’s business, but that “giving people control over their data is more important.”.

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The deal wasn’t a surprise, following reports this spring that Coinbase had outbid Fidelity Digital Assets, which started offering custody to clients in March.The better custody arrangements are another draw, he suggests, making it more appealing for institutional investors who could potentially store hundreds of millions of dollars worth of digital assets.

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But Congress had just passed a bill that gave Sunrun a chance: It allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

The second-quarter slowdown in international sales was “to be expected, because if the most powerful country in the world declares war on you, your company is going to be affected,” said Elliott Zaagman, a China tech watcher who recently visited Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, in an interview.

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

"I think the more human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship [with social media] is going to come under pressure," says Yael Eisenstat. Eisenstat: I think the more that human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship is going to come under pressure.

GE Sells Solar-Business Stake to BlackRock

GE Sells Solar-Business Stake to BlackRock

The GE deal comes as investors begin prioritizing a solar segment that was once viewed as riskier than developments for utilities or homeowners: projects for commercial and industrial customers.

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

“The notion that they all see themselves in fierce competition I think strains credulity,” said representative David Cicilline a House antitrust hearing featuring executives from major tech companies.

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

“A lot of these problems have been exacerbated by the tech boom, from affordability and gentrification to homelessness and gridlock on our streets,” says Supervisor Gordon Mar, sponsor of the IPO tax proposal.

The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost

The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost

Bitmain, a Chinese company that makes specialized computers for “mining” cryptocurrency, said it would invest $500 million in what was to be the world’s largest bitcoin -mining facility at the closed Alcoa smelter, which, crucially, was still connected to massive electrical lines.

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

The founder and CEO of Colorado-based Molon Labe, Scott is the designer of the S1 seat, which puts the middle seat two inches lower than the spots on either side, and pushes it back three inches.

Investors Love Slack—for Now

Investors Love Slack—for Now

But Slack's public listing followed two less hyped, but likewise successful, business-to-business IPOs: video conferencing company Zoom in April and network and security company Fastly in May. Together these IPOs suggest that even as the consumer tech market is dominated by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, companies that sell to businesses can still find ways to compete with the big guys.

The Power, and Limits, of Artificial Intelligence

The Power, and Limits, of Artificial Intelligence

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.First off, it’s true that AI is overhyped. Part of that is a natural evolution: AI improves at a given task when it learns from new data, and the world is producing more data every second.

Aurora's Latest Deal Will Be a Heavy-Duty Test With Chrysler

Aurora's Latest Deal Will Be a Heavy-Duty Test With Chrysler

Aurora, the developer of self-driving technology run by a trio of industry veterans, has signed a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , to figure out how to build its “Driver” into FCA’s commercial vehicles.

Big Tech Can Stay Ahead of Regulators by Breaking Itself Up

Big Tech Can Stay Ahead of Regulators by Breaking Itself Up

Rumblings about the role of Big Tech in American society have coalesced into a storm long coming, with revelations that the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are contemplating sweeping antitrust investigations of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Today the company's cloud computing division announced that it will pay $2.6 billion for the business intelligence/analytics company Looker. Vesset says business intelligence software is a $12.7 billion market that IDC expects to continue growing.

Bezos Says Amazon Will Bet Even Bigger Despite Antitrust Probes

Bezos Says Amazon Will Bet Even Bigger Despite Antitrust Probes

“We need to be doing things where if they work, they have to be able to move the needle for us," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said. “We can’t do things that if they work they’ll be small,” Bezos said, in conversation with Amazon’s forecasting chief Jenny Freshwater.

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

By making their predictions and analyses public, companies can also learn from each other about how to become more resilient in the face of climate threats.“Climate change is right now a very much under-priced risk in financial disclosures,” says Sarda, who believes both companies and investors need to prioritize climate-related accounting more.

5 Mistakes MacKenzie Bezos and Other Mega-Donors Should Avoid

5 Mistakes MacKenzie Bezos and Other Mega-Donors Should Avoid

For instance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sought to find the single intervention that would lead to better outcomes in U.S. public education, focusing first on reducing the size of high schools, then on teacher evaluation, and then on “common core.” But none has panned out as everyone hoped: It turns out that there is no quick fix when working on complex, interdependent problems like education.

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

The California Assembly passed legislation on Wednesday that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of workers by requiring companies like Uber , Postmates, Amazon Flex, and others to recognize much of their workforce as employees entitled to labor protections and benefits.

Social Issues Raised by Amazon Investors Aren't Going Away

Social Issues Raised by Amazon Investors Aren't Going Away

Amazon’s “apparent inaction on issues of climate change can present human capital risks, which have the potential to lead to the Company having problems attracting and retaining talented employees,” the investor advisory firm Glass Lewis wrote in its analysis of the resolution.

Daimler Plans to Make Its Cars Carbon Neutral by 2039

Daimler Plans to Make Its Cars Carbon Neutral by 2039

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler AG has set the most ambitious target of any major automaker to cut its planet-warming emissions, promising a fully carbon-neutral fleet of passenger cars by 2039.The German company said Monday that electric vehicles will make up more than half its total car sales by 2030, and that it’s working to roll out lines of zero-emissions trucks, vans, and buses.

Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors

Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors

When I asked a representative from Square what was going on, the answer surprised me: Apparently, I had consented to receive automatic receipts and promotions from any company that uses a Square point of sale machine the very first time I ever entered my email into one of the Square readers.

A Bet on Uber Is a Bet on Self-Driving

A Bet on Uber Is a Bet on Self-Driving

Uber's self-driving cars could be crucial to the company reversing operating losses that topped $3 billion last year. If it works, that self-driving technology might finally lead the ride-hailing company to the kind of profitability its investors—who have sunk more than $22 billion into Uber already—would like to see.

The Fake Faces in 'Mission: Impossible'? The CIA Has Some of Its Own

The Fake Faces in 'Mission: Impossible'? The CIA Has Some of Its Own

The CIA Has Some of Its Own. From the agents of the Mission: Impossible franchise to Arya Stark on Game of Thrones , characters in movies and TV shows have been able to pull off some serious stunts while wearing the faces of others.