The UK Denies Julian Assange's Extradition, Citing Suicide Risk

The UK Denies Julian Assange's Extradition, Citing Suicide Risk

That password-cracking allegation, however, only justifies the computer fraud and abuse conspiracy charge that Assange faces, argues Trevor Timm, the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation and a witness for Assange's defense in the extradition hearings.

A Massive Fraud Operation Stole Millions From Online Bank Accounts

A Massive Fraud Operation Stole Millions From Online Bank Accounts

Researchers from IBM Trusteer say they’ve uncovered a massive fraud operation that used a network of mobile device emulators to drain millions of dollars from online bank accounts in a matter of days.

Google’s Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed

Google’s Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed

The states argue that Google has accordingly made changes over the years to how search results appear in order to keep more traffic flowing to Google’s own properties rather than vertical search.

Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy

Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy

Facebook, the complaint says, agreed to “curtail its header bidding initiatives” and send the millions of advertisers in its Facebook Audience Network to bid on Google’s platform.

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case

The bipartisan coalition, led by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, alleges that Facebook achieved its dominance through a years-long strategy of anticompetitive tactics, including its acquisitions of budding rivals like Instagram and WhatsApp. As it built up that dominant position, the suit argues, it began offering users a worse and worse privacy experience.

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber said Monday it would sell off the self-driving unit that was the result of that raid, the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technologies Group.Aurora isn’t planning to build a self-driving car or truck itself; instead, it’s developing the complex software that will power autonomous vehicles.

What's a Semi-Log Plot and How Can You Use It for Covid Data?

What's a Semi-Log Plot and How Can You Use It for Covid Data?

Let's start with a simple plot of the number of confirmed cases as a function of day number.If you want to examine both the huge USA data and the not-so-huge South Korea data, you need a semi-log plot.

The Last of Us Is Getting a TV Show, Which Seems Redundant

The Last of Us Is Getting a TV Show, Which Seems Redundant

That, at least, is the case for one Valve employee, who, as explained by Rock Paper Shotgun, abuseD his power over the game DOTA 2 in order to, uh, ban someone who made him mad.

In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree

In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree

The official Rockefeller Center Twitter account also decided to return some of the snark, posting this on the timeline: “Wow, you all must look great right after a two-day drive, huh?

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!

When I pressed the soft glowing plastic power button, the lights on the case fluttered to life.I had never performed either of the viable remaining options; a power button menu update or recovery by security jumper.

‘Godzilla’ Wasp Swims—So Its Young Can Burst Out of Caterpillars

‘Godzilla’ Wasp Swims—So Its Young Can Burst Out of Caterpillars

The wasp strolls along the vegetation that Elophila turbata frequents, searching for an aquatic caterpillar in its case.Fleeing for its life, the caterpillar surfaces into the vegetation above its home, only for the wasp to emerge from the water, Godzilla-style.

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

This one is sort of cheating, because we already know Biden is defaulted into at least some antitrust action: Thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s somewhat controversial decision to file a suit against Google before the election, the incoming administration will inherit the highest-profile antitrust case in a generation.

Update iOS Right Now to Fix Some Bad Security Bugs

Update iOS Right Now to Fix Some Bad Security Bugs

Click on the headlines to read them, and stay safe out there.iOS 14.2 Patches Three Actively Exploited BugsApple released its latest iOS update this week, and while the new emojis it comes with are exciting, you'll also want it to fix a raft of security issues for iPhone and iPad. iOS 14 patches 24 bugs in all, including three reported by Google's elite Project Zero team that are have been actively exploited by hackers.

13 Best Weekend Deals on Gaming, Home, and Audio Gear

13 Best Weekend Deals on Gaming, Home, and Audio Gear

These only fit the regular AirPods case and not the AirPods Pro. Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones for $199 ($100 off): These are still a good deal for a pair of noise-canceling over-the-ear headphones, even if they are an older model .There's a built-in button to summon Google Assistant, and the battery lasts 20 hours or more, even with active noise cancellation.

The Wisconsin GOP Lost $2.3 Million in an Email Scam

The Wisconsin GOP Lost $2.3 Million in an Email Scam

We took a closer look at Berserk Bear, the Russian hacking group that for years has broken into critical US infrastructure targets—and more recently, election-adjacent systems—without ever actually causing serious mayhem.

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee who later went on to lead Yahoo!, once told me that for many years, Google would do a test: It would show a certain percentage of users a version of search with no ads, to see if people preferred a commercially pristine experience.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Twitch

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Twitch

Ocasio-Cortez was playing Among Us, a recently viral game with Mafia-like mechanics.By the time Ocasio-Cortez went live at 9 pm ET Tuesday night, over 260,000 people had hit “Follow” on her Twitch channel.

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

Now Google is accused of forcing phone companies to install its apps on the Android OS—which it gives away for free.There’s no question that Google dominates search, but in 2020, there isn’t one company that rules technology but a cluster (including Microsoft).

Deals. Profits. Lock-in. Behind the DOJ Case Against Google

Deals. Profits. Lock-in. Behind the DOJ Case Against Google

In the first step, Google makes deals with the companies who control access to search engines and apps: device manufacturers, browser makers, and mobile carriers.

Anthony Fauci Has Some Very Good Reasons to Be Optimistic

Anthony Fauci Has Some Very Good Reasons to Be Optimistic

And Mask Guy Fauci reiterated the importance of masks and other basic measures for slowing the spread of Covid as the country enters the winter flu season.

How Does a Sturgis-Sized Crowd Affect Covid? It's Complicated

How Does a Sturgis-Sized Crowd Affect Covid? It's Complicated

“Both policymakers and voters need to know that we still cannot answer most basic questions about this pandemic with the tools we have on hand,” says Douglass, who has been a vocal Twitter critic of the type of studies like the one published this week about Sturgis, and has coauthored a forthcoming paper on similar shortcomings in the rapidly ballooning Covid literature .

Julian Assange Lays Out His Case Against US Extradition

Julian Assange Lays Out His Case Against US Extradition

The defense document in particular reveals Assange's most complete response yet to the US indictments against him, expanding on an opening statement his attorneys released in February and including snippets of still-unpublished written testimony from a long list of witnesses, from free speech advocates and media scholars to four doctors who have assessed Assange's mental health.

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

Last week’s episode of the Get WIRED podcast introduced listeners to Direct Action Everywhere—one of the most radical animal-rights organizations around—and the group’s leader, Wayne Hsiung.Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

9 Tips to Keep Your Cloud Storage Safe and Secure

9 Tips to Keep Your Cloud Storage Safe and Secure

For those shares that do need to stay active, use whatever options you have inside your cloud storage accounts to make these shares read-only unless the other parties absolutely need to be able to edit files (Google Drive is one service where you can do this).

Here’s Every New Xbox Game Microsoft Just Revealed

Here’s Every New Xbox Game Microsoft Just Revealed

Sony told us all about the PS5's games some weeks back, and now Microsoft's Xbox Showcase just wrapped up, bringing a handful of new games and a few Xbox Series X exclusives—some of which are coming out this year.

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.

Who Pulled Off the Twitter Hack?

Who Pulled Off the Twitter Hack?

And we took a fresh look at an old debate: whether TikTok actually poses a security threat to the US.Russian hackers are targeting Covid-19 vaccine research .

The 19 Best Weekend Deals on Tech, Home Gear, and More

The 19 Best Weekend Deals on Tech, Home Gear, and More

Apple AirPods Pro for $220 ($30 off): This deal is not new.Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 ($25 off): This deal is only valid for select Amazon Prime members, but it's a good price if you're eligible.

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.