Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

He founded Locast, which provides broadcast television over the internet for a monthly donation, because he wanted to “preserve the social contract in the streaming age.” Goodfriend isn’t alone.The cable companies, content providers, and broadcasters aren’t making it easy.

A China-Linked Group Repurposed Hacking Team’s Stealthy Spyware

A China-Linked Group Repurposed Hacking Team’s Stealthy Spyware

The malware the Kaspersky researchers discovered uses its UEFI foothold to plant a second, more traditional piece of spyware on the computer's hard drive, a unique piece of code Kaspersky has called MosaicRegressor.

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

Just last month, former Florida State basketball player Michael Ojo died of apparent heart complications while playing in a pro league in Serbia, shortly after the 27-year-old had recovered from Covid-19.To prevent the pandemic from leading to similarly tragic heart injuries among student athletes, doctors at Ohio State University developed a new protocol, says Saurabh Rajpal, a cardiologist and assistant professor of internal medicine at OSU.

What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

In a brief moment of rapid expansion, that burst of energy inflated the cosmos like a balloon.They analyzed how a collapsing universe would change its own structure, and they ultimately discovered that contraction can beat inflation at its own game.

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.

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.

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

The newborn nonprofit said it had commitments totaling $1 billion and would work on AI “to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” But OpenAI restructured into a for-profit this year, saying it needed more money to fulfill its goals, and took $1 billion from Microsoft in a deal that involves helping the company’s cloud division develop new AI technology.

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Amazon was seen as the favorite because it dominates the cloud computing market, and already had major government contracts, including with the CIA .

Software Company Chef Won’t Renew ICE Contact After All

Software Company Chef Won’t Renew ICE Contact After All

Last week on Thursday, the CEO of Seattle software company Chef defended the firm’s contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, after a former employee as a protest deleted open source projects used by Chef customers.

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

Discouraged by the company’s silence, former Chef employee Seth Vargo removed several Chef-related open source tools that he had hosted on two code repositories.In a Thursday night to Chef employees that the company posted online, CEO Barry Crist called Chef’s work with ICE, which he said began under the Obama administration, a "principled decision.".

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Antioch met the demand, and a sleepy Yellow Springs, Ohio, liberal arts school of 500 students became a national laughingstock.In 2004, Dave Chappelle released a sketch, “Love Contract,” whose subject was formalized consent policies like Antioch’s.

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

As part of this internal advocacy work, Fong-Jones had become attuned to the way discussions about diversity on internal forums were beset by men like Cernekee, Damore, and other coworkers who were “just asking questions.” To her mind, Google's management had allowed these dynamics to fester for too long, and now it was time for executives to take a stand.

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

“What we found was that the muscle appears to be in a state of forcible contraction,” says molecular biologist Colleen Mangold, lead author on a new paper describing the findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology .A scanning electron microscope image of ant muscle covered in tubular fungal cells.

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Verheyden says he gained access to the file and more than 1,000 others from a Google contractor who is part of a worldwide workforce paid to review some audio captured by the assistant from devices including smart speakers, phones, and security cameras.

Why Kevin Durant's Achilles Tendon Was His Achilles Heel

Why Kevin Durant's Achilles Tendon Was His Achilles Heel

He’d later on Instagram that yes, his right Achilles tendon had ruptured, that he had gotten surgery to repair it, and that he wouldn’t be playing basketball for a while.

Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

While CBP says "none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet,” the dump of hacked Perceptics data just a few short weeks ago doesn’t give much confidence that this breach is contained, or will stay that way.

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

On Friday, FEMA publicly acknowledged a Homeland Security Department Office of the Inspector General report that the emergency response agency wrongly shared personal data from 2.3 million disaster survivors with a temporary-housing-related contractor.

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees In Los Angeles, electric scooter sharing company Spin will hire employees to collect, charge, fix, and redeploy its vehicles every day.

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will continue to work with "institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy." GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images Tech workers are increasingly uneasy about their employers’ work with the US government, especially the military.

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

In response, Jeff Bezos told an audience at WIRED's own 25th anniversary conference, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.” But who would come and work on AI for the federal government or US military when the perks of Silicon Valley are spectacularly more attractive?

The Future of Work: The Trustless, by Ken Liu

The Future of Work: The Trustless, by Ken Liu

I don’t know anything about her except that she and her family live across the hall from me, six people in a one-­bedroom.“Enjoying the fresh air?” I ask, more out of politeness than interest.“Sure,” she says, brushing her long black hair behind her ears and scooching aside to let me pass.

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.

Addressing the risks from climate change in performance-based contracts

Addressing the risks from climate change in performance-based contracts

At present, climate change risks are generally carried by the asset owner through the Force Majeure provisions of the contract, and treated as ‘unforeseen’ events, with repair costs reimbursed to the contractor. Explore the full report: Incorporating Climate Adaptation Risks to Performance Based Contracting