California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California can start enforcing the net neutrality law it enacted over two years ago, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a loss for internet service providers.

The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

To its prey on the seafloor, the mantis shrimp is known as “death incarnate”—the crustacean cocks back its two hammer-like appendages under its face, releasing them with such force that they obliterate clam shells , one of the toughest materials in nature.

The UK Is the Latest Country to Tighten the Screws on Uber

The UK Is the Latest Country to Tighten the Screws on Uber

Lawmakers, jurists, labor unions, and organizers want the companies to treat their workers better, even as the companies remain unprofitable.“Over the past 12 months, there’s been a pendulum swing by the courts towards protecting worker rights in the gig economy,” says Ruwan Subasinghe, the legal director of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, which represents nearly 20 million workers in 150 countries.

Ticketmaster Pays Up for Hacking a Rival Company

Ticketmaster Pays Up for Hacking a Rival Company

Ticketmaster has agreed to pay a $10 million criminal fine after admitting its employees repeatedly used stolen passwords and other means to hack a rival ticket sales company.Ticketmaster would then identify the rival company’s clients and “attempt to dissuade them from selling tickets through the victim company,” federal prosecutors said.

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

We want to dissociate on the couch with a free-to-play mobile game .Courtesy of Supergiant GamesI was a little late to the Hades appreciation train, but after buying it in November, I just can’t stop playing.

The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020

The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .It’s all about tracking down spirits and bringing them under control for a parade of paid clients, whether you go in solo or with a series of friends.

Clarence Thomas Wants to Rethink Internet Speech. Be Afraid

Clarence Thomas Wants to Rethink Internet Speech. Be Afraid

Senator Josh Hawley, who wants to strip Section 230 protections from platforms if they moderate misinformation in political speech, cited Thomas’ memo and asked Barrett her views about it.Pai gave us a hint of his thinking: “Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech,” he wrote.

I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder

I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder

The downside is that it looks like the basketball game is being haunted by spectral, legless beings from another realm, or Oz. Watching another NBA game a few weeks ago, I wondered what the players thought of the virtual fans.

Maybe Netflix and Amazon Should Just Buy Theater Chains

Maybe Netflix and Amazon Should Just Buy Theater Chains

Back in 2015, theater chains freaked out when Netflix, presumably looking for a theatrical run in order to qualify for the Oscar race, wanted to release Beasts of No Nation in cinemas on the same day the movie became available to stream.

Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

On the other hand, if the government can show that the suspect knows both the password and which specific documents are in the safe—perhaps because the suspect described the safe's contents during an interrogation—then all courts agree that the suspect can be forced to open the safe.

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Other states are testing remote grand juries, civil juries, and simulated criminal juries.“I think jury trials where some portion is conducted via teleconference is far from theoretical,” said Thomas Boyd, the administrator of the Michigan state court system, whose office is conducting a pilot using the videoconference system Polycom.

Hackers Claim to Have ‘Dirty Laundry’ About Donald Trump

Hackers Claim to Have ‘Dirty Laundry’ About Donald Trump

We'll get to the rest of this week's security news in just a second, but before all that you need to carve out a little chunk of your day to read WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg's profile of Marcus Hutchins , the hacker who stopped the berserking WannaCry ransomware three years ago.

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

In a statement, Alameda County Public Health Department spokesperson Neetu Balram said the department was aware Tesla had restarted production, but that it hoped the company would comply with public health orders “without further enforcement measures.” Balram said Tesla was due to submit a site-specific plan to reopen on Monday.

Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg

No, it’s not the casting call for a wonky sequel to Knives Out. These are a few of the newly announced members of the Facebook Oversight Board , the independent body that the social networking behemoth has launched to reconsider some of its most important content decisions.

The US Supreme Court Rules That Laws Can’t Be Paywalled

The US Supreme Court Rules That Laws Can’t Be Paywalled

The state claimed to own the copyright for the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and sued a nonprofit called Public.The copyright status of the annotated code matters because the state doesn't publish any other official version.

Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers

Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers

After three years of tumult and revised scientific analyses, the Trump administration Tuesday formally relaxed Obama-era fuel economy rules that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stall the effects of climate change .Under the new rules, automakers will have to meet less stringent targets for cars and light-duty trucks through 2026.

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

If you belong to one of those tribes, you end up waiting months to appear in front of a vetting committee.Ziya applied for an ID in 2013 and received an appointment with the vetting committee in 2014.

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

Open the browser menu, click Settings , then choose Privacy and Services to find the three levels of privacy Edge offers.Pick Focused for simple, clutter-free access to your bookmarks and a web search; go with Inspirational to add a background image; choose Informational to add some feeds from Microsoft News.

FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records

FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records

But the country's high court decided in December that blocking access violated its citizens' rights, and this week it was finally restored.This week Mick Baccio left his post over "differences with campaign leadership over how to manage information security," according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

12 Science Books You Should Read Right Now

12 Science Books You Should Read Right Now

Courtesy of Penguin Random HouseWhen novelist Dani Shapiro’s husband hits middle age and gets curious about his family history, he sends away for a DNA test .This is probably the only calculus book ever written that can truthfully be called a page-turner, which speaks to Strogatz’s strength as a writer and teacher.

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

Security researcher Oliver Hough found a database with information related to 51,000 customer service interactions, which included some personally identifiable information and full online chats.

Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation

Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation

Without the inspiration and innovation of two disabled individuals, the digital world likely wouldn’t be what it is today.When Steve Jobs learned about Joybubbles’ work, he was inspired to create his first digital offering to the world.

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.

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

The bigger screens will allow Ford to show multiple applications (like navigation, phone, and radio) simultaneously, and to automatically configure their arrangement based on which the driver uses most frequently.The new screens will run Sync 4 and offer enough real estate to comfortably display multiple applications, configured to the user's liking.

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court also ruled that the FCC hadn’t adequately considered how repealing the net neutrality rules would affect public safety, utility pole regulations, and an FCC program that subsidizes phone and internet service for low-income families.

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

The US Open culminates Sunday—where Serena Williams again has a chance to seize tennis immortality—but the tournament's real crowning moment came last weekend, on Day 6, between Naomi Osaka, the No. 1 ranked women's player, and Cori "Coco" Gauff, a 15-year-old rising talent of unforgettable resolve.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

After being mandated to consider a score predicting the risk a person would reoffend or skip court, the state’s judges began offering no-bail release to white defendants much more often than to blacks.

An Old Instagram Hoax Fools a Bunch of Celebrities

An Old Instagram Hoax Fools a Bunch of Celebrities

People like Martha Stewart and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry posted a typo-ridden meme that claims a new rule is about to go into effect on the platform, which would supposedly allow Instagram to use your photos “in court cases in litigation against you.”.

To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech

To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech

It’s unfair,” says Ian Philabaum, a program director at Immigration Law Lab. Of the nearly 1 million asylum cases waiting to be heard, about 74 percent are for people coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

Muhammad Fahd, 34, and his co-conspirators allegedly paid AT&T employees more than $1 million in bribes over five years to install malware and spying devices at their offices in Washington, according to a Department of Justice indictment unsealed Monday.