ReleaseTheButtholeCut Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

ReleaseTheButtholeCut Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Really Happened: With social distancing and self-quarantining becoming the norm around the world, the internet is becoming even more important in people’s lives as a tool with which to communicate, with platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook assuming even more central roles in how we talk to each other and share information—which makes it a problem when things start to go inexplicably wrong, disrupting that communication in worrying ways.

Funeral Tech Startups Expand Your Posthumous Possibilities

Funeral Tech Startups Expand Your Posthumous Possibilities

New figures released this week show that the average price tag for a death after funeral costs and probate in the UK rose to £9,493 ($12,300) in 2019, an increase of over 70 percent since 2014.

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.

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Today, WIRED25 returns to San Francisco for two days packed with forward-thinking talks and activities by some of the world’s most innovative and influential people .We’ll have climate activists and CEOs, actors and authors, scientists and engineers—plus a guy who can teach you to make the world's best paper airplane.

What the Jetflicks and iStreamItAll Takedowns Mean for Piracy

What the Jetflicks and iStreamItAll Takedowns Mean for Piracy

In late December 2016, a Jetflicks subscriber used the service to stream a recently released episode of The OA, a Netflix show with a fervent fan base .

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.

Huawei Says US Sanctions Will Reduce Revenue by $30 Billion

Huawei Says US Sanctions Will Reduce Revenue by $30 Billion

The bans will cost Huawei around $30 billion in revenue this year and next, Ren said through a translator at a livestreamed discussion that also featured US investor and writer George Gilder and MIT Media Lab founder and early WIRED investor Nicholas Negroponte.

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Like traditional console service subscriptions Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Stadia Pro will also include discounts on selected titles and some free games; the first of those, as part of the Founder's Edition, is Destiny 2 —the core game and all of its add-ons, including forthcoming expansion Shadowkeep , first announced in today's keynote.

Security News This Week: Julian Assange Faces Extradition to the US

Security News This Week: Julian Assange Faces Extradition to the US

As Motherboard points out, WIRED included Dread Pirate Roberts 2 on a list of Dark Web drug lords who got away in 2015, but it turns out that he was arrested in November 2014; the case just didn't attract notice because UK media law prevented reporting on it before its conclusion.

What Really Happens in a VC Pitch Meeting?

What Really Happens in a VC Pitch Meeting?

It’s there, in a factory-chic office in a part of town thick with startups and rival venture firms, that I join him for a lineup of meetings that starts with this less-than-inspiring founder of a mobile-app company that’s been around for several years.

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate Getty Images Over the past few years, China's tech ascension has become one of the hottest topics du jour.

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right? Alyssa Foote; Getty Images If you use social media, you've probably noticed a trend across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of people posting their then-and-now profile pictures, mostly from 10 years ago and this year. Instead of joining in, I posted the following semi-sarcastic tweet:

WIRED25: Welcome to Our Robot Petting Zoo

WIRED25: Welcome to Our Robot Petting Zoo

The four-day WIRED Festival, happening all over San Francisco on October 12–15, celebrates everything that makes today's world fascinating, inspiring, and, yes, sometimes a little unsettling.Our updated speaker and event lineup includes a robot petting zoo (where the robots pet you back!), a punning contest, an art studio tour, some kid-friendly science fun with Adam Savage's Mythbusters Jr., behind-the-scenes tours of SFMOMA, a DJ set with Questlove, and screenings of WIRED-approved films at Alamo Drafthouse.The four-day celebration will start with WIRED25 WORK, a day of insider office tours, and culminate at the WIRED25 SUMMIT at SF Jazz.