What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?

What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?

For example, zero-knowledge proofs can be used to validate cryptocurrency transactions managed on a blockchain and combat fraud without revealing data about which wallet a payment came from, where it was sent, or how much currency changed hands.

College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT

College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT

In his new book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, Paul Tough explores this divide, and interrogates whether going to college has become a privilege of wealth and whether it can still lift people out of economic insecurity.

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud.Tuesday's law enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation reWired, involved extensive international coordination to make 167 arrests in Nigeria, 74 in the United States, 18 in Turkey, and 15 in Ghana.

Apple Event Breakdown, a Honkin’-Huge Car Screen, and More News

Apple Event Breakdown, a Honkin’-Huge Car Screen, and More News

Apple announced a slew of new products, a Chinese startup has turned a car into a theater, and fake followers are taking over Instagram.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth

What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth

The past predictability of the inverted yield curve has led to today’s widespread assumption that the US economy is slowing and will soon dip into recession; market watchers have thus begun to view economic data with an eye toward seeing problems ahead.

An Unprecedented iPhone Hack, a Wi-Fi Leg Implant, and More News

An Unprecedented iPhone Hack, a Wi-Fi Leg Implant, and More News

A hacker has been taking advantage of iPhone security flaws, a man implanted a streaming device in his leg, and Uber and Lyft are fighting to avoid treating their drivers as employees.

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

It would offer funding for electric vehicle charging stations, pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly street design , reducing diesel emissions in ports, infrastructure resilient to floods and heat waves , and more.

You'll Get Your Equifax Money. It Just Might Take a While

You'll Get Your Equifax Money. It Just Might Take a While

But Rotenberg notes that without a comprehensive data breach response plan within the federal government, a settlement like Equifax's may not have been much more effective even with an FTC fine.

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Distributed largely through the third-party Android app store 9Apps, the adware was originally a more clunky, obvious type of malware that masqueraded as legitimate apps but asked for a suspicious number of device permissions to run and displayed a lot of intrusive ads.

The App Creeping on Your IG Location, Jakarta’s Insurance Crisis, and More News

The App Creeping on Your IG Location, Jakarta’s Insurance Crisis, and More News

The new app that creeps on your Instagram location, Jakarta is sinking, and all things Comic Con. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

On this episode of Gadget Lab, WIRED writer Gregory Barber explains the intricacies of Facebook’s ambitious plan and how Libra is poised to rattle the future of crypto.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun. We’re turning the space oddities up to 11 this week, peeping at galaxy mergers, asteroid photobombs, and more.

Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

By swiping to a special screen inside the app, Uber riders can travel to within 800 feet of 24 eligible bus stops and then transfer to a bus for free.“In our county, we really are trying to change the culture so that more people are using public transit rather than thinking about putting their car on the road,” says Janet Long, a Pinellas County commissioner and chair of the transit authority board.

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I could see a public API endpoint that was returning the data for this feed, meaning that anyone could make a GET request (like a simple page load) to see the latest 20 transactions made on the app by anyone around the world.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Stars in a New Ad Plugging Electric Cars

Arnold Schwarzenegger Stars in a New Ad Plugging Electric Cars

A Ford spokesperson says running ads during NFL games may work for high-volume pickup trucks, but “EV customers are less likely to consume as much TV so we have to approach them differently.” Toyota notes that mass media doesn’t make sense for models that (at least for now) sell in such small volumes.

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Regulators in Europe are worried that Libra could become a systemic risk to the global financial system and rival central banks; a member of the US Congress called for Facebook to halt development until it answers questions about privacy; officials elsewhere have expressed fears that any cryptocurrency may help users evade global sanctions or launder money.

The Ambitious Plan Behind Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, Libra

The Ambitious Plan Behind Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, Libra

Mission: “a simple global currency and infrastructure that empowers billions of people.” It begins with a new cryptocurrency designed for payments ranging from micropayments to remittances without fees (“as easy to send money as an email”) as well as enabling more exotic “smart money” use cases like dynamic contracts, which could enable blockchain-based loans or insurance.

Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

Arthur hadn’t thought it was such a bad idea; the intention was to make the foundation more nimble and efficient, and the Breitmans’ major concern about Gevers was that his responsibilities at Monetas would leave little time for Tezos Foundation work.

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

Even a few years ago, when General Motors acquired Cruise and Ford poured money into Argo, self-driving tech companies and more traditional automotive giants understood that they needed to work together to get passengers into robocars.

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

On Tuesday, Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood made an announcement on Twitter and Facebook: The band had been "hacked," and the perpetrator attempted a $150,000 shakedown to prevent the public release of the files.

James Holzhauer Finally Lost 'Jeopardy!'—How Did He Stack Up?

James Holzhauer Finally Lost 'Jeopardy!'—How Did He Stack Up?

James Holzhauer Finally Lost Jeopardy! Even his loss is a testament to how he played the game: Holzhauer finally went down not because he whiffed on an outlandish wager, as some had suspected he might.

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.

The Radical Plan to Change How Antibiotics Get Developed

The Radical Plan to Change How Antibiotics Get Developed

Which means it may be time to stop asking pharma to make them, and create some other entity—a government institute, an international nonprofit, a utility—to perform the task instead.

VW’s ‘Dieselgate’ Settlement Isn’t Buying Many Electric Vehicles

VW’s ‘Dieselgate’ Settlement Isn’t Buying Many Electric Vehicles

The plans didn’t have to detail precisely how states would spend the money; most outline funds and grants that government agencies can use to offset the costs of new vehicles.

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

Rick Singer, the concierge to the stars who pleaded guilty in March to money laundering and racketeering in a scheme to get rich children into luxury-brand colleges, used the software to graft the heads of teens onto the muscled bodies of elite athletes.

When Google Serves Ads in Iran, Advertisers Pay the Price

When Google Serves Ads in Iran, Advertisers Pay the Price

Advertisers say that Google makes it far too easy to accidentally run ads in countries under US sanctions like Iran, North Korea, or Syria. And yet, Google still serves ads in these places, which means advertisers can inadvertently spend money reaching people in countries where they’re largely barred from doing business.

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.

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech

GM's Cruise unit has raised $7.25 billion toward developing self-driving technology in the past year. The latest eye-popping investment comes via Cruise, the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle unit that is mostly owned by General Motors.