Hate Social Media? You’ll Love This Documentary

Hate Social Media? You’ll Love This Documentary

The film begins with an offscreen producer asking technologists what, exactly, is wrong with social media.

How the Pandemic Reshaped Election Campaigns—Maybe Forever

How the Pandemic Reshaped Election Campaigns—Maybe Forever

Fortunately for candidates, both major parties already had digital infrastructure in place for grassroots fundraising: The Democrats launched ActBlue in 2004, and this cycle expanded the platform to all registered candidates, including presidential, for the first time; Republicans launched their equivalent, WinRed, in 2019.The Republican National Committee has also more than tripled the size of its email list since 2016, according to a spokesperson.

Steve Bannon, a $25M Border Wall Campaign, and a GoFundMe Gone Bad

Steve Bannon, a $25M Border Wall Campaign, and a GoFundMe Gone Bad

In December 2018, a US veteran named Brian Kolfage launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe called “We The People Will Fund The Wall.” The purpose was self-explanatory: It aimed to raise one billion dollars to help finance a wall on the US-Mexico border, in support of a central election promise of President Donald Trump.

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

“When they come to a new website with the aim of doing business, they obviously are steered into what the bank or other company wants them to see or do.” Sometimes the patterns are subtle—the websites might use clever images, text placement, or bright colors that steer consumers into a particular action, account, or service, Sherry says.

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on Crimes

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on Crimes

If Citizen has to grow before it can make money, then it has to entice people to use the app in the first place.But to show what the app is really capable of, it needs the participation and content provided by its users.To grow, Citizen needs videos.

Can Comic-Con Work From Home?

Can Comic-Con Work From Home?

In an effort to give fans something, Comic-Con is hosting a series of panels online (see the full [email protected] lineup here), but considering the future of the event was already beginning to look murky, it's possible taking it offworld for a year could have far-reaching implications—especially if folks are still weary of gathering in large groups next summer.

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Musk, Obama, Apple, and More

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Musk, Obama, Apple, and More

Those are just a handful of the major, million-plus-follower Twitter accounts that were compromised Wednesday afternoon, each in service of a bitcoin scam that has already earned the hackers behind it well over $100,000 in a few short hours.

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

The Cornell paper examines the pay and expenses of more than 14,100 Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers during one week in October 2019, using data from the ride-hail companies.

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

The only problem: No bank would give him a serious credit card.“Imagine that you’re making $2 or $3 million a year and they’re capping you at $20,000 a month,” says Donnelly, which was the best he could get from a traditional bank.

How to Trade In or Sell Your iPhone (2020): Swappa, Gazelle, uSell

How to Trade In or Sell Your iPhone (2020): Swappa, Gazelle, uSell

We've compared some popular services for trading in an old device for cash or store credit.Comparing prices on all these services highlights some tips for maximizing the resale value of your phone.

How To Stop Instagram From Tracking Everything You Do

How To Stop Instagram From Tracking Everything You Do

Other than deleting the app completely there’s very little you can do to stop Instagram from tracking your behavior on its platform, but there are things you can do to limit some of the data that’s collected and the types of ads you see online.

Can’t Go Out and Protest? Here’s How to Help From Home

Can’t Go Out and Protest? Here’s How to Help From Home

A Minnesota-based activist and community organizer, Mohammed wanted to hit the streets and march to demand justice for George Floyd and other black victims, but while the coronavirus is still rampant—and the possibility of unknowingly having it without any symptoms — the only option she had was to stay at home and stay safe from Covid-19.

Everyone's Ordering Delivery, but Apps Aren't Making Money

Everyone's Ordering Delivery, but Apps Aren't Making Money

When Luke Edwards opened OH Pizza & Brew in 2014, the Columbus, Ohio, restaurateur thought delivery apps could help his business.“They were terrible at delivery.” Today, OH Pizza & Brew pays its own contracted drivers to deliver, which Edwards believes saves him money.

The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One

The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One

Even before coronavirus surfaced, more than 50 US companies planned to move some production out of China, according to reports last year.

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

Moments before falling asleep live on Twitch, streamer Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo thought about how pissed off his mom would be if he told her that he made money sleeping.

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

In an Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” The announcement was light on specifics, and it’s not clear yet how the money will be spent .

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

A chat box alongside the video displays frustrated messages: “I still haven’t got the money,” or “I did all the steps.” The stream, which often sits atop YouTube Gaming’s directory, remained live last weekend for over 21 hours, during which it was viewed over 1.1 million times.

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric delivery vans just might be the best way to use EVs, and British newcomer Arrival announced this week that, a) it exists and b) it’s obtained some $111 million in funding, courtesy of Hyundai and Kia. And we took a look at cities and real estate developers trying to capitalize off the growth of speedy delivery by getting creative with urban distribution centers.

The Decade Big-Money Email Scams Took Over

The Decade Big-Money Email Scams Took Over

"For a long time cybercriminals believed that the money was within the masses," says Crane Hassold, senior director of threat research at the email security firm Agari and former digital behavior analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

Another private forensics lab, in Texas, began building its own crowdsourced database exclusively for police searches this year.But when the child rapist Jeffrey Epstein died, and more of his nominally philanthropic donations became public, science faced a reckoning.

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Following four consecutive years of double-digit growth, total year-end revenues are expected to break the $10 billion mark this year, inching ever closer to the sales numbers the industry hit during the glory days of CDs. Courtesy of SpotifyWith all that money back on the table, record labels are scouting new talent again.

Revolt! Scientists Say They're Sick of Quantum Computing's Hype

Revolt! Scientists Say They're Sick of Quantum Computing's Hype

While Bermejo-Vega thinks Google’s demonstration does provide scientific value of the technology’s viability, she emphasizes their success was “narrow.” In addition, all quantum computers, including Google’s, perform inconsistently because they are prone to errors that researchers don’t know how to correct.

Why Did PayPal Pay $4 Billion for a Coupon Browser Extension?

Why Did PayPal Pay $4 Billion for a Coupon Browser Extension?

Honey offers PayPal, and its other payment app Venmo, a way to get in front of that—or, as PayPal’s press release put it, “to reach consumers at the beginning of their shopping journeys.” In other words, a way to help you find products, not just pay for them.

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

Last spring, students at Hinsdale Central High School discovered six vaping detectors in bathrooms and locker rooms around campus.Administrators tried making students take online courses if they were caught with ecigarettes; they talked to law enforcement; the Village of Hinsdale even passed an ordinance that would make it easier for officers to ticket minors caught with the devices.

The Future of Banking Is … You're Broke

The Future of Banking Is … You're Broke

These neo-banks have been trying to make money in the usual ways: By taking a cut of credit or debit card transactions, collecting interest on consumer deposits, and making loans.

How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra Testimony in Congress

How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra Testimony in Congress

But, unless grandstanding on other Facebook issues gets in the way, Wednesday’s hearing featuring Mark Zuckerberg at the House Financial Services Committee is mostly about Libra.What to Watch For. Zuckerberg’s defense starts with the company line on Libra so far, pitching the digital token as a tool for financial inclusion.

Why Are Rich People So Mean?

Why Are Rich People So Mean?

He typically works 12 hours a day and logs an extra 10 hours over the weekend.” Steger, 51 at the time, was aware of the irony (sort of): “I know people looking in from the outside will ask why someone like me keeps working so hard,” he told Rivlin.

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.