Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

A years-old internet hoax warning about a new, nonexistent Instagram rule resurfaced this week—and demonstrated the staying power of even low-stakes misinformation online.If the story pushed by a meme or hoax fits in a way that feels like a coherent narrative to a critical mass of people, it’s game over, says Phillips.

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.”.

Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

Research has shown that suicides, too, can spread like a contagion depending on how they are covered, but a consensus has yet to emerge among media organizations about how to handle mass shootings.

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News.Hurricanes are fueling a rise in aggressive spiders, the end of the banana could be near, and Bugatti has released a $9 million car.Colonies of aggressive, social spiders boom after a hurricane.

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.And if that's still not enough, you can find all of WIRED's cartoons in one place, right here .Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A gull strike forced a Russian airliner to land in a cornfield, Instagram is getting into the fact-checking game, and new technology is catching lightning from afar.

Facebook's Voice Transcripts Were More Invasive Than Amazon's

Facebook's Voice Transcripts Were More Invasive Than Amazon's

Researchers from the security firm Pen Test Partners published findings this week that an attacker would just need a person's username to track them.A new vulnerability and corresponding exploit of Bluetooth could allow an attacker to determine the encryption keys used during device pairing and let themselves in on the party.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

Rocket Lab. A helicopter may soon catch a rocket, a radioactive cloud from 2017 has been pinned to Russia, and porn made a surprise appearance on a livestream.Rocket Lab. A strange radioactive cloud likely came from Russia.

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

That, of course, also makes Tumblr the antithesis of other social media hubs like Facebook and Twitter and Reddit.

Henry Golding Might Star in the Next G.I. Joe Movie

Henry Golding Might Star in the Next G.I. Joe Movie

Also, Netflix is adapting a New Yorker sci-fi story and Phoebe Robinson is going to Comedy Central.Crazy Rich Asians Star Henry Golding Might Join New G.I. Joe Movie.Netflix Adapting New Yorker Short Story for Pyros.

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News.Microplastics are reaching every corner of the earth, a hacker's joke cost him over $12,000, and WIRED takes a look at the science of dick pics.

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News.A new drug is working to cure ebola, hackers figured out how to weaponize home-speakers, and tech is coming to the aid of migrants on the border.

People Are Tweeting About Videogames Now More Than Ever

People Are Tweeting About Videogames Now More Than Ever

And finally, folks can finally get a glimpse of the new Apple TV+ show from Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.Universal, meanwhile, said the reason for canceling the release was that "now is not the right time to release this film."

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News.A new climate change report dropped, a decade-old desk phone bug returned, and WIRED wants to up your grill game.A 10-year-old desk phone bug came back from the dead.

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

A crashed lunar lander left dehydrated water bears stuck on the moon, Cloudflare has ditched 8chan following this weekend's shootings, and electric cars enter the used car market.After a lunar lander crashed into the moon on April 11, thousands of dehydrated water bears were left on the moon's surface .

Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Also, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to Universal, and Batwoman is the future.The dynamic duo behind The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse —Phil Lord and Chris Miller —are going to Universal Pictures.

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News. An invasive bug is destroying vineyards at an alarming rate, Apple contractors are listening to your Siri conver­sations, and we've got the earbuds for your next workout.

Poisoned Air in Paris, Intel's New Chips, and More News

Poisoned Air in Paris, Intel's New Chips, and More News

Paris is dealing with dangerous lead poisoning, Intel has a new set of chips, and Greenland is in the midst of a dangerous heat wave. Intels new chips have finally arrived.

Aquaman Director James Wan Is Making Secret Horror Movie

Aquaman Director James Wan Is Making Secret Horror Movie

James Wan will work on a horror film before starting on the sequel to Aquaman. Aquaman Director James Wan Making Secret Horror Movie. Aquaman Director James Wan Making Secret Horror Movie.

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News. Jakarta is sinking and its potential solution will too, Russia is gearing up for 2020, and we outline the best gear that came out in July. Jakarta's giant sea wall is useless if the city keeps sinking.

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

The news Sunday that Trump planned to tap representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence, replacing former senator Dan Coats, left many even on Capitol Hill scratching their heads: Who?

New Google Gestures, the Capital One Hacker, and More News

New Google Gestures, the Capital One Hacker, and More News

The touchless phone-gestures of the future are here, the Capital One hacker didn't cover her tracks, and we've got some suggestions for cleaning up your air.

A Critical Device Hack, China's Social Credit, and More News

A Critical Device Hack, China's Social Credit, and More News

A Critical Device Hack, China's Social Credit, and More News. A bug is allowing hackers remote access to medical devices, China's social credit score is not actually that dystopian, and we've got a fun robot for kids.

2 Million People Streamed the Fortnite World Cup Finals

2 Million People Streamed the Fortnite World Cup Finals

On Sunday, 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf, also known as Bugha, won the $3 million grand prize at the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Well, for one, a lot of people saw Quentin Tarantino's new movie—and the Fortnite World Cup Finals—this weekend.

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News. SpaceX unleashed the rocket that may carry humans to Mars, Equifax might owe you $125, and we've got a show for you to binge. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News. After pulling the Galaxy Fold from the market due to a faulty display, Samsung now says it has fixed its foldable smart­phone and that the product is ready for relaunch.

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Today in Good News For People Who Like Scary News, HBO announced this week that it's renewing Los Espookys for a second season. Will Smith Battles Himself in New Gemini Man Trailer.

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News. The FTC took a shot at Mark Zuckerberg, actor Rutger Hauer died, and the comforts of in-game drudgery.

Watch Robert Mueller's Testimony Live Right Here

Watch Robert Mueller's Testimony Live Right Here

Mueller will start his day at 8:30 am ET with a three-hour House Judiciary Committee session focused on obstruction of justice.

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