The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

Substack CEO Chris Best tells me that while he’s not out to kill what’s left of big media, the ad-free newsletter model has advantages over what traditional journalism has become—a chase for clicks where “most people’s media diets get determined by social media,” he says.

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

If that sounds familiar, it's because we’ve lately seen the rise of staff-journalists-turned-newsletter-writers, such as Emily Atkin (formerly of The New Republic, now Heated), Judd Legum (formerly of ThinkProgress, now Popular Information ), and, most recently, Casey Newton (formerly of the Verge, now Platformer).

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

Open source is a technology development and distribution methodology, where the codebase and all development—from setting a roadmap to building new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation—is done in public.

Rite Aid Used Facial Recognition in Stores for Nearly a Decade

Rite Aid Used Facial Recognition in Stores for Nearly a Decade

There are still plenty of details outstanding about how they might have pulled it off, but court documents show how a trail of bitcoin and IP addresses led investigators to the alleged hackers .A Garmin ransomware hack disrupted more than just workouts during a days-long outage; security researchers see it as part of a troubling trend of "big game hunting" among ransomware groups .

Lockdown Has Taken Us From Internet Time to Groundhog Time

Lockdown Has Taken Us From Internet Time to Groundhog Time

For the past couple of decades, we’ve had a shorthand to describe the speed of our wacky wired world: internet time.In internet time, generations were measured not in human life spans but in years—and then months, and then weeks—as new ideas and disruptions pulsed into the digital mindstream.

The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors

The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors

When they’re not treating Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit, the eight doctors on the FLARE team work a second job: updating fellow physicians on the latest novel coronavirus research and debunking the freshest unproven theories floating around on social media.

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

In the Foo Camp session, Stanford Law School’s Nate Persily, cohead of Social Science One, said that after 20 months of negotiations, Facebook was finally releasing the data to researchers.

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

As soon as TMZ broke the news of Kobe’s death, the entire internet madly ululated.But others were swift to bring up the 2003 incident when he was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker; he ended up settling the court case.

Today’s Cartoon: WebMD

Today’s Cartoon: WebMD

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 .

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Several of the people buried in the pit had much more tooth decay than the rest of the Yaroslavl dead, which actually suggests that they were pretty well-off.

Military vs. Wind Farms, Facebook vs. Fake Accounts, and More News

Military vs. Wind Farms, Facebook vs. Fake Accounts, and More News

The military is decidedly not here for wind farms, Facebook busted up more fake news accounts, and we have some advice for your next poo. The military is locked in a struggle with wind farms. Facebook banned more fake accounts.

Mysterious Midwest Tornadoes, Airbnb's NYC Truce, and More News

Mysterious Midwest Tornadoes, Airbnb's NYC Truce, and More News

Mysterious Midwest Tornadoes, Airbnb's NYC Truce, and More News. Tornadoes are tearing up the Midwest, Airbnb calls truce, and we've got some books for your long weekend. Airbnb and the city of New York have reached a truce.

A Critical Hit to Huawei, the Student Space Race, and More News

A Critical Hit to Huawei, the Student Space Race, and More News

Trouble is brewing for a Chinese electronics giant, students sent a rocket into actual space, and the highly infectious measles just won't go away. More News You Can Use. Far-right propaganda flooded Facebook ahead of EU elections .

GM's Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’' Unsatisfying End, and More News

GM's Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’' Unsatisfying End, and More News

General Motors is upgrading the soul of its lineup, our political parties are still vulnerable to cyberhacking, and Game of Thrones has reached the finish line. A new report details political parties in both the US and EU still have obvious and ongoing security flaws that are leaving them vulnerable to attack.

So Long to Grumpy Cat, Amazon’s Special Warehouses, and More News

So Long to Grumpy Cat, Amazon’s Special Warehouses, and More News

We're pouring one out for Grumpy Cat, Amazon is doing damage control after some bear-spray incidents, and ocean plastics are choking us out. Last year, an incident involving bear spray exploding in a warehouse hospitalized over twenty of Amazon's workers.

Uber's IPO, the Call to Break Up Facebook, and More News

Uber's IPO, the Call to Break Up Facebook, and More News

Uber made billions in their stock market debut, criticism of Facebook is coming from inside the house, and the dearth of climate change plans from presidential candidates isn't all that impressive.

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News. Now, a wave of studies suggests air pollution is more harmful to us than previously thought, especially when it comes to dementia.

Scientists Save a Sick Teen, Hackers Steal $40 Million, and More News

Scientists Save a Sick Teen, Hackers Steal $40 Million, and More News

Scientists Save a Sick Teen, Hackers Steal $40 Million, and More News. Viruses from a freezer saved a dying teen, hackers stole millions, and Adam Savage has some organization tips for you. If you're already an audiophile, then you know the name Master & Dynamic.

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Google’s Conference, and More News

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Google’s Conference, and More News

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Google’s Conference, and More News. Sunscreen chemicals are slipping through your pores, Google has big conference coming, and Game of Thrones made an "oopsie." What to expect from Google's big conference tomorrow. Google's I/O conference is tomorrow.

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

Goodnight Stories didn’t emerge spontaneously, though; they began to test it, six months before launching their now famed Kickstarter campaign, using the simplest of internet technologies: email.Crucial Tech for an Author: EmailIn 2014, The New York Times had 6.5 million subscribers to its email newsletters.

A Huge Storm, and Newsletter Changes

A Huge Storm, and Newsletter Changes

In response, we’re beginning a new feature that looks at steps individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.We start in the kitchen, with the elephant in the room: the refrigerator.Recommendations vary slightly among government agencies and consumer groups, but the proper temperature for a household refrigerator is 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 4 degrees Celsius).

Big Environmental Rollbacks Are Pending. Here’s How You Can Weigh In.

Big Environmental Rollbacks Are Pending. Here’s How You Can Weigh In.

That’s because they give the public a chance to interact with representatives from industry and other groups, like environmental organizations.Ms. Oge recalled a public hearing that included the mother of a child with severe asthma sitting next to an oil executive.

Batteries that Run on Blood?

Batteries that Run on Blood?

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