Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

To streamline their operations, many sellers rely on specialized business apps that tap into the Amazon Marketplace Web Service APIs, which can integrate data including sensitive customer information like names, emails, and delivery addresses.

The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

As Hurricane Dorian whiplashed the Bahamas on September 1 with 185-mph winds, a drone with lifesaving potential was positioned at the Marsh Harbour airport on the island of Great Abaco.

Don't Get Screwed Out of Your Equifax Settlement Money

Don't Get Screwed Out of Your Equifax Settlement Money

The Equifax settlement has a provision through which victims can claim a cash payment for "time spent."If you spent hours researching what to do about the breach, setting up credit freezes, hopping on the phone with your bank, or doing anything else remotely relevant, you can claim up to $250 for that time without needing to show any specific evidence.

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The research team has an entire webpage devoted to its seismic recordings of the natural resonances (vibrations) that come out of the Utah arches.

Why WIRED.com Looks Different Today

Why WIRED.com Looks Different Today

For years, was run by a separate company from WIRED Magazine, and the design looked like we’d copied Craigslist while tripping.That should allow WIRED to continue to thrive and evolve for many years, redesigns, and rogue back-room operations to come.

What on Earth Is Water Doing in Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano?

What on Earth Is Water Doing in Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano?

But they won't know for sure until they sample it, which could entail a helicopter and a bucket on a rope (ain't science grand).WIRED sat down with Don Swanson, a geologist with the USGS, to learn more about why Kilauea's been transforming of late, why it's not going to blow Hawaii to pieces, and why it's good news that the volcano's lava is a bit runny.

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.

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.

What Does Amazon's 'Top Brand' Badge Actually Mean?

What Does Amazon's 'Top Brand' Badge Actually Mean?

Louise Matsakis covers Amazon, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.James Thomson, a former Amazon employee and a partner at Buy Box Experts, a firm that consults with independent Amazon sellers, says Top Brands likely have high sales volumes and high conversion rates, meaning a lot of people who look at their product listings ultimately choose to buy from them.

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.

Now on the Used Car Lot: Great Electric Vehicles for Cheap

Now on the Used Car Lot: Great Electric Vehicles for Cheap

A significant increase in used EV sales indicates not just that more people want to go electric, but that, nearly a decade after the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt first went on sale, battery-powered rides have been around long enough, and become popular enough, to become affordable and widely available to secondhand drivers.“While EVs are far from mainstream, we’re starting to see them expand past the bleeding edgers,” says Karl Brauer, an industry analyst with Kelley Blue Book.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

This Solar Eclipse Photograph Took Two Years to Capture

This Solar Eclipse Photograph Took Two Years to Capture

"It was amazing, and I realized that an eclipse is not just about the corona," he says, referencing the outer atmosphere of the sun that briefly peaks out from behind the moon during totality.

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

“For a number of years, we’ve worked with emotional health experts to address pinners in distress,” says Ta. If someone searches for terms related to suicide, the platform nudges them toward the appropriate resources, like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Presumably not many people purchased ebooks from Microsoft; that’s why it’s pulling the plug in the first place. More than anything, Microsoft’s ebook rapture underscores the hidden dangers of the DRM system that underpins most digital purchases.

Conservation Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

Conservation Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

This year, Cool Green Science stories by staff writers Justine Hausheer and Matt Miller won seven EIC awards, matching last year’s total . Hausheer deserves special recognition; her five awards this year — including two first places — plus four last year make her the most recognized blog writer in the organization.

Investors Love Slack—for Now

Investors Love Slack—for Now

But Slack's public listing followed two less hyped, but likewise successful, business-to-business IPOs: video conferencing company Zoom in April and network and security company Fastly in May. Together these IPOs suggest that even as the consumer tech market is dominated by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, companies that sell to businesses can still find ways to compete with the big guys.

Best Toothbrush Subscription Services (2019): Quip, Shyn, Goby, Burst

Best Toothbrush Subscription Services (2019): Quip, Shyn, Goby, Burst

$60 gets you a brush with a single head, carrying case, and charger—plus a subscription that sends a new head every two or three months for $5 a pop.

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

If you have to leave one place, remember this: There’s always another party, just like WIRED has more space photos, right here .My glorious, boring, almost-disconnected walk in Japan What do Amazon's star ratings really mean.

Grumpy Cat's Death Marks the End of the Joyful Internet

Grumpy Cat's Death Marks the End of the Joyful Internet

Obviously, this isn't all about Grumpy Cat. Scores of other memes and videos and animals were a part of the early-2000s internet. You're the Man Now Dog, like Reddit or Know Your Meme, was a place where, not too long ago, people went online for collective amusement.

Star Wars Fans Know Nostalgia Well. It’s Time to Build a Future

Star Wars Fans Know Nostalgia Well. It’s Time to Build a Future

Now, though, with plans for future movies still uncertain and the new Disney+ Star Wars series set well before the latest trilogy, I'm thinking maybe I was wrong.

5 Comics to Read After Seeing Avengers: Endgame

5 Comics to Read After Seeing Avengers: Endgame

How to read it: Available digitally on Comixology and Marvel, or in the Infinity Gauntlet print collection. * How to read it: *Available digitally on Comixology and Marvel, or in the Avengers Forever print collection.

Here's How Disney+ Will Take Over the World

Here's How Disney+ Will Take Over the World

For a scant $6.99 a month it will provide you with almost the entire Disneyome, a corpus of hundreds of movies (all of Disney, most of Marvel with more to come, almost all of Pixar, all of Star Wars , lots of Fox—which Disney recently bought) and even more hundreds of TV shows (Disney Channel stuff, National Geographic stuff, and new originals from those subgroups I just mentioned, The Simpsons ).

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

If MetaFilter was the best newsfeed you'd ever seen, painstakingly moderated and sincerely interested in unearthing interesting stories, AskMe was the message board you'd always wanted to read.

Mar-a-Lago's Security Problems Go Way Beyond a Thumb Drive

Mar-a-Lago's Security Problems Go Way Beyond a Thumb Drive

“It's an attacker's dream and a physical security nightmare,” a former NSA hacker says about Mar-a-Lago, one of President Trump's favorite properties to visit.

Markiplier Is Not Done With YouTube

Markiplier Is Not Done With YouTube

“It was getting to me that I was making videos I wasn’t really proud of, that I wasn’t using them to really learn anything.” Now, he’s ready for that rare luxury in influencerland: time off.

The Best-Worst Marketing Ideas for International Women’s Day

The Best-Worst Marketing Ideas for International Women’s Day

Yes, there was.) Several reporters received pitches from publicists about women fighting “ neglected tropical diseases ”; PepsiCo Foundation’s quest to bring gender equality to farming in developing countries; and the documentary Brave Girl Rising , which is about female refugees, features Beyoncé’s music, and is narrated by Thor: Ragnarok and Sorry to Bother You actress Tessa Thompson.

The Siberian City Where the Winter High Is –40°F

The Siberian City Where the Winter High Is –40°F

"As long as you dress warmly outside, you're not in danger." The series also documents the creative ways Yakutsk residents manage the cold, including building their houses on stilts so the central heating doesn't melt the permafrost—in Russia, Yakutsk is known as "the city on legs"—and placing all sewage, water, and utility lines above ground to keep them from freezing.

Desus & Mero Is the Future of Late-Night TV

Desus & Mero Is the Future of Late-Night TV

Which is why when the Showtime-branded Desus & Mero premiered last night—as the inaugural late-night endeavor for the premium cable channel, mind you—it did so amid a climate where the evening gabfest model has never felt more in flux, uncertain, or out of place.

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

From the comfort of your home, you may not realize how climate change is already affecting mental health, or ripping apart ecosystems, or how cities like Los Angeles are taking drastic measures to prepare for water shortages.