Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Per a report in the Niagara Gazette, the one-time mogul is currently isolated at Wende Correctional Facility in western New York state, where he’s serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted earlier this month of one count of rape and one count of a criminal sex act.In other coronavirus-related news, pop mogul Rihanna’s charitable organization is donating $5 million to Covid-19 relief.

With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram

With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram

Jeffers is a part of a small fleet of children’s book authors who have taken to Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube in the past few days to entertain and bridge the social distances for kids who are cooped up at home.

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

He announced the news in a Friday press conference that was late, unfocused, and confusing to follow—in other words, thoroughly in keeping with the administration's response to the pandemic.This picks up on Trump’s false claim from last week that a rule adopted by the Obama administration had slowed the government’s response.

Covid-19 Is Nothing Like the Spanish Flu

Covid-19 Is Nothing Like the Spanish Flu

We can calculate a range of plausible global fatality rates for the Spanish flu by varying the number of infections from 25 to 75 percent of the world population in 1918 and the number of deaths from 25 to 100 million.

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Even when a New York Times health reporter followed up on Trump’s claim about tests, it was framed as a conflict between the president and his advisers, rather than between truth and falsehood.

The Smartest (and Dumbest) Movies to Watch During an Outbreak

The Smartest (and Dumbest) Movies to Watch During an Outbreak

“A lot of the work that the CDC does is to make sure that disease outbreaks like this don’t ever get to the stage of a global pandemic.

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

This kind of spontaneous yet coherent storytelling is extremely difficult for artificial intelligence , even as AI has mastered more constrained board games such as chess and Go. The best text-generating AI programs too often produce confused and disjointed prose.

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver app, and waited.

Watch Trump Give the 2020 State of the Union

Watch Trump Give the 2020 State of the Union

The White House is live-streaming the State of the Union from its YouTube channel.

We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

Almost thirty years ago, Philip Strong, the founder of the sociological study of epidemic infectious diseases, observed that any new infection prompted three epidemics: of fear, then moralization, then action.Whenever new infections emerged, the first response was invariably fear that they’d become an existential threat to humanity.

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

The DSS deploys its special agents to almost 300 embassies and consulates globally, in addition to facilities in the United States.

How Iran's Hackers Might Strike Back After Soleimani's Assassination

How Iran's Hackers Might Strike Back After Soleimani's Assassination

Iran has used wipers like Shamoon and Stone Drill to inflict waves of disruption across neighboring countries in the Middle East, starting with an attack in 2012 that destroyed 30,000 Saudi Aramco computers.

The 8 Most Important Memes of 2019

The 8 Most Important Memes of 2019

Once you start scrolling back through the year in memes, though, it’s a bit like trying kombucha for the first time—by turns, disorienting and potentially gross, then rather pleasing.Baby Yoda is still a young meme and the The Mandalorian isn’t over, so this internet culture moment’s future is hard to see.

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.

Amazon Doesn’t Favor Its Own Brands—Except When It Does

Amazon Doesn’t Favor Its Own Brands—Except When It Does

“Even if another seller is selling a counterfeit, or an empty envelope, if they’re selling at a lower price, Amazon’s going to give them the Buy Box until such time as enough complaints come in so the brand can show Amazon this other seller is a total fake,” said Thomson.

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

Katie Anstett, a 16-year-old slime-trepreneur of Instagram fame, guided newbies as they shaped their own goo, as part of the workshop hosted by WIRED's Louise Matsakis.

Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility

Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility

The harassment of Quinn and others has nothing to do with concern for Holowka and his family and everything to do with making examples of women and queer people who dare to speak out.

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

Microsoft today warned Windows users of seven new vulnerabilities in Windows that, like BlueKeep, can be exploited via RDP, a tool that lets administrators connect to other computers in a network.

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Similarly, one might at first worry whether Silicon Valley food apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Seamless will survive the public outrage following a recent New York Times exposé of the hamster-wheel existence of the delivery people who use the apps to make a living.

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Market research firm Forrester recently tested the commercial capabilities of voice assistants from Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The researchers asked each voice assistant 180 questions about products and services, like "what brands sell liquid laundry detergent?"

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Details about the Stop Leaks program came to light as part of a lawsuit—filed in December 2016 by an unidentified Google employee—claiming the company’s confidentiality policies amounted to an internal “spying program” that illegally infringed on employees’ rights to discuss working conditions, report illegal conduct or product defects to authorities, or talk to other employers about job opportunities.

FAO - News Article: Cyclone Idai: Immediate help for Mozambique's livestock and fisheries sectors

FAO - News Article: Cyclone Idai: Immediate help for Mozambique's livestock and fisheries sectors

Having declared the response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique a top priority, FAO is asking for an initial $19 million to support those most affected over the next three months, with a focus on resuming local food production, assisting fishing communities and supporting livestock owners.

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

On Friday, FEMA publicly acknowledged a Homeland Security Department Office of the Inspector General report that the emergency response agency wrongly shared personal data from 2.3 million disaster survivors with a temporary-housing-related contractor.

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

WIRED sat down with Przegalinska at SXSW this week to talk about the monumental challenge of replicating human intonation, why the future of humanoid robots may not be particularly bright, and what happens when you let students teach a chatbot how to talk.

When It Comes to Disease, Why Wait for a Pandemic to Respond?

When It Comes to Disease, Why Wait for a Pandemic to Respond?

In the lead up to the O2 simulation, students participate in a two-week civics and science module on outbreak response, then take on roles as clinicians, epidemiologists, government officials, military, media, and the general population.

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

Unity Might Be Going Public, Which Could Be Troubling for the Independent Developers Who Rely on Unity Unity Technologies, the company behind the incredibly popular Unity game engine, might be up for an IPO in 2020, according to rumors rounded up by Variety .

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

But that would mean tech companies are training their engineers and data scientists on understanding cognitive bias, as well as how to “combat” it. To counter algorithmic, machine, and AI bias, human intelligence must be incorporated into solutions, as opposed to an over-reliance on so-called “pure” data.

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

When security threatens that, then it becomes a priority, so win-win." "It seems inexcusable that Apple allows this and many other bugs to make it into production code." Patrick Wardle, Digita Security The bug stemmed from a logic issue with FaceTime's group calling feature, which Apple introduced at the end of 2018 as part of launching its new iOS 12 mobile operating system.

A New Google+ Blunder Exposed Data From 52.5 Million Users

A New Google+ Blunder Exposed Data From 52.5 Million Users

And while the company's response to this Google+ exposure was quick and thorough, Google has had ample practice on privacy incident response this year alone."This didn't impact passwords or financial data, but it did give the ability to extract large amounts of information like email addresses and profile data," says David Kennedy, CEO of the penetration testing and incident response consultancy TrustedSec.

The US Leans on Private Firms to Expose Foreign Hackers

The US Leans on Private Firms to Expose Foreign Hackers

He previously held counterterrorism and intelligence roles for the US government overseas and domestically.As government-backed hackers in Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea continue to infiltrate and attack American companies, it’s often private cybersecurity firms, rather than the US government, that are publicly assigning blame.