Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands

Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands

An apt analogy for Disney+ might be the Infinity Gauntlet, the jeweled glove that propelled the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Disney Is Finally Taking On Account Sharers

Disney Is Finally Taking On Account Sharers

Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to fight account sharing in an attempt to prevent multiple people from using a single account to access streaming video services .The battle against account sharing was announced as Disney and the nation's second-biggest cable company struck a new distribution agreement involving Disney's Hulu , ESPN+, and the forthcoming Disney+ .

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

The would-be rules don’t change how long drivers can stay on the road—still limited to 14 hours on duty, with at most 11 actually driving, followed by at least 10 hours off.One new rule would change that to a 30-minute break after eight hours of behind-the-wheel driving.

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.

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Material Safety Data Sheets, the chemical equivalent of technology user terms and conditions, have offered descriptions of those hazards since the early 1900s.Even if users don’t read the safety data sheet, they are greeted by this bright, unavoidable summary of material hazards every time they look at the container.

When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches

When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches

Taking a slightly different tack, MongoDB relicensed its flagship database product last year under a new "Server Side Public License" (SSPL) that requires companies that sell the database system as a cloud service also release the source code of any additional software they include.

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Gary Richards, founder of OneRoom, a company that offers livestreaming services to funeral directors in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US, says he’s noticed that many of the families that use his service are recent immigrants from the Philippines, Vietnam, or India, who are looking for a way to connect with family and friends from back home.

Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week

Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week

Speaking of electrics, we watched Ford’s prototype battery-powered Ford F-150 haul a train, saw Cruise delay its plans to launch a robo-taxi service in San Francisco, and inspected financials from Tesla showing that while deliveries are up, so are losses.

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Well, we have some new details on Google Stadia 's approach to the cloud, a look at Nintendo's evolving customer service procedures, and a very good game recommendation. Remember last week, when I talked about Joy-Con drift, a huge problem affecting a lot of people's Nintendo Switch controllers?

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

Cruise, the startup General Motors acquired to develop its self-driving car , will launch an autonomous taxi service on the gnarly, crowded streets of San Francisco, CEO Dan Ammann said Wednesday.

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

Since Loon spun out of X last summer, the company’s balloons have logged 1 million hours of flight time and found some novel ways to navigate the stratosphere.

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

Carrying improvements like seats that swivel between patient-bearing stretchers and enemy-facing machine guns, the Combat Rescue Helicopter could enter service next year. The new Combat Rescue Helicopter, as the Air Force dubs it, comes with a suite of improvements over the HH-60 Pave Hawk it’s replacing, some of them long needed.

This Clever New Service Auto-Cancels Your Free Trials

This Clever New Service Auto-Cancels Your Free Trials

You sign up for these “free” trials with your credit card, forget about them, and then are left paying for a service you aren’t using.“The idea for this product came when I realized I was being charged for a $21.99 gym membership from over a year ago that I was never using,” says Browder.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

By swiping to a special screen inside the app, Uber riders can travel to within 800 feet of 24 eligible bus stops and then transfer to a bus for free.“In our county, we really are trying to change the culture so that more people are using public transit rather than thinking about putting their car on the road,” says Janet Long, a Pinellas County commissioner and chair of the transit authority board.

A Likely Chinese Hacker Crew Targeted 10 Phone Carriers to Steal Metadata

A Likely Chinese Hacker Crew Targeted 10 Phone Carriers to Steal Metadata

Cybereason says that the company found no evidence that the hackers stole the actual content of communications from victims, but the firm's principal security researcher Amit Serper argues that the metadata alone—device and SIM identifiers, call records, and which cell tower a phone connected to at any given time—can provide a frighteningly high-resolution picture of a target's life.

7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

The more interesting reason to take a look at the Roku Channel is that it also offers free live streaming, including news reports from ABC and indie movies and classic TV from Filmrise.

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.

Alphabet-Owned Jigsaw Bought a Russian Troll Campaign as an Experiment

Alphabet-Owned Jigsaw Bought a Russian Troll Campaign as an Experiment

"Let's say I want to wage a disinformation campaign to attack a political opponent or a company, but I don’t have the infrastructure to create my own Internet Research Agency," Gully told WIRED in an interview, speaking publicly about Jigsaw's year-old disinformation experiment for the first time.

Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G

Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G

The United States, however, has made zero mid-band spectrum available at auction for the 5G economy. For the United States to have secure 5G service available to everyone, everywhere, we need to stop going at it alone with millimeter wave spectrum.

Google's Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News

Google's Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News

Google's New Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News. Google is taking preorders for its wireless gaming service, a new report shows our elections could be in trouble, and Dark Phoenix apparently sucks. The new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix is apparently terrible.

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Like traditional console service subscriptions Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Stadia Pro will also include discounts on selected titles and some free games; the first of those, as part of the Founder's Edition, is Destiny 2 —the core game and all of its add-ons, including forthcoming expansion Shadowkeep , first announced in today's keynote.

What Amazon Might Want With Boost Mobile

What Amazon Might Want With Boost Mobile

It's also possible that Amazon, or another company, could acquire rights to some of the wireless spectrum now licensed by the FCC to Sprint or T-Mobile, or even some of the infrastructure owned by those two carriers.

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago. Emily Dreyfuss covers the intersection of tech and culture for WIRED.Of course, it wouldn’t be a week in security news if there wasn’t an update from Robert Mueller.

Call of Duty Is Back—and It's Grim as Heck

Call of Duty Is Back—and It's Grim as Heck

It's Pokémon Sleep , the new game/device/thing announced by Nintendo at a recent Poké-centric Nintendo Direct. Xbox Games Pass Is Coming to PC, Rendering Its Name Mildly Confusing.

GitHub ‘Sponsors’ Now Lets Users Back Open Source Projects

GitHub ‘Sponsors’ Now Lets Users Back Open Source Projects

But even though you can technically host any type of file on GitHub, Friedman says the company probably won't allow people to use Sponsors for non-software projects for the time being.

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

Self-driving truck developer TuSimple is running a two-week pilot project with the US Postal Service, moving mail between Phoenix and Dallas. Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Starting Tuesday, self-driving trucks built by startup TuSimple will haul trailers full of mail and packages all by themselves.

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

The aircraft would pitch the fan assemblies vertically for takeoff, then transition them 90 degrees for horizontal flight, with the aerodynamic wing and fuselage providing most of the lift at cruising speed.

Google's $399 iPhone Killer, A Bold CIA Privacy Move, and More News

Google's $399 iPhone Killer, A Bold CIA Privacy Move, and More News

Google unveiled a $399 phone, the CIA is making friends with anonymity, and we've got some kids tips to boot. Google announced some new phones.

The CIA Sets Up Shop on Tor, the Anonymous Internet

The CIA Sets Up Shop on Tor, the Anonymous Internet

The anonymity service has been open source since its public release in 2002, and it transitioned to being overseen by a nonprofit, dubbed the Tor Project, in 2006.It can seem confusing at first that the US government would fund the creation of a tool that has since been used by criminals and foreign governments to conduct secret operations.

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