The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The site and corresponding iOS and Android apps would seamlessly integrate the latest Covid data and content from multiple federal agencies, hospitals nationwide, and private sector companies.

An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data

An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data

By Monday, rumors were circulating on Reddit and across social media that the mass disemboweling of Parler's data had been carried out by exploiting a security vulnerability in the site's two-factor authentication that allowed hackers to create "millions of accounts" with administrator privileges.

A Farewell to Adobe Flash—and the Messy, Glorious Web

A Farewell to Adobe Flash—and the Messy, Glorious Web

Flash facilitated the personalization associated with Web 1.0 relics like Geocities, with users encouraged to manually “code, design, and manage” their website, in the words of architecture critic Kate Wagner, a state of affairs replaced by the corporate, professionally designed web that we cannot customize but must experience.

How Cowbirds Raise Their Young, Without Raising Their Young

How Cowbirds Raise Their Young, Without Raising Their Young

The act of brood parasitism allows females to forgo the costs of nest building, incubating eggs, and feeding and protecting vulnerable young.

The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia

The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia

Among those to receive this Wikipedia boost in the past was a candidate named Joni Ernst, whose page received 13,000 views just before Election Day in 2014.

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

By the time she rolled back into Vegas nine months ago, with her truck of robot dildos on the Strip, DiCarlo was more than a CEO: She was a conference-hopping activist, an icon on a mission to erase the shame around women's sexuality.

Ad Tech Could Be the Next Internet Bubble

Ad Tech Could Be the Next Internet Bubble

Hwang draws an extended analogy between the pre-2007 housing bubble and today’s market for digital advertising.Just as housing played an outsized role in pre-crash financial markets, so does advertising in the digital economy.

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

(The consent preferences on WIRED are controlled by parent company Condé Nast).With the Do Not Tracking setting in browsers becoming increasingly useless , web browsers are increasingly flexing their privacy credentials Apple’s Safari browser has boosted its anti-tracking tech and Firefox has blocked trackers by default since 2018.Google Chrome is also planning on getting rid of third-party cookies.

A Critical Flaw Is Affecting Thousands of WordPress Sites

A Critical Flaw Is Affecting Thousands of WordPress Sites

Hackers are actively exploiting a vulnerability that allows them to execute commands and malicious scripts on websites running File Manager, a WordPress plugin with more than 700,000 active installations, researchers said on Tuesday.

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

You might notice if you visit all your favorite sites in incognito mode, you won't get recognized, and are then asked to sign up for a whole load of newsletters and special offers all over again.

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Musk, Obama, Apple, and More

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Musk, Obama, Apple, and More

Those are just a handful of the major, million-plus-follower Twitter accounts that were compromised Wednesday afternoon, each in service of a bitcoin scam that has already earned the hackers behind it well over $100,000 in a few short hours.

15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

Cops Are Paying for Access to Data from BreachesMotherboard reports this week that a company called SpyCloud, which sells access to data obtained by criminals in breaches, has marketed its services to law enforcement agencies.

How Mysterious Protest Messages Have Filled the Skies

How Mysterious Protest Messages Have Filled the Skies

Indigenous protesters, for whom the land around Rushmore is sacred, were met by chants of “go home.” On social media, many were learning that the Fourth of July only marks a day of independence for white Americans; Black people wouldn’t gain freedom until nearly a century later, on June 19, 1865.

Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online

Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online

The Russian-founded, UK-based Telegram connected different far-right communities, helping to bring far more organization to the movement as a whole.Breaking precedent, the administrator of Terrorwave Refined began begging others for help, going as far as offering Bitcoin payments to anyone who could find a way to bring the channel and its followers back intact:.

Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

On Monday morning, the streaming video platform Twitch temporarily suspended Donald Trump’s campaign account for violating its policies against “hateful content.” The company cited comments made in two recent streams.

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

“All of that information really adds up.” When the European Union's regulations forced US companies to remove some tracking code from their sites for European visitors, USA Today's homepage shed 90 percent of its data size and loaded 15 times faster, as the designers at Mightybytes reported.

Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

The ruins are deep underground, but a team of archaeologists from the University of Cambridge and Ghent University in Belgium have used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to map the complete city.

Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

According to radiocarbon dates of charcoal fragments mixed in with the layers of dirt that make up the platform, people started building Aguada Fenix by around 1000 BCE (although Inomata and his colleagues can’t rule out the idea that construction started even earlier).

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor.

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Last week, Amazon confirmed to CNBC that it would no longer accept new offers for face masks, hand sanitizer, and other products related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Google Will Not Save America From Coronavirus

Google Will Not Save America From Coronavirus

The weirdness began on Friday night, when President Trump announced that Google would soon launch a nationwide website that would guide people through the process of deciding whether they should be tested for Covid-19, and then direct them to a testing site in their area.

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

When President Trump announced Friday that Google was developing a website for Americans to find out where they could get tested for the novel coronavirus , the details of the project remained unclear.

Trump Caught Google Off Guard With a Bogus Coronavirus Site Announcement

Trump Caught Google Off Guard With a Bogus Coronavirus Site Announcement

President Donald Trump announced Friday that the US government’s coronavirus testing apparatus, which has lagged badly behind other developed nations , would soon get an assist from Google.

The Internet Avoided a Minor Disaster Last Week

The Internet Avoided a Minor Disaster Last Week

An arm of the nonprofit Internet Security Research Group, Let’s Encrypt is a so-called certificate authority that lets websites implement encrypted connections at no cost.Let's Encrypt uses software called Boulder to make sure that it's allowed to issue a certificate to a site.

The Python Programming Language Is More Popular Than Ever

The Python Programming Language Is More Popular Than Ever

That milestone is all the more significant given a sometimes rocky transition from the second version of Python, which the language's developers stopped supporting this year, to the third version.

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

One challenge in seeing Wikipedia clearly is that the favored point of comparison for the site is still, in 2020, Encyclopedia Britannica.If you encountered the words Encyclopedia Britannica recently, they were likely in a discussion about Wikipedia.

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

“Fully 56% of LGB users say someone on a dating site or app has sent them a sexually explicit message or image they didn’t ask for, compared with about one-third of straight users,” the survey reports.

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The videogame designers behind celebrated titles like Crypt of the Necrodancer, Hollow Knight, and Super Meat Boy all got their start noodling around with Flash, Fulp says.

Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

“Patreon has definitely been aware of yiff.party since 2015, but that's the only instance of them directly contacting me,” Dozes says.Patreon says it also appealed to the company that hosts Yiff.