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.

FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records

FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records

But the country's high court decided in December that blocking access violated its citizens' rights, and this week it was finally restored.This week Mick Baccio left his post over "differences with campaign leadership over how to manage information security," according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Everything You Need to Know About the CCPA

Everything You Need to Know About the CCPA

But as the mechanisms of the law get finalized, and depending on how it’s enforced, its impact could go a long way to determining whether the 2020s become the decade when the US started taking privacy seriously.

The Dazzling Designs of Alpine Ice Formations

The Dazzling Designs of Alpine Ice Formations

“The structures in the ice fascinated me and the patterns changed all the time,” Hegen says.But Matti Leppäranta, who teaches geophysics at the University of Helsinki, says the gray and white areas result from air bubbles in the ice and “very shallow snow dunes” atop of it.

This Cave Contains the Oldest Story Ever Recorded

This Cave Contains the Oldest Story Ever Recorded

Across a 4.5 meter (14.8 foot) section of rock wall, 3 meters (9.8 feet) above the floor of a hard-to-reach upper chamber of a site called Liang Bulu'Sipong 4, wild pigs and dwarf buffalo called anoa face off against a group of strangely tiny hunters in monochrome dark red.

ISIS Is Now Harder to Track Online—but That's Good News

ISIS Is Now Harder to Track Online—but That's Good News

Though you can still find many lingering rooms on Riot, the ISIS network as a whole looked elsewhere for a new home and quickly found one in TamTam, a messenger platform similar to Telegram (including a required phone number upon registering).

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Right-click on the site's tab at the top of Chrome, then choose Mute Site .You can right-click inside any text box in Chrome on Windows or macOS, then choose Emoji & Symbols to quickly access a gallery of icons and pictures.

The Guy Behind Bloomberg2020.org: ‘We Know How to Do Logos’

The Guy Behind Bloomberg2020.org: ‘We Know How to Do Logos’

As former New York City mayor and current billionaire Michael Bloomberg prepped a $30 million television ad buy to herald his official entrance into the presidential race, his spokesperson was fending off tweets about fake campaign signage making the rounds once again.

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

The site, which opened in November after three years of construction, is meant to adapt to emerging security threats, and imparts the lessons of recent traumas like the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

The company launched an initiative over the summer called “compassionate search ,” which aimed to help Pinterest users combat stress and anxiety by channeling negative emotions into exercises like guided breathing or journaling.

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Cernan/JSCThe Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon in 1971, and this photo taken by a crew member shows a rock about the size of a basketball—but small enough to take back to Earth.

How a Bitcoin Trail Led to a Massive Dark Web Child-Porn Site Takedown

How a Bitcoin Trail Led to a Massive Dark Web Child-Porn Site Takedown

To "follow the money," as officials put it in Wednesday's press conference, law enforcement agents sent fairly small amounts of bitcoin—roughly equivalent at the time to $125 to $290—to the bitcoin wallets Welcome to Video listed for payments.

An App to Help Jet Lag, the World’s Oldest Tupperware, and More News

An App to Help Jet Lag, the World’s Oldest Tupperware, and More News

Jet lag could be a thing of the past, Neanderthals may have been smarter than we thought, and the feds took down a massive child-porn site on the dark web.

A Password-Exposing Bug Was Purged From LastPass

A Password-Exposing Bug Was Purged From LastPass

Developers of the LastPass password manager have patched a vulnerability that made it possible for websites to steal credentials for the last account the user logged into using the Chrome or Opera extension.

The Final Trailer for Joker Is Beyond Bleak

The Final Trailer for Joker Is Beyond Bleak

But, we have good tidings for folks who are excited for Joker and those looking for increased diversity in Rotten Tomatoes scores.Looks like Rotten Tomatoes finally got the message.Leslie Jones Is Leaving Saturday Night Live.

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.

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

Last year, he decided to develop his own platform, JustFor. Fans, which includes features like a store where creators can hawk merchandise, personalized phone numbers to text with followers, and the ability to sell videos (which OnlyFans now offers too).

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.

How Apple Pay Buttons Can Make Websites Less Safe

How Apple Pay Buttons Can Make Websites Less Safe

Maddux has since noticed that Apple has revised its documentation for adding an Apple Pay button to make it less likely that sites will integrate it in this potentially vulnerable way.

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

A crashed lunar lander left dehydrated water bears stuck on the moon, Cloudflare has ditched 8chan following this weekend's shootings, and electric cars enter the used car market.After a lunar lander crashed into the moon on April 11, thousands of dehydrated water bears were left on the moon's surface .