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Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin

A lot of cities balance their budgets using money brought in by cars: gas taxes, vehicle registration fees, traffic tickets, and parking revenue. The problem is, driverless cars don't need these things.

Why Lyft Is Trying to Become the Next Subscription Business

In the eyes of investors, a subscription service is a “golden business model” because it locks in repeat customers over time.

Terry Crews Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions

Terry Crews answers the web's most searched questions about himself.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Why Apple, Google, Microsoft Are Stirring the Software Pot

This week, the Gadget Lab crew talks Frankensoftware—software features that were originally designed for one platform, but now are being ported over to emerging platforms.

Inside the Mad Lab That's Getting Robots to Walk and Jump Like Us

To figure out how to build robots that can walk as well as humans do, these researchers first had to understand the intricacies of how we walk on a mathematical level.

Space Photos of the Week: Mars Attacks Opportunity

Check out the space photos of the week, featuring a nasty Martian dust storm that's blocked out even the faintest light from the sun.

The Key to Triumphing Over Star Wars Trolls

The best way to deal with toxic fans? Don't engage.

A Rare Bird's-Eye View of Hong Kong's Vanishing Rooftop Culture

As this photographer learned, the district of Kowloon is ridiculously crowded, even from up above. "Whenever you are on the rooftop in the open air, you know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of windows potentially looking at you."

Instant Film Cameras From Fujifilm and Lomography Prove It's Hip to Be Square

You don’t have to shake an instant photo, but c'mon–it’s definitely more fun if you do.

Why Are the Velociraptors in 'Jurassic World' So Big?

Just how realistic are the dinosaurs from the ‘Jurassic’ franchise? We asked an expert to weigh in.

Why Ford Is Buying Detroit’s Derelict Central Depot

Ford's purchase of Detroit's Central Station shows the company is invested in revitalizing the city. But it's also a sign that Ford is willing to do what it takes to compete with Silicon Valley tech giants for high-caliber talent.

WHO Calls Gaming Disorder an Illness. Experts Say Not So Fast

This week, the World Health Organization classified "gaming disorder" as a new mental health condition, a decision which raises the question: When does a habit turn into a disorder?

Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done

We live in the age of 24/7 “crushing it,” right? Sleep is for the weak! But science is increasingly finding that there's enormous value in working much less—and relaxing much more.

How This Woman Rides 20,000 Miles a Year on Her Bike

Lael Wilcox puts more miles on her bike (20,000 per year!) than most people do on their cars. Here's how she trains for and rides some of the toughest races on earth.

Google Podcasts Hands On: It's About Time

Google's new Podcasts app feels fairly minimalist, but is a promising start.

What Happens When Computers Can Argue With You?

The most interesting thing in tech today from Nicholas Thompson: IBM has built an AI system that can debate humans. That's impressive! But it could also make relations with your home assistant pretty strange in the future. Learn more here:

How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice

The idea behind Oprah's TV network is inescapable: Black stories are human stories. @nonlinearnotes goes inside the new show 'Love Is___' to explore why OWN is flying high.

Millions of Streaming Devices Are Vulnerable to a Retro Web Attack

One amateur hacker discovered that the smart home gadgets many of us use every day—such as smart speakers and streamers from Google, Roku, and Sonos—were vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 'Everything Is Love' Marks a New Step in the Album's Evolution

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's nine-track joint album is sign that the album as we know it has changed. In this overstuffed music landscape, moderation is optimal.

The Universe Is Not a Simulation, but We Can Now Simulate It

It’s like a Cliffs Notes version of the cosmos.

Kuri The Companion Bot

Meet your new best friend, Kuri the companion robot:

The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome

Microbiome science is a relatively recent revolution in how humans understand and control biology. But the seeds of it started in the 1800s with French chemist Antoine Béchamp.

The Olympic Destroyer Hackers May Have Returned For More

Kaspersky Lab researchers say the group behind the infamous cyberthreat that struck the 2018 Winter Olympic Games has returned, with a new target: organizations that respond to and protect against biological and chemical threats.

Now the Computer Can Argue With You

You may not be ready for machines capable of conversation, but IBM’s demo of Project Debater shows how—in carefully designed scenarios—computers that talk are ready to do much more for us.

Iran’s Telegram Ban Has Impacted All Corners of the Country

Iran's ban of Telegram hasn't just affected personal communications, its impact has been felt in nearly every sector of the country.

Analysis: Zillow Shows Rising Seas Threaten Over 300,000 Homes

A new study shows that sea level rise from climate change is about to get worse. A lot worse.

Ellen Pao on the Perverse Incentives Helping Incels Thrive at Tech Companies

They organize on our company Slack channels, create private discussions to denigrate their coworkers, and defend their beliefs with arguments on diversity of thought and free speech. So if you’re the leader of a company, what do you do?

Apple Deals: Sale on Watch, iPad, Mac, and More Happening Now

We've got deals on gadgets and gizmos aplenty #WIREDDeals

ShareWaste's Compost-Finding App Makes an Internet Community Grow

Want to find somewhere better than your garbage can to dump your food scraps? Well there’s an app for that.

A Merger That Would Have Made Crypto Investing Easier Fails

According to Kingdom Trust's CEO, BitGo's failed attempt to acquire the Kentucky-based financial trust fell through in final negotiations.

This Robot Snake Means No Harm, Really

This snake bot is more likely to save your life than suck it out of you:

Puerto Rico's Observatory Is Still Recovering From Hurricane Maria

The 1,000-foot-wide radio telescope at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory took a beating during Hurricane Maria. Eight months later, Arecibo is just beginning to bounce back.

Timeline Photos

Earth's orbit has a big space junk problem, and with more and more private companies pushing into space exploration, it's going to need a better space-traffic management system.

Timeline Photos

Emails from 2014 reveal that University of Cambridge researchers sounded the alarm on Cambridge Analytica years before the Facebook scandal broke

The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story

When the Breitmans cofounded Tezos, a cryptocurrency platform, they thought they'd be lucky to even have a modest impact. To their surprise, Tezos went on to be the largest ICO to date. But that's when things began to fall apart.

Why Battle Royale Games Like 'Fortnite' Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)

After 'Fortnite'’s much-chronicled rise to cultural ubiquity over the past year, juggernaut franchises like 'Call of Duty' and 'Battlefield' are emulating its success—specifically, the battle royale game mode.

On the New Season of 'Queer Eye,' Learning Goes Both Ways

In the makeovers on ‘Queer Eye,’ the Fab 5 aren't working toward human perfection. But beauty is political, and the show's message is that we all have a right to it—inside and out.

Google and Uber Race to Dominate the Future of Search: Maps

Maps used to be the way you got from point A to point B. Soon, they'll be the way you merge your digital and physical life.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Review: 8.4-inch, 10.8-inch, and M5 Pro

Are you an android-lover looking to add another touchscreen to your life? The Huawei M5 Android tablets are affordable, well-rounded devices—and you've got options.

Can Verizon Build a Strong Brand From the Bones of Yahoo and AOL?

Oath CEO Tim Armstrong says he wants to “build brands people love." But accomplishing that in the digital age is no easy task.

WIRED 26.07 | Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

WIRED 26.07 | Meet Arthur and Kathleen Breitman. They cofounded Tezos, a cryptocurrency platform. At the start, the Breitmans thought they’d be lucky if the fundraiser for their enterprise—called an Initial Coin Offering, or ICO—could garner $20 million. To their surprise, Tezos went on to be the largest ICO to date, bringing in $232 million. But that surprise soon turned to dismay, as the project struggled with rancor, litigation, and even the odd rumor of an international assassination plot. What began as one couple's utopian ambition would quickly turn into one of the crypto world's biggest scandals.

Read our July cover story, 'Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal' here:

📸: Anna Huix

The Pepper v. Apple Supreme Court Case Will Decide If Apple's App Store Is a Monopoly

An antitrust lawsuit against Apple has made its way to the highest court in the land—and the outcome could have important ramifications for consumer protections against monopolistic power.

Four Reasons We Don’t Have Flying Cars—Yet

The flying cars of tomorrow will look nothing like the aircraft of today. Think autonomous, electric, quiet, and affordable.

Trump Hasn't Signed a Space Force Into Being—Yet

President Trump's public order about the establishment of a 'Space Force' was not accompanied by any written directive calling for the creation of a new, space-based branch of the armed forces.

Protect My Head? Soccer Pros Shrug and Carry On

Despite the frequency of head injuries in soccer, it's rare to see pros wearing gear that could potentially prevent a concussion—specifically, reinforced headbands.

Microsoft's Ethical Reckoning Is Here

Yesterday, an Microsoft blog post resurfaced in which the company touted its work with ICE—a relationship that is receiving significant criticism amid outrage over ICE's role in forcibly separating families and detaining children in cages.

Timeline Photos

Photographer Dan Holdsworth captures a world that always feels a bit alien. His landscapes, real or imagined, transform the familiar into something that confounds and overwhelms. Holdsworth took the phtographs he used to create this image at Crater Glacier on Mount Saint Helens in Washington. The crater formed during the eruption of 1980, and froze solid as it filled with snowfall and avalanches that tumbled down its steep walls. “Crater Glacier fascinated me because it is so young that it has a direct correlation in age to that of a human lifespan,” Holdsworth says. “It brings the geological closer to our own experience."

See more of this gorgeous glacier here:

📸: Dan Holdsworth

The Theranos Indictments Expose the Soul of Silicon Valley

Both Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, Theranos's former president, reportedly face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted on multiple counts of fraud.

Inside Keanu Reeves' Custom Motorcycle Shop

What has Keanu Reeves been up to? Well building motorcycles of course:

Star Wars News: No, Kathleen Kennedy Isn't Leaving Lucasfilm

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' had more of an impact amongst conspiracy theorists than anyone else. Want to know more? Check out this week's update on all things Star Wars.