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Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant

wired.com — American law enforcement has long advocated for universal "kill switches" in cell phones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations--one that means they should be free to search phones without a warrant.
RT @WIRED: Feds beg SCOTUS to let them search phones without a warrant, say "kill switches" pose a threat wrd.cm/1gS0ga6
RT @WIRED: Feds beg SCOTUS to let them search phones without a warrant, say "kill switches" pose a threat wrd.cm/1gS0ga6
RT @CSINowedu: Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant ow.ly/2FY8qw
RT @a_greenberg: Law enforcement simultaneously calls for kill switches in phones, uses them to justify warrantless searches. wired.com/2014/04/smartp…
Law enforcement simultaneously calls for kill switches in phones, uses them to justify warrantless searches. wired.com/2014/04/smartp…
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How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other

wired.com — In about 40 minutes, Cindy Manit will let a complete stranger into her car. An app on her windshield-mounted iPhone will summon her to a corner in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, where a russet-haired woman in an orange raincoat and coffee-colored boots will slip into the front seat of her immaculate 2006 Mazda3 hatchback and ask for a ride to the airport.
How AirBNB and Lyft finally got Americans to trust each other wired.com/2014/04/trust-… Interesting take on the "share economy".
RT @smc90: ...“This is not just an economic breakthrough. It is a cultural one" wrd.cm/1jO9nuC
Worst appeal to authority ever: "No less an authority than New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has declared..." wired.com/2014/04/trust-…
RT @caitlinroper: Would you trust a stranger to drive off in your car? Sleep in your bed? Watch your dog? @jasontanz on the new trust: wrd.cm/1k6d0he

An Eavesdropping Lamp That Livetweets Private Conversations

wired.com — As former NSA director Michael Hayden learned on an Amtrak train last year, anyone with a smartphone instantly can become a livetweeting snoop. Now a whole crowd of amateur eavesdroppers could be as close as the nearest light fixture.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece

wired.com — Released in 1966, Manos: The Hands of Fate is a D-minus of a B movie: Its plot, about desert-dwelling pagans, makes little sense. Its cast could be out-acted by the stars of a day care holiday pageant. And the film is paced with the urgency and focus of a box turtle on lithium.
Love this RT @jaredbkeller: The definitive oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000 wrd.cm/1nmhZOo
The definitive oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000 wrd.cm/1nmhZOo
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece | Magazine | WIRED wired.com/2014/04/mst3k-…
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Here’s the Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams

wired.com — Our technology-first approach has failed the city of the future. So-called "smart cities," powered by technology, carry the promise of responding to the great pressures of our time, such as urban population growth, climate instability, and fiscal uncertainty.

Inside the Algorithms Facebook and Twitter Use to Build the Perfect Feed

wired.com — Jeff Rogers Ever since Twitter and Facebook debuted their feeds in 2006, the model of continually streaming updates has come to define how we consume information. We've grown accustomed to a world in which data flows by us, letting us dip into the stream whenever, wherever, and however we want.
lol one of twitter's earlier conversation templates was called "Face Pile" wired.com/2014/04/perfec…
.@dickc on Twitter: "it’s all moment to moment. Some of it I’ll have time for, and some of it washes down the river" wired.com/2014/04/perfec…
RT @StevenLevy: I break down FB news feed and Twitter time line to show how they're striving towards the Dream Stream. wired.com/2014/04/perfec…
I break down FB news feed and Twitter time line to show how they're striving towards the Dream Stream. wired.com/2014/04/perfec…

The Hackers Who Recovered NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos

wired.com — Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald's. You won't get a burger there, though-its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who've rechristened the place McMoon's.
RT @WIRED: NASA's lost lunar photos were recovered by a group of hackers working out of an old McDonalds wrd.cm/1igEnkp pic.twitter.com/zGWKpzbFtJ

With Amazon Deal, HBO Finally Lets Shows Loose on the Net

wired.com — It's been a long time coming, but HBO has finally inked a deal to let people watch shows like Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos over the internet without an HBO cable TV subscription.
Well now. MT @WIRED: Amazon Prime members now get unlimited streaming access to HBO shows -- even the older ones wrd.cm/1jDg6WV

How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other

wired.com — In about 40 minutes, Cindy Manit will let a complete stranger into her car. An app on her windshield-mounted iPhone will summon her to a corner in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, where a russet-haired woman in an orange raincoat and coffee-colored boots will slip into the front seat of her immaculate 2006 Mazda3 hatchback and ask for a ride to the airport.
Fascinating: "Internet-enabled intimacy" MT @WIRED: How Airbnb and Lyft finally got Americans to trust each other wrd.cm/1jAkh5W
Social media too @WIRED: How Airbnb and Lyft finally got Americans to trust each other wrd.cm/1jAkh5W pic.twitter.com/kwH23IIlhL

Google’s Revamped Gmail Could Take Encryption Mainstream

wired.com — Encryption is the best way to protect your online communications from the prying eyes of the National Security Agency. So says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The rub is that email encryption systems like PGP - short for Pretty Good Privacy - are a real pain for people to use, especially if they're not steeped in the minutiae of computing.
RT @WIRED: Google revamped Gmail could make PGP encryption far easier to use wrd.cm/1f7Y9Ur

Researcher Booted From Harvard Network for Mining Digital Currency

wired.com — Harvard University runs a massive supercomputing cluster called Odyssey. With this vast farm of computer servers, budding academics can simulate the mysterious workings of the human brain or design brand new materials for generating clean energy. But that's not all. They can also use it get rich on digital currency.
Well, if you’re going to use Harvard supercomputers to mine cryptocurrency, it’d better be Dogecoin I guess wired.com/2014/02/harvar…

High Tech | Gadget Lab | WIRED

wired.com — The Stanley's bio-pharma operation is just one example of the ways science and tech are transforming every aspect of the industry-from growing to harvesting to packaging to retailing to consuming-as this black (and gray) market emerges into the sunlight of legitimate commerce. Start with indoor farms, which are massively energy-intensive.
I get the sense @mat had a very good time reporting out this story on pot technology. wired.com/2014/04/high-t…

With Amazon Deal, HBO Finally Lets Shows Loose on the Net

wired.com — It's been a long time coming, but HBO has finally inked a deal to let people watch shows like Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos over the internet without an HBO cable TV subscription.
Attention Sopranos fans: Your favorite HBO series will soon be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video wired.com/2014/04/amazon…

The Cubicle You Call Hell Was Designed to Set You Free

wired.com — In 1964, the iconic furniture design company Herman Miller unveiled an office plan unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Called Action Office, it was the brainchild of Robert Propst, who was among the first designers to argue that office work was mental work and that mental effort was tied to environmental enhancement of one's physical capabilities.
Good intentions... RT @WIRED: That cubicle you call hell was designed to set you free wrd.cm/1lGCrKl pic.twitter.com/18vLRMaDK6
RT @WIRED: The cubicle you call hell was designed to set you free. Happy hump day! wrd.cm/1lF18GP pic.twitter.com/nSzrHUG2f8

Apple’s Second Quarter Sales Numbers Show iPad Fever Is Cooling

wired.com — For the first time, analysts, investors, and the public widely expected Apple to post a drop in iPad sales numbers in its second quarter earnings today. And the numbers didn't lie: The public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to.
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