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No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn

wired.com — The debate over online anonymity, and all the whistleblowers, trolls, anarchists, journalists and political dissidents it enables, is messy enough. It doesn't need the US government making up bogus statistics about how much that anonymity facilitates child pornography. At the State of the Net conference in Washington on Tuesday, US assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell discussed what...
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn wired.com/2015/01/depart…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @lorenzoFB: The DoJ criticizes technology it doesn't understand, citing stories it doesn't seem to read. wired.com/2015/01/depart…

Jan 28, 2015

The DoJ criticizes technology it doesn't understand, citing stories it doesn't seem to read. wired.com/2015/01/depart…

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Nobody Knows What an iPad Is Good for Anymore

wired.com — In 2010, the year the iPad debuted, Steve Jobs famously compared tablets to PCs using the analogy of cars and trucks. Trucks were essential when we were all farmers, Jobs said, but as we moved to cities and the suburbs surrounding them, nimbler vehicles became more practical.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @shanedingman: Five years after its debut, no one knows what an iPad is good for (or how big phones at its market) wired.com/2015/01/nobody…

Jan 28, 2015

Five years after its debut, no one knows what an iPad is good for (or how big phones at its market) wired.com/2015/01/nobody…

Jan 28, 2015

Yesterday's Apple results + wired.com/2015/01/nobody… = scary times for betting the farm on tablets.

Roman Mars: The Man Who's Building a Podcasting Empire

wired.com — Roman Mars thinks public radio needs a tune-up. His popular design podcast, 99% Invisible , was a start, but Mars' plan for total airwave domination relies on Radiotopia, the podcast collective he founded last year with public media company PRX.
Jan 28, 2015

"all the bullshit of a station or NPR or whatever" In which @romanmars neatly leaves a novel's worth of agony unsaid. wired.com/2015/01/podcas…

Jan 28, 2015

"One podcast listener is worth 10,000 radio listeners" I agree 100% with @romanmars on this. wired.com/2015/01/podcas…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @ericsteuer: I talked to @romanmars for WIRED. I love that he talked about being influenced by record labels like Dischord & Merge http:…

These Are the Hottest New Open Source Projects Right Now

wired.com — Gobs of new open source projects are released every year, but only a few really capture the imaginations of businesses and developers. Open source software management company Black Duck tries to spot these, measuring which projects attract the most contributors, produce the most code, and garner the most attention from the developer world at large.
Jan 28, 2015

New post: These Are the Hottest New Open Source Projects Right Now wrd.cm/1y6lwlc

Here's How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse

wired.com — Manhattan may have gotten the wimpy end of Juno, but the storm chin-checked New England. Boston is buried in snow. Hurricane-force winds buffeted Nantucket. The storm surge may have permanently altered shorelines from New Haven, Connecticut, to Portsmouth, Maine. Storms have always happened in winter, but the excessively violent ones?
Jan 28, 2015

Here's How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse | WIRED wired.com/2015/01/global…

Why All Three Game Consoles Have Now Ditched the TV

wired.com — The vast majority of the buzz coming out of Microsoft's Windows 10 announcement has focused on Project HoloLens, and with good reason. But there was another important announcement in there, one that was key simply for the shift it signifies: You'll be able to stream Xbox One gameplay onto any Windows 10 device.
Jan 28, 2015

Last week, Xbox completed the trifecta: why all three consoles have untethered themselves from the TV. wired.com/2015/01/xbox-s…

Louis CK's Latest Email Is A Fantastic Elegy to Comedy Clubs

wired.com — Hello. So below are my messy thoughts about my new special "Louis CK live at the Comedy Store" available here https://louisck.net/purchase/live-at-the-comedy-store for 5 dollars, all over the world... So this is my sixth hour-long standup special. The truth is, I really love making these. I skipped doing one last year and I missed it.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @punchlinecomedy: Nice Mention For The Club: Louis CK's Latest Email Is a Fantastic Elegy to Comedy Clubs | WIRED wired.com/2015/01/louis-…

Jan 27, 2015

Of course this Louis CK ode to comedy clubs gave me all sorts of life doubt and pangs: wired.com/2015/01/louis-…

Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

I love @TheComedyStore AND I met my husband there! RT Louis CK's latest e-mail is a fantastic elegy to comedy clubs wrd.cm/1CdYdfB

Jan 27, 2015

RT @WIRED: Louis CK's latest e-mail is a fantastic elegy to comedy clubs wrd.cm/1CdYdfB

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How Throwback Flick Seoul Searching Puts a New Spin on Teen Comedies

wired.com — PARK CITY, Utah- Seoul Searching is an '80s movie. Plain and simple. There's a jock, a kind of preppy girl, a misunderstood punk, a tomboy who gets a makeover. (Though it kind of flips the script on that last one.) It's even got binge-drinking and kids who fight with their dads.
Jan 28, 2015

Best thing about 'Seoul Searching'? The use of '80s teen movie tropes. 2nd best? Facebook auditions. wired.com/2015/01/seoul-…

AT&T Ushers In a New Frontier in Advertising With a Snapchat Video Series

wired.com — The ad industry's big day may be just around the corner - that's Super Bowl Sunday, for those who actually tune in for the game and not the commercials - but today, one major advertiser is hard at work on a much less traditional, and potentially revolutionary, form of advertising.

The '90s Startup That Terrified Microsoft and Got Americans to Go Online

wired.com — Nineteen ninety-five was the inaugural year of the 21st century, a clear starting point for contemporary life. It was, proclaimed an exuberant newspaper columnist at the time, "the year the Web started changing lives."
Jan 28, 2015

I'm stuck on the first sentence: "Nineteen ninety-five was the inaugural year of the 21st century" Eh? wired.com/2015/01/90s-st…

Jan 27, 2015

In 1995, I first used Netscape. -- The '90s Startup That Terrified Microsoft and Got Americans to Go Online | WIRED wired.com/2015/01/90s-st…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @SamOltman: I was just a kid then, so it was fascinating to read @wjosephcampbell on how '95 was the yr the internet really began wired.com/2015/01/90s-st…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @WIRED: The '90s startup that terrified Microsoft and got Americans to go online wrd.cm/1D4I8FO from @wjosephcampbell

Jan 27, 2015

"Marc Andreessen, a programmer with an agile mind who talked fast, persuasively, and seemingly nonstop” wrd.cm/1JCiBYI

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WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Star Trek

wired.com — Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, the flagship of a massive franchise that by all rights shouldn't exist. The show's first pilot was rejected, and the series was cancelled after three years-and yet it kept coming back.

Snapchat Is Officially in the News Business With Launch of Discovery

wired.com — Snapchat's long-awaited news tool, Discovery, is finally here, letting media outlets post bite-sized content on the popular messaging app. The company announced the news on Tuesday with a blog post, though rumors of a Snapchat news tool began circulating last year.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @WIRED: With the launch of "Discover," Snapchat gets into the news business wrd.cm/1uxYHFD

Jan 27, 2015

RT @MarcusWohlsen: On the same day Twitter gets into the messaging business, Snapchat gets into the news business wrd.cm/1z6VDEC

Jan 27, 2015

RT @MarcusWohlsen: On the same day Twitter gets into the messaging business, Snapchat gets into the news business wrd.cm/1z6VDEC

Jan 27, 2015

RT @MarcusWohlsen: On the same day Twitter gets into the messaging business, Snapchat gets into the news business wrd.cm/1z6VDEC

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Why the Weather Channel's Hype Has Lost Me for Good

wired.com — When I was a kid, in the 1990s, my mom and I binge-watched The Weather Channel like it was Breaking Bad. We loved the enthusiastic, frumpy meteorologists. Local on the 8's, with its seasonally changing elevator music. The Atlanta-centric perspective on northern climates. Monitoring storms, predicting accumulation, comparing temperatures across the country, the channel was...
Jan 28, 2015

One New Yorker explains why she is way, way over the weather hype wired.com/2015/01/the-we… by Catesby Holmes for @wired Opinion

The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats

wired.com — Some people have non-human neighbors of the usual, inspiring kind: Bald eagles and bears, sea lions and salamanders, the sort of creatures found in nature documentaries intoned by deep-voiced narrators who plead on our planet's behalf. But I live in New York City.
Jan 28, 2015

Featured in story on rat empathy: neuroscientist @Inbal_b, ecologist @urbanevol & the thinking of @MarcBekoff. wired.com/2015/01/recons…

Jan 28, 2015

Reconsider the Rat: The New Science of a Much-Reviled Rodent wired.com/2015/01/recons… http://t.co/ssNAeovsXi

Fantastically Wrong: The Bizarre Mirages That Once Scared the Bejesus Out of Sailors

wired.com — Jesuit priests aren't especially known for their heavy drug use, but it would seem that Father Domenico Giardina was tripping pretty hard on August 14, 1643. Looking out over the sea from Messina, Sicily, Giardina saw "a city all floating in the air, and so measureless and so splendid, so adorned with magnificent buildings, all...
Jan 28, 2015

Fantastically Wrong: The Bizarre Mirages That Once Scared the Bejesus Out of Sailors | WIRED wired.com/2015/01/fantas…

Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Way. Can Skateboarding Legend Rodney Mullen Help It?

wired.com — In a storage room on the top floor of one of the Smithsonian's fortresslike buildings, a legendary athlete is playing with artificial hearts. Forty-eight-year-old Rodney "Mutt" Mullen, who revolutionized skateboarding as a teen, first twists apart the plastic ventricles of a Jarvik-7 that once beat inside the chest of an Arizona man.
Jan 28, 2015

Rodney Mullen is proof that kindness and excellence are not mutually exclusive. wired.com/2015/01/rodney…

Jan 27, 2015

A skate legend teaches Silicon Valley about independence, resilience, and innovation by @brendankoerner: wired.com/2015/01/rodney…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @renduh: Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Way. Can Skateboarding Legend Rodney Mullen Help It? | WIRED wired.com/2015/01/rodney…

Jan 27, 2015

A must-read @Wired tale by @brendankoerner about how Linux hacking saved skateboarder Rodney Mullen's life: wired.com/2015/01/rodney…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @brendankoerner: My latest @WIRED tale is about skateboarding demi-god Rodney Mullen and how Linux hacking saved his life: wired.com/2015/01/rodney…

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SkyMall's Demise Could Save American Airlines $350K a Year on Fuel

wired.com — SkyMall is dead, and that's a bummer, at least for those prone to nostalgia, enamored of garden gnomes, or inept at charging devices before boarding a flight. But the company's bankruptcy could improve airlines' bottom lines, because they'll no longer carry the catalog in every seat-back pocket.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @WIRED: How SkyMall's demise could save airlines hundreds of thousands of dollars a year wrd.cm/1JDfzDw

Jan 27, 2015

SkyMall's Demise Could Save American Airlines $350K a Year on Fuel #it'sallabouttheweight | WIRED wired.com/2015/01/skymal…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @KHCourage: A very joyless $350k… RT @cqchoi: SkyMall's Demise Could Save American Airlines $350K a Year on Fuel wired.com/2015/01/skymal… via @wired

Jan 27, 2015

A very joyless $350k… RT @cqchoi: SkyMall's Demise Could Save American Airlines $350K a Year on Fuel wired.com/2015/01/skymal… via @wired

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Apple Sold a Bonkers Number of iPhones Over the Holidays

wired.com — We knew Apple's iPhone sales were going to be good this quarter. The holiday buying frenzy in November and December always gives Apple's numbers a substantial boost. But nobody expected sales quite as high as Apple achieved in its first fiscal of 2015.
Jan 27, 2015

In the weeks leading up to Dec. 27, Apple was selling iphones at a rate of 34,000 an hour. #iNsane wired.com/2015/01/apple-…

Why We're Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets

wired.com — Think "moon" and you probably envision a desolate, cratered landscape, maybe with an American flag and some old astronaut footprints. Earth's moon is no place for living things. But that isn't necessarily true for every moon. Whirling around Saturn, Enceladus spits out geysers of water from an underground ocean.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

If nobody can find life on exoplanets, maybe it's hiding on the exomoons. wired.com/2015/01/lookin…

Jan 27, 2015

Why We’re Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets wired.com/2015/01/lookin…