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Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated

wired.com — The misery of a measles outbreak at the Happiest Place on Earth is an irony even the most jaded epidemiologist could do without, but the 42 measles cases that originated in Disneyland in December hide within them an even scarier number-scary, that is, unless you understand how vaccines work.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @joemfbrown: Vaccination is not just a personal choice. Great piece by @KatieMPalmer on Mickey Mouse measles wired.com/2015/01/vaccin…

Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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BMW's Hilarious Super Bowl Ad Recalls Life at the Dawn of the Internet

wired.com — On that fateful day in 1994, Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric were seated side by side on the set of The Today Show, attempting to sort out the translation of the "@" symbol. It was between takes, and Gumbel and Couric wondered aloud what in the world that symbol was supposed to mean.
Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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The Tablets That Paved the Way for the iPad

wired.com — 1300 BCE: The Ten Commandments The historical tablets of yore were hewn of rock or precious stone, and were generally rectangular in shape, with sharp corners. Perhaps most notably among these non-electronic slates were the Ten Commandments sent to Moses in the Book of Exodus.

How the iPad Went From Massive to 'Meh' in 5 Short Years

wired.com — Five years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in a keynote where he spent a lot of time sitting on a couch. The audience went wild, but out in the rest of the world, not everyone stood up and cheered.
Jan 27, 2015

Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad five years ago today. It started out massive. Now it’s just ‘meh’ wrd.cm/1BionII

Jan 27, 2015

Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad five years ago today. It started out massive. Now it’s just ‘meh’ wrd.cm/1BionII pic.twitter.com/xD1LFHosRj

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 27, 2015

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

At Sundance, the VR Filmmaking Revolution is Officially Underway

wired.com — PARK CITY, Utah-When she takes off the headset, her eyes are wet. It's the opening of the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier program, and I'm in line to see interactive artist Chris Milk's new virtual reality experience Clouds Over Sidra-but I let Shari Frilot, the event's senior programmer, go ahead of me.
Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

At Sundance, the VR Filmmaking Revolution Is Officially Underway wired.com/2015/01/vr-fil…

Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

The coolest thing I've seen at Sundance so far? Virtual reality filmmaking taking off. wired.com/2015/01/vr-fil…

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Facebook Briefly Shuts Down After Code Leak

wired.com — Facebook, one of the largest websites in the world, voluntarily shut itself down Thursday after the code for several new products was made public before the products were ready for launch, the company confirmed to Wired.com. The immense online social network was forced to turn itself off in order to resolve the problem.

Bring On #snowmageddon2015. Just Don't Take Down My Internet

wired.com — Twenty-four inches of snow are heading down from Canada to lock Boston in a fluffy white straight jacket. The roads will close. The shops will close. The schools already have closed. No one is delivering food, and the shelves at Trader Joe's and Market Basket are nearly empty.

James Patterson's New Book Self-Destructs in 24 Hours

wired.com — The bomb defusing scene is, by now, an old storytelling trope. You know it well-you know the hero who's sweating bullets down his face will clip the correct wire and right before the clock face hits zero the bomb will deactivate and whir to a halt-but nonetheless, it never fails to kick your adrenaline up to 11.
Jan 26, 2015

James Patterson's New Book Self-Destructs in 24 Hours wired.com/2015/01/james-… Impressive. Most books detonate sometime during the first draft

Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield

wired.com — An electromagnetic mystery in northern Iraq changed the course of Jesse Potter's life. A chemical-weapons specialist with the US Army's 10th Mountain Division, Potter was deployed to Kirkuk in late 2007, right as the oil-rich city was experiencing a grievous spike in violence.

The Internet of Anything: A Virtual Assistant for Your Gadgets, From Phones to Refrigerators

wired.com — Shita believes such a contraption could generate about $14,000 in revenue over its lifespan. Most of this would go to the grocer, and in all likelihood, some sort of middle-man would take a cut (think Google or Amazon).
Jan 26, 2015

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No Net, No Problem: How I Learned to Love Hurricane Irene

wired.com — For all the anticipation, Hurricane Irene was a non-event weather-wise here in upstate New York, some 40 miles north of my Wired office in Times Square. But it did usher in the longest power outage I've experienced in quite some time.
Jan 26, 2015

As I wait for Juno to inevitably knock out power, I'm reminded of the bliss that was Hurricane Irene: wrd.cm/1EnMnjL

Uber To Cap Surge Pricing During East Coast Snowstorm

wired.com — A "potentially historic" snow storm just hit the Northeast coast, and it's expected to affect more than 40 million people, dumping up to three feet of snow in places. But it's also a chance for Uber to make nice with the critics.
Jan 27, 2015

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Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone (Updated)

wired.com — EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified. See below for an explanation of the changes made to this story since it initially appeared. Apple's iPhone has wowed most of the globe - but not Japan, where the handset is selling so poorly it's being offered for free.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @gruber: @BenedictEvans A favorite from 2009: “Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone”: wired.com/2009/02/why-th…

Decline By Design: Why Google's Head Fake Should Make You Nervous

wired.com — For the first time in over a decade, Google appears to be showing signs of weakness. In the past year, their stock dropped from all time highs of over $600 down to the high $400's. Search market share is dipping. Desktop search is on the decline. +Plus was a bust.

Having a Hard Time Being a Human? This App Manages Friendships for You

wired.com — Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we can track just about any superficial health metric imaginable: Our steps, our sleep, the number of beers we drink, the number of gym classes we miss because of those beers. Is it just me, or should we be sick of ourselves by now?

Code Literacy Rising: Programming School Acquired For $36M

wired.com — Online IT training company Pluralsight has agreed to acquire web-based programming tutorial outfit Code School for $36 million. And to celebrate, the two companies will offer free access to all the content on both sites for free for 72 hours. It's the latest twist in the growing "code literacy" market.
Jan 26, 2015

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Beautiful, Troubling Photos Show Our Planet as Astronauts See It

wired.com — The Overview Effect is a phenomenon often experienced by astronauts in outer space. Peering down at the earth from far away, people suddenly see our planet as a tiny, fragile oasis in the void. Our world is no longer the biggest thing in our universe, and those who have experienced this say it's easy to feel an overwhelming need to...
Jan 26, 2015

You can only get a true sense of what humans have done to this planet from above wired.com/2015/01/beauti…

Facebook Launches 'Lite' App for Users in the Developing World

wired.com — Facebook has launched an alternate, slimmed down version of its app called Facebook Lite, designed for low-end Android phones used primarily in the developing world. According to a description in the Google Play store, the app uses less data than the main Facebook app does and works with 2G networks and in places with limited internet connectivity.
Jan 26, 2015

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