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Brian Barrett

Senior Editor — WIRED

Senior Writer @WIRED. Former EIC @Gizmodo. I eat more cheese than is probably healthy. brianrbarrett at gmail

WhatsApp’s Privacy Cred Just Took a Big Hit — For the first time since even before Facebook acquired it in a whopping $19 billion acquisition two years ago, WhatsApp has changed its terms of service. This time, you'll want to read them very closely.

Dyson Crams a Heater, Fan, and Air Purifier Into One Device — Stop me if you've heard this one: A fan, a heater, and an air purifier all walk into a bar. No wait, a Dyson. Sorry. Also, there's no punchline. For several years, Dyson has sold a stylish, bladeless fan. For slightly fewer years, it has sold a fan that also heats.

Razer Reinvents Mechanical Keyboards for an iPad World — There's something special about typing on a mechanical keyboard. Each press yields a satisfying clack, a tactile confirmation that your keystroke is done. And with a little bit of trickeration, Razer has brought that same sensation to the iPad Pro. The Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case may have a straightforward name, but its internals are anything but.

Unlimited Data Plans Are Back-With Some Big Catches — Today, Sprint and T-Mobile both announced the return of what had once been a mainstay of the mobile industry: unlimited data plans. That's good! But don't get too excited just yet. While the two plans-T-Mobile One and Sprint Unlimited Freedom-do remove traditional tiered data buckets, there are, well, limits to what you can actually download.

Twitter Says It Suspended 360,000 Suspected Terrorist Accounts in a Year — Twitter is still actively combating terrorism on its platform, and it wants you to know so. In a blog post published today, the social network announced it would double down on combating terrorism on its platform. Really and truly, the company says, it is making progress.

Voting Machines Are a Mess-But the Feds Have a (Kinda) Plan — America's voting machines are a patchwork of systems spread across thousands of districts, with widely varying degrees of accountability. It's a mess. One that the Department of Homeland Security has finally committed to helping clean up.

The Huawei Honor 8 Is Proof You’re Paying too Much For Phones — A giant conglomerate released a new phone this week. It has outrageous specs, nice design, some funky new camera tech, and a bunch of bizarre ideas about software. So far, there are two companies that fit the description-Samsung and Huawei. Here's where the narratives differ: The one we're talking about only costs $400.

Kobo’s Giant E-Reader May Put the Kindle in Its Place — In the annals of great underdogs, a Canadian subsidiary of a Japanese mega-retailer makes for an unlikely entrant. And yet here's Kobo, again, with a new e-reader that could give Kindle owners some serious second thoughts. The new Kobo Aura One is literally big, a 7.8-inch behemoth in a world of standard 6-inch displays.

The Baltimore PD’s Race Bias Extends to High-Tech Spying, Too — This spring, an appeals court ruled that Baltimore police systemically misused "stingray," a powerful surveillance device that spoofs cell sites to track cellphones. Last week, the Department of Justice issued a damning report detailing Baltimore PD's history of racial discrimination. As it turns out, those two issues aren't just related; they're intertwined.

Futurama Nerds, Rejoice! Morbotron Will GIF Any Quote For You — In the beginning, there was Frinkiac, and it was good. Actually, it was pretty great. The Simpsons search engine, which launched in February, matches up your favorite quote with the right still image (or GIF) from the most cromulent animated series of all time. Now? There's a matching Futurama version.
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Aug 25, 2016

@ashleyfeinberg @WilliamTurton @adampash @katiedrumm Can I have one? Or a bot or something? Don't care what it does really. Hi guys.

Aug 17, 2016

Another fun thing about this is that on paper it reads like bad Sorkin or worse Mamet. 

Aug 17, 2016

@blankbaby Fair! And apologies for barging into yer mentions!

Aug 17, 2016

@blankbaby Wired does know that! It's just much, much nicer not to have to use a desktop.

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