Ros Atkins looks at the consequences of Facebook’s power on events in Myanmar, Washington DC and Australia.
Johnson & Johnson’s shot nears approval, experts look at the full scope of vaccine protection, and international Covax shipments begin. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly … Read More
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times: The use of “+” to name on-demand services was fine when streaming was new but has become a cliché and a minus — An … Read More
The Cairngorms’ landscape has been recreated in Minecraft to help young people understand how to run a national park. The virtual world, in which players can build anything using blocks, … Read More
Eventually, Stadia Games and Entertainment teams got the software and people it needed to gain momentum prototyping Stadia games. The allure of a Google-sized paycheck and an exit ramp from … Read More
Financial Times: Treasury secretary Janet Yellen told G20 ministers that US will drop its “safe harbor” provision for tech companies, allowing a global deal on digital tax — Biden administration … Read More
The initiative is designed to help young people find out how the Cairngorms national park is managed.
Clubhouse did not respond to a request from WIRED for comment by press time about its recent security stumbles. In a statement to the Stanford Internet Observatory researchers, Clubhouse detailed … Read More
Casey Newton / Platformer: Twitter’s Super Follows represent a surge of interest in tools that let individuals create real economic value for themselves on social networks — Will Super Follows … Read More
The video site has agreed to a $92m settlement in a case over how it uses biometrics to track users.
The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of culture, from movies to memes, TV to Twitter. Sometimes, at the end of a long … Read More
The chatbot uses GPT-2 for its baseline conversational abilities. That model is trained on 45 million pages from the web, which teaches it the basic structure and grammar of the … Read More
Jan Stryjak / Counterpoint Research: European smartphone market shrank by 14% YoY in 2020, with Xiaomi up 85% and Huawei down 62%; Apple hit record market share of 30% in … Read More
Genealogy firm admits some might find the controversial technology “uncanny or creepy”.
Because of Covid-19, thousands of people around the world have lost their sense of smell, some of them for months. But like so many other symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, … Read More
Similarly, New York City is considering Int 1894, a law that would introduce mandatory audits of “automated employment decision tools,” defined as “any system whose function is governed by statistical … Read More
Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal: Apple, Google, and Amazon are training their voice assistants to better understand people with speech disorders such as stutter — Voice assistants like Alexa … Read More
Newsbeat hears from young women about their experiences working for multi-level marketing companies.
Closing in on a personal record, I round the final turn to the half marathon finish line. There is silence, and then shrieks of recognition as the spectators see a … Read More
Vignesh Ramachandran / Stanford News: Study finds video chats fatigue humans due to the intense up-close eye contact, constant self-view in real time, reduced mobility, and increased cognitive load — … Read More