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ted 2018: netflix sees itself as the anti-apple

streaming service netflix is famous for its unique culture. the most well-known example is the company’s no-vacation policy, which allows employees to take off as many days as they choose, whenever they choose. that policy is just a symbol of a broader attitude in the company, according to ceo reed hastings.“there’s a whole lot of that freedom,” hastings said on stage saturday, at the ted conference in vancouver. he purposely built netflix to have a culture of open information sharing after his first company, pure software, struggled because it was too obsessed with creating processes to prevent mistakes from happening. “we were trying to dummy-proof the system, and eventually only dummies wanted to work there,” he said. workers...




inside nokia’s 3310 and 8110 feature phone nostalgia trip

let’s all agree that this has not been a year of feel-good stories in tech. whether it’s facebook privacy or youtube algorithms, the headlines out of silicon valley have been a dismal parade of lapses and letdowns. so let’s take a moment to appreciate the one thread development everyone can get behind: nokia’s perfect throwback party.you may not know the nokia 3310 or 8110 by name, but you’d recognize them in a heartbeat. they’re two of the phones that made nokia the dominant cell phone seller of the oughts, the candy bar and banana form factors that defined the pre-iphone era.over the last year, as you’ve likely seen, a company called hmd global has resurrected both, upgrading and updating them just-so for a world that still n...




how russian facebook ads divided and targeted us voters before the 2016 election

when young mie kim began studying political ads on facebook in august of 2016—while hillary clinton was still leading the polls— few people had ever heard of the russian propaganda group, internet research agency. not even facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform's users to influence the election. for kim, a professor of journalism at the university of wisconsin-madison, the goal was to document the way the usual dark money groups target divisive election ads online, the kind that would be more strictly regulated if they appeared on tv. she never knew then she was walking into a crime scene.over the last year and a half, mounting revelations about russian trolls' influence campaign on facebook have dramat...




these celebrity portraits are fake. sort of

about a year ago, toronto residents began noticing a series of six-foot-high celebrity portraits on the sides of convenience stores around the city. there was a shirtless justin bieber with a gold chain around his neck, hair immaculately coiffed; mike tyson with his famous face tattoo; zach galifianakis in a t-shirt with a messenger bag slung casually around his shoulder. they were fascinated.selfies taken in front of these portraits started popping up on instagram and twitter, prompting widespread speculation about the origin of the mysterious images. "there were all these people wondering, what the hell are these things?” says peter andrew lusztyk, the canadian photographer who created the images and posted them all over town to creat...




meet the illustrator behind wired’s new staff portraits

today wired unveiled more than 100 new illustrations of our staff. created by new york–based artist simone noronha, the black-and-white profile portraits capture each person who works here. browse all of them on wired’s redesigned staff page, and expect them to crop up in other places, too, such as on wired reporters’ social media accounts. (sharp-eyed readers may have already noticed that wired’s editor in chief, nicholas thompson, has been using noronha’s portrait of him on twitter. the writers for our ideas vertical also got their drawings early.)wired design director ivylise simones and i worked closely with noronha to refine the portraits, and wired photographer beth holzer shot reference photos of nearly every staff member.i ...




uber makes peace with a data-sharing deal for cities

the truce between two old foes—city governments and secretive private companies like uber—began at the curb.if you think the curb seems an unlikely appomattox, you haven’t been pay attention. today, the curb represents the most contested space in the urban world. cyclists pedal through bike lanes, cars battle for parking spots. taxis, ubers, and lyfts pick up and drop off riders. delivery trucks unload amazon prime boxes and buses pull in and out of stops. people on foot scuttle through it all, trying not to get hit.the people running cities believe there should be a place for all these things. maybe a few designated uber pick-up and drop off zones, or spaces reserved for trucks making deliveries. the companies want curb space, too, so...




softbank's futuristic vision fund takes on the real (estate) world

in the last two months michael marks has turned down a dozen offers to make keynote speeches at conferences. his company, construction startup katerra, is three years old, but the attention surge is very recent. “construction technology has gotten kinda buzzy,” he says.that may be. but more likely, interest in katerra has spiked because in january, the company landed an astounding $867 million in venture funding led by the softbank vision fund. a deal of that size, led by the venture industry’s most talked-about fund, will put a company on the map overnight. marks had been planning to raise around $500 million, but in a pattern that’s become familiar, once softbank got involved, everything got bigger.the softbank vision fund—a sour...




watch spacex loft nasa’s new planet-hunting mission into orbit

nasa’s newest galactic scout is ready for duty. the transiting exoplanet survey satellite (dubbed tess for short) is set to embark on a two-year mission to scour our cosmic neighborhood for potentially habitable worlds. but first, it’ll need a boost from spacex.exhaust plumes billowed around pad 40 at cape canaveral last wednesday as spacex successfully test-fired its falcon 9 rocket. today, if all goes as planned, it will roar to life at 6:32 pm edt, lofting the refrigerator-sized tess spacecraft into orbit.the falcon 9 used for this flight will sport a brand new first stage booster—the final block 4 version before the upgraded block 5 version rolls out next month, which will sport upgraded engines and enhancements that will ease reus...




how to be an amateur cinematographer—250 miles above the earth

of all the ways for someone to describe their job, when that job entails orbiting more earth than 200 miles above the surface, “i’m just an astronaut” might be the most banal. but that’s exactly how paolo nespoli describes his role working with darren aronofsky on the documentary series one strange rock.nespoli is being humble, of course. his expertise as an engineer with the european space agency puts his occupational comfort zone well beyond most people’s potential. however, he would have to step out of it in order to help aronofsky capture scenes aboard the international space station—some of which are included in this 360-degree video.indeed, after receiving a crash course in cinematography from the famed director, nespoli—...




how russian facebook ads divided and targeted us voters before the 2016 election

when young mie kim began studying political ads on facebook in august of 2016—while hillary clinton was still leading the polls— few people had ever heard of the russian propaganda group, internet research agency. not even facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform's users to influence the election. for kim, a professor of journalism at the university of wisconsin-madison, the goal was to document the way the usual dark money groups target divisive election ads online, the kind that would be more strictly regulated if they appeared on tv. she never knew then she was walking into a crime scene.over the last year and a half, mounting revelations about russian trolls' influence campaign on facebook have dramat...




'rampage': 14 unanswered questions about the rock’s new movie

did you guys see? the rock has a new movie out. it’s called rampage. it’s based on an mid-’80s arcade game—though you’d never know that—and, like most dwayne johnson movies, it involves the rock wearing an impossibly tight t-shirt over his muscle-wall frame. things blow up; the ones that don't get smashed to pieces. tactical gear figures prominently in it.related storiesthe short version of the plot: an evil corporation called energyne, in order to avoid pesky regulations that would otherwise prevent them from doing their evil energyne-y business, is doing gene-editing experiments in space aboard an orbiting space station. when a heavily modified rat goes berserk (i think), the space station blows up. one scientist escapes with ...




trump’s attack on amazon actually has its precedents

as public attitudes towards silicon valley and big tech continue their rapid pivot from admiration to vilification, the current occupant of the white house has sought to lead the chorus. several weeks ago, he launched a tweet-driven crusade against amazon and ceo jeff bezos, accusing the company of ripping off the us postal service and harming americans by not collecting more sales tax. his thursday order for a review of the post office’s finances is a clear attempt to undermine one of its largest customers, amazon.wired opinionaboutzachary karabell is a wired contributor. karabell is the head of global strategies envestnet and the president of river twice research.the president’s aggressive—and factually debatable—attacks have trigg...




ted 2018: netflix sees itself as the anti-apple

streaming service netflix is famous for its unique culture. the most well-known example is the company’s no-vacation policy, which allows employees to take off as many days as they choose, whenever they choose. that policy is just a symbol of a broader attitude in the company, according to ceo reed hastings.“there’s a whole lot of that freedom,” hastings said on stage saturday, at the ted conference in vancouver. he purposely built netflix to have a culture of open information sharing after his first company, pure software, struggled because it was too obsessed with creating processes to prevent mistakes from happening. “we were trying to dummy-proof the system, and eventually only dummies wanted to work there,” he said. workers...




exploring the mirror link between two geometric worlds

twenty-seven years ago, a group of physicists made an accidental discovery that flipped mathematics on its head. the physicists were trying to work out the details of string theory when they observed a strange correspondence: numbers emerging from one kind of geometric world matched exactly with very different kinds of numbers from a very different kind of geometric world.quanta magazineaboutoriginal story reprinted with permission from quanta magazine, an editorially independent publication of the simons foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.to physicists, the correspondence was interesting. to mathematicians, it w...




inside nokia’s 3310 and 8110 feature phone nostalgia trip

let’s all agree that this has not been a year of feel-good stories in tech. whether it’s facebook privacy or youtube algorithms, the headlines out of silicon valley have been a dismal parade of lapses and letdowns. so let’s take a moment to appreciate the one thread development everyone can get behind: nokia’s perfect throwback party.you may not know the nokia 3310 or 8110 by name, but you’d recognize them in a heartbeat. they’re two of the phones that made nokia the dominant cell phone seller of the oughts, the candy bar and banana form factors that defined the pre-iphone era.over the last year, as you’ve likely seen, a company called hmd global has resurrected both, upgrading and updating them just-so for a world that still n...




paul ryan's eventual exit from congress tops this week's internet news

businessfacebook ceo mark zuckerberg appears before the senate committee on the judiciary and senate committee on...




at march for science, federal researchers weather trump storm

attendance at this weekend’s march for science is expected to be lower than last year's, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country to protest the trump administration and its science policies. many anti-trump protesters say their attention is now focused on other forms of action, such as filing lawsuits to overturn new rules, or recruiting scientists to run for office in local, state, and congressional offices.“part of what we wanted to see from the march last year was to take the anger and energy and excitement and put it to work in their local communities,” says shaughnessy naughton, director of 314 action, a group that takes its name from the first three numerals of pi and is dedicated to recruiting...




diamond and silk expose facebook's burden of moderation

of all the absurdities of mark zuckerberg’s more than ten hours of congressional testimony this week, one moment of theater stands out.“i'd like to show you, right now, a little picture here,” missouri republican billy long said to the facebook ceo. a staffer placed a large photo of two women behind his head. “you recognize these folks?”“i do,” zuckerberg said. “i—i believe—is that diamond and silk?”it was. lynette "diamond" hardaway and rochelle "silk" richardson are biological sisters and black conservative internet personalities who became famous before the 2016 presidential election for being vocal supporters—and paid consultants—of trump's campaign. they boast a particularly strong following on facebook, whe...




smartphone apps know too much. we need to fix permissions

thanks to facebook, app permissions have popped back into the public’s consciousness again. last month it was discovered that facebook had stored the phone logs of android users who opted sharing their contacts in the days before android 4.1 jelly bean. then this week, during mark zuckerberg’s congressional testimony, two representatives asked whether facebook might be listening to private conversations through our phone microphones and using the info to serve up eerily specific ads.zuckerberg responded definitively to the questions about the microphone conspiracy theory—“no”—then felt the need to add that facebook does have access to audio when people record video on their devices for facebook. “i think that is pretty clear. b...




space photos of the week: morning light hits the southern lights

fasten your five-point harnesses because today we’re going on a trip. we’ll start at our home planet (ok, just above it), where astronauts aboard the international space station have captured some unusual photographs. as they swoop overheard at almost 18,000 miles per hour, they normally keep busy doing science experiments and research. but they do get to witness a sunrise and sunset every hour and a half and when those intersect with special events like auroras over the north and south poles, they’re ready with their cameras.next we’re zipping to mars to check out a crater that could have one of two origin stories. mars used to have a lot of volcanic activity and evidence of these times remain...