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The Best Laptop/Phone Black Friday 2017 Deals

Black Friday isn’t always the best time to buy a computer or phone. It’s easy to get ripped off by a deal that seems too good to be true (it usually is). To save you a few headaches, and a lot of dollars, we’ve compiled some WIRED picks for the best PCs and mobile device deals going on Black Friday weekend, some of which are already available. All of these deals are purchasable online, not in-store. If you insist on trudging through the cro...
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The Vulnerabilities Equities Process Still Has Issues Even After Added Transparency

Governments rely on flaws in software, hardware, and encryption protocols for espionage and assorted intelligence gathering. And what makes that cyber-sneaking are technical flaws that governments find and keep to themselves. But in the United States, the practice of withholding vulnerabilities such that they can’t be fixed has drawn increasing controversy—especially because of real-world situations where secret government hacking tools hav...
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OnePlus Phones Have an Unfortunate Backdoor Built In

OnePlus smartphones have developed a bit of a cult following, thanks to a combination of design and affordability that few other Android handsets match. But OnePlus has also experienced some notable privacy and security issues, including a recent admission that it was collecting a sketchy amount of user data on its corporate servers. Now, a French security researcher has published evidence that nearly every OnePlus phone model comes pre-loa...
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Self-Driving Trucks Are Now Running Between Texas and California

If you live in Southern California and you’ve ordered one of those fancy new smart refrigerators in the past few weeks, it may have hitched a ride to you on a robotruck. Since early October, autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been hauling Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles along the I-10 freeway, from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, to a distribution center in Palm Springs, California. A human driver rides in the...
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MakeSpace, the ‘Cloud Storage for Physical Stuff’ Startup, Swaps Out Its CEO

MakeSpace, a well-funded startup that emerged from the recent explosion of on-demand services companies, has replaced its CEO, the company confirmed to WIRED. Co-founder Sam Rosen has stepped down and co-founder and COO Rahul Gandhi will become CEO. The company says the departure, which has been in the works for the last month, was “completely amicable” and plans to announce the news Monday morning. MakeSpace was founded in 2013 amid a surg...
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A Gritty Vision of Mexico Through 7 Volcanoes

Each year, photographers around the world snap thousands of photographs of sputtering, fiery volcanoes . They're the stuff of postcards: breathtaking, dramatic, and awash with vibrant color. But they all tend to look the same. Hector Guerrero lives near several volcanoes in Mexico and took pictures like these for years. But eventually, he got bored, traded color for black and white, and turned his lens on the people and landscapes surroundi...
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AT&T Should Dump CNN to Seal Time Warner Deal

The Trump administration probably won't prevent AT&T from buying Time Warner , but it might force the company to sell some key assets. Wednesday, multiple sources reported that the Department of Justice may ask AT&T to sell either DirecTV, which AT&T acquired for $49 billion in 2014, or Turner Broadcasting, the Time Warner division that includes CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, and much of the media conglomerate's sports holdings. If ...
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Do Nike's Zoom Vaporfly 4% Marathon Shoes Actually Make You Run Faster?

To run a fast marathon, you need to be good at two things: not spending energy and spending energy. For the first 20 miles or so, you need to go slower than your body wants. Conserve. Relax. Draft. And then, for the last six miles or so, as your body painfully shuts down—as your quads ache, your carbohydrate stores vanish, and your toenails rip—you need to go faster than your body wants. Endure. Hammer. Sprint. If you feel like you're joggi...
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Virginia's Election on Tuesday Will Test the Power of Silicon Valley's New Activists

On Friday, Ryan Ko finished up his latest consulting project at McKinsey & Company and Ubered to the San Francisco Airport. His destination: the political hotbed of Virginia. This weekend is the final sprint leading up to Tuesday’s gubernatorial election, which is being seen as a crucial test of the nation’s political direction in the Trump era. Ko and a small army of Silicon Valley political activists are helping Old Dominion Democrats...
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What's Next for Sprint and T-Mobile After Collapsed Merger Talks?

The on-again-off-again courtship between Sprint and T-Mobile is off again. The companies announced Saturday that they had halted merger talks because "the companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms." The official word followed media reports earlier in the week. The dispute reportedly revolves around whether Sprint's parent company SoftBank or T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom would own a controlling share in the merged co...
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