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Federal Executions During Covid-19 Put Innocent Lives at Risk

By Emma Grey Ellis
The current wave of executions is increasing the likelihood that lawyers, observers, and correctional staff could be infected.

Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks as US Election Looms

By Lily Hay Newman
The campaigns primarily targeted countries outside the US. But the same mechanisms could be used in “hack and leak” operations like those that roiled the 2016 campaign.

Everything Amazon Just Announced—Like That Crazy Home Drone

By WIRED Staff
The company debuted a gaggle of new stuff, including several round Echos and a cloud gaming service.

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

By Will Knight
A new feature from Amazon allows the intelligent assistant to ask users to clarify requests, such as “Dim the lights.”

How the Pandemic Transformed This Songbird’s Call

By Matt Simon
When the San Francisco Bay Area locked down, urban noise levels plummeted. In response, the white-crowned sparrow changed its tune.

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

By Tom Simonite
A new Facebook project pits humans against algorithms, to expose the systems' weaknesses and help make them better.

How Twitter Survived Its Biggest Hack—and Plans to Stop the Next One

By Nicholas Thompson, Brian Barrett
On July 15, Twitter melted down. On Election Day, that's not an option.

A Trump-Biden Debate Without Climate Change Is Inexcusable

By Gilad Edelman
The West is on fire, the Gulf Coast is under water, and voters want candidates to talk about the environment.

Lawmakers Demand Scrutiny of Racial Bias in Health Algorithms

By Tom Simonite
Four congressmembers say formulas that include race as a factor can hurt Black Americans' access to care.

The 8 Best Projectors (2020): Short Throw, Portable, Low Latency, and More

By Parker Hall
Whether you want a portable presenter or a theater-quality behemoth, our picks will help you upgrade your at-home movie nights.

A Tip From a Kid Helped Uncover a Slew of Scam Apps

By Dan Goodin, Ars Technica
After a girl reported a suspicious TikTok profile, researchers detected aggressive adware in apps that had been downloaded 2.4 million times.

Motorola One 5G Review: It Has Battery for Days

By Julian Chokkattu
Forget plugging in every night. This phone lasts more than 48 hours on a charge.

Can a Genetically Modified Bug Combat a Global Farm Plague?

By Eric Niiler
Biotech company Oxitec has created a caterpillar with self-destructing eggs in an attempt to curb agricultural damage. But will other pests simply move in?

We Need to Talk About Talking About QAnon

By Whitney Phillips
Describing and debunking the phenomenon is not enough. We need to explain why and how it came to be.

WIRED25 Day 2: How to Build a More Resilient World

By Graham Hacia
Guests like Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar, hacker Matt Mitchell, and journalist Maria Ressa talk about shifting power dynamics—and changing who's in control.

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

By Aarian Marshall
Governor Gavin Newsom outlines an ambitious plan for the nation's largest state to rely exclusively on electric-powered passenger cars and trucks.

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk'

By Tom Simonite
On Day 2 of WIRED’s virtual conference, hacker Matt Mitchell cautions that law enforcement routinely trawls social media to surveil protestors.

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

By Sidney Fussell
At the WIRED25 event, the two investors say traditional venture capital misses opportunities because it is a monoculture.

Maria Ressa Says Disinformation Is More Insidious Than We Think

By Gregory Barber
At our virtual conference, the journalist and CEO of Rappler explained how the goal isn't just to spread lies but to blur our sense of true and false.

CEO Sarah Friar Describes How Nextdoor Is Curbing Racism

By Aarian Marshall
The neighborhood-focused social network leans on local human moderators as well as AI, she explained at WIRED's virtual W25 conference.