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Today β€” August 21st 2019Wired

A Potent Cancer Therapy, an Instagram Hoax, and More News

By Alex Baker-Whitcomb
Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

Ford’s Bid for Safer Scooters? Sensors Everywhere

By Aarian Marshall
Partnering with the Virginia Tech, Ford-owned Spin is gathering data from its scooters to see where things get dangerous and how to keep riders safe.

An Old Instagram Hoax Fools a Bunch of Celebrities

By Louise Matsakis
Instagram users like Usher, Martha Stewart, and Rick Perry posted a meme warning about a new rule that doesn't actually exist.

Raspberry Pi 4 Review: A Powerful New Pi

By Scott Gilbertson
You can buy the latest Raspberry Pi as a Desktop PC Kit if you want, making it more useful than ever.

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

By Jim Morrison
Coastal US cities will need massive new infrastructure to protect against climate changeβ€”and someone has to pay the bill.

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

By Alex Davies
The new show pits amateur drivers against a plethora of pitfalls, from a giant seesaw to a "rail slide."

Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US

By Michele Cohen Marill
Carbon ion radiation therapy is being used to blast tumors all over the world. Just not in the country that invented it.

There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram

By Oscar Schwartz
Users quietly buy and sell human skulls, decorated and sold by macabre enthusiasts. Is the underground marketplace just a microcosm of our colonial past?

Accused of Liberal Bias, Facebook Allows Ads With ... Tubes

By Paris Martineau
Facebook will now allow ads depicting β€œmedical tubes connected to the human body,” in response to complaints from anti-abortion groups.

Firefox and Chrome Fight Back Against Kazakhstan's Spying

By Lily Hay Newman
The Central Asian country’s government has repeatedly threatened to monitor its citizens’ internet activities. Google and Mozilla aren’t having it.

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

By Louise Matsakis
"Off-Facebook Activity" will give users more control over their data, but Facebook needs up to 48 hours to aggregate your information into a format it can share with advertisers.

The Dangers of Vaping, a Texas Ransomware Attack, and More News

By Alex Baker-Whitcomb
Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands

By Peter Rubin
While everyone else was yelling about chicken sandwiches, Disney assembled its forces to fire the first shot in the Streaming Wars.

A Huge Ransomware Attack Messes With Texas

By Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica
A coordinated strike against 23 local governments is called the largest such hack from a single source.

Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flowβ€”Even Without Nicotine

By Sara Harrison
Inhaling e-cigarette vapor alone had an immediate, negative impact on the vascular systems of first-time vapers.

Think Video on Your Phone Is Slow? It’s Not Your Imagination

By Klint Finley
A study by Northeastern University researchers found that major wireless carriers sometimes limit video to DVD-quality, even on some β€œunlimited” plans.

Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

By Meredith Fore
Mounting evidence suggests mass shootings could spread like a virus, and the media is a vector. Changing how news outlets report on these tragedies could help.

Finally, a Lightning YubiKey to Kill Password Clutter on Your iPhone

By Lily Hay Newman
First promised back in January, the first YubiKey for iOS will help cut down on painful password clutter starting ... now.

The Cosmic, Psychedelic, Glow-in-the-Dark Art of Alex Aliume

By Duff McDonald
The 25-year-old painter says his works are a message from the cosmos that we need to get our act together.