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Tom Simonite / Wired:
Google begins rollout of new Street View cameras, the first in eight years, with higher image quality that can be used to better map physical stores, more   —  STEVE SILVERMAN HELPED build cameras for two NASA rovers that went to Mars.  In the less exotic landscape of a Google parking lot …
Sep 6, 2017, 12:20 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Profile of Aaron Cashatt, who used a known bug discovered by researchers in 2012 and $50 in hardware to compromise hotel room locks and commit 75+ robberies   —  ON A WARM Phoenix night five years ago, Aaron Cashatt walked down the red-carpeted hall of the second floor of a Marriott hotel …
Aug 31, 2017, 6:40 AMIn context
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Microsoft's Lee Holmes on the company's recent efforts to bolster security of the PowerShell framework, which has long been a high-profile target for hackers   —  THE TRICKBOT MALWARE that targets bank customers.  Password harvesters like Mimikatz.  “Fileless malware” attacks.
Aug 26, 2017, 5:20 PMIn context
Miranda Katz / Wired:
Inside Daemo, which aims to become a more equitable Mechanical Turk-like platform, ahead of its public launch, which is expected within weeks   —  When Manish Bhatia began working on Amazon Mechanical Turk as a side gig in 2010, he was surprised to find himself completely fascinated by the work.
Aug 24, 2017, 12:20 AMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Baidu COO Qi Lu on company's and China's AI ambitions, Baidu's DuerOS natural language-based AI platform, why Alexa ecosystem is ahead of rivals in US, more   —  A company can have the best technology in the world.  It can have the strongest talent.  It can have the coolest product ideas.
Aug 12, 2017, 8:40 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers show how malware encoded into physical strands of DNA can be used to infect computers running gene-sequencing software   —  WHEN BIOLOGISTS SYNTHESIZE DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease.
Aug 11, 2017, 11:05 AMIn context
Mark Harris / Wired:
How Palantir made an opaque surveillance network with data from police departments and gov't agencies, locking in clients amid complaints of low transparency   —  When Sergeant Lee DeBrabander marked a case confidential in the Long Beach drug squad's Palantir data analysis system in November 2014 …
Aug 9, 2017, 2:05 PMIn context
Brendan Koerner / Wired:
How a Russian hacking team reverse-engineers slot machine pseudorandom generators, then sends agents to casinos to beat machine's odds, blackmail manufacturers   —  LATE LAST AUTUMN, a Russian mathematician and programmer named Alex decided he'd had enough of running his eight-year-old business.
Aug 7, 2017, 6:35 AMIn context
Tom Simonite / Wired:
A look at Google's Ray Kurzweil-led internal group, Kona, which is responsible for neural net-powered Smart Reply feature in Gmail   —  RAY KURZWEIL HAS invented a few things in his time.  In his teens, he built a computer that composed classical music, which won him an audience with President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Aug 6, 2017, 5:55 PMIn context
Steven Levy / Wired:
How Apple developed new Bluetooth Low Energy Audio tech to stream audio directly from iOS devices to hearing aids and cochlear implants   —  My conversation with Mathias Bahnmueller started as pretty much all my phone interviews do.  “Can you hear me?” he asked, and I replied affirmatively.
Aug 3, 2017, 8:00 AMIn context

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