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Tom Simonite / Wired:
Amazon says it is experimenting with giving Alexa a rudimentary form of emotional awareness, such as listening for the sound of frustration in a person's voice   —  (Whispers) Amazon Alexa will soon notice if you talk to it sotto voce—and whisper its response back to you.
Sep 20, 2018, 7:10 PMIn context
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Court filing: US government seeks to continue FBI work with Mirai botnet hackers, who pled guilty to creating the malware last Dec., as part of their sentencing   —  THE THREE COLLEGE-AGE defendants behind the the Mirai botnet—an online tool that wreaked destruction across the internet …
Sep 18, 2018, 9:20 PMIn context
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Facebook expands its bug bounty program to include third-party apps and services that involve improper exposure of Facebook user access tokens   —  FACEBOOK WAS A relatively early proponent of so-called bug bounties, paying out more than $6 million to security researchers who have spotted vulnerabilities …
Sep 17, 2018, 12:25 PMIn context
Steven Levy / Wired:
Current and former Apple execs including Eddy Cue, Tony Fadell, Greg Joswiak, and John Sculley recount anecdotes from their time at the Infinite Loop campus   —  Apple's old HQ holds stories of pizza ovens, iPhone secrets, baseball bats, and what happened to Steve Jobs' office.
Sep 17, 2018, 7:00 AMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
WeWork acquires Teem, an office space scheduling and workplace analytics platform, to add to Powered by We product suite; sources: WeWork paid $100M for Teem   —  FOR AS LONG as WeWork has been selling memberships to its coworking spaces, investors and analysts have quibbled about whether it's …
Sep 17, 2018, 1:05 AMIn context
Brian Barrett / Wired:
How The Weather Channel and The Future Group used the Unreal Engine to create a stunning depiction of Hurricane Florence's storm surge   —  AT A CERTAIN point, you think you have a good grasp of what to expect from weather graphics.  A color-coded map, a five-day forecast with a sassy cloud.
Sep 14, 2018, 4:35 AMIn context
Susan Crawford / Wired:
Some US MVNOs are defending the Sprint/T-Mobile merger even though it reduces their leverage in negotiating deals because they can't risk alienating T-Mobile   —  Last month, Reuters reported that T-Mobile was asking the small operators that resell T-Mobile's excess network capacity …
Sep 11, 2018, 11:25 PMIn context
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
RiskIQ report on British Airways data breach links it to Magecart group, active since 2015, which used tactics similar to their recent Ticketmaster breach   —  ON FRIDAY, BRITISH Airways disclosed a data breach impacting customer information from roughly 380,000 booking transactions made between August 21 and September 5 of this year.
Sep 11, 2018, 12:45 PMIn context
Gregory Barber / Wired:
Researchers think we may be on the verge of breakthroughs in AI's comprehension of language similar to the AI image recognition breakthroughs of 2012   —  IN 2012, ARTIFICIAL intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers' ability to recognize images by feeding …
Sep 8, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
A look at the wave of tech startups that claim they can increase the amount collected on debts while helping consumers by using tech to personalize the process   —  Consumer debt, credit card debt, and personal loan debt are at all-time highs.  Meanwhile, investors who purchase debt for cents …
Sep 5, 2018, 2:40 PMIn context

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