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This Insane DNC Is the Convention the Internet Made

Marcia Fudge never stood a chance. Though party officials had just named her chair of the Democratic National Convention the day before, the Ohio congressmember looked more like an exasperated public school principal, patience already worn thin mere hours into … Continue reading

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With Yahoo Bid, Verizon Gobbles Up the Past To Avoid an Obsolete Future

To overcome its fear of the future as a big dumb pipe, Verizon continues to look to the past. Last year, it spent $4.4 billion for AOL and its surprisingly advanced ad tech. Today, it’s spending another $4.8 billion on … Continue reading

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The FBI’s Using Lousy Software to Derail FOIA Requests, Suit Claims

The Freedom of Information Act, the federal law that requires the disclosure of information and documents controlled by the US government, is one of the most important measures ensuring the transparency of American democracy. Yet it is flawed. Reporters, academics, … Continue reading

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Email Is Fracturing the Democratic Convention Before It Even Starts

Like a millennial Paul Revere, the girl in the plain white t-shirt and pixie cut strode eagerly through the streets of Philadelphia, alerting her fellow revolutionaries to the news: “She just resigned! She just resigned!” As word spread, the crowd … Continue reading

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Clinton Camp’s Mobile App Borrows from Sanders’ Strategy

The rumor mill is still spinning over how exactly WikiLeaks obtained tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Convention that reveal blatant favoritism of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders within the party. This whodunnit saga will no doubt … Continue reading

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Clinton’s VP Announcement is the Ultimate Text From Hillary

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine wave to the crowd during a campaign event in Annandale, Virginia on July 14, 2016.Alex Wong/Getty Images Hillary Clinton finally announced her vice-presidential running mate today. Senator Tim Kaine isn’t an exciting pick, but he … Continue reading

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Twitter Is Running Out of Time to Get Real About Fighting Abuse

Another week, another eruption of abuse on Twitter. This time, it was Breitbart writer and self-anointed “supervillain of the Internet” Milo Yiannopoulos, whom the company finally banned after he stoked his followers into flooding Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones with hateful and racist messages. … Continue reading

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RNC 2016 Liveblog: Peter Thiel Is Trump’s Main Tech Bro

RNC 2016 Liveblog: Peter Thiel Is Trump’s Main Tech Bro | WIRED 1 / 1 Peter Thiel at the podium of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016.Carolyn Kaster/AP Peter Thiel at the podium of the Republican … Continue reading

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How Poker Theory Explains Ted Cruz’s Convention Speech

Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Politics has always been a particularly brutal form of blood sport. That’s why so many analysts have turned to game theory to explain this year’s otherwise-inexplicable GOP primary. Why are the non-Trump candidates attacking each other, … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Giant Internet-Beaming Drone Finally Takes Flight

As the sun rose over the Sonora Desert in late June, Mark Zuckerberg stood beside a runway not far from the Mexican border. Next to him stood Facebook vice president of engineering Jay Parikh and a few other colleagues, all … Continue reading

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