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Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators

Do not let their names fool you. The silicon places—Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach, Silicon Bayou, Silicon Shire, Silicon Desert, Silicon Holler, Silicon Hill and, separately, Silicon Hills—do not aspire to become “the next Silicon Valley.” Sure, the country’s burgeoning tech enclaves in Utah and Kentucky and Oregon draw inspiration from the …

New Study Shows Bay Area Residents Increasingly Distrust Tech Companies

In conservative circles, the pitchforks have been out for tech since at least the 2016 election season, with far-right media organizations like Breitbart and Project Veritas accusing the industry and its leaders of silencing Republican voices, advocating for open borders, and bankrolling Democratic campaigns. And yet, a new survey suggests that the tech backlash festering …

Ubuntu 17.04: The bittersweet Linux release

It’s been a heck of a month for Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company. The company dropped its smartphone and tablet plans. This, in turn, ended to its plans to make Unity its universal default interface. Instead, Gnome will become Ubuntu’s once and future desktop. Days later, long-time CEO Jane Silber …

Unshackle the Middle Class

This is a guest post by Scott Kupor, managing partner, Andreessen Horowitz. We are holding back the middle class in America. But it’s not for the reasons you think, and the culprits are not those most people think of. Rather, the US government has systematically cut the middle class out of the most important wealth …

Why Bitcoin Matters

A mysterious new technology emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually the result of two decades of intense research and development by nearly anonymous researchers. Political idealists project visions of liberation and revolution onto it; establishment elites heap contempt and scorn on it. On the other hand, technologists – nerds – are transfixed by it. …

How WIRED's March 2018 Cover With Mark Zuckerberg Was Created

The bruised Mark Zuckerberg on this issue’s cover? That’s a photo-illustration created by Jake Rowland, a New York City–based artist known for his composite portraits. For this image, Rowland mashed together an existing image of Zuckerberg with a photograph of a hired model—made up to look battered—whose features resembled that of the Facebook confounder and …

Google Autocomplete Suggestions Are Still Racist, Sexist, and Science-Denying

In December of 2016, Google announced it had fixed a troubling quirk of its autocomplete feature: When users typed in the phrase, “are jews,” Google automatically suggested the question, “are jews evil?” When asked about the issue during a hearing in Washington on Thursday, Google’s vice president of news, Richard Gingras, told members of the …