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Listen to narrated versions of WIRED’s biggest stories in the morning, and get an update on the day’s most interesting story from Editor in Chief Nick Thompson in the afternoon.


Covid surges in the midwest, jails spread disease to surrounding communities, and a sleepaway camp leaves more than 250 people infected- Tech in Two
Aug 5 • 2 min
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The UK rolls out new rapid coronavirus tests, the CDC predicts 11,000 deaths per week, and WIRED shares some tips for staying in touch with loved ones- Tech in Two
Aug 4 • 1 min
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President Trump Takes Action Against TikTok—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Aug 3 • 3 min
Bloomberg reports that the president is going to force the divestment of TikTok. I do not like this decision! Nor do I think it’s justified.
Hong Kong delays elections, the US spends billions on a vaccine deal, and experts look at the impacts of air-conditioning- Tech in Two
Aug 3 • 2 min
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America’s Covid-19 Data Problem—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 31 • 3 min
Two weeks ago, HHS stripped the CDC of control of national Covid-19 data. It’s the latest in the string of problems with how the country is collecting health data that experts are calling it an “information catastrophe.”
Herman Cain loses his battle with Covid, Dr. Fauci promotes eye protection, and two states hit record highs for deaths- Tech in Two
Jul 31 • 2 min
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How Big Is Too Big?—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 30 • 4 min
The big anti-trust hearings were today! A lot happened. But my ultimate conclusions: 1) These companies are too big. They distort markets and are predatory in different ways. 2) The US government, as currently comprised, would totally make a hash of it if…
The EU prepares for a possible second wave, social media giants take down a fake video, and four vaccine candidates pull away from the pack- Tech in Two
Jul 29 • 2 min
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Tomorrow’s Antitrust Hearings—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 28 • 4 min
Listen to narrated versions of WIRED’s biggest stories in the morning, and get an update on the day’s most interesting story from Editor in Chief Nick Thompson in the afternoon.
Moderna’s vaccine candidate heads into final trials, studies show Covid’s effect on the heart, and reopened countries provide guidance on schools- Tech in Two
Jul 28 • 1 min
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Google Employees Will WFH Until Summer 2021—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 27 • 2 min
Google has told all their employees they can work from home until the summer of 2021. This is a good way to reduce uncertainty for staff—and it’s also an indicator that people with a lot of data believe we’re in this for the long haul.
Experts urge the US to shut down, new guidelines push for reopening schools, and rehab centers face an uncertain future- Tech in Two
Jul 27 • 2 min
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Wisconsin experiments with a new test, a study reveals how to get people to wear masks, and an expert says you shouldn’t bank on a vaccine- Tech in Two
Jul 24 • 2 min
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Engagement v. Reach v. Clicks on Facebook—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 23 • 4 min
A fight has broken out over whether Facebook’s news feed is spreading hyper partisan news content. If you look at he metric of engagement, it does! If you look at reach, that’s less so. So what’s the right thing to measure?
The US records over 1,000 deaths in a day, Fauci warns Covid may never be eradicated, and Pfizer gets a giant vaccine contract- Tech in Two
Jul 23 • 1 min
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A Self-Driving Car Bound for Mars—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 22 • 3 min
We’re sending another rover up to Mars soon. It’s an immensely complicated engineering challenge: from protecting the processors from radiation to making a self-driving system that doesn’t depend on lidar. Here’s how it works.
The US charges alleged hackers, the EU delivers a novel stimulus package, and an expert calls for more transparency on vaccine side effects- Tech in Two
Jul 22 • 2 min
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Scalefactor’s AI Had People Behind It—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 21 • 2 min
Scalefactor crashes and burns after raising $100m. It turns out they didn’t have a brilliant AI system for optimizing your back office needs. They had just hired a lot of human accountants to imitate being an AI.
A vaccine trial gives hope, Florida continues to break records, and Trump’s briefings return- Tech in Two
Jul 21 • 1 min
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Will Trump Ban TikTok?—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 20 • 3 min
Will Trump van TikTok? I hope not! And when you look on national security grounds alone, it’s hard to make the case that he should. But if you think about crass political calculations, maybe he will. After all: 1) being tough on China is the rare issue…
Introducing: Get WIRED
Jul 20 • 4 min
Get WIRED is a new podcast about how the future is realized. Each week, we burrow down new rabbit holes to investigate the ways technology is changing our lives—from culture to business, science to design. Through hard-hitting reporting, intimate…
Twitter’s Massive Hack—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 17 • 4 min
A terrible hack at Twitter exposes security weaknesses at that company. And it also reminds of one of the fundamental issue for tech: most platforms were built idealistically, with the assumption that most humans are good most of the time. And that’s…
Russia goes after vaccine research, CDC data disappears, and experts spot possible cases of reinfection- Tech in 2
Jul 17 • 2 min
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America’s Farming Gets A Software Update—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 16 • 3 min
How well can modern technology and AI improve America’s farming? I dug into a new partnership between Microsoft and Land O’Lakes to try to find out.
The White House bypasses the CDC, Walmart requires masks, and llamas join the fight against Covid-19- Tech in Two
Jul 16 • 1 min
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Rocky Times for Tesla—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 15 • 4 min
What on earth is going on with Tesla? The stock skyrocketed, and then plummeted. And it still ended the day worth more than Toyota, Ford, and GM combined. This is partly because they make great cars, with great batteries, and could have a dominant…
Florida is breaking records, states are spiking faster, and mounting evidence points to the importance of masks- Tech in Two
Jul 15 • 2 min
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The International Baccalaureate’s Mysterious Algorithm—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 14 • 2 min
A story of algorithmic insanity. In lieu of in-person testing, the International Baccalaureate program used an opaque formula to determine students’ scores. Among other factors it depended on past results from students at the same school. This is not the…
New case records, a step backward for Hong Kong, and a growing lawsuit- Tech in Two
Jul 14 • 1 min
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A New Way to Unsubscribe from Spam and Get Paid—Most Interesting Thing in Tech
Jul 13 • 2 min
A new, very clever app, tries to unsubscribe you from spammy email while also getting you paid via class action lawsuits. And unlike other similar services, it isn’t based on privacy invasion.