Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Truth About Amazon, Food Stamps, and Tax Breaks

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Truth About Amazon, Food Stamps, and Tax Breaks

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Amazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois.Scott Olson/Getty ImagesAmazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois.Scott Olson/Getty ImagesSince the early 2000s, Amazon has quietly received more than $1.5 billion in government subsidies, in exchange for bringing new jobs to cities and states across the country. At the same time, low-wage employees at Amazon’s grueling warehouses have sometimes had…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired What We Now Know About Iran’s Global Propaganda Campaign

Hexbyte Tech News Wired What We Now Know About Iran’s Global Propaganda Campaign

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Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesAli Mohammadi/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesThey set up phony news sites with stories ripped from other sources, backing up their state-sponsored agenda. They stole photos for their social media profiles and made up names to catfish unsuspecting victims. They formed an incestuous web of promotion across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Reddit, and other platforms. They seemed…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired We Need to Talk About ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Hexbyte Tech News Wired We Need to Talk About ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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The film’s opening weekend made it the best-performing comedy since last year’s Girls Trip—but beyond being a big hit, it’s also a big deal.Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. PicturesThe film’s opening weekend made it the best-performing comedy since last year’s Girls Trip—but beyond being a big hit, it’s also a big deal.Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. PicturesA big thing…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Changes Nothing About Rom-Coms, and Everything About Movies

Hexbyte Tech News Wired ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Changes Nothing About Rom-Coms, and Everything About Movies

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Jon H. Chu’s posh extravaganza is a movie of communal heart and necessary firsts.Warner Bros. PicturesJon H. Chu’s posh extravaganza is a movie of communal heart and necessary firsts.Warner Bros. PicturesRachel Chu and Nick Young are like most millennial couples in New York City—at least millennial couples in which one is a brilliant economics professor…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heroes

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heroes

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How many times did you see Avengers: Infinity War? Once, twice, three times, a-maybe? No matter how many viewings it warranted, chances are there’s something you missed—an Easter egg, a character flaw, a long-forgotten scene from a past film. (Did you remember Ayo had a face-off with Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War? We…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired A Tweet About Hacking During Defcon Gets a Google Engineer in Trouble

Hexbyte Tech News Wired A Tweet About Hacking During Defcon Gets a Google Engineer in Trouble

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Matt Linton, a senior software engineer at Google, says he was asked to leave Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas Thursday night after a tweet about hacking was reported to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The police have confirmed that Linton is not considered a threat, but until Friday afternoon the engineer said he…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Questions About ‘PUBG’? Ask PlayerUnknown Himself

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Questions About ‘PUBG’? Ask PlayerUnknown Himself

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds—or PUBG, as fans know it—has fundamentally overhauled the gaming landscape since its release less than a year and a half ago. By popularizing battle-royale gameplay, it gave rise to Fortnite and an entire generation of similar titles, selling more than 50 million copies in the process. Yet, PUBG is also still very much…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Lyft’s Big Bike Share Buy Is About Ruling the Streets

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Lyft’s Big Bike Share Buy Is About Ruling the Streets

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It’s official: The 133-year-old bicycle is the hottest thing in tech. Today, Lyft announced it has acquired North America’s largest bike-share operator, Motivate, for a reported $250 million. The move comes just three months after archrival Uber took over Jump Bicycles, a smaller and flashier dockless electric bike-share company, for $200 million. And thus, the…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The Truth About Terahertz

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The Truth About Terahertz

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Illustration: Chad Hagen Wirelessly transfer huge files in the blink of an eye! Detect bombs, poison gas clouds, and concealed weapons from afar! Peer through walls with T-ray vision! You can do it all with terahertz technology—or so you might believe after perusing popular accounts of the subject. The truth is a bit more nuanced.…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired SpaceX Is About to Launch Its Final Block 4 Falcon

Hexbyte Tech News Wired SpaceX Is About to Launch Its Final Block 4 Falcon

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SpaceX is swiftly moving toward achieving its ultimate goal of rapid reusability: flying a single booster twice within a 24-hour time period. It’s a goal that Elon Musk says SpaceX will achieve later this year—but in order to make good on that promise, the company must first say goodbye to its hardest-working rocket yet. That…