WIRED Business: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Tech Culture, and More

WIRED Business: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Tech Culture, and More

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August 5, 2022 6 min
Meta has allowed ads that include hate speech and calls for violence ahead of the country’s elections. But experts warn that a shutdown isn’t the answer.
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Companies are racing to cool down their servers as energy prices and temperatures soar. And the worst is yet to come.
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Earnings season was dominated by two companies—both existential threats to their competition.
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To secure the land for its multibillion-dollar Downtown West development, the company has had to track down dozens of distant relatives of 19th-century landowners.
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Workers are calling on management to stop inflicting “traumatic” pressure on other workers trying to unionize.
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Men are more likely to buy electric vehicles, and carmakers are eager to diversify their base. But what will it take to close the gender gap?
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Certain chips have caught up with demand, thanks to stockpiling and reduced consumer spending, but the semiconductor supply chain is still snarled up.
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Post within the two-minute window to share off-the-cuff photos with your friends—and the world.
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Desperate people in the US and beyond are turning to an unregulated, cross-continental supply chain.
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An electric hydrofoil ferry could be the future of public transportation in Stockholm—and beyond.
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The startup used regulatory loopholes and marketing to make nicotine cool. Now the FDA threatens to shut the company down, but new rivals are taking over.
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The company’s warehouses demand a fast pace of workers, and have higher injury rates than at competing firms.
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In a series of incidents, the GM subsidiary lost contact with its autonomous vehicles, leaving them frozen in traffic and trapping human drivers.
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Dubious design and inefficient operations are just some of the reasons why shared scooters’ ecocredentials are thin.
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More services are going online-only—catching more people on the wrong side of a widening gulf.
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Lawmakers in the US and Europe are considering ways to regulate crypto and crack down on money-laundering and other illicit activities.
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Google, Amazon, and others will help permanent staff seek out-of-state care. But their many contractors remain shut out.
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No one will agree on what the metaverse is. But that's not stopping a coalition of big names in tech from designing the tools needed to build it.
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Abortion access groups and activists say they were dealing with algorithmic suppression long before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
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A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can’t do to people, like whether it’s OK to deploy lie detectors at borders.
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