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Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine

Did a loved one buy you an Amazon Echo over the holidays? Sorry about that. But now, in addition to well-founded fears about surveillance and security, you’ve got a new problem: ads. Read More >>

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Google’s Reality-Bending Tablet Turned My Supermarket Into an Icy Playground

Imagine you're part of a big supermarket brand. How do you convince customers you're cool? If you're not waiting around for one of your employees to become a viral teen hearthrob, how about thrusting them into a virtual reality world? In the latest example of VR advertising, Google and Target have teamed up to let shoppers explore a winter wonderland as they stride down the aisles. Read More >>

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The Clever Chunks of Code That Steal Millions of Credit Card Numbers

The United States is almost ready to join the rest of the world in the chip-and-pin credit card 'future'. But in the meantime hackers have been stealing all of their numbers left and right. Wired took a deep dive into the software that lets it happen, and the process is both clever and simple. Read More >>

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Oops! Unannounced Sonos Play:1 Speaker Shows Up in a Retail Store

Last month, we learned via FCC filing that Sonos was brewing up the Sonos Play:1, a new, smaller wireless speaker. Sonos still hasn't said anything official about it, but that hasn't stopped it from showing up on Target shelves. Read More >>

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This Is the Most Expensive Penny in the Universe

This is the most expensive penny in the Universe. It's now on Mars, after an exciting £1.5 billion ride. Previously, the most expensive Lincoln penny in history was a 1943 copper-alloy cent that was sold for £1 million in a 1996 auction. That's peanuts compared to the cost of putting this coin up there, however. Read More >>

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Multimillionaire Software Exec Arrested in LEGO-Thieving Bar-Code Scam

Ah, power. You give a person too much and they will abuse it. Such is the case with Thomas Langenbach, a 47-year-old VP at Palo Alto-based software company SAP Labs, who has been arrested for the nerdiest crime in recent memory. His abuse of power: computer-based. Read More >>

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The New F-18 Cockpit Display Looks Like An Awesome Videogame

This is the new LCD display in the cockpit for the new revision F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. It looks like an awesome 90s arcade videogame. One that doesn't allow you to insert a coin to continue when you die. Read More >>