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Federal Court Rules You Have the Right to Record the Cops—Even in Secret

The Massachusetts police must stop arresting civilians who dare to film them covertly.

Dec. 10 2018 3:44 PMBird BathWhy do people keep throwing electric scooters into rivers and lakes—and what should companies like Bird and Lime do to stop them?
Dec. 7 2018 4:37 PMIn Two Years, Most New California Homes Will Come With Solar Panels
Dec. 6 2018 10:19 PMWhat the Huawei Executive’s Arrest Could Mean for the U.S.-China Trade WarOne key question it raises: What are the limits of American coercion?
Dec. 5 2018 4:08 PMFuture Tense Newsletter: The Internet Is for Porn
Dec. 5 2018 12:53 PMFandom’s Fate Is Not Tied to Tumblr’sIf Tumblr doesn’t learn from history, it will be headed for the same fate as LiveJournal.
Dec. 4 2018 4:10 PMHackers Accessed Thousands of Emails From House GOP Campaign Committee Before Midterms
Dec. 4 2018 2:02 PMEthics Aren’t Just About RulesThe headline-grabbing CRISPR research could be unethical even if it followed guidelines.
Dec. 3 2018 12:32 PMWhat’s Ransomware Without Cryptocurrency?The Treasury Department is trying something new to stop attacks like those that affected the city of Atlanta, hospitals, and many more.
Nov. 30 2018 11:49 AMDJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather Fined for Cryptocurrency Fraud After Illegally Promoting Scam Coin
Nov. 29 2018 4:43 PMInmates Catfished Hundreds of Military Members in Large-Scale Sextortion Scam
Nov. 27 2018 2:42 PMChina’s Bioethics Struggles Enter the SpotlightIf a researcher’s claim to have used CRISPR to genetically edit babies is true, it will confirm some people’s worst fears about science in China.
Nov. 27 2018 9:01 AMWhat’s Stopping Human Capital From Becoming a Security?A response to Mark Stasenko’s short story “Overvalued.”
Nov. 26 2018 9:13 AMShould This Thing Be Smart? Microwave Edition.Make that Alexa-enabled Amazon microwave edition.
Nov. 21 2018 3:31 PMWhy Has Bitcoin’s Price Fallen So Sharply This Week?
Nov. 21 2018 7:30 AMThe True Cost of Stain-Resistant PantsThe 1951 British comedy The Man in the White Suit anticipated our fears about nanotechnology.
Dec. 10 2018 9:00 AMWhat’s More Volatile, Cryptocurrency or the Lira?In Turkey’s uncertain economic climate, bitcoin is looking awfully good.
Dec. 7 2018 8:00 AMWorkers With Criminal Records Struggle to Find a Place in the Gig EconomyCompanies like Uber and Lyft promise they’re creating opportunities for people shut out of traditional employment, but their opaque background check policies present a barrier for some.
Dec. 6 2018 11:27 AMThis is the Dawning of the Age of … Niobium?Forget the Age of Oil. The minerals powering our high-tech world are the next big thing in geopolitics.
Dec. 5 2018 1:39 PMIs This What Prison Mail Looks Like Now?People incarcerated in Pennsylvania are receiving unrecognizable pictures and missing pages. It could spread elsewhere.
Dec. 4 2018 5:18 PMThings Were Supposed to Be Different in HungaryFour years ago, I thought technology would help bring freedom to Hungary. It didn’t happen.
Dec. 4 2018 2:40 PMDon’t Get Carried Away With CybersecurityA new bill that would jail executives for not stopping some data breaches goes too far.
Dec. 3 2018 7:59 PMTumblr Should Not Ban PornIt should welcome more porn!
Nov. 30 2018 12:34 PMWhat We Know About the Marriott Hack Affecting Up to 500 Million Guests
Nov. 30 2018 8:30 AMIn the (Uncanny) Valley of the DollsRestoring old automata—mechanical ancestors to robots—brings out the supernatural side of tech.
Nov. 28 2018 3:15 PMFuture Tense Newsletter: The Prodigy Market
Nov. 27 2018 9:30 AM“An Epic Nightmare”What came after the Sony breach.
Nov. 27 2018 9:00 AMOvervaluedA new short story about a future in which people can buy and sell shares in one another.
Nov. 23 2018 8:09 AMYour Credit Score Isn’t a Reflection of Your Moral CharacterBut the Department of Homeland Security seems to think it is.
Nov. 21 2018 2:40 PMFuture Tense Newsletter: Privacy’s New Colossus
Nov. 20 2018 10:30 AMAlexa, What Is Probable Cause?An Amazon Echo might have recorded a murder. Is that enough for police to get access to information from it?