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Dear Internet: It’s Time to Fix This Mess You Made

Enough is enough. The post Dear Internet: It's Time to Fix This Mess You Made appeared first on WIRED.

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Sam Laird

Hope Solo suspended by U.S. Soccer after Olympics outburst

Almost two weeks after her outburst against Sweden at the Summer Olympics, the other cleat has dropped for American soccer star Hope Solo. 

The United States Soccer Federation announced Wednesday that it has suspended the star goalkeeper from the women's national team for six months. 

Now the question is whether Solo will return to the squad at all.

SEE ALSO: Sore loser? Hope Solo blasts Sweden and ex-USA coach Pia Sundhage after Olympics upset

After Sweden knocked the United States out of...

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Ariel Bogle

Apple wants to add five new inclusive emoji for different professions

Are you a female astronaut or a male judge? Apple has your back.

As spotted by Emojipedia, the company has requested male and female variations of five new professions be added to the next Unicode update — an artist, a firefighter, a pilot, an astronaut and a judge. 

Apple has previously indicated its desire for the additions, but we finally have examples of what the new emoji could look like.

SEE ALSO: Emoji habits laid bare in new real-time graph that charts top 50

In case you're...

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Jerico Mandybur

An open letter to the Prime Minister on the climate crisis, from 154 scientists

Dear The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia,

The following is an open letter signed by 154 Australian atmospheric, marine, environmental, biological and medical scientists, including several leading climatologists, for your and your government’s attention.

SEE ALSO: Physicist explaining climate change to a denier on TV is grim viewing


There is no Planet B

In July 2016, global temperatures soared to the hottest in the 136 years of the instrumental record, 0.1? warmer...

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Trump: I would let some undocumented immigrants stay

Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that he would allow exceptions to let some undocumented immigrants to stay in the US, vowing he wouldn't grant them citizenship but telling Fox News, "there's no amnesty, but we work with them."

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PATRICK HEALY and ALEXANDER BURNS

A Conflicted Donald Trump Tries to Temper His Tone

After months of flailing attempts, Donald J. Trump has begun to recast his message in more structured terms and wrestle with his temptation to go off script.

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Devin Coldewey

‘MegaMIMO 2.0’ wireless routers work together to triple bandwidth and double range

 Wireless interference is one of those things that we tend to not think about, because, well, we can’t see it. But routers are all over the place, sometimes several in a room when you’re in an office, conference, or campus — and make no mistake, it’s an epic battle at the frequencies they share. Some enterprising researchers have found a way to make those routers work… Read More

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Vinod Iyengar

Why AI consolidation will create the worst monopoly in US history

 Forget Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — we need a trust-buster like Teddy Roosevelt, who in 1902 attacked the Northern Securities Company, a railroad holding company led by J.P. Morgan and James J. Hill. Consolidation in any market is expected, but AI is consolidating at such a rapid clip, at such an early stage and by so few companies that there are strong reasons to be concerned. Read More

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Peter Berkes

Hugh Freeze created ‘funeral scene’ as motivational tool

This probably isn’t as strange as you thought it would be.

One of the stranger things heard this week in the college football world was from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, who said during a media session that he created a “funeral scene” as a motivational tool for the team. On first glance, this sounds pretty bizarre. When a coach is looking for some kind of tool to help motivate his team, you don’t expect to see that coach’s hypothetical death as the choice. Freeze’s...

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Mark H Schipper

UCLA Bruins Football Has History To Defy

The Bruins have built a bad reputation as bankable losers, but those failures can be used to make them unbreakably strong

The statement jumped off the page and punched you solidly, which happens whenever you collide with something you recognize immediately as a truth or a lie.

In this case it was a gloomy truth. The article was posted on a site called CollegeFootballNews.com.

"UCLA has the better line, the better talent—other than wide receiver—and the better overall team, but it's...

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Sam Laird

Champions League accidentally flips fans off on Twitter

For soccer fans, Thursday's UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco is a big deal, as it determines the group stage for Europe's top club tournament. 

To celebrate, fans were given the middle finger. 

SEE ALSO: Why it matters if Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed in Rio

Initially at least, the official Champions League Twitter account flipped off its fans while trying to drum up some enthusiasm. The important takeaway here: There's a slight but significant difference between the index-finger...

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Tim Chester

Team GB didn't really think their bag choices through

Flying brings with it all kinds of tribulations, but one of the most tedious has to be the wait for your luggage after hours in the sky.

Those interminable moments feel even worse when you keep picking up someone else's bag thinking it's yours.

SEE ALSO: British Olympians live their best lives on the flight back from Rio

So spare a thought for Team GB this week, who discovered a little late that carrying identical red luggage is a recipe for airport confusion.

Loads of the victorious...

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Marcus Gilmer

Open letter to Facebook asks for 'anti-censorship' policy after Korryn Gaines death

An open letter has been sent to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on behalf of a collection of activists calling for a new "anti-censorship" policy from the social media platform.

The letter comes in the wake of the death of Korryn Gaines, who was killed by police in early August after a five-hour standoff with officers of the Baltimore County Police Department.

SEE ALSO: Facebook suspended woman's account during fatal standoff with police

During the stand-off, Gaines, who was barricaded inside her...

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Trump slams Clinton's celebrity supporters

At a rally in Tampa, Florida, Donald Trump criticized celebrity supporters of Hillary Clinton calling them "celebrities that aren't very hot anymore."

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North Korea missile test earns Kim Jong Un's praise

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un considers Wednesday's test firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile the "greatest success and victory," the country's state-run news agency reported.

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Iranian vessels intercept US destroyer

A US Navy official told CNN four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels conducted a "high-speed intercept" of the USS Nitze in waters near the Strait of Hormuz Tuesday, deeming the incident "unsafe and unprofessional."

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Devin Coldewey

Harvard’s Octobot is the first autonomous machine to be made with all soft robotics

 For years roboticists have been looking into using softer materials for parts rather than the usual metal and plastic — sometimes even building entirely soft robots. But this Octobot from Harvard is the first that not only contains no hard parts but is also entirely autonomous. Read More

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Mark Sandritter

Olympic hero Katie Ledecky thew a ceremonial first pitch while reigning MVP Bryce Harper held all her medals

Fresh off obliterating the field at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Katie Ledecky was in Washington D.C. on Wednesday to throw out the first pitch prior to the Nationals game. Of course she brought her medals with her.

Took @katieledecky awhile to get through the MEDAL detector. #Gold pic.twitter.com/bMmu4MbEv4

— MLB (@MLB) August 24, 2016

The only problem is, when you have that many medals it isn't easy to throw a pitch. Good thing Bryce Harper was around to help.

When you have too many...

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Conor Dowley

US Soccer terminates Hope Solo's contract, suspends her for 6 months

After her comments about the Swedish national team during the Olympics, US Soccer has had enough of Hope Solo.

The United States Soccer Federation suspended women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo on Wednesday, citing "conduct that is counter to the organization's principles," and then took the extra step of terminating her national team contract on top of it.

This comes on the heels of her rants against the Sweden national team following the USWNT's abrupt exit in the 2016 Olympics...

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Chloe Bryan

Please enjoy the dulcet tones of this 'piano' made out of chopsticks

Chopsticks aren't just for eating with anymore.

Tokyo-based composer and inventor Sami Elu has created a "piano" made out of chopsticks, which he uses by plucking piano wires and playing the chopsticks like piano keys. There's also a little drum set, so Elu can operate his own percussion section.

This isn't the first iteration of the chopstick piano, but it's certainly the most complex. Elu has been building different versions of his invention for years — and he plans to keep...

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