Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

In August, presidential candidate and senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) proposed spending $85 billion to expand high-speed internet access in rural America and other underserved communities. Senator and rival presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) thinks that’s not enough. Friday, he offered his own $150 billion broadband plan that goes far beyond connecting rural communities to the…

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The Woman Who Souped Up Baby Yoda’s Popularity

Baby Yoda, the Star Wars universe’s littlest, most precious Force user and The Mandalorian’s breakout star, seems to have won more of the internet’s heart than any creature since cats. Each episode of The Mandalorian ushers in a new, squeefully sweet Baby Yoda meme, but it’s done nothing to dim the youngling’s appeal. Nobody cares…

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Republican Politicians Really Like Their Videogames Too

Happy Friday and welcome to Replay, WIRED’s collection of all the week’s big videogame news. What’s happening this week? The biggest deal, most likely, is that a fake-news-slamming, deep-state-truthing member of Congress pleaded guilty to stealing campaign funds for, among many other things, videogames. Destiny 2 and Snoop Dogg are also making the gaming news…

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How Rocket Wrecks the Ravagers With Physics

I’ve watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 multiple times, but I never noticed this awesome physics scene before. Rocket, the cyborg raccoon, is being chased through a forest at night by Ravagers, and he sets a bunch of traps, including some sort of antigravity mine or repulsor device. When the pursuers approach, he hits…

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What’s an Influencer? The Complete WIRED Guide

Much like trolls or the blockchain, the term influencer is one of those words that ubiquity has rendered meaningless. It is simultaneously an insult and an aspiration, the scourge of small business owners and the future of marketing, and a moniker for kids with middling social followings and megacelebrities alike. It’s how the Pope describes…

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