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Weinstein sentencing: Why even a win in sexual assault cases can still feel like defeat

I never thought I'd see the day when Harvey Weinstein would be sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of sex crimes. Even expert attorneys who were following his trial and the reporters who broke the story on the allegations against the defamed Hollywood producer that helped bring such mainstream attention to the…

The Morning After: Sony has three new smartphones

It also has a headphone jack.Sony's first 5G smartphone is the Xperia 1 IIMWC is canceled, but Sony still wants to tell you all about three new phones it's planning. The Xperia 1 Mark II, its new flagship, might be the most notable, with a 6.5-inch 4K OLED screen, that cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio and…

As Pandemic Strikes, Pop Culture Migrates to Streaming Sites

For more than a year now, much of the discourse around popular culture has focused on one thing: the streaming wars. With the launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+—and amidst the continued production of huge slates of content from behemoths like Netflix and Amazon—streaming services, taken as a whole, became a massive source of cultural…

George R.R. Martin Is Social Distancing in Westeros

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. Once again, this week's column has a lot of updates on how the coronavirus is affecting the entertainment world. Let's get started.George R. R. Martin Is Social Distancing in WesterosDuring times of self-quarantine and isolation, it’s often hard to stay motivated. But…

Twitter’s Fleets Top This Week’s Internet News Roundup

For the first time in a long time, this past week had nearly everyone talking about the same thing: the new coronavirus. SARS-CoV-2 is continuing to spread, infecting some 93,000 people worldwide and killing, as of this writing, more than 3,000. It's also also harming business and destroying travel plans around the world. (Could this…

A ‘Netflix for the 99 Percent’ Enters the Streaming Wars

Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood gets its name from the Gowanus Canal, the notoriously polluted waterway snaking through it. Intensive cleanup efforts began over a decade ago, after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the canal a Superfund site, and real estate developers began sniffing around the area. As the waters changed from extremely gross to just gross,…

TV and Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home—and How to Stream Them

Whether you’re officially quarantined or simply self-isolating, you’re likely stuck at home with a fair amount of time on your hands—and desperate to be entertained. Let’s face it: Working from home means you need to fill the void of the office chatter you’d normally find tedious and distracting. In between your regular video chats with…

Ava DuVernay Is Working On an Adaptation of *Dawn* for Amazon

Hello, and welcome to this Thursday's edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. This time around, we've got news about Amazon, Disney, and Netflix—oh my!Ava DuVernay and Victoria Mahoney Are Working On a Dawn Adaptation for AmazonToday in Dream Collaborations news, Amazon is reportedly working on a TV adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s 1987…

E3 2020 Is Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Greetings all, and welcome to Replay, WIRED's rundown of all of the week's big videogame news. Today, we've got quite a few coronavirus-related updates and one very good recommendation of something you can play while you're at home.E3 2020 Is CanceledNo surprises here: E3 2020 has been canceled due the coronavirus pandemic. The Entertainment Software…

Real-World Lessons From a ‘World of Warcraft’ Virtual Outbreak

When it comes to a global pandemic, human beings are the ultimate wild card. That makes it challenging to build accurate mathematical models to predict how the progress of the disease will play out. We've certainly seen plenty of all-too-human responses to coronavirus over the last two weeks, with some people panicking and hoarding food,…

Popcorn Time, the once-popular Netflix for piracy, is back

Popcorn Time disappeared a few years ago, forcing people who used the extremely easy “Netflix, but for piracy” app to search elsewhere for movies and TV shows. Today, as more people are forced to self-quarantine in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Popcorn Time has returned, Motherboard reports. “Love in the…

Apple puts restrictions on coronavirus-themed apps in its App Store

In an effort to ensure the “credibility” of health and safety information in its App Store, Apple is tightening requirements for all coronavirus-focused apps, TechCrunch reports. The company posted a note on its developer blog Saturday that outlines the review process for apps related to the virus. “We’re evaluating apps critically to ensure data sources…

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BBC Sport’s five things to do today

Read this...We all dream of representing our country on the international stage, right? Meet the team competing as 'England' in 2020... by chanceWatch this...Kids interrupting work was something of a novelty two weeks ago but now it is part of our daily routine, as Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford knows all too well... Media playback…

Elizabeth Warren campaign open sources its organizing tools

The campaign will have "more to say" in the weeks ahead about what it did with technology.It isn't unheard of for American candidates to rely on software for election runs, but developing open source tools is relatively rare. It may become more common, mind you. The Warren team noted that Spoke alone saved the campaign…

Some Tesla factory employees still had to work after the production shutdown

Local officials have confirmed that Tesla stopped making electric cars in California on Monday, March 23rd, in compliance with a shelter-in-place order brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic. But dozens of workers had to report to the company’s automotive factory to finish processing the final batches of cars this week, according to an email…

Apple updates Safari’s anti-tracking tech with full third-party cookie blocking

Apple on Tuesday released a major update to its Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), the privacy feature that allows the company’s web browser to block cookies and prevent advertisers from snooping on your web habits. According to Apple’s John Wilander, the WebKit engineer behind the feature, Safari now blocks all third-party cookies. That means that,…

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