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Amazon’s Alexa Upgrades Give the Voice Assistant New Listening Powers Amazon announced new listening features for Alexa, part of a suite of upgrades to the voice assistant that will expand its ability to understand the world around it. Details
Invisible Swarms of Particles Envelop Us All. Come Have a Look Scientists have demonstrated a promising technique for measuring and mapping your exposome—the flecks of animate and inanimate stuff that surround you at all times. Details
Best Running Gear (2018): Shoes, Headphones, Lights, and More Whether you’re pounding the pavement or cheering your friends on, we have the gear for you. Details
GoPro Hero7 Black Review: Not a Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Stabilized action-cam footage has gotten a whole lot better. Details
Want a Robot to *Really* Get a Grip? Make It Like Baymax Inflatable graspers don’t have to be taught how to hold something, the way robo-hands do.  Details
Here's What to Expect from Today's Amazon Hardware Event Amazon is about to announce a some hardware at an event in Seattle, where Alexa will be the star of the show. Details
Amazon Kindle Sale (Fall 2018): Get a Paperwhite For $40 Off If you’ve been holding off on that new Kindle, now’s a great time. Details
Porsche's Sleek Chargers Will Power up EVs in Just 15 Minutes The German automaker’s “electric pit stops” promise to put 250 miles of range on the Taycan’s batteries nearly three times faster than a Tesla Supercharger. Details
If VCs Aren't Socially Responsible, the Robots Will Win Social impact in the age of AI must take on a new dimension: the creation of large numbers of service jobs for displaced workers. Details
Facebook Dating Is Rolling Out. Here’s How It Differs From Tinder Facebook starts publicly testing its dating service with users in Colombia today. Details
How the HTC Exodus Blockchain Phone Plans to Secure Your Cryptocurrency HTC starts filling in the details of its so-called blockchain smartphone, expected to launch later this year. Details
Wildlife Detective Uses DNA to Link Stolen Ivory to Big Cartels A new method looks at the DNA of elephant tusks to pinpoint the crime networks behind disparate stashes of poached ivory. Details
DIY Gun Activist Cody Wilson Accused of Child Sexual Assault A Texas court issued a warrant for the Defense Distributed founder's arrest on Wednesday. Details
Jon M. Chu Shot This Short Film Entirely on an iPhone XS Max The _Crazy Rich Asians_ director shot a kinetic short for WIRED titled _Somewhere_, and he did the whole thing on a new iPhone. Details
John Deere Just Cost Farmers Their Right to Repair The California Farm Bureau has given away the right of farmers to fix their equipment without going through a dealer.  Details

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Ten years later: Are we readier to counter a Lehman-style crash? 

The financial crisis resulted in a deep recession. We wondered: Has it also prompted economists to change their views on how crises happen?

Ten years after banking crisis, Americans still feel ripples 

The financial crisis that erupted 10 years ago is a reminder of linkages and interdependence. Global investors became the spark, yet lasting impacts still linger for many Americans.

Beyond Alex Jones: Twitter and Facebook face heat over alleged bias 

Conservative complaints of biased social media giants have reached a crescendo. Are Twitter and Facebook faltering on the task of balancing free speech with transparent standards of responsible discourse?

201K new jobs added in the US while unemployment stays steady 

A Labor Department report states that American employers added 201,000 jobs in August, while the unemployment rate remains at 3.9 percent, suggesting that policy changes made by the Trump administration have not slowed economic growth.

Banks turn to robots and refreshments at the branch to build brand loyalty 

As customers increasingly use their smartphones for their banking needs, branches are offering everything from art exhibits to free wifi to keep up the foot traffic. While branches are costly to maintain financial institutions feel they are vital for customer service. 

More US companies jump into social and political debates 

Nike received kudos and criticism on Monday after releasing an advertisement that referred to former NFL player Colin Kaepernick's controversial police brutality protests. From Patagonia to Starbucks, retailers are increasingly making public statements on social issues.

Internet behemoth Amazon joins Apple, now worth $1 trillion 

The internet retailer's new market value signals its increasing control over huge swathes of the US economy. Following Apple's push past the $1 trillion cap last month, Amazon's foray into health care and brick-and-mortar retail is a harbinger of more change to come. 

US-Mexico trade deal raises worker hopes on both sides of border 

A widespread concern is that globalization favors big business over worker interests. Leaders in the United States and Mexico say their new trade deal moves in a new direction. 

A bull market plods into record-length territory. And now?  

Investor expectations have swung positive amid a slow-rolling boom. When those run too high, they can signal a coming correction. But it doesn’t take much to sway investor perceptions – and behavior. 

Amid fires and hurricanes, price of climate change begins to hit home 

Climate change, which many skeptics argue is more bark than bite, is starting to demonstrate an impact on economies – and perceptions.

US economy: How strong is it? 

The most recent GDP report was the best since 2014. The White House predicts growth topping 3 percent for the calendar year, which would be a first since the Great Recession. Here's a deeper look at the trends.

Small organic dairy farms fight to stay in business  

Farmers running small-scale organic farms say lax regulations have allowed large confined animal operations to dominate the industry, leaving smaller owners either barely squeezing out a profit or in most cases losing money. They are pushing back by appealing to consumers.

NYC moves to regulate app-based ride services with cap on vehicles 

The one-year halt of new licenses for Uber and other ride-hail services is the first attempt by a US city to regulate the rapidly changing industry. The proposal's backers say the explosion of such services harms its own drivers and taxi drivers, while opponents say restrictions limit reliable transportation options.  

For Arkansas town desperate for investment, trade dispute with China hits home 

Two years ago, a Chinese company committed to creating thousands of jobs in Arkadelphia, Ark., with the construction of a paper mill in the small town. But trade disputes between the United States and China have left the deal in limbo. 

New York's shrinking garment district hangs on by a thread 

To revive New York's dying garment industry, a new plan proposes preserving at least 300,000 square feet of the garment district for manufacturing. That's millions fewer than factories occupied as recently as the 1960s when many of the clothes sold in the United States were made in Manhattan.