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Hyped AR startup Blippar crashes into financial reality

London-based augmented reality startup Blippar, which once claimed to be valued at $1.5 billion, has gone into administration. The company announced the news on Monday, blaming a dispute between investors for the move. A major shareholder, Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional, blocked an emergency $5 million round of funding …

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Audi pulls the curtain back on its self-driving car program

Of all the luxury car brands, Audi has been the most aggressive in terms of putting semi-autonomous technology into its production cars. (See the A8 sedan, a version of which can’t be sold in the US thanks to its partially automated features.) Now the German automaker is offering a sneak …

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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Rules the Box Office

It’s time once again to turn on The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from box-office news to announcements about hot new trailers. In today’s installment: Spider-Man swings to the top of the box office; Netflix announces the actors landing fizzgigs on its forthcoming Dark …

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Watch Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launch Its New Shepard Rocket

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Blue Origin is planning to launch its New Shepard rocket on its tenth mission from the company’s Corn Ranch landing pad in West Texas. The vehicle will carry a bevy of NASA-sponsored payloads into suborbital space, where they will experience a few minutes of weightlessness before …

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Amnesty Report: Twitter Abuse Toward Women Is Rampant

For many women, especially journalists, politicians, and other public figures, Twitter is something to endure. Many have accounts out of professional necessity, but the cost of their participation in Twitter discourse is often abuse, threats, and harassment. Women learn to block, mute, report, and ignore their mentions. Some tweet directly …

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Why Big Tech is breaking free of Silicon Valley

Looking for a new job in the tech industry? You might want to consider skipping the trip to Silicon Valley and heading to New York City. In a little more than a month, Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), and Google (GOOG, GOOGL)—three of the world’s biggest technology companies—have announced expansions within the …

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