Facebook is unveiling a cryptocurrency, a YouTuber hacked up her Tesla, and US cyber experts worry about war with Russia. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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A YouTuber turned her Tesla into a pickup truck
Tesla doesn’t technically make a pickup truck yet, so YouTuber and maker of “shitty robots” Simone Giertz transformed her Tesla Model 3 into one herself. It’s called the “Truckla,” and you really have to see it to believe it. And yes, it can do a donut.
The ambitious plans behind Facebook’s new cryptocurrency
For the past two years, Facebook has been working on building a global cryptocurrency that is finally coming to fruition. It’s called Libra, a new crypto coin and payment infrastructure with the mission of being “a simple global currency and infrastructure that empowers billions of people.” As is standard for Facebook, though, it may be more dream than reality, and there’s a whole lot of work ahead.
Recent reports have divulged that US Cybercommand has penetrated more deeply than ever into Russian electric utilities. That capability might make you feel safer, but the act of it may actually be bringing on more danger than it dissuades, according to security experts. The Kremlin is already threatening to strike back, and getting involved in attacks of our own doesn’t just invite retaliation, it invites the possibility of accidents or mishaps that could toss the countries into a full-on cyberwar.
WIRED Recommends: Roli Lumi
This brightly colored keyboard may seem like it’s just good looks, but actually its multicolored lights are its best function: teaching novice piano players how to play. Each key on the Roli Lumi can light up a different color, and a companion mobile app uses those colors to teach you how to play your favorite songs.
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