Klint Finley

Wired

@klintron

  • Currently writing for Wired.
  • Specializes in writing about everything from machine learning and software development to satellites that hope to bring internet to the next 4 billion people.
  • One of the hosts of the Mindful Cyborgs podcast, focusing on a mindfulness approach to current technologies.
50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

Dec 9

Doug Engelbart didn't just want to show off new technology. He wanted to demonstrate a system for improving humanity.

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A Huawei Exec’s Arrest Complicates the US-China Trade Dispute

Dec 6

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's CFO and the daughter of its founder, was arrested in Canada the same day that Presidents Trump and Xi met to discuss tariffs.

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This Company Wants to Use the Blockchain to Stop Phishing

Dec 6

MetaCert has classified 10 billion URLs as either safe, a suspected source of phishes, or unknown.

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How Software Code Could Help You Grapple With the Legal Code

Dec 5

Local legal codes can be hard to find online or hidden behind paywalls. The \"free and open law\" movement wants to change that.

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Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Nov 21

Fractures in the bitcoin community and a possible government investigation have sent the value of the virtual currency spiraling down.

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The Promise of (Practically) ‘Serverless Computing’

Nov 17

There still servers, but this cloud computing approach lets you turn services on and off more quickly, and only pay for what you use.

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Midterm Elections 2018: Net Neutrality Faces New Uncertainty

Nov 7

The next Congress could have majorities in both houses that support net neutrality, but the outlook for legislation is bleak.

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HBO Goes Dark on Dish. Monopolist Move, or Publicity Stunt?

Nov 1

Critics of AT&T's Time Warner acquisition say their fears have been realized, as Dish blacks out HBO amid a contract dispute.

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After 10 Years, Bitcoin Has Changed Everything—and Nothing

Oct 31

It all started when the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto published a white paper outlining a digital currency, secured by something called the blockchain.

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IBM Buying Open Source Specialist Red Hat for $34 Billion

Oct 29

The deal could bolster IBM's position in cloud computing.

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This Company Wants to Make the Internet Load Faster

Oct 24

Netlify lets customers tap multiple cloud computing providers, and wants to connect cloud services to static webpages.

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Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming

Oct 16

The Microsoft cofounder, who left the company in 1983, died Monday at age 65 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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You Can Now Run Some Code Hosted on GitHub

Oct 16

GitHub Actions will allow developers to automate some tasks for managing their code.

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MIT's Neha Narula and Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Say It's Early Days Yet For Cryptocurrencies

Oct 15

MIT's Neha Narula and Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Say It's Early Days Yet For Cryptocurrencies wired.com

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Microsoft Calls a Truce in the Linux Patent Wars

Oct 11

The software giant, whose former CEO once called Linux a \"cancer,\" will let others use 60,000 patents for Linux-related open source projects.

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Can the FCC Really Block California's Net Neutrality Law?

Oct 8

A lawsuit raises novel questions about the relationship between the federal government and the states.

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California Governor Signs Nation's Toughest Net Neutrality Law

Oct 1

Measure sets up possible legal challenge from the Federal Communications Commission.

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The Woman Bringing Civility to Open Source Projects

Sep 26

Coraline Ada Ehmke is the principal author of the Contributor Covenant, a code of conduct recently adopted by Linux.

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'Netflix for Open Source' Wants Developers to Get Paid

Sep 24

Startup Tidelift hopes payments will let coders keep projects patched and up to date.

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For JavaScript Developers, More Choices Mean Hard Choices

Sep 19

A wave of new programming tools promises to make developers' lives easier. But the turbulence makes it hard to stay current.

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The Blockchain: Boon for Bankers—or Tool for Tyrants?

Sep 18

Boosters think crypto\u00adcurrencies and the distributed ledgers they depend on will reinvent the financial system. That may or may not be a good thing.

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Linux's Creator Is Sorry. But Will He Change?

Sep 17

Linus Torvalds says he will take a break to learn more about \"how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.\"

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Europe's New Copyright Law Could Change the Web Worldwide

Sep 12

Critics say the law, approved by the European Parliament Wednesday, will force site operators to filter content before posting it, diminishing the experience for users.

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The Latest Battleground for Chipmakers: Self-Driving Cars

Sep 12

Japan's Renesas is buying Integrated Device Technology to bolster its position in the automotive market.

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HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

Sep 10

For now, the company's new Metal Jet printers make key fobs and other doodads. But one day they could create car parts.

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Firefox's New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You

Aug 30

Future versions of Firefox will block third-party tracking codes, and trackers that take too long to load, by default.

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Australia’s Ban on Huawei Is Just More Bad News for China

Aug 24

The move reflects US influence, and Australia's tense, complicated relationship with China.

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The Solo JavaScript Developer Challenging Google and Facebook

Aug 23

Vue, an open-source framework, is winning fans among the creators of web applications.

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A Straightforward Timeline of the FCC's Twisty DDoS Debacle

Aug 18

It's a complicated situation and a complicated subject. Maybe this will simplify things.

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Programming Languages May Finally Be Reaching a Status Quo

Aug 13

Programming Languages May Finally Be Reaching a Status Quo wired.com

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Programming Languages May Finally Be Reaching a Status Quo

Aug 13

In new rankings from analyst firm RedMonk, Apple’s programming language Swift and Android favorite Kotlin saw their meteoric growth slightly slow down.

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The Sinclair/Tribune Merger Is Dead

Aug 9

It may seem strange to worry about the future of broadcast in this digital era, but the fact remains: that’s how many people get their news.

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The One Telecom Group That Actually Supports Net Neutrality

Aug 7

Incompas was formed to represent upstart rivals to the Baby Bells. Under a former congressmember, it has expanded to include tech giants.

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FCC Offers Small ISPs a Boost, but a Bigger Setback Looms

Aug 1

Big telecom companies want to end a 22-year-old requirement that they allow upstart rivals to tap into their facilities and equipment.

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The Office-Messaging Wars Are Over. Slack Has Won.

Jul 27

As Atlassian transfers the intellectual property for Stride and HipChat to former rival Slack, Microsoft trails far behind as the last workplace messaging competitor.

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China Blocks Qualcomm’s Attempt to Buy a Dutch Chipmaker

Jul 26

Qualcomm planned to acquire NXP for $38 billion in an attempt to reduce its reliance on phones. China's refusal to approve the deal is the latest salvo in ongoing trade wars.

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The Secret Internet War Over Bots

Jul 23

Companies deploy scraper bots to snoop on rivals' websites. The targets try to sniff out and block the bots, setting off an escalating arms race.

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A House Republican Joins the Fight to Save Net Neutrality

Jul 17

Colorado's Mike Coffman signs a petition to force a vote on a measure to restore the Obama-era rules. Backers still need about 40 more members to sign on.

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Why Sinclair's Bid to Buy the Tribune Company Might Die

Jul 16

FCC Chair Ajit Pai, long seen as supporting the deal, suggests sending it to a judge–often a graveyard for merger proposals.

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It Just Got Easier for the FCC to Ignore Your Complaints

Jul 12

Under the new rule, critics say the agency will not review informal complaints about telecom companies, and steer consumers to a formal process that carries a $225 fee.

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FCC Retracts a Plan to Discourage Consumer Complaints

Jul 12

A proposal that critics said would have forced consumers to file formal complaints, at a cost of $255, appears to have been dropped from Thursday's agenda.

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New California Bill Restores Strong Net Neutrality Protections

Jul 5

Lawmaker who pushed changes that critics said gutted the original bill agrees to reinstate sweeping prohibitions on broadband providers.

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Dell Is Ready to Go Public Again. But Has it Really Changed?

Jul 3

Dell bulked up on hardware and software for corporations by buying EMC, but it faces new challenges from cloud computing and other technologies.

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GitHub Developers Are Giving Microsoft a Chance

Jun 30

GitHub rivals say more developers are moving projects since Microsoft said it would buy the code-hosting site; but many developers are sticking with GitHub---for now.

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Andreessen Horowitz Lends Credence to Crypto With New Fund

Jun 26

The high-profile venture capital firm hires its first female general partner, a former federal prosecutor, to manage the $300 million fund.

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Why the Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling May Benefit Amazon

Jun 21

States can now require all online retailers to collect sales tax, even if the company does not have a physical presence in the state.

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California Net Neutrality Bill Was 'Hijacked,' Lawmaker Says

Jun 21

Backers of a bill that would have created the nation's strongest net neutrality protections criticize changes to the proposal.

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This Week Shows How Hard It Is to Curb Big Tech

Jun 13

Seattle repealed its just-enacted \"Amazon tax,\" San Francisco elected a tech-friendly mayor, net neutrality is dead, and AT&T is buying Time Warner.

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The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Is a Done Deal. Now What?

Jun 12

A judge's decision will likely be seen as good news for other pending and potential mergers but could be a wash at best for consumers.

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The FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Are Dead, but the Fight Isn't

Jun 11

Efforts continue in Congress, the states, and the courts, to prevent internet providers from blocking or favoring certain content.

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The Deal to Save ZTE Won't Resolve US-China Tensions

Jun 7

The \"cold trade war\" between the US and China continues, with probes into Google and Facebook in the US, and Micron in China.

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Does It Matter If China Beats the US to Build a 5G Network?

Jun 6

The rivalry to build the next-generation wireless network is partly a matter of national ego, but faster speeds and greater data capacity will give businesses real advantages.

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Microsoft’s GitHub Deal Is Its Latest Shift From Windows

Jun 4

The deal is the latest in a series of moves by Microsoft to move away from its Windows-first heritage and embrace open-source software.

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Big Tech's Fight for Net Neutrality Moves Behind the Scenes

May 27

Google, Facebook, and others didn't join a \"Red Alert\" day earlier this month, but they are backing a lawsuit to restore net neutrality rules.

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Senate Approves Measure to Save Net Neutrality

May 16

XX Republicans joined with Democrats to pass a resolution that would restore the Obama-era rules against blocking or throttling lawful content.

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Tax Compromise Gives Amazon’s Latest Seattle Office New Life

May 15

The city council cut a proposed per-employee fee nearly in half, after Amazon and more than 100 other companies opposed the original plan.

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Why Trump Wants to Save Jobs in China

May 15

In a surprising reversal, the president says he wants to avert planned sanctions on telecommunications company ZTE.

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'Red Alert' Is a Last-Ditch Effort to Save Net Neutrality

May 8

On Wednesday, sites including Etsy and Reddit will urge users to support a vote to preserve net neutrality rules.

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Amazon Tussles With Seattle as It Seeks a Second Home

May 4

Amazon halted plans for two buildings in Seattle in response to a proposed tax that would cost the company about $22.5 million a year.

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A California Ruling Could Force Uber and Lyft to Change How They Operate

May 2

The California Supreme Court said more workers should be classified as employees, hurting companies such as Uber and Lyft that treat workers as contractors.

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The Startup That Will Vet You for Your Next Job

Apr 27

More companies like Uber and Instacart are using Checkr, which promises streamlined background checks through automation and integration with hiring apps.

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Gmail Will Get Long-Overdue Management and Security Upgrades

Apr 25

Google is adding new features to Gmail, including a snooze button, and soon, the ability for messages to self-destruct.

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Using Open Source Designs to Create More Specialized Chips

Apr 12

RISC-V wants to do for chips what Linux did for software.

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OPEN SOURCE WON. SO, NOW WHAT?

Apr 8

The government is now a little more open. This week, the White House released its first official federal source code policy, detailing a pilot program that requires government agencies to release 20 percent of any new code they commission as open source softw…

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The Comcast-NBC Merger Offers Little Guidance for AT&T-Time Warner

Apr 3

The Justice Department is in court trying to block AT&T's planned purchase of Time Warner. Both sides cite Comcast's 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal, but the earlier deal is an imperfect model.

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Cloudflare's New Encryption Service Adds Privacy Protection

Mar 30

Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare appears to be preparing to launch a service to encrypt traffic to the computers that look up web addresses.

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Oracle Wins Latest Round vs. Google in Java Copyright Case

Mar 27

An appeals court rules that Google violated Oracle's copyright when it built a version of Java for the Android operating system, in the latest twist in an 8-year saga.

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How a Boise, Idaho Company Thrives in the Global Chip Business

Mar 23

Micron Technology is the only remaining US maker of DRAM, the short-term memory chips found in computers and smartphones.

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Turing Prize Winners Paved the Way to Smartphone Chips

Mar 21

Stanford's John Hennessy, now chair of Google parent Alphabet, and Berkeley's David Patterson developed the Reduced Instruction Set Computer in the 1980s.

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California Net Neutrality Bill Would Go Beyond Original Protections

Mar 14

Proposal from state senator would ban \"zero rating\" deals where specific services don't count against data caps.

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Fundbox Wants to Be PayPal for Small Businesses

Mar 14

Small-business lender Fundbox is introducing a payment service that acts like a credit card.

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Fear of China Scuttles Broadcom Deal That Didn't Involve China

Mar 13

President Trump invoked national security in blocking Broadcom's proposed takeover of Qualcomm. His real concern may have been Qualcomm's research budget.

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Weighing Privacy vs. Security for the Internet's Address Book

Mar 13

European Union privacy rules may prompt removal of personal information from Whois lookups.

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Apple's Swift Programming Language Is Now Top Tier

Mar 9

A new report ranking developers' favorite languages shows big gains for Apple's Swift and Google-endorsed Kotlin.

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Washington State Enacts Net Neutrality Law, in Clash with FCC

Mar 6

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday signed the nation’s first state law intended to protect net neutrality.

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Can These Small Satellites Solve the Riddle of Internet From Space?

Mar 1

Startup Astranis hopes to blanket the Earth with dozens of satellites the size of a mini-fridge.

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Embattled Tech Companies Charge Deeper Into Health Care

Mar 1

Google sibling Verily wants to help insurers; Apple's collecting health data through its apps; and Amazon has joined with other big employers to address health care costs.

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Net Neutrality: The Complete WIRED Guide

Mar 1

Everything you need to know about the struggle to treat information on the internet the same—ISPs shouldn't be able to block some sorts of data and prioritize others.

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As Protection Ends, Here’s One Way to Test for Net Neutrality

Feb 22

Some states plan to uphold net neutrality principles. How will they know if telecom companies are obeying their own promises?

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