The Secrets of Luke Cage, Straight From Its Showrunner

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Sweet Christmas! After months of teasers, trailers, and WIRED cover stories, Marvel’s new Netflix series, Luke Cage, finally comes out today. And if you need to break up your binge-watching, we’ve got a special edition of The Monitor just for the occasion. Podcast In honor of our favorite bulletproof superhero, we caught up with Cheo Hodari Coker, Luke’s showrunner, who conceived of and led the transition from pulpy blaxploitation comic book to streaming-TV star. In this special edition of the WIRED Culture podcast, we talk with Coker about how he…read more

BMW says it plans to offer electric X3 SUV and Mini models

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By Joseph White and Edward Taylor German luxury auto maker BMW AG (BMWG.DE) said on Friday it will offer all electric versions of its next generation BMW X3 compact sport utility vehicle and electric Mini models, expanding its entries in the emerging electric luxury vehicle market. BMW confirmed a report earlier Friday by Bloomberg News. Reuters reported on Sept. 9 that top BMW executives were skipping Paris auto show events this week to resolve differences over electric vehicle strategy and chart a new electric product offensive, including a possible electric…read more

Tulsa officer pleads not guilty to manslaughter in shooting death

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By Richard Rowe | TULSA, Okla. TULSA, Okla. A white police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man pleaded not guilty on Friday in court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to her attorney’s office. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby, 42, did not testify at the hearing. She is charged with killing Terence Crutcher, 40, in one of the latest officer-involved shootings to stoke concerns about racial bias in policing in the United States. Shelby, who is free on bond, faces at least four years in…read more

Drop in U.S. consumer spending clouds Fed rate hike outlook

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By Jason Lange | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. consumer spending fell in August for the first time in seven months while inflation showed signs of accelerating, mixed signals that could keep the Federal Reserve cautious about raising interest rates. The Commerce Department said on Friday that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, fell 0.1 percent last month after accounting for inflation. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a 0.1 percent gain. “Consumers took a breather in August,” said Chris Christopher of IHS Global Insight. Fed…read more

Governor signs mandatory prison bill for Brock Turner-type sex assault – The Mercury News

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Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation inspired by national outrage over a former student-athlete’s light punishment for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a Stanford frat party. Current California law treats sexual assault of a conscious person as a more severe crime than attacking an unconscious person. Brock Turner’s case, and the gripping testimonial his victim read in court and later published online, drew national attention to the disparity. Assembly Bill 2888, written by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and carried by three Bay Area lawmakers — Assemblymen…read more

How to Steal an AI

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In the burgeoning field of computer science known as machine learning, engineers often refer to the artificial intelligences they create as “black box” systems: Once a machine learning engine has been trained from a collection of example data to perform anything from facial recognition to malware detection, it can take in queries—Whose face is that? Is this app safe?—and spit out answers without anyone, not even its creators, fully understanding the mechanics of the decision-making inside that box. But researchers are increasingly proving that even when the inner workings of…read more

German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook

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FRANKFURT German prosecutors are again considering whether to press charges against Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives for failing to staunch a tide of racist and threatening posts on the social network during an influx of migrants into Europe. Munich prosecutors said they had received a complaint filed by a German technology law firm two weeks ago alleging that Facebook (FB.O) broke strict national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist organizations. Attorney Chan-jo Jun, who filed a similar complaint in Hamburg a year ago, is demanding that…read more

Costco should pay $5.5 million for selling fake Tiffany rings: U.S. jury

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By Andrew Chung | NEW YORK NEW YORK Costco Wholesale Corp should hand over $5.5 million to compensate Tiffany & Co for selling counterfeit Tiffany diamond engagement rings, a federal jury said on Thursday. Tiffany is also entitled to punitive damages, the jury in Manhattan said. Lawyers for both sides were presenting evidence on Friday to help determine the amount of punitive damages. The trial, which began on Sept. 20, was aimed at determining the amount in total damages that Costco is liable for, after U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor…read more

Deutsche shares recover after CEO reassures on stability

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By Andreas Kröner and Maiya Keidan | FRANKFURT/LONDON FRANKFURT/LONDON Deutsche Bank’s (DBKGn.DE) chief executive sought to reassure his staff on Friday that Germany’s largest lender remained robust after fears over its stability sent tremors through global financial markets. Deutsche, which employs around 100,000 people, has been engulfed by crisis after being handed a demand for up to $14 billion earlier in September from the U.S. authorities for misselling mortgage-backed securities. The bank is fighting the fine but would have to turn to investors for more money if it is imposed…read more

USA Today urges voters to oppose Trump – CNN International

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The USA Today editorial board wrote Thursday it was moved to oppose Trump — the first such move in its 34-year history — because of what it calls the unique danger he presents. “From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents,” the board wrote in the op-ed. Trump, the editorial board adds, is “erratic,” “ill-equipped to be commander in chief,” a “serial liar”…read more