Wired (website)

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Wired News
Web address www.wired.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Technology news
Owner Condé Nast Publishing;
formerly Lycos;
originally Wired magazine
Launched November 20, 1992; 23 years ago (1992-11-20)
Alexa rank
positive decrease 608 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

The Wired website, formerly known as Wired News or HotWired, is an online technology news website launched in 1992[2] that split off from Wired magazine when the magazine was purchased by Condé Nast Publishing in the 1990s. Wired News was owned by Lycos not long after the split, until Condé Nast purchased Wired News on July 11, 2006. Competition from sites like the Drudge Report and The Political Simpleton slightly decreased after the 2006 purchase, due to the increase in advertising revenue.


Wired.com hosts several technology blogs on topics in transportation, security, business, new products, video games, the "GeekDad" blog on toys, creating websites, cameras, culture and science.

It also publishes the Vaporware Awards.

Wikileaks affair[edit]

Wired was criticized[3][4] for its handling of the Adrian Lamo / Bradley Manning logs. Wired contributor Kevin Poulsen used Lamo to obtain transcripts of the communications between Lamo and Bradley that led to Manning's arrest over the "Wikileaks" in 2010. Poulsen released approximately one third of the logs, but he and Wired editor in chief Evan Hansen refused to release more on grounds of privacy. The issue became a subject of controversy,[5] when Poulsen and Hansen attacked Wired critic Glenn Greenwald.[6]


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