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Amazon Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute With IRS

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Amazon has prevailed over the Internal Revenue Service in a more than $1.5 billion dispute over the online retailer's transactions with a Luxembourg subsidiary. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

4 Min

Mar 24, 2017

Amazon's Alexa and Google Home Make Smart Lights a Bright Idea

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The Wall Street Journal's personal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler talks why it's finally time to invest in connected lighting -- and how reliable voice control makes smart lighting easier than ever.

6 Min

Mar 23, 2017

AT&T, Verizon Join in on Pulling Ads From Google

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AT&T and Verizon pulled much of their ads from Google over concerns that they may have run alongside controversial videos -- extending the financial impact of a brewing controversy. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas has the latest.

5 Min

Mar 23, 2017

E-Sports Gamers' Newest Adversary? Cheaters

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The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman explains how video game companies are grappling with a growing trend of cheating in the competitive gaming industry -- and what they're doing to contain it.

5 Min

Mar 23, 2017

LinkedIn Wants to Start Trending With New 'Storylines'

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Microsoft's LinkedIn is adding a stream of links to posts from the site in a bid to convince users to stay around longer on its social network. The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene has the details.

5 Min

Mar 22, 2017

Apple Unveils New Red iPhones and a Lower-Priced iPad

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Apple is unveiling a lower-priced iPad in a move that aims to breathe new life into a once-hot product that has struggled with declining sales. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has the latest.

6 Min

Mar 22, 2017

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Mar 21, 2017
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Researchers have found several vulnerabilities that leave web cameras and digital video recorders open to hacking, often because the devices continue to run outdated software. The Wall Street Journal's Drew Fitzgerald has the latest.

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Mar 20, 2017
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Apple CEO Tim Cook defended globalization in a public speech in China as the company announces plans for two additional research and development centers there. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has the latest.

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Mar 20, 2017
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This week, Uber loses president Jeff Jones, as well as a legal challenge in Washington State as a judge rejects its attempt to overturn a Seattle ordinance that gives drivers the right to unionize. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has the latest.

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Mar 19, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Wilson Rothman discusses Google's new Family Link software which allows parents to limit children's use of the internet, in exchange for access to their online habits.

5 min
Mar 17, 2017
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Upon an unprompted Disney promotion being featured on Google's smart home speakers, the Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas discusses the tech giant's latest experimentation with voice ads, and how it will aim to balance monetizing new search formats and users' ad tolerance.

6 min
Mar 16, 2017
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Amid the U.S. bringing charges against those it says hacked Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal's Wilson Rothman breaks down everything you need to know about what you can can do to stay safer online.

5 min
Mar 16, 2017
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In part two of his primer on cloud storage, the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler discusses the unique capabilities of public and private cloud storage and how to best utilize them for your security.

6 min
Mar 15, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's personal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler breaks down everything you need to know about how to best utilize cloud storage and minimize the constant risk of hacking.

7 min
Mar 15, 2017
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Federal authorities have charged four men, including two officers from Russia's spy agency, with hacking computer systems at Yahoo and stealing personal data that impacted hundreds of millions of Yahoo users. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald has the latest.

6 min
Mar 14, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Daniela Hernandez discusses the growing field of computational creativity gaining momentum thanks to advances in machine learning, and increased access to data and computing power.

6 min
Mar 14, 2017
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While they may not be quite ready for prime time just yet, voice-activated assistants like Amazon's Alexa are moving from the home to the office. The Wall Street Journal's Cat Zakrzewski has the latest.

6 min
Mar 13, 2017
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Uber is gearing up for a long fight in Seattle to block the first real unionization effort for app-based drivers. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has the latest.

5 min
Mar 13, 2017
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Intel struck a deal to buy self-driving firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, the latest investment by a technology company in the future of self-driving cars. The Wall Street Journal's John D. Stoll has the details.

6 min
Mar 12, 2017
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Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems has just unveiled a mobile command center that will aim to protect federal agencies and other businesses against rogue drones that pose a threat. The Wall Street Journal's Cat Zakrzewski has the details.

6 min
Mar 10, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger discusses what Airbnb's new $1 billion cash cushion means for an IPO, and what lies ahead for the home-sharing site in the near future.

6 min
Mar 9, 2017
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Whether it's new music fans rediscovering the format's appeal, nostalgia, or the comfort of having tangible music, cassettes are making a comeback. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the lowdown.

4 min
Mar 9, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene talks Google's uphill battle against rivals Amazon and Microsoft to gain credibility as a premier cloud computing service.

6 min
Mar 8, 2017
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Uber, Lyft, and Waze have spent billions on ride-sharing innovation, yet a San Francisco grassroots hitchhiking system still rivals the latest technology. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

6 min
Mar 8, 2017
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The latest release from WikiLeaks has raised concerns about online safety and how secure we are in our own homes. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the lowdown.

4 min
Mar 7, 2017
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IBM and Salesforce.com have agreed to join their artificial-intelligence technologies in an effort to boost sales of data-analytics offerings. The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene has the latest.

4 min
Mar 7, 2017
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Nearly a year after Facebook Live's rollout, the company still wrestles with how to censor violent live streaming. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has the tech giant's latest game plan.

6 min
Mar 6, 2017
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New research has found that many internet trolls are regular people who have never acted that way before and that our general mood and previous exposure can make us twice as likely to troll online. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has the latest.

5 min
Mar 6, 2017
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Blue Origin, the space-company owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, is expected to announce some new initiatives this week, the latest step in its goal of making rockets strong enough to delve deep into the solar system. The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor has the latest.

4 min
Mar 5, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Gear and Gadget's editor Michael Hsu has the ultimate fix to your cable clutter nightmares -- that works with Apple's Lightning, micro USB and USB-C charging ports.

5 min
Mar 3, 2017
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Facebook executives are soliciting pitches for TV-like original video programming as part of a broader push to compete for television ad dollars. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has the latest.

5 min
Mar 2, 2017
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Twitter will start using software programs to combat trolling in its latest attempt to make its platform a safer, more hospitable place. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has the latest.

5 min
Mar 2, 2017
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Facebook Inc.'s Oculus VR is slashing the price of its Rift virtual-reality headset by $100, in a bid to amp up sales after a rocky first year and growing competition. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the latest.

6 min
Mar 1, 2017
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While the Nintendo Switch's hybrid gaming system boasts versatile and game-changing hardware, the Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles explains why you may want to wait before buying it.

6 min
Mar 1, 2017
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After a series of scandals and controversies at Uber, CEO Travis Kalanick says he needs "leadership help" after a damaging video showing him berating a driver went viral. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger talks whether Uber can make its way out of its growing PR problems.

6 min
Feb 28, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald talks the latest news surrounding Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 8, and whether a 10th anniversary phone with OLED technology can help the tech giant breaks new sales records.

6 min
Feb 28, 2017
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With users now watching a billion hours of videos every day, the Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas talks YouTube's latest milestone and how its aggressive use of artificial intelligence helped fuel its latest success.

6 min
Feb 27, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims talks how graduation from coding schools is on the rise and why a rapid shift in the labor market is making way for coders and other technical professionals.

5 min
Feb 27, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Tomio Geron discusses the new crop of forward-thinking entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley that are hard at work figuring out how to hack the ultimate computer: the brain.

6 min
Feb 26, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Cat Zakrzewski discusses how early adopters of virtual reality are encountering new challenges, from bruises and coffee spills to missed train stops and "goggle face."

6 min
Feb 24, 2017
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Google parent Alphabet's rivalry with Uber over self-driving cars heads to the courthouse, after the internet giant sued the ride-hailing company for allegedly stealing trade secrets. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the latest.

6 min
Feb 23, 2017
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Google made a big shakeup to the cryptography world by announcing a public collision in the SHA-1 algorithm. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan breaks down what this means for web security.

6 min
Feb 23, 2017
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With Tesla announcing an aggressive production plan to bring out the new Model 3 sedan by year's end, the Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks whether CEO Elon Musk can debut the the electric car on time after years of delays.

6 min
Feb 22, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims explains how technology is influencing social interaction between young people with a look at why Generation Z opts to find their friends via video chat, instead of in person.

5 min
Feb 22, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas discusses how the growth of Waze's carpool service aims to put Alphabet's Google in direct competition with Uber.

5 min
Feb 21, 2017
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Snapchat Spectacles are now being sold online at Spectacles.com as Snap Inc. tries to jump start sales ahead of a much hyped IPO. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has the latest.

6 min
Feb 21, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson breaks down why Verizon ultimately decided to stick with Yahoo after some much publicized data breaches, and its new effort to make its way into digital advertising.

6 min
Feb 20, 2017
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If you're still having trouble warming up to Apple's AirPods, BeatsX, a pair of Apple-designed iPhone-friendly wireless earbuds may be for you. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the official review.

6 min
Feb 19, 2017
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's new manifesto aims to position the company as the backbone of what he hopes will be a new "social infrastructure." The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman breaks it down.

5 min
Feb 17, 2017
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AT&T is offering its unlimited wireless data plans to all potential customers, mere days after longtime rival Verizon began offering unlimited plans for the first time since 2011. The Wall Street Journal's Thomas Gryta has the latest.

8 min
Feb 16, 2017
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Thinner TVs often mean inferior sound. The Wall Street Journal's personal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler breaks down everything you need to know about how to improve the audio quality on your TV set.

6 min
Feb 16, 2017
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Keeping up with shifting digital dating trends, popular online app OkCupid is rolling out updates that might keep you from getting into an awkward political conversation on date night. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the latest.

5 min
Feb 15, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens discusses the new efforts from Amazon and Google to add voice-calling features to the Echo and Google Home as the tech industry competes to expand into new frontiers of digital assistance.

5 min
Feb 15, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman talks the soon-to-be app from Facebook that will let users stream videos in their news feed through set-top boxes like Apple TV, Amazon's Fire TV and internet-connected TVs via Samsung.

5 min
Feb 14, 2017
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Amazon's pushes deeper into the productivity-application market with Chime, its new service that lets users host video meetings and share content on computer and mobile-phone screens. The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene has the lowdown.

5 min
Feb 14, 2017
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As gains this week send Apple's stock to record setting highs, Heard on the Street's Dan Gallagher talks whether or not it's the hopes for a strong iPhone cycle later this year that's leading the charge.

5 min
Feb 13, 2017
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As tech giants compete for virtual reality domination in the home, Hollywood is hoping to use VR to get people out and about. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Fritz has the latest on a Steven Spielberg backed startup bringing virtual reality to the mall.

6 min
Feb 13, 2017
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Facing growing competition from smaller rivals Sprint and T-Mobile, Verizon says that it will once again offer an unlimited data plan. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson talks the details behind the telecom giant's big move.

4 min
Feb 12, 2017
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After earning a reputation for sketchy data-reporting practices, Facebook has newly pledged to undergo audits by the media industry's measurement watchdog, the Media Rating Council. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Shields has the lowdown.

6 min
Feb 10, 2017
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The appeals court decision to uphold a nationwide halt to Donald Trump's executive order on immigration delivers a victory to Silicon Valley, which led the opposition to the travel ban. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas has the latest.

5 min
Feb 9, 2017
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The NBA and videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software has announced plans to make a professional videogame league, marking the biggest partnership yet between traditional and eSports. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the latest.

5 min
Feb 9, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles discusses the newest expansion to Facebook's Safety Check tool that offers help to users who are unsafe in times of emergency.

5 min
Feb 8, 2017
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Donald Trump's tweets have given Twitter mainstream prevalence, yet it still struggles with user growth, and it's stock price. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich talks whether Trump can help snap Twitter out of its slump now that he's in office.

6 min
Feb 8, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles talks Twitter's latest attempt at controlling abuse, including filtering search results and keeping tabs on banned users.

6 min
Feb 7, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan talks how hacking impacts the "Dark Web," with the latest on web-hosting provider Freedom Hosting II's recent cyberattack.

6 min
Feb 7, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Zolan Kanno-Youngs discusses how Facebook has become a virtual hub where gangs can wage turf wars -- and how the same tools can help "violence interrupters" diffuse these charged online confrontations.

5 min
Feb 6, 2017
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A group of nearly 100 tech companies including Apple, Google and Facebook, are uniting together to continue to oppose the Trump administration's controversial travel ban. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has the latest.

6 min
Feb 6, 2017
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On the heels of Sunday's Super Bowl, the Wall Street Journal's Sara Castellanos talks the new data and analytics game being played on the NFL sidelines.

4 min
Feb 5, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jack Marshall breaks down the prospects and challenges that lie ahead for Snap Inc. now that it has finally filed for its highly anticipated IPO.

6 min
Feb 3, 2017
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From virtual reality to artificial intelligence and smartphone selfies, the Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has your ultimate guide to the tech essentials you need for Super Bowl Sunday.

5 min
Feb 3, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens breaks down Amazon's latest earnings report and explains why its lackluster sales have resulted in the retail giant using more discipline to preserve its bottom line.

7 min
Feb 2, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler breaks down the techniques psychologists and neuroscientists recommend for coping with your obsessive social media habits.

6 min
Feb 2, 2017
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A new report shows Alphabet's Waymo system logged the most miles and deactivated at a lower rate than its autonomous car competitors last year. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks what this means for the always heated self-driving car race.

5 min
Feb 1, 2017
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With their billion dollar industries on the line, tech leaders, among the earliest critics of Donald Trump's weekend travel ban, must now seek constructive dialogue moving forward. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas breaks it down.

5 min
Feb 1, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jack Marshall discusses Facebook's latest development of a video app for television set-top boxes, and how it hopes to tap into a new vehicle for video advertising.

6 min
Jan 31, 2017
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Jumping on the voice-interface craze, Starbucks will unveil two forms of voice ordering on both iPhones and the talking speakers featuring Amazon's Alexa assistant. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the latest.

6 min
Jan 31, 2017
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Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group breaks down Apple's latest earnings report, discussing whether or not the tech giant is finally starting to lose some of its influence.

6 min
Jan 30, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims discusses the main factors driving the shift to a cashless economy, and the tech firms that have already made the jump.

6 min
Jan 30, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas discusses how tech executives are reacting to President Trump's ordered travel restrictions, and the impact the ban could have on their companies' employees -- and personal principles.

5 min
Jan 29, 2017
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Facebook will now let you lock down your personal account with physical security keys. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles talks how hardware dongles can provide an alternate way to user authentication.

6 min
Jan 27, 2017
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Tesla Motors is accusing the former director of its Autopilot program and the former tech head behind Google's self-driving car of improperly recruiting its engineers to create their own autonomous-car startup. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the latest.

6 min
Jan 26, 2017
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In an effort to limit the spread of fake news stories on its social media platform, Facebook is making changes to its "Trending Topics" feature. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the latest.

5 min
Jan 26, 2017
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Amazon is now managing its own ocean freight in the online giant's latest move to rev up its shipping network. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

6 min
Jan 25, 2017
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The National Inventors Hall of Fame's Rini Paiva breaks down the latest tech innovations emerging by way of this year's inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

6 min
Jan 25, 2017
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With five messaging apps, it can be hard for Google users to choose how to chat. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the latest on the company's ever growing app problem.

6 min
Jan 24, 2017
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Gear and Gadgets Editor for the Wall Street Journal's Off Duty section, Michael Hsu, talks why smartphone photography pales in comparison to film, and offers tips to budding photographers on the best ways to use instant cameras.

5 min
Jan 24, 2017
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Signal, a smartphone app that allows users to send encrypted messages, is gaining popularity among top officials in the political world as constant fears of hacking continue to be on the rise. The Wall Street Journal's Mara Gay has the latest.

6 min
Jan 23, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims discusses how technology's "fourth industrial revolution" can cause new trends in income inequality, and how it can also work to solve them.

6 min
Jan 23, 2017
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In the age of eCommerce, retailers are searching to find new ways to keep consumers shopping on their sites. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks their latest tactic, known as "personalization" via data and tech.

6 min
Jan 22, 2017
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U.S. regulators have officially closed a probe of a fatal crash involving a Tesla car driving itself, concluding its technology didn't contain a safety defect. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks where this leaves the automaker's future tech plans.

5 min
Jan 20, 2017
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The conclusion of an investigation into the cause of faulty batteries that led Samsung to pull all of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be revealed by the company on Monday. The Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon has the details.

6 min
Jan 19, 2017
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As a new administration takes office, the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler discusses how most of us know little about our own elected officials, and walks us through how we can use online tools to track what these politicians say and do.

5 min
Jan 19, 2017
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A new Wall Street Journal analysis sheds light on how Google buys millions of its own search ads, competing with customers, and promoting its products above its search results. The Journal's Jack Nicas has the latest.

5 min
Jan 18, 2017
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The Switch, the much anticipated new gaming console from Nintendo is set to launch amid a highly competitive video game industry and new trends in among gamers. Heard on the Street's Dan Gallagher has the latest.

6 min
Jan 18, 2017
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Nearly 70 percent of Americans don't approve of President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter habits, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, highlighting social media's crucial new role in American politics. The Wall Street Journal's Janet Hook breaks it down.

6 min
Jan 17, 2017
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Augmented reality shopping apps from retailers like the Gap and Amazon are highlighting just how useful "mixed reality" technology will be in the near future. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the latest.

5 min
Jan 17, 2017
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Secondhand retailers like Swap.com are on the rise as the volume of merchandise they handle continues to grow rapidly. The Wall Street Journal's Patrick McGroarty has the details.

6 min
Jan 16, 2017
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Gear and Gadgets editor for the Wall Street Journal's Off Duty Michael Hsu talks the latest innovation in smart tech what makes a smart light bulb as easy to use as a light switch.

6 min
Jan 15, 2017
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Microsoft has added a privacy dashboard to its user account website that offers new easy-to-use data controls, and links to other privacy-management tools. The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles has the latest.

5 min
Jan 13, 2017
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Snapchat's latest update to its app makes it much easier for users to find their way around the social networking platform. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells breaks it down.