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Joanna Stern Quizzes Tech Execs at WSJ's D.Live

WSJ Tech News Briefing

From Intel's CEO to the former head of DreamWorks, the Wall Street Journal's personal tech columnist Joanna Stern managed to "bump" into some of the biggest tech leaders in the business at WSJ D.Live inside the elevator.

7 Min

Oct 19, 2017

Is Competing With Netflix and Amazon Impossible?

WSJ Tech News Briefing

At the WSJ D.Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, media mogul Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActive, discusses what makes Netflix and Amazon today's leaders in video with Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker.

3 Min

Oct 18, 2017

Starbucks, Domino's Tackle Mobile-Ordering Problems

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Restaurant-chain apps like Starbucks and Domino's are reshaping a business once built on human interaction -- but these new systems don't always work as planned. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon has the latest.

5 Min

Oct 16, 2017

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4 min
Oct 15, 2017
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With Amazon's "Amazon Books," prices aren't marked at stores and employees instruct shoppers to use their phones to scan a product for a price. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks what this could mean for Whole Foods.

6 min
Oct 12, 2017
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As reliance on to-do list apps becomes more common, Wall Street Journal reporter Chris Kornelis explains how we can get more out of them with the latest list-making tech.

5 min
Oct 11, 2017
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Apple has revealed it's betting on acclaimed director and producer Steven Spielberg for its first major foray into creating original video content. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks how it plans to further take on the crowded video streaming competition.

5 min
Oct 10, 2017
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New details have surfaced about the Russian-linked entities that bought politically motivated ads on Google's platform. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas has the latest on what the search giant revealed to congressional investigators.

4 min
Oct 9, 2017
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Amazon's move to establish a second corporate headquarters could be bad news for longtime home Seattle, which has benefited enormously from the company's rapid growth. The Wall Street Journal's Peter Grant has more.

5 min
Oct 8, 2017
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From lettuce production to augmented reality, tech companies are finding new uses for machines that can interpret and act on what they see. The Wall Street Journal's Ted Greenwald has the latest on computer vision technology.

5 min
Oct 5, 2017
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At an event this week at the SFJAZZ Center, Google said it's betting a new Pixel smartphone and home speaker will help crack the competitive market for consumer-tech devices. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas has the details.

6 min
Oct 4, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler reviews the Motiv Ring, a wearable tech device that aims to blend in while it collects heart-rate data from your finger for round-the-clock monitoring.

5 min
Oct 3, 2017
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Tesla badly missed its goal of building 1,500 Model 3 cars in the third quarter, the first sign that the production ramp-up for the new sedan isn't going as smoothly as planned. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks what happens now.

5 min
Oct 2, 2017
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Upon Samsung standing to make billions supplying screens and chips for Apple's iPhone X, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle discusses the longtime love-hate dynamic between the phone giants.

5 min
Oct 1, 2017
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Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has unveiled plans to build the most powerful rocket ever and use it to launch a giant spacecraft to Mars -- potentially in less than a decade. The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor talks his most aggressive expression yet for space exploration.

7 min
Sep 28, 2017
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This fall, Amazon is introducing a half-dozen new products to persuade families to put its virtual assistant Alexa in a lot more places throughout the home. The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler has the details.

5 min
Sep 27, 2017
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As governments often target big technology companies seen as too dominant in their respective spaces, the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains how too much power could impact the top five tech companies in the world.

5 min
Sep 26, 2017
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With support from Silicon Valley and business leaders, President Donald Trump is boosting computer science training and coding in U.S. classrooms. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan has the details.

7 min
Sep 25, 2017
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Microsoft plans to unveil its first product in a new line of software aimed at taking on IBM's Watson and other services in the growing market to apply artificial intelligence to everyday business needs. The Wall Street Journal's Ted Greenwald has the details.

4 min
Sep 24, 2017
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Whole Foods will change the way companies can sell and market their products in its stores beginning next year -- one of the biggest moves yet in its push to operate more like a traditional market. The Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon has the latest.

5 min
Sep 21, 2017
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With the new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE on sale in stores Friday, Apple faces key issues with cell connectivity in its newest smartwatch. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks about the concern this raises about the device's most significant feature.

6 min
Sep 20, 2017
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With "two-factor authentication" emerging as necessary added measure in our everyday cyber-lives, the Wall Street Journal's Personal Tech editor Wilson Rothman explains the importance of the extra security -- and its limitations.

6 min
Sep 19, 2017
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With no shortage of iPhone options to choose from this fall, the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler talks why the iPhone 8 is the best model... to avoid.

5 min
Sep 18, 2017
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As cybersecurity threats become more volatile, companies are returning to tape as a medium for storing data as hackers get smarter about penetrating defenses. The Wall Street Journal's Rob Sloan has the latest.

5 min
Sep 17, 2017
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The high-tech industry enjoyed a cozy relationship with Washington under Barack Obama's presidency. But the Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau says that's changed under the Trump administration, with tougher legislation and new scrutiny of companies including Facebook.

5 min
Sep 14, 2017
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'The Crown,' 'This Is Us' and 'Westworld' all will vie Sunday for Emmy awards. An open field and a rivalry between streaming series and broadcast TV have injected suspense into the ceremony. The Wall Street Journal's John Jurgensen has the details.

7 min
Sep 13, 2017
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With cyber extortion, hackers try to steal corporate secrets that they then threaten to make public if victims don't pay. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan says such attacks have been made on companies ranging from small medical clinics to HBO.

8 min
Sep 12, 2017
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John Krafcik is the head of Google's autonomous vehicle unit, Waymo. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins says a big part of Krafcik's job is to be a bridge between Silicon Valley and the more traditional auto industry.

5 min
Sep 11, 2017
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Apple's market value has soared this year in anticipation of the new iPhone expected to be unveiled Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher on whether the new phone can help Apple reach a market cap of one trillion dollars.

6 min
Sep 11, 2017
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Facebook is reportedly willing to spend up to one billion dollars through next year on original video content. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman says it's Facebook's biggest investment yet in video.

4 min
Sep 8, 2017
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Amazon has officially started its search for a second headquarters city in North America, with plans to employ up to 50,000 workers and spend up to $5 billion dollars. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

5 min
Sep 6, 2017
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As tech companies seek to woo A.I. talent in a discipline known for its openness, the battle for artificial-intelligence expertise is forcing Apple to grapple with its famous penchant for secrecy. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks what happens now.

7 min
Sep 6, 2017
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A new Verizon rewards program, Verizon Up, is providing credits that subscribers can use for concert tickets, movie premieres and phone upgrades -- as long as they provide access to their web-browsing history. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson has the details.

5 min
Sep 4, 2017
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With Apple holding its annual product launch next week at its new headquarters, the tech giant formally sets the stage for the unveiling of the iPhone 8. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle previews what to expect.

4 min
Sep 4, 2017
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As rivals Google and Apple work to improve their own digital products, Amazon is set to add a team of engineers to build new features for its virtual assistant, Alexa. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

4 min
Aug 31, 2017
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Microsoft and Amazon have announced plans to allow their voice-enabled digital assistants -- Cortana and Alexa -- to work together later this year. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

5 min
Aug 31, 2017
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Following orders to treat rival comparison-shopping services equally in its rankings, Alphabet's Google has officially sketched out how it plans to stop tipping the scales in its favor. The Wall Street Journal's Natalia Drozdiak talks what happens next.

4 min
Aug 30, 2017
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As Apple scrambles to strike deals with Hollywood studios to offer 4K definition films on the new Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks what's at stake for the streaming video device ahead of its latest rollout.

4 min
Aug 28, 2017
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Some smartphone-carrying millennials and Gen Zers are so used to texting upon arrival that the sound of a ringing doorbell freaks them out. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has the details.

4 min
Aug 28, 2017
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Amazon will begin slashing prices on grocery staples at Whole Foods starting Monday, the first changes the online retailer plans for its $13.7 billion acquisition. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the latest.

6 min
Aug 24, 2017
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Rather than cautiously go on the defensive, Samsung made a specific approach not to hold back with the new Galaxy Note 8. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald talks how last year's epic Note 7 recall helped shape the new device.

5 min
Aug 24, 2017
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Electronic Arts and the National Football League are teaming up to create an annual videogame tournament aimed at a new kind of esports competitor -- the player sitting at home on the couch. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the details.

5 min
Aug 22, 2017
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As facial-recognition tech moves to mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims explains how using our faces to unlock devices could soon become routine -- not just in smartphones, but also in smart-home speakers, doorbells and locks.

4 min
Aug 22, 2017
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With HTC dropping the price of its Vive virtual-reality headset by $200, weeks after Facebook made a similar price cut for its Oculus Rift, Heard on the Street's Dan Gallagher talks whether a lower cost is enough to attract more VR users.

6 min
Aug 20, 2017
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Ford's new CEO says the auto maker is poised to rethink how customers are going to want to use self-driving vehicle technology. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the details.

6 min
Aug 17, 2017
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With a new report detailing how Facebook had to shut down an internal discussion group amid accusations of racist and sexist comments last year, the Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman talks Silicon Valley's ongoing struggle with cultural diversity.

4 min
Aug 16, 2017
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With Apple setting a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks its game plan for making a splash in Hollywood.

5 min
Aug 16, 2017
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As demand increases ahead of "Great American Eclipse," Amazon has taken a stand to remove special viewers with unconfirmed safety standards. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

6 min
Aug 14, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman explains how Facebook uses a data-security app called Onavo to peek at its competition's user habits, and how it's been crucial to helping scope out new product categories.

5 min
Aug 14, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Alexandra Bruell breaks down what to expect from Facebook's new "Watch" video platform, and how the social media giant plans to court digital video makers for content.

5 min
Aug 10, 2017
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Now that Amazon has moved to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the e-commerce giant needs to figure out how deeply it should integrate with the grocery chain. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more.

5 min
Aug 9, 2017
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With Disney set to launch its own subscription streaming service -- officially pulling all future movies from Netflix -- the Wall Street Journal's Erich Schwartzel talks how cable and streaming providers are feeling the heat.

6 min
Aug 9, 2017
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Tech companies like Alphabet and Apple are rethinking products amid a new wave of newcomers who avoid text and use voice activation and images to communicate instead. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Bellman talks how this emerging user base could create new winners and losers in tech.

4 min
Aug 8, 2017
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Mobile-game makers frequently use common tactics that ping players, baiting them back in with rewards and special contests. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman explains why it's a strategy that's working.

5 min
Aug 7, 2017
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Apple plans to introduce a smartwatch this year with cellular network capability, marking the first step in liberating the device and possibly consumers from their iPhone dependency. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has the details.

5 min
Aug 7, 2017
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Tesla's version of production "hell" could mean the Silicon Valley car maker will run low on cash later this year as it starts on an ambitious plan to build its first automobile for mainstream consumers. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has more.

5 min
Aug 4, 2017
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The latest in the legal fight between Uber and Alphabet over driverless-car trade secrets reveals Google co-founder Larry Page's flying-car startup enlisted star Google engineer Anthony Levandowski. The Wall Street's Jack Nicas has the details.

4 min
Aug 4, 2017
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While Tesla shareholders are betting on a profitable future, Heard on the Street's Charley Grant breaks down the costly challenges the electric-car maker faces in the present day.

6 min
Aug 3, 2017
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With the roll out of Facebook's new "related articles" feature, the Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman talks the social media giant's latest effort to limit the damage of false news -- without having to censor any posts.

6 min
Aug 3, 2017
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With Amazon's camera-equipped Echo Look touting the use of AI to evaluate which outfits look best on you, the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler checked with fashion experts for an experiment in how robots fare in assessing fashion.

6 min
Aug 2, 2017
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With services like App Store, iTunes and iCloud generating more than $27.8 billion in revenue in 12-month period, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks the breakthrough success of Apple's services business.

5 min
Aug 2, 2017
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Upon GM hiring the two hackers who notoriously hacked into a Jeep made by Fiat Chrysler, the Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias talks how Detroit is looking to move into a leading position in the autonomous car race.

5 min
Aug 1, 2017
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HBO is the latest entertainment company to be hacked and have its proprietary information, including some of its shows, stolen and leaked online. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan has the latest.

5 min
Jul 31, 2017
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Pressed by President Donald Trump, Apple suddenly faces new pressure to build factories in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has the details.

6 min
Jul 31, 2017
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Upon the release of its new Model 3 sedan, Tesla showed off details of the all-electric sedan's interior for the first time, allowing a roughly 10-minute test ride around the factory. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has a first look.

5 min
Jul 30, 2017
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With Amazon eking out its smallest quarterly profit in nearly two years, the Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks the high cost of its increasing dominance of retail.

7 min
Jul 28, 2017
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Tesla's Elon Musk is set to take the stage Friday evening at an event to showcase the first deliveries of the sedan he hopes will help transform his niche car company into a more mass-market maker. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the details.

4 min
Jul 28, 2017
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Twitter posted no real increase in users after getting a bump three months ago from the U.S. presidential election, stressing the growing challenges the social-media company faces. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has more.

4 min
Jul 27, 2017
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's net worth topped $90 billion on Thursday morning, allowing him to dethrone Microsoft's Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks what this means for Amazon's ever-growing momentum.

4 min
Jul 27, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks Amazon's giant job fair around the country as the tech giant pushes to make good on its pledge to hire 130,000 employees.

5 min
Jul 26, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun talks about the leading tech cities for higher-wage tech jobs, and why expensive prices in metro areas aren't enough to stop its growing momentum.

6 min
Jul 26, 2017
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With the new Lego Boost kit making classic Lego bricks come to life with programmable motors and sensors, the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler talks how encouraging kids to code has become a big trend among toys and apps.

5 min
Jul 25, 2017
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An influential House committee chairman is aiming to pass compromise net-neutrality legislation, seeking common ground between high-tech and telecommunications firms that have battled for a decade over internet governance rules. John D. McKinnon has the latest.

4 min
Jul 25, 2017
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Facing more pressure to speed orders more quickly to customers, a rising number of companies are using high-tech robots in their manufacturing process. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Baskin talks how this shakes up the e-commerce and traditional retail industries.

4 min
Jul 24, 2017
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J.P. Morgan Chase and PayPal, two of the highest-profile companies providing mobile wallets in the U.S., will now be partners as well as competitors under terms of a new deal. The Wall Street Journal's Peter Rudegeair has the latest.

4 min
Jul 24, 2017
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As Lyft announces plans to launch its own driver-less car division, the Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger talks where this leaves the always competitive self driving car race.

4 min
Jul 21, 2017
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With billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeting that he got "verbal" government approval for his ambitious New York-to-D.C. Hyperloop project, the Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins explains why he may have raised more questions than he answered.

5 min
Jul 21, 2017
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With a new talking sidekick arriving on millions of Samsung Galaxy S8 phones this week, the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler breaks down what makes chatting with Bixby different from Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.

5 min
Jul 20, 2017
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With President Donald Trump's tweets raising questions about a violation of Twitter's rules, the Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells talk how the the social network's anti-harassment campaign forces the company to confront tricky questions about how it applies standards.

4 min
Jul 20, 2017
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Google is relaunching Glass, its head-worn computer, by targeting corporate customers and dubbing the device, "Glass Enterprise Edition." The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

4 min
Jul 19, 2017
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Amid increasing pressure from Amazon, Wal-Mart and other large retailers are turning to technology to do workers' rote tasks. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer has the latest.

4 min
Jul 19, 2017
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Is your smartphone constantly telling you there's no more storage? Michael Hsu, Gear & Gadgets editor for The Wall Street Journal's Off Duty section, breaks down three free and paid ways to easily copy your photos and videos to the cloud before safely deleting them.

5 min
Jul 18, 2017
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Netflix blew through its subscriber-growth estimate, proving that big bets on original programming and international expansion are paying off. The Wall Street Journal's Austen Hufford has the latest.

5 min
Jul 18, 2017
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Netflix blew through its subscriber-growth estimate, proving that big bets on original programming and international expansion are paying off. The Wall Street Journal's Austen Hufford has the latest.

5 min
Jul 18, 2017
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As rumors circulate that Apple's new iPhone will arrive late -- and at a much higher price, the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher talks whether the tech giant can keep its appeal with the mass market as it scrambles to get the device done.

5 min
Jul 17, 2017
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Elon Musk warned a gathering of U.S. governors about several worst-case scenarios for AI, saying that the technology "is the biggest risk that we face as a civilization." The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the latest.

6 min
Jul 17, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis discusses Visa's offer to small businesses to upgrade payment technology and stop taking cash, as well as its broader effort to steer us away from using paper money.

4 min
Jul 14, 2017
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With hits running at a rate of more than 2.5 billion a month, technology advances continue to make robocalls cheap and easy to place. The Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon talks the FCC's latest move to curb these unwanted calls.

5 min
Jul 14, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks how restrictions on digital mapping by overseas firms in China present hurdles to non-Chinese vehicle and tech companies.

7 min
Jul 13, 2017
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Two different airport-screening changes-one high-tech, one very low-show promise at speeding up security lines and improving accuracy at finding weapons. The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney has the latest.

5 min
Jul 13, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler talks the new Tovala meal kit, which aims to reinvent the TV dinner by shipping meals to your home that are ready to cook in a special steam oven.

6 min
Jul 12, 2017
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Reporter Jack Nicas discusses the Wall Street Journal's report about Google's little-known program that harnesses the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy.

5 min
Jul 12, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene talks how Microsoft is pushing for "TV white-space technology," and why it may be the key to solving the digital divide between U.S. cities and rural areas.

6 min
Jul 11, 2017
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As Tesla readies for its first mass-market car, it's tripling its capacity to repair vehicles with new service centers and hundreds of maintenance vans. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the details surrounding its crucial strategy ahead of the Model 3 launch.

5 min
Jul 11, 2017
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As Apple's iTunes Store continues to struggle for music listeners, it's losing the battle for video viewers as well. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks talks how Apple aims to take on the rising competition.

6 min
Jul 10, 2017
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As more big banks roll out ATM machines accessible via smartphones, the Wall Street Journal's Telis Demos talks the new use of biometric data, and the complexities of managing millions of customers' personal information.

6 min
Jul 10, 2017
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As companies like Apple experiment with technology aimed understanding users without invading their privacy, the Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan explains how "differential privacy" tech gives companies a new way to analyze sensitive data.

4 min
Jul 7, 2017
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A year after 'Pokémon Go,' where are the augmented-reality hits? The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman talks what's next for AR as app makers continue to experiment with the nascent technology.

6 min
Jul 7, 2017
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With Apple's new iOS 11 software update, what will an iPad be good for -- and when are you still better off with a laptop? The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler breaks it down.

5 min
Jul 6, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Shalini Ramachandran talks how a tie-up with Amazon could help the Dish Network break into the wireless business and why a merging of the two companies makes sense down the road.

5 min
Jul 6, 2017
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As tech companies grapple with accusations of unfair treatment of women and minorities, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business is trying to help would-be entrepreneurs create more conscientious companies. The Wall Street Journal's Kelsey Gee has the details.

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