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Tesla: One Step Closer to a Car Factory in China?

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Tesla has confirmed that it's exploring with government officials in Shanghai the possibility of opening a facility to build electric vehicles for the Chinese market. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks what this means for the U.S.'s most valuable automaker.

4 Min

Jun 23, 2017

The Big Prize in Amazon-Whole Foods Deal? Data

WSJ Tech News Briefing

If its deal goes through, Amazon can join its online expertise with Whole Foods' in-store knowledge to gather key information about how consumers shop. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

5 Min

Jun 21, 2017

Why Your Next Car Could Be a Living Room on Wheels

WSJ Tech News Briefing

As auto makers look to the driverless future, the Wall Street Journal's Chester Dawson discusses the emerging innovation in automotive interiors and how the inside of our cars may soon see a new transformation.

6 Min

Jun 20, 2017

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5 min
Jun 20, 2017
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Amazon's planned $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods unites two maverick businessmen who will now have to blend very distinct approaches to make the deal a success. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

5 min
Jun 19, 2017
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While Amazon may be the player most likely to persuade Americans to buy fresh food online, it must first solve the "last mile" logistics puzzle. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon has the details.

7 min
Jun 19, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Levitz says high costs are preventing far-flung U.S. communities from getting speedy broadband Internet access. Jennifer visited a rural Missouri county and tells us how it's been impacted by slow Internet service.

7 min
Jun 15, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Chester Dawson says the IBM/BMW deal would provide car owners with customized services based on real-time vehicle performance.

4 min
Jun 14, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Lara O'Reilly says Facebook is launching new algorithms to help advertisers direct their ads to people most likely to buy their products.

5 min
Jun 13, 2017
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Look ma, no hands! Facebook is working on developing technology that would help us type and text directly with our minds, not our fingers. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims talks about Facebook's plan for telepathic typing.

4 min
Jun 12, 2017
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While Uber wrestles with a string of controversies, the ride-hailing company is in advanced talks to acquire much of the engineering team from struggling car-parking service, Luxe Valet. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has the details.

5 min
Jun 9, 2017
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Having taken shots of many of the world's streets using cameras on vehicles, Google is moving to more difficult locations. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Cherney talks the latest virtual enhancements to its "Street View" feature as well as its future in mapping technology.

5 min
Jun 8, 2017
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Amazon has teamed up with Crestron, global provider of technology solutions, to bring Alexa into the work place and hopefully get employees to work more productively. Dan Jackson, who leads Crestron's enterprise technology business, has the details.

4 min
Jun 8, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks how augmented reality may be Apple's next frontier and where its new ARKit platform stands against new innovation from Facebook, Alphabet and Snap.

5 min
Jun 7, 2017
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Uber has fired more than 20 workers as a result of an investigation into claims it has an aggressive, male-dominated workplace that permits sexual harassment and sexism. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has the details.

5 min
Jun 7, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Wilson Rothman discusses how, with iOS 11, the new iPad Pro could be Apple's best chance at turning the iPad into a laptop replacement.

6 min
Jun 6, 2017
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In wake of the London attacks, the Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas discusses the criticism Silicon Valley is facing for not cracking down enough on terrorists who successfully use the internet to communicate with and recruit followers.

6 min
Jun 6, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims talks how the trend of Americans working from home continues to be on the rise as the tools to accomplish remote work become increasingly powerful.

7 min
Jun 5, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald and Wilson Rothman break down the top takeaways from the first day of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference including an updated iOS, a new iPad Pro, and the unveiling of its smart speaker, HomePod.

6 min
Jun 5, 2017
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Google is set to roll out a new ad-blocking tool expected to prevent all ads from appearing on websites that are deemed to provide a bad advertising experience for users. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Marshall has the details.

5 min
Jun 2, 2017
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Wrapping up the Wall Street Journal's comprehensive guide to online privacy, personal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler talks the concept of pseudonyms, as well how to further obscure your online presence.

6 min
Jun 2, 2017
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In the first part of the Wall Street Journal's comprehensive guide to online privacy, personal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler breaks down how to share as little data as possible, as well as how to efficiently block your browser.

5 min
Jun 1, 2017
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Looking to install outdoor lighting -- without the elaborate and costly installation? The Wall Street Journal's Michael Hsu offers a guide to outdoor solar lights for your garden or patio.

5 min
Jun 1, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler talks the growing business of digitizing the doctor's office with a look at Outcome Health, a company specializing in digital posters and pamphlets in doctor's waiting rooms.

5 min
May 31, 2017
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Now that Uber has fired its top driverless-car executive Anthony Levandowski, the Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas talks where the company's bid to contain a spiraling legal battle with Google parent Alphabet goes from here.

7 min
May 31, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman and Brian Fitzgerald explain how Nintendo has been pitted against companies like Apple as tech giants are gobbling up the same parts Nintendo needs to make its hit Switch machine.

6 min
May 30, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom's take everything from the app's next set of challenges, to its relationship with Facebook and the constant competition with Snap.

6 min
May 30, 2017
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On the heels of Ford's recent CEO restructuring, the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims talks how investors and boards are hunting for corporate leaders who can move quickly to fend off upstarts and place big bets on disruptive tech.

5 min
May 29, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald discusses how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard commencement speech sheds light on how dropping out to launch a startup has gained allure in the tech industry.

4 min
May 26, 2017
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With Mixer, Microsoft is joining Facebook in making a late entry into a hot market dominated by Amazon and Alphabet. The Wall Street Journal Sarah E. Needleman has the details.

5 min
May 26, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Khadeeja Safdar discusses the speed at which technology is changing the retail industry, and how companies like J.Crew are digitally shifting their focus for a more accessible image.

7 min
May 25, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler breaks down just how much of your personal information is out there -- and how you can avoid making yourself a data-target.

5 min
May 24, 2017
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Uber revealed that it mistakenly underpaid its New York City drivers for years, an error that could cost it millions of dollars. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger talks where this leaves the company's contentious relationship with its 1.5 million drivers.

6 min
May 24, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan discusses the newest cybersecurity dangers as details emerge about how the hacking group critical in the WannaCry attack has been releasing alleged National Security Agency secrets for the past eight months.

6 min
May 24, 2017
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After revenue for the entire Surface line of computers sank 26% last month, the Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald talks whether a new Surface Pro tablet-laptop can revive the product line and give Microsoft the boost it needs.

6 min
May 23, 2017
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As women remain an underserved market in financial services, a new fintech app that uses artificial intelligence and psychology aims to change that. MarketWatch reporter Maria LaMagna has the details.

7 min
May 23, 2017
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As IT security becomes one of the fastest-growing categories in tech, the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims discusses how the rise of cyberthreats have transformed IT jobs into professions that treat cybersecurity as a top priority.

5 min
May 22, 2017
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Amazon has upended the produce market in Seattle after setting up fruit stands around its headquarters and giving out more than 1.7 million free bananas. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks how the response has been split.

4 min
May 22, 2017
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Tired of hunching your shoulder to allow for hands-free talking? There's an easy way to attach a phone rest to your iPhone or Android smartphone. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Hsu breaks it down.

5 min
May 19, 2017
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IBM is giving thousands of its remote workers in the U.S. a choice: Abandon your home workspaces and relocate to a regional office-or leave the company. The Wall Street Journal's John Simons has the details.

4 min
May 19, 2017
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In an esports deal with ESL, Facebook is shifting its strategy to deliver more-polished programming to the company's nearly two billion monthly users. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the latest.

5 min
May 18, 2017
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With Microsoft planning to extend its cloud business into Africa with two big data centers there next year, the Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene talks where the cloud-computing arms race goes from here.

6 min
May 18, 2017
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In a new deal with Target, mattress seller Casper is the latest online retailer to turn to physical stores. The Wall Street Journal's Eliot Brown explains why web-retail startups are increasingly looking for growth in brick-and-mortar.

5 min
May 17, 2017
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With Twitter co-founder Biz Stone rejoining the micro-messaging company to focus on its culture, the Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells talks whether he can revive morale amid executive departures and slumping growth.

7 min
May 16, 2017
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While the hackers behind the WannaCry cyberattack succeeded in extracting some ransom payments, converting that bitcoin into cash could prove to be a tougher task. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna breaks down.

5 min
May 16, 2017
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Lyft and Alphabet's Waymo have announced that they would work together to develop autonomous-vehicle technology, dealing another potential blow to rival Uber's ambitions. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas has the latest.

5 min
May 16, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks Apple's latest innovation, Apple Park, and why it's the leading example of the tech industry's newfound love for splashy architecture.

6 min
May 15, 2017
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As businesses deal with the fallout from the WannaCry virus, a cyberattack that hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries, WSJ Pro's cybersecurity writer Kate Fazzini talks about how ransomware is on the rise, and what businesses can do to protect themselves.

5 min
May 15, 2017
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Michael Hsu, Gear & Gadgets editor for the Wall Street Journal's Off Duty section, offers key tips in his comprehensive guide to making your iPhone footage more cinematic.

4 min
May 12, 2017
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As furniture becomes one of the fastest-growing segments of U.S. online retail, Amazon aims to make a major push into its marketplace. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the latest.

6 min
May 12, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler talks how the new Hulu app with Live TV looks nothing like most cable systems -- and why it may offer a first glimpse on what the future of TV watching is like.

5 min
May 11, 2017
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New details on the highly anticipated Echo Show smart speaker from Amazon shed light on the video technology involved within the 7-inch touchscreen, as well as a motion detector camera. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the latest.

7 min
May 11, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims discusses Uber's greatest existential threat -- the disappearance of car-owning drivers caused by the rise of autonomous vehicles.

6 min
May 10, 2017
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After its red-hot IPO, Snap reported quarterly revenue that missed analysts' estimates in its very first results. The Wall Street Journal's Steve Russolillo breaks it down.

6 min
May 10, 2017
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Amazon has unveiled a new speaker, the Echo Show, equipped with a touch screen that can incorporate new video and calling capabilities. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks how the online retailer stays one step ahead of tech rivals in seeking to control smart homes.

6 min
May 9, 2017
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The hacking of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron's campaign has shed light on the importance of a strong IT security strategy in a clutch situation. WSJ Pro's Kate Fazzini talks the key cybersecurity lessons companies can learn from the attack.

4 min
May 9, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene discusses Microsoft's Invoke, a soon to be released voice-controlled device that hopes to challenge Amazon's Echo smart speaker.

4 min
May 8, 2017
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Comcast and Charter Communications have struck a wireless partnership as the cable giants look to get a piece of the cutthroat business. The Wall Street Journal's Shalini Ramachandran has the details.

4 min
May 7, 2017
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Ahead of Snap's first quarterly earnings report as a publicly traded company, the Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells discusses how its new ad tool, Snapchat Ad Manager, could encourage a broader base of companies to experiment with Snap's ad formats.

5 min
May 5, 2017
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Amid a wave of phishing emails spoofing the Google Docs document-sharing app hit a cross-section of businesses this week, WSJ Pro's Kate Fazzini talks how companies can be proactive against cyber-security threats and email hacks.

6 min
May 5, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins explains how Tesla's CEO Elon Musk thought it would be funny for the names of his vehicle models to spell out something cool -- and the slight misunderstanding in the marketplace about a new car model and its name.

6 min
May 4, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan explains a new phishing attack impacting Google recipients who gave attackers access to their Google email messages and contact list. Plus, what you need to know about keeping yourself secure.

7 min
May 4, 2017
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Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S operating system at an event in New York focused on education this week. The Wall Street Journal's tech editors Brian Fitzgerald and Wilson Rothman break down everything you need to know, and whether Microsoft is poised to finally catch up to its rivals.

6 min
May 3, 2017
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All eyes are on Facebook as the social media giant reports quarterly results Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal's Steve Russolillo talks how Facebook fared this quarter and what lies ahead amid new controversies and competition.

6 min
May 3, 2017
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An analysis last year by a longtime engineer at Facebook found female engineers received 35% more rejections of their code than men, setting off an internal debate over gender bias. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has the details.

5 min
May 2, 2017
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The Enderle Group's Rob Enderle breaks down Apple's latest earnings with a look at what a surprise fall in iPhone sales could mean despite a solid report for the second quarter.

6 min
May 2, 2017
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Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk has revealed new details about his idea for an underground roadway system beneath cities that would zip cars through tunnels. The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler has the latest.

4 min
May 1, 2017
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Apple is expected to report this week that its stockpile of cash has topped a quarter of a trillion dollars -- exceeding that of any other U.S. company in recent history with the exception of financial companies. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has the latest.

6 min
May 1, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman talks how Google is retooling its search engine to prevent sites peddling fake news, hoaxes and conspiracy theories from appearing in its top results.

6 min
Apr 28, 2017
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Amid big earnings reports from Amazon, Microsoft and Google, Dan Gallagher talks how the newfound prominence of today's high-tech giants is driving the market.

7 min
Apr 28, 2017
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With Verizon's new investment in Renovo Auto, the Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks how it aims to find its place among the vast oceans of wireless data that could flow from computer-driven cars.

5 min
Apr 27, 2017
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Amazon has introduced the Echo Look, a version of its speakers that comes with a camera so users can now take videos of their outfits and compare them via algorithms. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

4 min
Apr 27, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene previews Microsoft's earnings report with a look at whether its productivity and cloud business can carry the company's results to at least meet, if not beat, expectations.

5 min
Apr 26, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells talks how Twitter's revenue slides for the first time since its IPO, raising questions about how the company is going to hit its goal of becoming profitable this year.

6 min
Apr 26, 2017
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Waymo, the autonomous car unit of Google-parent Alphabet, will dramatically expand its testing efforts by making hundreds of self-driving vehicles available to families and urban commuters in the Phoenix area. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the latest.

5 min
Apr 25, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks Apple's plans to put senior engineers -- some with NASA experience -- in autonomous cars for road tests as it rushes to catch up in the self-driving car race.

5 min
Apr 25, 2017
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With next month marking the 30th birthday of favorite techie acronym, the "GIF," Wall Street Journal columnist Ben Zimmer talks how it has survived to be one of the most resilient terms of the digital age.

5 min
Apr 24, 2017
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As Amazon continues to build out its supply chain and logistics network, the Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks how it's setting its sights on new driver-less vehicle technology.

6 min
Apr 24, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler talks Elon's Musk's newly launched company called Neuralink, which aims to implant tiny electrodes in the brain "that may one day upload and download thoughts."

5 min
Apr 21, 2017
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EY's VC Leader Jeff Grabow discusses the venture capital trends he's seeing in the tech space and the overall horizontal impact of technology in the VC world and beyond.

5 min
Apr 21, 2017
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Hyperloop One, self-dubbed the "transportation of the future," is delaying and scaling back the first full test of its prototype of train-like pods that whisk through low-pressure tubes. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has the latest.

7 min
Apr 20, 2017
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Tesla has settled a lawsuit against the former director of its semiautonomous Autopilot system, clearing the way for one of the stars among self-driving cars to build his own company that could become a threat to the Silicon Valley car maker. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the latest.

7 min
Apr 19, 2017
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With its Galaxy S8, Samsung has created a bigger phone that fits better. Although incomplete without the much-hyped "Bixby" voice assistance, the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler explains why its a new trendsetter.

5 min
Apr 19, 2017
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While "add on" features have generated billions of dollars a year in revenue for the video game industry, major gaming publishers are finding it comes at a price. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the latest.

7 min
Apr 19, 2017
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GM left out one feature from Chevrolet's new Bolt electric car: built-in navigation. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias talks how the era of smartphones have changed the game of smart mapping.

5 min
Apr 18, 2017
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Google has joined tech companies in purchasing land in a private industrial park near Reno, Nevada, buying up 1,210 acres for a data center. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas talks whether this hints at any other big projects down the road.

4 min
Apr 17, 2017
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In its earnings report, Netflix beat the street on earnings expectations but the video streaming giant missed the mark on subscriber growth. The Wall Street Journal's Gunjan Banerji talks what lies ahead.

4 min
Apr 17, 2017
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The Switch, Nintendo's new game console, got off to a roaring start in the U.S. during its launch month of March, surprising analysts and investors who worried that pricing would hurt sales. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the details.

4 min
Apr 14, 2017
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The largest U.S. technology companies in the S&P 500 fell for the 10th session in a row -- the longest losing streak in nearly five years. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich has the latest.

5 min
Apr 14, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman talks how Instagram's chief operating officer, Marne Levine, has been the driving force that helped the photo-sharing app mature into a full-fledged business.

5 min
Apr 13, 2017
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In his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reflects on how he keeps his internet retail giant a competitive force in the tech industry. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the latest.

6 min
Apr 13, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler talks the latest innovation in PCs, as desktop makers reinvent the stationary computer -- from drafting-board touch screens to bodies that double as home-theater speakers.

5 min
Apr 12, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher discusses how Microsoft is grappling with Minecraft, and how the popular videogame still needs a sales boost despite its strong user base.

4 min
Apr 12, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman talks why U.S. casinos are turning to the growing popularity of video-game competitions, and how they may be the key to a jump-start in growth.

7 min
Apr 11, 2017
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Tara Rudnicki, President of Tobii Dynavox's North American market, discusses the launch of Indi, the all-in-one speech tablet for non-verbal communicators and its revolutionary tech aiming to bring quality of life improvements to people living with disabilities.

4 min
Apr 10, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks how hackers are targeting a vast population of third-party sellers on Amazon.com and what the retail giant is doing to combat the growing issue.

6 min
Apr 10, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks Tesla's new milestone and how being able to (briefly) pass GM in market value underscores profound changes happening in the global automotive industry.

6 min
Apr 10, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene says Amazon, Microsoft and Google are spending billions of dollars on their cloud computing businesses. They're building enormous data centers which will run other companies' computer networks.

7 min
Apr 7, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas says YouTube is now blocking ads from video channels with fewer than 10 thousand views.

4 min
Apr 7, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Ellie Kincaid discusses how companies are newly incorporating emojis into their businesses models, and what research says about why it's a trend that's on the rise.

6 min
Apr 6, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman talks how Facebook will use a stricter process to try to stop the sharing of explicit photos without user consent on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.

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