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Mobile-Game Makers: Virtually Tapping on Your Shoulder

WSJ Tech News Briefing

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.

4 Min

Aug 8, 2017

Can Next Apple Watch Break Us Free From Our iPhone?

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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

Why Tesla's Cash Could Burn in Production 'Hell'

WSJ Tech News Briefing

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 7, 2017

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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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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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.

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 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.

5 min
Jul 5, 2017
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In the face of competition from Tesla, Volvo has announced that new models from 2019 will be either fully electric or a hybrid. The Wall Street Journal's William Boston talks how abandoning conventional car engines is poised to shake up the auto industry.

5 min
Jul 4, 2017
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With President Donald Trump signing an executive order to reinstate the National Space Council, the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor talks whether the organization of new space programs can restore America's legacy of leadership in orbit.

4 min
Jul 4, 2017
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With Tesla reporting second quarter global sales growth of 53% amid Elon Musk's tight timeline for Model 3 production, the Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins discusses whether it's on track to become mainstream player in the car industry.

5 min
Jul 2, 2017
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With regulators calling Google's search engine a monopoly for the first time ever, the Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas talks the new threat Google's business strategy faces from the European Union.

4 min
Jun 30, 2017
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With Tesla CEO Elon Musk teasing on his Twitter account that an announcement about the timing of the coming Model 3 sedan will come on Sunday, the Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks how enthusiasm helped push the company's shares to record highs.

4 min
Jun 30, 2017
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For years, Nike was one of the biggest holdouts against Amazon, refusing to sell items on the website. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens explains how shifting trends have changed things and what it means for the future of e-commerce.

5 min
Jun 29, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Alejandro Lazo discusses why Silicon Valley is leading the charge to boost minimum wage, and how cities in the wealthy region are enacting laws to increase base pay.

4 min
Jun 29, 2017
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With Apple pulling out all the stops for its next roll out, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks about the huge challenges ahead of the iPhone's 10th birthday.

7 min
Jun 28, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler reviews the Echo Show, Amazon's first Alexa-powered speaker with a touch screen and built-in camera, and explains why it may still need some work before it's a welcome addition to most homes.

4 min
Jun 28, 2017
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Thanks to the growing number of online dating services, the economic dynamics of online dating have seen a shift in trends. The Wall Street Journal's Khadeeja Safdar breaks it down.

5 min
Jun 27, 2017
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Heard on the Street's Dan Gallagher talks why Google's record-breaking fine from the European Union highlights how the tech industry continues to benefit from its size -- despite the risks of constant scrutiny.

6 min
Jun 27, 2017
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As the iPhone marks the 10th anniversary of its first sale this week, the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims talks about what Apple has in store for the next ten years.

5 min
Jun 26, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman discusses how Facebook is working with Hollywood studios and agencies to produce TV-quality shows -- with an eye toward launching original programming as soon as late this summer.

4 min
Jun 23, 2017
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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.

6 min
Jun 23, 2017
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The resignation of Uber's CEO has some investors and entrepreneurs saying it will prompt a reassessment of placing ambitious expansion targets ahead of principles. The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler has more.

5 min
Jun 22, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg announced a brand new mission statement at a Facebook event in Chicago this week. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman talks how his new focus will aim to "bring the world closer together."

6 min
Jun 22, 2017
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With high-end VR lacking a customer base large enough for game publishers to commit big development dollars, virtual reality may not break out of its niche without some must-have games. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher breaks it down.

5 min
Jun 21, 2017
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Travis Kalanick's abrupt resignation as CEO leaves Uber searching for a leader to run the world's most valuable startup. The Wall Street Journal's Joann S. Lublin talks how this "once-in-a-generation opportunity" is also fraught with risk.

5 min
Jun 21, 2017
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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.

6 min
Jun 20, 2017
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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.

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.

5 min
Jun 16, 2017
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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence at the company, leaving the decision-making to a group of 14 senior executives. Wall Street Journal reporter Kelsey Gee has talked to experts who say that a company run by committee is not an ideal situation.

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 9, 2017
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With its voice assistant Siri, Apple finds itself playing catch-up in a product category it invented. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks whether it can find its way back as a leader in voice tech innovation.

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.

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