WSJ Tech News Briefing

WSJ Tech News Briefing

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Netflix Raises Prices on All of Its Subscription Plans

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Netflix has raised prices for all of its subscription plans, a move that will give the streaming-video giant more flexibility to continue its aggressive spending on content in the face of stepped-up competition from rivals. The Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint has more.

6 Min

Jan 16, 2019

Cloud Still Shines for Amazon, Microsoft

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Can Amazon and Microsoft keep their cloud businesses growing strong? The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher has more on the new $1.6 trillion question.

7 Min

Jan 15, 2019

Apple: Time to Blast Through 'Walled Garden?'

WSJ Tech News Briefing

For years, Apple's software and services were only available on its hardware. At this year's CES tech show in Las Vegas, it's become apparent that the company is ready to try something different. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has more.

10 Min

Jan 14, 2019

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12 min
Jan 11, 2019
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At the annual CES convention, companies showcase their most ambitious projects and hint at what's in store for the future of technology. The Wall Street Journal's Wilson Rothman and Brian Fitzgerald talk what's on the tech horizon with a recap of the world's biggest tech show-and-tell.

7 min
Jan 10, 2019
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Companies like AT&T and Verizon are putting their own spin on 5G wireless standards to appear more cutting-edge. As some decry fake 5G, the Wall Street Journal's Drew FitzGerald talks more on a brewing controversy.

7 min
Jan 9, 2019
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Companies like XPO Logistics and Rakuten are rolling out automation in warehouses to boost productivity -- increasing human-machine collaboration. The Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Smith explains how robots help speed up e-commerce.

7 min
Jan 8, 2019
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Tesla started construction of its new China factory, the first wholly foreign-owned car plant in the country and crucial to the electric-auto maker's goal to scale up production. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has more.

6 min
Jan 7, 2019
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Slowing iPhone sales triggered a nearly unprecedented warning from Apple about lower-than-expected revenue for its fiscal first quarter. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains why defending Apple's margins may now be coming at a significant cost to what is no longer the world's most valuable company.

6 min
Jan 4, 2019
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Beginning later this month, Roku will directly sell subscriptions to premium TV channels such as Starz, Showtime and Epix. The Wall Street Journal's Benjamin Mullin has more on how this shakes up a competitive streaming market.

7 min
Jan 3, 2019
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The next-generation wireless standard will bring undeniable benefits, but significant business for 5G technology in 2019 isn't likely. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains.

9 min
Jan 2, 2019
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A growing number of retailers have banned cash payments from their stores, only allowing payments to be made digitally or with plastic. That's made it awkward for customers who come in with just cash, says the Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley.

8 min
Dec 31, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Peter Rudegeair says more tech companies have jumped into the banking business, enabling small businesses to take out loans through smartphone apps.

8 min
Dec 28, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Dan Neil tells why he thinks top-notch electric vehicles will start rolling off the line over the next 18 to 36 months. Until then, he's spray-painting his old minivan.

7 min
Dec 27, 2018
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Since Amazon announced New York City and Virginia as the home of its newest headquarters, officials have boasted big benefits to local residents. The Wall Street Journal's Katie Honan talks what it means for the thousands of students with tech degrees each year in New York.

6 min
Dec 26, 2018
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Fortnite, the last-man-standing videogame, has pushed aside other pastimes and hobbies and transformed family dynamics. The Wall Street Journal looks at how the game is not only reshaping how young people spend their time, but how they communicate.

8 min
Dec 24, 2018
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Harley Lippman, CEO of tech staffing company Genesis10, explains why the tech industry has yet to see gains in hourly wages that have reached the broader labor market.

7 min
Dec 21, 2018
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Eight months after pulling its self-driving cars off the road following a fatal accident, Uber is putting the vehicles back into service. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger talks where this leaves the company in the autonomous car race.

9 min
Dec 20, 2018
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In front of hundreds of supporters, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk showcased his grand vision for alleviating city traffic with a network of tunnels that can transport electric cars underground and shuttle them at high speeds. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has more.

8 min
Dec 19, 2018
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Global smartphone sales are flattening, which is why big tech companies are looking to India and its millions of consumers for growth. For Apple, that's easier said than done. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle explains.

6 min
Dec 18, 2018
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In an effort to sharpen is's bottom line, Amazon is making key for changes in product packaging and is pushing big brands to change how they use its site. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens explains.

7 min
Dec 17, 2018
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Lil Miquela is an online star with a big Instagram following. She's also fake, a computer-generated influencer. The Wall Street Journal's Yoree Koh says CGIs are a test of the power of social media celebrity.

8 min
Dec 14, 2018
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With providers like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, and more creative risks, network leaders are placing bets on how audience experience will evolve. Stinson Carter explains.

8 min
Dec 13, 2018
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Data thieves' tactics are getting more ingenious and more intrusive, as Marriott's Starwood database breach adds to a string of large-scale corporate data intrusions. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan has more.

9 min
Dec 12, 2018
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai was thrust into the political spotlight when he testified at his first Congressional hearing on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan has more on the range of topics, including Google's handling of user data.

6 min
Dec 11, 2018
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A Chinese court ruled that Apple infringed on two Qualcomm patents related to photo editing and swiping on a touch-screen device. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

8 min
Dec 10, 2018
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White House gathered top Silicon Valley executives for a discussion on how to equip U.S. workers with skills necessary to retain jobs in the age of artificial intelligence. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan has more.

7 min
Dec 7, 2018
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Companies like Airbnb, TripAdvisor and Expedia are looking to organize the roughly 80% of activities done by travelers that are now booked offline. The Wall Street Journal's Aisha Al-Muslim has more.

6 min
Dec 6, 2018
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A Treasury-led task force is proposing that the U.S. Postal Service charge more for certain package deliveries -- going after Amazon and other online retailers that President Trump has said benefit at the post office's expense. The Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon has more.

7 min
Dec 5, 2018
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The latest successful rocket launch by Elon Musk's SpaceX marked new milestones for the company's drive to ease access for commercial satellites into orbit. The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor has the details.

6 min
Dec 4, 2018
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Amazon is testing its cashierless checkout technology for bigger stores, a strategy that could further challenge brick-and-mortar retailers if successful. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more.

7 min
Dec 3, 2018
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AT&T, trying to reassure investors it can capitalize on its big acquisition of Time Warner, plans to offer three versions of a new streaming video service next year that will feature original movies and television series from Warner Bros., Turner and HBO. The Wall Street Journal's Drew FitzGerald has more.

9 min
Nov 30, 2018
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Internal emails show Facebook thought about charging companies for access to user data several years ago -- a step that would have marked a dramatic shift from its policy of not selling that information. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has the details.

7 min
Nov 29, 2018
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Amazon.com has begun selling to doctors and hospitals new software that analyzes patients' medical records. We have more on Amazon's latest move into healthcare from the Wall Street Journal's Melanie Evans.

7 min
Nov 28, 2018
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Amazon is becoming a bigger player in advertising, rising to the number three spot in the U.S. digital ad market, after Google parent Alphabet, and Facebook. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more on what that means for the industry and competitors.

9 min
Nov 27, 2018
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For many consumers, their smart TV's capabilities are being outpaced by new and more advanced programming platforms and services. Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist David Pierce explains how to ensure your smart TV stays at the head of the class.

6 min
Nov 26, 2018
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OpenX's Dallas Lawrence examines the shift in consumers seeking out holiday shopping deals from Black Friday to the Monday after Thanksgiving. He also details how shopping has become a mobile-based activity and which segment of the population will be shopping mostly for themselves.

7 min
Nov 23, 2018
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Coupons haven't gone away, but the path to discounts is through shoppers' mobile phones or computers this holiday season. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer talks key tips for Black Friday shopping.

10 min
Nov 21, 2018
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Whether it's a coffee travel mug with sensors or new noise-cancelling headphones, there's a tech gift for everyone this holiday season. The Wall Street Journal's Wilson Rothman on some of the tech gadgets recommended by the Journal's personal tech columnists.

8 min
Nov 20, 2018
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With more than 1 million consumers canceling their cable-TV or satellite subscriptions in the past quarter, the Wall Street Journal's Drew FitzGerald talks how cord-cutters continue to chip away at providers' dominance of the living room.

7 min
Nov 19, 2018
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Many think personal computers are a fading business. But it turns out PCs have been a recent bright spot for tech. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains.

7 min
Nov 16, 2018
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Amazon's arrival in Long Island City and Northern Virginia will no doubt transform the two communities. That's if Amazon's presence in Seattle is any guide, says the Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene.

7 min
Nov 15, 2018
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As both Amazon.com and Google boost their presences in New York, the battle to lure high-tech talent will be intense. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath says each company will looking to attract software developers and engineers with different skills.

10 min
Nov 14, 2018
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Special Edition: At the WSJ Tech D.Live Conference, Instagram's co-founder talks about the evolution of social media. Brex's CEO touts the benefits of billboard advertising. And Kevin Hart weighs in on political correctness in comedy and the Rock.

8 min
Nov 14, 2018
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News that Amazon.com would locate half of its new headquarters in Long Island City, N.Y. sparked a real estate-buying frenzy in the area. Josh Barbanel of the Wall Street Journal has the story.

6 min
Nov 13, 2018
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D.Live Special Edition: With tech firms under growing scrutiny, how much regulation should they face? Some executives offered their thoughts at the WSJ Tech D.Live conference. Plus, L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer with some management insights.

9 min
Nov 13, 2018
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Major banks are partnering with state Departments of Motor Vehicles to combat identity fraud. It comes as more people are opening accounts online. The Wall Street Journal's Telis Demos explains.

7 min
Nov 12, 2018
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By making game consoles unnecessary, streaming could dramatically broaden the videogame market. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman talks what it will take to get there.

7 min
Nov 9, 2018
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Google said it would end its requirement for employee sexual-harassment claims to be handled in private arbitration, one week after thousands of workers walked out of offices in a global protest. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan has more.

8 min
Nov 8, 2018
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Amazon Echo and Google Home devices can play music, share the weather and dial up friends -- yet most still can't call 911. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse has more on the regulatory and technical reasons why smart devices can't make emergency calls.

6 min
Nov 7, 2018
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Amazon's decision to split its new headquarters exposes a secret known to many companies: It is tough to find top tech talent. The Wall Street Journal's Lauren Weber has more.

7 min
Nov 6, 2018
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To prevent Russian meddling on Election Day, officials have hired technology experts, established training for poll workers, and in some cases purchased new voting equipment. The Wall Street Journal's Dustin Volz has more.

7 min
Nov 5, 2018
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Campaign spending on Facebook isn't just up since the last midterm election-it's exploding. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has more on how politicians are sinking money into Facebook advertising.

5 min
Nov 1, 2018
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Apple reported another quarter of record revenue and profit, but its shares fell in after-hours trading following the company's lackluster sales guidance for the key holiday quarter. Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group has more.

8 min
Oct 31, 2018
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All over the world, citizens, bureaucrats and politicians are pushing back against the power of big tech companies. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has the latest.

9 min
Oct 31, 2018
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Apple unveiled two more-expensive versions of its Mac personal computers and a redesigned iPad, as it aims to reinvigorate lackluster sales of PCs and tablets with higher-priced devices. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce has more.

6 min
Oct 30, 2018
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The latest versions of Apple's iPad and Mac are expected to be revealed on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks whether they will be enough to reinvigorate its tablet and PC businesses.

9 min
Oct 29, 2018
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Despite leading what may be the first pure-play AI company to IPO, Zia Chishti, chairman and CEO of AI company Afiniti, is an AI cynic. He explains why the tech needs more human interaction.

5 min
Oct 26, 2018
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In its continuing drive to purge fake accounts, Twitter said it lost more users than forecast. Twitter also expects more user declines ahead. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman said Twitter boosted quarterly revenue and swung to a profit.

6 min
Oct 25, 2018
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Tesla surprised Wall Street with its latest earnings report, posting a profit for the second time in its history, mostly thanks to the Model 3. The Enderle Group's Rob Enderle breaks it down.

7 min
Oct 24, 2018
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Investors say focus on the finalists for Amazon's second headquarters is a way to bet on places with a growing pool of tech talent. The Wall Street Journal's Keiko Morris has more.

7 min
Oct 23, 2018
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Google, Amazon and Microsoft are making lots of new devices, but only Apple is making much money from gadgets lately. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher talks how big tech keeps trying its hand at new hardware.

8 min
Oct 22, 2018
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Facebook has hired Britain's former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, as its top policy and communications executive -- giving a Silicon Valley outsider the task of mending the social network's image. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has more.

6 min
Oct 19, 2018
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Allegations that Facebook misled advertisers about video viewership have reignited debate among publishing execs about who is to blame for an ill-fated bet on video produced for social-media. The Wall Street Journal's Benjamin Mullin has more.

7 min
Oct 18, 2018
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Countertop payment tablets like Square are turning gratuities into a public ordeal. The Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Levitz talks how new payment technology is shaming consumers into excess tipping.

9 min
Oct 17, 2018
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Amazon, Walmart and others are using AI and robotics to transform everything from appliance shopping to grocery delivery. Welcome to the physical cloud. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has more.

6 min
Oct 16, 2018
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On Tuesday, when Netflix reports third-quarter earnings, the streaming giant will get to prove to investors that its earnings miss last quarter was just a passing blip and not a sign of a more serious slowdown. The Enderle Group's Rob Enderle has more.

8 min
Oct 15, 2018
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We face constant reminders that our personal data is scattered all over the internet. The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley talks how to reduce your exposure.

5 min
Oct 12, 2018
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Top lawmakers sent a stinging letter to Google over its handling of a data vulnerability that affected hundreds of thousands of users of its Google+ social media service. The Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon has the details.

10 min
Oct 11, 2018
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Google unveiled two new Pixel smartphones, a Chromebook that acts as both tablet and laptop, and a smart display designed for kitchens and bedrooms. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce has the details.

6 min
Oct 10, 2018
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Facebook is launching a pair of video-chat devices that will give it a deeper connection to what users do in their homes -- even as it faces intense scrutiny over its handling of user data. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has more.

7 min
Oct 9, 2018
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Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan has the details.

9 min
Oct 8, 2018
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In our "Always On" world, colleagues text and email us at all hours, expecting a quick response. But certain strategies can happily keep you out of reach -- and not out of a job. The Wall Street Journal's Matthew Kitchen has more.

6 min
Oct 5, 2018
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With Honda investing $750 million in GM's self-driving car unit, the Wall Street Journal's Adrienne Roberts talks about how car makers and tech giants scramble to plant stakes in a landscape swiftly being reshaped by technology.

7 min
Oct 4, 2018
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With new layouts, curbside pickup zones, and round-the-clock restocking, e-commerce has the supermarket business radically changing. The Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon has more.

7 min
Oct 3, 2018
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The world's cybersleuths are investigating a new mystery: Who is behind an anonymous effort to expose China's hacker army? A group called Intrusion Truth has published online messages and blog posts about hacking campaigns. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan has the details.

9 min
Oct 2, 2018
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The next era of tech won't work with a physical keyboard -- you'll interact with it the same way you do other people. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce explains.

5 min
Oct 1, 2018
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Slack Technologies is actively preparing for an initial public offering in the first half of 2019, with an eye toward going public as soon as the first quarter. The Wall Street Journal's Maureen Farrell has more.

5 min
Sep 28, 2018
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Amazon opens a new bricks-and-mortar store that will feature a selection of goods curated partly by local consumers' online shopping habits, part of its efforts to reshape the way people shop. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

7 min
Sep 27, 2018
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai plans to appear at a meeting of top GOP lawmakers Friday, responding to new scrutiny of the its work with China and alleged bias against conservatives in its search results. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan has a preview.

7 min
Sep 26, 2018
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The two co-founders of Facebook's popular Instagram app are stepping down -- a move marking continued tumult at the social-networking giant. Wall Street Journal reporter Deepa Seetharaman has the details.

7 min
Sep 25, 2018
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Apple wants to make scripted shows for streaming -- but it doesn't want to risk its pristine brand image by including violence and risqué story lines common to cable, Netflix and Amazon. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

6 min
Sep 24, 2018
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With a large number of customers coming out for the store debut of Apple's new iPhones on Friday, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle explains how customer turnout will go a long way toward determining Apple's results over the next year.

5 min
Sep 21, 2018
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In a bid to control the smart home of the future, Amazon is offering makers of electronics a small chip that would let people use their voice to command everything from microwaves to room fans. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more.

5 min
Sep 20, 2018
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For the second straight year, Apple is selling its new iPhones at different times-but this time, it's putting out the priciest model first. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks its new strategy.

6 min
Sep 19, 2018
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After years toiling in obscurity, startups have suddenly hit the jackpot in a corner of the enterprise-software market sprinkled with artificial intelligence. The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler has the details.

9 min
Sep 18, 2018
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The latest iOS 12 software from Apple is coming to your iPhones and iPads. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce explains why you should upgrade -- especially if you have an older device.

7 min
Sep 17, 2018
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Elon Musk's SpaceX announced that it had signed up the first private passenger to fly around the moon. The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor has more on the future of space tourism.

7 min
Sep 14, 2018
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Apple's smartwatch added heart-monitoring and fall-detection applications that could help detect medical conditions but also trigger false alarms. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

11 min
Sep 13, 2018
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Apple is making a bet that larger screens can persuade millions of iPhone owners to not only upgrade to a new device but also fork over more money. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher has the details.

5 min
Sep 12, 2018
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The European Union's executive arm joined Google and a group of free-speech advocates to oppose expanding the bloc's "right to be forgotten" beyond European borders. The Wall Street Journal's Sam Schechner has more from Luxembourg.

8 min
Sep 11, 2018
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As the next era of 5G approaches, a battle is on to determine whether the U.S. or China will dominate. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse has more.

9 min
Sep 10, 2018
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Companies have upgraded strollers and carriages with high-tech designs, enabling parents to take their kids along for the ride on a rugged trail ... or down a ski slope! More from Wall Street Journal contributor and freelance writer Jonathan Welsh.

8 min
Sep 7, 2018
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After PCs and the iPhone, Apple's third act could be as a wearable technology company. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims says devices like the Apple Watch and AirPods, combined with Apple's services, could make wearables the next big growth driver for Apple.

7 min
Sep 6, 2018
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Twitter has typically relied on users to report abusive content. But sources have told the Wall Street Journal that CEO Jack Dorsey has weighed in some high-profile decisions. The Journal's Georgia Wells has more.

8 min
Sep 5, 2018
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With hackers looking to target major U.S. cities, municipal governments are taking out cybersecurity insurance. The Wall Street Journal's Scott Calvert talks about what cyber insurance covers and how much it costs.

8 min
Sep 4, 2018
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Finding a new job or freelancing gig is hard enough. But the Wall Street Journal's Chris Kornelis says a poorly conceived email address can seriously harm your career prospects. He runs down some rules you should consider when changing your online handle.

8 min
Sep 3, 2018
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New devices can measure the velocity and distance of your stroke and help determine which club to pull out next. But is all this new data actually helpful, or just another expensive golf trend? The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce aims to find out.

5 min
Aug 31, 2018
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Corporations have increased their use of artificial intelligence to improve customer interaction. The Wall Street Journal's Steven Norton talks about how AI has helped TGI Fridays target its customers more efficiently.

9 min
Aug 30, 2018
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Want simple, DIY home security without a camera spying on your family? The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce breaks down which ones work best.

6 min
Aug 29, 2018
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Toyota is investing about $500 million in Uber as part of an deal to work jointly on autonomous vehicles aimed at improving safety and transportation. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has more.

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