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Microsoft Tries to Take On Twitch at Videogame Live-Streaming

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:05:12 EDT

Microsoft on Thursday is launching its own videogame live-streaming service called Mixer, setting up yet another battle among some of the biggest names in the technology industry.

Google's Strategic Long Game in China

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:30:20 EDT

A friendly game of Go in the picturesque city of Wuzhen has given Google an opening to return to China’s good graces, seven years after it left the country over government censorship of its namesake search engine and hacks of its Gmail service.

Wal-Mart Wants to Know When Your Milk Is About to Expire

Fri, 05 May 2017 10:14:21 EDT

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is thinking about using sensor technologies to track how much detergent a family has used or when milk is about to expire, according to a patent application made public Thursday, a sign the retailer is exploring new ways to fend off Inc.

Wall Street's Message to CEOs: Innovate Now

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:10:06 EDT

Wall Street, long obsessed with quarterly profits, has a message for chief executives of big established companies: Pick up the pace of innovation and make riskier bets sooner.

Samsung Gets Green Light to Test Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:42:25 EDT

Samsung has received regulatory approval to test a self-driving car in its home market, a reflection of the South Korean technology giant’s growing ambitions in the auto industry.

How Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:11:01 EDT

Political consultant Aaron Nevins asked for and received documents from hacker “Guccifer 2.0” and posted some on his blog, after which the hacker called the blog to the attention of Trump adviser Roger Stone.

The 'Merperson' Comes to Emoji

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:05:38 EDT

For the latest release of emoji, a subcommittee recommended a gender-neutral version to go with mermaids and mermen.

Best Buy Defies Slump in Retail

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:46:21 EDT

Best Buy, the electronics giant left for dead a few years ago, is bucking America’s retail slump by turning its cavernous stores from a potential drag on its business into a way to fend off Amazon.

Startup's Rocket Reaches Space, but Falls Short of Orbit

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:35:31 EDT

RocketLab, a startup widely seen as a trailblazer for frequent, ultralow-cost access to space, failed to reach orbit on its first flight.

Elon Musk's Desire for S-E-X Leads to Confusion With Model 3

Sun, 07 May 2017 21:51:54 EDT

Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, countered a slight misunderstanding in the marketplace about the new car model and its name.

In the Chips: Tech's Sleeping Giant Becomes a $352 Billion Cash Cow

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:54:48 EDT

The proliferation of connected devices and big data is handing new clout to chip makers. The result is an unprecedented semiconductor boom, as a flood of demand pushes up prices and gives an advantage to firms that can secure huge quantities of the must-have components.

Tanium Lets Staff, Chairman Cash Out for $100 Million

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:39:25 EDT

Cybersecurity startup Tanium Inc. has created a liquidity event for insiders following a spate of negative publicity.

In Modern Cyber War, the Spies Can Become Targets, Too

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:21:46 EDT

Over the past eight months, a mysterious hacking group released what it says are National Security Agency computer-espionage secrets. Former intelligence officials now fear the hackers are taking a new tack: exposing the identities of the NSA computer-hacking team.

Amazon's Australian Expedition to Rattle Retailers

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:09:46 EDT

Amazon is preparing to bring its full retail offering to Australia, signaling a major competitive threat to the country’s retailers and an important new beachhead for its global distribution network.

Facebook Tool Handles Media Companies' Video Ad Sales

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:27:21 EDT

Facebook is testing a new tool designed to help media companies sell video advertising on their own websites, apps and other digital properties in a more automated fashion, the company said Tuesday.

A Tech Warrior's Final Battle With Google

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:01:10 EDT

For much of the past two decades, Qi Lu, a search-technology whiz, waged losing battles against Google, first at Yahoo then at Microsoft’s Bing. Now, he says he can shape China’s Baidu into a worthy competitor in artificial intelligence.

Futuristic Fintech, With a Female Focus

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:37:53 EDT

Women remain an underserved market in financial services. A new app thinks it has the answer, but is AI up to the task?

Talent Battle: Hedge Funds vs. Silicon Valley

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:42:52 EDT

The battle for quantitative talent has turned some of the richest money managers into underdogs, pitting them against the likes of Google and Facebook for hiring the world’s top minds.

How to Be Your Own Quant

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:38:44 EDT

You may already trust algorithms more than you realize, like watching movies suggested for you or making purchases based on recommendations attuned to your taste. Why not let computers pick all your investments, too?

SoftBank Founder Looks to Virtual Worlds in Next Big Tech Bet

Fri, 12 May 2017 07:15:14 EDT

Improbable, a London-based maker of virtual worlds and real-world simulations, has raised $502 million in a funding round led by the Japanese telecommunications and internet giant

Take-Two Needs 'Grand Theft Auto' to Keep on Rolling

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:28:37 EDT

Delay of “Red Dead Redemption 2” means a four-year old blockbuster will need to keep selling.

Ford Lures Engineer Back From Uber

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:52:05 EDT

Ford Motor Co. has wooed back a senior engineer who left the auto maker to develop autonomous vehicles at Uber Technologies Inc.

Can Free Stock Trades Sell? Robinhood App Tests New Brokerage Model

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:39 EDT

Four years ago, two Stanford graduates set out to make stock-trading free with an app that would let anyone invest without paying fees. Now the founders face a crucial test: Can Robinhood make money from all these freeloaders?

Venture Funds Flood Startups With Cash

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:32:54 EDT

Investments in first quarter rose 37% from the previous period, to $14.5 billion. Social Finance pulled in $500 million.

IBM Orders Its Remote Workers Back Into the Office

Fri, 19 May 2017 01:06:44 EDT

IBM is giving thousands of its remote workers in the U.S. a choice this week: Abandon your home workspaces and return to a regional office—or leave the company.

For Many Companies, a Good Cyber Chief Is Hard to Find

Mon, 15 May 2017 19:58:59 EDT

Demand for chief information security officers is rising as cybersecurity problems attract the attention of corporate boards, but top candidates aren’t in great supply.

Uber's Driverless Cars Are Clouded by Possible Federal Probe

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:52:59 EDT

A judge’s unusual recommendation for federal prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uber Technologies and a top executive stole Google’s driverless-car trade secrets casts a new shadow over one of Uber’s most critical initiatives.

Beijing's Version of Microsoft Windows 10 Tightens Security, Ditches Solitaire

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:47:17 EDT

Microsoft has unveiled a new Windows 10 software customized for the Chinese government to improve security, including modifying the program to prevent data that is typically collected from being transmitted to other devices.

Why Do Gas Station Prices Constantly Change? Blame the Algorithm

Tue, 09 May 2017 11:07:08 EDT

Retailers are using artificial-intelligence software to set optimal prices, which are sometimes higher than competitors. Some antitrust experts say such systems could raise prices for consumers.

Formula E Racing Shifts Into High Gear

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:58:40 EDT

What’s whiny, eco-friendly and found mostly in urban environments? The electric race car auto makers hope will draw a millennial audience to motor sports.

Uber Interviews Heavyweights for a Crucial Job: Handling Travis Kalanick

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:04:57 EDT

The ride-sharing giant has approached current or former officials from companies including Disney, Wal-Mart and CVS in a bid to revamp operations and bring discipline to its culture.

WeWork to Take 'Co-Working' to Corporate Level

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:09:53 EDT

WeWork Cos., the startup that caters to entrepreneurs looking for communal office space, is launching a new business that will put it into direct competition with giants in the commercial real-estate services industry.

Apple Headquarters Signals Tech's Boom, Bravado

Sun, 14 May 2017 21:34:23 EDT

Apple Inc.’s new headquarters in Silicon Valley is the most lavish in a spate of glitzy new architectural projects by tech titans at a time when their businesses are booming and market valuations are soaring.

Farmers Change Their Methods to Adapt to Volatile Weather

Sun, 14 May 2017 23:47:17 EDT

Among the tools are no-till farming, misting and faster planting.

The Quants Run Wall Street Now

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:23:46 EDT

For decades, investors imagined a time when data-driven traders would dominate financial markets. That day has arrived.

Your Data Is Way More Exposed Than You Realize

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:05:15 EDT

Think online privacy is no big deal? You better sit down: Geoffrey A. Fowler shows how much of your personal information is out there, and how it can be used to target or harass.

New Threats Fuel Fears of Another Global Cyberattack

Thu, 18 May 2017 04:24:56 EDT

Days after WannaCry ransomware swept the globe, a new computer attack hit thousands of machines world-wide and a hacking group said it would release a fresh trove of stolen attack software.

Facebook's Female Engineers Claim Gender Bias

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:15:29 EDT

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. A later study rejected those findings.

Alexa's New Avatar: Financial Adviser

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:52:13 EDT

While it is early days in the co-mingling of wealth advice and sophisticated sciences, tools such as voice recognition, quantitative analysis and artificial intelligence stand to play a bigger role in an industry that has proved ripe for digital disruption.

Why Intel Paid a Premium for a Stake in Cloudera

Mon, 01 May 2017 10:11:59 EDT

Intel had strategic reasons for buying its stake in big-data software startup Cloudera three years ago—at a price that was about twice Friday’s IPO pricing.

Alphabet's Waymo Offering Families Rides in Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:46:50 EDT

Waymo will dramatically expand its testing efforts by offering hundreds of self-driving vehicles to families and urban commuters in the Phoenix area.

Whatever You Do, Don't Let Your Snapstreak End Tonight

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:45:18 EDT

Snapchat hooked the masses on sending friends photos that disappear. Now teens and millennials do whatever it takes to keep daily messaging streaks alive. ‘Some people overreact a little’

Nice Speech, Mark Zuckerberg! You're Still a Few Credits Short

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:06:33 EDT

Facebook’s CEO, who delivered a commencement address, joins a growing roster of degree-less entrepreneurs and entertainers doing the honors. ‘I am fake graduating.’

Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy And Unhealthy?

Sun, 28 May 2017 04:36:27 EDT

Susan Pinker looks at new research that suggests Facebook makes us unhappy and unhealthy.

J.Crew's Mickey Drexler Confesses: I Underestimated How Tech Would Upend Retail

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:29:25 EDT

The retail legend didn’t understand how speed and price would drive internet shoppers. After 10 quarters of falling sales, the brand wants to create a more accessible image and add digital marketing.

Amazon Echo Targets Age-Old Question: Does This Look Good on Me?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:31:36 EDT, seeking a bigger slice of the clothing market, is casting itself as a style adviser with its latest Echo device. The internet-connected speaker includes a camera, enabling consumers to take videos and photos of their outfits and compare them.

Companies Look to Make a Quantum Leap With New Technology

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:33:47 EDT

Volkswagen is among a growing number of firms experimenting with quantum computing to push their businesses forward.

Only Robots Can Tally What the Largest U.S. Pension Fund Pays in Fees

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:04:47 EDT

The nation’s largest pension plan has 380 people overseeing $320 billion in assets. But when one of its top officials was asked during a board meeting how much in performance fees was paid to private-equity managers, he had to acknowledge no one knew.

Amazon's Brush With $1,000 Signals the Death of the Stock Split

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:06:13 EDT

Stock splits, once considered a way to keep shares affordable for mom-and-pop investors, are rare today as companies aspire to new heights.

Who's in Charge of Outer Space?

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:56:31 EDT

All extraterrestrial activity today is governed by a 50-year-old treaty drafted at the height of the Cold War. Will governments around the world agree on an update before the final frontier becomes the Wild West?

At These Startups, HR Comes Before the Ping-Pong Tables

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:21:01 EDT

A handful of technology firms are bucking the startup world’s grow-at-all-costs ethos by setting HR policies early and putting workplace culture ahead of growth.

The Economics of Battery-Powered Homes

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:09:31 EDT

Homeowners can now power their homes with batteries, but the benefits are minimal in most areas for now.

Appian Shares Leap 35% After IPO

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:35:32 EDT

Shares of Appian Corp., a maker of software for developing enterprise applications, jumped 35% to $16.22 after its initial public offering Thursday.

Web-Retail Startups Turn for Growth to Bricks and Mortar

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:15:36 EDT

Casper, which shook up the mattress business, is among several specialty web retailers shifting to brick-and-mortar stores after finding the pool of online buyers is only so deep.

SpaceX Launch Aims to Highlight Advances

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:49:48 EDT

If Elon Musk’s SpaceX racks up another successful rocket launch this week, the blastoff could go a long way toward convincing critics that the company has recovered from a pair of explosions in 2015 and 2016.

NASA's Mega-Rocket and Deep-Space Capsule Face Concerns

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:39:48 EDT

Sending astronauts to the moon and beyond is projected to pose particularly significant safety risks during re-entry and landing. Budget and production woes have further delayed NASA’s human exploration program for deep space, with federal watchdogs raising fresh concerns about safety.

Health-Tech Startups Pivot as Obamacare Uncertainty Mounts

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:23:57 EDT

Many health-technology startups are revamping their business strategies and others are finding it tougher to attract fresh capital amid the prospect of repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Three Hard Lessons the Internet Is Teaching Traditional Stores

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:21:45 EDT

A reckoning is coming for brick-and-mortar retailers, whose survival depends on learning more of the data-driven, tech-powered ways of their internet competitors.

Once-Flush Startups Struggle to Stay Alive

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:28:52 EDT

Venture capitalists have stopped funding scores of startups that rose to high valuations during a two-year boom, forcing them to fight for survival as they burn through their stockpiles of cash and scramble for new money or buyers.

Google Gives Artificial Intelligence More Power in Its Products

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:52:02 EDT

Google doubled down on its bet on artificial intelligence with new features and availability for its virtual assistant and smart speaker at its software-developers conference, part of a scramble with other tech giants to dominate the next wave of consumer tech.

Nintendo Developing 'Legend of Zelda' Smartphone Game

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:15:46 EDT

Nintendo plans to bring its videogame franchise “The Legend of Zelda” to smartphones, the latest step by the Kyoto company to expand its mobile-games lineup.

United's Cockpit Door Security Codes Inadvertently Revealed

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:06:49 EDT

United Continental Holdings Inc. sent out an alert about a breach in cockpit-door security procedures after a flight attendant mistakenly posted information that included access codes on a public website. The problem was subsequently fixed.

China's Lenovo Reboots After Losing PC Crown to HP

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:40:58 EDT

China’s Lenovo Group is shaking up its operations as it seeks to reclaim the title of global leader in personal computers and shore up its smartphone business.

Sharp Sees Salvation in Appliances

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:23:56 EDT

The recovery plan for troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp: Become a major global appliance maker under the wing of its Taiwanese parent, Foxconn Technology Group.

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