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Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 to Delete Breached Data

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Wall Street Journal reporter Robert McMillan discusses a massive data breach that affected roughly 57 million Uber accounts last year and the unprecedented move to pay the hackers to destroy the stolen information.

8 Min

Nov 23, 2017

Three Reasons to Stay Bullish on Tech

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Wall Street Journal reporter Chelsey Dulaney outlines three reasons Credit Suisse says investors should remain bullish on the tech sector, despite a more than 35% gain in tech stock prices in 2017.

6 Min

Nov 22, 2017

Uber Bets Big on Driverless Cars

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Volvo will produce 24,000 self-driving cars for Uber starting in 2019. The Wall Street Journal's Senior Reporter William Boston explains why the deal is significant as companies race to get more driverless cars on the road.

8 Min

Nov 20, 2017

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6 min
Nov 20, 2017
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Apple pushed back the release of its HomePod smart speaker beyond Christmas, making it the latest new product from the company to miss its promised ship date. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

7 min
Nov 16, 2017
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Going beyond search, Google has been promoting a single result over all others. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas talks where things get complicated.

6 min
Nov 15, 2017
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SoftBank's shooting for a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber is raising the question of what the world's most valuable startup is actually worth. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has more.

6 min
Nov 15, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal used Amazon's general criteria and interviews with site-selection experts to come up with a list of potential locations for its new corporate center. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens breaks it down.

5 min
Nov 14, 2017
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In a bid to compete with Amazon.com, Wal-Mart wants to charge customers more to buy some products online than in stores -- part of the company's efforts to boost profits and drive store traffic. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer has more.

6 min
Nov 13, 2017
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On the heels of Snap Inc.'s disappointing earnings report, Heard on the Street's Dan Gallagher talks whether investors are beginning to think Snapchat is a fad that's burning itself out.

8 min
Nov 9, 2017
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Overwhelmed by your Facebook feed? The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley talks how to simply your timeline from political rants, excessive ads, and fake news.

9 min
Nov 9, 2017
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Alphabet's Waymo takes a historic step forward in the development of fully driverless cars by unleashing the first fleet of robot vans on public roads without humans behind the wheel. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks how it plans to further deploy the tech through a taxi service.

7 min
Nov 8, 2017
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Digital food-delivery services like Grubhub are among the apps restaurateurs are using to launch and redefine dining -- without having to open an actual restaurant. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has more.

6 min
Nov 7, 2017
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With Amazon quietly lowering prices by as much as 9% on goods from independent merchants, some say it could be starting a price war with other retail giants -- and potentially straining its relationship with some sellers. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the latest.

7 min
Nov 6, 2017
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Microsoft is counting on its HoloLens augmented reality headset to catch on with companies first -- flipping the traditional tech script. The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene talks the tech giant's new strategy for the budding alternate reality market.

7 min
Nov 3, 2017
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With the iPhone X debut, Apple aims to meet hype and demand for its anniversary smartphone which sports an edgy new screen, facial-recognition tech and a $1,000 price tag. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald has more.

6 min
Nov 2, 2017
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On the heels of congressional hearings on how Russia may have used Facebook, Google and Twitter during the 2016 Election, many say recent disclosures are only the tip of the iceberg. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has the key takeaways from Big Tech's week in Washington.

6 min
Nov 1, 2017
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Apple departed from its traditional preview strategy for what it bills as its most important new iPhone in years -- giving early access to the iPhone X for YouTube personalities and celebrities over most tech columnists. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

7 min
Oct 31, 2017
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The effort to build the first electric car for the masses could face resistance as Tesla CEO Elon Musk pushes his ambitious goals for the highly anticipated Model 3 sedan. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the latest.

8 min
Oct 30, 2017
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Hackers are commandeering the horsepower of unwitting victims' computers to secretly generate cryptocurrencies -- hoping to cash in as the price of bitcoin has soared to $6,000. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan has the details.

7 min
Oct 29, 2017
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Apple's advanced sales for the iPhone X have caused early orders to push estimated shipment dates into December. Is demand outpacing supply? The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has the details.

4 min
Oct 27, 2017
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Still reeling from charges of sexism and sexual harassment by a former software engineer, Uber now faces a lawsuit from three engineers who say the ride-hailing firm underpaid women and minorities. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has the details.

5 min
Oct 26, 2017
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As Artificial intelligence becomes Facebook's lifeblood, the social network's head of applied machine learning says humans are bound to understand Facebook less than ever. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has more.

5 min
Oct 25, 2017
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RT, the Russian state news organization known as "the Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet," uses Google's YouTube, Facebook and Twitter as the main distributors of its content. The Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas talks how social media is fighting back.

4 min
Oct 24, 2017
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With Amazon receiving at least 238 proposals from cities and regions across North America to host its second headquarters, the Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks the ever-growing competition to host the $5 billion project.

4 min
Oct 22, 2017
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Now that Lyft has raised $1 billion in funding led by a venture-capital fund of Google parent Alphabet, the Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger talks how new financial ammunition will help it slowly gain ground on Uber.

6 min
Oct 20, 2017
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Sidewalk Labs, the city-building unit of Google's parent company Alphabet, plans to create a new "smart" neighborhood on Toronto's waterfront, committing $50 million to initial phase of planning and pilot testing. The Wall Street Journal's David George-Cosh has the details.

7 min
Oct 19, 2017
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From Intel's CEO to the former head of DreamWorks, the Wall Street Journal's personal tech columnist Joanna Stern managed to "bump" into some of the biggest tech leaders in the business at WSJ D.Live inside the elevator.

3 min
Oct 18, 2017
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At the WSJ D.Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, media mogul Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActive, discusses what makes Netflix and Amazon today's leaders in video with Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker.

5 min
Oct 16, 2017
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Restaurant-chain apps like Starbucks and Domino's are reshaping a business once built on human interaction -- but these new systems don't always work as planned. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon has the latest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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