WSJ Tech News Briefing

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The New Snapchat: How to Embrace the Change

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Snapchat's new roll-out aims to hook in new users and build something Instagram can't copy. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce explains how to make the most of the new app.

9 Min

Feb 22, 2018

How Russia Hijacked Facebook: What History Teaches Us

WSJ Tech News Briefing

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims offers a historical a lesson in how Facebook and other networks through history became hierarchies, as individuals got more influence.

7 Min

Feb 21, 2018

Trump's Deregulation Push Shoots for Outer Space

WSJ Tech News Briefing

With Vice President Mike Pence expected to announce new moves promoting private ventures in outer space, the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor talks what deregulation could mean for the commercial space industry.

7 Min

Feb 20, 2018

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6 min
Feb 20, 2018
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With video services like YouTube TV, Hulu and Sling TV promising to stream all the live TV you could want, more cheaply and easily than cable, the Wall Street Journal's David Pierce talks how to get the most for your needs.

7 min
Feb 19, 2018
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Now that Epic Games has lured in millions of players with a free version of its $40 videogame "Fortnite," the Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman talks whether it can turn buzz into profit.

5 min
Feb 16, 2018
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Amid Google's Chrome browser launching a new ad blocker to challenge spammy advertisements, the Wall Street Journal's Benjamin Mullin talks the impact on publishers and why critics say the plan is self-serving.

6 min
Feb 15, 2018
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With Alphabet's Google Cloud Platform now generating about $1 billion in revenue per quarter, the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains why reporting cloud revenue could help offset concerns about costs of the core business.

7 min
Feb 13, 2018
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Amazon is pushing hard to gain footing in medical supplies, with a goal to create a new marketplace where hospitals could shop to stock emergency rooms and outpatient facilities. The Wall Street Journal's Melanie Evans has the latest.

5 min
Feb 12, 2018
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While Amazon may have ambitions to compete against FedEx and the UPS with its own shipping business, the Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks why the online retail giant is a long way from reaching the scale of America's freight titans.

9 min
Feb 11, 2018
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eHarmony CEO Grant Langston visited the Wall Street Journal to discuss the results of a recent poll by the online dating service that indicates what makes people happy and frustrated in relationships.

4 min
Feb 8, 2018
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Amazon has just announced it will start delivering Whole Foods groceries via its fastest delivery option in four markets. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more on the first major integration between Amazon's e-commerce and Whole Foods operations.

6 min
Feb 8, 2018
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To get employees thinking about new business ideas opened up by AI, T. Rowe Price rolled out a unique challenge -- creating a smart app that can tell the difference between pop and heavy metal songs. Wall Street Journal reporter Angus Loten has more.

4 min
Feb 7, 2018
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Apple, responding to U.S. Senate questions about its decision to slow performance on older iPhones, said it is considering rebates for battery replacements for some users affected by the issue. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle breaks down the latest.

8 min
Feb 5, 2018
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Researchers have spent nearly two decades to carry out the definitive study on the health effects of cellphone radiation. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson explains why the results are likely to fuel rather than dispel the debate.

6 min
Feb 5, 2018
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Investors in Amazon.com should be prepared for even-more ambitious ventures from the CEO Jeff Bezos after the company posts record earnings. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher has more.

8 min
Feb 2, 2018
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At a time when its parent social network draws much criticism, Instagram has recently started using many of the same digital tricks Facebook pioneered to keep you scrolling longer. The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley has more.

5 min
Jan 31, 2018
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The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating potential securities violations related to the Apple software update that slowed older iPhones. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

5 min
Jan 31, 2018
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The Pentagon is reviewing its policies that allow activity-measuring devices and fitness apps after a map produced by fitness tracker Strava revealed where American troops are deployed overseas. The Wall Street Journal's Gordon Lubold has the details.

8 min
Jan 29, 2018
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With 4K TVs becoming increasingly affordable, should you finally cave in and buy one? Joshua Fruhlinger has the Wall Street Journal's guide to the next TV revolution.

8 min
Jan 29, 2018
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Digital threats will continue to cause organizations and stakeholders anxiety in 2018. French Caldwell, chief evangelist at MetricStream, reveals how organizations can determine whether cybersecurity is a top priority in their business.

6 min
Jan 25, 2018
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Apple's spring update includes a "Health Records" feature that will import and store medical data. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks simplifying networks of information and putting it into the hands of consumers.

5 min
Jan 24, 2018
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Under pressure to grow, Snapchat, the social-media app distinctive for its intimacy in an era of personal broadcasting, is moving beyond its so-called walled garden. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has the details.

6 min
Jan 24, 2018
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Apple will start selling its voice-activated speaker HomePod in stores Feb. 9, after a launch delay that cost the company sales during the critical holiday shopping season. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

7 min
Jan 23, 2018
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Facebook is making changes to its news feed and the Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Winkler talks about what it means for news publishers. Plus, in Tech Headlines: another quarter of big subscriber growth for Netflix.

6 min
Jan 22, 2018
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Amazon's search for a second headquarters location has disappointed cities across North America. The silver lining? A chance to pitch themselves as a destination for a smaller investment. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more.

6 min
Jan 19, 2018
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Apple will pay a one-time tax of $38 billion on its overseas cash holdings and ramp up spending in the U.S., as the world's most valuable public company seeks to emphasize its contribution to the American economy. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

7 min
Jan 18, 2018
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Can CEO Mark Zuckerberg bend Facebook without breaking it? The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher talks why the social network's profit machine needs to take pain now to avoid more later.

4 min
Jan 17, 2018
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In a bid to speed up its cloud-computing business and catch up to rivals Microsoft and Amazon, Google is expanding its network of undersea cables to plug into new regions around the world. The Wall Street Journal's Drew Fitzgerald has the latest.

9 min
Jan 15, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins, back from CES 2018, joins us with the latest car trends and what the future of transportation beholds.

8 min
Jan 15, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's personal tech editor Wilson Rothman talks the three things robots need to be your ideal home companion and the technology we still need to get there.

10 min
Jan 11, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's personal tech editor Wilson Rothman joins us fresh from the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada with an official recap of all the brilliant, necessary and/or totally crazy technologies to come.

7 min
Jan 11, 2018
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Activision Blizzard faces new challenges in turning its hit videogame into a mainstream spectator sport. Can the Overwatch league prove to be an esports game-changer? The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the details.

9 min
Jan 9, 2018
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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada gathers the biggest tech companies to spotlight the latest innovation in self-driving cars, virtual reality, robots, voice assistance and more. Tom Coughlin, IEEE Senior Member and Founder of Coughlin Associates, patches in live from the scene.

6 min
Jan 9, 2018
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Two voice-operated giants will have a showdown at 2018's Consumer Electronics Show as Amazon and Alphabet take new interest in the annual tech convention. The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley has more from Las Vegas.

8 min
Jan 7, 2018
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As dating apps like Bumble and Tinder continue to have their own flaws and virtues, the Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley breaks down how to make them work for you. Plus, does a pro photographer up your game?

6 min
Jan 5, 2018
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Virtual reality hasn't caught on with consumers yet because no one has come up with the right combination of hardware. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says untethering VR devices from computers should boost appeal-if the content delivers.

6 min
Jan 4, 2018
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Samsung has just been announced as a major supplier in Verizon's push to offer fifth-generation, or 5G, internet over its wireless network. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson has the details.

6 min
Jan 3, 2018
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With millions of objects connecting to the internet for the first time, companies like Microsoft and GE are putting more computing resources at the edge of the network, in vehicles, elevators, factory machines and the like. The Wall Street Journal's Sara Castellanos has more.

7 min
Jan 2, 2018
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Apple issued a rare apology for its handling of concerns about performance issues in iPhones with older batteries in the wake of a wave of consumer complaints. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan has more.

9 min
Jan 1, 2018
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From artificial intelligence to electric cars, The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims talks about tech highlights in the new year.

7 min
Dec 28, 2017
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Apple paid its top executives handsomely in fiscal year 2017, after exceeding its sales and profit goals for the year. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle explains what the boost in compensation says about the overall health of the company in the new year.

9 min
Dec 28, 2017
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The repeal of net neutrality has some Silicon Valley startups seeking workarounds to ensure a fair and open internet. The Wall Street Journal's Doug MacMillan explains how they're using virtual private networks, mesh networks, and antennas.

7 min
Dec 27, 2017
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In a throwback to TV "appointment viewing," the game show HQ Trivia has tethered hundreds of thousands of fans to their phones at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. precisely. The Wall Street Journal's John Jurgensen breaks it down.

6 min
Dec 26, 2017
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Estimates from market-research firms indicate customers are buying the iPhone X and a pair of other new offerings at a rate comparable to recent models -- but falling short of the iPhone's 2014 peak. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

8 min
Dec 25, 2017
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From Microsoft's Peggy Johnson to GM CEO Mary Barra, personal tech columnist Joann Stern has accidentally "bumped" into some of the top tech minds in 2017 -- inside the elevator of the Wall Street Journal.

5 min
Dec 21, 2017
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Facing questions about reduced performance in older iPhones, Apple acknowledged its latest software curtails the computing power of some models to prevent unexpected shutdowns. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

7 min
Dec 21, 2017
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The GOP tax reform bill would theoretically free up hundreds of billions of dollars that high-tech giants have stashed offshore. But that's unlikely to lead to a lot of deal making, including merger activity. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains.

7 min
Dec 19, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Doug MacMillan talks about why tech giants who book most of their profits overseas might see their tax rates rise as a result of the GOP tax overhaul.

7 min
Dec 19, 2017
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Amazon.com has cut the prices for its Echo smart speaker line, including the smallest device, the Echo Dot. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says this has forced the hand of rivals including Apple and Google.

7 min
Dec 18, 2017
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This holiday season, gaming kids will encounter one of the industry's most contentious moneymaking tactics in years -- the "loot box," an in-game reward that is also for sale. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has what parents need to know.

7 min
Dec 14, 2017
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Smartphones take photos so easily they're often overwhelmed with useless, repetitive shots. The Wall Street Journal's "Gear and Gadgets" has a beginner's guide to de-cluttering space and saving your best pictures. Sara Clemence breaks it down.

6 min
Dec 14, 2017
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Disappointing "Star Wars: Battlefront II" sales have left video-game publisher Electronic Arts in need of a boost from the new "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" movie. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher has more.

6 min
Dec 13, 2017
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Apple has announced it has acquired Shazam Entertainment, giving it ownership of one of the popular song-recognition apps at a time the iPhone maker is looking to boost its music-subscription service. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

6 min
Dec 12, 2017
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Winning a slot in one of Amazon.com's short-term promotions can not only skyrocket a merchant's ranking but also trigger sales for the rest of the season. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more on how Amazon picks its seemingly random "Deal of the Day."

6 min
Dec 10, 2017
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Leading workplace tech firm Crestron is joining forces with Amazon Web Services to make meetings more productive. Crestron's Head of Enterprise Innovation, Dan Jackson, discusses how voice control is changing productivity.

7 min
Dec 8, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley discusses how she went on a week long "Amazon diet" to find out how much life one person can live through Amazon products and services.

5 min
Dec 7, 2017
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With Google pulling YouTube from some Amazon devices in retaliation for Amazon refusing to sell many Google products, the Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas talks the growing battle between two tech giants as their businesses increasingly overlap.

7 min
Dec 6, 2017
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Facebook rolled out a new messaging app for its youngest audience yet -- children between the ages of 6 and 12 -- but experts are questioning whether kids are ready for social-media access. The Wall Street Journal's Betsy Morris has more.

5 min
Dec 4, 2017
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With a new app from Apple enabling its smartwatch to test and track irregular heart rhythms, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks the company's big new health ambitions.

6 min
Dec 4, 2017
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As tech companies in Silicon Valley seek to bolster diversity in their workplace, some employees say their politics are unwelcome in an industry dominated by liberal views. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has more.

6 min
Nov 30, 2017
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Google is reportedly thinking of folding its Nest Labs home-automation unit back into the hardware team. Plus, Amazon.com has unveiled Alexa as a business tool for booking conferences and launching meetings.

8 min
Nov 30, 2017
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Snapchat has redesigned its app to make it more user-friendly and less complicated. Plus, Domino's Pizza has a smartphone tracking app that lets users track every step, from production to delivery. But some customers question its accuracy.

9 min
Nov 28, 2017
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A federal judge has ordered a delay in a trial in which Google's Waymo unit has accused Uber of stealing trade secrets. Plus, Nike is using augmented reality to reinvent the old art of sneaker scavenging.

9 min
Nov 28, 2017
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Niantic, the maker of augmented reality hit Pokemon Go, has gotten 200 million dollars of new financing. Plus, Uber's delay in reporting a 2016 hack could affect its stock deal with Softbank.

6 min
Nov 27, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Jack Nicas explains how Facebook intends to alert some of its users if they encountered pages created by Russian actors during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. He also details why the move is drawing criticism.

9 min
Nov 24, 2017
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This holiday shopping season, don't just throw money at things because they're marked down. Instead, buy gifts that retain value. Personal technology editor Wilson Rothman talks the Wall Street Journal's favorite tech gadgets of 2017.

8 min
Nov 23, 2017
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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.

6 min
Nov 22, 2017
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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.

8 min
Nov 20, 2017
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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.

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.

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