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Marc Andreessen's Sudden Silence on Twitter Stumps Silicon Valley

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:55:46 EDT

Venture capitalist and technology evangelist Marc Andreessen has been among the most prolific Twitter users. He suddenly stopped tweeting on Saturday, and his silence on the social-media site has been deafening in Silicon Valley.



How to Make Sure Your Uber Doesn't Drive Past You

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:58:22 EDT

Master these simple tips from Joanna Stern for when your Uber driver doesn’t arrive at your exact location and you will be done with the days of wandering up and down the block trying to find your ride.



Nutanix Shares Rally in Trading Debut

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:32:10 EDT

Shares of software company Nutanix Inc. rallied in their trading debut Friday, showing warm investor attitudes toward the technology sector in a tepid year for tech IPOs.



With NXP Deal, Qualcomm Would Add New Businesses, Risks

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:54:12 EDT

Qualcomm is best known for designing smartphone chips—and leaving the production to others. Now, the San Diego-based company is in talks to acquire chip manufacturer NXP Semiconductors in a shift that adds substantial risks.



Cybersecurity Provider Carbon Black Makes Confidential IPO Filing

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:33:51 EDT

Cybersecurity provider Carbon Black could offer shares to the public, a person familiar with the matter said, a sign that tech companies are regaining confidence in the current outlook for IPOs.



AT&T to End Data-Collection Program for Broadband Customers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:08:33 EDT

AT&T Inc. plans to discontinue a program that collected web-browsing data from broadband customers or required them to pay a higher monthly rate.



Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:30:11 EDT

Hackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices in homes and businesses connected to the internet.



Salesforce.com to Press Regulators to Block Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:49:23 EDT

Salesforce.com said it would press regulators in the U.S. and Europe to block Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, citing antitrust issues.



Microsoft Centralizes AI Efforts as Executive Steps Down

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:52:16 EDT

Microsoft is concentrating its artificial-intelligence efforts under one roof as veteran executive Qi Lu stepped down to focus on recovering from a bicycle accident.



Tencent Tries Out a Stickier WeChat

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:24:26 EDT

Columnist Li Yuan writes that Tencent’s WeChat messaging platform wants to become a one-stop app that users would rarely have to leave to use other mobile apps.



Google Quietly Expands Ride-Sharing Service

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:42:41 EDT

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has quietly opened its Waze ride-sharing service to San Francisco-area users, expanding a pilot program and confirming the company’s interest in the lucrative ride-hailing industry.



FedEx, UPS Rely on Technology to Keep Lid on Seasonal Hiring

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:04:33 EDT

Holiday hiring is expected to be flat at package-delivery giants FedEx and United Parcel Service, but that masks efforts behind the scenes to prepare for the coming wave of e-commerce orders.



Uber Looks to Rev Up in Japan

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:26:11 EDT

Uber plans to ramp up its business in Japan, a wealthy country full of potential customers, even though its core ride-hailing service is barred from the country.



Nutanix IPO Tests Appeal of Merging Servers, Storage

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:19:02 EDT

Nutanix’s IPO may serve as referendum on whether a new computing approach will wind up as a market niche or the next big thing in corporate technology.



Samsung Battles Trust Concerns in Key Market of China

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:33:22 EDT

Samsung sought to reassure consumers in China that its phones are safe in the country, as surveys suggested that confidence was taking a hit in a critical market for the smartphone giant.



Package-Delivery Drones Likely Years Away From Federal Approval

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:29:59 EDT

Amazon.com and others have been touting plans to use drones to deliver packages to consumers, but safety experts and federal documents indicate widespread flights aren’t likely before the next decade.



Facebook Ads Will Urge Users to Stream Live Video

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:18:08 EDT

Facebook Inc. plans a major ad campaign to encourage more of its 1.7 billion users to stream live video on the social network.



Ringing Up Customers the Old-Fashioned Way

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:14:03 EDT

Like your eccentric buddy who still uses a flip phone, New York is full of shopkeepers who swear by cash registers that are little more than glorified adding machines.



Vivendi Refrains From Seeking a Spot on Ubisoft's Board

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:58:19 EDT

French billionaire Vincent Bolloré, the chairman of Vivendi, refrained from seeking representation on Ubisoft’s board at a meeting of the videogame maker’s shareholders.



Zynga Hires EA Veteran as Finance Chief

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:11:12 EDT

Zynga plucked another executive with experience at Electronic Arts, filling a nearly yearlong vacancy at finance chief at the mobile videogame maker.



Promontory Financial Group Signs Up With IBM

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:37:03 EDT

International Business Machines plans to purchase consultancy Promontory Financial Group, the two companies said Thursday, creating a new subsidiary dubbed ‘Watson Financial Services.’



Cord-Cutting Could Cost Pay TV Industry $1 Billion in a Year, Study Says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:10:10 EDT

Pay TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue from cord-cutters over the next 12 months, as consumers find savings by switching to standalone internet and streaming services, a new survey says.



FCC Delays Vote on TV Set-Top Box Plan

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:43:23 EDT

Federal regulators Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal to overhaul the market for TV set-top boxes, dealing a setback to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on one of his top priorities for the year.



SoftBank Plans $4.5 Billion Investment in South Korean Tech Sector

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:18:16 EDT

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he intends to invest around $4.5 billion in South Korea’s technology sector over the next decade, with money going to fields including smart robots, the “Internet of Things” and artificial intelligence.



Spotify Streams Into Japan

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:49:25 EDT

Sweden’s Spotify has joined other online music providers trying to crack the Japanese market, where compact discs still dominate.



Apple's China Research Center to Develop Hardware, Landlord Says

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:18:39 EDT

Apple’s first research center in China will be a $45 million facility located in the capital to develop hardware, the site’s landlord said, announcing some of the first details of the project.



BlackBerry Outsourcing Handset Business

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:31:05 EDT

BlackBerry Ltd. said it would outsource the making of handsets and instead focus on developing secure software and services.



Yahoo Hackers Were Criminals Rather Than State-Sponsored, Security Firm Says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:22:54 EDT

An information-security firm says the hackers who stole at least 500 million records from Yahoo are criminals who are selling access to the database, and not a state-sponsored group as Yahoo contends.



California Law Strengthens Background Checks for Uber and Lyft

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:51:36 EDT

Drivers of ride-hailing companies Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. will face stiffer criminal background checks in California under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.



Uber to Launch Food-Delivery Service in Tokyo

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:27:29 EDT

Uber plans to launch its UberEats food-delivery business in Tokyo on Thursday, preparing for a gradual rollout across Japan—a country where its main ride-hailing business is barred.



Tech Firms Borrow Football Play to Increase Hiring of Women

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:53:30 EDT

The Rooney Rule worked in the NFL. Can it work in the tech industry?



Salesforce Enters E-Commerce Fray

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:40:06 EDT

Salesforce.com on Tuesday introduced a new e-commerce service based on its $2.8 billion acquisition of Demandware Inc. in July.



German Regulator Tells Facebook to Stop Collecting WhatsApp User Data

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:08:12 EDT

A German privacy watchdog has ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data from its messenger subsidiary WhatsApp, the latest clash between European privacy authorities and the social-network company.



Europol Warns of Cybercrime Surge

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:31:08 EDT

The European Union’s police agency says cybercrime is rising, driven by an expansion in both the number of criminals working on the internet and a rise in the opportunities for criminal gain.



U.S. Thinks Russia Shields Hackers to Hide Kremlin's Role

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:26:18 EDT

Officials are increasingly confident that the Russian government is intensifying a campaign to steal U.S. computer records and leak damaging information from them to the American public.



Self-Driving Hype Doesn't Reflect Reality

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:47:44 EDT

To judge by recent claims, “fully autonomous” self-driving technology is just around the corner. But hopping into a car and disappearing into sleep, food or our phones won’t happen for a long time, writes Christopher Mims.



SeaWorld Shifts to Educational Entertainment, Adds VR Ride

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:29:36 EDT

SeaWorld Entertainment unveiled plans for cause-based entertainment and a new virtual-reality ride as it seeks to move on from its highly scrutinized theatrical shows featuring killer whales.



Ride-Hailing Rules Put Off for Six Months in Indonesia

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:45:00 EDT

Indonesia will postpone enforcing new rules on online ride-hailing apps for six months to give drivers and companies such as Uber and Grab more time to comply.



China's Internet 'Stream Queens' Tap Fans for Cash

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:48:07 EDT

On China’s live-streaming platforms, hosts belt out songs and fans shower them with cash during shows that resemble mass online dates, as authorities grapple with a market that has attracted the likes of Alibaba and Tencent.



A Day in the Life of Sallie Krawcheck

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:36:55 EDT

After dominating Wall Street, this CEO is forging a new path in tech and finance.



Fintech Upstart LendUp Fined

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:39:10 EDT

Fintech upstart LendUp was fined by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a California state regulator Tuesday over widespread violations of payday and installment-lending laws.



Disney Considers Offer for Twitter

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:20:49 EDT

Walt Disney on Monday emerged as another potential bidder for Twitter Inc., the struggling social-media service, people familiar with the matter said.



More Than Money at Stake in Tesla's SolarCity Deal

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:47:11 EDT

Weighing Tesla’s merger offer for SolarCity means separating what can and can’t be measured.



Messaging Apps Vary Widely When It Comes to Privacy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:55:24 EDT

With the arrival of Google’s new Allo service, it’s worth looking beneath the hood to see how popular messaging services care for users’ private correspondence.



Palantir Sued Over Alleged Hiring Discrimination

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:04:46 EDT

Palantir Technologies has discriminated systematically against Asian job applicants since at least January 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor said in a lawsuit filed Monday.



Flexport Raises $65 Million in Venture-Capital Funding for Expansion

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:31:48 EDT

Latest funding round, from a group of investors that include Founders Fund, Bloomberg Beta and Felicis Ventures, brings the San Francisco-based startup’s total capital raised to $94 million.



Snapchat's Sunglass Camera Poses Challenges

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:20:57 EDT

Snapchat’s unveiling of camera-equipped sunglasses thrusts the messaging app maker into the cutthroat hardware business, a risky move that reflects its strength in video, but follows a shaky record by internet giants.



Snapchat Releases First Hardware Product: Spectacles

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:56:07 EDT

Evan Spiegel, CEO of renamed Snap Inc., calls the video-sharing sunglasses “a toy” but sees an upside to freeing his app from smartphone cameras.



Apple Goes Without a Lobby Into European Fray

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:38:26 EDT

Apple is heading toward a battle with the EU antitrust regulator over $14.5 billion in taxes without the army of lobbyists and public relations campaigners typical in such fights.



Salesforce Weighs Twitter Bid to Spur Growth

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:25:47 EDT

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is weighing a bid for Twitter, a move that would vault his 17-year-old business-software company into a new realm with very different challenges and risks.



Bitcoin-Inspired Technology Starts to Reshape Currency Markets

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:35:54 EDT

Bitcoin-inspired ledger technology is taking its first steps in foreign-exchange markets. On Tuesday, New York-based CLS Group said clients will be able to access a forthcoming currency-trading platform through a distributed ledger.



Oculus Founder Says He Gave Money to Pro-Trump Group

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:10:25 EDT

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Facebook’s Oculus virtual-reality unit, confirmed he financially backed Nimble America, a pro-Donald Trump group that paid for advertising mocking Hillary Clinton.



Swift Reports Summer Cyber Attacks on Three Banks

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:16:14 EDT

Interbank message carrier Swift said customers had sustained three new cyber breaches over the summer and warned that attacks on banks in the network are continuing.



Adobe Makes Microsoft's Azure 'Preferred' Service

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:21:37 EDT

Adobe Systems Inc. threw some weight behind Microsoft Corp.’s cloud-computing efforts Monday, making the software giant’s Azure technology the “preferred” service for some of its offerings to business customers.



Banks Face Costly, Complex Technology Upgrades

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:27:04 EDT

Even as banks build new technology in response to threats from fintech upstarts, some of their existing systems are struggling to keep up with new regulations.



Yahoo Executives Detected a Hack Tied to Russia in 2014

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:53:49 EDT

The intrusion was launched from computers in Russia and sought data on 30 to 40 targeted users of the company’s online services who did business in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said.



Rolling Stone Magazine Sells 49% Stake to BandLab Technologies

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:01:41 EDT

The investment, which sprang from the friendship of the sons of the magazine founder and a Singapore businessman, provides Rolling Stone with expansion opportunities in Asia.



Complaints Arise Over Replacement Batteries for Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:44:00 EDT

Some customers in South Korea have complained that replacement batteries for Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 have been overheating and quickly losing battery power.



Doubts Rise About Digital Ads

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:02:09 EDT

Marketers pouring huge sums into digital advertising are wrestling with several recent events that underscore a troubling picture: some are finding they can’t be sure how well that money was spent or what they’ve received in return for it.



UPS Uses Drone to Deliver Package to Boston-Area Island

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:43:17 EDT

United Parcel Service said it used a drone to deliver medicine to an island near Boston, jumping into a race with competitors such as Amazon.com to test drone delivery inside the U.S.



SpaceX Says Falcon 9 Rocket Investigation Still Pursuing Various Leads

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:25:45 EDT

An investigative update released Friday by SpaceX offered little insight into the likely root cause of a catastrophic explosion that destroyed one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets during routine ground tests in Florida three weeks ago.



Grab Joins nuTonomy to Offer Self-Driving Taxis in Singapore

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:50:47 EDT

The rivalry between Uber Technologies and GrabTaxi expands to Singapore, where Grab is teaming up with self-driving car company nuTonomy.



Oracle's Ellison Sees 35% Less Compensation in 2016

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:16:13 EDT

Oracle said Friday that its top executives saw their total compensation drop in the 2016 fiscal year, with the package for co-founder and chief technology officer Lawrence Ellison declining 35% to a total value of $41.5 million.



Facebook Apologizes for Video Metric Miscalculation

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:10:55 EDT

Facebook on Friday apologized for overestimating a key video metric for two years, a miscalculation that irked advertisers and media companies that have poured resources into video efforts on the social network.



Seconds Matter a Lot for Facebook Valuation

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:18:58 EDT

Facebook’s overstatement of one video viewing metric could undermine the highly optimistic assumptions underlying its valuation.



Electronifie Considers Options Including Sale

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:59:10 EDT

Electronifie, an upstart technology firm that helps investors trade corporate bonds, is considering a sale 2½ years after its founding, a sign of the tough competition in electronic trading.



Huawei Seeks to Become a Smartphone Presence in India

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:03:43 EDT

China’s Huawei Technologies, No. 3 smartphone maker in the world but a negligible No. 25 in India, is making a renewed push into that fast-growing market, manufacturing locally and broadening its distribution network.



Sony Pictures, Dalian Wanda to Market Films in China

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:09:53 EDT

Sony Pictures Entertainment is teaming up with Dalian Wanda Group to help market its films in China, a deal that could boost Sony’s box-office returns—and strengthen Wanda’s hand in the movie business.



Yahoo Says Breach Affected at Least 500 Million Users

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:11:51 EDT

Yahoo disclosed a security breach by a “state-sponsored actor” affecting at least 500 million users, potentially the largest such breach on record and the latest hurdle for the company as it works through the sale of its core business.



Will Yahoo's Data Breach Derail Verizon Deal?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:40:13 EDT

Investors started worrying that a massive security breach disclosed by Yahoo Inc. could impact the internet company’s $4.8 billion deal to sell its core business to Verizon Communications Inc.



Airbnb's Funding Round Led by Google Capital

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:12:15 EDT

Airbnb has brought on Alphabet’s investment arm as a backer, part of an expected $850 million funding round that values the home-rental company at $30 billion, people close to the deal said.



Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric for Two Years

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:24:34 EDT

Ad buyers and marketers are upset with Facebook after learning the tech giant miscalculated the average time people spent watching video ads on its platform.



State-Sponsored Cyberattacks Prompt Debate

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:27:10 EDT

The rapid rise of state-sponsored computer attacks has caught the U.S. government and many businesses off-guard, escalating a debate about whether more should be done to deter countries from penetrating sensitive networks.



Tesla Sues to Sell Cars Directly to Michigan Consumers

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:21:44 EDT

Tesla Motors filed suit after Michigan denied it a license to open a store to sell directly to customers, saying a state law violates its constitutional rights and protects hometown rivals, such as General Motors.



Breakthrough Gene Tool Attracts Investors Amid Patent Dispute

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:13:49 EDT

Companies are seeking to capitalize on a hot new gene technology, though a high-stakes patent dispute has yet to be settled. The gene-editing tool, known as Crispr-Cas9, serves as a kind of multipurpose molecular scissors that can cut DNA.



Samsung Extends Galaxy Note 7 Refund Period in South Korea

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:40:40 EDT

Regulators told Samsung, reeling from a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, to extend the refund period in South Korea and to beef up battery safety. In the U.S., 500,000 of the phones had been turned in.



LinkedIn Rolls Out New Technology and Products

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:33:30 EDT

LinkedIn rolled out new technology and products Thursday to keep members on its network longer, a move that could help generate more data and make it more valuable to Microsoft.



SolarCity Aims to Cut Marketing Costs as Competition Heats Up

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:05:44 EDT

Cash-strapped SolarCity is trying to cut marketing costs amid competition from smaller upstarts using cheaper sales tactics.



New Data Tool Aims for Transparency in Police Use of Force

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:27:06 EDT

A San Francisco-based group is launching a technological tool to gather data on one of the most contentious issues in America: violent encounters between police officers and civilians.



HelloFresh, a German Tech Incubator's Star, Still Struggles to Deliver

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:29:26 EDT

Rocket Internet has made its name by copying existing tech startups. Although it expects to turn a profit soon, investors aren’t so sure.



Samsung's Fires Unlikely to Warm Apple

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:59:35 EDT

Samsung’s Galaxy Note recall is unlikely to heat up sales for Apple’s latest iPhone.



Novatel Wireless to Sell Mobile-Broadband Unit, Restructure

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:16:30 EDT

Novatel Wireless Inc. agreed to sell a business that includes MiFi hotspots and restructure the company, as it continues to move away from being a “hardware-centric” manufacturer toward areas like the internet-of-things.



Comcast, Charter Push Into Wireless Comes With Limits

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:23:39 EDT

The cable companies will soon start selling wireless service, but bundling means customers would have to buy either cable television or home internet, too.



Apple Looks to Grow in Samsung's Backyard

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:33:04 EDT

Apple has made inquiries about opening its first retail store in South Korea, in a sign that the technology giant might be looking to step up competition in Samsung’s home turf.



Comcast to Buy Remaining Stake in Philadelphia Flyers

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:04:22 EDT

Comcast said that it agreed to buy out the remaining 24% stake of the joint venture that owns the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team and the arena in which it plays.



FAA Advisory Body Recommends Cybersecurity Measures

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:56:41 EDT

U.S. aviation authorities on Thursday took the strongest formal action yet to combat potential cyber threats to planes in the air as well as on the ground.



Cisco, Salesforce Announce Cloud Integration

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:15:08 EDT

Cisco Systems and Salesforce.com said they would jointly develop and market products that use each other’s offerings, as both companies work to build their cloud businesses in an increasingly competitive field.



U.S. House Bill Aims to Set Up 'Sandbox' for Fintech Innovation

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:14:36 EDT

A bill intended to keep the U.S. from losing financial innovators to the U.K.’s budding “sandbox” regulatory program was introduced Thursday.



U.S. House Bill Aims to Set Up 'Sandbox' for Fintech Innovation

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:01:17 EDT

A House bill intended to keep the U.S. from losing financial innovators to the U.K.’s budding “sandbox” regulatory program was introduced Thursday.