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Tech Firms Face Backlash, Car Makers Hit Bumps

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 02:28
Facebook and Google executives were grilled by Congress as auto makers revamped and GE shrank in 2018.

Facebook's Sandberg Vows Action Following Reports of Russian Interference

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 02:23
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the social network must do more to protect users from disinformation efforts, after reports found Russian trolls tried to suppress African-American voter turnout in 2016.

Want a Better Credit Score? Your Cellphone Could Help

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 02:00
Experian, one of the largest credit-reporting firms in the U.S., will soon start factoring in cell and utility payments provided by consumers. It could boost credit scores for millions.

Europe Tackles Chinese Competition With Investment in Microelectronics

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 23:41
EU’s antitrust watchdog approved plans by France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. to fund a multibillion research project in microelectronics, as the bloc seeks to keep up with Chinese competitors.

Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in Spotlight as Technology Improves

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 23:04
Regulators are investigating and issuing public advice about a rising number of food-related outbreaks, thanks in part to technological advancements like gene sequencing. That is raising pressure on U.S. food companies to ensure safety.

Huawei Slams Efforts to Block It From 5G Rollout

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 22:10
A top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies branded as irresponsible efforts to block the company’s sale of 5G products and said its equipment is safe, challenging foreign officials to back up claims that it poses a cybersecurity threat.

Elon Musk's New Boring Co. Faced Questions Over SpaceX Financial Ties

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 16:17
Elon Musk’s tunnel-digging venture, the Boring Co., is the latest to be drawn into the billionaire entrepreneur’s tradition of spreading overlapping resources across his growing technology empire. On Tuesday, the Tesla chief is set to unveil a test tunnel developed by the Boring Co., the first of what Mr. Musk imagines as a futuristic series of high-speed underground highways to alleviate traffic.

T-Mobile Takeover of Sprint Clears U.S. Security Panel

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 09:27
T-Mobile won approval from U.S. national-security officials for its planned takeover of Sprint, bringing the two rivals a step closer to closing their roughly $26 billion combination.

Oracle Revenue Flat as Push to Bolster Cloud Business Continues

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 08:47
Oracle reported flat revenue for its latest quarter, a result better than what Wall Street had been expecting, as the software giant made progress in a piece of its struggling cloud business.

Russians Took Aim at Black Voters in 2016 to Boost Trump

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 05:57
A Russian influence campaign used a range of social-media platforms to suppress African-American voter turnout and boost Trump, according to studies commissioned by the Senate.

Marketers Learn to Work With the Machines

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 03:39
Despite AI’s promise to help marketers reach consumers in ways that are better, faster and cheaper, executives can wind up wasting time and money when they actually try it.

Google Details Major New York Expansion

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 02:45
The search giant is joining Amazon and Apple in growing outside the West Coast and has announced plans to lease a large office building in Manhattan’s West Village. Google also plans to invest $1 billion in the campus, which will also include two nearby buildings.

Once More With Feeling: Teaching Empathy to Machines

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 01:44
In a quest for smarter technology, Google and others in the field of affective AI are developing tools that respond to human emotions and facial expressions.

GE Powered the American Century---Then It Burned Out

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 23:29
The company that was once America’s biggest and most admired, the maker of power turbines, the seller of insurance, the broadcaster of “Seinfeld,” has become a shadow of its former self. This is the story of how generations of managers, who thought they could fix any company in any industry, finally ran into a problem they couldn’t solve.

Huawei's New Playbook in Washington: Drop PR, Hire Lawyers

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 23:11
Chinese cellular-technology giant Huawei is relying on a team of recently hired American lawyers to defend itself from an onslaught of accusations and restrictions emanating from Washington.

Robot Vacuums Are Finally Good---Here's Which One to Buy

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 21:47
A test of five of the most popular and interesting robotic vacuum cleaners: the Eufy Robovac 30c, the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930, the Shark Ion S87, the Neato Botvac D7 and the iRobot Roomba i7+.

Amazon Targets Unprofitable Items, With a Sharper Focus on the Bottom Line

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 21:31
Amazon.com has trained people to buy everything online. Now it is having second thoughts about some of those sales because they don’t make money—and is pushing big brands to change how they use its site.

States Race to Catch Up With Electric Scooters

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 21:13
State and local officials across the U.S. are scrambling to regulate the fast-growing electric-scooter industry—and in some cases banning the two-wheeled devices until laws can be crafted.

Facebook Bug Exposed Users' Unshared Photos

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 02:54
Facebook said unshared pictures of up to 6.8 million users may have been exposed by a software issue that granted app developers access to the photos, the latest in a series of privacy snafus at the social-media company.

Fight Over Voter Data Roils Democrats Ahead of Election

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 02:51
Democrats are in a deepening internal battle over voter data seen as key in helping get out the vote ahead of looming 2020 presidential elections.