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Why Your Apps Can Find You, But 911 Can't

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:02
Smartphone apps can usually find users quickly and effortlessly, but 911 is often less accurate at finding callers from their cell phones. WSJ’s Spencer Macnaughton looks at efforts to make 911 services more precise.

5G Is a Winner for Chinese Companies---at Least at Home

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:55
Companies like ZTE and Huawei are out of favor with the Trump administration. Beijing, though, is giving them a boost at home.

Apple's Executive Shake-Up Prepares for Life After iPhone

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 20:30
Apple is shaking up leadership and reordering priorities across its services, artificial intelligence, hardware and retail divisions as it works to reduce its reliance on iPhone sales.

Acknowledge, Apologize, Investigate: How Brands Tackle Online Outrage

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:55
If it feels like there is a steady stream of fresh outrage over consumer-brand gaffes, it may be because companies have become more adept at managing controversy than at pre-empting it.

Startup Pours Money Into a Bid to Reshape Construction

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:50
Silicon Valley startup Katerra, backed by investors including SoftBank and FoxConn, hopes it can be a one-stop shop for building construction made simple. But the market has yet to see if the tech-focused company can deliver on its vision.

Key Investors Are Unhappy With SoftBank Fund

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:21
Two big outside investors in the Vision Fund, the $100 billion tech-investment fund managed by SoftBank, are worried transfers of stakes between SoftBank and the fund at high valuations could set up future losses.

Partisan Rift Threatens Federal Data-Privacy Efforts

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 05:07
Congress set the stage last year to pass a sweeping consumer data-privacy law in 2019, but prospects for legislation are dimming amid sharpening divides among lawmakers over how far the federal government should go in reining in Big Tech.

A Millennial's Take on Venmo Etiquette

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 02:20
When it comes to repaying friends, mobile apps have multiplied the opportunities for missteps.

Investor Steve Jurvetson Works to Move On With New Fund

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 02:03
Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson is back on the investment scene with a new fund, more than a year after he was hit with allegations that he mistreated women and left the firm he co-founded.

U.K. Lawmakers Rebuke Facebook in Call for Social-Media Regulation

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 23:24
A U.K. parliamentary committee rebuked Facebook in a new report that calls for regulation and intensified scrutiny of social-media companies.

Australia Says Foreign Government Behind Cyberattack on Parliament

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 14:13
A cyberattack on Australia’s parliament was carried out by foreign agents, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, coinciding with a warning from the country’s top intelligence official that spying against the key U.S. ally has reached unprecedented levels.

Why Amazon's New York U-Turn Is Good for America's Tech Economy

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 01:50
Amazon.com’s abandoned plans for a New York City headquarters may have prompted mixed reactions in the Big Apple, but for the rest of the country, it’s good news.

NYPD Seeks Authority to Disable Drones

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:09
Police officials said they are concerned that propaganda abroad showing weaponized drones can inspire terrorists to use drones for lone-wolf attacks in the U.S.

A $10 Accessory Proves Smartphones Are Too Big

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 23:40
Phones are too big and too hard to hold and use with one hand—and that’s why PopSockets last year sold 60 million PopGrips, a grip that attaches to the back of your giant smartphone.

Hulu Ad Campaign Spells Out That Its Influencers Get Paid

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 21:37
Streaming service Hulu is adding an element of ’authenticity’ to its marketing with a campaign where endorsers reveal they are getting paid to be on air.

Lawsuits Surge Over Websites' Access for the Blind

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 20:30
Businesses are getting sued over websites that can’t be accessed by the blind, with many companies facing their second or third lawsuit even after reaching settlements to upgrade sites.

Amazon to New York: It's Not Me, It's You

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 23:31
The tech giant decided to cancel its plans for another headquarters in New York City after the locals showed it very little love. Amazon’s case offers states and cities across the U.S. a valuable lesson: If you hope to lure new businesses, make sure the people who live there are willing to embrace a firm.

Amazon Project Foundered on Labor Organizing, Debate Over Subsidies

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 21:11
Amazon scuttled its New York City project after talks to resolve the matter of labor organizing and to ease political opposition to subsidies failed to allay the company’s concerns.

Uber Sales Growth Slows Further as IPO Nears

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:01
Uber Technologies, as it steers toward a planned IPO later this year, reported its slowest sales growth since the company began disclosing detailed financials two years ago.

Two Former Cognizant Executives Charged in Bribery Probe

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:25
Two former executives of Cognizant Technology Solutions were charged by U.S. authorities with foreign bribery for allegedly approving illicit payments in India to build a corporate campus there.