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Trump Preparing Plan to Boost AI, 5G Technology

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 23:49
President Trump is preparing to ramp up the government’s role in promoting next-generation technologies such as 5G wireless and artificial intelligence, two key areas of competition with China.

In Quest for 1 Billion Users, Uber Looks to Middle East's Youth

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 22:07
Uber is intensifying its pursuit of Middle East riders after retreating from other international markets in recent years, lured by the region’s exploding youth population.

Disney Offers Fresh Details on Plans for Digital Future

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 21:04
Walt Disney’s high-stakes bet on streaming drove up costs in the latest period, but profit and revenue still beat Wall Street targets.

Snap's Revenue Jumps, Loss Narrows

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:25
Snap posted record revenue in its latest quarter and narrowed its loss considerably, as the social-media firm rode a boom in online advertising to inch closer to profitability.

Electronic Arts Ran Into a Wall in Holiday Quarter

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 05:54
Shares of Electronic Arts tumbled more than 17% after the videogame maker swung to a profit but reported revenue for the holiday quarter shy of its already reduced forecast.

This Video-Chat App Wants to Be More Like Fortnite, Less Like Facebook

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 04:24
The video-chat app Houseparty has built a core audience among fickle teenagers. Now it must demonstrate that its business model can produce financial results as well.

Viacom Posts Revenue Growth

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 04:04
Revenue at Viacom, the parent of Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, rose slightly in its latest quarter, reflecting its efforts to bolster other parts of its business beyond its cable networks.

For Chinese Startups, an Economic Slowdown Brings a 'Freezing Winter'

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 03:58
China’s tech sector is slumping, as an economic deceleration amid the trade fight with the U.S. causes layoffs and shrinks the easy venture funding that fueled a thriving startup scene.

Gun Safety Devices Get Caught in Online Advertising Bans

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 01:30
As more Americans keep loaded guns in their homes, efforts to sell them new kinds of safety locks are getting stuck by policies intended to block ads for firearms online.

Robots' Lead Role in Super Bowl Ads Hint at Tech Anxieties

WSJ - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 00:31
A number of Super Bowl ads this year featured robots, a creative trend that reflects the mood and anxieties of a society confronted with new, life-altering technology and artificial intelligence.

Google Parent Alphabet Posts Strong Revenue Growth

WSJ - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 20:43
Alphabet posted sustained revenue growth in the fourth quarter, the latest indication of strong financial results in the technology world despite mounting public pressures.

Tap. Tap. Scraaatch. Introducing the Michelob Super Bowl Ad That's a Meditation Technique.

WSJ - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:32
Phenomenon known as ‘ASMR’ channels tactile sounds such as crinkling paper and whispers into online hits.

N.Y. State Senator Who Opposes Amazon Deal Nominated to Board With Sway Over Project

WSJ - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 06:31
A leading critic of Amazon’s proposal to develop a campus in Queens was nominated Monday to a seat on the state’s Public Authorities Control Board, where he could ultimately veto state actions on the project.

Investor Group Buys Ultimate Software for $11 Billion

WSJ - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 04:43
Private-equity firm Hellman & Friedman is taking publicly traded Ultimate Software private in a deal that offers a 19% premium to the company’s Friday closing price.

Slack Files Confidentially to Go Public With Direct Listing

WSJ - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 02:16
Slack Technologies has filed confidential paperwork for its direct listing, setting it up to be the second major company to use the nontraditional method for its IPO.

Dockless Scooter Rides, No Longer Cheap and Easy, Increasingly End With Fines

WSJ - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 01:57
Jump, Lime and other companies offering these services have begun experimenting with punitive fees to discourage unwanted behavior by users. But some customers are crying foul, saying they’re confused by the charges and by the rules themselves.

Free, Easy and Legal: How to Stream Great TV and Movies Without Spending a Dime

WSJ - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 22:21
How to get your online TV and movie fix without spending $10 a month—or spending anything at all: A guide to using ad-supported streaming services.

Why ETFs Will Shine This Tax Season

Barron's - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 20:40
In this debate between mutual funds and ETFs, it’s not active versus passive; it’s fund structure. Mutual funds pay out capital gains that investors owe tax on—and this year the bill is a whopper. ETF investors avoid this cost.

Facebook Turns 15: A Look Back in Charts

WSJ - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 20:11
Facebook, through its first 15 years, has revolutionized how billions of people connect but also has been criticized for its handling of that communication. Here’s a look, in charts, at the social network’s growth and impact.

One School District's Security Plan: Facial Recognition, Tracking IDs and AR-15s

WSJ - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:35
School districts across the country have pumped up security measures as mass shootings have become more frequent. One city in Texas has a $6.3 million plan designed by a former Secret Service agent that includes facial recognition software, tracking IDs and 22 AR-15 rifles.