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For Bill Simmons's the Ringer, Podcasting Is the Main Event

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 21:57
Former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons is embracing his role as a contrarian in the media industry. His young company the Ringer has bet big on digital audio, with a network of 28 podcasts that garner about 35 million downloads a month.

Big Tech's Capital Bills Aren't Always Telling

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 19:18
Intel and Nvidia—two chip makers that supply key components used in data center networks—have now both indicated weakness in that key business segment. But this may not portend a slowdown at tech giants.

Nvidia Lowers Guidance on Weakness in China, Cloud Computing

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:46
Nvidia lowered its quarterly revenue outlook by $500 million because of what it said was weakening demand in China and a rocky cloud-computing business, a revision that sent its already beleaguered shares down further.

Two Groups Likely Stole $1 Billion in Cryptocurrency Hacks

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 07:20
According to Chainalysis, the two entities, which are likely still active, employed an extensive network of digital wallets to hide their tracks and later converted the money to physical cash through online exchanges and individual transactions.

Snap Names Interim CFO

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 06:05
Snap Inc. named its chief accountant Lara Sweet as its interim finance boss, taking over for Tim Stone who has spent less than a year at the company.

Facebook Opens New Fronts to Combat Political Interference

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:37
Facebook is planning a dedicated effort to fend off interference in the European Union’s parliamentary election campaign this spring, part of a broader effort to defend against political interference.

From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 5G, All Your Wireless Is About to Change

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 01:46
As billions of new devices come online, the way they connect is changing. Here’s what you need to know about Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5 and, of course, 5G cellular.

A Mixed Year for Barron's Stock Picks

Barron's - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 01:37
While our bullish calls trailed the market in 2018, our bearish ones mainly were spot-on

Caltech's Rocket Science: Shoot More 3-Pointers

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 00:54
The school known for scientific innovation and embracing technology has its most successful basketball team in decades. The 3-point revolution has come to Caltech.

IT Spending Expected to Rise in 2019 Amid Shift to Cloud Services

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 00:28
Global spending on information technology is expected to rise 3.2% this year, as corporate IT budgets continue to shift into cloud services and away from on-premise data centers, according to Gartner.

Food Delivery Startups Cook Up New Model That's All About the Kitchen

WSJ - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 00:17
A new crop of startups are taking a swing at the rapidly evolving urban food-service industry by homing in on one layer of business—the cooking facilities.

Gen Z's 7 Lessons for Surviving in Our Tech-Obsessed World

WSJ - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 21:45
The first generation that’s never known a world without smartphones and social media is savvier than its elders about technology—but also vulnerable to its pitfalls.

Versum Materials, Entegris Announce Stock-Swap Merger Deal

WSJ - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 21:22
Versum Materials said it plans to combine with Entegris in a merger that unites two chemical companies that make critical components for the semiconductor industry.

Investors Warm to the Firms That Underpin China's E-Commerce Boom

WSJ - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:03
Shares in five of China’s top six express-delivery companies have rebounded this year, supported by signs of resilient demand and attractive valuations.

Apple Can't Just Phone It In

WSJ - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:33
Although Apple already lowered expectations before Tuesday’s earnings report, the risk of disappointment remains high.

Google, Amazon Seek Foothold in Electricity as Home Automation Grows

WSJ - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:25
Google and Amazon.com are seeking ways to expand smart speakers, internet-connected thermostats and other devices to harvest data about consumers’ energy use.

Are ICO Tokens Securities? Startup Wants a Judge to Decide

WSJ - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 05:07
Canadian startup Kik Interactive plans to challenge Washington’s ability to regulate the fledgling cryptocurrency industry.

Facing Backlash, Silicon Valley Says It Can Change

WSJ - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 04:31
At the annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland, some tech executives have a message for leaders concerned about their increasing size and power: We’re changing our ways.

Google's Effort to Prevent Blindness Shows AI Challenges

WSJ - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 01:23
Google has developed artificial intelligence that can detect a condition that causes blindness in diabetic patients, though tests in India demonstrate the challenges of transferring such technology from the lab to the doctor’s office.

New Job for Robots: Taking Stock for Retailers

WSJ - Sun, 01/27/2019 - 19:30
Keeping track of inventory and doing it quickly has become one of the most pressing supply-chain concerns for merchants as they try to put into place new strategies for selling and delivering goods under the fast-changing demands of e-commerce.