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Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019

WSJ - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 22:33
An annual roundup of the technology that will affect your life in the year ahead: Mobile 5G will finally make its U.S. debut, providing more reasons than ever to cut the cord, and of course Harry Potter will unite wizards and teach us the true meaning of augmented reality.

Amazon Plans to Add Whole Foods Stores

WSJ - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 20:32
Amazon.com is planning to build and expand Whole Foods stores across the U.S. to put more customers within range of the e-commerce giant’s two-hour delivery service.

Listen Up, This Podcast Will Just Take a Minute

WSJ - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 19:30
Overwhelmed by the choices, some listeners are loading up podcasts that don’t last much longer than a commercial break.

China Pushes for Primacy in Space

WSJ - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:21
China is poised to realize an ambitious mission to the far side of the moon, the most immediate of many planned milestones in its effort to challenge America’s half-century long supremacy in space.

Auto Sellers Try Out Amazon-Style Ordering

WSJ - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 02:21
More car dealers, as well as startups, are offering direct sales through their websites, as consumers become more comfortable buying big-ticket items online.

An Epic Battle Over App Fees

WSJ - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 02:06
Apple and Google power about 99.9% of the world’s smartphones. Even that prowess doesn’t leave them immune to a little competition, in one important case, from the global videogame phenomenon ‘Fortnite.’

A $150,000 Small Business Loan---From an App

WSJ - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 17:10
Square and other tech firms are jumping into banking, using their vast troves of data to determine creditworthiness.

High-Paying Jobs in Nuclear Power Aren't Looking So Safe Anymore

WSJ - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 11:11
Nuclear power workers who once could expect to be employed in the field for decades are having to plot new futures amid a wave of plant closings.

Chinese Gene-Editing Trial Loses Track of Patients, Alarming Technology's Inventors

WSJ - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 03:40
A gene-editing trial in China lost touch with cancer patients whose DNA was altered, alarming some Western scientists who say subjects should be monitored for many years.

Tesla Adds Ellison, Musk's 'Close Friend,' to Board

WSJ - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 20:48
Tesla named two new independent directors including Oracle’s Larry Ellison, a public booster of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, as the board has been under pressure to increase oversight of its outspoken founder.

Hackers Steal Personal Data of North Koreans in the South

WSJ - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 11:57
Unidentified hackers swiped the personal information of nearly 1,000 North Koreans living in South Korea, following a breach last month of a government-funded resettlement agency’s database.

Market for Streaming Starts to Look a Little Like Cable

Barron's - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 08:47
Disney wants to be a niche service, but on a massive scale.

What Will 2019 Bring for Investors? Take Our Annual Forecasting Quiz

Barron's - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 06:28
What will markets and companies do in the year ahead?

FCC Probes Nationwide CenturyLink Outage, Cites 911 Service Disruption

WSJ - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 04:29
The Federal Communications Commission is investigating what its chairman called a “completely unacceptable” nationwide service outage at telecommunications company CenturyLink, which disrupted 911 call operations and temporarily shut down businesses and government facilities.

High Fees Are Hurting Returns for a Surprising Number of Index Funds

Barron's - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 03:44
One of the appeals of index funds is supposed to be their low cost. But investors are paying annual fees of 1% and more for some funds

Dell Returns to Public Stock Markets

WSJ - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 03:01
Dell Technologies made its re-entry to the public markets, five years after its eponymous founder and a big private-equity firm took it private in the biggest-ever technology leveraged buyout.

Your Cash Is No Good Here. Literally.

WSJ - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 01:09
As more retailers—including Drybar and Sweetgreen—ban paper money, it’s making things awkward for customers without plastic.

Dell's Public Debut Produces Fresh Winners and Losers

Barron's - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 23:40
Those who took cash instead of Dell stock in the company’s buyout of holders of its VMware tracker came out ahead in Friday’s deal.

New India Tech Rules Could Face Pushback from U.S. Firms

WSJ - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 20:38
American firms are plowing billions into India’s internet economy, but the playing field may be tilting toward domestic startups amid a global backlash against U.S. tech titans.

Amazon, Walmart Foiled as India Tightens E-Commerce Rules

WSJ - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 08:41
Foreign companies will no longer be allowed to sell products from their own affiliated companies in India, a new challenge to Amazon and Walmart as they bet billions on the nascent market.