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Evan Spiegel's Imperious Style Made Snapchat a Success---Until Users Fled

WSJ - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 21:37
Snap, which was once seen as a viable competitor to Facebook, is struggling after the CEO ignored warnings about a redesign that proved unpopular. With usership and the share price falling, analysts and employees are raising questions about whether his trust-your-gut management instincts can help pull the company through.

Facebook's Lonely Conservative Takes on a Power Position

WSJ - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 18:33
Joel Kaplan, a former White House aide to a Republican president, has emerged as Facebook’s protector against allegations of political bias—and thus one of its most powerful and controversial executives.

CUNY Coders Hope to Fill Amazon's Queens Headquarters

WSJ - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 17:30
New York City’s public university system graduates thousands of students with tech degrees each year and officials tout their abilities to fill Amazon’s talent pipeline.

Two Held Over Drone Use at London Airport Are Released

WSJ - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 15:08
U.K. police released without charge two suspects held for disruptions caused by drones at one of Europe’s busiest airports.

Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All

WSJ - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 09:27
A bevy of new technologies, construction techniques and a movement to make buildings more livable and efficient have led to a tipping point in how new buildings use energy—or don’t. Columnist Christopher Mims explores.

How Fortnite Triggered an Unwinnable War Between Parents and Their Boys

WSJ - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 07:06
In less than 18 months, the habit-forming videogame has grabbed onto American boyhood, pushing aside other pastimes and hobbies and transforming family dynamics.

CEO Behind Tinder, OkCupid on the Future of Online Dating

WSJ - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 06:59
Match Group chief Mandy Ginsberg talks about her first year on the job, the Facebook threat and tackling loneliness through technology.

What Amazon Isn't Telling Investors About Its Revenue

WSJ - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 01:11
The Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing Amazon.com and other companies to disclose more about their sources of revenue; some companies are pushing back.

India's Biometric Feat: Big Boon or Big Brother?

WSJ - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 19:40
A new system of iris scans and fingerprint IDs aims to lift Indians out of poverty, but critics fear state intrusion.

JD.com Founder Won't Face Charges in Sexual-Assault Case

WSJ - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 16:26
Minneapolis authorities have decided not to charge Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong in a sexual-misconduct case, bringing to a close a turbulent period for the founder of e-commerce site JD.com since he was accused of rape in late August.

Gatwick Resumes Flights Once Again After Drone Scare

WSJ - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 13:52
The airport late Friday again suffered a shutdown because of another drone sighting but was able to quickly resume flights, as one of Europe’s biggest airports made a fitful recovery from Thursday’s full-day closure.

The Unicorns Are Coming to Market

Barron's - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 09:06
Uber, Lyft, and other richly valued start-ups are getting ready to go public, but the ride could be rocky with the Nasdaq selling off.

How 2018's Major IPOs Performed

Barron's - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 07:09
The number of IPOs has gone up in 2018, but returns have been disappointing.

Chat Startup Discord Tops $2 Billion Valuation

WSJ - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 03:25
Discord, which makes chat software popular among videogame players, is now valued at $2.05 billion after a new funding round, the startup’s second this year as it expands its footprint.

Amazon to Lease 10 More Freighters from Air Transport Services

WSJ - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 00:49
Amazon.com, in a move to expand its air-cargo operation and reduce reliance on UPS and FedEx, will lease another 10 freighter aircraft from Air Transport Services.

How to Govern the Unicorns

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 23:31
With billion-dollar startups from Uber to Airbnb likely to go public in 2019, experts debate how—and whether—we should regulate the smartest guys in the room, writes John D. Stoll.

U.S. and China Navigate Hacking Allegations Warily

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 22:41
Fresh U.S. accusations of cyber thieving by China add to friction between the countries, though both sides show signs of trying to contain the damage while trade talks are under way.

Neil Young Launches Subscription Streaming Service

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 21:17
Neil Young is launching a music-streaming service—for his music only. The 73-year-old rocker’s albums will remain available on Spotify, Apple Music and other major services.

Make The Most of Your Failed Bitcoin Gamble: Sell Now

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 20:44
The popping of the crypto bubble has been painful, but a quick sale (and repurchase, if you choose) before the end of the year may lower your taxes

Bike-Share Startup in China Veers Off Course

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 19:23
Ofo Inc., the once high-flying Chinese bike-sharing venture is crashing after an exhausting battle with rivals. The company’s crisis is typical in China’s tech startup scene.