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Game On for Tencent as China Looks to End Approvals Freeze

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 16:32
Tencent Holdings shares climbed after a regulator was quoted in Chinese media as saying the first batch of new videogames would be given the green light soon, signaling an end to a crippling approvals freeze.

Major U.K. Airport Still Shut After Drones Are Used to Disrupt Travel

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:25
Authorities took the dramatic step of grounding flights all day at one of Europe’s busiest airports, upending plans for more than 100,000 passengers, after what they said was a deliberate attempt to use drones to disrupt travel.

U.S. Charges Chinese Intelligence Officers Over Hacking

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:43
The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges against two Chinese nationals allegedly tied to a campaign to steal sensitive information from technology-service providers around the world and several U.S. government agencies, including the Navy.

Some Global Banks Break Ties With Huawei Technologies

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:10
Two banks that helped power Huawei’s rise, HSBC and Standard Chartered, won’t provide it with any new banking services or funding after deciding that it is too high a risk.

Russian Operation Targeted U.S. Business Owners

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 02:22
The Russian operation to influence Americans through social media included an effort to convince business owners to buy into a marketing campaign and turn over private information.

Apple Infringed on Qualcomm Patent, German Court Rules

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 02:05
Apple has infringed on a patent owned by Qualcomm, a German court found, in a ruling that could lead to a sales ban on some iPhone models in Western Europe’s second-largest smartphone market.

Uber to Resume Self-Driving Car Tests in Pittsburgh After Hiatus

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 01:40
Eight months after pulling its self-driving cars off the road following a fatal accident, Uber Technologies is putting the vehicles back into service.

Meg Whitman Wants to Change What You Watch

WSJ - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 00:15
The tech-industry veteran and chief executive of Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile-video startup, on the innovations coming to smartphones and the wisdom of the algorithm

Ad Agency CEO Calls on Marketers to Take Collective Stand Against Facebook

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 23:29
Mat Baxter, CEO of Initiative, an Interpublic Group of Cos. agency, wrote on his LinkedIn page that it was time to “take a collective stand” against Facebook.

Everyone Loathes Robocalls. Some People Try to Get Even.

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 22:03
With phone spam on the rise, a plucky band is fighting back with practical jokes, air horns and inane conversations about spaghetti; “What kind of joke are you joking with me?”

Is It Really Five Stars? How to Spot Fake Amazon Reviews

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 20:09
Some Amazon sellers comp shoppers who give five-star ratings, others deploy armies of fake buyers—and that means you need to review the reviews

Judge Rules in Favor of BuzzFeed in Trump Dossier Lawsuit

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 20:00
A federal judge ruled in favor of BuzzFeed, which had been sued by a businessman for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Trump.

SoftBank Leads $385 Million Bet on Fair, a Subscription-Car Startup

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 18:30
SoftBank Group has led a $385 million investment in auto-finance startup Fair, the latest bet by the Japanese firm to back startups that are trying to fundamentally change personal transportation.

Are Bank Stocks Predicting the Next Recession?

Barron's - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 16:00
New research finds that the group is pricing in a milder slowdown, even as many individual stocks trade at bear-market levels.

First Futures Contract to Pay Out in Bitcoin Poised for Green Light

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 16:00
The first futures contract that will pay out in cryptocurrency rather than cash is expected to soon get regulatory approval.

SoftBank's Biggest Backers Balk at Planned $16 Billion Acquisition of WeWork

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 15:04
Key investors in SoftBank’s giant tech fund have balked at a planned $16 billion investment in co-working startup WeWork, leaving SoftBank Chief Masayoshi Son to find an alternative as his ambitions hit up against the limits of his financial firepower.

Apple Pushes Out Software Update to Avoid China iPhone Ban

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 10:52
Apple sought to avoid a ban on the sale of older iPhones in China by releasing a software update that some lawyers say could allow the company to keep selling those products in the world’s largest smartphone market.

House Passes Bill Spurring Quantum Computing

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 06:25
The House voted 348-11 for a bill speeding U.S. development of quantum computing, an emerging technology with potentially revolutionary uses. President Trump is expected to sign the measure.

Beware the Big Tech Backlash

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 04:25
The public flogging this year of Big Tech over misinformation, censorship, and data abuse might be gratifying, but it might not fix, and in fact might worsen, the underlying problem: an absence of competition.

D.C. Attorney General Files Privacy Suit Against Facebook

WSJ - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 03:58
The District of Columbia attorney general filed suit against Facebook, alleging the company “failed to protect the privacy of its users” in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.