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Elon Musk's New Boring Co. Faced Questions Over SpaceX Financial Ties

WSJ - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 16:17
Elon Musk’s tunnel-digging venture, the Boring Co., is the latest to be drawn into the billionaire entrepreneur’s tradition of spreading overlapping resources across his growing technology empire. On Tuesday, the Tesla chief is set to unveil a test tunnel developed by the Boring Co., the first of what Mr. Musk imagines as a futuristic series of high-speed underground highways to alleviate traffic.

T-Mobile Takeover of Sprint Clears U.S. Security Panel

WSJ - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 09:27
T-Mobile won approval from U.S. national-security officials for its planned takeover of Sprint, bringing the two rivals a step closer to closing their roughly $26 billion combination.

Oracle Revenue Flat as Push to Bolster Cloud Business Continues

WSJ - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 08:47
Oracle reported flat revenue for its latest quarter, a result better than what Wall Street had been expecting, as the software giant made progress in a piece of its struggling cloud business.

Russians Took Aim at Black Voters in 2016 to Boost Trump

WSJ - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 05:57
A Russian influence campaign used a range of social-media platforms to suppress African-American voter turnout and boost Trump, according to studies commissioned by the Senate.

Marketers Learn to Work With the Machines

WSJ - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 03:39
Despite AI’s promise to help marketers reach consumers in ways that are better, faster and cheaper, executives can wind up wasting time and money when they actually try it.

Google Details Major New York Expansion

WSJ - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 02:45
The search giant is joining Amazon and Apple in growing outside the West Coast and has announced plans to lease a large office building in Manhattan’s West Village. Google also plans to invest $1 billion in the campus, which will also include two nearby buildings.

Once More With Feeling: Teaching Empathy to Machines

WSJ - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 01:44
In a quest for smarter technology, Google and others in the field of affective AI are developing tools that respond to human emotions and facial expressions.

GE Powered the American Century---Then It Burned Out

WSJ - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 23:29
The company that was once America’s biggest and most admired, the maker of power turbines, the seller of insurance, the broadcaster of “Seinfeld,” has become a shadow of its former self. This is the story of how generations of managers, who thought they could fix any company in any industry, finally ran into a problem they couldn’t solve.

Huawei's New Playbook in Washington: Drop PR, Hire Lawyers

WSJ - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 23:11
Chinese cellular-technology giant Huawei is relying on a team of recently hired American lawyers to defend itself from an onslaught of accusations and restrictions emanating from Washington.

Robot Vacuums Are Finally Good---Here's Which One to Buy

WSJ - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 21:47
A test of five of the most popular and interesting robotic vacuum cleaners: the Eufy Robovac 30c, the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930, the Shark Ion S87, the Neato Botvac D7 and the iRobot Roomba i7+.

Amazon Targets Unprofitable Items, With a Sharper Focus on the Bottom Line

WSJ - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 21:31
Amazon.com has trained people to buy everything online. Now it is having second thoughts about some of those sales because they don’t make money—and is pushing big brands to change how they use its site.

States Race to Catch Up With Electric Scooters

WSJ - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 21:13
State and local officials across the U.S. are scrambling to regulate the fast-growing electric-scooter industry—and in some cases banning the two-wheeled devices until laws can be crafted.

Facebook Bug Exposed Users' Unshared Photos

WSJ - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 02:54
Facebook said unshared pictures of up to 6.8 million users may have been exposed by a software issue that granted app developers access to the photos, the latest in a series of privacy snafus at the social-media company.

Fight Over Voter Data Roils Democrats Ahead of Election

WSJ - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 02:51
Democrats are in a deepening internal battle over voter data seen as key in helping get out the vote ahead of looming 2020 presidential elections.

Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money: America's Superstar Cities

WSJ - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 01:38
A tech-driven concentration of talent since the 1980s has helped the rich get richer. But it has also sharpened an urban-rural divide that, some say, threatens growth. Columnist Christopher Mims explores the phenomenon.

Germany Tightens Acquisition Rules Amid China's Push for Tech Deals

WSJ - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 19:38
Germany is tightening rules to make it harder for non-European companies to buy stakes in German firms without its approval, signaling growing concern in Berlin about China’s push to acquire key technology.

The 'Fortnite' Dance Move That Spawned a Lawsuit

WSJ - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 08:30
The suit targets one of the videogame’s most popular aspects: the celebratory dances players buy for a few bucks. Artists including Chance the Rapper say originators should be paid for moves they created and popularized.

Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift Tours Head for Netflix Encore

WSJ - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 22:30
The concert films from Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway residency and Taylor Swift’s stadium tour across the U.S.—two of the hottest tickets of 2018—are headed for Netflix.

Chinese Hackers Breach U.S. Navy Contractors

WSJ - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 20:35
Chinese hackers are breaching Navy contractors to steal everything from ship-maintenance data to missile plans, triggering a top-to-bottom review of cyber vulnerabilities.

Industrial Firms Want in on the Subscriptions Bonanza, Too

Barron's - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 19:30
Subscriptions are already remaking the consumer and technology worlds. Now industrial companies are thinking about their own Netflix-like models.