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China Seeks to Woo U.S. With Promise of Big Chip Purchases

WSJ - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:22
China is counting on promises of big purchases of semiconductors and other U.S. goods to ease trade tensions and persuade President Trump to extend a tariff truce and later resolve the market-rattling dispute directly with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

World's Tax Collectors Look to Divvy Up Tech Giants' Billions

WSJ - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:57
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is seeking public input on proposals to determine where the profits of digital companies such as Facebook should be allocated, and who gets to tax them.

Vimeo Chases Video Producers With Its First Big Ad Campaign

WSJ - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:02
The company’s business strategy has prioritized creators over viewers since 2017, when Vimeo canceled plans for a paid streaming video service with its own original programming. But many people still perceive Vimeo as place to watch video, Chief Executive Anjali Sud said.

Driverless Car Data Shows Robots Still Need Humans

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 22:07
New California state records show driverless car companies are making progress but are still relying on human safety operators to take control of the wheel at times.

Cisco Evades Trade Fallout as Revenue, Profit Rise

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 21:48
Cisco Systems boosted its quarterly dividend and stock buyback program following a strong quarter in which revenue growth beat Wall Street targets.

U.S. Push Against Huawei Gear Hits Obstacle: Carriers Love It

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 21:20
Washington’s campaign to get some of its closest European allies to give up telecommunications gear made by Chinese companies has been a tough sell.

Former Apple Lawyer Charged With Insider Trading

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:54
The former Apple executive who enforced the company’s insider-trading policies was charged criminally with violating those rules by allegedly dumping over $10 million in stock before the company announced it missed a metric for iPhone sales.

Lee Clow, Ad Legend Known for Apple Campaigns, Retires

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:10
Lee Clow, whose ads helped put Apple on the map, is retiring from the agency he joined five decades ago. He was behind the tech giant’s dystopian “1984” Super Bowl spot, which helped transform the event into an advertising showcase.

NASA Calls It Quits for Opportunity Mars Rover After 15-Year Mission

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:53
NASA engineers are hanging up on the agency’s Opportunity Mars rover after 835 unanswered wake-up calls, following 15 years on the red planet.

Apple to Sell Older iPhone Models Again in Germany

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:13
Apple said it would make some older iPhone models available for sale again in Germany, two months after it had removed the models because a court ruled the smartphone maker had infringed on a patent by Qualcomm.

European Union Agrees to New Copyright Law

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 05:18
The bill is aimed at reining in tech giants and throwing a lifeline to news publishers. It is expected to be formally approved by mid-April, after which EU governments will have two years to include it in their national laws.

T-Mobile's Sprint Takeover Comes Under New Attack

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:56
The leaders of the country’s No. 3 and No. 4 largest cellphone carriers defended their planned merger against new attacks from labor groups and advocates for rural wireless customers who said the tie-up would hurt competition.

Johnson & Johnson to Buy Surgical Robotics Maker Auris

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:18
A unit of Johnson & Johnson has reached a deal to buy medical-technology firm Auris Health for about $3.4 billion in cash, the company said Wednesday.

A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:49
Tech companies working on artificial intelligence find that a diverse staff can help avoid biased algorithms that cause public embarrassments.

Google to Invest $13 Billion in U.S. Data Centers, Offices

WSJ - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 01:20
Google is planning to spend $13 billion this year on data centers and offices across the U.S., Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said.

Boss Talk: Meet the CEO Making Yoga Instructors Filmmakers

WSJ - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 23:09
Anjali Sud has overseen Vimeo’s transition from a would-be Netflix competitor to a tech company that helps filmmakers create online content. Since she took over, the number of subscribers who use Vimeo’s video tools has climbed to 1 million.

Netflix for News: Publishers Chafe at Apple's Terms

WSJ - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 19:39
Apple’s plan to create a subscription service for news is running into resistance from major publishers who are balking at proposed financial terms.

Amazon Slashed Prices at Whole Foods; Now They're Going Up

WSJ - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:43
Whole Foods is raising prices again. Amazon cut prices after acquiring the grocer in 2017, but pressure from consumer-product makers has led Whole Foods to raise prices on hundreds of products.

Apple Loses Ground to Huawei in China

WSJ - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:27
Shipments of Apple’s iPhone in China slumped far more than overall smartphone shipments there last quarter, while local rival Huawei’s sales soared in the world’s biggest smartphone market.

Activision Blizzard to Cut Staff in Broad Restructuring

WSJ - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:51
Activision Blizzard said it plans to cut about 8% of its workforce as the company grapples with changes in how people buy and play videogames.