WSJD - Technology

The Troubled Marriage of Brains and Computers

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:03:45 EDT

Neurotechnology could make science fiction dreams a reality. But a pioneer in the field is already sounding alarms

At Oracle, It's All About the Cloud

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:39:02 EDT

Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd says a move to the cloud is in customers’ best interest.

Oracle Pitches Security of the Cloud to Software Clients

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:03:56 EDT

Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Mark Hurd said he expects more companies to shift software operations to the cloud, where security and encryption make it harder to hack.

WeWork: A $20 Billion Startup Fueled by Silicon Valley Pixie Dust

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:15:42 EDT

The office-space provider’s 38-year-old CEO sells tech investors on his vision for communal workplaces that appeal to millennials—while critics call it an overvalued real-estate play.

A Broadcom-Qualcomm Deal Would Face a Regulatory Minefield

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:49:06 EST

Broadcom’s $105 billion gambit to acquire Qualcomm faces challenges not only in winning over shareholders but in navigating a host of potential roadblocks from regulators.

Wal-Mart Courts Lord & Taylor for Online Challenge to Amazon

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:33:29 EDT

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is near a deal to add Lord & Taylor to its website, part of a broader effort by the retail giant to build an online shopping destination that can compete with Amazon.com Inc.

Microsoft Focused on AI Investments

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:04:25 EDT

Microsoft Corp.’s investments will remain focused on artificial intelligence technology said Peggy Johnson, the software giant’s Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development.

Microsoft Hopes for Videogame Turnaround With Xbox One X

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:15:19 EST

Microsoft debuts its new Xbox One X console Tuesday, hoping a focus on live services and high-end hardware can reverse its flagging fortunes in the videogame business.

What to Do if You Inherit $150 Million in Bitcoin?

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:44:24 EDT

SoftBank has stumbled into a bitcoin treasure in buying Fortress Investment. With the CME launching bitcoin futures, SoftBank may hang on to its digital ducats.

William Ackman on Why He's Battling ADP

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:24:56 EDT

The founder of Pershing Square Capital Management explains the view of an activist investor.

As Cities Woo Amazon to Build Second Site, Incentives Are Key

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:05:05 EDT

Amazon’s in-house economic-development team shows how important tax-incentive deals have become to its business model and gives a window into why the company took the step of pitting cities against each other to win the biggest subsidy package possible.

Trump Takeaway on Tech: Enforcement Over Regulation

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:48:54 EST

With its lawsuit against the AT&T-Time Warner deal and plan to roll back net-neutrality rules, the administration is fleshing out a regulatory approach: Instead of the Obama administration’s adoption of bright-line rules, it is stressing the enforcement of longstanding laws and regulations.

Baidu Sees AI as Key to Its Future

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:46:38 EDT

CEO Robin Li on the company’s technology expertise, its autonomous-driving program and the battle against fake information.

Samsung Electronics Shakes Up Leadership Lineup

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 03:26:09 EDT

Samsung Electronics shook up its senior ranks in a move that would replace all of its co-chief executives and strip its board chairman of any executive role for the first time as it looks to address concerns about a leadership vacuum at the top.

Katzenberg on Weinstein---and What Needs to Happen Now

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:42:28 EDT

Hollywood icon Jeffrey Katzenberg talks about what needs to be done in the wake of the sexual-abuse scandal, and his plan to revolutionize TV with WndrCo.

Meg Whitman to Step Down as Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:55:55 EST

Meg Whitman, one of the most prominent women in U.S. business, will step down as chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise early next year.

How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:08:01 EST

Robots are mastering math but basic hand-eye coordination continues to elude them. Flummoxed by a slight breeze.

The Race to Rein In Facebook Has Begun

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:34:43 EDT

Facebook and other internet giants face possible sweeping change as lawmakers and regulators line up to enforce vows of transparency for political content.

Technology Key to Solving Urban Inefficiencies, Cisco Says

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:19:14 EDT

Cities can more efficiently conduct parking, waste management, commuting and energy consumption, to name a few, all through the use of technology including connected sensors, said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins

Tencent's 'Honor of Kings' Tries to Crack the U.S.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:59:31 EDT

China’s Tencent is banking on a successful launch abroad for ‘Honor of Kings,’ but the hit smartphone game faces an uphill battle in the U.S., where the company can’t lean on its popular messaging apps to hook players.

GM's Strategy for the Autonomous Car

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:28:29 EDT

President Dan Ammann talks about what the company is doing and what the timetable is.

Google, Shmoogle. Reference Librarians Are Busier Than Ever

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:15:52 EST

When it comes to finding 1837 Ohio weather reports or blueprints to build a guillotine, millions still prefer asking experts at the public library. ‘There’s no really stupid question.’

The Thinking Behind Alibaba's Expansion

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:00:39 EDT

Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai says the company can compete with all the tech giants.

Arianna Huffington on the Culture at Uber

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:37:23 EDT

She says the company could have been as successful without the ‘brilliant jerks.’

Note of Caution on Tech Unicorns: Some May Be Overvalued

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:30:38 EDT

Some of the U.S. tech startups valued at more than $1 billion raised money based on growth plans that haven’t materialized yet, two prominent startup investors cautioned.

'Alexa, Can You Prevent Suicide?'

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:30:41 EDT

Amazon has sold more than 15 million Echo devices and now owns 75% of the smart-speaker market, which puts it on the front line of early-stage AI therapy, in which a device is asked to respond to extremely personal questions and requests by its users.

Barry Diller Says Tech Giants 'Inevitably' Will Face More Regulation

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:04:48 EDT

The dominance of the biggest U.S. technology companies is reaching a point when the government will need to regulate their expanse, media mogul Barry Diller said Tuesday.

Cash Sloshes Into Venture Funds, Prompting Fears of Excess

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:38:13 EST

Silicon Valley is bursting with fledgling venture-capital funds as cash continues to flow despite worries that startups have generally returned little in profits.

Iranian Charged With Hacking HBO, Taking 'Game of Thrones' Scripts

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:02:54 EST

Federal prosecutors unsealed charges against an Iranian national, accusing him of hacking into HBO’s computer network, stealing unreleased scripts of “Game of Thrones” and then threatening to leak them publicly.

Eviation, Electric-Plane Startup, Is WSJ D.Live Audience Favorite

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:10:30 EDT

Eviation, a startup developing self-flying, electric passenger planes, was crowned the audience choice for the most promising startup at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ D.Live technology conference.

The Outlook for Technology M&A

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:40:43 EDT

Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson and Jennifer Nason of J.P. Morgan talk about past deals and the prospect for more deals.

Samsung Predicts Tech Will Next Transform the Home

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:45:44 EDT

Samsung Electronics Co. is betting that the next domain to be transformed by technology will be the home, and it is increasingly investing in artificial intelligence and software startups to stitch together a network of smart appliances.

The Inevitability of Regulating the Giants of Tech

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:34:12 EDT

So says Barry Diller, who also talks about the absurd valuations put on ‘unicorns.’

Digital Pills That Talk to Your Doctor Are Here

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:19 EST

U.S. authorities approved an antipsychotic pill that signals smartphones when it reaches the gut so doctors can track whether patients are taking their medication.

Uber Likely to Reach a Deal With SoftBank in One Week

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:42:08 EDT

Uber is likely to reach a resolution within a week in talks with SoftBank over pricing for a complicated investment deal that could give the Japanese company a sizable stake, an Uber board member said.

GM Plans to Make Systems for Autonomous Cars

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:00:35 EDT

GM plans to make the bulk of the systems that go into an autonomous car, a shift from its previous strategy that thrusts it into direct competition with tech giants.

Apple Wipes Skype From China App Store

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:04:28 EST

The internet-calling and messaging service has been unavailable for download from some app stores and websites in China, the latest disruption to online communication tools as the government tightens its grip on the internet.

Robots May Make Radiologists' Jobs Easier, Not Redundant

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:37:47 EST

Scientists recently said an artificial intelligence program diagnosed pneumonia on chest X-rays more accurately than human radiologists. Should radiologists worry? Probably not. AI is more likely to make their jobs easier, not less necessary.

Casper Sleep Sees More Competition Ahead in Online Mattress Retailing

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:59:10 EDT

Online mattress retailer Casper Sleep Inc. has attracted a crowd of competitors that offer to deliver mattresses in a box since it began in 2013, and Casper Chief Executive Philip Krim sees more ahead.

Hotshot Tech Founders Face a Dilemma: Lie Low or Live Large?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:47:13 EST

As “unicorn” startups such as Snap and WeWork come under greater scrutiny, some chief executives opt for more modest homes, while others splurge

In a Shift, Internet Firms Back Bill to Curb Sex Trafficking

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:01:18 EST

Big internet companies on Friday signaled their support for a Senate bill aimed at curbing online sex trafficking, apparently ending what had become a difficult political fight.

Russian Twitter Support for Trump Began Right After He Started Campaign

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:37:32 EST

Russian Twitter accounts began heaping praise on Donald Trump and ripping his rivals earlier than previously thought—within weeks after he announced his bid for the presidency in June 2015.

Who Wants to Supply China's Surveillance State? The West

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:31:37 EDT

U.S. tech giants and Chinese state-backed companies showed off the future of policing in China’s southern technology hub as they vie for a slice of the world’s biggest surveillance market.

Fake-Ad Operation Used to Steal From Publishers Is Uncovered

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:33:03 EST

Adform says it discovered a fraud scheme that could have been stealing upward of $500,000 a day by ‘spoofing’ publisher websites.

Snap's Rise and Fall: How a Big, Splashy IPO Prompted the Doubters to Keep Mum

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:17:40 EST

Bankers and investors had concerns about nonnegotiable conditions made by Snap ahead of its IPO, plus broader worries about the app-maker’s growth prospects, but didn’t want to risk losing a piece of the potentially blockbuster deal. ?

Movie Studios Will Embrace Bite-Size Entertainment: Katzenberg

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:39:39 EDT

Jeffrey Katzenberg has signed major Hollywood studios onto his latest venture: a mobile-based subscription service of short-form content that the longtime show-business executive is calling “new TV.”

Levi Plans to Add More Functionality to Connected Clothing

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:37:20 EDT

Levi Strauss & Co. is already thinking about how to improve a second generation of its new connected denim jacket, Chief Executive Chip Bergh said Tuesday.

Jared Leto, Tech Investor, Was There at the Dawn of Social Media

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:13:59 EDT

The award-winning actor and singer was online marketing his band Thirty Seconds to Mars back in the Napster era and now invests in Spotify AB, Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc.

Drones Are Now Operating Underground

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:12:47 EST

Hundreds of feet underground, scientists are experimenting with a technology that could transform how mining companies dig out rocks in dangerous, pitch-black caves: fully autonomous drones.

AR's Future is Glasses, Not Phones, Says Niantic CEO

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:11:56 EDT

The future platform of augmented reality will be on glasses, not smartphones, says John Hanke, chief executive of Niantic Inc., developer of the hit AR game, Pokémon Go.

Facebook's New Ad Strategy for Messenger

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:52:57 EDT

David Marcus explains how the company’s new channel for advertisers works, and why he thinks consumers won’t be put off by it.

Wal-Mart Sees 'Second-Mover Advantage' in E-Commerce

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:30:40 EDT

Wal-Mart’s U.S. e-commerce chief Marc Lore said the online retail division is still in growth mode, the fruits of which will start paying off over the next two years and help it better compete with Amazon.

Meritocracy 'Myth' Can Hold Companies Back, Experts Say

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:23:29 EDT

Tech companies founded on the meritocratic ideal can become workplaces where people stop trying to be fair, experts say.

The Latest Path to Silicon Valley Riches: Stake Sales

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:46:23 EST

Entrepreneurs and venture investors are cashing out of hot startups through secondary sales of big stakes, rather than waiting for companies to go public or be acquired.

Outcome Health Employee Made Whistleblower Claim, Investor Lawsuit Says

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:55:37 EST

Outcome Health’s CEO was sent a whistleblower letter last year by a salesman accusing the company of committing “ongoing fraud,” allegations the ad startup told investors had no merit, according to documents filed in an investor lawsuit.

Marvell Confirms $6 Billion Purchase of Chip Maker Cavium

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:50:17 EST

Marvell Technology plans to buy chip maker Cavium in a $6 billion cash-and-stock deal that would set it up to better compete with semiconductor giants such as Intel and Broadcom.

Future of Tech and Media: Waging a War for People's Time

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:15:31 EDT

The battle of the internet giants will expand into newer technologies and take them deeper into each other’s turf, Activate co-founder Michael Wolf said at the WSJ D.Live conference.

A Chess Novice Challenged Magnus Carlsen. He Had One Month to Train.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:01:46 EST

Max Deutsch, a speed learner who conquered back-flips, Hebrew and perfect pitch, is testing the limits of self-improvement. Next up: the world’s greatest chess player.

What Is Net Neutrality Again?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:27:41 EST

The arcane subject is back in the headlines. Here’s what to know and what lifting it means for you.

Wal-Mart Takes Aim at Amazon

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:48:00 EDT

Marc Lore, the company’s U.S. e-commerce chief, explains its acquisition strategy.

Alibaba's Tsai: Beijing Doesn't Have Unlimited Access to Chinese Corporate Data

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:29:36 EDT

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai pushed back on perceptions that the Chinese government has access to all Chinese corporations’ data, as Beijing pushes for a stake in some of China’s tech giants.

FAA Seeks to Ease Air-Traffic Controllers' Stress From Drones

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:35:56 EDT

With roughly 250 monthly encounters between drones and manned aircraft nationwide, automated procedures are being developed to reduce pressure on air-traffic controllers.

Ackman Cranks Up Pressure on ADP

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:26:13 EDT

Activist investor William Ackman turned up the pressure on Automatic Data Processing Inc., saying the company has “missed the market” by focusing more on meeting revenue guidance than developing new technology.

Amazon's Roy Price Left Alleged Trail of Sexual Harassment

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:34:27 EST

Claims that go beyond previous reports simmered inside the e-commerce giant’s Hollywood unit. Some executives say the company’s policy of giving its business operations autonomy may have given Mr. Price extra leeway.

Zuckerberg's Wealth Manager Wants to Be a Buyout Shop

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:34:40 EST

Iconiq Capital, a secretive wealth manager that invests money for some of the most prominent names in Silicon Valley, plans to ramp up its private-equity investing, raising the specter of possible conflicts with some of its clients.

Qualcomm Says NXP Deal on Track, As it Accelerates in Driverless Tech

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:58:09 EDT

Qualcomm Inc. said its $39 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors NV is on schedule to close by the end of the year, paving the way for it to be a major player in autonomous driving.

Meet the Antitrust Chief Heading Up AT&T-Time Warner Lawsuit

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:14:49 EST

The Justice Department’s new antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, needed just seven weeks to land himself in the middle of the biggest antitrust case in 20 years.

Entrepreneurs Eye Africa as Tech's Next Frontier

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:14:26 EDT

Two entrepreneurs working in Africa said the continent is one of the few remaining frontiers for the technology industry—but that’s changing.

Baidu Plans Fully Self-Driving Bus in China Next Year

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:10:48 EDT

Chinese search giant Baidu Inc. is pushing aggressively ahead with autonomous vehicles, its chief executive said, including plans to release a fully self-driving bus in China next year.

How Google's Quantum Computer Could Change the World

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 15:51:58 EDT

The ultra-powerful machine has the potential to disrupt everything from science and medicine to national security—assuming it works

Facebook Messenger CEO Vows More Scrutiny of Platform's Use

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:00:19 EDT

Facebook Inc. should be more proactive in detecting malicious actors on its platform, the head of Facebook’s Messenger app business said Wednesday.

Joelle Emerson on Tech's Meritocracy Problem

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:02:03 EDT

At The Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference, the Paradigm CEO says tech really isn’t a meritocracy.

Retailers Try New Pricing Tricks to Battle Amazon on Black Friday

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:12:01 EST

Instead of copying Amazon’s playbook, retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target are coming up with new tricks to maximize sales ahead of Black Friday.

Uber-SoftBank Deal in Jeopardy Over Spat About Kalanick's Role

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 01:53:12 EDT

Uber’s effort to close a multibillion-dollar investment by SoftBank is in danger of derailing as co-founder Travis Kalanick tussles with fellow board members over the limits of his power at the ride-hailing giant, people familiar with the matter said.

George Kurtz's Password Plea

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:03:02 EDT

At The Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference, the CrowdStrike CEO talked about online security for consumers.

Takeovers Roar to Life as Companies Hear Footsteps From Tech Giants

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:28:46 EST

Mergers and acquisitions announced in the U.S. in November hit a near-record $200 billion as CEOs in many industries join forces to fend off competition from Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix.

Tech Rally Goes Global, Powering Stock Indexes to Fresh Records

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:47:55 EST

Shares in technology companies are outpacing other sectors this year by the widest margin since the height of the dot-com era, with a handful of key players dictating how markets are performing around the world.

How Amazon Can Make or Break Holiday Retail

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:28:19 EST

The maker of popular children’s robots is using Amazon to game the holiday retail season for its latest model.

Cloudflare, CrowdStrike CEOs Spar Over Future of Cybersecurity Business

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:05:53 EDT

Two prominent executives in the cybersecurity industry on Tuesday debated whether the field is a long-term business—or instead will be blended into the array of services tech giants offer customers.

Instagram Emergency! This Year's Fall Foliage Is Not Suitable for Posting

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:11:33 EDT

Faced with subdued fall colors, social media mavens are lining up and taking turns posing with the few trees that have turned.

Affirm Wants To Move Beyond Simple Lending to Provide Financial Advice

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:07:46 EDT

Online financial services company Affirm Inc. wants to move beyond simple lending to provide financial advice to customers, its founder and chief executive said Wednesday.

Jessica Matthews on Africa's Tech Rush

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:01:02 EDT

At The Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference, the Uncharted Play CEO says the continent’s people are key.

Facebook Plans to Let Users Know if They Followed Russian Pages

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:33:42 EST

Facebook plans to tell millions of users who liked or followed any of the 290 Facebook and Instagram pages created by Russian actors that they were ensnared in an alleged misinformation campaign around the U.S. presidential election last year.