Archive for the ‘TECHNOLOGY’ Category

U.S. Warned of Russian Firm Kaspersky as Early as 2004

Friday, November 17th, 2017

A Russian cybersecurity firm whose products current and former U.S. officials suspect Moscow has used as a tool for spying was flagged by U.S. military intelligence as a potential security threat as early as 2004.

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EA Pulls Microtransactions From ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ After Backlash

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Electronic Arts halted in-game sales of virtual goods in its sequel to “Star Wars Battlefront” on the eve of the game’s launch, bowing to pressure from customers fearing big spenders could gain an unfair edge.

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Vanu Bose Found Ways to Bring Cellphone Service to Unserved Areas

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Vanu Bose while working on his doctoral degree in engineering in 1998 set up his own company to exploit new technology for cellular communications.

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Axios Raises $20 Million to Fund Newsroom Expansion

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The media startup plans to use some of the financing to expand its capacity for data analysis, product development and audience growth, as well as developing new coverage areas and increasing staffing.

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Tesla Reveals Semi Truck With 500-Mile Range, New Roadster Car

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the company’s first all-electric semitrailer truck and a $200,000 super car, his latest attempt to stir excitement as the company struggles to mass-produce an affordable sedan.

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Reddit CEO Cracks Down on Abusive Content to Protect Users, Attract Advertisers

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Steve Huffman is trying to weed out violent and abusive content from Reddit, and he’s also personally been investigating whether Russian-linked entities used his platform to spread divisive messages. He hasn’t found much yet.

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Even With Beijing Pushing, Electric Cars Prove Hard to Start

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Electric vehicles aren’t yet living up to the hype, auto makers in China are finding, as they churn out more EVs than they can sell—even with generous government subsidies—to satisfy Beijing’s directives.

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

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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.

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Fed’s Brainard: Consumers Need Control of Their Financial Data

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Consumers need to be in control of their financial data, Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard said, wading into a continuing debate about rules governing the use of personal data in new financial products.

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Google’s Featured Answers Aim to Distill Truth—But Often Get It Wrong

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Going beyond search, the internet giant is presenting itself as an oracle by promoting a single result over all others as a definitive answer. Many of these ‘featured snippets’ are contentious, improbable or laughably incorrect.

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Baidu Sends Raven to Bring Artificial Intelligence Into Chinese Homes

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Expanding its push into artificial-intelligence technologies, Chinese internet giant Baidu is entering the “smart home” product market with an intelligent speaker and personal robot.

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White Nationalist Spencer, Others Lose Twitter Verification

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Richard Spencer and other prominent white nationalists have lost their official blue check marks on Twitter after the social media platform announced changes to its verification practices.Twitter said…Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, File

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AT&T Wireless Customers Report Network Problems

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

AT&T’s wireless network suffered a widespread failure Wednesday night that prevented some customers from placing or receiving calls.

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The Best iPhone Fast Chargers and Wireless Chargers

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

There have never been so many ways to charge an iPhone with speed and convenience, but beware—some options are overpriced.

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Google, Shmoogle. Reference Librarians Are Busier Than Ever

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

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.’

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Cisco Earnings: What to Watch

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Cisco Systems is scheduled to report results for its first quarter ended October 28 after the market closes Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know.

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The Music Industry’s New Gatekeepers

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Playlist professionals have replaced radio DJs as the new power brokers, as streaming services’ ready-made song lists become hitmakers.

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Tencent Profit Rises Nearly 70% on Mobile-Games Growth

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings said third-quarter net profit surged thanks to advertising revenue gains and strong growth at its mobile-gaming and digital-content divisions.

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‘You Do Not Understand Bitcoin’: Readers Bite Back

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Lovers and skeptics of cryptocurrency reacted to The Wall Street Journal’s recent coverage of investing in bitcoin and had lots to say about whether there is a bitcoin bubble.

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Time Inc. to Launch Sports Illustrated TV

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Time Inc. will launch a subscription streaming service Thursday built around its iconic sports publication, as the company tries to counter punishing economics in its legacy business with bets on digital media and video.

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Steve Jurvetson Fires Back at DFJ After His Exit

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson fired back at his former DFJ partners and denied any sexual harassment on his part, one day after the Silicon Valley firm he co-founded announced he would step down under a “mutual agreement.”

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With Two Price Tags From SoftBank, What Is Uber Really Worth?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

SoftBank is shooting for a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber by paying one price to the company and a lower one to its shareholders—an unusual approach at such a grand scale that raises the question of what Uber is actually worth.

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Amazon to Sell Its China Cloud-Computing Business

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Beijing Sinnet, Amazon’s cloud-computing partner in China, said it will buy Amazon Web Services’ China business for as much $300 million.

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New York City Wants New Ideas on Providing Internet Access

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration will ask for input from companies interested in helping it expand broadband internet access, an action that could challenge Charter Communications Inc.’s market dominance.

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FDA Approves World’s First Digital Drug

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The antipsychotic pill signals smartphones when it reaches the gut so doctors can track whether patients are taking their medication.

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Tesla, SpaceX Director Steve Jurvetson on Leave Amid Misconduct Probe

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Prominent investor Steve Jurvetson has left DFJ, the venture-capital firm he co-founded, and has gone on leave from the boards of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

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Tencent Earnings: What to Watch

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The Chinese gaming and social-media giant reports its third-quarter earnings after the market closes Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know.

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EU to Beef Up Efforts to Counter Fake News

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The European Union will beef up efforts to counter disinformation and fake news, officials said Monday, as Spain’s foreign minister voiced concerns about Russian interference in Catalonia’s independence bid.

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Bitcoin Plunges More Than 25% in Four Days

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The booming bull market for bitcoin has hit another speed bump. Bitcoin slumped more than 25% in recent days, falling below $6,000 after touching a record high just shy of $7,900 last week.

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New Tech Incubators Put Financials First

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

A new generation of accelerator programs designed to help entrepreneurs get their products and services off the ground is moving beyond technology, emphasizing financial training.

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