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Tech Firms Ban White Supremacists, Shifting From Hands-Off Policy

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:07:56 EDT

Recent moves by tech companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, GoDaddy, Uber and GoFundMe to crack down on white supremacists thrust them into unusual territory for corporations that often take a more hands-off approach to who uses their services and how.


The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d!

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:55:48 EDT

Bill Burr’s 2003 report recommended using numbers, obscure characters and capital letters and updating regularly. As his advice is overturned, he feels regretful.


What the Google Controversy Misses: The Business Case for Diversity

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:37:17 EDT

The memo written by a Google employee about gender diversity hit a raw nerve in an industry already beset by accusations of sexism and discrimination. Research, meanwhile, has established the business case for diversity.


SpaceX Cargo Mission Demonstrates Increasing Research on Space Station

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:28:15 EDT

A successful cargo launch by SpaceX, the company’s 12th such mission to the international space station, highlights the steady expansion of scientific research on the orbiting laboratory.


Does the World Really Want Content From Apple?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:57:06 EDT

Big money can’t guarantee Apple success in Hollywood, especially when competitors are spending more.


Amazon, SoftBank Battle for One of Last Untapped Internet Markets

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:29:57 EDT

Amazon appears set to tangle with a formidable new adversary in India: Masayoshi Son, the brash billionaire who helms Japan’s SoftBank Group. The prize: e-commerce superiority in one of the last great untapped internet economies.


A Robot Can Be a Warehouse Worker's Best Friend

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:31:50 EDT

Instead of developing technology to completely replace manpower, firms are testing “collaborative” robots designed to work alongside people.


Apple Readies $1 Billion War Chest for Hollywood Programming

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:41:11 EDT

Apple Inc. has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, as the iPhone maker shows how serious it is about making a splash in Hollywood.


Podcast Craze Takes Hold of New York City

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:12:30 EDT

Programs produced by the four largest NYC-based podcasting networks saw 1.3 billion downloads in 2016, up sharply from an annual average of 199 million downloads between 2013 and 2015.


America's 'Cable Cowboy' Lays Groundwork for Internet Dominance Beyond U.S.

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:16:16 EDT

Media mogul John Malone and his lieutenants are quietly building a cable colossus in Europe and Latin America that potentially could be the backbone for the next generation of wireless-internet service.


Computer-Chip Testing Firm Urges Blocking Sale of Rival to China Fund

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:43:08 EDT

Cohu, which tests semiconductors, wants to persuade the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment that the proposed sale of Xcerra to a Chinese state-backed fund would threaten national security.


Uber Founder Kalanick Is Obstacle in CEO Search, Says Investor Benchmark

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:14:48 EDT

Days after it sued Uber’s former chief executive, investor Benchmark Capital sent a letter to the ride-hailing company’s employees saying it took action to prevent him from undermining the search for his replacement.


Amazon Sells $16 Billion of Bonds to Finance Whole Foods Deal

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:04:10 EDT

Amazon.com Inc. sold $16 billion of bonds Tuesday to help fund its purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc., meeting strong demand from investors as it made a rare trip to the debt market.


Uber Shareholders Fight for Control Amid Leadership Vacuum

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:06:50 EDT

The acrimony among Uber’s investors spilled further into view with a new letter from one shareholder alleging underhand tactics by Benchmark Capital.


American Pleads Guilty to Accepting Islamic State Money to Fund Terrorism

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:40:21 EDT

An American man accused of accepting funds from Islamic State for a possible terror attack in the U.S. pleaded guilty to multiple terrorism-related charges.


That Drone Over Your Home? It's the Insurance Inspector

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:59:08 EDT

Drones, photo-taking apps and artificial intelligence are accelerating what has long been a clunky, time-consuming experience: the auto or home-insurance claim.


Tencent, Alibaba in Group Buying 35% of China State-Owned Telecom

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:02:07 EDT

China’s internet titans are among the companies joining in a government-encouraged plan to pump $11.7 billion into state-owned telecom giant China Unicom (Hong Kong).


Verizon to Compete With AT&T for Public-Safety Customers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:01:39 EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. said it is building dedicated lanes at the core of its U.S. network for firefighters and other first responders, a bid to compete with AT&T Inc.’s plans for its own public-safety network.


Facebook Shut Down Employee Chat Room Over Harassing Messages

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:45:40 EDT

Facebook dismantled a popular anonymous discussion board for employees last year that had become a forum for conservative political debate that sometimes degenerated into racist or sexist comments.


The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:58:52 EDT

A new generation of internet users—a swath of the poor and less-literate—tend to use voice recognition and other intuitive apps over text, creating new business winners and losers. Silicon Valley giants are rushing to respond.


Smoke, Then Fire: Uber Knowingly Leased Unsafe Cars to Drivers

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:30:39 EDT

Chasing breakneck growth, the ride-hailing giant bought Honda SUVs in Singapore subject to a recall. Then one caught fire, sparking a panic at the company. The episode, which wasn’t previously public knowledge, adds to the list of crises that unfolded at Uber on the watch of former Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.


The Next Laptop You Should Buy Is...

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:39:20 EDT

If you’re shopping for a laptop, you have questions. Personal Tech columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler has the answers—and shares insights into the state of the business.


Bill Gates Donates Billions in Stock to Foundation

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:11:42 EDT

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates handed over 64 million shares of the software giant to his foundation in June, a $4.68 billion donation based on current share prices that would rank as his most valuable to the organization in more than a decade.


How Jony Ive Masterminded Apple's New Headquarters

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:21:17 EDT

With Apple Park, the company’s chief designer has once again brought Steve Jobs’s exacting design vision to life.


Netflix Signs 'Scandal' Creator From ABC as Rivalry Intensifies

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:45:20 EDT

Netflix has recruited prolific television producer Shonda Rhimes, the creator of ABC hits such as “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” the clearest sign yet of a race for talent between new and old entertainment industry giants.


With a Sales Army of 35,000, Oracle Won Cloud Customers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:14:53 EDT

Oracle Corp. is starting to see the positive results of remaking its sales force as it confronts longstanding questions from Wall Street about the software company’s commitment to cloud computing.


Electric-Car Maker Faraday Secures Rescue Loan

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:45:39 EDT

Faraday Future, a high-profile electric-car startup, has pledged its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles as collateral to secure a rescue loan intended to keep the lights on while it seeks new investors.


Pandora Names Sling TV's Lynch as New CEO

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:52:11 EDT

Pandora Media said former Sling TV Chief Executive Roger Lynch will lead the Internet-radio company as it faces an increasingly competitive landscape.


Millennials Unearth an Amazing Hack to Get Free TV: the Antenna

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:47:15 EDT

Cord-cutters accustomed to watching shows online are often shocked that $20 ‘rabbit ears’ pluck signals from the air. Is this legal?


Two China Tech Titans Wrestle Over User Data

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:22:10 EDT

Huawei, China’s leading smartphone maker, and Tencent, one of its biggest internet companies, are in a showdown over user data, the big prize in the emerging era of artificial intelligence.


Three CEOs Quit Trump Advisory Council

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:54:12 EDT

Merck’s Frazier, Intel’s Krzanich and Under Armour’s Plank resigned from a manufacturing-advisory council to the Trump administration in an apparent protest of the president’s failure to quickly condemn the white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.


Samsung Heir Points Fingers Elsewhere

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:56:42 EDT

Testifying in his corruption trial, de facto Samsung leader Lee Jae-yong said he knew nothing of company payments prosecutors say were bribes and hadn’t directed the business maneuvers they say were key to his succession.


Tencent's Mobile-Game Growth Continues

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:33:04 EDT

Chinese internet company Tencent reported a 70% surge in profit, buoyed by revenue from ‘Honor of Kings’ and other mobile games; triple-digit growth in payment services; and an increase in online advertising.


This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:25:46 EDT

At Georgia Tech’s Robotarium, where experiments can be run remotely, swarms of buggies and copters spring to life without notice—sometimes to their detriment.


Dark, Cameras, Action: Scientists and Amateurs Prepare for Solar Eclipse

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:21:29 EDT

Astronomers say the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will be an experiment in solar physics conducted on a national scale, as citizen scientists join researchers in scrutinizing the star.


Fiat Chrysler Joins BMW-Led Self-Driving Car Tech Alliance

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:45:20 EDT

Fiat Chrysler said it’s joining a BMW-led consortium to develop self-driving car technology, a move that comes more than a year after the group was formed with an aim of producing fully automated vehicles by 2021.


Google, GoDaddy Crack Down on Daily Stormer

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:28:30 EDT

Google on Monday said it canceled the website-hosting registration for the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, hours after GoDaddy told the site it needed to find a new host.




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