Wall Street Journal Tech

  • FCC Broadband Plan: No One Loves It - An emerging FCC plan to give the agency more authority to regulate traffic on broadband Internet networks is shaping up as the classic Washington compromise. No one loves the idea, and everyone is sure it will wind up in court.
  • J.P. Morgan Found Hackers Through Breach of Road-Race Site - J.P. Morgan Chase may not have discovered the breach in its computer systems as quickly this past summer if it hadn’t gone looking for trouble elsewhere, people briefed on the investigation said.
  • Michael Bastian Creates a Smartwatch That Looks Like a Watch - High-tech meets high-style in the MB Chronowing from Michael Bastian and Hewlett-Packard.
  • Mexico Plans Broadband Overhaul - Mexico’s planned construction of a $10 billion broadband network, with more than 20,000 antennas, could provide an alternative to Mexico’s dominant carrier, Telcel, which is owned by billionaire Carlos Slim.
  • James Cameron Imagines Future Movies Where Viewers Participate in Narrative - James Cameron said the three coming “Avatar” movies will be influenced by virtual reality, but he doesn’t expect them to be viewed on virtual-reality headsets.
  • Which Streaming Media Stick Should I Buy? - How to tell the difference between the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick.
  • Judge Rules Suspect Can Be Required To Unlock Phone With Fingerprint - A Virginia Circuit Court judge ruled that police officers cannot force criminal suspects to divulge cellphone passwords, but they can force them to unlock the phone with a fingerprint scanner.
  • Will Google Become the Berkshire Hathaway of Tech? - Google CEO Larry Page suggests he wants to be like Warren Buffett in his approach with managing the Internet search giant's foray into huge new businesses.
  • Amazon, Like Other Tech Firms, Largely Male and White - Following other technology firms, Amazon.com released statistics showing its workforce is largely male and white, particularly in leadership roles.
  • Google Retools Its Flu Prediction Engine — After Getting It Wrong - It’s flu season and Google has some news. The search giant is updating Flu Trends, its formula for making weekly predictions of the number of flu cases.
  • Facebook Experiment Increased Voting by Showing Users More News Articles - A Facebook study found that users who saw more news articles in their news feed were more likely to vote.
  • Android Market Share Tops Out While Google Reasserts Control - Google's dominance over the smartphone landscape appears to be topping out, but the company is gaining more control over the devices that run its software.
  • Chip Deal Provides a Ray of Hope for Silicon Startups - Venture capitalists have a well-known aversion to putting money in chip startups.
  • Apple’s Jony Ive Says Smartwatch Was Design Challenge - Jony Ive, Apple’s chief designer, said he believes with “every bone in his body” that the forthcoming Apple Watch will help establish a new category of computing device.
  • Slack’s One-Year-Old Software Business Valued at $1.12 Billion - Slack is now one of the most highly valued business software startups in the world.
  • Google’s New Droid Commander Will Keep the Robots Rolling, Experts Say - Meet Google's new droid commander.
  • BT’s Trajectory: From Telephony Firm to Content Provider - For the 168-year-old company and former state-run monopoly known as British Telecom, telephony is no longer its primary focus, growth engine or revenue stream.
  • Apple Warns Shareholders on Change to Irish Tax Structure - Apple says the European Commission could require changes to existing tax rulings that may increase the company's taxes in the future. The EC could also require Ireland to recover from Apple past taxes that may be deemed to have constituted state aid.
  • Former Android Leader Leaving Google - Andy Rubin, co-founder and former leader of Google’s Android mobile business and the current head of its nascent robotics effort, is leaving the company.
  • Apple CEO Cook Is 'Proud to Be Gay' - Apple’s Tim Cook said he is “proud to be gay,” a declaration that puts an openly gay man at the helm of the world’s most valuable company.
  • HTC Sees Brighter Fourth Quarter - HTC said it expects sales to at least stay flat in the fourth quarter after three years of decline, and predicted an increase in handset shipments as well as continued profitability.
  • Twitter Replaces Product Chief Daniel Graf - Twitter has replaced its new head of product, Daniel Graf, just six months after his much-touted hire away from Google.
  • Panasonic Looks for Acquisitions, Tie-Ups - Following several years of heavy losses and restructuring that cost thousands of jobs, the electronics giant now says it is ready to spend more on growth through acquisitions and alliances.
  • Has Samsung Lost Its Grip to China? - The sharp drop in Samsung’s mobile-phone business raises the question: Will Chinese companies soon rule the smartphone market?
  • Pirate Bay Co-Founder Sentenced to 3½ Years in Jail - Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty alongside a 21-year old Danish accomplice of hacking into systems operated by the Danish arm of Computer Sciences Corp.
  • Sony Posts Hefty Loss, But Hope Glimmers - Sony posted a $1.2 billion loss after writing down the value of its struggling smartphone business, but strong PlayStation sales brightened up the quarter.
  • Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan - Hungary’s prime minister has backtracked from his plan to impose a levy on online traffic after mass protests and corporate opposition.
  • Tencent, IBM Team Up on Services for Businesses - Internet giant Tencent Holdings is getting help from International Business Machines to attract business customers, as the Chinese company diversifies its offerings beyond games and online communication.
  • Carrying Two Phones Is the New Black - How a fashion-conscious tech minimalist came to embrace toting a smartphone and a flip phone—and figured out how to do so with style.
  • Apple Pay Moves World Closer to Mobile Payment Acceptance - ApplePay’s recent launch in the U.S. is the latest indication that paying for things with our phones will become more normal, but for most, “normal” remains some way away.
  • Wal-Mart Weighs Matching Web Prices - Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals like Amazon this holiday season, a move that could make the discounter more competitive but cut into profits.
  • Nintendo Introduces Sleep Monitor - With its console game business facing growing challenges, Nintendo said it was adding a new business line, health care, starting with a service next year that tracks users’ sleeping patterns.
  • Judge Orders GT Bankruptcy Papers Unsealed - A bankruptcy judge in New Hampshire ordered the unsealing of papers spelling out the reasons Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • How Autonomy's Mike Lynch Reinvented Himself - H-P has accused Mike Lynch of fraud in connection with its $11 billion purchase of his former company, Autonomy. But in England, Mr. Lynch has reinvented himself, forming a venture-capital firm with $1 billion to spend.
  • HBO Explores 'How' of Streaming Option - HBO is exploring various routes to offer consumers a stand-alone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through technology partners such as Apple or Microsoft.
  • Going Mobile: a Guide to Investing Apps - New technology is making it easier to manage your money. Here’s how to use apps to your advantage and avoid the pitfalls.
  • Kindle Voyage: Why the World Needs E-Readers - Amazon’s Kindle Voyage, with its high-resolution screen, slim feel and $199 price tag, offers a deluxe reading experience and no distractions.
  • Apple Pay: Easy to Use, but Hard to Find - Review: Apple Pay beats PayPal and Google, but the best hope for ending wallet bloat needs to reach more stores and restaurants, writes Geoffrey A. Fowler.
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