Wall Street Journal Tech

  • Oracle Reduces Stock Grants to Larry Ellison - Oracle significantly cut its yearly stock-option grants to CEO Larry Ellison and other top executives nearly a year after a wave of shareholder opposition to compensation paid to the billionaire chief.
  • China Investigates Microsoft - Microsoft said it is under investigation in China, in the latest challenge in what has proved to be a difficult market for the software giant.
  • BMW to Expand Fast Charging - BMW is launching two new ways for owners of its electric cars to recharge their batteries in bid for broader acceptance.
  • In Zillow-Trulia Deal, Making Room for Brokers - Zillow Inc. and Trulia Inc., the two online real-estate giants that announced plans to merge, have a message for real-estate agents that have grown increasingly concerned about their market clout: We're partners.
  • Mozilla's Interim Chief Is Named CEO - Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, named Chris Beard as its permanent chief executive. He has been interim CEO since April.
  • Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch - Samsung Electronics said it would postpone sales in Russia of a smartphone running a homegrown operating system called Tizen, dealing a fresh setback to its efforts to carve out a niche in mobile software and services.
  • JD.com, Tencent Give Xbox Fans Head Start - Tencent Holdings will use its alliance with JD.com to offer early advance sales of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One consoles in China, as the online retailer ramps up efforts to compete with electronic-commerce major Alibaba Group Holding.
  • China Slams U.S. Tariffs on Solar Firms - China on Monday hit back at the U.S. for taking another step to permanent tariffs on some Chinese solar-equipment makers to avoid tariffs.
  • Messaging App Could Hold Future of Advertising - Keywords: This month, Kik, a popular chat app among teens in the U.S., launched a feature that could be the future of advertising: people conversing directly with brands via bots.
  • Apple Looks to More Content Acquisitions - Apple, looking to bolster its content offerings through acquisitions, bought a book-recommendation start-up and is in talks for a music app.
  • BSkyB Doubles Down on Virtual Reality Cinema Tech - Fresh off its move to build "Sky Europe," British Sky Broadcasting Group Monday said it has invested a further $400,000 into Jaunt, a one-year-old U.S. technology firm developing 360-degree virtual-reality cinema.
  • Airbnb Taps Business Travel Market With Concur - Airbnb, a popular site for vacation rentals, now wants to book more business travelers.
  • Will Apple's iBeacon Whet German Diners' App-etite? - An upscale German restaurant group is testing Apple's iBeacon technology. The app clocks the time guests spend in the restaurant and uses a ranking system to reward them for their 'loyalty.' But will privacy-wary Germans bite?
  • Apis Launches Emerging Market Fintech Fund - Apis Partners is aiming to raise between $250 million and $300 million to invest in financial and business services firms in Asia and Africa that seek to open up banking to people through new technology.
  • European Startups Raise Highest Quarterly VC Financing Since 2001 - European startups have had a bumper few months, raising €2.1 billion ($2.8 billion) from venture-capital investors in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly total since 2001, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource.
  • Apple's Beats Deal Gets EU Nod - European Union antitrust regulators have approved Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the music-streaming service and headphone maker founded by the rapper Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine.
  • A New Room Key at the Hilton: Your Smartphone - Hilton is placing a $550 million bet that hotel guests increasingly will use smartphones to choose rooms, check in and even unlock doors.
  • REA Group Buys iProperty Stake - REA Group Ltd. accelerated its expansion into Asia with a 106.3-million Australian dollar (US$99.9 million) purchase of a minority stake in online real estate listings website iProperty Group Ltd.
  • There's No Flying in Drone School - With a coming boom expected in the unmanned-aircraft industry, universities and colleges are scrambling to train pilots. But thanks to government rules, they can't actually get the devices off the ground.
  • Storm Clouds Over Amazon Business - New and deep-pocketed rivals threaten to squeeze profit margins in Amazon.com's cloud computing business, adding to investor concerns about the Seattle company's profitability.
  • House Clears Legislation to Unlock Cellphones - The House on Friday cleared legislation to allow consumers to unlock their cellphones so they can transfer them to other wireless carriers, a rare case of bipartisan cooperation in time of legislative gridlock.
  • Lyft Service Launched After Changes - Lyft, an app-driven car service, said it began operations in New York City on Friday using professionally licensed drivers as called for by taxi-industry regulations.
  • Cynk Lives Up to Its Name - Shares of Cynk Technology tumbled 85% Friday after trading resumed following a two-week halt imposed by regulators.
  • Huawei's Smartphone Business Bright - Huawei' s sales of smartphones and other consumer products rose 30% in the first half of this year. The company said its strategy of focusing more on mid- to high-end smartphones, rather than selling the cheapest phones on the market, is working well.
  • A Hot Employer Stock Can Burn You - Wealth Effect: Today's young tech tycoons should heed the meltdown of one-time highfliers such as Pets.com and Webvan.
  • Vodafone Upbeat as Revenue Rises - Vodafone Group said some of its key European markets are showing signs of stabilization, even as it posts lower-than-expected growth in quarterly revenue.
  • Google's Moonshot: the Human Body - Google has embarked on what may be its most ambitious science endeavor: a quest inside the human body. Called Baseline Study, the project will collect genetic and molecular data to create a full picture of a healthy human.
  • Report Backs Computer-Based Testing for Students - Fourth graders can adequately demonstrate their writing ability on computer-based tests, says a new study, clearing the way for more testing in technological formats and raising questions about an uneven playing field for students.
  • Mobile Strength Bolsters Baidu - Baidu gave an upbeat revenue outlook after reporting a 34% rise in second-quarter profit as the Chinese Internet giant's bet on mobile services started to pay off.
  • Amazon Reports Another Loss - Amazon posted a massive sales bump but failed again to turn a profit, even as it has hinted at a growing resolve to boost margins.
  • Comcast Steps Up Its Game on Internet Speeds - Comcast has begun extending fiber optic cable all the way to customers' homes in certain parts of its service area, as it competes with all-fiber providers on Internet speeds.
  • Pandora Loss Widens on Higher Costs - Pandora Media said its second-quarter loss widened as higher costs offset the Internet radio provider's continued revenue growth.
  • Google Grants Majority of 'Right to Be Forgotten' Requests - Google has approved just over half of its received requests to remove Web-page links from individual name-search results in Europe, according to a person familiar with the matter.
  • Nokia Boosted by Sale of Handset Unit - Finland's mobile-network maker Nokia said its expectations for 2014 have improved, as its financial performance in the latest quarter was helped by the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.
  • Zillow in Talks to Buy Rival Trulia - Zillow is in advanced talks to buy rival online real-estate information service Trulia, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that could give their fast-growing websites more power.
  • H-P, Hortonworks Extend Partnership - H-P will extend its strategic partnership to integrate engineering strategies with Hortonworks, the venture-backed Big Data company that is preparing to go public next year.
  • Wipro's Profit Climbs 30% - Indian software exporter Wipro said net profit rose 30% in the first quarter, helped by a revival in orders from the U.S. and Europe.
  • Canon Reports Solid Profit Jump - Canon said its net profit jumped 22% in the April to June period thanks to surging sales of multifunction office devices and industrial equipment.
  • LG Dials Up a Turnaround - LG Electronics said its net profit rose sharply in the second quarter as its mobile business staged a turnaround on higher smartphone sales.
  • How to Set Up a Home Theater That Can Disappear in a Flash - Picking the perfect portable projector screen, stand and speakers to create a stowable home theater.
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Full of Gimmicks, Lacking Basics - The phone offers innovations compared with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy, but it also has battery and app issues.
  • The Smartest Ways to Cut the Cable Cord - Geoffrey Fowler explains the pros and cons of the digital antenna, Slingbox and other alternatives for viewers looking to watch the TV they love.
  • The Best iPhone, Android and Web Apps to Fix Your Broken Digital Calendar - The calendars we use for different parts of our lives might as well be oil and vinegar—at first, seemingly impossible to blend. Joanna Stern looks at new tools to help make digital calendars smarter.
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