Wall Street Journal Tech
- Facebook is waging a charm campaign to draw more business from Chinese companies, even though Chinese users can’t access its service. - Financial firms are creating a murky market where the red-hot stocks of closely held technology companies trade largely out of sight of regulators, other investors and the companies themselves. - A popular U.S. coding website is enduring an onslaught of Internet traffic meant for China’s most popular search engine, in an episode that security experts say represents a likely attempt by China to shut down anticensorship tools. - The Numbers: Ever since Spotify put a number on the price of one stream of a song, the music industry has debated whether the figure is fair. - Intel is in advanced talks to buy Altera—a maker of programmable semiconductors used in phone networks and cars—in a deal that would be the computer chip-making giant’s largest takeover ever. - Yahoo and Microsoft agreed to push back the deadline for renewing their Web search alliance another month, as the two sides hash out whether and how to revise an alliance that has sparked friction. - Microsoft has acquired LiveLoop, a San Francisco startup that developed a service to let people collaborate on PowerPoint documents. - A jury said prominent venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers didn’t sexually discriminate or retaliate against a former female partner, in a closely watched case that raised questions about the treatment of women in Silicon Valley. - The Moto G has become the best-selling smartphone in Brazil, helping Motorola double its market share to 18% of unit shipments. The Moto G’s runaway popularity indicates the extent to which lower-priced, midtier cellphones will be increasingly important for vendors globally. - Smartphone users spend most of their time in apps rather than Web browsing. But among those who search, Google has a big share. - Li Ka-shing’s venture-capital fund, run by his longtime companion Solina Chau, is accelerating investments from Israel to Silicon Valley. - A U.K. court ruled that British iPhone users can sue Google for allegedly tracking them inappropriately via Apple’s Safari Web browser. - Federal regulators are one step closer to unlocking a large swath of airwaves that could be used to deliver much cheaper wireless service. - BlackBerry said a plan to revive its fortunes remains on track, even though revenue in its latest quarter fell 32% and was well below expectations. - Silicon Valley is becoming the nexus of an emerging car industry that has giants like Mercedes-Benz, Ford and others racing to tap the region’s know-how. - Tesla has provided auto executives and regulators a better view into the nascent electric vehicle market, but now it is in focus for another reason: autonomous vehicles. - Fanuc, which helps make iPhones and Teslas, is opening its doors after long eschewing investor contacts. - Live-video streaming apps Meerkat and the newly introduced Periscope are going head-to-head in a race to become the dominant way for social-media users to broadcast their surroundings. - Google’s incoming CFO, Ruth Porat, will receive a $5 million signing bonus plus $65 million worth of restricted stock. - Cellphone-service companies made a $17.6 billion bet this week on the growing popularity of smartphones in India. - Hewlett-Packard is nearing a deal to sell control of its data-networking business in China to Tsinghua Unigroup, according to people familiar with the matter. - Drones are being used to film everything from movies to sports events to commercials, creating a new visual vocabulary in the entertainment industry—but safety concerns remain. - From ‘Back to the Future’ hoverboards to ‘Blade Runner’ flying cars and ‘Star Trek’ tricorders—filmmakers’ fantasies are becoming a reality. - Joanna Stern on what you need to know to find a printer you won’t want bash with a baseball bat. - It’s not time to cut cable yet, unless you’re among the few cord-cutters who can clear enough hurdles, Geoffrey A. Fowler says. - Tech Review: Geoffrey A. Fowler examines Sony’s breakthrough Internet TV service, which delivers live shows and a DVR in the cloud. - The big-haired band leader of ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ riffs on old-fashioned role-playing games and synthesizers large and small. - Donning a headset to enter a 3-D world is no longer science fiction. Thanks to the Dodocase VR Pop-Up Viewer, Samsung Gear VR, and Zeiss VR one, virtual reality is now an easy-to-try—and eye-popping—trip.
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