Wall Street Journal Tech

  • Once Again, Oracle Must Reinvent Itself - Oracle's Larry Ellison was a master of corporate reinvention. But today the database powerhouse he built faces challenges, and his departure as CEO intensifies the central issue surrounding the company's future: Can Oracle endure tectonic shifts that are reshaping its market?
  • Alibaba Debut Makes a Splash - Alibaba shares surged 38% to $93.89 in their market debut, making the Chinese e-commerce giant one of the most valuable companies in the U.S.
  • Familiar iPhone Launch Script: Long Lines, Gray Market - Apple began selling its newest iPhones in stores, and the appeal of bigger screens attracted longtime devotees of the smartphone—as well as people seeking to profit by reselling it.
  • Larry Ellison to Step Aside at Oracle - Oracle said its longtime leader, Larry Ellison, will step aside as CEO but take over as chairman of the business-software giant. Mark Hurd and Safra Catz were named co-CEOs.
  • Yahoo's Core Business Value Cut in Half to $6.8 Billion After Alibaba IPO - As Alibaba shares soared in their first day of trading on Friday, the value that investors are placing on Yahoo's core business was sliced in half to about $6.8 billion.
  • In Silicon Valley, Awe, Dread and Hope for Alibaba - Silicon Valley, the center of the U.S. tech industry, watched the Alibaba IPO with a mix of anticipation, awe and dread.
  • Ellison's Been Paid Billions as Oracle CEO; His Stake Is Worth a Lot More - Larry Ellison has been paid billions over the past 37 years to run Oracle, the software company where he stepped down as CEO on Thursday. But his compensation pales in comparison to the value of his stake in the company.
  • Sweden's Klarna: With U.S. Launch, It's All About Online Payment 'Friction' - For Swedish online payment provider Klarna, it's all about reducing "friction."
  • London Paparazzi Take Charge at Covent Garden iPhone Launch - Sam Shaikh and Jameel Ahmed waited for days and endured a burst of torrential rain to be the first in the door of the Covent Garden Apple store for Friday's iPhone 6 launch. Then, they had to deal with the famously demanding London paparazzi.
  • Apple's Crowds Draw a Crowd of Guerrilla Marketers - Marketers piggybacked on Apple's launch events for its new iPhones, offering cheeky posters and free coffee to the waiting hordes.
  • Former Cyber Spook Quits Darktrace CEO Role - Andrew France, the former deputy director for Cyber Defence Operations at British intelligence agency GCHQ, said he is stepping aside after less than a year at Darktrace, a Cambridge, England-based technology cyber security firm backed by former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch.
  • Alibaba Debuts Friday: Here's What You Need to Know - The big day has come. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding will list on the New York Stock Exchange Friday under the symbol BABA. Executive Chairman Jack Ma is expected to ring the exchange's opening bell when trading begins at 9:30 a.m. New York time.
  • SoftBank's Alibaba Alchemy: How to Turn $20 Million Into $50 Billion - Masayoshi Son is sometimes known as the Warren Buffett or Bill Gates of Japan. But even the sage of Omaha and the co-founder of Microsoft have rarely invested with as much acumen as Son displayed when he pumped $20 million from his company into a fledgling Chinese Internet venture 14 years ago.
  • In Hong Kong, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus Price Premium Jumps to Over $1,000 - In Hong Kong, the gray market for new iPhones is flourishing thanks to strong demand, especially for the bigger iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Samsung Hopes Third Time's the Charm for Tizen - Samsung Electronics is hoping the third time's the charm for its homegrown Tizen operating system.
  • The Musk Family Plan for Global Energy - Tesla's Elon Musk and SolarCity's Lyndon Rive are cousins—and business partners. If they can achieve their shared vision, the result will be a transformation of energy infrastructure, Christopher Mims writes.
  • Sony Plans to Turn Game Division Into Entertainment-Service Hub - Faced with deep losses in its electronics business, Sony intends to develop a service to stream videogames onto smartphones, tablets and other devices from a range of manufacturers.
  • Home Depot Breach Bigger Than Target's - Home Depot said 56 million cards may have been compromised in a five-month attack on its payment terminals, making the breach much bigger than the holiday attack at Target.
  • SAP to Buy Concur Technologies - SAP has agreed to buy Concur Technologies, a provider of expense-management software, in a deal valued at about $8.3 billion.
  • Moscow to Act on Internet in Russia - Russia says it is considering measures to secure and defend the Internet in the country from outside meddling, amid what it describes as erratic behavior by the U.S.
  • LightSquared Lost $81.4 Million in August - LightSquared blew through $81.4 million in August, and Philip Falcone's wireless venture has now lost $1.6 billion since it filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2012.
  • Japanese Game Makers Enlist Google - The Japanese makers of such local hits as "Monster Strike" and "White Cat Project" are turning to an alliance with Google to help them cultivate new audiences.
  • Red Hat to Acquire FeedHenry for $81.8 Million - Red Hat agreed to acquire privately-held FeedHenry for $81.8 million, the latest in a series of deals that expands the open-source software provider's capabilities in cloud-based applications for big businesses.
  • GoPro's Extreme Maneuver - Anticipating its next camera release, investors have taken GoPro's valuation to a height that would scare even extreme-sports enthusiasts.
  • Apple Puts Focus on Security - A few weeks after it became embroiled in a hacking scandal that resulted in the leak of nude celebrity photos, Apple launched a campaign to explain how it handles users' personal information.
  • Officers Train With NYPD's Twitter Police - The New York Police Department's commanders are highly trained veterans capable of wrangling hardened criminals. Now they are getting training in how to share their thoughts in 140 characters.
  • Amazon Shows 'Voyage,' a High-End Kindle Reader - Amazon introduced a handful of new devices, including a $100 tablet aimed at the masses and a high-end electronic-reader that the company says is the closest e-reading experience to plain paper.
  • Robots Work Their Way Into Small Factories - New, relatively inexpensive collaborative robots—designed to work alongside people in close settings—are changing how some smaller U.S. manufacturers do their jobs.
  • China Hacked U.S. Military Contractors - Hackers linked to China's government broke into computer networks of private transportation companies working for the U.S. military 20 times in one year, Senate investigators say.
  • Internet Power Balance Tilts Toward Asia - When Alibaba begins trading Friday, four of the world's 10 largest Internet companies by stock-market value will be based in Asia, highlighting how much action is shifting to the region.
  • Bicycles That Blur the Line - Bicycles with integrated headlights, anti-theft systems and other auto-like features are making it safer—and more fun—to pedal the streets. A look at the Stromer ST2, Trek Lync and Denny.
  • iOS 8: A New Phone Without Buying One - It might not look very different, but Apple's iOS 8 ushers in a new era for mobile devices and will give an older iPhone a new lease on life, says Joanna Stern.
  • iPhone 6: Apple's Cure for Android Envy - Two new phones solve earlier models' size deficiency, while Apple Pay promises a big leap for smartphones.
  • How to Choose Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - Geoffrey A. Fowler conducts a head-to-head showdown between Apple's two new smartphone entries.
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