Wall Street Journal Tech
- The Saturday Essay: Human intelligence is withering as computers do more, but there’s a solution. - Online retailer Lazada Indonesia has faced challenges in a country where the e-commerce market is still small. But the startup’s backers are plowing ahead, hoping to get a head start over Amazon, Alibaba and eBay. - The chairman of the FCC said the agency is trying to draw up rules on how broadband Internet providers treat traffic on their networks, while attempting to ensure that the rules can stand up in court. - A U.S. auction of wireless spectrum has collected $34 billion in bids, turning what was expected to be a relatively sleepy affair into a major windfall for taxpayers and posing enormous commitment of capital for the carriers. - Some European legislators, with German government backing, are preparing a draft resolution calling for the breakup of Google, adding pressure on the EU’s new competition chief to proceed forcefully. - Aereo filed for bankruptcy protection five months after the Supreme Court delivered the Internet-broadcast streaming company a fatal blow in its fight with traditional television broadcasters. - Chinese giant Huawei gets 65% of its revenue from outside the country. None of it, though, derives from the U.S. Senior executive Chen Lifang says Huawei has a plan. - Amid fierce competition for technology employees, companies are hiring aim-to-please specialists to plan yoga classes, Jell-O shot-making nights and other perks in an effort to keep workers productive and happy. - Jasper Technologies, which makes a software platform to help companies connect to the Internet, is working on an IPO that could raise $150 million and give the company a multibillion-dollar valuation. - Students in a variety of majors, but especially within liberal-arts subjects, are increasingly signing up for coding boot camps, online classes or going to community college to bolster their résumés and employability. - Iliad and other European telecom groups are rushing to invest in data-handling capabilities and faster fourth-generation wireless networks, as consumers use their phones more as devices for messaging apps and video. - The director of the National Security Agency issued strong warnings Thursday about cyberthreats emerging from other countries against networks running critical U.S. infrastructure systems. - TV networks and marketers are harnessing new “Big Data” tools to target ads by matching viewers of niche shows with their shopping preferences, making the television ad landscape more like the online one. - The Pentagon wants to spend more of its budget on new technologies from beyond its traditional supplier base—posing a challenge for established contractors. - Google is considering bringing a version of its Play mobile-app store to China, a tentative but important step back into a country that Google mostly exited in 2010. - A string of drone sightings this week by airline pilots flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport highlights aviation risks posed by the increasingly popular unmanned aircraft. - By raising its dividend and giving more buoyant guidance on revenue growth, Intel has given investors reason to stick around after the stock’s recent run. - “The Science Guy” discusses his favorite technological advances, why swing dancing is so hard to master and where to get the best bow ties. - Intel Corp. projected more growth next year, as an improving personal computer market and newer bets pay off for the big chip maker. - From cups that measure what you drink to workout gear that measures muscle activity, a new breed of gadgets is moving beyond steps and sleep - Alibaba Group sold $8 billion in bonds, making the Chinese Internet company this year’s biggest source of fees for banks working on capital-markets deals. - AT&T has agreed to pay $23.8 million and strengthen environmental policies to settle allegations it illegally dumped electronic waste in California. - Amazon has outfitted several U.S. warehouses with squat, wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery, saving employees as much as 20 miles a day of walking. - The $1 billion plan by Apple and unproven contractor GT Advanced Technologies to make superhard iPhone screens was troubled from the start, a rare misstep for the world’s most valuable company. - Piecing together clues to a theft drives home how tough it is to police the online marketplace. - Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern present the best smartphones, laptops, tablets, far-out toys and gizmos to buy this holiday season. - Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Edge has a big curved display that effectively adds a second tall and skinny touch screen to the phablet. But giving 110% can sometimes be too much. - Motorola’s Nexus 6 offers the best version of Android you can find on any phone with fantastic-looking features, but its size may a dealbreaker for some.
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