Wall Street Journal Tech
- 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 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - Silicon Valley, the center of the U.S. tech industry, watched the Alibaba IPO with a mix of anticipation, awe and dread. - 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. - For Swedish online payment provider Klarna, it's all about reducing "friction." - 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. - Marketers piggybacked on Apple's launch events for its new iPhones, offering cheeky posters and free coffee to the waiting hordes. - 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. - 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. - 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, the gray market for new iPhones is flourishing thanks to strong demand, especially for the bigger iPhone 6 Plus. - Samsung Electronics is hoping the third time's the charm for its homegrown Tizen operating system. - 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. - 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 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 has agreed to buy Concur Technologies, a provider of expense-management software, in a deal valued at about $8.3 billion. - 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 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. - 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 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. - Anticipating its next camera release, investors have taken GoPro's valuation to a height that would scare even extreme-sports enthusiasts. - 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. - 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 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. - New, relatively inexpensive collaborative robots—designed to work alongside people in close settings—are changing how some smaller U.S. manufacturers do their jobs. - 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. - 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 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. - 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. - Two new phones solve earlier models' size deficiency, while Apple Pay promises a big leap for smartphones. - Geoffrey A. Fowler conducts a head-to-head showdown between Apple's two new smartphone entries.
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