Wall Street Journal Tech
- 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. - 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 is launching two new ways for owners of its electric cars to recharge their batteries in bid for broader acceptance. - 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, the company behind the Firefox browser, named Chris Beard as its permanent chief executive. He has been interim CEO since April. - 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. - 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 on Monday hit back at the U.S. for taking another step to permanent tariffs on some Chinese solar-equipment makers to avoid tariffs. - 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, looking to bolster its content offerings through acquisitions, bought a book-recommendation start-up and is in talks for a music app. - 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, a popular site for vacation rentals, now wants to book more business travelers. - 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 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 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. - 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. - 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 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. - 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. - 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. - 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, 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. - Shares of Cynk Technology tumbled 85% Friday after trading resumed following a two-week halt imposed by regulators. - 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. - Wealth Effect: Today's young tech tycoons should heed the meltdown of one-time highfliers such as Pets.com and Webvan. - 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 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. - 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. - 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 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 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 Media said its second-quarter loss widened as higher costs offset the Internet radio provider's continued revenue growth. - 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. - 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 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 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. - 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 said its net profit jumped 22% in the April to June period thanks to surging sales of multifunction office devices and industrial equipment. - LG Electronics said its net profit rose sharply in the second quarter as its mobile business staged a turnaround on higher smartphone sales. - Picking the perfect portable projector screen, stand and speakers to create a stowable home theater. - The phone offers innovations compared with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy, but it also has battery and app issues. - 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 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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