Wall Street Journal Tech
- An emerging FCC plan to give the agency more authority to regulate traffic on broadband Internet networks is shaping up as the classic Washington compromise. No one loves the idea, and everyone is sure it will wind up in court. - J.P. Morgan Chase may not have discovered the breach in its computer systems as quickly this past summer if it hadn’t gone looking for trouble elsewhere, people briefed on the investigation said. - High-tech meets high-style in the MB Chronowing from Michael Bastian and Hewlett-Packard. - Mexico’s planned construction of a $10 billion broadband network, with more than 20,000 antennas, could provide an alternative to Mexico’s dominant carrier, Telcel, which is owned by billionaire Carlos Slim. - James Cameron said the three coming “Avatar” movies will be influenced by virtual reality, but he doesn’t expect them to be viewed on virtual-reality headsets. - How to tell the difference between the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick. - A Virginia Circuit Court judge ruled that police officers cannot force criminal suspects to divulge cellphone passwords, but they can force them to unlock the phone with a fingerprint scanner. - Google CEO Larry Page suggests he wants to be like Warren Buffett in his approach with managing the Internet search giant's foray into huge new businesses. - Following other technology firms, Amazon.com released statistics showing its workforce is largely male and white, particularly in leadership roles. - It’s flu season and Google has some news. The search giant is updating Flu Trends, its formula for making weekly predictions of the number of flu cases. - A Facebook study found that users who saw more news articles in their news feed were more likely to vote. - Google's dominance over the smartphone landscape appears to be topping out, but the company is gaining more control over the devices that run its software. - Venture capitalists have a well-known aversion to putting money in chip startups. - Jony Ive, Apple’s chief designer, said he believes with “every bone in his body” that the forthcoming Apple Watch will help establish a new category of computing device. - Slack is now one of the most highly valued business software startups in the world. - Meet Google's new droid commander. - For the 168-year-old company and former state-run monopoly known as British Telecom, telephony is no longer its primary focus, growth engine or revenue stream. - Apple says the European Commission could require changes to existing tax rulings that may increase the company's taxes in the future. The EC could also require Ireland to recover from Apple past taxes that may be deemed to have constituted state aid. - Andy Rubin, co-founder and former leader of Google’s Android mobile business and the current head of its nascent robotics effort, is leaving the company. - Apple’s Tim Cook said he is “proud to be gay,” a declaration that puts an openly gay man at the helm of the world’s most valuable company. - HTC said it expects sales to at least stay flat in the fourth quarter after three years of decline, and predicted an increase in handset shipments as well as continued profitability. - Twitter has replaced its new head of product, Daniel Graf, just six months after his much-touted hire away from Google. - Following several years of heavy losses and restructuring that cost thousands of jobs, the electronics giant now says it is ready to spend more on growth through acquisitions and alliances. - The sharp drop in Samsung’s mobile-phone business raises the question: Will Chinese companies soon rule the smartphone market? - Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty alongside a 21-year old Danish accomplice of hacking into systems operated by the Danish arm of Computer Sciences Corp. - Sony posted a $1.2 billion loss after writing down the value of its struggling smartphone business, but strong PlayStation sales brightened up the quarter. - Hungary’s prime minister has backtracked from his plan to impose a levy on online traffic after mass protests and corporate opposition. - Internet giant Tencent Holdings is getting help from International Business Machines to attract business customers, as the Chinese company diversifies its offerings beyond games and online communication. - How a fashion-conscious tech minimalist came to embrace toting a smartphone and a flip phone—and figured out how to do so with style. - ApplePay’s recent launch in the U.S. is the latest indication that paying for things with our phones will become more normal, but for most, “normal” remains some way away. - Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals like Amazon this holiday season, a move that could make the discounter more competitive but cut into profits. - With its console game business facing growing challenges, Nintendo said it was adding a new business line, health care, starting with a service next year that tracks users’ sleeping patterns. - A bankruptcy judge in New Hampshire ordered the unsealing of papers spelling out the reasons Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. - H-P has accused Mike Lynch of fraud in connection with its $11 billion purchase of his former company, Autonomy. But in England, Mr. Lynch has reinvented himself, forming a venture-capital firm with $1 billion to spend. - HBO is exploring various routes to offer consumers a stand-alone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through technology partners such as Apple or Microsoft. - New technology is making it easier to manage your money. Here’s how to use apps to your advantage and avoid the pitfalls. - Amazon’s Kindle Voyage, with its high-resolution screen, slim feel and $199 price tag, offers a deluxe reading experience and no distractions. - Review: Apple Pay beats PayPal and Google, but the best hope for ending wallet bloat needs to reach more stores and restaurants, writes Geoffrey A. Fowler.
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