Wall Street Journal Tech

  • Google, Cablevision Challenge Wireless Business Model - Google and Cablevision Systems are preparing new cellphone services that would turn the wireless industry’s business model on its head, increasing pressure on companies already dealing with a price war.
  • Inroads Made by Apple Pay Propel 'Mobile Wallet' Idea - Apple’s Apple Pay payments service, now three months old, is making progress toward a goal that has eluded other mobile wallets: persuading people to use it.
  • No 'Free Parking' for an App That Tried - Haystack and rival parking apps have been banned in several cities. But some apps that run up against public sensibility—like people auctioning off parking spaces—are actually good ideas.
  • Malaysia Airlines Website Hacked - Still recovering from the loss of two aircraft last year that left hundreds dead, Malaysia Airlines had its website hacked by a group claiming be aligned with Islamic State.
  • First U.S. Bitcoin Exchange Set to Open - Coinbase begins trading in the virtual currency on Monday, with licenses to operate in 25 of the 50 U.S. states.
  • Andreessen Horowitz Backs Currency Startup Transferwise - Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has backed currency-transfer startup Transferwise, the London-based company said, in a sign of growing interest in London tech companies among U.S. investors.
  • Box's Stock Surges in Debut - Shares of Box surged 66% in their market debut on Friday, a sign of strong demand for a company that has spent the past several months being lambasted for an outsize marketing budget and unclear path to profitability.
  • Cablevision to Offer Wi-Fi Phone Service - Cablevision’s service, dubbed “Freewheel,” will take advantage of the 1.1 million Wi-Fi hot spots the company has deployed in its greater New York service area since 2007.
  • Denny's Grand Slam 'Fleek' Tweet - Restaurant chain’s ‘hashbrowns on fleek’ Twitter post is a hit, but some companies try too hard; Brands that say ‘bae’?
  • Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution - Essay: For all bitcoin’s problems, it represents the future of money. Currencies like it will disrupt global finance, revolutionize the way we pay for things and, just maybe, make the world a fairer place.
  • Sony Hack Delays Earnings Report - The Japanese electronics company says it will miss a stock-market deadline for issuing its third-quarter results due to the hacking attacks that hit its movie unit late last year.
  • GoPro, NHL Sign Deal - GoPro has signed a deal with the NHL to bring its wearable cameras closer to the action on the ice and let viewers see games from the perspective of players and referees.
  • Digital-Music Services Face Another Oldies Challenge - The owner of recordings by Hot Tuna, New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Flying Burrito Brothers filed lawsuits Thursday against several online music service operators including Apple, Google and Sony for using songs recorded before 1972 without permission.
  • SAP Avoids European Headwinds - The one common denominator among CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos has been that their businesses are experiencing headwinds in Europe. But software giant SAP says it has managed to buck the trend.
  • Viacom CEO Earns $44.3 Million for Year - Viacom’s Chief Executive Philippe Dauman earned $44.3 million in total compensation in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, a 19.2% raise from the previous year.
  • Google's Wireless Efforts Are Led by a Geek's Geek - Craig Barratt is leading Google’s efforts to extend Internet access, via fiber-optic lines, drones and satellites. He holds 34 patents and brings serious technical and managerial chops to the job.
  • Comcast's Lobbying Machine Faces Test in Washington - Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable and Obama’s call for stringent new Internet regulations are testing the cable giant’s lobbying power.
  • Pinterest's Problem: Getting Men to Pin - Pinterest is looking for ways to prevent its growing popularity with women from scaring away male users, who may see the social-media site as a women’s clubhouse.
  • Jobs Confidant Drexler to Leave Apple Board - Apple Inc. said J. Crew Inc. Chief Executive Millard “Mickey” Drexler plans to step down from its board of directors in March.
  • Europe Pulls Welcome Mat for U.S. Tech - Brussels Beat: U.S. technology companies are very worried about the backlash they are now facing in Europe, says Stephen Fidler.
  • Hutchison Whampoa in O2 Talks - Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa has entered exclusive talks to buy U.K. mobile-phone operator O2 from Spain’s Telefónica for potentially more than $15 billion.
  • Windows 10: A Fresh Start With Microsoft - Microsoft is finally able to articulate a vision of the future great enough that it can pave the next wave of personal computing, says WSJ columnist Joanna Stern.
  • The Two-Day Laptop Battery Is Here - Tech Review: Geoffrey A. Fowler examines how much further the latest Apple, Acer, Dell and Lenovo laptops go without recharging.
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