Wall Street Journal Tech

  • Amazon Stumbles on Spending - Amazon’s soaring ambitions are coming at a steep cost, dragging the e-commerce giant to its largest quarterly loss in 14 years.
  • Uncool Microsoft Is Hot Once Again as Sales Defy Expectations - Microsoft’s sales continue to defy expectations by growing at a much faster clip than those of its business-technology peers.
  • Apple's Ex-Retail Chief Readies Service for Web Shoppers - Ron Johnson, who helped build Apple’s successful retail stores before a troubled stint as J.C. Penney CEO, is readying a well-funded startup that aims to help online shoppers find the right products.
  • Comcast Is Dubious About HBO's Streaming-Video Plan - A top Comcast Corp. executive took aim at HBO over its planned streaming-video service, saying it could cannibalize a lucrative pay-TV business, highlighting friction between two of the industry’s heavyweights.
  • Is Free Data the Next Free Shipping? - Services that offer users data or pay data costs for visiting websites, signing up for free trials or watching movie trailers from smartphones or tablets are gaining traction.
  • Airbnb Mulls Employee Stock Sale at $13 Billion Valuation - Apartment-rental site Airbnb has met with investors to discuss an employee stock sale that would value the apartment-rental site at about $13 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Apple and GT Reach Deal on Winding Down Sapphire-Materials Production - GT Advanced and Apple reached an agreement on winding down production of sapphire materials.
  • The Queen Tweets! Or Does She? - Queen Elizabeth II sent her first personal tweet Friday, except that someone else typed it for her, and someone else probably sent it for her, too.
  • TSMC Chips In to Make LG’s Own ‘Nuclun’ Smartphone Microprocessor - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which has boosted its profile in the chip-manufacturing industry by inking deals with Apple, has added LG Electronics to its list of customers for the high-tech chipsets used in smartphones.
  • Remote Bhutan Gets Google Street View Panoramas - Google has unveiled Street View images for some 1,900 miles of roads in Bhutan, allowing people who aren’t able to visit the tiny, isolated Himalayan kingdom a chance to take in some of its dramatic vistas.
  • Amazon Takes $170 Million Charge on Fire Phone - Amazon took a $170 million charge in the third quarter on inventory and supplier commitments.
  • Secretive Startup Unveils Universal Chip - Venture capitalists these days tend to avoid chip companies, largely because developing new products costs a bundle. That hasn't stopped Soft Machines.
  • Venture Capitalists’ Confidence Is Waning — or So It Seems - A quarterly survey that gauges the confidence level in Silicon Valley shows that venture capitalists downgraded their enthusiasm in the third quarter. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Bay Area’s big-spending climate is about to change.
  • Are Online Vendors Giving You Their Best Price? Maybe Not, Research Says - A new study found that e-commerce sites vary online pricing depending on whether customers use mobile or desktop devices, iOS or Android, and other factors.
  • With New App, Facebook Harkens Back to Internet 1.0 - Facebook launched "Rooms," a standalone mobile app that aims to recreate the online chat rooms of the early Internet.
  • New Valet App Luxe Eases Parking Nightmares - A new app lets drivers summon a valet who meets them at a chosen destination, parks their car nearby, and brings it back when ready to leave.
  • Amazon Earnings: What to Watch - Amazon.com is scheduled to report third-quarter financial results after regular trading hours Thursday. Here's what you need to know
  • Foxconn Plans China Plant - Foxconn, the company that assembles the bulk of the world’s iPhones, is in preliminary talks to build a factory in northern China that would make high-end screens for the phones as well, in a sign of the company’s ambition to move up the electronics food chain.
  • Nokia Returns to Profit - Nokia’s quarterly earnings gave ample evidence that the company’s main network unit has moved well beyond several years of painful restructuring.
  • Apple Plans More Stores in China - Apple plans to increase the number of its Apple-brand retail stores in Greater China to 40 from 15 within two years, CEO Tim Cook told local media.
  • U.S. Web Firms' Expansion Leaves Germans Conflicted - Amazon.com said it would launch web-hosting services in Germany, pushing deeper into a country that has been openly hostile to U.S. Internet firms.
  • Juniper Networks Offers Bleak Guidance - Juniper Networks’ profits met expectations but provided guidance that missed Wall Street expectations as the networking equipment company saw weak demand.
  • Logitech Says Tablet Slowdown Won't Disrupt Growth - Logitech said its turnaround won’t be derailed by a slowdown in the tablet computer market, as its second-quarter net profit more than doubled.
  • Russia's Mail.ru Revenue Rises - Russian Internet company Mail.ru posted a 13% increase in third-quarter revenue on improved sales of its games and other web-based services.
  • Viber Looking for Partnerships For Gaming Platform - Viber Inc. is exploring possible partnerships with social-gaming companies, aiming to integrate games into its instant messaging, voice and video calls service.
  • Hedge Funds Add to Venture-Capital Bounty - Maverick Capital plans to launch its first venture-capital fund on Jan. 1, as hedge funds add to the push to invest in young, privately owned companies.
  • AT&T Lowers Revenue Outlook - AT&T lowered its revenue outlook for the year, pointing to fewer-than-expected sign-ups for its no-contract Next wireless plans that require customers to pay full price for their smartphones.
  • Why You Can't Trust You're Getting the Best Deal Online - A new study of top e-commerce sites found the practice of personalizing prices for the same goods, or pushing some people toward higher-priced offers, is more widespread than previously understood.
  • Apple's iCloud Is Under Attack in China - Apple’s iCloud service for users in mainland China has been hit by an attack that could allow perpetrators to intercept and see usernames, passwords and other personal data, activists and security analysts said.
  • GOP Works to Improve Targeting of Voters - The Republican National Committee hired a tech guru to develop a unified information hub but will face the midterm election with the goal not yet met.
  • Yahoo Posts Higher Sales, Earnings - Yahoo reported a slight increase in revenue, helped in part by its growing mobile business, easing for now the pressure on CEO Marissa Mayer.
  • iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Needs to Work Harder - The iPad Air 2’s quality screen and build make it the best tablet you can buy, but it needs to go beyond one-app-at-a-time functionality, writes Joanna Stern.
  • Retina iMac Review: A Screen to Make Desktops Relevant - Personal Technology: The new iMac’s 5K display is the best, clearest window on your digital world that you can buy, Geoffrey A. Fowler writes.
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