Wall Street Journal Tech

  • Is It Over for Tablet Computers? - As smartphone screens grow larger and laptop computers grow thinner and lighter, sales of the iPad are declining and growth slowing for rival Android tablets.
  • Facebook Answers Critics With Mobile-Ad Surge - Facebook reported that profit more than doubled and revenue topped estimates for the ninth straight quarter. About 62% of Facebook's ad revenue now comes from advertising on mobile devices.
  • Surgical Robot Fails to Show Advantages - A new study finds treating bladder cancer with a surgical robot made by Intuitive Surgical is no better at reducing procedural complications than performing the procedure with traditional surgery.
  • AT&T Reports Profit Decline - AT&T said its second-quarter profit fell 7.2% as wireless service revenue took a hit from a drop in prices tied to a shift in strategy.
  • Otter Media in Talks to Buy Fullscreen - Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. and media company Chernin Group, is in advanced talks to take a controlling stake in YouTube video producer Fullscreen Inc.
  • Qualcomm Profit Rises; Company Notes 'Challenges' in China - Qualcomm's third-quarter profit rose 42% and the San Diego-based company on Wednesday also increased its full-year earnings outlook.
  • EBay to Raise $3.5 Billion in Debt Offering - EBay is offering $3.5 billion in debt to help fund general operating activities as well as pay down outstanding short-term loans.
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Full of Gimmicks, Lacking Basics - The phone offers innovations compared with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy, but it also has battery and app issues.
  • Zuckerberg Wants You to Search for That Shakira Video on Facebook - Are you looking for that Shakira video? In the next six months, you'll be able to find it and much more content on Facebook, said the company's CEO.
  • Microsoft's Top Lawyer: People Will Only Use Tech If They Trust It (video) - Microsoft is tussling with the Department of Justice over emails the government wants from a Microsoft online account in Europe. The company's General Counsel Brad Smith says the government is unfairly trying to enforce U.S. laws beyond the country's borders.
  • Recap: Facebook's Q2 Earnings and Conference Call - Facebook showed no signs of slowing down, posting revenue of $2.91 billion on profit of 42 cents a share, excluding certain items. Wall Street had expected revenue of $2.8 billion on profit of 32 cents a share. We live-blogged the call.
  • Twitter's Diversity Report: Women Make Up 30% of Workforce - Twitter released its workforce diversity numbers on Wednesday, which showed that like its tech peers, its employees are mostly white males.
  • Video: How Michelle Phan Stays Relevant on YouTube - YouTube sensation Michelle Phan tells the WSJ's Deborah Kan why she believes content is king when building a business in the digital world.
  • eBay's StubHub Hit by Cyber Thieves - Hackers found their way into more than 1,000 of StubHub's customer accounts and fraudulently bought tickets through the online seller, the Associated Press reports.
  • Facebook Earnings: Instagram, Mobile Shift and Other Areas to Watch - Facebook reports its earnings after the bell on Wednesday. Here's what you need to know.
  • Ex-Cyber Spy's Message to Board Members: You're Not OK - Andrew France spent 30 years at the U.K. government's signals intelligence agency, GCHQ, as its Deputy Director for Cyber Defense Operations. Now he's the CEO of cyber-security firm Darktrace. Cybercrime, he says, is now a boardroom issue.
  • Messaging App Line Adds 'Hidden Chat' Feature - Line, a popular smartphone messaging app in Asia, unveiled this week a new feature that is reminiscent of Snapchat, a Silicon Valley app that lets users send texts and photos that disappear in seconds.
  • Meal-Delivery Startups Look for Winning Recipe - Meal-delivery startups such as Plated and Blue Apron, along with their investors are hoping to avoid the fate of dot.com era food industry failures.
  • iPhone Boosts Asian Economies - Preparations for the rollout of Apple's latest iPhones are rippling through Asian economies, boosting revenues at component makers and helping underpin electronics exports from some nations.
  • Israel and Hamas Take Fight to Social Media - Within minutes, video from the front lines in Gaza have made it onto Facebook and Twitter streams shared around the world, with Israel and Hamas jostling to control the conflict's social narrative.
  • Airlines Take Flight on Twitter - After last week's crash of Flight 17, Malaysia Airlines turned to Twitter to keep the world informed about the disaster, while other airlines have tweeted about canceled flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket strike in a suburb near the airport..
  • Sony to Back Image Sensors - The Japanese electronics giant says it will spend $345 million on increasing its production capacity for image sensors used in smartphones, as it looks to take advantage of rising demand for one of its main hit products.
  • Rocket Internet Eyes Possible Frankfurt IPO - Rocket Internet, a German company that establishes e-commerce startups, held a roadshow in Berlin for a possible initial public offering later this year, two people familiar with the matter said.
  • Data-Storage Provider EMC's Profit Falls - Data-storage provider EMC said its second-quarter earnings fell 16% as an increase in revenue was offset by a rise in costs.
  • Citrix Results Exceed Its Projections - Citrix Systems's earnings fell, but adjusted earnings and revenue topped the company's projections.
  • Microsoft's Net Takes Hit on Nokia - Microsoft said its quarterly profit declined as the company absorbed a financial hit from acquiring Nokia's money-losing cellphone business.
  • When the Female Customer Perplexes Techie Male CEOs - Tech startups are dominated by men, even for companies whose customers, subscribers or users are predominantly female. That can create a problem for male CEOs perhaps best described as an instinct gap.
  • Tel Aviv's Tech Hub Scrambles Amid Disruptions - Israel's battle with Hamas has some tech entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv scrambling to staff their startups and keep to their travel plans.
  • As Phone Growth Slows, Carriers Turn to Tablets - Wireless companies have been jockeying for new subscribers in a market where there are more active cellphone plans than there are people. Carriers have found the answer in tablets.
  • Will Driverless Cars Get Cheaper Eyes? - The cost of lidar, the laser-sensing eyes used in driverless car systems pioneered by Google and others, will have to come sharply down in price and size for autonomous vehicle technology to find its way on the road.
  • The Smartest Ways to Cut the Cable Cord - 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 Best iPhone, Android and Web Apps to Fix Your Broken Digital Calendar - 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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