Wall Street Journal Tech
- Russia's first entry in the crowded smartphone market is an engineering feat. But the YotaPhone, which has an LCD color screen on the front and an e-paper reader on the back, may be dismissed as nothing more than a gimmick. - Retailers ranging from Sears to Saks have all embraced shipping to compete against Amazon. They are shuttling merchandise store to store, warehouse to store, store to customer—often both quickly and free. - A French court ruled that tobacconists should have the exclusive right to sell electronic cigarettes—the smoke-free alternative to tobacco products—dealing a potential blow to the burgeoning e-cigarette industry. - Micron Technology and Rambus said they have ended court battles that stretched for thirteen years, with Micron agreeing to pay up to $280 million to Rambus over seven years. - Chip maker expects per-share earnings of 44 cents to 48 cents on revenue of $2.92 billion to $3.04 billion, more toward the midpoint of its earlier-expected predictions. - Santa knows if you've been sleeping, and knows when you're awake. At the mall, shopper tracking technology knows if you went in a store and left empty-handed or if there was a bottleneck at the scarf counter. - France, which has faced an uphill battle convincing investors and foreign entrepreneurs that it can be business-friendly, is striving to publicize its often little-appreciated startup culture. - Manjoo: Online real-estate firm Redfin sounds like it would be catnip for technology investors but mostly got blank stares from Silicon Valley venture capitalists. The problem: Redfin relies on people, not code. - Aches & Claims assesses a training program that says it can help reduce the need for reading glasses. - EADS will cut 5,800 jobs at its Airbus Defence and Space unit, including administrative posts, as it trims its defense operations to adjust to the downturn in the sector. - Bipartisan legislation would allow agencies for the first time to sell in-demand holdings in exchange for a portion of the revenue raised. - Alibaba Group will invest $360 million in Haier Electronics Group as part of a deal between the two companies to form a logistics joint venture. - Amazon's integration of robots acquired in the purchase of Kiva Systems last year could help pare 20% to 40% off the cost of fulfilling a typical order. - Heard on the Street: The cloud-computing company's stock has been on a tear lately, but its multiple may be getting out of hand. - Google's Motorola unit is selling its new Moto G smartphone at starkly thinner profit margins than rival phones, according to a new analysis, a move that could put new pressure on industry leaders Apple and Samsung Electronics. - Given Imaging, a maker of ingestible pills that take photos inside patients' bodies, agreed to be acquired by Covidien for $860 million. - Behavioral economist Dan Ariely answers readers' questions about iPads on planes and teens on Facebook. - The FCC said it has delayed until 2015 its reverse auction of TV airwaves, a decision that reflects the commission's intent on getting the complex proceeding right - The House overwhelmingly passed legislation to discourage frivolous lawsuits by patent holders hoping to extract settlements. - Any effort by Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable would face significant hurdles in Washington, according to an FCC official. - What began as an anti-terrorism experiment has turned into one of the biggest players in the burgeoning 'big-data' industry, and made Palantir one of the most valuable privately held companies in Silicon Valley. - Electronic Arts is shifting resources and delaying some development work to fix bugs plaguing its blockbuster war-simulation title, but investors are getting jittery. - Computer maker, looking to cut costs, has given at least a portion of its roughly 110,000 employees until Dec. 20 to opt for buyout packages. - Spotify AB is planning a free, ad-supported version of its streaming-music service on mobile devices, according to people familiar with the matter, after previously making mobile users pay a monthly fee. - China's share of global rare-earth output has been shrinking recently. Even so, it still dominates the complex—and often polluting—steps that turn mined material into useful ingredients, including metals and magnets. - The number of people in the U.S. owning smartphones grew 4.1% since July to 149.2 million, comScore says. - Atari Inc., the company behind now-classic games such as Asteroids and Pong, receives court approval of its plan to exit bankruptcy under the control of its French parent Atari S.A. - China Mobile signed a long-awaited deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network, an arrangement that would give the U.S. technology giant a big boost in the world's largest mobile market. - Manjoo: The Amazon chief's remarks carried three important public-relations payloads for his company and gave unmanned aerial vehicles a boost. - Samsung is looking to sell more smartphones to corporate and government clients, but to do so, the technology giant has to address problems with its mobile security platform. - A small but growing number of entrepreneurs are taking part in a sort of test run as officials in nearly a dozen states make it possible for resident entrepreneurs to secure financing from everyday local investors, also known as "equity crowdfunding." - AT&T and T-Mobile US are considering bids for a block of spectrum licenses held by Verizon Wireless. - China is nurturing a growing class of tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, whose creations are challenging the idea that its Internet companies merely copy Western products. - Using a computer, tablet or smartphone can be like handling an inscrutable magic box, but two London hardware startups are trying to change that. - Microsoft won unconditional approval from the European Union to buy Nokia's mobile-phone business, a deal the U.S. software company hopes will propel it into the market for digital devices. - China gave out licenses for speedier mobile services, clearing the way for China Mobile, the world's biggest carrier by subscribers, to offer the iPhone to its customers. - Yota Devices is launching a dual-screen smartphone with the hope that it will change the way people view mobile technology. - Spotify disclosed that each time a user listens to a song, rights holders are paid between 0.6 cent and 0.84 cent. Over the course of 2013, the company said, it will have paid $500 million in royalties. - The Dell Venue 7 is a heck of a buy for a brand-name Android tablet, says Walt Mossberg. But if you can spare more money, you'll get a better experience in a more-expensive small tablet. - Hotfile, a highly trafficked file-trading website, has been ordered by a Florida judge to pay $80 million in damages to the trade group representing Hollywood movie studios. - Field Trip, made by a division of Google, sends you, by way of pop-up cards, short blurbs about unique, sometimes-hidden locations as you pass them. - SpaceX successfully blasted its first commercial payload into space, establishing itself as a low-cost alternative to legacy satellite-launch providers backed by U.S. and foreign governments. - Some consumers are finding lower monthly charges by switching to smaller providers—with unfamiliar names—that run on larger carriers' networks. - The New Museum named Julia Kaganskiy, a rising star on New York's art-and-technology scene, to lead its foray into the startup world. - Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is working with pharmaceutical companies and venture capitalists to create a $100 million fund to invest in fledgling medical treatment companies. - Apple has acquired social-media analytics firm Topsy Labs for more than $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The startup specializes in data from Twitter. - Microsoft transaction is the largest combined dollar- and euro-denominated investment-grade corporate bond deal in more than a decade. - The opportunity in cloud computing is big enough for both Google and Amazon.com. - FCC chief Tom Wheeler indicated he might support limiting big carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless from amassing airwaves at a coming spectrum auction, in good news for T-Mobile and Sprint. - The U.S. Supreme Court left in place a 2008 New York state law aimed at collecting millions in sales taxes from online purchases by state residents, rejecting a legal challenge by Amazon.com Inc.
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