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Verizon, Yahoo Near Revised Deal That Cuts Price

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:47:01 EST

Verizon and Yahoo are near a revised transaction that would reduce the price Verizon would pay for the internet company’s core business by about $300 million.

Lenovo Reports Sharp Drop in Earnings

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:57:54 EST

Lenovo’s chairman says the company’s smartphone business may turn profitable by the end of 2017, but its data-center unit will stay in the red for at least another year amid fierce competition.

India Begins Building on Its Citizens' Biometrics

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:57:36 EST

India is offering the world’s largest biometric-identity database for use by Indian companies and novice app developers—an opportunity that excites fans of cyber transactions but worries privacy advocates.

Airbnb Buys Luxury-Rental Website in Canada

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:19:19 EST

Home-sharing site Airbnb Inc. said it bought a Canadian competitor, marking its biggest acquisition to date and signaling an expansion into higher-end vacation rentals and concierge services.

Real Estate Is Latest Target for Would-Be Disrupters

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:16:53 EST

A real-estate startup called Compass Inc. has amassed a valuation of over $1 billion with the pitch that its software can make brokers more efficient, sparking skepticism from older rivals.

Asian Uber Rivals Fuel Up in Heated Battle for Customers

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:52:23 EST

The U.S. ride-hailing startup is trying to outmaneuver rivals in the hotly contested Southeast Asian market, including Indonesia's Go-Jek, which is aiming to raise as much as $1 billion in a new fundraising round.

Google Fiber Gets New CEO, Sheds More Staff

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:23:14 EST

Greg McCray, a longtime broadband executive, is taking over amid a shift in the company’s strategy as it seeks to provide internet service wirelessly.

For Generation Z, 'Live Chilling' Replaces Hanging Out in Person

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:49:02 EST

For Generation Z, ‘live chilling’ replaces hanging out in person. Teens are finding their friends via video chat, in apps such as Houseparty, Fam and Kik, writes Christopher Mims.

Zuckerberg Lays Out Vision for Facebook in New Mission Statement

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:53:50 EST

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is setting his sights on becoming what he calls the “social infrastructure” for the company’s nearly two billion users.

Facebook Is Trying Everything to Re-Enter China---and It's Not Working

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:58:22 EST

Since regulators blocked the service in 2009, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hired well-connected executives, developed censorship tools and taken a “smog jog” in Beijing—but the company has made no visible headway.

Theranos Had $200 Million in Cash Left at Year-End

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:41:41 EST

The embattled blood-diagnostics firm had $200 million of cash on hand at the end of 2016, people familiar with the matter said, less than a quarter of the funding it raised from investors and partners.

How to Safely Clean Your Dirty, Disgusting Smartphone

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:29:53 EST

That smartphone in your hand? Oh, it just has 10x more germs per square inch than a public toilet seat. You should give your phone a good cleaning at least once a week. Grab some of these household items and clean your phone the safe way.

Samsung Heir Lee Jae-yong Is Arrested in Bribery Probe

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:33:24 EST

Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of the Samsung conglomerate, was arrested over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that has shaken South Korea’s political and corporate establishments and led to the president’s impeachment.

Samsung to Use Sony Batteries in Galaxy S8 Phone

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:10:05 EST

Adding a third battery supplier for the next flagship smartphone is part of Samsung’s efforts to avoid a repeat of last year’s disastrous recall.

SpaceX Launches Its First Rocket From Iconic Florida Pad

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:46:02 EST

Space Exploration Technologies successfully launched a cargo capsule into orbit Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center pad from which Apollo 11 took off and which served as home base for the space shuttle.

Cree and Infineon Call Off Wolfspeed Deal

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:23:50 EST

Cree and Infineon Technologies have called off the $850 million deal over Cree’s Wolfspeed unit, saying they couldn’t resolve regulators’ national security concerns.

Big Apartment Landlord Sues Airbnb

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:42:54 EST

One of the largest U.S. apartment landlords has filed civil lawsuits in California and Florida against Airbnb, alleging its tenants are renting out units on the site in violation of their leases and are creating unsafe conditions for other tenants.

PewDiePie Says WSJ Took Anti-Semitic Content Out of Context

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:35:33 EST

Felix Kjellberg, the YouTube star known as PewDiePie, apologized for content in one of his videos but accused The Wall Street Journal and other media of taking other material out of context in scrutinizing his use of Nazi and anti-Semitic imagery and language.

Beepi Winding Down After Burning Through $150 Million

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:54:16 EST

The startup has begun the process to sell its assets to satisfy creditors through an alternative to bankruptcy.

Tesla Makes First Foray Into Middle East

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:54:41 EST

Tesla said it would accept online orders for its Model S sedan and Model X SUV in the United Arab Emirates.

Cisco Results Hurt by Weaker Market for Networking Devices

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:17:31 EST

As the company makes some gains in new strategic areas such as security, Cisco continues to battle weak customer spending in its core market for networking gear.

Sending Bitmojis to Co-Workers---What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:15:44 EST

The messaging fad, popular with young adults, uses a cartoon-like avatar of the sender in various poses, and is seeping into office life; how to convey a ‘food coma’

Snapchat Parent Sets Valuation of Up to $22.2 Billion

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:00:06 EST

Snap Inc. set a valuation for itself between $19.5 billion and $22.2 billion, as the disappearing-message app company nears its landmark initial public offering, the company confirmed Thursday.

Which Is Better in Class: Teacher or Machine?

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:01:36 EST

“Edtech” is attracting investors, but some parents prefer traditional teaching methods.

Silicon Valley Faces Balancing Act Between White House Criticism and Engagement

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:33:19 EST

Tech executives face quandary in reconciling industry opposition to many of the new president’s positions with the reality of doing business under a Trump administration.

Bike Gadgets for a Less Distracted Ride

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:29:28 EST

A trio of new bike accessories promises to prevent technology from messing with your ride. A review of the BeeLine, Omata One and SmartHalo.