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Monday, September 16, 2019 11:47 AM ET

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Amazon changed search algorithm in ways that boost its own products - The issue is particularly sensitive because the U.S. and the European Union are examining Amazon's dual role—as marketplace operator and seller of its own branded products.

41 minutes ago

'Sign in with Apple' is way better than passwords - If you can find it -- Apple's newest developer guidelines require any apps that offer a social sign-in to also implement Sign in with Apple. As of last week, new apps submitted must offer the button.

57 minutes ago

Apple's bare cupboard vs. Netflix, Disney bulk: Will it work to win the streaming wars? -- Apple and Disney throw their hat in the ring to compete for your subscription dollar in a crowded field that includes Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

1 day ago

Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger resigns from Apple's board -- Iger, who has led Disney as CEO since 2005, joined Apple's board in 2012 and was serving as the nominating-committee chair and on the compensation committee.

1 day ago

House Committee requests tech executives' emails in antitrust probe -- Dozens of executives, including Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, named in requests for emails and executive communications.

1 day ago

Hackers Use Spyware to Track SIM Cards

2 days ago

Washington, Silicon Valley Struggle to Unify on Protecting Elections

2 days ago

Amazon starts crowdsourcing Alexa responses from the public. What could possibly go wrong? -- Amazon made its Alexa Answer program available to the general public this week after several months of beta testing, opening up its artificial intelligence assistant to crowdsourced recommendations for unprogrammed questions.

3 days ago

Google Subpoenaed for Details on Its Ad Business

3 days ago

Government to Google: Let Employees Speak Out -- While Google executives have bragged about open debate in their workplace, employees have complained of retaliation for raising concerns about equality and freedom of speech.

3 days ago

Data Breaches Elicit Calls for More Transparency

3 days ago

Google pays more than $1 billion to settle French tax cases -- France has started levying a new tax against large companies with significant digital revenue in the country, retroactive to the start of 2019.

3 days ago

It's a Fish-Eat-Fish World. Scientists Want to Change That.

4 days ago

France hardens position against Facebook's Libra currency -- The country said the Libra project would lead to "an eventual privatization of money," replacing weaker currencies in countries around the world and undermining states' sovereign independence.

4 days ago

Oracle Co-CEO Mark Hurd Taking Medical Leave

4 days ago

At more diverse Apple event this year some minorities still left out -- While more women and people of colour took the stage, critics shine light on glaring omission: ' . . . sadly, no African Americans speaking — some in the ads.'

4 days ago

Apple undercuts rivals with streaming price -- Apple set monthly prices for its TV+ video-streaming service and Arcade videogame-streaming service at $4.99 (U.S.), largely undercutting rivals.

5 days ago

Smart cities will require smarter cybersecurity -- Deploying these technologies comes at a cost, however, in that the number of connections also gives hackers more opportunities to break into city systems.

5 days ago

Activist Wants AT&T to Be More Like Verizon

6 days ago

Chip Makers Still Await Clearance to Sell to Huawei

6 days ago

Tech Giants in Battle to Store Health Data in the Cloud

6 days ago

U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Chinese Professor Linked to Huawei

6 days ago

The government vs. Big Tech: Arguments each side could make -- Federal antitrust laws are broadly written, giving the government flexibility to apply them to new forms of monopolistic conduct as the economic landscape evolves.

6 days ago

Companies explore encryption that withstands quantum computing -- A few organizations holding particularly sensitive data are looking for ways to protect their information from hackers.

6 days ago

Apple bets more cameras can keep iPhone humming -- Sources say Apple plans to reveal a trio of new iPhones with additional rear cameras and enhanced capabilities for low-light photos on Tuesday.

7 days ago

States to launch Google, Facebook antitrust probes -- The antitrust probes put added pressure on the tech giants, which are already under federal scrutiny.

9 days ago

Democratic senators question Facebook on hidden gun sales -- In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, 15 senators—including three 2020 presidential candidates—asked for information about the company's knowledge of, and efforts at policing, the sale of guns on Marketplace.

9 days ago

Slack Intensifies War of Words With Microsoft

10 days ago

Struggling media could get lift from Competition Bureau digital scrutiny -- Examination of possible anti-competitive practices by digital giants like Facebook and Google could offer a reprieve to the traditional media they 'decimated,' but industry watchers say the step feels years behind other world powers

10 days ago

Competition watchdog ramps up scrutiny of digital giants -- Competition Bureau urges businesses to provide them with anti-competitive reports which they say may lead to enforcement against online behemoths such as Facebook and Google

10 days ago

German Probe of Facebook Highlights Data Risks

10 days ago

Stadium Weeds Out Disruptive Fans With Facial Recognition

10 days ago

Hearing Loss? A New Device Lets You Feel Sound

11 days ago

Samsung launches smartphone meant to make blockchain friendlier -- The phone will feature the same hardware and packaging as the two sizes of the Galaxy Note 10, and is expected to be sold at similar prices, which start at around $1000.

10 days ago

Slack Shares Plunge Despite Raising Full-Year Outlook

11 days ago

Twitter Disables Texting Feature Amid Hacks

11 days ago

YouTube to Pay Fine, Adjust Site Over Children's Privacy

11 days ago

Facebook Lays Out Challenges of Letting Users Take Their Own Data

11 days ago

As Dorian Strikes, WhatsApp Connects Family Across Distance

12 days ago

Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills

12 days ago

Huawei accuses the U.S. of cyberattacks and threats to its staff -- Huawei detailed numerous allegations against the U.S. on Tuesday, in which it also denied stealing smartphone-camera tech from multimedia producer Rui Oliveira.

13 days ago

Streaming services draw new subscribers with old-time rock 'n' roll -- Older music is the biggest growth area in music streaming, according to Nielsen.

13 days ago

Trade-secrets case seen as warning to Silicon Valley -- Experts say they can't think of another example in which FBI pursued a criminal case against a U.S. tech employee accused of taking proprietary material to a new job.

12 days ago

Yearslong tax dispute could cost big tech companies billions -- A long-running tax dispute is creating hefty expenses for big U.S. tech companies like Facebook and Alphabet.

13 days ago

No Relief for Big Tech Under New EU Leadership

14 days ago

Founders of successful tech companies are mostly middle-aged, study finds -- Researchers looked at startups established between 2007 and 2014 and analyzed the top 0.1 per cent — defined as those with the fastest growth in employment and sales. They found that the average age of the companies' founders was 45.

14 days ago

Google researchers uncover 2-year iPhone hack tied to malicious websites -- In a deep-dive blog post published late last week, Ian Beer, a security expert on Google's Project Zero, detailed how hackers had been using malicious websites to exploit an iPhone software vulnerability.

15 days ago

The next hot job: Pretending to be a robot -- Postmates, which received a permit to operate its Serve delivery robot and is already testing it for food delivery, employs a growing team of 'pilots' to oversee food ferries.

15 days ago

CEO Jack Dorsey's Twitter Account Was Hacked, Company Says

16 days ago

Fraudsters used AI to mimic CEO's voice in unusual cybercrime case -- The CEO of a U.K.-based energy firm thought he was speaking on the phone with his boss who asked him to send the funds to a Hungarian supplier.

15 days ago

Tesla Raises Price of Model 3 in China Ahead of Tariff Jump

17 days ago

Uber, Lyft, DoorDash Threaten Ballot Fight Over California Gig-Worker Law

17 days ago

Senators Want Answers on Listings for Unsafe Amazon Merchandise

17 days ago

Dell Reports Record Revenue in PC Division

17 days ago

Apple Opens Door to iPhone Repairs by More Outside Vendors

17 days ago

Academics and Experts See Esport Potential for Cybersecurity

17 days ago

The First Female Space Tourist on What We Can Do in Orbit

17 days ago

YouTube puts original series in front of paywall as streaming competition heats up -- The Google-owned company says it's lifting the paywall on upcoming seasons of marquee programs after they were previously only available through its ad-free subscription service called YouTube Premium.

17 days ago

Box's Revenue Growth Slows

18 days ago

Apple tightens privacy rules on Siri recordings after backlash -- 'We realize we haven't been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize,' Apple wrote Wednesday in a blog post.

18 days ago

Hackers Escalate IRS Impersonation Scams

18 days ago

Amazon holds talks with Indonesian ride-hailing startup Gojek -- The companies have discussed an arrangement by which Amazon would make a sizable investment in Gojek and tap into the Jakarta-based company's delivery infrastructure.

18 days ago

Former Google Engineer Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets

19 days ago

Peloton to Pursue Nasdaq Listing, Dual-Class Stock Structure in IPO

19 days ago

Human Error Often the Culprit in Cloud Data Breaches

19 days ago

Google Warns Against Blocking 'Cookies' Entirely, Triggering Criticism

20 days ago

Globalfoundries Launches Legal Battle Against Taiwan Semiconductor, Also Targets Manufacturers

20 days ago

Glassdoor's Operating Chief to Become Its Next CEO

20 days ago

AT&T Telecom Chief John Donovan to Retire

20 days ago

How to haggle with your hacker -- Hackers were demanding about $10,000 in bitcoin to decrypt the municipality's data—a hefty sum for a district with a population of about 1,350.

20 days ago

Cities Are Saying 'No' to 5G, Citing Health, Aesthetics---and FCC Bullying

22 days ago

Google Curbs Political Debate by Employees

23 days ago

U.S. Appeals Court Freezes Antitrust Ruling Against Qualcomm

23 days ago

Amazon deal opens door to bigger footprint in India -- The retail giant is acquiring a small stake in Future, one of India's largest retailers, in a deal that gives it an option to take a much larger stake after three years.

24 days ago

Amazon has ceded control of its site. The result: thousands of banned, unsafe or mislabeled products -- A Wall Street Journal probe finds 4,152 items for sale on Amazon.com have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators.

23 days ago

Attention Amazon Shoppers: How to Safety-Proof Your Order

24 days ago

Huawei launches A.I. chip in push to unseat U.S. makers -- Huawei on Friday revealed details of the chip, the Ascend 910, designed to crunch the massive amounts of data used to build A.I. algorithms, and said it is available immediately.

24 days ago

HP CEO Dion Weisler Stepping Down

24 days ago

New York Officials Plan for Cyber Defenses Around 5G

24 days ago

U.S. Internet Pricing Is All Over the Place. Help Us Investigate It.

24 days ago

You Got a 'Free' Internet Speed Upgrade. Then Your Bill Went Up.

25 days ago

Schools Brace for Cyberattacks

26 days ago

Brace yourself for robocall's evil twin: Robotext -- Robotexts are similar to robocalls in that spammers use them to trick you into sharing your personal information.

25 days ago

Huawei finance chief argues Canada abused her rights -- Allegations contained in hundreds of pages of documents and videos showing the arrest last year of Huawei's finance chief, Meng Wanzhou

25 days ago

Gun Sellers Are Sneaking Onto Facebook's Secondhand Marketplace

26 days ago

Facebook to let users control their data from other companies -- The initiative was one of several announced by Facebook, including others designed to improve how news gets presented on the platform as well as how it guards against political bias.

26 days ago

There's Life After Death Online

26 days ago

Qualcomm, LG Reach New Patent-Licensing Deal

26 days ago

U.S. Cities Rethink Data Relationship With Residents

26 days ago

Twitter, Facebook Act Against Disinformation on Hong Kong Protests

27 days ago

Tesla to lease solar panels to homeowners -- Rentals are available in six states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Mexico. They start at $50 a month in each of those states except California, where they start at $65 a month.

26 days ago

Norsk Hydro Tests AI in Cyber Defenses After Attack

27 days ago

Silicon Valley looks north as tech giants expand in Toronto -- Technology companies are hiring more workers in Toronto, attracted by the region's diverse population of 6.4 million, a deep pool of skilled labour and cultural similarities to major U.S. cities such as San Francisco, New York and Chicago.

27 days ago

Silicon Valley looks north as tech giants expand in Toronto -- Amazon.com and Google are hiring thousands of engineers in Vancouver and Toronto, and homegrown success stories such as Shopify Inc. are taking off.

27 days ago

Tumblr and the end of the eyeballs-are-everything era

26 days ago

Delta Sues Chatbot Provider Over 2017 Breach

1 month ago

Nvidia's Earnings Show Signs of Recovery

1 month ago

Accused Capital One hacker stole data from more than 30 other targets, officials say -- Capital One originally said it had tens of millions of credit card applications stolen, including one million Canadian social insurance numbers.

1 month ago

Hackers Subvert Security Checks Like the Browser Padlock

1 month ago

You should definitely track your loved ones' phones. Actually, maybe not -- Location-sharing apps plot your phone's real-time whereabouts on a map visible to whomever you choose.

1 month ago

The Indoor Farmer Who Wants to Remake Appalachia's Agriculture

1 month ago

Huawei technicians helped African governments spy on political opponents -- Huawei Technologies Co., the world's largest telecommunications company, dominates African markets, where it has sold security tools that governments use for digital surveillance and censorship.

1 month ago

Cisco's Outlook Dampened by China Slowdown, Trade Dispute

1 month ago

How Huawei Employees Helped Governments Spy

1 month ago

AI Helps Companies, Cities Fight Ransomware

1 month ago

Tencent's Profit Rises 35% as New Games Hit Market

1 month ago

AI startup boom raises questions of exaggerated tech savvy -- The competing claims reflect a growing challenge in the tech world of assessing a company's proficiency in artificial intelligence.

1 month ago

RealReal's Revenue Soars as Its Loss Widens

1 month ago

What your voice reveals about you -- Increasingly sophisticated technology that detects nuances in sound inaudible to humans is capturing clues about people's likely locations, medical conditions and even physical features.

1 month ago

Verizon to Sell Tumblr to WordPress.com Owner

1 month ago

Hackers Go Pro, Seeking Bounties for Bugs

1 month ago

Tencent Earnings: What to Watch

1 month ago

EU nears decisions in Facebook privacy cases -- Ireland's Data Protection Commission has given Facebook copies of its final investigative reports for some cases, says a spokesman for the regulator.

1 month ago

California fostered America's tech industry. It is becoming a great adversary

1 month ago

Microsoft Aims to Reset Videogame-Streaming Market With 'Ninja' Pact

1 month ago

Apple Card Review: The Credit Card of the Future Is No Card At All

1 month ago

SoftBank's Bid to Build a Solar-Power Empire Founders

1 month ago

8chan owner: 'I am not an extremist' -- Jim Watkins this week again defended 8chan's decision to let users post anonymously and with few restrictions.

1 month ago

Welcome to Black Hat, Where the Attendees Are the Threat

1 month ago

Huawei unveils Android replacement following U.S. ban -- The new operating system, called HarmonyOS, is intended to run on all of Huawei's consumer gadgets including its hugely popular smartphones, which run Android.

1 month ago

Yelp's profit increase gets positive reviews from investors -- Shares of the online-review company rose more than 4% in post-market trading Thursday.

1 month ago

FBI and Facebook Potentially at Odds Over Social-Media Monitoring

1 month ago

Uber Posts Its Largest Quarterly Loss

1 month ago

Tech Giants Leave Room for Roku in Streaming Video

1 month ago

To Combat 'Deepfakes,' Researchers Turn to Mice

1 month ago

Lab-Grown Kangaroo Meat: It's What's for Dinner?

1 month ago

AI Is Hot and SoftBank Is Offering Cash to Burn

1 month ago

Booking Holdings Reports Higher-Than-Expected Results

1 month ago

Lyft Raises 2019 Revenue Outlook, Sees Smaller Annual Loss

1 month ago

Salesforce to Buy Workforce Management Software Firm

1 month ago

Utilities Are Prime Target for Cyberattacks

1 month ago

SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 Plans to Begin Investing as Soon as Next Month

1 month ago

New Nintendo Switch to have IGZO display from Sharp -- IGZO—indium gallium zinc oxide—is a semiconducting material that features high resolution, low energy consumption and durability.

1 month ago

8chan Owner Defends Speech Forum in Wake of El Paso Shooting

1 month ago

Using social media to prevent mass shootings faces challenges -- Identifying specific threats in a post or tweet challenges technology experts and law enforcement. Detecting them in time to stop a planned attack may be impossible.

1 month ago

Does SoftBank Really Have $108 Billion for Its Vision Fund 2?

1 month ago

Senator Asks Amazon for More Details on Capital One Hack

1 month ago

Password alternatives still elusive, experts say -- Despite years of development, a viable alternative to the password has yet to be found that doesn't introduce other security risks, experts say.

1 month ago

Germans grow frustrated with their slow-poke internet -- The sorry state of the online network has become a national joke and an economic liability.

1 month ago

Public Wi-Fi Is Safer Than Ever---But You Still Need to Be Careful

1 month ago

When Battlefield Surveillance Comes to Your Town

1 month ago

Facebook adding its name to Instagram, WhatsApp

1 month ago

JPMorgan chooses software over humans to write ads -- "Artificial intelligence message machine" wrote ads that generated two to five times the response it got from traditional human copywriters

1 month ago

Capital One breach highlights shortfalls of encryption -- In the Capital One incident, experts said the bank might have used a weak type of encryption or failed to properly store decryption keys, allowing a hacker to access data.

1 month ago

Some want delivery drones to buzz off. Would stricter rules change their minds? -- A parliamentary report in Australia into one of the world's most advanced drone-delivery trials, by Google affiliate Wing, raised concerns about privacy, noise and wildlife.

1 month ago

Republican Engineer Fired by Google Claims 'Bullying' -- Kevin Cernekee says he was fired for being an outspoken conservative in famously liberal Silicon Valley.

1 month ago

FTC Antitrust Probe of Facebook Scrutinizes Its Acquisitions

1 month ago

EBay Sues Amazon Workers on Seller-Poaching Claims

1 month ago

Duped by a Robocall From Overseas? It Was Legal

1 month ago

EU Regulators Scrutinize Digital-Ad Companies

1 month ago

The promise and perils of designer genes -- Synthetic biology is getting faster and cheaper, which means more people can do it. And as it does, the risk that comes from disseminating potentially dangerous knowledge accumulates.

1 month ago

What the T-Mobile Takeover of Sprint Means for Your Wireless Bill

1 month ago

Pearson Hack Exposed Data on Thousands of Students

1 month ago

Qualcomm's Results Muddled by Smartphone Slump, Legal Woes

1 month ago

Senior Amazon Executive to Take a Year Off

1 month ago

Spotify reports subscriber growth amid industry podcast boom -- The company ended the quarter with 232 million monthly active users, above estimates for growth of up to 228 million.

1 month ago

Google algorithm aims to identify at-risk kidney injury patients -- The algorithm, developed by the DeepMind Health laboratories at Google parent company Alphabet Inc., marks a new application of machine learning in health care.

1 month ago

Capital One breach highlights dangers of insider threats -- Experts say the incident shows how, as more information is stored in the cloud, staff trained in how to use these systems could become a threat to other companies.

1 month ago

Apple's Revenue Rises Despite Continued iPhone Slump

1 month ago

Capital One Hacking Suspect Showed Strange Online Behavior

1 month ago

Capital One Breach Casts Shadow Over Cloud Security

1 month ago

Amazon Pushes Brands to Be Less Boxy -- Since last fall, Amazon has told companies they must make packaging for thousands of larger products more compact and easier to open by Thursday.

1 month ago

More Tech Improvements Ahead, Equifax Says

1 month ago

For Facebook and Alphabet, big-ticket fines cause limited pain -- For both Facebook and Alphabet, penalties are smaller when measured against the total value of the companies, rather than annual operating expenses.

1 month ago

Apple aims to offset iPhone weakness with strengthening services -- To counter the slowdown in iPhone sales, Apple earlier this year introduced trade-in programs and began offering financing for new iPhones.

1 month ago

Scrap-metal market targets the cloud as its next recycling project -- The pilot efforts come as scrap-metal companies seek new ways to reinvigorate profits dented by rising trade barriers and weak commodity prices.

1 month ago

Uber Cuts Third of Marketing Staff; Lyft COO Exits

1 month ago

Equifax Says Cultural Changes Since Breach Make It a Security Leader

1 month ago

Indonesian Travel Startup Seeks to Raise Funds Valuing It at $4.5 Billion

1 month ago

Want to make your home smart? Start with the lights -- Next to smart speakers, smart lights are the fastest-growing category in the smart home, according to Strategy Analytics.

1 month ago

Walmart's Semi-Secret Effort to Become Internet-Cool

1 month ago

Can the internet save the department store? -- The retail future some companies are touting is at once bizarre and intuitive.

1 month ago

Twitter's costs rise, but more users flock to platform -- The company has been investing in improving civility on its social network and showing users more relevant content.

1 month ago

Coast Guard Details February Cyberattack on Ship

1 month ago

Netflix Documentary on Cambridge Analytica Doubles as a Mystery

1 month ago

Facebook and Google algorithms are secret — but Australia plans to change that -- Tech giants could have secret algorithms policed by a beefed-up watchdog, under what Australia describes as world-first limits to their power

1 month ago

SoftBank Rolls Out Second Tech Megafund

1 month ago

Amazon's Streak of Record Profit Ends

1 month ago

Tesla tech chief's exit is latest high-profile departure -- The departure of JB Straubel follows a string of other exits in the past few years as the company struggled to bring its Model 3 compact car to market.

1 month ago

Amazon's New York Office Hunt Includes Lord & Taylor Building

1 month ago

Prosecutors Back Barr's Call for Access to Encrypted Devices

1 month ago

What's Next for Weddings: Phone-Free Moments and Far-Flung Locales

1 month ago

Toyota seeks tech strength with investment in Didi Chuxing -- The $600-million investment in China's biggest ride-hailing company is the latest in a global set of investments designed to prepare Toyota for growth beyond car manufacturing.

1 month ago

An old feud between U.S. allies rattles tech giants' supply chains -- The latest supply-chain rupture centers on a festering spat between Tokyo and Seoul that is driven more by politics than profit.

1 month ago

Tesla Loses Money but Stresses Growth

1 month ago

Samsung to Launch Foldable-Screen Phone in September

1 month ago

Facebook board to tighten oversight, as Zuckerberg keeps control -- Along with a historic $5 billion fine, the agreement requires Facebook to create a privacy committee stocked with independent board members.

1 month ago

Facebook agrees to pay $5 billion in FTC settlement -- The Federal Trade Commission said the penalty "is the largest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers' privacy," but some said it wasn't enough.

1 month ago

Security Chiefs Warn of Breaches Through Long-Lifespan Devices

1 month ago

Treasury Secretary finds no security concerns with Google work in China -- Mr. Mnuchin said Google continues to work with the Defense Department, similar to several other U.S. technology companies.

1 month ago

Tesla Expected to Cut Losses in Second Quarter: What to Watch

1 month ago

Facebook settlement requires Zuckerberg to certify privacy protections -- A person familiar with the matter said Mr. Zuckerberg will have to certify that Facebook has privacy controls in place.

1 month ago

Snap Posts Record User Growth

1 month ago

Equifax to Study Alternatives to Social Security Numbers

1 month ago

Shopify nips at Amazon with hassle-free shipping for small firms -- Many analysts believe the Ottawa-based company's decision to add logistics to its range of online services is smart because it could help keep customers loyal, fend off competition and create an additional source of revenue.

1 month ago

Apple dominates App Store search results, thwarting competitors -- The company's apps ranked first in more than 60% of basic searches, such as for "maps," Wall Street Journal analysis showed.

1 month ago

The hottest phones for the next billion users aren't smartphones -- Smart feature phones, fueled by inexpensive mobile data and costing about $25, provide a simple way for some of the world's poorest people to enter the internet economy.

1 month ago

Apple in Advanced Talks to Buy Intel's Smartphone-Modem Chip Business

1 month ago

Facebook Settlement Expected to Mandate Privacy Committee

1 month ago

Microsoft to invest $1 billion in artificial-intelligence startup -- The software giant and OpenAI LP said they would jointly develop supercomputing technologies for the former's Azure cloud-computing platform.

1 month ago