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Find a Bug, Claim a Bounty

For four years, Jay Kaplan helped the National Security Agency find holes in targets’ computers so spies could take a peek. Now, he pays freelance hackers to find similar holes so his corporate customers can patch them. His startup, Synack Inc., highlights how companies are seeking new approaches to protecting their digital assets amid a […]

Federal Case Ties Up Cable Deals

WASHINGTON—A federal court case about access to sensitive cable-industry documents continues to complicate U.S. regulatory reviews of two major mergers: Comcast Corp.’s deal for Time Warner Cable and ATT Inc.’s planned acquisition of DirecTV. A three-judge panel of a U.S. appeals court here voiced concerns Friday about a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to […]

Pandora: A Victim of Its Own Success

Pandora Media, which disrupted the radio business, now faces the threat of disruption from the government to its own business model. And even if it avoids that pitfall, the Internet radio operator faces a tough slog anyway. While Pandora’s stock has dropped 58% in the past year, the still highly valued stock—it trades at around […]

Facebook Shuttle Drivers Vote to Ratify New Teamsters Contract

In what could be a big step for organized labor in Silicon Valley’s service industry, Facebook’s shuttle drivers voted Saturday to ratify a new union contract giving them more pay, better benefits and addressing split-shift scheduling. Loop Transportation, the contractor that employs the drivers, cautioned that the agreement isn’t finalized. The contract “has to be […]

Samsung’s Move to Payments Creates Friction With Google

Samsung’s Move to Payments Creates Friction With Google

By Alistair Barr and Jonathan Cheng CONNECT   Making smartphones that run Google’s Android mobile operating system is less profitable than it once was, so Samsung is increasingly looking to software and services for new sources of income. The shift can put Samsung at odds with Google, its long-time Android partner. Nowhere is this tension […]

Bill Gurley: FOMO in the ‘Private IPO’ Market Is Fueling Valuations

Bill Gurley: FOMO in the ‘Private IPO’ Market Is Fueling Valuations

By Evelyn M. Rusli CONNECT Bill Gurley warns of the risks of public-market investors moving into private companies. Bloomberg News After speaking about the risks of “cramming” too much money in startups at the Goldman Sachs technology conference last week, venture capitalist Bill Gurley exited the stage. More than a dozen investors swarmed the lanky […]

Google Agrees to Spot Checks by Italian Privacy Regulators

Google Agrees to Spot Checks by Italian Privacy Regulators

By Alistair Barr and Sam Schechner CONNECT A picture taken in Lille, France shows a figure in front of the Google Internet homepage. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Google’s latest agreement with a European privacy regulator includes spot checks at its U.S. headquarters to monitor how the Internet giant is complying with an order to improve its […]

Five Reasons 3-D TV Deserves a Second Chance

Five Reasons 3-D TV Deserves a Second Chance

ENLARGE OF THE MANY dubious technologies that the electronics industry has tried to push on consumers over the past few years, perhaps none has been more widely mocked as 3-D TV. And with good reason. In the early days, the sets were expensive, the 3-D effect they produced unconvincing and cheesy. The fact that you […]

New Security Jitters for SIM Cards

European government officials, telecom executives and investors rushed Friday to respond to a report that U.S. and British intelligence agencies breached security systems at Gemalto NV, a supplier of encryption technology to wireless carriers. The alleged hack, reported by a news site that has been a conduit of leaks from former National Security Agency contractor […]

Hackers Still in Network of State Department

Three months after the State Department confirmed hackers breached its unclassified email system, the government still hasn’t been able to evict them from the department’s network, according to three people familiar with the investigation. Government officials, assisted by outside contractors and the National Security Agency, have repeatedly scanned the network and taken some systems offline. […]

To Revive Wallet, Google Tries Wrangling Unruly Partners

Google Inc. is reaching for its Wallet to keep pace with Apple Pay, but differences in the two companies’ mobile businesses mean it won’t be easy. The Internet-search giant is trying to marshal an unruly coalition of device makers, wireless carriers, banks and payment networks to shape a new version of its Google Wallet payment […]

YouTube to Release App for Kids

Already popular among teenagers, YouTube is releasing a new app for children. The app from Google Inc.’s online video service will run on smartphones and tablets and is expected to feature original episodes of popular television shows for preschoolers, including “Thomas the Tank Engine” and “Sesame Street,” as well as content from the kid-safe…

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