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Sina Scolded By China for Insufficient Censorship

BEIJING—China’s top Internet regulator threatened to shut down the news services of one of China’s most popular social media and online news companies if it doesn’t fix problems with inadequate censorship and the spreading of false information. The Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement on its website dated Friday that national- and city-level […]

PayPal May Face U.S. Lawsuit

EBay Inc.’s PayPal payments unit may be sued by a U.S. regulator over allegedly excessive finance charges for a same-day lending service. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday, PayPal said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated it may file a lawsuit against the division as soon as this quarter. Since 2013, the CFPB […]

Google Joins Battery Arms Race

ENLARGE Google Inc. GOOGL 0.09 % has joined the search for better batteries to power its expansion into consumer electronics and other hardware. In late 2012, a team led by former Apple Inc. battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj began testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices. About a year later, the group […]

Spotify Is Valued at $8.4 Billion

Spotify AB has headed back to the funding well for a seventh time, nearing a deal to raise $400 million in a round valuing the music-streaming service at $8.4 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal would place Spotify in the upper ranks of the world’s most highly valued private tech companies. […]

China May Have Broader Web Traffic Tampering Capabilities

BEIJING—A recent cyberattack on a U.S. coding website suggests China has broader capabilities to tamper with global web traffic than previously recognized, a new report said. Toronto-based human rights research group Citizen Lab said Friday the attack, widely believed to have come from China, showed the country has developed an offensive cyber tool that it […]

Web’s Most Maniacal Bargain Hunters

A few times each month, Anne Zarraonandia drives from her Mill Valley, Calif., office to a nearby retailer such as Walgreens or Toys ’R’ Us to scout for bargains. Armed with a price-checking app on her iPhone, she trawls the aisles, filling her cart with toys, electronics, sporting goods and packaged food. Ms. Zarraonandia, 58 […]

Lynda.com: A 60-Year-Old Earns Internet Glory

At a time when some of the biggest deals in technology make overnight billionaires out of 20-something startup founders, the story of Lynda Weinman’s success may come as a welcome counterweight. A “mother of the Internet” and author of some of the earliest books on Web design, Ms. Weinman has spent two decades teaching scores […]

Apple Watch App Creators Keep It Simple

Developers creating apps for the Apple Watch are learning a valuable lesson: less is more. For smartphones including Apple Inc.’s iPhone, developers streamlined websites and software designed for personal computers to adapt to the phones’ smaller display and touch screen. The Apple Watch is forcing them to think even smaller. Creators of Apple Watch apps […]

Digital Health-Data Vendors Slammed

ENLARGE The Obama administration took vendors of electronic health records to task for making it costly and cumbersome to share patient information and frustrating a $30 billion push to use digital records to improve quality and cut costs. The report, by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, listed a litany of […]

Zynga Founder Pincus Retakes CEO Post

Zynga Inc. founder Mark Pincus is taking back the reins at the troubled mobile-games company, ending Don Mattrick’s stint as chief executive before he completed his second year. Mr. Pincus, who has remained chairman at the company but increasingly was spending time on other projects, will become the new CEO effective immediately. He will…

Alibaba Plans Asset Injection for Film Arm

BEIJING—Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on Wednesday proposed an injection of assets into its unprofitable movie arm, sending shares in the entertainment business soaring. Hong Kong-listed Alibaba Pictures Group Ltd. said its parent, Alibaba Group, proposed folding its online movie-ticketing business and its movie production…

AT&T Settles Privacy-Breach Case

Call-center workers for ATT Inc. leaked confidential information on about 280,000 subscribers so that resellers could unlock used phones, federal regulators said Wednesday. The Federal Communications Commission said the privacy breach involved the disclosure of names, parts of Social Security numbers and other data by call-center workers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines. ATT paid […]

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