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Alibaba Shifts Focus Abroad

BEIJING—Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. will make expansion abroad a top priority this year, its new chief executive told employees, as it focuses on cross-border sales and hiring. Daniel Zhang, who was named CEO of the Chinese e-commerce giant last week, told employees at a strategy meeting at Alibaba’s headquarters in the city of Hangzhou Wednesday […]

Thinking of Selling? They Already Know

Thinking of Selling? They Already Know

Sitting in bed at 1:40 a.m. one morning last November, Jon Hoefling was thinking about selling his 4,300-square-foot home in Morgan Hill, Calif. While browsing Facebook on his phone, he clicked on a real-estate ad offering to estimate his home’s value. His future listing agent, who paid for the ad, was waiting. Mr. Hoefling, the […]

Apple, A123 Strike Deal in Employee-Poaching Lawsuit

Apple Inc. and battery maker A123 Systems LLC are preparing to settle a three-month-old lawsuit alleging Apple poached high-level battery engineers and chemists in violation of noncompete agreements, according to a recent court filing. A123 said in a filing Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston that the two sides “have reached an agreement, signed […]

Cisco Earnings: Another Rise in Revenue

Cisco Systems Inc. reported a 5.1% rise in revenue for the latest quarter, continuing the company’s gradual rebound as longtime Chief Executive John Chambers prepares to give up the post. The big network equipment maker in February had projected revenue would rise 3% to 5%, a projection Mr. Chambers reaffirmed last week on announcing plans […]

Meetup Aims to ‘Get People Off the Internet’

Every time members of Twin Cities Museum Meetup get together—to visit museums, galleries and historical sites—Scott Heiferman feels he has helped to make the world a better place. And every month, Mr. Heiferman’s business, Meetup Inc., collects a flat fee…

Coming This Summer: U.S. Will Run Out of Internet Addresses

Office space in Silicon Valley isn’t the only real estate that’s gotten scarce in the booming technology market. The U.S. organization that distributes some of the Internet’s most important virtual property is running out of inventory. Some savvy companies have been stocking up, but the shortage could mean headaches—and significant costs—for…

Drones Boom Raises New Question: Who Owns Your Airspace?

Communities across the country are grappling with a surge in drone use that’s raising safety and privacy concerns—and thorny legal questions—about a slice of sky officials have largely disregarded. State and local police say complaints are soaring about drones flying above homes, crowds and crime scenes. At least 17 states, meanwhile, have passed laws to […]

Verizon-AOL: A War of All Against All

When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone in June 2007, Apple Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. were worth almost exactly the same in the public markets: About $115 billion. What came over the next eight years was one of the greatest transfers of power and wealth in corporate history. Mobile phone operators—who had been brutish, […]

After Smartphone Debacle, Samsung Questions Game Plan

SEOUL—In February, Samsung Electronics Co. asked employees a curious question about its future. Five years earlier, its top management had declared a 10-year expansion plan to quadruple annual sales to $400 billion and establish Samsung as the world’s No. 1 technology brand. Now, Samsung seemed to be questioning whether it should follow through. A survey […]

Verizon to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion

Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to buy AOL Inc. in a $4.4 billion deal aimed at advancing the telecom giant’s growth ambitions in mobile video and advertising. The all-cash deal values AOL at $50 a share, a 23% premium over the company’s three-month volume-weighted average price. AOL shares rose 18% in morning trading to $50.18. Verizon…

Forget Social Media! Build Your Very Own Website

Forget Social Media! Build Your Very Own Website

May 12, 2015 1:56 p.m. ET Puppies are the Beatles of social media—everyone goes crazy for them. So, naturally, when my own brown, fluffy bundle of joy arrived a few weeks ago, the first thing I did was flood my Instagram, Facebook FB -0.71 % and Twitter TWTR 0.46 % feeds with photos. But moments […]

How Google’s Top Minds Decide What to Forget

On most Wednesdays, Google Inc.’s top minds in Europe get together and decide what to forget. The meetings are a new—and potentially precedent-setting—routine for a group of senior lawyers, engineers and product managers at the tech giant, after Europe’s top court ruled that people could ask Google to remove links in search results for their […]

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