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LinkedIn to Buy Career-Skills Educator for $1.5 Billion

LinkedIn Corp. agreed to acquire online career-skills educator lynda.com in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.5 billion, representing the professional social network’s largest deal ever. Carpinteria, Calif.-based lynda.com offers courses in business, teaching and creative skills for individual professionals as well as corporate,…

U.S. Blocks Tech Exports for Chinese Supercomputer

U.S. officials are blocking technology exports to facilities in China associated with the world’s fastest supercomputer, a blow to Intel Corp. and other hardware suppliers that adds to the list of tech tensions between the two countries. Four technical centers in China associated with the massive computer known as Tianhe-2 were placed on a U.S. […]

Informatica Taken Private for $5.3 Billion

Data-software company Informatica Corp. agreed to be bought by Permira Advisers LLC and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $5.3 billion, in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year. The two private-equity investors will pay $48.75 a share for the Redwood City, Calif., company, according to a statement Tuesday confirming an earlier report […]

HTC’s Earnings Beat Expectations

TAIPEI—HTC Corp. scored another profitable quarter, although challenges remain in the midtier smartphone market. HTC said Tuesday its unaudited net profit in the first quarter was 360 million New Taiwan dollars (US$11.6 million), a marked improvement from a net loss of NT$1.88 billion a year earlier but weakening from NT$466 million in the fourth quarter […]

Coding for a More Open Cuba

Internet access in Cuba is among the world’s most restricted and expensive, but a rapprochement with Washington is boosting hopes for connectivity improvements and the development of some cool apps. That’s what technology experts will be aiming for when they convene at Facebook Inc.’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters later this month to focus on solutions […]

What the Apple Watch Does Best: Make You Look Good

What the Apple Watch Does Best: Make You Look Good

April 8, 2015 8:04 a.m. ET There’s a reason we don’t wear the same clothes two days in a row, try to avoid the temptations of McDonald’s and Ben Jerry’s, keep a regular hair appointment and make it to the gym as often as possible. It’s the same reason we’d consider buying an Apple Watch: […]

Apple Watch Review: The Smartwatch Finally Makes Sense

Apple Watch Review: The Smartwatch Finally Makes Sense

April 8, 2015 8:01 a.m. ET The Apple Watch puts the iPhone in its proper place—your pocket. I’ve got a utilitarian view of the year’s most-hyped piece of bling. Sapphire crystal and $10,000 gold alloy aren’t what make the Apple Watch the first smartwatch worth buying. What’s valuable is your time. The Apple Watch is […]

Kleiner Partner to Leave

Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers will move on from its three-year legal battle against former employee Ellen Pao without one of its veteran investors. Matt Murphy, a general partner who led investments in mobile and enterprise computing startups, is leaving Kleiner to look for a new opportunity, most likely with a smaller venture-capital firm, […]

Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global

Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global

ENLARGE The creator of Android, the world’s largest mobile operating system, is returning to his roots in hardware. Andy Rubin, who nurtured Android at Google Inc. from 2005 to 2013, is launching Playground Global LLC to provide support and advice to tech startups making devices for consumers or companies. Mr. Rubin said Playground had raised […]

Apple’s Watch and the Tickbait Effect

It isn’t clear how many people will line up to buy the pricey Apple Watch. But the ultramodern device may help the technology giant with a rather old-fashion concern: getting more shoppers into its stores. On Friday, Apple will begin showing off the watch in its retail stores, along with taking preorders online. The device […]

Silicon Valley Plants Farming Roots

New technologies that promise to change how food is grown, transported and sold are attracting increased interest from the kinds of investors that have fueled Silicon Valley powerhouses. The money involved in U.S. food startups is still small compared with Internet companies. But venture-capital investment in agriculture and food soared 54% to $486 million last […]

Samsung Looks to New Phones to Lift Mobile Profit Margins

SEOUL—Amid signs Samsung Electronics Co. may be through the worst of its recent profit declines, it faces another question: Can its new smartphone rebuild the company’s depleted mobile profit margins? With the release on Friday of the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edge variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge, investors will be looking for a pickup in […]

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