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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

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 […]

Samsung Assembles Smartphones in Indonesia

Samsung Electronics Co. has begun assembling smartphones at a factory outside Jakarta to meet demand in fast-growing Indonesia, according to a person familiar with the matter. The move is the latest sign that the South Korean technology giant is shifting some of its operations to low-cost, fast-growing emerging markets where it is looking to build […]

China’s Smartphone Market Slows

BEIJING—The world’s largest smartphone market doesn’t have much room left to grow. Smartphone shipments in China fell 4.3% in the first quarter compared with a year ago for the first time in six years, according to a new survey set to be released on Monday by International Data Corp. Rival surveys show continued growth during […]

International Experience Strengthens New Alibaba Chief’s Hand

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA -0.28 % ’s new chief executive brings to his new role experience dealing with international brands and foreign investors. Such skills have become more crucial for the Chinese e-commerce company as it tries to attract more overseas sellers and buyers to further expand its shopping sites after going public in […]

Mobile-Game Makers Try to Catch ‘Whales’

Allen Sokol enjoys playing “Candy Crush Saga” on a smartphone during his lunch break as assistant manager of a tire store in Grand Rapids, Mich., but often runs out of free turns. Rather than wait 20 minutes for one more free turn in the puzzle game, he presses a button on the screen to spend […]

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