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China Wants U.S. to Drop Tech Export Limits

BEIJING—Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged U.S. officials to drop limits on high-technology exports or it would seek alternatives from Russia or other countries, said people with knowledge of the discussions, in a reminder of technology tensions between Washington and Beijing. Mr. Li raised the issue on Monday with U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker during her […]

Qualcomm’s Profit Driver Under Pressure

One Saturday night in February, Qualcomm Inc. arranged for documents to be slipped under the doors of a select group of guests at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency. The spiral-bound folders, according to one recipient, contained articles aimed at swaying an influential industry group in a hard-fought debate over technology patents. The chip maker’s last-ditch […]

Nokia Is in Talks to Buy Alcatel-Lucent

Finnish telecommunications-equipment maker Nokia Corp. is in advanced talks to buy French rival Alcatel-Lucent SA, the companies said Tuesday, a deal that would create a new global networking behemoth to rival Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei Technologies. The deal currently under consideration is a “full combination” that would entail Nokia making a public offer for […]

Sprint to Test Home Delivery of New Phones

This is what the U.S. war for wireless subscribers has come to: Sprint Corp. is going to start hand-delivering new cellphones. The labor intensive approach comes as persistent subscriber losses put Sprint in danger of slipping behind rival T-Mobile. That would drop it from the country’s No. 3 carrier to its fourth largest—last place among […]

Trade Groups Try to Stem New Chinese Bank-Tech Rules

BEIJING—China appears to be proceeding with new bank-technology rules that may shut out foreign tech suppliers, according to trade groups, signaling little progress in efforts by the groups and Washington to persuade Beijing to halt or rethink the measures. U.S., European and Japanese trade groups sent a letter Monday to China’s top cyberspace authority in […]

FCC Publishes Net Neutrality Rules

It’s official. The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules were published in the Federal Register Monday, an arcane procedural step that sounds the starting gun for what is expected to be a host of legal challenges. Groups representing wireless carriers, cable companies and Internet service providers are expected to sue to…

Activist Pressures Qualcomm

Qualcomm Inc. is under pressure from activist investor Jana Partners LLC to consider a breakup and other options to boost the giant chip maker’s sagging stock price. Jana is asking Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing business, which accounts for most of the company’s profit, according to a quarterly letter […]

In Defense of Good-Enough Gadgets

You may be relieved to discover, as I was, that there is a mathematical reason for why you don’t have to always buy the latest and greatest gadget. The principle doesn’t have a name, but it’s common to any number of human-made phenomena, including baseball batting averages, the stock market, and the relative performance of […]

How China’s ‘Great Cannon’ Targets Global Web Traffic

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 […]

Philippine Startup Scene Gets Going

MANILA—Aisa Mijeno had her “eureka” moment one day in a remote village in the Cordillera mountains of the Philippines’ northern Luzon province. During a stint there as a volunteer, she would watch local people trek nearly 50 kilometers along jagged paths to buy fuel for kerosene lamps, their only source of light. Children would often […]

New Apple MacBook Isn’t Ready for the Present

New Apple MacBook Isn’t Ready for the Present

Updated April 9, 2015 4:24 p.m. ET You won’t find it in Apple’s advertisements, but the new MacBook is a time machine. It’s much simpler than Doc Brown’s DeLorean: All you have to do is look at it to observe the future—the future of the laptop, that is. With this machine, available starting Friday, Apple […]

Netflix CEO’s Pay Rose 43% Last Year

Netflix Inc. said Chief Executive Reed Hastings’s total compensation rose 43% to $11.1 million last year because of a salary increase and a bigger option award. Mr. Hastings, who co-founded the Los Gatos, Calif.-based video-delivery company in 1997, received a base salary of $3 million in 2014, up from $2 million a year earlier. His […]

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