Wall Street Journal

Facebook’s Onavo Gives Social-Media Firm Inside Peek at Rivals’ Users

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Months before social-media company Snap publicly disclosed slowing user growth, rival Facebook already knew.

Why I Was Fired by Google

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

I was fired by Google Aug 7 for a document that I wrote and circulated internally raising questions about cultural taboos and how they cloud our thinking about gender diversity at the company and in the wider tech sector.

The New Copycats: How Facebook Squashes Competition From Startups

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Tech startups live by the rule that speed is paramount. Houseparty, creator of a hot video app, has an extra reason for urgency. Facebook, a dominant force in Silicon Valley, is stalking the company, part of the social network’s aggressive mimicking of smaller rivals.

The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice

Location:
USA, United States

The internet’s global expansion is entering a new phase, and it looks decidedly unlike the last one. Instead of typing searches and e-mails, a wave of newcomers—“the next billion,” the tech industry calls them—is avoiding text, using voice activation and communicating with images.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Impanels Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Apparently, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase.

Facebook Drowns Out Fake News With More Information

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook is fighting misinformation with more information.

Antitrust Nominee Makan Delrahim Assured Senator Blumenthal He Wasn’t Lobbied by White House on AT&T Deal

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead antitrust enforcement at the Justice Department recently agreed to tell lawmakers if the White House tries to improperly influence any decision he makes on whether to allow AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The commitment came in a meeting between the nominee, Makan Delrahim, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who wrote a July 24 letter memorializing the discussion.

Discovery Communications Agrees to Buy Scripps Networks

Location:
Discovery Communications, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, United States

Discovery Communications has agreed to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive for $11.9 billion, combining two powerhouses of nonfiction television programming at a time of major upheaval in the cable-TV business. The tie-up is a bet that bigger is better as the television industry is upended by cord-cutting and the rise of “skinny” online TV bundles from the likes of Hulu, YouTube, Sling TV and others.

Univision Draws Interest From Potential Bidders Amid IPO Delays

Location:
Univision Communications, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10158, United States

Apparently, Univision Communications, the owner of the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the US, has been fielding interest from potential bidders after the media company’s initial public offering was delayed.

EU Court to Rule on ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Outside Europe

Location:
General Court -- Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The European Union’s top court is set to decide whether the bloc’s “right to be forgotten” policy stretches beyond Europe’s borders, a test of how far national laws can—or should—stretch when regulating cyberspace.

China’s Censors Can Now Erase Images Mid-Transmission

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China

China’s already formidable internet censors have demonstrated a new strength—the ability to delete images in one-on-one chats as they are being transmitted, making them disappear before receivers see them.

AT&T CEO to Separate Telecom, Media Businesses After Time Warner Merger

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

AT&T plans to separate its telecom operations from its media assets after clinching a takeover of Time Warner, putting veteran AT&T executive John Stankey in charge of the Time Warner business

Paying Professors: Inside Google’s Academic Influence Campaign

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, cultivating financial relationships with professors at campuses from Harvard University to the University of California, Berkeley

Amazon and Dish Network: A Match in the Making?

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Ave. South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States

For years Dish Network Chief Executive Charlie Ergen has sought out deals and partnerships with just about every major telecommunications company, from Sprint to T-Mobile to AT&T —so far, to no avail. Now, the satellite-television mogul is turning his attention to the technology world and a new—and somewhat surprising—potential partner has emerged: Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos.

US Tech Firms Feel the Heat in Europe

Location:
European Commission, Rue de la Loi 170 Charlemagne building, Brussels, 1040, Belgium

The European Union’s antitrust watchdog has handed down a string of big decisions in recent years against top US technology firms, in what might look to US companies and officials like a trend by Brussels to train investigations on large American companies.

Sprint’s talks with Comcast and Charter could ramp up competition in the already ailing wireless industry

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States

Sprint needs a deal.

Sprint Enters Into Exclusive Talks With Charter, Comcast On Wireless Deal

Location:
Sprint , 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States

Apparently, Sprint has entered into exclusive talks with Charter Communications and Comcast as the cable companies explore a deal that could bolster their plans to offer wireless service.

In Defense of Net Neutrality

Location:
World Wide Web Foundation, Route de Chêne 30, Geneva, 1208, Switzerland

As the battle around net neutrality rages again, we need to take stock, and ask ourselves: What is the debate really about, and why should business leaders and entrepreneurs care?

Rural America is Stranded in the Dial-Up Age

Location:
USA, United States

In many rural communities, where available broadband speed and capacity barely surpass old-fashioned dial-up connections, residents sacrifice not only their online pastimes but also chances at a better living.

Judge Backs Making Consumer Websites Accessible to Blind

Location:
United States District Court Florida Southern District Court, 400 North Miami Avenue Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse, Miami, FL, 33128, United States

US District Judge Robert Scola ruled that grocery chain Winn-Dixie Stores must make its website accessible to the blind, following an unprecedented trial over a gray area of accessibility law.

Facebook Building Feature to Let Users Subscribe to News Publications

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook may soon help its users do something unfamiliar on the platform: pay for news. The social-media giant is building a feature that would allow users to subscribe to publishers directly from the mobile app, apparently.

Trump Aides Pressing for More Restraint on Twitter

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump’s aides have also been pressing for more restraint by the president on Twitter, and some weeks ago they organized what one official called an “intervention.”

FCC’s Internet-Rules Revamp Likely to Bring Big Changes Online

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission is set to move forward with a plan that would blow up the rules that have governed the internet in recent years and essentially start anew, opening the door to fundamental shifts in consumers’ online experiences.

Who Needs the Daily Press Briefing?

Location:
Wagner College, 1 Campus Rd, Staten Island, NY, 10301, United States
Recommendation:
2

Every new administration complains that the daily briefing is a charade that allows the media to batter the White House’s policy. Yet no matter how badly the press secretary is doing, no president has gone so far as to cancel it. The reason is that the briefing is a powerful weapon against the opposition and Congress.

The FCC Gets Set to Free Wireless

Location:
Mobile Future, 1325 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission is launching initiatives that will shape the fate of America’s wireless industry.

Verizon Wins Bidding War for Straight Path Communications

Location:
Straight Path Communications, Glen Allen, VA, United States
Recommendation:
4

Verizon Communications will buy Straight Path Communications for about $3.1 billion, after beating rival AT&T in an unusually intense bidding war for the wireless-spectrum holder.

Why a Cable Deal is Bad for the Phone Industry

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The first wireless deal after a government-imposed hiatus is bad news for the biggest carriers and could scramble the likely outcomes of other anticipated combinations.

Comcast, Charter to Strike Wireless Partnership

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
1

Apparently, Comcast and Charter will announce a wireless partnership, agreeing not to make a material merger or acquisition in wireless without the other’s consent for one year.

Uber Faces Federal Criminal Probe Over ‘Greyball’ Software

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation into Uber’s use of software as part of the company’s program known as “Greyball” that helped drivers avoid local regulators.

After Posting of Violent Videos, Facebook Will Add 3,000 Content Monitors

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook said it would hire 3,000 more staffers to review content in an attempt to curb violent or sensitive videos on its site without scaling back its live-streaming tools.