Wall Street Journal

A President’s Credibility

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

If President Donald Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that President Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

Time Warner and AT&T Are a Deal-Anxiety Barometer

Location:
Wall Street, 11 Wall Street, New York, NY, 10005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Trump administration at times wears its populist hat and at others its pro-business hat. When it comes to antitrust enforcement, investors are betting it is sporting the latter.

Web Browsers, Not Apps, Are Internet Gatekeepers for the ‘Next Billion’

The number of internet users world-wide has roughly doubled in the past eight years to around 3.5 billion. The people who have come aboard in the past few years are spending their time in something that was overshadowed long ago in developed countries by apps: the mobile web browser.

Google Faces New EU Complaint Over Android

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

A group of Google adversaries announced a new formal complaint to the European Union’s antitrust watchdog over the Alphabet unit’s behavior with its Android mobile-operating service.

ZTE to Pay $892 Million to U.S., Plead Guilty in Iran Sanctions Probe

Location:
ZTE, Shenzhen, 44, 518057, China
Recommendation:
3

Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp has agreed to pay $892 million and plead guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran and obstructing a federal investigation, ending a five-year probe that has raised trade tensions between the US and China.

Facebook, Rushing Into Live Video, Wasn’t Ready for Its Dark Side

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

On orders from Mark Zuckerberg, more than 100 employees at Facebook were put into what the company calls “lockdown” when they showed up for work one Thursday early in 2016. They had been plucked from other projects to focus on the chief executive’s top priority—making it possible for more than a billion Facebook users to stream video live. Zuckerberg had made a snap decision near the end of a product meeting in his glass-walled office in Menlo Park (CA), to work around the clock to roll out Facebook Live, which took just two months.

SoftBank Orchestrates Satellite Deal to Expand Internet Reach

Location:
Intelsat, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
2

Japanese telecom company SoftBank Group is orchestrating a deal between US satellite startup OneWeb and debt-laden satellite operator Intelsat SA in an attempt to deliver faster and cheaper internet connections world-wide.

FCC Chairman Says Doesn’t Expect Agency to Review AT&T-Time Warner Deal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai he didn’t expect the agency to have a role in reviewing AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.

Is the Media Too Tough on Donald Trump? More Than Half of Americans Think So

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Just over half of Americans think the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump has been too critical, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

Jared Kushner Delivers Critique of CNN to Time Warner Executive

Location:
Time Warner, 1 Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
3

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, met with a senior Time Warner executive in recent weeks and expressed the administration’s deep concerns about CNN’s news coverage, apparently.

For the Blind, an Actual-Reality Headset

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The eSight 3—which weighs less than a quarter of a pound and is operated by hand-held remote—captures the world through a camera system and then displays it on OLED screens that sit very close to the eyes.

Amazon and Google Consider Turning Smart Speakers Into Home Phones

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
3

Amazon and Alphabet’s Google are considering a new use for their popular home speakers: becoming the home phone.

Wall Street Journal Editor Defends Paper’s Coverage of Trump

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker aggressively defended the newspaper against criticism that its reporting on President Donald Trump has been soft, saying the coverage has aimed to hold the new administration accountable without becoming “oppositional.”

Trump Takes on Tech Industry in Early Policy Moves

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

President Donald Trump has shown a readiness to take on the tech industry, clashing with Silicon Valley in ways that his tech-friendly predecessor hardly ever did.

Consumers Are Going to Love the End of Net Neutrality—at First

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

In the near term it looks like advocates of network neutrality will be dealt a major blow.

The FCC’s New Life of Pai

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1.5

Senate Democrats found time for a press conference haranguing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for the high sin of opposing “net neutrality,” which is their euphemism for government regulation of the internet. Less noticed is that Chairman Pai is restoring bipartisanship and political accountability to an agency that desperately needs it.

Why Companies May Behave Themselves Even as Regulations Are Eased

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Trump administration has pledged to boost economic growth by cutting two regulations for every new one created. Investors have responded by bidding up stocks in the hope that profits will surge.

FCC Ends ‘Zero-Rating’ Review

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Federal Communications Commission stopped its review of wireless carriers that exclude their own video-streaming services from customers’ usage caps, closing an inquiry that began under the previous administration.

Legal experts say that Congress can overrule Obama regulations going back to 2009

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Todd Gaziano, a former House staffer who helped craft the Congressional Review Act, told a meeting of free-market attorneys, think tankers and Republican congressional staff that the law could be used to overturn any Obama administration rules – if the agency responsible did not submit a report to Congress.

Verizon Exploring Combination With Cable Firm Charter Communications

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Apparently, Verizon Communications is exploring a combination with Charter Communications that would unite two giants in search of growth in a rapidly consolidating media and telecom landscape, according to people familiar with the matter.

Facebook Moves to Curtail Fake News on ‘Trending’ Feature

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

Facebook is overhauling its “trending topics” box, part of its effort to curb fake news and expose users to a broader range of information.

Google Privacy-Policy Change Faces New Scrutiny in EU

Location:
Oracle, 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA, 94065, United States
Recommendation:
3

Software giant Oracle said it briefed European regulators late in 2016 on recent changes to Google’s privacy policies in hopes of compounding its rival’s already complicated regulatory challenges.

Big Telecoms Keep Investors on Hold

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

A saturated wireless market has hindered giants Verizon Communications and AT&T even as competition from smaller rivals exerts a drag on subscriber and revenue growth. The carriers’ earnings reports are unlikely to offer much encouragement.

Google Uses Its Search Engine to Hawk Its Products

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google runs the world’s largest advertising business, selling space atop its search results. Google is also among the biggest buyers of those ads, promoting products from its music service to its app store.

Can Tech Make Democracy Great Again?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Whatever you make of the outcome, the 2016 elections sucked many of us into a social media black hole that hasn’t left us much wiser or more empowered. So I’ve been hunting for nonpartisan online tools that actually help keep politicians of all stripes accountable.

Exclusive Peek at SpaceX Data Shows Loss in 2015, Heavy Expectations for Nascent Internet Service

Location:
SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Financial reports and interviews with former SpaceX employees depict robust growth in new rocket-launch contracts and a thin bottom line that is vulnerable when things go awry. They also show the company putting steep revenue expectations on a nascent satellite-internet business it hopes will eventually dwarf the rocket division and help finance its goal of manned missions to Mars.

Donald Trump to Place Business Holdings in a Trust Run by Adult Sons

Location:
Trump Organization, 725 5th Ave., New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
3

President-elect Donald Trump said he would put his assets into a trust and relinquish control of his business to his two adult sons in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest during his presidency.

Call Centers May Know a Surprising Amount About You

Recommendation:
2

The next time you dial customer service, who answers your call may be determined by what you have said on Facebook. Companies from casino operator Caesars Entertainment to wireless carrier Sprint are increasingly checking social media and other personal data to tailor calls for each customer. The practice, however, raises concerns among privacy advocates.

Cyber Experts Cite Link Between DNC Hacks and Aggression Against Ukraine

Location:
Democratic National Committee, 430 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

Malicious software used in a hack against the Democratic National Committee is similar to that used against the Ukrainian military, a computer-security firm has determined, adding evidence to allegations that the hackers who infiltrated the DNC were working for the Russian government.

Trump’s Infrastructure Mistake

Location:
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 08544, United States
Recommendation:
2

Divining what Trumponomics will look like is guesswork at this stage, but there is one prominent exception. Late in the campaign, two of Donald Trump’s top economic ...