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Samsung to launch AI digital assistant service for Galaxy S8

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it would launch an artificial intelligence digital assistant service for its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, seeking to rebound from the Galaxy Note 7’s collapse and differentiate its devices.<p>The world’s top smartphone maker in October …

Galaxy S8

Cracked iPhone: Should you be worried?

<b>The US government's declaration that it has "successfully accessed the data stored on [San Bernardino gunman] Farook's iPhone and therefore no longer requires" assistance from Apple, ends a six week-long legal clash between the tech firm and the FBI.</b><p>But it leaves the issue at the heart of the …

Privacy

Report: Facebook plans to open Messenger to publishers later this year

Facebook's big plans for Messenger may also include publishers.<p>The company plans to open up its messaging platform to developers later this year …

Samsung's monstrous 15TB SSD drive is now shipping

Regardless of how much storage you have, you always want more. But marrying sheer capacity with speed can be a daunting task.<p>Not anymore. Samsung has …

New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code

Even parents who don’t know programming are using games, apps to teach basic skills<p>Filip Icev, 10, writes code on his laptop at his home in Kirkland, Wash., using a visual-programming language called Scratch.<p>Annabel Clark for the Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 9<p>•••••<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The …

Kids

The age of indie fitness apps is over

They’re all being bought by 'brands'<p>What do Endomondo, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Runtastic, FitStar, and RunKeeper all have in common?<p>Aside from all being smartphone apps that track your health and activity, all of these apps have been acquired by bigger companies — bigger <i>brands</i> — over the past …

Aussie startup that displays ads for lower phone bills launches in the U.S.

Almost nobody likes looking at ads, but they might be a little more acceptable if you were getting paid for it.<p>Australian startup Unlockd wants to …

Dropbox is shutting down beloved email app Mailbox

Dropbox just delivered some bad news for Mailbox users.<p>The company will shut down its popular email app along with its its photo storage app …

Fidelity wrote down a $9.5 million investment in one startup to just $12 and it slashed a lot of other valuations

But Snapchat is not the only highly-valued company to get cut down to size and have its value slashed by the mutual fund. Zenefits, Dataminr, and Blue Bottle Coffee Co were all marked down by Fidelity in the third quarter, according to Fortune's Dan Primack.<p>Perhaps the most brutal Fidelity write …

Venture Capital

Here's How China's One-Child Policy Started in the First Place

With China’s one-child policy ending on Thursday after more than three decades, looking back to when—and why—the strict policy was first implemented …

Oracle's Larry Ellison: IBM and SAP were our biggest competitors but 'we no longer pay any attention' to them

As expected, he talked about cloud computing and more cloud computing.<p>Oracle, like all the classic IT vendors, is madly racing after cloud computing because business customers are going gaga for it, ditching their traditional way of buying software and hardware and renting it from companies like …

Rental Housing

Uber CEO says it's 'nowhere near' going public even though Mark Zuckerberg is pressuring him

"We're maturing as a company, but we're still like eighth graders," Kalanick said on stage at the Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive conference. "We're in junior high. And someone's telling us we need to go to the prom. But it's a little early. Give us a few years. Give us a little time."<p>Earlier in the …

Silicon Valley

Facebook is diving full-force into shopping

The company is diving full-force into ecommerce, with a handful of ad products and features meant to ramp up its shopping efforts.<p>In a blog post Monday morning, the company highlighted several of its existing and experimental efforts, including a new way to browse products that it's calling …

eCommerce

Elon Musk said when Tesla was founded, he thought the company would ‘most likely die’

"If you would have asked me at the beginning of Tesla if I would have thought that we would be here, I would have said 'no.' I thought we would most likely not succeed. I thought we would most likely die," Musk said in a recent interview with Marketplace.<p>Of course, there days Tesla can't seem to …

Elon Musk

The inside story of how $1 billion Evernote went from Silicon Valley darling to deep trouble

That year, Evernote passed 30 million registered users, brought its total funding to $270 million, and seemed like a sure-fire candidate to hit the public market in the coming years.<p>Fast forward three years, and the tables have turned.<p>Despite reaching 150 million registered users this year, …

Phil Libin

Thumbtack raises $125 million to help you find a plumber

Thumbtack, a startup that helps people find the right plumber or personal trainer, said on Tuesday that it has raised $125 million in new funding.<p>The …

11 ways to speed up your Mac

New MacBooks are very tempting, but upgrading a machine that can easily be salvaged makes no sense.<p>Here are some simple, free ways to speed up your Mac.

Operating Systems

Here's a look at Facebook's plan to kill unicorn startup Slack

Facebook at Work is almost exactly like regular Facebook, but tweaked slightly to fit a corporate environment. The idea is that it will be super easy for people to use it in a business setting because they already know how to use it socially.<p>Facebook employees have been using Facebook to fulfill …

Unicorns

Amazon is killing off the Fire Phone

While Apple was busy prepping its brand new lineup of smartphones (and other new gadgets), looks like Amazon was quietly killing off its own.<p>Last …

The mathematically proven winning strategy for 14 of the most popular games

From Risk to tic-tac-toe, popular games involve tons of strategic decisions, probability and math. So one happy consequence of being a data nerd is that you may have an advantage at something even non-data nerds understand: winning.<p>So how do you win (almost) every game in existence, do you ask? …

Mathematics

15 of the fastest growing startups in the world still flying under the radar

But we wondered: Who are the fastest-growing startups in the world that serve businesses, that we should be hearing about next (i.e. enterprise startups)?<p>That's a loaded question, we know. It all depends on your definition of "fastest growing." Startups are private companies that don't have to …

Apache Kafka

Google buying Twitter would be like Microsoft buying Yahoo

It cropped up again Tuesday morning and may have contributed to a 4% rise in Twitter's stock price. One outlet reported rumors that Twitter had hired Goldman Sachs to fend off two possible takeover rumors, one from Google.<p>We have no idea whether the rumor is true. Twitter declined comment, and we …

Steve Ballmer

The Beginner’s Dilemma: Your First 100 Hours of Code

What happens when you ask for advice on learning to code?<p>"Try Python. At first you'll be just fooling around, but then in 15 minutes you'll be …

Samsung ordered to pay $16 million to a guy who admits he didn't invent Bluetooth

The most recent case is a $15.7 million verdict against Samsung over Bluetooth — even though the winner admitted in court that he had nothing to do with the invention of Bluetooth.<p>The man, Gordon Bremer, and his employer, Rembrandt, won the lawsuit even though Bremer said he was not involved in the …

AOL

Google Glass Never Really Had A Fighting Chance

When Google announced it was ending the Glass Explorer program yesterday and handing over the reins to Nest’s Tony Fadell, it seemed to exit with more of a whimper than a scream.<p>Let’s face it, from its earliest days, people loved to hate Glass.<p>In fact, from the moment Google announced Glass, people …

Internet Explorer must die

If you think Microsoft should just kill off Internet Explorer already, you might just get your wish.<p>The browser has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as Internet Explorer has improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to …

Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro Notebook: A Thin, Stylish Ultrabook Alternative

For the past few weeks I’ve been living with an almost anorexically thin notebook. Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro, with its trademark “watchband” hinge is <i>the</i> thinnest full-fledged notebook I’ve ever used. It’s a 13-inch machine that weighs 2.62 pounds and measures a half inch thick. By way of comparison, …

Xiaomi, The Chinese Smartphone Company That's Crushing Everyone, Is Earning A Lot More Money Than People Realize

Xiaomi is currently trying to raise $1 billion in funding, the Journal reports. As part of the fund raise, it has a document detailing its financial performance. The Journal saw that document, and it reports the following:<p>A table in the document showed that Xiaomi's net profit last year rose 84% to …

Xiaomi

What, exactly, Alibaba does

Alibaba Group

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Alex Morton, housing adviser to the former Prime Minister David Cameron now pushes "Clash of ...<p>Dutch media gets tough with lying US ambassador who …