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The New Arms Race in AI

China is making big investments in artificial intelligence, looking for military advantage—while the Pentagon is determined to maintain its edge.<p>Four years ago, planners at the Pentagon reviewed estimates of China’s growing military investments with what one called a “palpable sense of alarm.” …

Artificial Intelligence

The Next Big Threat to Consumer Brands (Yes, Amazon’s Behind It)

Makers of biggest household staples have little control over where Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa sends consumers<p>Big brands would rather shoppers not ask Alexa.<p>The growing popularity of voice-search assistants poses a threat to the biggest makers of household staples. Already grappling with …


How to Get Rich Quick in Mexico

A top backer of the front-runner for president has a murky business history.<p>Former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador is leading in the polls for Mexico’s July presidential election. Given his reputation as an antimarket extremist, this may seem surprising in modernizing Mexico. But he …

Mexico City

How the Internet Is Changing Life for the World’s Poorest People (Smartphones Optional)

Micro loans led the way, and now the internet has made all kinds of transactions cheap—which means serving the poor can be profitable<p>One of the internet’s most important qualities is that it slashes transaction costs to a bare minimum. What has followed is a remarkable development: It is becoming …


The Trend in Online Shopping: Not Shopping Online

Offline is the new black for Chinese fashion brand Inman, which abandoned its online-only strategy<p>In the prospectus for its mammoth 2014 stock listing, Alibaba Group Holding highlighted online-only women’s fashion brand Inman as a success story in China’s e-commerce world.<p>Inman, which specializes …


Walmart Stumbles in Shift to Web Selling

Holidays sales were strong, but growth shrinks online as inventory misjudgment hit e-commerce warehouses<p>​Walmart Inc., which had improved its e-commerce operations over the past year in its fierce battle with Inc., stumbled in the fourth quarter after misjudging its online inventory for …


Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …


El infierno de cruzar el Tapón del Darién, la región más intransitable y peligrosa de América Latina (que corta en dos la ruta Panamericana)

<b>"Es un infierno", me habían advertido. Y nunca antes la descripción de un lugar había sido tan profétic</b><b>a</b><b>.</b><p>No te queda duda: el Tapón del Darién siempre se queda con algo.<p>Llevamos 12 horas caminando a través de la maraña de este muro vegetal de 575.000 hectáreas que Panamá y Colombia comparten y me …

Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought.<p>Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, …


Scientists Have Uncovered the Ruins of a Massive Mayan Civilization on Par With Ancient China

Art World<p>Using lasers, archaeologists have discovered the remnants of the settlement beneath the lush jungle in Guatemala.<p>,<p>Archaeologists have …

How Much Should I Regret Not Buying Bitcoin?

The first bitcoin transaction ever was by man who bought two pizzas. That arrangement would be worth over a $100 million today. Regret was baked into …


What If Children Should Be Spending More Time With Screens?

New guidance on children and technology makes the distinction between passive exposure and active play and learning with screens<p>Imagine someone traveling through time to the days before the internet, regaling audiences with fantastical tales of a future in which children can access devices …

Internet of Things

For These Young Entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley Is, Like, Lame

China’s startup founders used to see a pilgrimage to tech’s mecca of innovation as a rite. Now, not so much.<p>Last week, a group of Chinese startup founders and investors made a pilgrimage to Silicon Valley. They toured a Tesla assembly line, complained to senior Apple executives about its slow …

Silicon Valley
Enterprise Tech
Enterprise Tech
Alzheimer's Disease

Why Airfreight Traffic Is Up: Dog Food and Semiconductors Are Vying for Space

Need for fast delivery ramps up battle for cargo room; ‘begging and pleading to get on airplanes’<p>Companies are shipping more items by plane to meet customers’ rising expectations for rapid delivery, prompting a scramble for cargo space that has sent airfreight rates soaring and pushed …

Dog Food

Zuckerberg’s Dilemma: When Facebook’s Success Is Bad for Society

Facebook’s chief has signaled he will do what it takes to curb the social network’s negative effects—but how far will he go?<p>When scientists started linking cigarettes to cancer, the tobacco industry silenced them—only acknowledging the extent of the truth decades later, under legal duress.<p>Imagine …


iPhones and Children Are a Toxic Pair, Say Two Big Apple Investors

Two activist shareholders want Apple to develop tools and research effects on young people of smartphone overuse and addiction<p>The iPhone has made Apple Inc. and Wall Street hundreds of billions of dollars. Now some big shareholders are asking at what cost, in an unusual campaign to make the company …


Google’s Latest Search: What Happened to Its Bikes?

Local residents tend to ride off with the free bicycles Google provides for employees to get around its giant headquarters in Mountain View<p>MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google has built a massive business organizing the world’s information, but it’s having a lot of trouble keeping track of its own bicycles.<p>…

Mountain View

Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Makes Monster Bet on Bitcoin

Few mainstream investors have bought large sums of bitcoin, scared off by concerns about cybersecurity and liquidity<p>One of the biggest names in Silicon Valley is placing a moonshot bet on bitcoin.<p>Founders Fund, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, has amassed hundreds of millions of …

Venture Capital