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Critic’s Notebook: Apple Opens the iMessage Door, and the Ephemera Rushes In

Photo Above, iMessage screen images. Last week, Apple cracked open this messaging platform and allowed the outside internet to seep in. Apple built an empire on hermetically sealed systems with sleek, minimalist designs. Nowhere was its strategy more evident than ...

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At Shareblue, Activating Hillary Clinton’s Outrage Machine

There, surrounded by start-up tech companies, “Star Wars” posters and flat-screen televisions fixed on cable news, Peter Daou sat with his team at a long wooden table last week, pushing the buttons that activate Mrs. Clinton’s outrage machine. Mr. Daou’s ...

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Victor Scheinman, Assembly Line Robot Inventor, Dies at 73

Photo Victor Scheinman developed a programmable six-jointed robot that was named the Stanford Arm. Credit Stanford University Archives, Stanford School of Engineering Victor Scheinman, who overcame his boyhood nightmares about a science-fiction movie humanoid to build the first successful electrically ...

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Japan’s Newest Technology Innovation: Priest Delivery

“Temples will sell you 10 yen candles for 100 yen,” said Mr. Soko, 39. “They’re protecting their own interests.” Such arguments will be familiar to anyone who has watched e-commerce companies upend other parts of the economy, from book publishing ...

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App Smart: Here Come the iPhone 7 and iOS 10 Apps: What to Try First

Photo Cosmic Watch is a rich app that can show off your new smartphone. APPLE released the iPhone 7 last week along with iOS 10, a major upgrade for its popular mobile operating system. What better time to download some ...

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Pledge $3 Billion to Fighting Disease

Photo Mark Zuckerberg, chief of Facebook, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, whose private organization said on Wednesday that it would donate at least $ 3 billion over the next decade toward preventing, curing or managing diseases. Credit Jeff Chiu/Associated ...

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Entrepreneurship: Think a 401(k) Is Not a Sexy Benefit? Competition May Change That

Although such costs can be prohibitive for some companies in their early stages, Printfly reported $ 23 million in sales last year and is projecting growth of 40 to 60 percent this year. Yet for most start-ups, seeding a retirement ...

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Apple Is Said to Hold Talks With McLaren and Lit Motors

Apple, which laid off dozens of employees from its secretive car project this month, is increasingly seeking help from outside companies with expertise in vehicles. Apple has been talking with McLaren, the automaker known for its Formula One racecars, about ...

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State of the Art: For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?

Though less than a year old, Otto has a fleet of six trucks now constantly driving across California to test its technology, which the company aims to sell as an aftermarket add-on to trucking companies sometime in the next few ...

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Breakingviews: How Tesla and Apple Could Be Good for Each Other

That would take the question of capital off the table at Tesla for years to come. It would more than cover the negative free-cash flow estimated at $ 4 billion through 2020 by researchers at Auburn University, in a report ...

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