Wall Street Journal

  1. Tech

    Amazon Launches Outlet for Online Art Shopping, Guess What They Called It!

    Want to build an art collection but hate stuff like galleries, artists themselves, and leaving the house? No problem. Amazon just partnered with dozens of art vendors and galleries to let users shop for more than 40,000 pieces of fine art. What did they call it? "Amazon Art." That's soooooo postmodern.

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  2. Tech

    Yahoo Pays $1.1 Billion for Cat GIFs (Gets Rest of Tumblr Free With Purchase)

    Yahoo is holding a big media event in New York tomorrow, at which everyone was expecting them to announce they would be buying Tumblr. Instead of waiting for the big event, The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's board has approved the Tumblr purchase and its $1.1 billion price tag, which will be paid in cash.

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  3. Tech

    Rumor: Apple Could Have a Cheaper iPhone in the Works

    The Apple iPhones, since its launch, have been at the high end of the smartphone price range. Anyone hoping for a break in price has been relegated to buying previous versions, but there's a rumor going around that says that won't be the case for much longer. Apple may be releasing a cheaper version of the iPhone concurrently with the flagship model, similar to how they recently launched the iPad mini as a more affordable alternative to the full-sized version. This is just a rumor, and considering it's CES week, we'll probably be seeing a lot more of those.

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  4. Tech

    Google Maps Could Return to iOS, Apple Users Can Stop Asking For Directions Like Savages

    One of two things was bound to happen: Apple was going to fix its terrible Maps app, or Google was going to do it for them. It looks like it's going to be the latter. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is getting ready to submit a new Google Maps app to the iTunes Store. iPhone users the world over rejoice.

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  5. Tech

    Amazon Reportedly Looking to Launch Netflix Style Service for Books

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is currently talking with a variety of book publishers in hopes of launching an eBook rental service in the same vein as Netflix. While book renting has been around as long as libraries have been, the prevalence of eBooks could, and probably will, permanently change the book rental landscape.

    Considering the amount of control publishers have historically had over the publication and distribution of the books in their stables, it's understandable that they might not be willing to surrender control to Amazon. It doesn't help that Amazon is looking to distrubute eBooks of all things, a product many publishing companies are still wary of. As such, it's reported that Amazon is prepared to offer publishers a sizable chunk of change if they agree to get involved in the program.

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  6. Tech

    Confirmed: Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion [Update]

    If the business press is to be believed, VoIP and video-chat service Skype's fortunes have taken an interesting turn since the rumors just a few days ago that Facebook or Google might, just might buy it for 3 or 4 billion dollars, but were more likely to enter into a major partnership with it. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is in advanced negotiations to buy Skype for "between $7 billion and $8 billion," with a deal possibly to be announced "as early as Tuesday." But why? Update, 5/10/11, 7:53am ET: According to Forbes, this deal is happening for $8.5 billion, and we should expect confirmation within the hour. Update2, 8:20am: It's official: Microsoft has confirmed the deal.

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  7. Tech

    Wall Street Journal‘s WikiLeaks Clone Gets Low Marks from Security Watchers

    Despite a history of bashing WikiLeaks in its editorial pages, yesterday, the Wall Street Journal launched a whistleblower site of its own called SafeHouse, the aim of which is to allow potential leakers to keep their identities confidential while using "a special system built to be secure." Whatever opinion one holds of WikiLeaks, however, SafeHouse is probably not the best option for would-be whistleblowers: It has gotten low marks on both preserving confidentiality and observing good web security practices.

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  8. Tech

    iPhone Tracking Even When Location Services Disabled, Steve Jobs Responds (Maybe)

    On the heels of the furor over the iPhone's unsecured location log, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the iPhone continues to store location data in the consolidated.db file even when location services are disabled on the phone. This is in direct opposition with previous statements from Apple, unrelated to this recent revelation, which claimed that users could opt out of all location gathering operations. In their follow-up research to last week's revelation about the consolidated.db location information, the WSJ found that deactivating location services from the iOS settings panel did not stop data from being logged.

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  9. Entertainment

    Disney Is Actually Developing Three Marvel-based TV Shows

    Last month fans jumped at the news that Disney and Marvel would be bringing two Marvel properties to the small screen, and one of them would be an Incredible Hulk show. There was, however, no official announcement from ABC television regarding Marvel's statements. Well, now we've got it from an even higher source, Robert Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company.
    We're developing three live-action series for ABC and ABC Family.
    There's no confirmation yet on which Marvel properties will be chosen for the TV treatment, but there are some indication of which ones are most likely.

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  10. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 10/23

    Lion-O Is Ceiling Cat For Some Reason (FashionablyGeek) Square Enix Is Making A Christmas Album (GameInformer) StarCraft II's New Minigames (Kotaku) Marvel Shelves Runaways Movie (Bleeding Cool) ABC, CBS, and NBC Are All Blocked on Google TV (The Wall Street Journal) CALM DOWN: Rumors of Star Wars Sequel Trilogy are Unfounded (Wired) BlizzCon Costumes, Day 1 (WoW Insider) (pic via Guyism.)

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  11. Tech

    Report: Facebook Apps Breaching User Privacy

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that many Facebook applications are sharing users' personal information in violation of the company's privacy policy. According to Facebook's terms of service, apps cannot transmit users' personal IDs, the unique strings numbers assigned to every user, with which a simple Google search can determine the identity even of someone with the strictest privacy settings. But many of Facebook's 550,000 apps, including all ten of the top ten apps, are doing this anyway, covertly giving access to "people's names and, in some cases, their friends' names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies." Update: Many people hate this WSJ article and think it is dumb.

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  12. Tech

    The Wall Street Journal Rewrites Verizon iPhone Article, Confirms It for Next Year

    Yesterday, when we wrote that The Wall Street Journal was reporting that Verizon iPhones were going into production by the end of the year and on sale early next year, we apparently should've taken the checkmark in the Verizon logo as a hint. As John Gruber of Daring Fireball pointed out today, WSJ rewrote the article since yesterday, which was mainly based on insidery speculation, and reposted the Verizon iPhone as fully confirmed with a much more fleshed out article.

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  13. Tech

    Apple Producing Verizon iPhone by Year’s End, Release Early Next Year? [WSJ Report]

    According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple will be producing a Verizon-ready iPhone by the end of this year that would allow Verizon to start selling the phone early next year. Finally. The Verizon iPhone is said to be similar in design to AT&T's iPhone 4, though would use the CDMA technology used in all Verizon phones, a technology that was speculated to one of the reasons why a Verizon iPhone wouldn't happen. If true, this news would prove that Apple's exclusivity with AT&T would be coming to an end and bring hope to subscribers of other carriers. Along with this, WSJ reports that Apple is apparently developing a fifth-generation iPhone which will have a different form factor than the current iPhones on the market, though there was no word regarding how soon the new version would be available to Verizon. (via The Wall Street Journal)

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  14. Science

    Those 6 Million Forms of Communication Probably Don’t Include Koro

    Koro is a new (well, old) language discovered in 2008 by a couple of field linguists, doing research in northeastern-most state of India. They announced their findings, along with their efforts to date to preserve it against its eventual extinction yesterday. Koro is spoken by only about 800 people in Arunachal Pradesh, and the most striking thing about it is its uniqueness. According to Gregory Anderson, the director of the nonprofit that funded the research:

    Their language is quite distinct on every level—the sound, the words, the sentence structure.
    The researchers themselves said it was "as distinct from [the languages] spoken by other villagers as English is from Russian."

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  15. Entertainment

    Facebook Went to See the Facebook Movie

    Here's the thing about Facebook's Places: if you use it, people can tell where you are. Just as the Wall Street Journal noticed that a whole bunch of Facebook employees were checking in at the Century Cinema theater in Mountain View, California, for a showing of The Social Network. Even Mark Zuckerberg checked in, although he checked in at a nearby restaurant just a few minutes later. A frustrated walkout? Unlikely, since Places doesn't require you to actually be in a certain location in order to check in there. Technically, either check-in could have been a fabrication. Or both.

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