Powering U.S. Business: Private Capital

When the messaging app Telegram set out to raise billions of dollars this year for a project to launch a cryptocurrency, it shunned the stock market and instead invited a select group of firms to invest in its virtual coins.

Microsoft Looks Beyond Windows

Microsoft Corp. is downgrading the role of Windows, the storied franchise that put the company atop the personal-computer market at a time when cloud computing didn’t exist.

Why Was Facebook So Easy to Hijack?

What do Facebook Inc, the Soviet Union and the European Reformation have in common? They all consist of networks that formed quickly by leveraging new communications technologies and then just as swiftly were taken over by a handful of people who consolidated their influence over millions of people.

The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts

Google researchers in Silicon Valley were trying to figure out why so many smartphones were freezing up half a world away. One in three smartphone users in India run out of space on their phones daily.

Intel Chased Chip Flaws for Months

The disclosure of security flaws in computer chips dealt Intel Corp. what seemed like a sudden crisis, but behind the scenes it and other tech companies and experts have been grappling with the problem for months.

Review: For India, ‘Our Time Has Come’

When India won independence in 1947, there was every hope that it would join the ranks of truly consequential nations within a generation or two. Instead it proved to be an eye-popping economic laggard for 41/2 decades, shutting its markets to the world and passing the years in an autarkic trance, while other emerging nations left it far behind.

The Cashless Society Has Arrived— Only It’s in China

BEIJING—Soliciting handouts near a grocery store, Zhao Shenji, a slender man with shorn hair, made giving easy for Beijing residents accustomed to relying on their smartphones.

FCC Votes to Dismantle Net-Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission Thursday voted to roll back far-reaching rules governing how internet-service providers treat traffic on their networks, a move expected to empower cable and wireless providers and transform consumers’ online experience.

To Keep Up With AI, We’ll Need High-Tech Brains

When do we start panicking? DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company in London, just announced another breakthrough in machine intelligence. Starting from nothing but the rules of the ancient and sublime board game Go, the algorithm taught itself to play through trial and error. After playing four million games against itself, the software, called AlphaGo Zero, reached superhuman performance.

The Computer That Could Rule the World

During World War II the federal government launched the Manhattan Project to ensure the U.S. would possess the first atomic bomb. Seventy-five years later, America is in another contest just as vital to national security, the economy and even the future of liberal democracy. It’s the race to build the first fully operational quantum computer.

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