Top Engineer Sparks Google-Uber War

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer at the center of a battle between the tech giant and Uber Technologies Inc., was never a typical employee. And for years, Google was fine with that.

No One Behind the Wheel at Uber

‘If I told you then that we were going to get people to ride in other people’s cars, you would have said I was crazy,” recalls John Zimmer, president of Lyft, which, ahead of Uber, pioneered in offering rides in strangers’ personal cars. Mr. Zimmer was speaking of a time not so long ago: 2012.

Amazon’s Latest Market Disruption: 1.7 Million Free Bananas

SEATTLE— Inc. has transformed businessses including retailing, filmmaking and data storage. But no one anticipated the bananas.

How Self-Driving Cars Could End Uber

If Uber Technologies Inc. ever collapses, historians may trace its undoing not to its troubles with labour relations, intellectual property, regulatory conflicts or sexual-harassment allegations, but to technological disruption.

Companies Look to Make a Quantum Leap With New Technology

Quantum mechanics has fascinated, confounded and even alarmed scientists for nearly a century with the notion that particles can exist in two states at once and communicate with each other across vast distances. The underlying science that Albert Einstein famously called “spooky” could soon become one of modern computing’s core tenets.

Venezuela Is Starving

Once Latin America’s richest country, Venezuela can no longer feed its people, hobbled by the nationalization of farms as well as price and currency controls

By Juan Forero

YARE, Venezuela— Jean Pierre Planchart, a year old, has the drawn face of an old man and a cry that is little more than a whimper. His ribs show through his skin. He weighs just 11 pounds.

Robert Taylor Found a Way to Nurture Computer Visionaries

Robert Taylor nurtured researchers who created the forerunners of today’s internet and easy-to-use computers.

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers

Building a mass-market electric vehicle and colonizing Mars aren’t ambitious enough forElon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines.

Adam & Eve and Us

In December 1867, Mark Twain was touring Jerusalem when he visited a room in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre identified as Adam’s tomb. He was overcome with emotion. “The fountain of my filial affection was stirred to its profoundest depths,” he wrote.

Goodnight, Miss Marple—Agatha Christie Is Taking a Dark Turn

LONDON—One character has his throat slit at a blood-spattered family reunion, another drinks hydrochloric acid served in a water glass and a girl poisons her grandfather because he won’t pay for ballet lessons.


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