EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

French regulators fined Google €50 million (equivalent to $57 million) on Monday for violating European Union privacy law. That’s not much considering Google’s parent company Alphabet reported $33.7 billion in revenue in its most recently reported quarter....
The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

Apple on Wednesday warned investors that its revenue for the last three months of 2018 would not live up to previous estimates, or even come particularly close. The main culprit appears to be China, where the trade war and a broader economic slowdown contributed to...
The Best Tech Quotes of the Year

The Best Tech Quotes of the Year

Most years, I round up the news of the year in technology through a collection of quotes, arranged roughly by some combination I make up of their importance and how much I like them. Here they are for 2018. 14. “He was that kind of guy. You know, an asshole. But a...
Why Are We So Surprised by Facebook’s Data Scandals?

Why Are We So Surprised by Facebook’s Data Scandals?

Surveying the reactions to the latest revelation that Facebook played fast and loose with user data, it was hard not to harken back to what Scott McNally, the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, told a group of reporters, including one from WIRED, in 1999: “You have...
The Most-Read WIRED Business Stories of 2018

The Most-Read WIRED Business Stories of 2018

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Juul Accepts Altria Investment and Embraces Big Tobacco

Juul Accepts Altria Investment and Embraces Big Tobacco

Juul’s deal to accept a big investment from the maker of Marlboro cigarettes will snuff out its chance to take the high road with critics, but it will buy the embattled e-cigarette company time and credibility with regulators. Juul said on Thursday it had accepted a...