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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. WeWork paid over $2 million in cash to a woman who threatened to expose claims of sex, illegal drugs, and discrimination in a horrifying 50-page document. With at least one external law firm, WeWork launched an investigation that would later find credible evidence of sexual relations between coworkers and drug use.  Huawei is downplaying coronavirus impact on its smartphone sales, but experts say it will suffer more than Apple. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, London, Microsoft, Obama, US, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Times, WeWork, Sequoia Capital, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department


Expelled Wall Street Journal reporters leave China after headline row

Two Wall Street Journal reporters left China on Monday after being expelled over a controversial headline in an op-ed that angered Beijing. Three reporters were ordered out of the country last week over what Beijing deemed a racist headline that the journalists were not involved in writing -- marking one of the harshest moves against foreign media in years. The Journal opinion piece -- headlined "China is the Real Sick Man of Asia" -- was written by a US professor who criticised the Chinese go...
Tags: Asia, News, China, US, Beijing, Wall Street Journal, Journal


TurboTax maker Intuit nears agreement to buy Credit Karma for $7 billion - WSJ

Intuit Inc is nearing an agreement to buy financial technology portal Credit Karma Inc for about $7 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Wall Street Journal, Intuit, Credit Karma, Turbotax, Intuit Inc, Credit Karma Inc


Inside The Wall Street Journal, Tensions Rise Over ‘Sick Man’ China Headline

After China announced the expulsion of three of the paper’s journalists, 53 reporters and editors at The Journal asked top executives to consider changing the headline and apologizing.
Tags: News, China, Newspapers, Xi Jinping, Letters, News Corporation, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Murdoch, Lewis, Wong, THOMSON, Rupert, Mead, Robert J, Gigot


Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump for Mike Bloomberg in 2020 Election

Longtime Republican Clint Eastwood is pulling support from Donald Trump in the 2020 election. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the actor-director signaled that he thinks a different candidate would be the better choice. “The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” he said. After endorsing Mitt Romney […]
Tags: News, Clint Eastwood, Mitt Romney, Olivia Wilde, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Mike Bloomberg, Richard Jewell, Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump


Successful Aging: The importance of friendships in a long healthy life

Dear readers, I rarely discuss my own personal experiences for this column. This week is different. Here’s the story and it’s about friends.  Last year around this time, I met for a couple of days with two women with whom I went to college. We have known each other since we were freshmen – 62 years. (You do the math.). The three of us started out as young single women. As widows, we once again are three single women and just a bit older.  We care about the world around us, wanting to make...
Tags: New York, Sport, Harvard, Things To Do, Soccer, Wall Street Journal, W W Norton Company, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN


After Inspecting 50 Airplanes, Boeing Found Foreign Object Debris in 35 Fuel Tanks

Boeing has found debris in the fuel tanks of 35 of their 737 Max aircraft. After inspecting just 50 of the 400 planes which were awaiting delivery to customers, Boeing found debris in "about two-thirds" of them reports the Wall Street Journal, citing both federal and aviation-industry officials. "The revelation comes as the plane maker struggles to restore public and airline confidence in the grounded fleet." Materials left behind include tools, rags and boot coverings, according to industry ...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Air Force, Seattle, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, North Charleston, Qatar Airways, Everett, U S Air Force, David Calhoun, Everett Washington Boeing


Seven reasons to question a state utility takeover

On Feb. 3, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill that would transfer to California taxpayers responsibility for the state’s largest and most troubled utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. The bill would give a new government agency, the California Consumer Energy and Conservation Financing Authority, the power to buy the assets and pay off the debts — including billions of dollars in wildfire compensation — of a utility now formulating an operating plan coming out of bankruptcy....
Tags: Texas, Loretta Lynch, California, Opinion, Washington, Senate, Sacramento, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, San Jose, Jerry Brown, Wall Street Journal, Cpuc, Gavin Newsom, Sam Liccardo


Autumn, Hal and Count

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed director Autumn de Wilde for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Autumn is the director of Emma, which opened on Friday. The Jane Austen novel was brought to life by Autumn in a remarkable film shot in beautifully in rich pastels. Autumn talked with me about her bohemian parents, how John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful sang her to sleep when she was little, and why being normal was never an aspiration at home. [Photo ...
Tags: Japan, Jazz, Jane Austen, Tokyo, Mansion, Wall Street Journal, Robin, Emma, Kevin, Hal, Huey Lewis, Marc, Horn, John Sebastian, Autumn De Wilde, Michael Malloy


The 'Friends' reunion special is officially happening at HBO Max and each cast member will reportedly get paid over $2 million

HBO Max announced on Friday that the "Friends" reunion special is officially happening at the upcoming streaming service. Each member of the "Friends" cast was nearing a deal for between $2.25 million and $2.5 million to return for the special, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month. Variety reported on Friday that they will each make "at least $2.5 million" for the show. The show will be "a retrospective and interviews with the cast," not a new episode, WSJ said. WarnerMedia boug...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Trends, Netflix, Ken Burns, Wall Street Journal, Ellen Degeneres, WSJ, Reilly, Matthew Perry, Kevin Reilly, WarnerMedia, HBO Max, WSJ Friends


Fox in Talks to Acquire Free-Streaming Service Tubi for Over $500 Million (Report)

Fox Corp. is in discussions about acquiring Tubi, the ad-supported free streaming service, in a deal worth more than $500 million, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing anonymous sources. With Tubi, Rupert Murdoch’s TV broadcasting and cable company would be adding a dedicated streaming component to its portfolio to capture the surge in […]
Tags: News, Fox, Wall Street Journal, Tubi, Fox Corp, Fox Corporation, Tubi Rupert Murdoch


Trump Signals He’s Prepared to Give Farmers More Federal Aid

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he’s prepared to tap federal coffers again to help farmers suffering from the tariff fights that he initiated. The Trump administration over the past two years has committed to providing farmers with $27 billion in assistance. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has said that a third year of financial assistance would not be necessary since China had committed to increasing its agriculture purchases under a Phase 1 trade deal. But Ch...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Washington, White House, China, Uncategorized, Farming, Agriculture, Donald Trump, Perdue, Wall Street Journal, Administration, Trump, Department of Agriculture, Jinping, Agriculture Department


Netflix insiders share how they feel about its internal 'postmortem' emails that detail why employees were fired to their coworkers (NFLX)

After firing an employee, Netflix explains its reasons for letting the person go in an internal "postmortem" email, as people within the company call them. Business Insider spoke with former Netflix employees to learn how these emails work in practice and what insiders really think about them.  The postmortems are typically written by managers in collaboration with human resources and go out to the fired employee's department. It's up to the manager's discretion on how widely to distribute the...
Tags: US, Trends, Netflix, Ken Burns, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Blind, Don, NFLX


Here's what you need to know about Grimes, the Canadian singer dating Elon Musk who just confirmed she's 7 months pregnant (TSLA)

Grimes, the Canadian singer, revealed in a recent interview that she's seven months pregnant after a month of hinting to it on social media. The internet is furiously speculating whether the father is Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO who Grimes has been in a public on-and-off relationship with since 2018. Here's everything you need to know about Grimes, who just released her new album, "Miss Anthropocene." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At the Met Gala in 2018, a surprising new ...
Tags: Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Rihanna, Jay Z, Banks, China, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Azealia Banks, New York Times, Shanghai, SEC, Jesus, Grimes


Netflix insiders share how they feel about its internal 'postmortem' emails that detail why employees were fired (NFLX)

After firing an employee, Netflix explains its reasons for letting the person go in an internal "postmortem" email, as people within the company call them. Business Insider spoke with former Netflix employees to learn how these emails work in practice and what insiders really think about them.  The postmortems are typically written by managers in collaboration with human resources and go out to the fired employee's department. It's up to the manager's discretion on how widely to distribute the...
Tags: US, Trends, Netflix, Ken Burns, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Blind, Don, NFLX


T-Mobile, Sprint near agreement on new merger terms - WSJ

T- Mobile US and Sprint Corp are nearing an agreement on new merger terms and the final deal could be announced as soon as Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter.
Tags: Money, US, businessNews, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Sprint Corp, T Mobile Sprint


Netflix insiders describe the internal 'postmortem' emails that break down why employees were fired — and what it's like to write one (NFLX)

After firing an employee, Netflix explains its reasons for letting the person go in an internal "postmortem" email, as people within the company call them. Business Insider spoke with former Netflix employees to learn how these emails work in practice and what insiders really think about them.  The postmortems are typically written by managers in collaboration with human resources and go out to the fired employee's department. It's up to the manager's discretion on how widely to distribute the...
Tags: US, Trends, Netflix, Ken Burns, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Blind, Don, NFLX


T-Mobile and Sprint near agreement on new merger terms - WSJ

T- Mobile US and Sprint Corp are nearing an agreement on new merger terms, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Tags: Money, US, businessNews, Sprint, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Sprint Corp


Beijing’s Great Leap Backward

Expelling Wall Street Journal reporters returns China to a darker age.
Tags: News, China, Beijing, Wall Street Journal, Beijing (China, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Great Leap Backward


Mexican President Lopez Obrador says unaware of probe into ex-President Nieto

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday said he is not aware of an investigation into his predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto, after a media report that law enforcement authorities are probing the former leader. "There is no investigation that I know of against the former president Pena Nieto," Lopez Obrador said in his daily morning press conference. Wall Street Journal, citing a judicial source, on Wednesday reported law enforcement authorities were probing Peno Nieto as part o...
Tags: News, Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, Wall Street Journal, Nieto, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Emilio Lozoya, Petroleos Mexicanos, Pena Nieto Lopez Obrador, Peno Nieto


‘Be Wary of Authoritarian Regimes’: Pompeo Warns African Allies Not to Rely on China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday cautioned African nations against allowing too much influence from China, saying an economic partnership with the U.S. would better serve the nations."Be wary of authoritarian regimes and their empty promises," Pompeo said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in a reference to China. Pompeo asserted cooperation with the U.S. represented a path toward "true liberation."The comments come days after China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters from the country...
Tags: Asia, Isis, News, China, Nigeria, Africa, Defense, Angola, Eritrea, Al Qaeda, Department Of Homeland Security, Wall Street Journal, Sahara Desert, Lindsey Graham, Trump, State


Former Mexico President Pena Nieto investigated in corruption probe: report

Mexican law enforcement authorities are investigating a former president, Enrique Pena Nieto, as part of an inquiry into corruption, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Pena Nieto has become embroiled in the investigation of Emilio Lozoya, the former chief executive of Mexico's state oil firm Petróleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Lozoya is accused of corruption related to a wide-ranging bribery and money-laundering case involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht SA. Lozoya, who was ar...
Tags: News, Mexico, Spain, Enrique Peña Nieto, Wall Street Journal, Pena Nieto, Emilio Lozoya, Petroleos Mexicanos, Pemex Lozoya, Odebrecht SA Lozoya


Bloomberg's 'social-media army' blurs the lines on political ads and makes it harder for people to know what they're looking at (FB)

Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign is consistently pushing boundaries on the the rules around political advertising on social media. He is in the process of hiring a "social-media army" to spread his message online, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Facebook's policy decisions on "branded content" may help Bloomberg's campaign evade scrutiny from researchers and journalists. Tech-industry insiders have already warned that Facebook needs to more clearly distinguish political...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Times, Michael Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Priscilla Chan, Mike, Singh, Sabrina Singh


Michael Bloomberg Bankrolls a Huge Social Media and Text Message Effort in California

The campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is taking advantage of the billionaire's vast financial resources by paying more than 500 people in California to support his candidacy via social media posts and text messages to their friends. The Wall Street Journal reported that the effort could wind up costing millions of dollars, citing...
Tags: Politics, California, Advertising, Michael Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Publishers & Platforms, Michael Bloomberg Bankrolls


Assange Claims Rohrabacher Offered Him A Doozy Of A Pardon Quid Pro Quo

It’s one of the few areas where the President has nearly unchecked power. President Trump issued a raft of pardons this week, but news out of London on Wednesday raises questions about whether the tool has been a bargaining chip since the early months of Trump’s presidency. The question comes in the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, currently fighting extradition to the U.S. from London. In a court hearing on Wednesday, a lawyer for Assange reportedly told a British judge a bizarre st...
Tags: London, News, Sweden, Washington Post, White House, Russia, Dnc, Ukraine, Moscow, Julian Assange, Johnson, Wikileaks, Chuck Johnson, Wall Street Journal, Journal, John Kelly


Beijing expels three Wall Street Journal reporters

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it is revoking the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters, the largest expulsion of overseas media from the country in more than three decades.
Tags: Cnn, Beijing, Wall Street Journal


Founders Fund confirms $3 billion in new capital across two funds

Founders Fund, the investment firm led by its controversial co-founder Peter Thiel and partners Keith Rabois and Brian Singerman, has closed on $3 billion in new capital across two investment funds, TechCrunch confirmed. News of the firm’s latest fundraising close was first reported in Axios. The firm’s $1.2 billion Founders Fund VII closed in December and follows on the heels of a $1.3 billion Fund VI, which closed in 2016. The firm’s first growth fund, which raked in $1.5 billion, closed on Mo...
Tags: TC, Tech, Paypal, Peter Thiel, Airbnb, Wall Street Journal, Founders Fund, Thiel, Dan Primack, Keith Rabois, Banister, Rabois, Stripe Inc, Brian Singerman, Fund VII, Singerman Thiel


The Mormon Church's secretive $100 billion fund revealed huge stakes in Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Here are its 10 biggest holdings.

The Mormon Church's mysterious $100 billion fund revealed huge stakes in tech companies. Ensign Peak Advisors had a $40 billion stock portfolio at the end of 2019, SEC filings show. It included $6 billion worth of shares in Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Intel. Ensign doesn't hold Coca-Cola or Starbucks, likely because it doesn't invest in caffeine stocks. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Mormon Church's secretive $100 billion investment fund revealed massive s...
Tags: Microsoft, Softbank, Trends, Caesars Entertainment, Bloomberg, Intel, Mormon church, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Philip Morris, Securities And Exchange Commission, UnitedHealth, Apple Google, Microsoft Apple


Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder’s Lawyer Claims

LONDON—A lawyer for Julian Assange has claimed in court that President Trump offered to pardon Assange if the WikiLeaks founder agreed to help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee. Assange’s lawyers said on Wednesday that former Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal in 2017, a year after emails that damaged Hillary Clinton in the presidential race had been published. WikiLeaks posted the stolen DNC emails after they wer...
Tags: London, News, Putin, Stephen Colbert, California, Washington, White House, Russia, Dnc, Hillary Clinton, Moscow, Julian Assange, Kremlin, Republican, Wikileaks, Wall Street Journal


Bloomberg plans to pay people $2,500 a month to text about him

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going all in on social media.His Democratic presidential campaign team is putting out a call for so-called "deputy digital organizers" who will reportedly work for 20 to 30 hours a week and receive $2,500 per month in exchange for promoting Bloomberg via text each week to everyone in their phones' contact list, while making daily social media posts in support of his campaign, The Wall Street Journal reports. They'll also lik...
Tags: Facebook, News, New York City, Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Mike Bloomberg