The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video
Search

U.S. Stocks Cap Volatile Period With Weekly Gains

U.S. stocks closed little changed Friday, notching gains for the week in a deceptively calm end to one of the most volatile periods in years for global markets. 120

Four Arrested in Hungary Over Migrant Truck Deaths

Flowers were placed where dozens of migrants were found dead.

Hungarian police said they had arrested four men after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck across the border in Austria on Thursday. 126

Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State’s ‘Secret Weapon’

That Islamic State’s Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S. and U.K. shows the extent to which digital warfare has upset the balance of power on the modern battlefield. 263

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Fed that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already. 85

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

IMAGE 1 of 9

‘Craft’ Bourbon Is in the Eye of the Distiller

“Craft” distilleries have mushroomed in the U.S. to 588 from 51 over the past decade. Feeling the heat from the new competition, global liquor conglomerates are getting in on the act, and not letting definitions get in the way. 51

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry about the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

French luxury-goods company Hermès International said it expects demand for its pricey handbags and fashion to remain resilient and grow 8% this year despite the risk of an economic slowdown in China.

Luxury Brands Push Deeper Into India

As sales growth slows in China and other big markets, luxury-goods makers are seeking to cash in on patches of new wealth in often-unexpected parts of India, where there is a growing appetite for luxury brands.

‘Flash Crash’ Trader Denied Extradition Delay

British trader Navinder Sarao had requested a two-month delay in his extradition hearing.

Labor Group Says BofA CEO Moynihan Should Not be Chairman

A labor group is urging Bank of America shareholders to vote against a bylaw change that allows Brian Moynihan to hold the dual titles of bank CEO and chairman.

Oil Prices Rise Again

Oil prices soared Friday for the second day in a row, as traders who had bet on lower prices scrambled to close out those wagers.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

China’s World

Markets? To Xi Jinping, Another Battle Comes First

Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities, writes Andrew Browne.

Syriza’s Poll Lead Narrows Ahead of Election

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is leading against its main political rival ahead of next month’s elections, according to four polls published on Friday, though the gap with the conservative New Democracy party has closed considerably.

Brazil’s Big Bet on China Turns Sour

Brazil’s big bet on China is turning sour as the Asian country’s once voracious appetite for Brazilian exports dims.

Ukraine’s U.S.-Born Finance Minister Praised for Persistence

Natalie Jaresko led months of tense negotiations with creditors, clocking thousands of air miles to reach a debt-relief deal that should help secure further bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

Entrepreneur Olof Sköld and his partner, Helene Carson, build a retreat for their family

Technology

Pentagon Advances Partnership with Tech Firms for Flexible Electronics

The Pentagon will contribute seed money to a consortium of Silicon Valley firms to develop what defense officials say is a promising new technology incorporating “flexible” electronics.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

Video

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

Buzz Aldrin Developing Plan to Colonize Mars

1:09

On Wine: Will Lyons

Why Gin Is Back With a Flourish

Gin is experiencing the kind of boom the wine industry experienced in the mid-1980s, as boutique-distilled bottles with names like Half Hitch, Opihr and Ransom Old Tom give the classic G&T a new—and flavorful—twist

Music

Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ Is a Visceral Confessional

Yannis Philippakis, the lead singer whose energetic stage presence and novelistic lyrics have made Foals one of British rock’s most compelling propositions, talks about the band’s fourth album.

WSJ Blogs

Real-time commentary and analysis from The Wall Street Journal
WSJ Tech
Wie das Netz die Wirtschaft verändert

Kann es Firefox OS mit Apple und Google aufnehmen?

Getty Images

Es kann nur zwei geben? Irrtum! Neben den großen Smartphone-Betriebssystemen von Apple und Googles Android wird’s demnächst auch Mozillas Firefox geben. Die Überraschung des Sonntags, ein Tag vor der offiziellen Eröffnung des Mobile World Congress, der jährlich Ende Februar die Telekom-Szene in Barcelona vereint.

Alle sind da, außer Apple. Obwohl offiziell nicht präsent schickt der kalifornische Smartphone-Hersteller einige Hundert Mitarbeiter nach Barcelona. Mit einigem Glück trifft man dann doch einen auf dem MWC, wie die Veranstaltung abgekürzt heißt.

Aber zurück zu Mozilla: Die Überraschung ist weniger, dass in dem Markt, der von Apple und Google dominiert wird, und von dem sich Blackberry und Microsoft auch noch eine Scheibe abschneiden wollen, ein weiterer Spieler seinen Hut ins Rennen wirft. Die Überraschung ist die breite Unterstützung: Gleich 18 Mobilfunkunternehmen stützen das neue Betriebssystem, und in neun Ländern wird demnächst ein Smartphone mit Moziallas Firefox als Betriebssystem zu haben sein. Zu der Achse der Gutwilligen gehört auch die Deutsche Telekom: Zwischen der Kieler der Förde und dem Berchtesgadener Land werden Kunden vergeblich auf die Alternative zu Apple und Android warten – aber in Polen wird es zu haben sein, und dann später in anderen osteuropäischen Ländern, meldet die Telekom.

Die Analysten von Ovum senken zwar noch den Daumen und sagen dass ein niedrigere Preis keine Entschuldigung für ein schlechtes, störungsanfälliges System sein kann. Aber es ist trotzdem ein Zeichen, dass große Unternehmen wie die Deutsche Telekom sich nicht allein von Apple und Google den Takt vorgeben lassen wollen.

“Wir brauchen ein drittes und ein viertes Betriebssystem. Das ist wichtig für Innovationen ebenso wie für die Preisgestaltung”, sagte Telekom-Chef René Obermann dem Wall Street Journal in Barcelona. Der ehemals französische und jetzt in chinesischer Hand befindliche Anbieter Alcatel OneTouch wird übrigens die ersten Smartphones mit dem neuen Betriebssystem heraus bringen, das ebenfalls chinesische Unternehmen Huawei will Anbietern wie LG aus Korea erst den Vortritt lassen und dann folgen.

Huawei zeigt Flagge im Hochpreissegment

Am Sonntag galt es für Huawei Flagge im Hochpreissegment zu zeigen: das Ascend P2 wurde vorgestellt. Beim Datenfunk ist es schneller als jedes andere Handy - einschließlich des iPhone 5. Außerdem will es durch eine 13 Megapixel-Kamera und ein dünnes Design bei unveränderter Batterielaufzeit begeistern.

Schon das Ascend P1 hatte in Deutschland seine Fans, allerdings nur beim netzunabhängigen Anbieter Freenet. Wenn die Chinesen auch mit hochpreisigen Smartphones die Deutschen überzeugen wollen, dann müssen sie die Mobilfunkanbieter gewinnen, die das Gerät dann subventioniert oder per Ratenzahlung anbieten können.

Was war sonst noch? Samsung wird mit dem Galaxy Note 8 ein 8-Zoll-Tablet ermarkten, das gegen das iPad Mini von Apple antreten muss. Auch der PC- und Laptop-Hersteller HP will sich ein Stück vom Laptop-Kuchen sichern: Der US- Hersteller bringt ein 7-Zoll-Tablet auf den Markt.

Kommentar abgeben

Wir begrüßen gut durchdachte Kommentare von Lesern. Bitte beachten Sie unsere Richtlinien.

Über WSJ Tech

  • Apps, Crowdfunding, Cloud Computing – neue Technologien werfen die Regeln der Weltwirtschaft um. WSJ Tech erklärt technologische Trends, stellt interessante Entwicklungen vor und analysiert die wichtigsten Trends der IT-Wirtschaft.

    Die Autoren:

    Stephan DörnerStephan Dörner
    Jörgen CamrathJörgen Camrath
The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video
Search

U.S. Stocks Cap Volatile Period With Weekly Gains

U.S. stocks closed little changed Friday, notching gains for the week in a deceptively calm end to one of the most volatile periods in years for global markets. 120

Four Arrested in Hungary Over Migrant Truck Deaths

Flowers were placed where dozens of migrants were found dead.

Hungarian police said they had arrested four men after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck across the border in Austria on Thursday. 126

Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State’s ‘Secret Weapon’

That Islamic State’s Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S. and U.K. shows the extent to which digital warfare has upset the balance of power on the modern battlefield. 263

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Fed that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already. 85

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

IMAGE 1 of 9

‘Craft’ Bourbon Is in the Eye of the Distiller

“Craft” distilleries have mushroomed in the U.S. to 588 from 51 over the past decade. Feeling the heat from the new competition, global liquor conglomerates are getting in on the act, and not letting definitions get in the way. 51

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry about the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

French luxury-goods company Hermès International said it expects demand for its pricey handbags and fashion to remain resilient and grow 8% this year despite the risk of an economic slowdown in China.

Luxury Brands Push Deeper Into India

As sales growth slows in China and other big markets, luxury-goods makers are seeking to cash in on patches of new wealth in often-unexpected parts of India, where there is a growing appetite for luxury brands.

‘Flash Crash’ Trader Denied Extradition Delay

British trader Navinder Sarao had requested a two-month delay in his extradition hearing.

Labor Group Says BofA CEO Moynihan Should Not be Chairman

A labor group is urging Bank of America shareholders to vote against a bylaw change that allows Brian Moynihan to hold the dual titles of bank CEO and chairman.

Oil Prices Rise Again

Oil prices soared Friday for the second day in a row, as traders who had bet on lower prices scrambled to close out those wagers.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

China’s World

Markets? To Xi Jinping, Another Battle Comes First

Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities, writes Andrew Browne.

Syriza’s Poll Lead Narrows Ahead of Election

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is leading against its main political rival ahead of next month’s elections, according to four polls published on Friday, though the gap with the conservative New Democracy party has closed considerably.

Brazil’s Big Bet on China Turns Sour

Brazil’s big bet on China is turning sour as the Asian country’s once voracious appetite for Brazilian exports dims.

Ukraine’s U.S.-Born Finance Minister Praised for Persistence

Natalie Jaresko led months of tense negotiations with creditors, clocking thousands of air miles to reach a debt-relief deal that should help secure further bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

Entrepreneur Olof Sköld and his partner, Helene Carson, build a retreat for their family

Technology

Pentagon Advances Partnership with Tech Firms for Flexible Electronics

The Pentagon will contribute seed money to a consortium of Silicon Valley firms to develop what defense officials say is a promising new technology incorporating “flexible” electronics.