How Amazon Picked HQ2 and Jilted 236 Cities

For months, Amazon made demands of cities even though it had determined early in the year that no single place would fulfill its requirements. The long search, designed to showcase the company’s largesse, has for some left a bad taste. “My heart’s broken today.”

Future of Tech: Smarter Cameras Will Transform Everyday Life

Advances in intelligent-camera systems could end up making lenses more central to people’s lives inside and outside the home.

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon.com and Alphabet’s Google plan to recruit thousands of employees in New York City, pitting the two behemoths against each other and other businesses for already-scarce talent.

Alphabet Unit Plans to Launch Driverless Car Service in Coming Months

The head of Alphabet’s Waymo unit said it plans to launch its first commercial self-driving car service in the next two months and expects businesses to be among its biggest customers.

U.S. Fights China for Influence in Asia, One Project at a Time

The U.S. has a new strategy aimed at ramping up investment in Asia to vie with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s overseas infrastructure-building spree, as Beijing grapples with setbacks to its sprawling program.

What Is Amazon Getting From New York City and Virginia?

Take a closer look at the communities where Amazon will set up—and the incentives offered to get the e-commerce giant to move in.

SoftBank Investment Boosts WeWork Valuation to $45 Billion

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank has committed $3 billion to WeWork in a deal that values the company at about $45 billion, a major infusion of new funding by WeWork’s largest investor.

Amazon Has Over 10,000 Employees Working on Alexa, Echo

Amazon.com has more than 10,000 employees working on its Alexa virtual assistant and the Echo devices it powers, the executive in charge of the business said Tuesday.

Semiconductor Chiefs Cast Doubt on Report of Malicious Chips in Global Supply Chain

Top executives from two semiconductor firms said a hack described in a recent report that purportedly involved Chinese spies infiltrating the hardware supply chain seemed unlikely but not impossible.

Alphabet CFO Expects Google to Double New York Staff Over Next 10 Years

Alphabet’s Google plans to double its workforce in New York City to more than 14,000 employees over the next 10 years, CFO Ruth Porat said.