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Christopher Mims
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5 of the 7 most valuable companies in the world are now tech companies.

Facebook may have been leveraged by the Russians to help swing the U.S. election.

There are 3 different sets of European anti-trust charges pending against Google.

Amazon is eating the world.

Apple is "out of ideas" and yet it's the most valuable company on earth.

You might say it was a watershed year for tech.
As 2016 nears an end, five of the seven most valuable companies in the world are tech companies. That helps explain why this year was difficult for these companies, which faced criticism and scrutiny while clashing with governments, writes Christopher Mims.
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This week's column: Marketers and tech giants want you to think AI is going to transform your business. Mostly they're wrong.
Keywords: Creating artificial intelligence systems that can be used for a variety of problems, and not just the narrow applications to which the technology has been put so far, could take decades, writes Christopher Mims.
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Google has hired writers from Pixar and The Onion to make Alexa more personable -- and it's working http://on.wsj.com/2dBXiiH 🔓
Amazon’s Alexa and its rivals could change how people interact with computers
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Citi predicts that 2016 is the year campaign spending on Facebook eclipses Google. Why? Straight up reach. (This week's column for WSJ)
Social network’s vast reach and micro-targeting tools are manna for political advertisers
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This was a hard one to write.
I am a big believer in Musk's ultimate vision of decarbonizing our energy system. But even those who believe that this is the right direction for humanity aren't convinced his proposed tie up of SolarCity and Tesla is the right deal at the right time.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk should consider whether some of his ambitions have grown so outsize that they are risky not only for his companies but for the investors and customers along for the ride, writes Christopher Mims.
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Are Amazon Dash buttons a good deal for brands? They cost them $15 per button sold + extra commission
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Amazon this week plans to announce it is adding dozens of new brands to its Dash buttons feature that enables shoppers to order consumer items by pressing a button. .
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Sometimes I end my research for a piece with the exact opposite conclusion I had going into it. And for me, those are usually the most interesting of all.
Evidence shows increased productivity leads to more wealth, cheaper goods, greater spending power and ultimately, more jobs
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Monday's column: America Isn’t Ready for a Cyberattack 
Columnist Christopher Mims says the recent cyberattack that rendered more than 1,200 websites unreachable was a warning. Experts say a similar, or larger, attack could be launched tomorrow, and we’d be powerless to prevent it.
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Amazon has hired writers from Pixar and The Onion to make Alexa more personable -- and it's working http://on.wsj.com/2dBXiiH 🔓
Amazon’s Alexa and its rivals could change how people interact with computers
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Get ready for an onslaught of Pokemon Go clones -- and maybe even a revival of location-based social networking, say developers
Players connect in hunt for virtual monsters, despite game’s lack of social features
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They should make a game with 2 teams where people can submit points of interest. Then teams could battle over control of those points, link them together, take over territory. Give it a cool back story about aliens and AI. Hold gigantic meet-ups... oh wait... Ingress. Nevermind.
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What Brexit means for tech startups: Thinning the ranks of unicorns, a bunch of companies will die rather than get their A and B rounds, but the overall ecosystem could come out stronger and there may actually be more, not less innovation.
Increased uncertainty is about to infect investing in technology—and that means a tougher fundraising environment. Luckily, history shows great companies are built during periods of contracting investment.
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Why there are drones in your company's future, even if you can't imagine a role for them now http://www.wsj.com/articles/drones-have-a-role-in-your-companys-future-1467000061?mod=LS1
New FAA rules preclude package delivery by unmanned aircraft, but set stage for explosion in other business uses
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Currently at qz.com.

Formerly: freelance journalist and occasional editor at outlets including Scientific American, Smithsonian, Popular Science, BBC, The Atlantic, Grist, Slate, Nature, Technology Review, WIRED, others.
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