An Italianate Home in Houston Enjoys Its Own Renaissance

It was the second marriage for the newly engaged couple—in their 40s and 50s—but their first home together. Their residence of choice: a five-bedroom, eight-and-a-half bath Italian Renaissance-inspired mansion in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston. The property had sat vacant on the market for five years and, in its former state, featured beige-tinged rooms … Read more

Facebook’s Road to Redemption Runs Straight Down Main Street

No company has experienced growing pains as severe as Facebook Inc. The company’s past failures to ensure privacy, protect data and police content have left its executives confronting a simple question: Can we trust you? Right now, we have little choice, though. We rely on it in this weird time of disease-enforced isolation, its virtual … Read more

LaNee Barlow – A Bodybuilder Pivots to Home Training

Lanee Barlow cried when she learned that the Kalamazoo Bodybuilding Championships in Michigan were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement on March 15 came two weeks ahead of the scheduled competition. The mother of three had been in serious training mode, waking at 5 a.m. to hit the gym twice a day. “It’s … Read more

The Key to Selling Music in the Streaming Age—From the Man Who Brought You Billie Eilish

John Janick couldn’t have imagined that starting an independent record company from his college dorm room would prepare him for the current heyday of the streaming era. Mr. Janick launched his Fueled by Ramen label as a freshman in 1996, as the music business entered its darkest period of rampant piracy and plummeting CD sales. … Read more

Universities Get Creative With Technology Due to Coronavirus Closures

Universities scrambled over the past month to move classes online as the coronavirus pandemic forced campus closures. With social distancing likely to extend through the spring semester, chief information officers are taking stock of their actions, identifying quick solutions that could one day become permanent fixtures on a postcrisis campus. University of Washington “When we … Read more

New York City Investigates Amazon Over Firing

New York City’s human-rights watchdog is investigating Amazon.com Inc. over allegations an employee at a Staten Island warehouse was fired for helping to organize a walkout over work conditions in the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic, city officials said Tuesday. The company fired Chris Smalls, a stock worker at the warehouse, on Monday. The … Read more

Rice University Engineers ‘MacGyver’ an Inexpensive Ventilator for Coronavirus Patients

At Rice University in Houston, engineers assembled a ventilator that may one day help coronavirus patients breathe. From left to right, Thomas Herring, Fernando Cruz and Danny Blacker. Photo: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University By Sara Castellanos April 2, 2020 9:00 am ET Rice University engineers are building a prototype of a ventilator using 3-D printed parts … Read more

DOJ Probes Whether Taboola’s Deal to Buy Outbrain Would Harm Competition

Justice Department antitrust officials are looking to find out if a deal to combine the internet’s two largest content-recommendation firms would suppress competition in a market that has provided a steady stream of revenue to online publishers. The department has been interviewing clients and rivals of Taboola Ltd. and Outbrain Inc., asking detailed questions about … Read more