Tech Firms Face Russia Showdown

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Facebook, Twitter and Google have started resisting Russian government orders to remove information about a rally next month for opposition leader Alexei Navalny, raising the prospect of a showdown over the Kremlin’s efforts to control online information.

Robots Step Into Brewery, Bakery Roles

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ABB, Fanuc and other robot makers are finding that an increasing number of smaller businesses want to automate dirty, repetitious tasks. Robot sales historically have been driven by auto companies and electrical-and-electronics makers.

China Probes Regulatory Official

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Chinese anticorruption agents are investigating a senior official at a government agency that has probed foreign companies amid China’s tougher enforcement of its anticompetition laws.

Japan Post Sets IPO Plans

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Japan’s state-owned postal service said Friday the government would sell part of the company to the public as soon as August, and it also disclosed plans to list its banking and insurance units.

Hackers Hit Sony, Microsoft Services

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Sony’s PlayStation Network remained offline, while Microsoft managed to restore its core Xbox Live service, following Christmas Day outages that a hacker group claimed were its doing.

Parents Start Companies to Cure Children

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A small cadre of parents form for-profit ventures to seek treatments for their children with rare diseases, but the need for profits can pose a dilemma.

With Christmas Over, Millions of Gift Returns Begin

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The holidays may be over, but returns season is just getting started. Ill-fitting sweaters, the wrong Frozen doll and unwanted accessories will be headed back to retailers, many in the same boxes they came in.

The Best (and Worst) Investments They Ever Made

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Luminaries in finance and other fields reveal their greatest hits—and biggest misses.

Will Ferrari Keep Its Scarcity Premium?

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The era of waiting months for a new Ferrari may be winding down. The auto maker’s chairman wants to crank up production to capitalize on the exotic sports car’s scarcity premium even as wait times are already falling.

Ukraine Cuts Power, Transit to Crimea

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Ukraine cut off electricity and train and bus services to Crimea, moves that could raise tensions with Russia, which annexed the peninsula in March and has been prodding Kiev to negotiate with Moscow-backed rebels in the country’s eastern provinces.

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