Volkswagen Posts Rise in 2014 Profit

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Volkswagen reported a 19.6% increase in net profit for 2014, but warned against gathering economic turbulence that could batter the automotive industry in 2015.

U.S. Presses China on Technology Rules

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U.S. officials and business groups are objecting to a draft Chinese antiterrorism law that they say will serve as a new way for Beijing to acquire proprietary information or nudge foreign technology companies out of the vast market.

Bombardier Completes First Flight of Key Jet

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Canadian jet maker Bombardier completed the first flight of a jet that it hopes will anchor its future as a commercial aircraft manufacturer and raised new cash to help carry out its programs.

Do You Really Need a Wireless Phone Carrier?

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Is it possible to never pay for wireless-phone service again? For 30 days, WSJ reporter Ryan Knutson disconnected his iPhone from AT&T and lived entirely off the free Wi-Fi connections—and it worked.

Blackstone CEO Took Home $690 Million In 2014

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Blackstone Group co-founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman took home about $690 million in dividends, compensation and fund payouts for 2014, a nearly 50% increase from 2013.

Suzuki's Indonesian Unit to Export Motorcycles

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Suzuki Motor Corp.’s Indonesian operation will begin exporting a new motorcycle model to as far as Europe, a further sign Japanese auto giants are looking to Indonesia to build sales in the region and beyond.

Lenovo Offers Free Antivirus Software

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Lenovo will offer customers free antivirus software and cut down on preloaded software on future personal computers in response to criticism for preloading its consumer laptops with adware called Superfish.

Weight Watchers Shares Hit Record Low

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Weight Watchers shares fell to a record low a day after a dismal earnings report in which executives conceded that a massive turnaround effort will take longer than expected.

Living Wi-Fi Only for 30 Days

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Reporter’s Notebook: Living a Wi-Fi only life required a few changes in habit for WSJ reporter Ryan Knutson, who spent a month disconnected from his wireless carrier to live entirely on free Wi-Fi.

Movie-Ticket Sales Set for Banner Year

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Solid early returns for ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and solid lineup of blockbusters like ‘Furious 7’ and a new ‘Star Wars’ have analysts predicting that 2015 will be a banner year for America’s cinemas.

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