U.S. Flight Disruptions Ease as New 5G Service Goes Live

The launch of enhanced 5G services Wednesday had a limited impact on U.S. flights after aviation regulators gave airlines additional guidance to reflect the decision not to launch the new cellular service near major airports. Airlines had said they were concerned about potential travel disruptions once wireless providers began beaming new signals to customers, due … Read more

Procter & Gamble Says Prices Will Keep Going Up

Procter & Gamble Co. is betting the world’s consumers will remain undeterred by higher prices on household staples from Pampers diapers to Gillette razors. The Cincinnati-based consumer-products company said sales increased 6% in the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a year earlier, fueled in part by the company’s largest average price increases since the … Read more

Free N95 Masks to Be Made Available at Pharmacies, White House Says

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration on Wednesday announced plans to make 400 million N95 masks available for free at pharmacies and community health centers across the country. The move comes as President Biden has stepped up the federal government’s response to a nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases triggered by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Some scientists and … Read more

Unilever Walks Away From Glaxo Consumer-Healthcare Deal

Unilever UL 8.55% PLC said it wouldn’t increase its $68 billion offer for GlaxoSmithKline GSK -1.96% PLC’s consumer-healthcare business, effectively walking away from a potential deal that would have added a raft of drugstore staples to its portfolio. The announcement Wednesday from the maker of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Dove soap came after … Read more

UnitedHealth Logged Steady Revenue Growth to Close 2021

UnitedHealth Group Inc. UNH 1.46% on Wednesday posted year-over-year earnings growth for the last three months of 2021, helped by higher revenue from premiums. The healthcare and health-insurance giant based in Minnetonka, Minn., the first industry heavyweight to report year-end results, showed little sign of serious impact from costs tied to soaring levels of Covid-19 … Read more

Freight Operators Plan to Deploy Thousands of Remote-Operated Forklifts

Two big freight operators are betting on technology that allows workers to operate forklifts remotely as the distribution sector confronts persistent labor shortages. Trucking company ArcBest Corp. and logistics provider NFI Industries Inc. led a $42 million investment to back startup Phantom Auto Inc.’s remote vehicle operation software and plan to deploy thousands of remote-enabled … Read more

China Notifies Firms of Tougher Investment Rules for Big Tech

SINGAPORE—China has notified some companies of new rules that require the country’s biggest internet firms to seek approval for investment deals, a mechanism that is likely to curb domestic technology giants from growing even bigger through acquisitions, according to people familiar with the issue. The country’s top internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, recently … Read more

Sony Shares Fall Sharply After News of Microsoft Deal for Activision Blizzard

Sony’s Jim Ryan in Las Vegas earlier this month. Photo: patrick t. fallon/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Sony Group Corp.’s SONY -7.17% shares fell nearly 13% in Tokyo on Wednesday on concerns about tough new competition for its videogame business from the newly announced combination of Microsoft Corp. MSFT -2.43% and Activision Blizzard Inc. ATVI 25.88% The … Read more

Apple Says Senate’s Big-Tech Legislation Would Weaken Its User-Privacy Push

Apple Inc. AAPL -1.89% is warning that Senate legislation aimed at reining in large tech companies would weaken a privacy-protection tool that it rolled out last year and has already stung Facebook, Snapchat and other online-ad businesses reliant on user data to target messages. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to debate a bipartisan bill, … Read more

WSJ News Exclusive | BJ’s Wholesale Club to Move Credit Cards to Capital One, Dealing Blow to ADS

BJ’s Wholesale Club’s contract with ADS is set to expire this year, according to a lawsuit. Photo: Scott McIntyre/Bloomberg News By AnnaMaria Andriotis Close AnnaMaria Andriotis Jan. 18, 2022 4:10 pm ET Alliance Data Systems Corp. ADS -4.57% is losing one of its biggest credit-card accounts: BJ’s Wholesale Club BJ -1.38% Holdings Inc. The members-only … Read more