Which companies will profit from the digital surge as India comes online?

In this issue: New Wi-Fi gear for the home. Hacking threats to fitness trackers. The huge market for tech products in India. Amazon stock: What’s it worth? More-detailed rules to govern the Internet. Apple’s effort to improve its apps. What Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn means for business.

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Why truckers aren’t jumping for joy at $2.37 diesel

Cheaper fuel would seem like a godsend for businesses in the transportation world. But even with gasoline and diesel at multiyear lows for this time of the year, low prices are a mixed blessing. Also in this issue: An early note for propane customers who are already thinking ahead to next winter.

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How will new battery technologies change the energy industry?

Large, powerful batteries are going to be popping up in new places in coming years. They’ll be especially prevalent in the electric industry, as utilities and other companies use huge battery banks to help stabilize the electric grid and homeowners start pairing rooftop solar systems with batteries to store excess energy from the sun for nighttime use. Meanwhile, one company is essentially betting its future on being able to produce large batteries cheaply enough to power millions of electric cars.

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Which computer hardware manufacturers will benefit from faster Wi-Fi?

New blazing-fast Wi-Fi will usher in a cordless future. Plus, what to expect from upcoming cable regulation, state planning for cyber disruptions and Apple’s billion-dollar bet on Chinese ride sharing.

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Should you prepare for a spike in oil prices?

The next month or two figure to be an extremely bumpy period for the oil market. Predicting what the price of crude will do any given day will be even harder than usual. The only thing you can count on is plenty of volatility. Traders are digesting worries about real or potential shutdowns of oil production on four continents, even as the global economy shows signs of slowing, which could dent oil demand. But when the dust clears, we suspect the price of a barrel of oil this summer won’t be radically different from today’s level.

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Are U.S. chip makers at risk from China’s disruptive chip-making plan?

In this issue: China’s plan to build its own chip industry. What’s next for mobile laser technology? Big bets on smart cities. Drone consultants. The birth of quantum cloud computing. How to make your older car smarter and safer.

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Expert predicts the price of oil: Going up, or down?

Two weeks ago, we sat down to talk energy with Jason Schenker, president and chief economist of Prestige Economics in Austin, Texas. He specializes in commodity markets and is known for the accuracy of his price forecasts, so when he talks about what’s ahead for oil and natural gas, it pays to take note. Here are highlights of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity.

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Which state’s coal industry could benefit from rising gas prices?

Oil exporters’ hopes for a freeze in crude production melted in the Doha sun this past weekend. And for the coal industry, a glimmer of hope amid recent news of sliding demand and bankrupt mining giants.

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