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WSJ Tech News Briefing podcast

WSJ Tech News Briefing

By The Wall Street Journal  

Get the latest in technology news for your weekday commute. The Wall Street Journal's reporters and editors highlight leading companies, new gadgets, consumer trends and cyber issues. From San Francisco to New York to the hottest conferences, our journalists help you stay plugged in..

Get the latest in technology news for your weekday commute. The Wall Street Journal's reporters and editors highlight leading companies, new gadgets, consumer trends and cyber issues. From San Francisco to New York to the hottest conferences, our journalists help you stay plugged in..

 

#20

Chatbots Could Manage Your Money One Day

The chatbots on your bank's website could someday help you manage your money in real time. WSJ Personal Finance Reporter Julia Carpenter joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain what that could look like - and the hurdles between now and then. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Apr 2021

10 MINS

10:53

09 Apr 2021


#19

NASA's Ingenuity Set to Begin Test Flights on Mars

When NASA's Perseverance rover landed on the red planet in late February, it was carrying a stowaway: a small helicopter called Ingenuity. In the coming days, Ingenuity is set to begin a series of test flights that scientists are hoping could lead to breakthroughs in space exploration. Science writer Robert Lee Hotz joins host Amanda Lewellyn with the details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Apr 2021

14 MINS

14:24

08 Apr 2021


#18

Fidelity, Square, Coinbase Launch Bitcoin Trade Group

Cryptocurrencies have gained traction in the mainstream in recent months, with some companies and even governments making serious investments in bitcoin and other digital assets. Now, several financial firms have formed a trade group to lobby for the technology and champion its economic benefits. Global financial editor Geoffrey Rogow joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain what they're pushing for, and why now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 Apr 2021

12 MINS

12:35

07 Apr 2021


#17

Why Facebook Is Giving Users More Control Over Their Feeds

Facebook is rolling out new controls that would make it easier for users to determine what is in their feeds. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss what the change means for the company and users. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

06 Apr 2021

12 MINS

12:25

06 Apr 2021


#16

Should You Buy a Sleep Tracker?

An influx of new gadgets aim to help you sleep better by collecting data about your heart rate, time in bed, and sleep cycles. But are they worth it? Personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Apr 2021

11 MINS

11:39

05 Apr 2021


#15

Biden Aims for Universal High-Speed Internet Access

The Biden administration this week unveiled a $2.3 trillion plan to update the nation's infrastructure, including $100 billion to expand internet access. Tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the hurdles the plan faces. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Apr 2021

11 MINS

11:30

02 Apr 2021


#14

When Should Companies Be Required to Disclose Hacks?

When FireEye raised the alarm about the massive SolarWinds breach in December, it did so of its own volition: There were no laws that required the company to disclose the attack. Now lawmakers are taking a fresh look at revamping laws around the disclosure of breaches. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Apr 2021

12 MINS

12:42

01 Apr 2021


#13

Apple's Coming Privacy Update Sparks New Digital-Ad Strategies

Apple is set to roll out a new privacy feature that will make it harder for third parties to track users. Advertisers pushed back when the change was first announced. But now that the update is set to be rolled out in the coming weeks, some are developing new digital-ad strategies. Reporter Patience Haggin joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss what they have come up with. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

31 Mar 2021

11 MINS

11:10

31 Mar 2021


#12

Restaurants Develop Virtual Brands for Food-Delivery Apps

Between the pandemic and the rise of food-delivery apps, restaurants are relying more heavily on take-away to survive. Now they are developing virtual brands to attract more customers through the apps. Reporter Heather Haddon joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the trend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Mar 2021

11 MINS

11:23

30 Mar 2021


#11

Voting Wrapping Up in Amazon Unionization Effort

Thousands of workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are voting on whether to unionize. It would be the first union for Amazon workers in the U.S., and could have a massive impact at Amazon and beyond. Tech reporter Sebastian Herrera joins host Amanda Lewellyn with the details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Mar 2021

12 MINS

12:43

29 Mar 2021


#10

Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Traditionally, children's book publishers have relied heavily on creative give and take between authors and editors, sometimes using focus groups and other data sources for market intelligence. But one digital library, Epic, is using data to inform the process of creating children's books. Arts and entertainment reporter Ellen Gamerman joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

26 Mar 2021

14 MINS

14:05

26 Mar 2021


#9

Tech CEOs Set to Return to Capitol Hill

The heads of Facebook, Twitter and Google's parent Alphabet are expected to make their first appearance before the new Congress today, where they are likely to face questions about how they moderate content on their platforms. Tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Amanda Lewellyn with a look ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

25 Mar 2021

12 MINS

12:15

25 Mar 2021


#8

NFT Craze Reaches the Music Industry

Non-fungible tokens are exploding in popularity, and the music industry is the latest to pick up on the trend. Music-industry reporter Anne Steele joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss how artists are taking advantage of NFTs, and how the assets could help address issues of authenticity and fair pay that have long plagued the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

24 Mar 2021

12 MINS

12:53

24 Mar 2021


#7

GameStop to Release First Earnings Report Since Trading Frenzy

Fueled by Reddit and other online forums, retail investors drove shares of GameStop to new heights earlier this year. Even now, at nearly $200, the price of a share of GameStop is more than 10 times what it was at the start of the year, though that is down considerably from its peak of $483 in late January. Now the company is set to release its first earnings report since the frenzy. Videogames reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Amanda Lewellyn with what to expect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Mar 2021

11 MINS

11:52

23 Mar 2021


#6

Tech Companies Help Set Standards for Vaccine Verification

As Covid-19 vaccines roll out, a new challenge is emerging: How do you figure out who can safely enter public spaces? A group called the Vaccine Credential Initiative is preparing to release open-source standards to help verify people's vaccination records in mobile apps or through QR codes. Reporter Sara Castellanos joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 Mar 2021

11 MINS

11:23

22 Mar 2021


#5

Streaming Services Top 1 Billion Subscribers in the Pandemic

New data shows that while box-office revenue has plunged during the pandemic, subscriptions to streaming services have soared. Hollywood reporter R.T. Watson joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why the trend could endure even after movie theaters reopen, and how studios are shifting their strategies to adapt. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

19 Mar 2021

12 MINS

12:05

19 Mar 2021


#4

Why Social-Media Companies Are Giving Users Tools to Make Money

Facebook is the latest social-media company to say it would roll out tools to help users monetize their audiences. Reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why so many companies are making these sorts of moves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Mar 2021

10 MINS

10:16

18 Mar 2021


#3

Signal Is Latest Encrypted Messaging App Apparently Blocked in China

The messaging app Signal has become unusable for many people in mainland China, with users concluding it has apparently been blocked by authorities. Signal was one of the last widely used messaging apps that could send and receive encrypted messages in China without the use of a virtual private network, or VPN. Asia tech reporter Stephanie Yang discusses what the blocking of Signal and other services means for discourse in China. Christopher Zinsli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

17 Mar 2021

10 MINS

10:35

17 Mar 2021


#2

How Telegram Plans to Build a Real Business Around Messaging

With more than 500 million active monthly users, Telegram is one of the few significant social-media challengers to Facebook. But until now the messaging company hasn't made much of an effort to turn that success in attracting users into a money-making business. Tech reporter Sam Schechner discusses how that is changing. Christopher Zinsli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Mar 2021

10 MINS

10:47

16 Mar 2021


#1

Hybrid Work Is Coming; Here's What to Expect

As office employees start returning after a year of working from home, many will encounter a different kind of environment: hybrid work. Senior Personal Technology Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Kateri Jochum to explain what that means, the problems it could pose, and tech tips for dealing with them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Mar 2021

15 MINS

15:31

15 Mar 2021