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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

Why Businesses Are Pushing Back on WeChat Restrictions

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order restricting dealings with the social-media app WeChat. Now major U.S. companies are pushing back. Reporter John McKinnon explains why they're going to bat for a Chinese app, and how the tensions fit into the fight for internet dominance. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. 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

14 Aug 2020

12 MINS

12:14

14 Aug 2020


#19

What Kamala Harris's V.P. Candidacy Could Mean for Tech

Before she was the Democratic Party's presumptive vice presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris built her career in the Bay Area. She has a long history with Silicon Valley. So what does her candidacy mean for tech companies, and how are they reacting? Our reporter Sarah Needleman joins us to explain. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

13 Aug 2020

08 MINS

08:27

13 Aug 2020


#18

SoftBank is Back in the Black

In the first quarter, tech investor SoftBank reported its worst financial results ever. Now it's swung back into the black, recording a profit of nearly $12 billion. Reporter Rolfe Winkler explains how the company did it. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Aug 2020

12 MINS

12:02

12 Aug 2020


#17

Why Some Officials Are Calling for a National Cyber Director

Several high-profile attacks have renewed some lawmakers' push for a director of cybersecurity at the White House level. Our reporter Dave Uberti explains what they're calling for, and why now. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

11 Aug 2020

10 MINS

10:30

11 Aug 2020


#16

A Look at Tim Cook's Apple

It's been nearly a decade since Tim Cook succeeded founder Steve Jobs as the C.E.O. of Apple. While Jobs was known as a visionary and a gregarious leader, Cook is more reserved and business-focused. Our reporter Tripp Mickle joins us with a look at Tim Cook's Apple: where it's been, and where it's headed. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

10 Aug 2020

13 MINS

13:32

10 Aug 2020


#15

Tech Stocks Rally as Small Investors Buy Fractions of Shares

Services from Robinhood, Fidelity, and others are making it easier to buy slivers of shares on the stock market. Our reporter Alexander Osipovich joins us to explain how that's democratizing trading - and how it could be helping to drive up shares of major tech companies. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 Aug 2020

09 MINS

09:19

07 Aug 2020


#14

Hackers Get the Green Light to Test Elections Systems

After years of keeping security researchers at bay, election equipment makers are opening their devices to hackers to try and uncover vulnerabilities ahead of the election. Our reporter Robert McMillan joins again to explain what's going on. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

06 Aug 2020

12 MINS

12:19

06 Aug 2020


#13

How a Teenager Allegedly Masterminded Twitter's Worst Hack

Last month, hackers broke into dozens of major Twitter accounts, pushed a bitcoin scam, and - in some cases - downloaded users' data and DMs. According to prosecutors, a Florida teenager was behind it. Our reporter Robert McMillan explains how he allegedly did it. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Aug 2020

12 MINS

12:06

05 Aug 2020


#12

How Would TikTok Fit Into Microsoft's Business Strategy?

Talks between Microsoft and the Chinese-owned video app TikTok are in limbo after a regulatory rollercoaster last weekend. In the meantime, the question is: why is Microsoft so interested in TikTok anyway? And how would any deal fit into Microsoft's recent string of acquisitions? Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Aug 2020

13 MINS

13:13

04 Aug 2020


#11

TikTok's Rollercoaster Weekend

As of Friday, it looked like the video-sharing app TikTok had come up with a plan to save itself from regulatory scrutiny. Then, everything changed, and it looked like we were headed for an all-out ban. Our reporter Georgia Wells breaks down what happened, and where we are now. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

03 Aug 2020

09 MINS

09:08

03 Aug 2020


#10

Big Tech's Big Week

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google reported their quarterly earnings on Thursday. Just a day after CEOs from those companies faced questions from Congress over their companies' business practices. Our Global Tech Editor Jason Dean joins to break down the week. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Kateri Jochum is our executive producer, and Chris Zinsli is our supervising producer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

31 Jul 2020

13 MINS

13:15

31 Jul 2020


#9

NASA's Most Ambitious Mars Mission Launches Today

Today, NASA is expected to head to the red planet. If everything goes as planned, it'll be the third launch from Earth to Mars this summer alone. Our science writer Robert Lee Hotz explains the mission, and why Mars is such a popular destination lately. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Jul 2020

14 MINS

14:08

30 Jul 2020


#8

What You Need to Know About Today's Tech Hearing

Four of the most powerful CEOs in tech are scheduled to testify before the House Antitrust Subcommittee today, and it's expected to be a blockbuster hearing. Our reporter Ryan Tracy breaks down what you need to know ahead of time. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Jul 2020

10 MINS

10:51

29 Jul 2020


#7

Why Google's Keeping Workers Remote Until Summer 2021

As companies all over the country are grappling with when to return to the office, Google executives have decided to wait until next year. Our reporter Rob Copeland breaks down what that means for Google - and the rest of Silicon Valley. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 Jul 2020

11 MINS

11:39

28 Jul 2020


#6

How Election Officials Are Building Up Their Cyber Defenses

We're less than 100 days from the presidential election. As we get closer, local officials have been working on their cyber defenses. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti explains how states are gearing up, and why coordinating their response is so challenging. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

27 Jul 2020

09 MINS

09:30

27 Jul 2020


#5

For Some Startups, Amazon Funding Is a Double-Edged Sword

We report that Amazon met with startups about investing, and then launched their own, competing products. The news comes just days before CEO Jeff Bezos is set to testify before Congress in a hearing about antitrust concerns. Reporter Dana Mattioli joins us to explain. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Correction: When it invested in DefinedCrowd, Amazon's Alexa Fund gained access to DefinedCrowd's financials and other confidential information. A previous version of this podcast incorrectly said Amazon gained access to those details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

24 Jul 2020

11 MINS

11:35

24 Jul 2020


#4

Why Slack Filed an Antitrust Complaint Against Microsoft

For the companies that make remote-work software, the competition is fierce. Now, Slack has formally accused Microsoft of throwing some elbows in its fight to the top. It filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in the EU. Reporter Sam Schechner joins us to explain. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Jul 2020

11 MINS

11:20

23 Jul 2020


#3

Could Tesla Surprise Us Again?

Tesla is set to report its earnings this afternoon. While analysts are forecasting a loss, CEO Elon Musk has been known to throw a last-minute Hail Mary. Stocks have been on a tear in anticipation. Our reporter Tim Higgins joins to explain what you need to know in advance. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 Jul 2020

14 MINS

14:09

22 Jul 2020


#2

How Schools Are Preparing for Remote Learning (Again)

School districts are getting ready for another semester of online learning. This time, they're hoping to take a red pen to some of the mistakes they made in the fall. Family and tech columnist Julie Jargon will join us to explain. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

21 Jul 2020

13 MINS

13:13

21 Jul 2020


#1

How Governments Are Using Cellphone Data for Surveillance

If you've shared your location with an app, you probably know that advertisers then sell that data to other marketers. But you might not know that they also sell that information to the government. Our reporter Byron Tau explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

20 Jul 2020

11 MINS

11:11

20 Jul 2020