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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

Justice Department Files Antitrust Suit Against Google

The DOJ has filed a long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging that the company engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search-advertising. Reporter Brent Kendall explains. Plus: at our Tech Live Conference, IBM's newly-appointed CEO Arvind Krishna tells our global tech editor Jason Dean how he plans to reshape the legacy company into a major player in artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Listeners can still register for Tech Live at techlive.wsj.com/registernow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

21 Oct 2020

18 MINS

18:37

21 Oct 2020


#19

Tech Live: Tech Platforms and the Power of Persuasion

Our annual Tech Live conference has begun. On today's show: a town-hall style debate between Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Julie Brill, and Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory Alex Stamos on whether and how to regulate Big Tech. Listeners can tune in and register at techlive.wsj.com/registernow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

20 Oct 2020

24 MINS

24:45

20 Oct 2020


#18

Kicking Off WSJ's Annual Tech Live Conference

It's Day 1 of The Wall Street Journal's annual Tech Live conference, where we talk to movers and shakers in the tech sector. Normally, we hold the event in Laguna Beach, Calif., but like so much else, this year it's going virtual. Global tech editor Jason Dean tells host Amanda Lewellyn what to expect. Listeners can tune in and register at techlive.wsj.com/registernow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

19 Oct 2020

10 MINS

10:51

19 Oct 2020


#17

Twitter, Facebook Questioned Over Restricting New York Post Articles

Twitter and Facebook took steps this week to limit the spread of New York Post articles that made allegations about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, which the campaign disputes. Now lawmakers say they will subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to ask about it. Global Tech Editor Jason Dean breaks down the controversy, and why it's resurfacing a debate about the companies' roles in moderating content. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ podcasts. News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Facebook. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply video content through Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Oct 2020

11 MINS

11:32

16 Oct 2020


#16

Silicon Valley Companies Cut Pay for Remote Workers, Igniting Tensions

As tech workers pack their bags and decamp to cheaper cities to work remotely during the pandemic, some companies are adjusting compensation to reflect workers' new, lower costs of living. Reporter Katherine Bindley discusses how that's creating some tension. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Oct 2020

12 MINS

12:04

15 Oct 2020


#15

What You Need to Know About the iPhone 12

Apple is rolling out four models of its new iPhone 12. The phones promise an updated design, improved cameras-and 5G capability. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern weighs in on whether that's enough to warrant an upgrade. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

14 Oct 2020

09 MINS

09:45

14 Oct 2020


#14

Amazon's Prime Day Could Help It Break Records

Prime Day is typically held in the summer to help Amazon drum up business during the slower months. This year, the company pushed it back to keep up with the pandemic-related surge in orders. Despite that, analysts think this year's event could lead to a record-breaking fourth quarter for the company. Reporter Sebastian Herrera explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

13 Oct 2020

13 MINS

13:25

13 Oct 2020


#13

How the Fight Against Misinformation Extends Beyond Social Media

Social-media companies are taking steps to cut back on misinformation ahead of the U.S. election, including limiting state-run media sites like RT, formerly known as Russia Today. But we report that some of those outlets have still been picking up traffic using content recommendation services. Reporter Emily Glazer explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Oct 2020

14 MINS

14:53

12 Oct 2020


#12

The Future of Computing Might Not Be So Battery-Powered

Demand for batteries is through the roof, but that might not be the case forever. Tech columnist Christopher Mims says the future of computing might be heavy on perpetual computing machines, which harvest energy from their environments. 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

09 Oct 2020

11 MINS

11:37

09 Oct 2020


#11

Amazon Accused of Abusing Power in Rise to E-commerce 'Gatekeeper'

We've been digging into the House Antitrust Subcommittee's 449-page report, concluding its investigation into big tech. Yesterday, we looked at the broad strokes-and today we're going to go deeper on what the report says about Amazon. Tech editor Bradley Olson helps us do it. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Oct 2020

13 MINS

13:57

08 Oct 2020


#10

House Panel Says Big Tech Wields Monopoly Power

The House Antitrust Subcommittee has completed its investigation into Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google, concluding that some of America's largest technology companies have leveraged their dominance to stamp out competition and stifle innovation. Reporter Ryan Tracy explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 Oct 2020

12 MINS

12:33

07 Oct 2020


#9

How the White House is Taking On Remote Work

After President Trump and several other White House figures were diagnosed with the coronavirus, many aides have been sent to work from home. But getting the White House WFH-ready comes with challenges all its own. Reporter David Uberti explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

06 Oct 2020

10 MINS

10:27

06 Oct 2020


#8

QAnon Lands on LinkedIn

As we spend more time online during the pandemic, the conspiracy theory QAnon has been gaining followers. Now, we report that supporters have made their way to LinkedIn. Reporter Stu Woo explains what's happening, how LinkedIn is responding, and why it can be so difficult for the company to track and remove QAnon-related content. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Oct 2020

11 MINS

11:20

05 Oct 2020


#7

California Firefighters Use AI to Battle Wildfires

It's been a record year for wildfires on the West Coast. That's why some firefighters are using artificial intelligence to help them battle the flames. Deputy Editor of WSJ Pro Artificial Intelligence John McCormick explains. 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

02 Oct 2020

11 MINS

11:13

02 Oct 2020


#6

Twitter Partner's Alerts Highlight Divide Over Surveillance

A Twitter data partner, Dataminr, sells a service to law enforcement and other agencies that monitors Twitter's full feed and sends alerts that include tweets about protests. That has the companies at odds with privacy advocates over what level of social-media monitoring qualifies as surveillance. Reporter Parmy Olson explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Oct 2020

12 MINS

12:28

01 Oct 2020


#5

Why We're Seeing So Many Ransomware Attacks Right Now

In recent days, ransomware attacks have affected schools and one of the country's largest hospital systems. Our reporter Robert McMillan says the attacks are part of a larger trend of hackers targeting critical institutions-not just big businesses. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Sep 2020

14 MINS

14:00

30 Sep 2020


#4

Hackers Target Schools in the Pandemic

Last week, a hacker released a trove of confidential information about students and employees in a Las Vegas-area school district, after officials there had refused to pay a ransom. And they aren't the only school to be targeted during the pandemic. Reporter Tawnell Hobbs explains why hackers have been going after schools, and why it's challenging for educators to fight back. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Sep 2020

12 MINS

12:51

29 Sep 2020


#3

Apple Exempts Some Apps From Paying Developer Fees

Developer fees: They're the cut that Apple takes when you buy an app from its App Store, or if you make a purchase within an app. Apple says the fees help it do things like provide security, but developers have long argued that the fees are too high. On Friday, the company made some exceptions to who has to pay them. Reporter Sarah E. Needleman explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 Sep 2020

13 MINS

13:13

28 Sep 2020


#2

Why Huang's Law Is the New Moore's Law

For decades, Moore's Law held that the number of transistors on a microchip would double every 18 months or so. But physics has gotten in the way. Now: our tech columnist Christopher Mims argues that we should be observing a new law, which he's calling Huang's Law - named for Jensen Huang, C.E.O. and cofounder of Nvidia. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

25 Sep 2020

13 MINS

13:24

25 Sep 2020


#1

Amazon Restricts How Rivals Buy Ads On Its Site

Amazon has been coming under scrutiny for its treatment of third-party sellers on its platform. The latest: a Wall Street Journal investigation has uncovered that Amazon limits some competitors' ability to promote their products on its platform. Our reporter Dana Mattioli explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

24 Sep 2020

14 MINS

14:11

24 Sep 2020