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WSJ Tech News Briefing podcast

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Tech News Briefing is your guide to what people in tech are talking about. Every weekday, we’ll bring you breaking tech news and scoops from the pros at the Wall Street Journal, insight into new innovations and policy debates, tips from our personal tech team, and exclusive interviews with movers and shakers in the industry.

Tech News Briefing is your guide to what people in tech are talking about. Every weekday, we’ll bring you breaking tech news and scoops from the pros at the Wall Street Journal, insight into new innovations and policy debates, tips from our personal tech team, and exclusive interviews with movers and shakers in the industry.

 

#20

A Big Week for Global Tech Policy

In the past week, there have been several major U.S. policy developments that could play a big role in the fate of tech companies. Reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Amanda Lewellyn to break down the changes. 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

18 Jun 2021

13 MINS

13:00

18 Jun 2021


#19

New Deepfake Detection Technique Developed

A team of researchers from Facebook and Michigan State University say that even the sophisticated artificial-intelligence technology used to build deepfakes leaves "fingerprints." WSJ Pro Artificial Intelligence Deputy Editor John McCormick joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain their findings, and how they could be used to combat deepfakes online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

17 Jun 2021

11 MINS

11:29

17 Jun 2021


#18

Lina Khan, Critic of Big Tech, to Lead FTC

President Biden is tapping Columbia University professor Lina Khan to lead the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Khan has been a vocal critic of Big Tech and will be positioned to pursue sweeping changes to antitrust enforcement. Legal affairs reporter Brent Kendall joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss what it could mean for tech companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Jun 2021

12 MINS

12:43

16 Jun 2021


#17

New U.S. Strategy to Shut Out Chinese 5G Gear: More Carrot, Less Stick

As next-generation 5G networks are rolled out, the U.S. government is ramping up restrictions on Chinese-made telecom equipment, which it sees as potentially harmful to national security. Washington has mostly used a threat-based approach to try and get other countries to follow suit. But more recently it's been taking a new approach, one based on financial incentives. Reporter Stu Woo joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain what that entails, and what's behind the switch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Jun 2021

11 MINS

11:22

15 Jun 2021


#16

How the FBI Got Colonial Pipeline's Ransom Back

Last week, law enforcement said it had retrieved 64 of the 75 bitcoin Colonial Pipeline paid to hackers after a ransomware attack. The announcement challenges the cryptocurrency's reputation as an untraceable form of payment. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain how the FBI got the money back, and what it means for the fight against ransomware. Correction: The hackers with the ransomware group DarkSide still have more than 11 bitcoin from Colonial Pipeline's ransom payment. The value of those bitcoin is currently equal to more than $400,000. An earlier version of this podcast incorrectly said hackers retained more than $2 million in bitcoin after the FBI's seizure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

14 Jun 2021

11 MINS

11:53

14 Jun 2021


#15

Finding the Next Health Tech Unicorn

At the WSJ's recent virtual Tech Health event, SoftBank Senior Managing Partner Deep Nishar and former Apple CEO John Sculley spoke with reporter Rolfe Winkler about how they're placing their bets when it comes to investing in healthcare technology. 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

11 Jun 2021

18 MINS

18:04

11 Jun 2021


#14

Google Health VP on the Company's Ventures in Healthcare

At the WSJ's virtual Tech Health event Wednesday, Google Health VP David Feinberg joined business editor Jamie Heller to discuss how Google has directed people to information about the pandemic, as well as its ventures in healthcare technology. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

10 Jun 2021

18 MINS

18:04

10 Jun 2021


#13

Apple's Privacy Moves Make Advertisers Anxious

At WWDC this week, Apple introduced several features it said were meant to help protect users' privacy as they use their devices. But advertisers are concerned about how the changes will affect their businesses. Reporter Patience Haggin joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Apple services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Jun 2021

13 MINS

13:05

09 Jun 2021


#12

At WWDC, Apple Doubles Down on Privacy

Yesterday, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it announced big updates to many of its core apps, many of which focused on privacy and maintaining its walled garden. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Amanda Lewellyn to break down the changes. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Apple services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Jun 2021

12 MINS

12:27

08 Jun 2021


#11

Facebook Suspends Trump for at Least Two Years

After a decision from its Oversight Board last month, Facebook said it would suspend former President Donald Trump for two years, and that it would be clearer about how it enforces rules for newsworthy figures on its platform. Facebook reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain. News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 Jun 2021

13 MINS

13:52

07 Jun 2021


#10

Cyber Attacks Prompt Government Response

Government officials are looking at ways to address the uptick in cyber attacks over the past year. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Amanda Lewellyn to break down what they are considering. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Jun 2021

11 MINS

11:16

04 Jun 2021


#9

Dogecoin to Begin Trading on Coinbase Pro Today

Dogecoin has been on a tear this year, egged on by retail investors and tweets from influential advocates like Elon Musk. Now doge is set to begin trading on Coinbase. Markets reporter Caitlin Ostroff joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why Coinbase is making the move, and whether it could lend some credibility to the joke cryptocurrency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

03 Jun 2021

12 MINS

12:41

03 Jun 2021


#8

Elon Musk's Starlink Could Get a Boost From German Subsidies

Germany could become the first large nation to subsidize the use of consumer satellite internet services like those offered by Elon Musk's Starlink. Germany correspondent Bojan Pancevski joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why Germany is turning to satellite internet, and why Starlink is a top candidate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Jun 2021

14 MINS

14:27

02 Jun 2021


#7

5G Rollout in the U.S. Has Been Anything But Fast. Why?

Next-generation 5G networks are supposed to bring superfast download speeds, and possibly even enable the next wave of tech innovation. But in8he U.S., the rollout has been anything but fast. Reporter Jared Council joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Jun 2021

14 MINS

14:59

01 Jun 2021


#6

Down With Constant Video Calls. Long Live Audio-Only Calls.

Not every meeting in the remote-work era needs to be a video call. In fact, there's evidence that plain-old voice calls can be just as productive, if not more so-and better for everyone's mental health, to boot. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Amanda Lewellyn to make the case for more audio-only meetings and share tips for knowing which kind to use in any given situation. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 May 2021

14 MINS

14:17

28 May 2021


#5

Amazon to Buy MGM, Heating Up the Streaming Wars

Amazon reached a deal to buy the fabled Hollywood studio MGM for nearly $8.5 billion, including debt. The deal will give Amazon access to MGM's library of content, including franchises like "James Bond" and "Rocky." On today's show, entertainment reporter Joe Flint joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the deal, and what it tells us about the future of the streaming wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

27 May 2021

12 MINS

12:10

27 May 2021


#4

Germany Weighs Using New Powers to Target Google

Germany's competition regulator is considering a move that would enable the regulator to order Google to make changes to business practices that are deemed anticompetitive. Tech policy reporter Sam Schechner joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the action being considered, and how it could change antitrust enforcement in Europe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

26 May 2021

12 MINS

12:23

26 May 2021


#3

Ransomware Negotiators Step In When Companies Are Hacked

Ransomware attacks that lock up a victim's systems have become more common. So have people who negotiate with the hackers on behalf of the victims. Kurtis Minder, co-founder of the cyber reconnaissance startup GroupSense, discusses what those negotiations are like, and cybersecurity reporter David Uberti discusses how this approach is viewed within the cyber community. Christopher Zinsli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

25 May 2021

15 MINS

15:09

25 May 2021


#2

Google AI Unit DeepMind Tried and Failed to Gain More Autonomy

For years, senior managers at Google's DeepMind artificial-intelligence unit sought to negotiate more independence from the parent company. Now we report exclusively that Google ended those talks last month. Tech reporter Parmy Olson joins host Christopher Zinsli to discuss what happened, and why Google's moves on ethical issues surrounding AI are so closely watched. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

24 May 2021

12 MINS

12:21

24 May 2021


#1

Apple CEO Tim Cook Set to Testify in Epic Games Trial

At the end of the third week of the Epic Games trial, Apple's CEO Tim Cook is expected to be called to testify in his company's defense. WSJ's Apple reporter Tim Higgins discusses the issues at play, and what to expect from the day's testimony. Supervising Producer Christopher Zinsli fills in for host Amanda Lewellyn. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Apple services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

21 May 2021

13 MINS

13:03

21 May 2021