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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

Some Tech Workers Who Left Silicon Valley Are Also Changing Jobs

Tech workers have been leaving the San Francisco Bay Area in droves, setting up camp in lower-cost locales to wait out the pandemic. Now some workers are also changing jobs, and taking a chance on opportunities outside of Silicon Valley. Reporter Katherine Bindley joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

24 Nov 2020

12 MINS

12:57

24 Nov 2020


#19

GM to Use Data on Your Driving to Sell Car Insurance

Connected cars are on the rise, and automakers are looking for ways to use the data they collect on how you use the vehicles. Now General Motors says it will offer car insurance that will determine customers' rates using data from its OnStar connected-car service. Reporter Mike Colias joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Nov 2020

12 MINS

12:49

23 Nov 2020


#18

The Tech Behind the Leading Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates

As coronavirus case counts continue to surge in the U.S., all eyes are on two promising vaccine candidates from drug companies Pfizer and Moderna. Both use a promising new gene-based technology called messenger RNA. Reporter Peter Loftus joins host Amanda Lewellyn for a look at how it works. 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

20 Nov 2020

13 MINS

13:18

20 Nov 2020


#17

Apple Cuts Developer Fees for Smaller App Makers

One of the biggest tech battles this year has been the fight over developer fees, the 30% cuts that Apple and Google take from transactions in their App Store. In the latest development, Apple says it will cut that fee in half for smaller developers. Reporter Tim Higgins explains how the action fits into the larger battle. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

19 Nov 2020

11 MINS

11:28

19 Nov 2020


#16

Why Aren't Covid Tracking Apps More Effective?

Contact-tracing could help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Tech companies have been working to automate parts of the contact tracing process, but the technology is only helpful if people actually use it. As it turns out, not many people are. Reporter Rolfe Winkler joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why that is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Nov 2020

14 MINS

14:12

18 Nov 2020


#15

Fed Up With Facebook and Twitter, Some Conservatives Turn to Parler

As mainstream social-media companies ramp up restrictions on hate speech and misinformation on their platforms, some complain that the measures unfairly restrict conservatives. Reporter Jeff Horwitz explains how the libertarian social-media app Parler is rising as an alternative. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

17 Nov 2020

11 MINS

11:36

17 Nov 2020


#14

Tech Startups Look to Go Public Sooner

The stock market has become more bullish on tech stocks during the pandemic. Coupled with the reemergence of special-purpose acquisition companies, more tech startups are choosing to go public at a much earlier stage. WSJ Pro Venture Capital reporter Yuliya Chernova joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Nov 2020

10 MINS

10:02

16 Nov 2020


#13

Why Temperature Scanners Are Raising Concerns

The pandemic sparked demand for thermal imaging devices. We've seen them used in schools, offices, and other types of spaces to scan individuals' temperatures before they enter. But the security camera industry has raised concerns about the devices' accuracy, and they've asked the Food and Drug Administration for tighter regulations. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

13 Nov 2020

11 MINS

11:53

13 Nov 2020


#12

TikTok Asks Court for Extension on Divestiture Deadline

Today is the U.S. government's deadline for TikTok to find an American buyer for its U.S. operations. But there's a lot still up in the air. Now, the Chinese-owned video-sharing app is asking for more time to work things out. Reporter Georgia Wells explains where things stand. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Nov 2020

09 MINS

09:46

12 Nov 2020


#11

Private 5G Networks Bring Bandwidth Where Carriers Aren't

A confluence of regulation changes and technological advancements have made it so you don't have to be a big carrier to build a 5G network. Our tech columnist Christopher Mims explains how that's democratizing access to next-generation connectivity. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

11 Nov 2020

13 MINS

13:44

11 Nov 2020


#10

Zoom Tackles Tricky Role of Policing Its Service

Earlier this year, the videoconferencing service Zoom experienced an astronomical rise to popularity. But with greater usership comes greater pressure to police content, and the company has caught some heat for its decisions to block certain public events. Reporter Aaron Tilley explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

10 Nov 2020

12 MINS

12:27

10 Nov 2020


#9

How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Election Outcomes

Pollsters have had trouble getting an accurate understanding of the electorate in recent years. Now some experts say artificial intelligence could help fill in some of the gaps. WSJ Pro AI reporter Jared Council joins the show to discuss. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Nov 2020

13 MINS

13:33

09 Nov 2020


#8

Why Quibi Shut Down

Quibi, the erstwhile short-form video service, was supposed to revolutionize Hollywood, but just six months after it launched, executives shut it down. Reporter Benjamin Mullin joins us to explain why it failed, and what Quibi's story tells us about the increasingly crowded streaming landscape. 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

06 Nov 2020

12 MINS

12:12

06 Nov 2020


#7

Why Chinese Regulators Pulled the Plug on the Biggest IPO in History

The Chinese fintech giant Ant Group was expected to go public today, but regulators pulled the plug at the 11th hour. Finance Editor Charles Forrelle joins to explain what happened and why you should be paying attention. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Nov 2020

12 MINS

12:29

05 Nov 2020


#6

How to Navigate Social Media Post-Election

Election Day in the U.S. has passed, and false and misleading posts are still circulating on social media despite measures to cut back on misinformation. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern gives her tips on how to navigate the internet in the days following the election. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Nov 2020

12 MINS

12:18

04 Nov 2020


#5

Where Trump and Biden Stand on Cybersecurity Policy

While cybersecurity issues haven't been major talking points in the U.S. presidential candidates' stump speeches, how the next administration proceeds on various cyber-related issues could have major consequences for our digital future. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti explains. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

03 Nov 2020

15 MINS

15:06

03 Nov 2020


#4

What California's Proposition 22 Could Mean for the Gig Economy

As California voters go to the polls and mail in their ballots, they're being asked to vote on Proposition 22, a ballot initiative so heavily supported by big companies in the gig economy that it has become the most expensive in California state history. Reporter Preetika Rana explains how the outcome could have a massive impact for companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Nov 2020

13 MINS

13:35

02 Nov 2020


#3

Why So Many Chipmakers Want to Merge

The semiconductor industry has been in a merger frenzy lately. Reporter Asa Fitch explains why all the deal activity is happening now. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Trenae Nuri produced the show this week, and 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

30 Oct 2020

15 MINS

15:30

30 Oct 2020


#2

How Airbnb Came Back From the Brink

Travel ground to a halt at the outset of the pandemic. That could have spelled the end for Airbnb. But we report that under the leadership of CEO Brian Chesky, the company is set to report a surprise profit in the third quarter. Reporter Preetika Rana explains how he did it. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Oct 2020

15 MINS

15:32

29 Oct 2020


#1

Social Media CEOs in the Senate Hot Seat over Content Policies

The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google are set to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee, where they will face questions about how their platforms treat politically charged content. Tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy discusses what to expect from today's hearing. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 Oct 2020

15 MINS

15:34

28 Oct 2020