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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..

 

#809

What You Need to Know Before Buying Apple Products Right Now

Apple has announced a flurry of new products and features - but our Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern says you should wait before you make any big purchases. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Production assistance from Nora Eckert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Jul 2020

09 MINS

09:45

02 Jul 2020


#808

How Facebook Users Are Targeting Health Officials

Protests against public health officials are ramping up from those who oppose social distancing measures or wearing masks. And Facebook has been a critical tool for them, as they organize their demonstrations and live-stream protests from outside officials' homes. But critics say it's also contributed to the misinformation that's stoking this movement. Jeffrey Horowitz explains. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Production assistance from Nora Eckert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Jul 2020

13 MINS

13:24

01 Jul 2020


#807

How eBay Tried to Crush a Blog Critic

A pair of bloggers wrote some negative posts about eBay. Then, they started receiving ominous packages of cockroaches and funeral wreaths. Next, they realized they were being followed. A criminal investigation found that it was all part of an alleged harassment campaign that came from high within eBay's ranks. Kirsten Grind explains. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Production assistance from Nora Eckert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Jun 2020

13 MINS

13:30

30 Jun 2020


#806

California City Bans Predictive Policing Software

Many governments are cracking down on policing tactics in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. Now, a city in California is believed to be the first to ban predictive policing software. Our cybersecurity reporter David Uberti explains. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Jun 2020

10 MINS

10:47

29 Jun 2020


#805

White House Considering Broad Intervention to Secure 5G Future

Everyone wants in on the race to next-generation 5G networks. The Chinese telecom giant Huawei is leading the pack. And now, we report that the Trump Administration is considering sweeping measures to shut them out. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Production assistance from Nora Eckert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

26 Jun 2020

13 MINS

13:54

26 Jun 2020


#804

Why Trump's Campaign is Looking for Alternatives to Facebook, Twitter

The biggest social media platforms have been feeling pressure to moderate political content. In recent weeks, Facebook and Twitter have flagged or removed some of President Trump's posts and campaign ads. But as the campaign looks for other ways to connect with voters online - are there really other options? Our reporter Emily Glazer will explain. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

25 Jun 2020

12 MINS

12:41

25 Jun 2020


#803

How New Immigration Measures Could Impact Tech

Tech companies are pushing back against the Trump administration's temporary ban on H-1B and other immigrant work visas. Our reporter Asa Fitch will join us to break down the debate. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

24 Jun 2020

09 MINS

09:27

24 Jun 2020


#802

What Wirecard's Downfall Could Mean for Tech Investing

A German fintech company announced last week that it's missing over $2 billion from its balance sheet. On Monday, the board said that money probably never existed in the first place. Our columnist Stephen Wilmot on what that could mean for tech investing in Europe. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Jun 2020

12 MINS

12:35

23 Jun 2020


#801

Our Guide to Apple's WWDC

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today - virtually, of course. As usual, it's a chance for Apple to unveil new products and strategy. But this year also marks a critical moment for Apple's relationship with developers. Our tech columnist Christopher Mims will join us to guide us through it. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 Jun 2020

12 MINS

12:37

22 Jun 2020


#800

Why Hackers Are Targeting Companies You've Never Heard Of

When cybercriminals go after big entities, they make headlines. So they've begun targeting more under-the-radar companies. Our reporter Jenny Strasburg joins us to explain the impact. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

19 Jun 2020

12 MINS

12:58

19 Jun 2020


#799

DOJ Proposes Limiting Protections for Internet Companies

The Justice Department proposed a rollback of some of the rules that have protected tech companies for decades. Our reporter Brent Kendall explains. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Jun 2020

15 MINS

15:06

18 Jun 2020


#798

How Russian Misinformation Groups May Be Adapting Since 2016

A new report gives us insight into how the Russian firm Secondary Infektion has been operating over the past few years. Our reporter Robert McMillan joins us to explain what they're doing, and what it could mean for Russian disinformation tactics in 2020. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

17 Jun 2020

13 MINS

13:57

17 Jun 2020


#797

Why Police Could Still Be Using Facial Recognition, Despite Big Exits

Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and others have said they won't sell facial recognition tech to police, and they've called on Congress to introduce national legislation. But other major players in the market aren't making the same commitments. Our reporter Jared Council explains. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Jun 2020

15 MINS

15:54

16 Jun 2020


#796

How Political Groups Harvest Data from Protesters

For years, companies have used location data to market specific products and messages to individuals. Now, political groups are adopting the strategy. Our reporter Patience Haggin joins us to explain. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Jun 2020

09 MINS

09:31

15 Jun 2020


#795

Developer Conferences, Minus the Developers

Normally, major tech companies launch new products and services at developer conferences - but the pandemic has made that near-impossible. Our Heard on the Street Columnist Dan Gallagher explains what that could mean for the industry. And tech workers: has your company been taking action to address racial inequity in the workplace? Call us and tell us about it at‪ (314) 635-0388‬. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Jun 2020

11 MINS

11:50

12 Jun 2020


#794

Rivals Step Up to Take on Amazon Amid Pandemic

Shutdowns around the world mean more shoppers are taking their carts digital. As even the biggest companies like Amazon and Walmart struggle to keep up - how are the little guys doing? Our reporter Sebastian Herrera joins us to explain. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

11 Jun 2020

14 MINS

14:37

11 Jun 2020


#793

China's Tencent Holdings to Build a City

Tencent Holdings - one of the world's most valuable tech companies - is known for its social media, videogame, and other Internet ventures. Now: it's adding 'city planner' to its portfolio. Our reporter Konrad Putzier explains. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

10 Jun 2020

10 MINS

10:44

10 Jun 2020


#792

Kids Sneaking Online During the Pandemic

Breaking rules is part of being a kid. Unfortunately for parents, that extends to screen time limits, too. Our Family Tech Columnist Julie Jargon joins to explain some of the ways the tech-savviest generation has been sneaking online - and what parents can do about it. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Jun 2020

10 MINS

10:55

09 Jun 2020


#791

Why You've Been "Doomscrolling"

There's a reason you've been spending more time than usual scrolling through bad news lately. It has a lot to do with your fight-or-flight response. Our personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen joins us to explain what's happening, and how to cut back. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Jun 2020

11 MINS

11:53

08 Jun 2020


#790

Microsoft Battles for Your Work Computer

During the pandemic, workplace communications companies have seen years' worth of progress in the space of months. Meaning the fight for market share is intense. Microsoft - one of the world's largest companies - has been adopting aggressive tactics to get workplaces to opt into its product, Teams. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Jun 2020

11 MINS

11:57

05 Jun 2020


#789

Working in Tech While Black

Since the killing of George Floyd last week, the nation has been reckoning with its racial divisions and history again. Microsoft is among several tech companies that have declared their support for racial equity - and urged employees to have open conversations about race. On today's episode, we hear from Microsoft Senior Director of Marketing Tina Eskridge about her experience working through this moment. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Jun 2020

13 MINS

13:30

04 Jun 2020


#788

Special Edition: IG Founder Kevin Systrom at WSJ Tech Health

The Wall Street Journal held its second annual gathering on health technology yesterday, bringing executives and experts together online for interactive conversations about the future of global health. At that event, Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Matt Murray interviewed Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom about social media's role during the pandemic and his coronavirus modeling project. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

03 Jun 2020

29 MINS

29:53

03 Jun 2020


#787

Social Media's Role in Protests

For about as long as platforms like Twitter have existed, demonstrators and police have used them as a tool. Our reporter Sarah E. Needleman joins us to explain the role of social media in recent protests over the death of George Floyd, as well as some of the historical precedent. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Jun 2020

12 MINS

12:35

02 Jun 2020


#786

Tech Task Force to Combat Covid-19 Stumbles

When the pandemic hit the U.S., tech leaders rounded up innovators and policymakers, from big investors to the White House, to try and come up with solutions. But after challenges like a leadership change and concerns over privacy, many of their most ambitious plans have failed to materialize. Our deputy tech editor Brad Reagan joins us to explain what's going on. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Jun 2020

11 MINS

11:49

01 Jun 2020


#785

Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that seeks to limit legal protections for social media companies. The action comes after Twitter labeled two of the president's tweets about mail-in voting. Our reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins us to break down what's in the order and how it relates to a larger debate about free speech online. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 May 2020

12 MINS

12:23

29 May 2020


#784

Facebook Officials Shut Down Attempts to Make it Less Divisive

Americans' views on fundamental issues have been drifting apart for decades, but many believe that social media companies are widening the gap. After these concerns reached a fever pitch during the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook took a look at itself to see if it contributed to divisiveness. Turns out - it did. But as our reporter Jeffrey Horwitz explains, executives at Facebook dialed back efforts to fix the problem. Kateri Jochum hosts. Correction: An earlier version of this podcast mischaracterized Facebook executives as having not taken steps to address polarization. The podcast details the steps they took and we have removed that mischaracterization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 May 2020

17 MINS

17:30

28 May 2020


#783

SpaceX to Send Astronauts to the ISS

Between Tesla and a new baby, you might've forgotten that Elon Musk is also working on space travel. Today, his company SpaceX is scheduled to become the first private entity to send humans to the International Space Station. Our reporter Andy Pasztor joins us to explain why this could be one small step for man - and a giant leap for commercial space travel. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

27 May 2020

14 MINS

14:46

27 May 2020


#782

Why Big Tech is Still Growing

The most significant economic downturn in recent history has forced many companies to lay off thousands of workers, and cut back on new investments. But tech companies still have the resources to grow - and to invest in R&D. Our tech columnist Christopher Mims explains why that is. Kateri Jochum hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

26 May 2020

11 MINS

11:30

26 May 2020


#781

What Getting Hired in Silicon Valley Looks Like Now

Thousands of tech workers have been laid off in recent days, and some executives have said those positions are gone for good. Our reporter Asa Fitch joins us to explain what it's like to look for a job in Silicon Valley right now - and what that could mean for tech in the long run. Plus: Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins with her work from home tech tip of the week. Kateri Jochum hosts. Amanda Lewellyn is our producer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 May 2020

13 MINS

13:45

22 May 2020