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. Hosted by Zoe Thomas
Introducing: Hack Me If You Can
Saturday 02 July 2022
: Wall Street Journal reporter Robert McMillan has spent years trying to find a Russian hacker who would tell him their story. And then, he...
Will Twitter’s Data Dump Push Elon Musk Deal Forward?
Friday 01 July 2022
: Elon Musk says he put his $40 billion acquisition of Twitter on hold over bots on the platform, and he demanded to see the social-media...
Celsius Said It Was Low Risk; Documents Show the Opposite
Thursday 30 June 2022
: Celsius, one of the largest crypto lenders, has been under pressure. And people active in the sector have been keeping a watchful eye. The...
After Roe v. Wade Ruling, Period-Tracker Apps Look to Anonymize Data
Wednesday 29 June 2022
: Apps that track menstrual cycles or fertility collect a trove of sensitive data about users. Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade...
Do Kwon Tries Again After $40 Billion Crypto Crash
Tuesday 28 June 2022
: Algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD was supposed to maintain its value at $1 with the help of its sister-crypto, Luna. But TerraUSD’s price...
VR Tech to Combat Social Isolation Among Seniors
Monday 27 June 2022
: To tackle social isolation among seniors, some caregivers have turned to virtual reality. One company developing that technology is...
Why Amazon’s CEO Is Working to Undo A Bezos-Led Overexpansion
Friday 24 June 2022
: Andy Jassy took over as Amazon CEO nearly a year ago. Since then the company’s stock price has fallen, online shopping demand has shrunk...
Why Many Rural Americans Are Still Waiting For Fast Internet
Thursday 23 June 2022
: The federal government has set aside billions of dollars aimed at improving internet speeds for rural Americans. But, despite multiple...
Crypto Volatility: Your Questions Answered
Wednesday 22 June 2022
: Crypto has been on a wild ride lately, experiencing huge dips and volatility impacting investors and companies, and catching the eye of...
How YouTube Shorts Became TikTok’s Biggest Rival
Tuesday 21 June 2022
: Short-form videos have become the latest big battleground for social-media platforms. TikTok is the most popular, but hot on its heels is...
Musk Tells Twitter Employees His Plans for the Company
Friday 17 June 2022
: In a town hall meeting with rank-and-file Twitter employees, Elon Musk fielded questions on free speech, his plans for company leadership...
Tesla Tops List of Suspected Driver-Assistance-Tech Crashes
Thursday 16 June 2022
: U.S. traffic safety regulators have released a first-ever survey of crashes suspected of involving advanced driver-assistance technology. At...
Microsoft Shuts Down Internet Explorer After 27 Years
Wednesday 15 June 2022
: The web browser that introduced many people to the internet is being retired on Wednesday. WSJ reporter Alyssa Lukpat joins host Zoe Thomas...
Suspended Google Engineer Says AI Chatbot Is Sentient
Tuesday 14 June 2022
: A software engineer at Google claims the company has developed an artificial intelligence chatbot that is sentient. Google has dismissed the...
Meta Investigates Sandberg’s Use of Facebook Corporate Resources
Monday 13 June 2022
: Lawyers for Facebook’s parent company Meta are investigating the extent to which outgoing Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg used...
A Facebook User’s Oculus Odyssey to Reach Customer Service
Friday 10 June 2022
: Many social media users who have problems with their accounts quickly learn there is no one to call, write to, or chat with to fix the...
Carbon Removal Tech Gets Billions In Funding. Can It Deliver?
Thursday 09 June 2022
: Investors and businesses, including big tech, are pouring money into the nascent carbon removal industry. The technology holds the promise...
WeWork Founder Looks For Next Chapter in Web3
Wednesday 08 June 2022
: Web3, built on blockchain technology, is seen by some as the future of the internet. In fact, some investors are so positive about the idea...
Ransomware Groups Break Up Into Smaller Cells to Skirt Sanctions
Tuesday 07 June 2022
: Hacking groups with ties to Russia are changing their approach to cyber attacks amid an increase in sanctions and pressure from U.S. law...
What’s Behind Sheryl Sandberg’s Departure From Facebook Parent Meta?
Monday 06 June 2022
: After 14 years of helping build Meta into an advertising powerhouse, Sheryl Sandberg is leaving the company. As chief operating officer and...
Space Cleanup: What Will It Take to Clear Out Space Junk From Orbit?
Friday 03 June 2022
: It’s no secret that the area just outside Earth’s atmosphere is filling up with dangerous space junk. Tech is under development to clean...
Space Rules: Who’s in Charge in Space?
Thursday 02 June 2022
: Outer space is like international waters, where rules are set by treaty and enforcement can be complicated. With a growing number of private...
Space Manufacturing: Building an Economy Beyond Earth
Wednesday 01 June 2022
: Private space companies have big plans, from setting up space hotels and factories to powering missions to distant planets. But to do those...
Now Hiring: Industry Jobs for the New Space Age
Tuesday 31 May 2022
: The modern space race has taken off, thanks in large part to the growing role played by private companies. As businesses send up more...
What’s Next for the Space Economy?
Monday 30 May 2022
: A new era of human activity in space is taking shape, one increasingly defined by private companies rather than government agencies. This...