WSJ Tech News Briefing
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..
SoftBank is Back in the Black
Wednesday 12 August 2020
: In the first quarter, tech investor SoftBank reported its worst financial results ever. Now it's swung back into the black, recording a...
Why Some Officials Are Calling for a National Cyber Director
Tuesday 11 August 2020
: Several high-profile attacks have renewed some lawmakers' push for a director of cybersecurity at the White House level. Our reporter Dave...
A Look at Tim Cook's Apple
Monday 10 August 2020
: It's been nearly a decade since Tim Cook succeeded founder Steve Jobs as the C.E.O. of Apple. While Jobs was known as a visionary and a...
Tech Stocks Rally as Small Investors Buy Fractions of Shares
Friday 07 August 2020
: Services from Robinhood, Fidelity, and others are making it easier to buy slivers of shares on the stock market. Our reporter Alexander...
Hackers Get the Green Light to Test Elections Systems
Thursday 06 August 2020
: After years of keeping security researchers at bay, election equipment makers are opening their devices to hackers to try and uncover...
How a Teenager Allegedly Masterminded Twitter's Worst Hack
Wednesday 05 August 2020
: Last month, hackers broke into dozens of major Twitter accounts, pushed a bitcoin scam, and - in some cases - downloaded users' data and...
How Would TikTok Fit Into Microsoft's Business Strategy?
Tuesday 04 August 2020
: Talks between Microsoft and the Chinese-owned video app TikTok are in limbo after a regulatory rollercoaster last weekend. In the meantime,...
TikTok's Rollercoaster Weekend
Monday 03 August 2020
: As of Friday, it looked like the video-sharing app TikTok had come up with a plan to save itself from regulatory scrutiny. Then, everything...
Friday 31 July 2020
: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google reported their quarterly earnings on Thursday. Just a day after CEOs from those companies faced...
NASA's Most Ambitious Mars Mission Launches Today
Thursday 30 July 2020
: Today, NASA is expected to head to the red planet. If everything goes as planned, it'll be the third launch from Earth to Mars this summer...
What You Need to Know About Today's Tech Hearing
Wednesday 29 July 2020
: Four of the most powerful CEOs in tech are scheduled to testify before the House Antitrust Subcommittee today, and it's expected to be a...
Why Google's Keeping Workers Remote Until Summer 2021
Tuesday 28 July 2020
: As companies all over the country are grappling with when to return to the office, Google executives have decided to wait until next year....
How Election Officials Are Building Up Their Cyber Defenses
Monday 27 July 2020
: We're less than 100 days from the presidential election. As we get closer, local officials have been working on their cyber defenses....
For Some Startups, Amazon Funding Is a Double-Edged Sword
Friday 24 July 2020
: We report that Amazon met with startups about investing, and then launched their own, competing products. The news comes just days before...
Why Slack Filed an Antitrust Complaint Against Microsoft
Thursday 23 July 2020
: For the companies that make remote-work software, the competition is fierce. Now, Slack has formally accused Microsoft of throwing some...
Could Tesla Surprise Us Again?
Wednesday 22 July 2020
: Tesla is set to report its earnings this afternoon. While analysts are forecasting a loss, CEO Elon Musk has been known to throw a...
How Schools Are Preparing for Remote Learning (Again)
Tuesday 21 July 2020
: School districts are getting ready for another semester of online learning. This time, they're hoping to take a red pen to some of the...
How Governments Are Using Cellphone Data for Surveillance
Monday 20 July 2020
: If you've shared your location with an app, you probably know that advertisers then sell that data to other marketers. But you might not...
Russia Blamed for Cyberattacks on Coronavirus Vaccine Researchers
Friday 17 July 2020
: Hackers have been targeting the research institutions working on treatments and vaccines for the novel coronavirus. Now some officials in...
In Search, Google Pushes YouTube Over Rivals
Thursday 16 July 2020
: When you search Google for video content, the first results often direct you to YouTube. That's not a coincidence. The Journal reports that...
Why the U.K. Reversed Course on Huawei
Wednesday 15 July 2020
: Amid tensions between China and the West, the U.K. says it is banning Chinese telecom company Huawei from its 5G networks. That's a reversal...
Why Tech Stocks Are (Still) Rallying
Tuesday 14 July 2020
: Even amidst the pandemic, tech stocks have been on an upswing. Our reporter Michael Wursthorn explains what's happening-and why analysts say...
How Hollywood is Bringing Tech Into the Creative Process
Monday 13 July 2020
: There's a lot to watch, and Hollywood knows it. That's why some studios are using tech to ensure they're making content that you want to...
How Chicago's Broadband Plan Works to Close the Digital Divide
Friday 10 July 2020
: As schools prepare for the fall, online education is looking like a good option for socially distanced learning. But not everyone has access...
Why TikTok Is Allowing More Political Content
Thursday 09 July 2020
: The Chinese company TikTok is best known as a place for lighthearted entertainment videos. But as it expands into new markets, the company...