WSJ Tech News Briefing
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Cyberattacks Cost Hospitals Millions in the Pandemic
Friday 05 March 2021
: Hospitals have increasingly been hit with ransomware attacks during the pandemic, making it even harder to deliver critical care to Covid-19...
Google to Stop Selling Ads Based on Your Web Browsing
Thursday 04 March 2021
: Alphabet's Google says it will stop using tracking technologies that uniquely identify internet users based on their browser history. Tech...
As Vaccines Roll Out, Tech Firms Work to Find Alternatives to Needles
Wednesday 03 March 2021
: Since the 19th century, syringes have been the go-to way to administer vaccines. Over the years, some technologists have tried, without much...
'Back to Normal' Might Not Mean 'Back to the Office' for Tech Startups
Tuesday 02 March 2021
: As tech companies begin to plan for life on the other side of the pandemic, many startups are betting on a future without traditional office...
Tech Companies Face New Rules in India
Monday 01 March 2021
: For many tech companies, India is key to continued growth. There are hundreds of millions of users in the country who have yet to start...
Lawmakers Push Amazon for Public Disclosure on SolarWinds Hack
Friday 26 February 2021
: Representatives from the public and private sectors have been collaborating to respond to the massive SolarWinds hack, which compromised at...
Restaurants Look for Ways Around Food-Delivery Apps
Thursday 25 February 2021
: For many restaurants, food-delivery apps like DoorDash and Grubhub have been a critical way to serve customers in the pandemic. But some say...
Why Facebook Is Restoring News Content in Australia
Wednesday 24 February 2021
: Last week, Facebook instituted a news blackout in Australia, over a proposal there that would require internet companies to pay publishers...
IBM's Watson Illustrates Why Applying A.I. to Healthcare Is So Hard
Tuesday 23 February 2021
: Over the course of the last decade or so, IBM has poured billions of dollars into developing Watson Health, an artificial-intelligence...
Big Tech's Employees Were Big Contributors to Democrats
Monday 22 February 2021
: New campaign finance data shows that employees of big tech companies were a key source of funding for Joe Biden's presidential campaign....
Media and Big Tech Draw Lines in Debate Over News Content
Friday 19 February 2021
: For years, tech companies have been locked in a debate with publishers over whether they should have to pay for news content. This week,...
Joanna Stern on Clubhouse and the Rise of Social Audio
Thursday 18 February 2021
: The age of audio-first social media is upon us. The buzziest player is Clubhouse, an invite-only app now in beta testing. Twitter is working...
Why Corporations Are Upping Their Venture-Capital Investing
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: In times of uncertainty, corporations usually spend less, not more, on risky venture-capital investments. But new data shows that in the...
While the U.S. Deadlocks on Privacy, Other Countries Set Standards
Tuesday 16 February 2021
: The U.S. is home to many of the world's largest tech companies, but the European Union has led the charge when it comes to setting global...
Online Stores Use Tech to Reduce Returns
Friday 12 February 2021
: E-commerce is exploding during the pandemic, but for customers, it can be hard to find the right fit without the luxury of a physical...
Biden Administration Signals Potential Return to Net Neutrality
Thursday 11 February 2021
: The pandemic has made it so that the internet plays an even greater role in how we live, work and learn. Recent actions from the Biden...
U.A.E. Probe Enters Mars Orbit; Other Nations Soon to Follow
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: The first interplanetary probe from an Arab nation entered Mars orbit yesterday, and other countries are set to follow soon. Science writer...
Why Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion in Bitcoin
Tuesday 09 February 2021
: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has often advocated for cryptocurrencies, and now his company is following suit. In a filing Monday, the company...
How a Union Vote Could Change Amazon's Relationship With Workers
Monday 08 February 2021
: Amazon's business has benefited from strong demand from consumers during the pandemic. But moving into 2021, the e-commerce giant faces a...
A Chip Shortage Is Hurting Car Makers. Other Industries Could Be Next.
Friday 05 February 2021
: Some of the world's biggest automakers are cutting production, as a shortage of semiconductors squeezes their industry. Reporter Asa Fitch...
Pentagon, NASA Remove Barriers to Collaboration on Space Projects
Thursday 04 February 2021
: U.S. government and aerospace-industry officials are removing decades-old barriers between civilian and military space projects in response...
Amazon Is Getting a New CEO
Wednesday 03 February 2021
: Along with its earnings report yesterday, Amazon included a surprise announcement: Founder Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO and...
Why Facebook Plans to Overhaul Groups
Tuesday 02 February 2021
: In 2019, Facebook redesigned its flagship product to center on Groups, a feature that created forums for like-minded users interested in...
Google Bets on A.I., But Management Issues Present Challenges
Monday 01 February 2021
: Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has bet big on artificial intelligence, expecting the technology to be central to Google's future. But outside of...
Apple, Facebook Spar Over Privacy
Friday 29 January 2021
: Apple is moving ahead with plans to introduce a new privacy feature that would give users more control over who has access to their data....