WSJ Tech News Briefing
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GM to Use Data on Your Driving to Sell Car Insurance
Monday 23 November 2020
: 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...
The Tech Behind the Leading Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates
Friday 20 November 2020
: As coronavirus case counts continue to surge in the U.S., all eyes are on two promising vaccine candidates from drug companies Pfizer and...
Apple Cuts Developer Fees for Smaller App Makers
Thursday 19 November 2020
: 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...
Why Aren't Covid Tracking Apps More Effective?
Wednesday 18 November 2020
: Contact-tracing could help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Tech companies have been working to automate parts of the contact tracing...
Fed Up With Facebook and Twitter, Some Conservatives Turn to Parler
Tuesday 17 November 2020
: As mainstream social-media companies ramp up restrictions on hate speech and misinformation on their platforms, some complain that the...
Tech Startups Look to Go Public Sooner
Monday 16 November 2020
: The stock market has become more bullish on tech stocks during the pandemic. Coupled with the reemergence of special-purpose acquisition...
Why Temperature Scanners Are Raising Concerns
Friday 13 November 2020
: The pandemic sparked demand for thermal imaging devices. We've seen them used in schools, offices, and other types of spaces to scan...
TikTok Asks Court for Extension on Divestiture Deadline
Thursday 12 November 2020
: 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....
Private 5G Networks Bring Bandwidth Where Carriers Aren't
Wednesday 11 November 2020
: 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....
Zoom Tackles Tricky Role of Policing Its Service
Tuesday 10 November 2020
: Earlier this year, the videoconferencing service Zoom experienced an astronomical rise to popularity. But with greater usership comes...
How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Election Outcomes
Monday 09 November 2020
: Pollsters have had trouble getting an accurate understanding of the electorate in recent years. Now some experts say artificial intelligence...
Why Quibi Shut Down
Friday 06 November 2020
: Quibi, the erstwhile short-form video service, was supposed to revolutionize Hollywood, but just six months after it launched, executives...
Why Chinese Regulators Pulled the Plug on the Biggest IPO in History
Thursday 05 November 2020
: The Chinese fintech giant Ant Group was expected to go public today, but regulators pulled the plug at the 11th hour. Finance Editor Charles...
How to Navigate Social Media Post-Election
Wednesday 04 November 2020
: 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...
Where Trump and Biden Stand on Cybersecurity Policy
Tuesday 03 November 2020
: While cybersecurity issues haven't been major talking points in the U.S. presidential candidates' stump speeches, how the next...
What California's Proposition 22 Could Mean for the Gig Economy
Monday 02 November 2020
: 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...
Why So Many Chipmakers Want to Merge
Friday 30 October 2020
: The semiconductor industry has been in a merger frenzy lately. Reporter Asa Fitch explains why all the deal activity is happening now....
How Airbnb Came Back From the Brink
Thursday 29 October 2020
: 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...
Social Media CEOs in the Senate Hot Seat over Content Policies
Wednesday 28 October 2020
: The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google are set to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee, where they will face questions about how...
Facebook Prepares for Possible Election Unrest in U.S.
Tuesday 27 October 2020
: Facebook has used internal tools to quell civil unrest around elections in countries it considers to be "at risk," such as Sri Lanka and...
What the Surge in Early Voting Could Tell Us About the Election
Monday 26 October 2020
: P.M. Edition for Oct. 26. With just over a week to go before Election Day, early in-person voter turnout is surging. Reporter Cameron...
Reid Hoffman and Fei-Fei Li on Human-Centered AI (Special Episode)
Monday 26 October 2020
: On today's episode, a conversation between LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, Co-Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered...
Tech Live: Bridging the Digital Divide and the Road to Tech Equity
Friday 23 October 2020
: The pandemic has exacerbated the digital divide: who has access to the internet, and who doesn't. On today's episode, FCC Commissioner...
Tech Live: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Big Tech's Power
Thursday 22 October 2020
: Earlier this week, the Justice Department dropped its long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging that Google illegally uses...
Justice Department Files Antitrust Suit Against Google
Wednesday 21 October 2020
: The DOJ has filed a long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging that the company engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve...