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.
Academics' LinkedIn Accounts Blocked in China
Wednesday 23 June 2021
: In recent weeks, some scholars have seen their LinkedIn accounts blocked and posts removed in China, over so-called "prohibited content."...
Chip Shortage Starts Hitting Consumers With Higher Prices
Tuesday 22 June 2021
: The tech industry has been dealing with a chip shortage, as demand for devices powered by semiconductors outpaces production capacity. Now...
Amazon's Prime Day Is Under Way. Here's What You Need to Know.
Monday 21 June 2021
: Amazon's Prime Day event is underway. Since it was started in 2015, the event has become hugely impactful for the company's bottom line-and...
A Big Week for Global Tech Policy
Friday 18 June 2021
: In the past week, there have been several major U.S. policy developments that could play a big role in the fate of tech companies. Reporter...
New Deepfake Detection Technique Developed
Thursday 17 June 2021
: A team of researchers from Facebook and Michigan State University say that even the sophisticated artificial-intelligence technology used to...
Lina Khan, Critic of Big Tech, to Lead FTC
Wednesday 16 June 2021
: President Biden is tapping Columbia University professor Lina Khan to lead the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Khan has been a vocal critic of...
New U.S. Strategy to Shut Out Chinese 5G Gear: More Carrot, Less Stick
Tuesday 15 June 2021
: As next-generation 5G networks are rolled out, the U.S. government is ramping up restrictions on Chinese-made telecom equipment, which it...
How the FBI Got Colonial Pipeline's Ransom Back
Monday 14 June 2021
: Last week, law enforcement said it had retrieved 64 of the 75 bitcoin Colonial Pipeline paid to hackers after a ransomware attack. The...
Finding the Next Health Tech Unicorn
Friday 11 June 2021
: At the WSJ's recent virtual Tech Health event, SoftBank Senior Managing Partner Deep Nishar and former Apple CEO John Sculley spoke with...
Google Health VP on the Company's Ventures in Healthcare
Thursday 10 June 2021
: At the WSJ's virtual Tech Health event Wednesday, Google Health VP David Feinberg joined business editor Jamie Heller to discuss how Google...
Apple's Privacy Moves Make Advertisers Anxious
Wednesday 09 June 2021
: At WWDC this week, Apple introduced several features it said were meant to help protect users' privacy as they use their devices. But...
At WWDC, Apple Doubles Down on Privacy
Tuesday 08 June 2021
: Yesterday, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it announced big updates to many of its core apps, many of...
Facebook Suspends Trump for at Least Two Years
Monday 07 June 2021
: After a decision from its Oversight Board last month, Facebook said it would suspend former President Donald Trump for two years, and that...
Cyber Attacks Prompt Government Response
Friday 04 June 2021
: Government officials are looking at ways to address the uptick in cyber attacks over the past year. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti...
Dogecoin to Begin Trading on Coinbase Pro Today
Thursday 03 June 2021
: Dogecoin has been on a tear this year, egged on by retail investors and tweets from influential advocates like Elon Musk. Now doge is set to...
Elon Musk's Starlink Could Get a Boost From German Subsidies
Wednesday 02 June 2021
: Germany could become the first large nation to subsidize the use of consumer satellite internet services like those offered by Elon Musk's...
5G Rollout in the U.S. Has Been Anything But Fast. Why?
Tuesday 01 June 2021
: Next-generation 5G networks are supposed to bring superfast download speeds, and possibly even enable the next wave of tech innovation. But...
Down With Constant Video Calls. Long Live Audio-Only Calls.
Friday 28 May 2021
: Not every meeting in the remote-work era needs to be a video call. In fact, there's evidence that plain-old voice calls can be just as...
Amazon to Buy MGM, Heating Up the Streaming Wars
Thursday 27 May 2021
: Amazon reached a deal to buy the fabled Hollywood studio MGM for nearly $8.5 billion, including debt. The deal will give Amazon access to...
Germany Weighs Using New Powers to Target Google
Wednesday 26 May 2021
: Germany's competition regulator is considering a move that would enable the regulator to order Google to make changes to business practices...
Ransomware Negotiators Step In When Companies Are Hacked
Tuesday 25 May 2021
: Ransomware attacks that lock up a victim's systems have become more common. So have people who negotiate with the hackers on behalf of the...
Google AI Unit DeepMind Tried and Failed to Gain More Autonomy
Monday 24 May 2021
: For years, senior managers at Google's DeepMind artificial-intelligence unit sought to negotiate more independence from the parent company....
Apple CEO Tim Cook Set to Testify in Epic Games Trial
Friday 21 May 2021
: At the end of the third week of the Epic Games trial, Apple's CEO Tim Cook is expected to be called to testify in his company's defense....
Tesla Drivers Test Bounds of Assisted-Driving Features
Thursday 20 May 2021
: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has championed his vehicles' driver-assistance system, and he has forecasted that self-driving cars are the future. But...
Google Sets Sights on Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer
Wednesday 19 May 2021
: Google says it is devoting billions of dollars to developing a commercial-grade quantum computer by 2029. The company is exploring use cases...