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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..

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..

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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..

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Episodes

Investigation Finds Millions of Fake Comments on FCC Proposal

5/7/2021
A new report from the New York attorney general found that nearly 18 million fake comments were filed regarding the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 proposal to scale back internet regulations. Senior writer James Grimaldi joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the finding and what is being done to combat the tactic, known as astroturfing. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:13:10

Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Trump Ban, With an Asterisk

5/6/2021
In a long-anticipated ruling, Facebook's oversight board upheld the company's decision to block former President Donald Trump from its platforms. But it said the company didn't adequately explain if or why the ban would be permanent. Facebook reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the ruling, and its potential impact. News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:11:12

Decision on Trump's Facebook Ban Is Coming Today

5/5/2021
Former President Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook and Instagram since January, after a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol. Today, Facebook's independent oversight board is expected to hand down its decision that could determine whether Mr. Trump is allowed back on the platforms. Facebook reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss how the board is making its decision, and what the impact could be. News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial...

Duration:00:11:49

Basecamp's Push to Curb Political Talk at Work Sparks Debate in Tech

5/4/2021
Leaders at the startup Basecamp said last week it would curb political conversations at work. The announcement sparked an immediate backlash. But it's not the first time a tech company has tried to limit employees' speech. Tech reporter Katie Bindley joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why the issue has become so prevalent, and how Basecamp fits in. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Apple services. Learn more about your...

Duration:00:12:20

Epic vs. Apple Court Battle Begins Today

5/3/2021
The high-profile trial between the maker of 'Fortnite' and Apple begins today. Epic alleges that Apple's developer fees-the 30% commission it takes on purchases made through its App Store-are too high and anticompetitive. Apple says the fees are in line with what others charge and that it uses the money to ensure that transactions made through the App Store are safe. Apple reporter Tim Higgins joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss what to watch for. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall...

Duration:00:11:57

What We Learned From This Week's Tech Earnings Reports

4/30/2021
This week's quarterly earnings reports from some of the biggest tech companies in the world give us a first look at how the sector is faring as the world begins to ease pandemic-related restrictions. Tech editor Bowdeya Tweh joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the results and what we learned. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:49

Elon Musk's War on Regulators

4/29/2021
While most CEOs steer clear of regulators, the entrepreneur Elon Musk often goes head-to-head with agencies that oversee financial markets and space flight. Investigations reporter Susan Pulliam joins host Amanda Lewellyn to take a closer look at what this unusual stance has meant for Mr. Musk and his companies. News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Facebook. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial...

Duration:00:10:48

Google's Univision Cloud Deal Highlights Debate Over Bundling Services

4/28/2021
Google secured one of its largest-ever cloud computing deals with the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision by bundling its cloud computing services with benefits in its search, advertising and YouTube businesses. Tech reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why some lawmakers are raising questions about the practice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:11:02

Joanna Stern and Apple's Software Chief Talk App Tracking Transparency

4/27/2021
If you updated to iOS 14.5, you might have noticed the apps on your iPhone asking for permission to track you. That is due to a new feature called app tracking transparency, or ATT, that has sparked a backlash from developers and advertisers that depend on such data. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern sits down with Apple's software chief, Craig Federighi, to discuss the change and the debate it has stoked. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:11:42

What's Driving Tech Startups' Deal Frenzy

4/26/2021
U.S. startups raised $69 billion from investors in the first quarter, according to PitchBook Data, and the average valuation at all stages reached a new high. Tech reporter Heather Somerville joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain what is driving the trend, and the risk it holds for startups and investors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:10:39

Tesla Crashes Raise Safety Concerns in Congress

4/23/2021
Some lawmakers are raising concerns about the safety of Tesla vehicles after a series of fatal crashes, most recently one in Texas last weekend. Tesla reporter Rebecca Elliott joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss lawmakers' concerns, and how regulators might respond. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:10:58

EU Proposal Seeks to Limit AI, Facial Recognition

4/22/2021
The executive branch of the European Union has put forward one of the first proposed laws globally to regulate artificial intelligence and facial-recognition technologies. Tech reporter Parmy Olson joins host Amanda Lewellyn to break down what is in the bill, and the impact it could have. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:11:50

Roblox Works to Reign In Sexual Content on its Platform

4/21/2021
Many parents have leaned on online games to keep young children entertained and connected during the pandemic. But in one popular platform, Roblox, there are dark corners: In some games, players' avatars simulate sex and "date" one another. Family and Tech Columnist Julie Jargon joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain the impact on children, and how Roblox is working to more strictly moderate content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:54

Rivals Raise Concerns About SpaceX's Starlink Project

4/20/2021
Elon Musk's internet satellite venture, Starlink, is authorized to send 12,000 satellites into orbit to expand internet access, and it is seeking permission for another 30,000. But rivals are raising concerns about the company's approach. Correspondent Bojan Pancevski joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:58

How the Pandemic Turbo-Charged Payments Processor Stripe

4/19/2021
The pandemic threatened to clobber Stripe. Instead, the payments processor became one of the most lucrative businesses in Silicon Valley. Fintech reporter Peter Rudegeair joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:46

Small Businesses Shift Ad Strategies Ahead of Apple iOS Update

4/16/2021
Apple is set to roll out a feature that would require apps to ask users' permission before tracking them. Facebook has been among the most vocal opponents to the change, saying it could hurt its advertising business. But small businesses could bear the brunt of it. Tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:15:01

Now That Coinbase Is Public, Could a Bitcoin ETF Be Next?

4/15/2021
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are making their way into the mainstream. Some recent developments, including the public listing of the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and a new SEC chairman seen as friendlier to crypto, have some believing that the time is ripe for a bitcoin ETF. Heard on the Street columnist Telis Demos joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain what that could look like, and how it could change investors' relationship to bitcoin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:10:12

Why Big Tech is Setting Its Sights on Healthcare

4/14/2021
Microsoft's $16 billion acquisition of the speech-recognition company Nuance Communications is yet another sign that big tech is furthering its push into healthcare. Tech reporter Rolfe Winkler joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the opportunity tech companies see, and the challenges that lie ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:02

White House, Tech Executives Meet to Address Chip Shortage

4/13/2021
White House officials met with tech executives yesterday to discuss how to address a chip shortage that has hobbled the auto industry and squeezed others in the tech sector. White House reporter Alex Leary joins host Amanda Lewellyn to recap the meeting and discuss what could happen next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:09:06

Amazon Workers Vote Against Unionization

4/12/2021
About 71% of Amazon workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., voted against forming what would have been the company's first U.S. union. Tech editor Bradley Olson joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the outcome, as well as the possible ramifications for other unionization efforts elsewhere in the tech industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:32