WSJ Tech News Briefing show

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Summary: Stay informed on the latest in technology during your weekday commute. Our journalists cover leading companies, new gadgets, consumer trends, personal technology, app features, start-ups and more.

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 Google, Facebook Target Accounts Linked to Iran | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 551

America's biggest tech companies are zeroing in on Iran, scrubbing their online networks of fake accounts, videos and social-media posts by the rising cyber adversary aimed at spreading misinformation. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan has more.

 Apple AirPods: Cultural Statement, Visual Shield | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 465

Apple's white wireless earphones transmit music and conversations, but some users wear them all day as a shield, a secretary and a hiding place. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Dolan has more.

 Facebook Shuts Down Accounts From Iran, Russia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 516

Facebook dismantled a new set of influence campaigns originating in Iran and Russia designed to sow division in global politics, part of the social-media company's broader purge of bad actors on its site. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has more.

 Luxury Tech: Farfetch IPO Sees Crowded Market | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 623

Farfetch, the latest tech company to seek a U.S. listing, specializes in selling expensive items online. The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Wilmot explains why the online luxury market isn't as unique as it would have investors believe.

 Videogames: Harder to Turn Off Now? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 619

Videogames have gotten harder to turn off -- a concern that has mental-health experts and parents questioning the impact of gaming on players' lives. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the details.

 Google CEO Defends Launching Search Engine in China | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 559

Google CEO Sundar Pichai responds to criticism over reports that Google would tailor a search product to meet China's strict censorship laws. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan has the details.

 Best Buy to Acquire Jitterbug Parent for $800 Million | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 456

Best Buy looks to invest more in tech that meets the needs of older Americans, agreeing to buy GreatCall Inc., the maker of senior-focused Jitterbug mobile phones, for $800 million. The Wall Street Journal's Robert Barba has the details.

 SEC Sends Subpoena to Tesla Over Musk Tweets | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 480

Federal regulators have subpoenaed Tesla, ramping up an investigation into whether Chief Executive Elon Musk was truthful when he tweeted last week that he had secured funding to take the electric-car maker private. The Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer has the details.

 Amazon, Alphabet Promise Access to Health Data | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 439

This week, major tech companies committed to removing tech barriers that have hindered patient and provider access to health-care data online. The Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon has more.

 A Security App That Actually Makes Browsing Easy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 657

Password manager Dashlane has new tools that keep you safe online --- and free you from the relentless hassle of typing your passwords. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce explains why it makes browsing easier.

 Is Amazon's Bezos Really the Richest of Them All? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 566

Is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos really the richest man of modern times? The answer depends on exactly how you decide to calculate wealth. The Wall Street Journal's Jo Craven McGinty explains.

 Has Artificial Intelligence Hit a Wall? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 529

The biggest breakthrough in AI, deep learning, has hit a wall, and a debate is raging about how to get to the next level. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims explains.

 New York Plans to Cap Uber and Lyft. What Now? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 446

New York plans to cap ride-hailing services including Uber and Lyft, becoming the first U.S. city to take such a step. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Berger has the details.

 Venmo Social Feed: Are You Sharing Too Much? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 570

Venmo, the popular PayPal app that lets users send money along with a message, has prompted criticism about the extent of information shared. The Wall Street Journal's Peter Rudegeair has the details.

 Microsoft Surface Go: Small Device, Big Trade Off? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 662

Microsoft's cheapest Surface yet tries to be both laptop and tablet. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce talks whether it nails either one.


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