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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.

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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 Ryan Tracy joins host Amanda Lewellyn to break down the changes. 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
A team of researchers from Facebook and Michigan State University say that even the sophisticated artificial-intelligence technology used to build deepfakes leaves "fingerprints." WSJ Pro Artificial Intelligence Deputy Editor John McCormick joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain their findings, and how they could be used to combat deepfakes online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
President Biden is tapping Columbia University professor Lina Khan to lead the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Khan has been a vocal critic of Big Tech and will be positioned to pursue sweeping changes to antitrust enforcement. Legal affairs reporter Brent Kendall joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss what it could mean for tech companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As next-generation 5G networks are rolled out, the U.S. government is ramping up restrictions on Chinese-made telecom equipment, which it sees as potentially harmful to national security. Washington has mostly used a threat-based approach to try and get other countries to follow suit. But more recently it's been taking a new approach, one based on financial incentives. Reporter Stu Woo joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain what that entails, and what's behind the switch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last week, law enforcement said it had retrieved 64 of the 75 bitcoin Colonial Pipeline paid to hackers after a ransomware attack. The announcement challenges the cryptocurrency's reputation as an untraceable form of payment. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain how the FBI got the money back, and what it means for the fight against ransomware. Correction: The hackers with the ransomware group DarkSide still have more than 11 bitcoin from Colonial Pipeline's ransom payment. The value of those bitcoin is currently equal to more than $400,000. An earlier version of this podcast incorrectly said hackers retained more than $2 million in bitcoin after the FBI's seizure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
At the WSJ's recent virtual Tech Health event, SoftBank Senior Managing Partner Deep Nishar and former Apple CEO John Sculley spoke with reporter Rolfe Winkler about how they're placing their bets when it comes to investing in healthcare technology. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. 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
At the WSJ's virtual Tech Health event Wednesday, Google Health VP David Feinberg joined business editor Jamie Heller to discuss how Google has directed people to information about the pandemic, as well as its ventures in healthcare technology. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
At WWDC this week, Apple introduced several features it said were meant to help protect users' privacy as they use their devices. But advertisers are concerned about how the changes will affect their businesses. Reporter Patience Haggin joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Apple services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Yesterday, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it announced big updates to many of its core apps, many of which focused on privacy and maintaining its walled garden. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Amanda Lewellyn to break down the changes. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Apple services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After a decision from its Oversight Board last month, Facebook said it would suspend former President Donald Trump for two years, and that it would be clearer about how it enforces rules for newsworthy figures on its platform. Facebook reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain. News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Government officials are looking at ways to address the uptick in cyber attacks over the past year. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Amanda Lewellyn to break down what they are considering. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 begin trading on Coinbase. Markets reporter Caitlin Ostroff joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why Coinbase is making the move, and whether it could lend some credibility to the joke cryptocurrency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Germany could become the first large nation to subsidize the use of consumer satellite internet services like those offered by Elon Musk's Starlink. Germany correspondent Bojan Pancevski joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why Germany is turning to satellite internet, and why Starlink is a top candidate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Next-generation 5G networks are supposed to bring superfast download speeds, and possibly even enable the next wave of tech innovation. But in8he U.S., the rollout has been anything but fast. Reporter Jared Council joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 productive, if not more so-and better for everyone's mental health, to boot. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Amanda Lewellyn to make the case for more audio-only meetings and share tips for knowing which kind to use in any given situation. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 MGM's library of content, including franchises like "James Bond" and "Rocky." On today's show, entertainment reporter Joe Flint joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the deal, and what it tells us about the future of the streaming wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Germany's competition regulator is considering a move that would enable the regulator to order Google to make changes to business practices that are deemed anticompetitive. Tech policy reporter Sam Schechner joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss the action being considered, and how it could change antitrust enforcement in Europe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 victims. Kurtis Minder, co-founder of the cyber reconnaissance startup GroupSense, discusses what those negotiations are like, and cybersecurity reporter David Uberti discusses how this approach is viewed within the cyber community. Christopher Zinsli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For years, senior managers at Google's DeepMind artificial-intelligence unit sought to negotiate more independence from the parent company. Now we report exclusively that Google ended those talks last month. Tech reporter Parmy Olson joins host Christopher Zinsli to discuss what happened, and why Google's moves on ethical issues surrounding AI are so closely watched. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. WSJ's Apple reporter Tim Higgins discusses the issues at play, and what to expect from the day's testimony. Supervising Producer Christopher Zinsli fills in for host Amanda Lewellyn. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Apple services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Racha Siddhu

15 more cameras 🤣🤣

Jul 2nd
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Lynne McNamee

Rocketbook is the BEST! Changed my life.

May 10th
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Jiji Yu

i bet the recording is messed by zoom

Apr 3rd
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Francisco Perez

for what ever reason the audio is unsynchronized between the two speakers

Apr 3rd
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Sean Fontana

https://castbox.fm/vb/228695456 give this podcast a listen if you want to hear more on the Vaporfly trainer. Some really kool facts in here.

Feb 9th
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Jacob De Leon

Great, informative podcast.

Jan 30th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

First the guy mispronounces Data's name, giving him a soft "A" like in "thatta" (ex: Come on, man. Say it right. Thatta boy!) instead of a hard "A" like in "beta" (ex: Did you even run this by a single beta listener before posting?). Then the gal says Star "Track" and basically what I'm saying is that OBVIOUSLY neither of you are Trekkies / Trekkers so why are either of you reporting on this topic???

Jan 27th
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Elham Akhy

it was good, thank you.

Oct 11th
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Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings

Listeners of this podcast may find this relevant: Facebook's upcoming "cryptocurrency" should NOT be trusted. It goes against every fundamental value and function of cryptocurrency, and is In fact NOT a crypto at all! Instead of an open source product that anyone can audit and help to contribute to and help run the network, its closed source, is a CLOSED network, only made up of big banks, Visa, and shady corporations, and is a huge tracking network with your real identity tied to it being 100% mandatory, then all your transactions are sent to all of Facebook's partners, and of course the government will have full access to everything. Are you really going to trust a shady, lying spy company with your money?

Oct 7th
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Andre Bordokan

and then...

Jun 29th
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Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings

Google, Facebook, and Amazon. These 3 companies will destroy society within a handful of years. They have destroyed privacy already, spy on us (even Amazon; lookup "Rekognition" facial recognition made for police, which leads to false arrests, also used in their Amazon Go stores to track you), and have made us both addicted and helpless to consumerism and our phones. Do not give these companies a penny...vote with your dollars people.

Apr 24th
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Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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iTunes User

This report is quick, to the point, and gives very relevant headlines from the world of tech. I look forward to the the two 5-minute clips daily

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

WSJ has been enjoyable, but the advertisement needs to go.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I love the podcast, but I frequently get messages that the URL is incorrect. I frequently cannot download the episodes.Unsubscribing and then subscribing doesn't solve the problem. E-mails to the WSJ not responded to. If not for this frequent problem would give 5 stars.

Aug 30th
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