WSJ Tech News Briefing
WSJ Tech News Briefing
The Wall Street Journal
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Roblox Works to Reign In Sexual Content on its Platform
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
Apr 21
13 min
Rivals Raise Concerns About SpaceX's Starlink Project
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
Apr 20
15 min
How the Pandemic Turbo-Charged Payments Processor Stripe
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
Apr 19
13 min
Small Businesses Shift Ad Strategies Ahead of Apple iOS Update
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16
16 min
Now That Coinbase Is Public, Could a Bitcoin ETF Be Next?
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15
11 min
Why Big Tech is Setting Its Sights on Healthcare
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
Apr 14
15 min
White House, Tech Executives Meet to Address Chip Shortage
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
Apr 13
10 min
Amazon Workers Vote Against Unionization
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
Apr 12
15 min
Chatbots Could Manage Your Money One Day
The chatbots on your bank's website could someday help you manage your money in real time. WSJ Personal Finance Reporter Julia Carpenter joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain what that could look like - and the hurdles between now and then. 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
Apr 9
10 min
NASA's Ingenuity Set to Begin Test Flights on Mars
When NASA's Perseverance rover landed on the red planet in late February, it was carrying a stowaway: a small helicopter called Ingenuity. In the coming days, Ingenuity is set to begin a series of test flights that scientists are hoping could lead to breakthroughs in space exploration. Science writer Robert Lee Hotz joins host Amanda Lewellyn with the details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 8
14 min
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