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Tech News Briefing

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.

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9/23/2021 3:00:00 AM

Zoom's China Ties Prompt National-Security Review

Video conferencing company Zoom's plan to buy software business Five9 for nearly $15 billion has sparked a federal investigation of the deal over national-security concerns. Reporter Kate O'Keeffe joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the deal is under review despite both companies being based in the U.S., and what it says about how authorities are looking to protect the telecommunications sector.Read transcript

9/22/2021 3:00:00 AM

Tesla's 'Self Driving' Update Sets Up Clash With Safety Officials

The new head of the National Transportation Safety Board says Tesla should slow its plans to release updated driver-assistance features and be clearer with drivers about what the software is capable of. Reporter Rebecca Elliot joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why self-driving technology is so important to Tesla and how safety officials' concerns might play out.Read transcript

9/21/2021 3:00:00 AM

You've Got Apple Questions. We've Got Answers.

Wondering if you should upgrade your Apple devices? Curious about Apple's privacy updates? WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen joins host Zoe Thomas to answer listener questions about Apple's new devices and what's next for the company.Read transcript

9/20/2021 3:00:00 AM

How Facebook Users Undermined Zuckerberg's Covid Vaccine Goals

Mark Zuckerberg wanted Facebook to support accurate information about Covid-19 and vaccines. But misinformation about the pandemic continues to circulate on the platform. Reporter Sam Schechner joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why Facebook's CEO struggled to meet his goal, and the warnings employees gave about the company's efforts.Read transcript

9/17/2021 3:00:00 AM

When Facebook's Staff Flagged Criminal Content, Its Response Was Weak

Facebook employees have raised alarms about drug cartels, human traffickers and violent militias using the platform to recruit in developing countries. But the social-media giant's response often doesn't go far enough to stop dangerous posts on its platforms. Reporter Justin Scheck joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the company struggles to handle this content and the catastrophic effects it can have in these places.Read transcript

9/16/2021 3:00:00 AM

Zuckerberg Resisted Fixes for Facebook's Divisive Algorithm

Facebook says its platform is designed to create meaningful interaction. But a Wall Street Journal investigation finds changes the company made to its algorithm led to increased hostility on the platform, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg resisted some proposed fixes. Reporter Keach Hagey joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the hidden reasons behind Facebook's decision and the unintended consequences for users.Read transcript

9/15/2021 3:00:00 AM

Facebook Downplayed Instagram's Harm to Some Teens

A Wall Street Journal investigation shows that Facebook's internal research found that its Instagram service is harmful for many young users, especially teenage girls, and can lead to anxiety, depression and risk of suicide. Yet in public, Facebook has consistently played down the app's negative effects on teens. Reporter Georgia Wells joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the latest installment of the WSJ's investigative series "The Facebook Files."Read transcript

9/14/2021 3:00:00 AM

Facebook's Secret Rules for Elite Users

Facebook says the rules on its platforms apply to all users, but a Wall Street Journal investigation finds a large group of select users gets special treatment. Reporter Justin Scheck joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the first story in the WSJ's investigative series "The Facebook Files," including why Facebook created a list of elite users, the preferential treatment they can receive and how the system can be abused.Read transcript

9/13/2021 3:00:00 AM

Are Amazon's Algorithm Bosses Coming to Your Workplace Next?

Amazon's use of robots and worker-monitoring technology is a key part of its management strategy. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what he calls "Bezosism," what it means for workers and why it might spread to other companies.Read transcript

9/10/2021 3:00:00 AM

How 9/11 Changed Data Privacy

Twenty years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we look back at how that moment opened the door to mass data collection. Host Zoe Thomas speaks with reporter Byron Tau and former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold about the role private tech companies have played and how Americans view data privacy today.Read transcript

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Zoe Thomas is the host of Tech News Briefing. Before joining The Wall Street Journal, she was a producer and reporter for BBC News. Zoe has covered business, economics and technology stories across North and South America and Asia. She has been based out of bureaus in San Francisco, Mumbai and her hometown of New York. When not at work, you can often find her searching for new culinary delights or food trends to test out.

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