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Instant Message

20 EpisodesProduced by The Wall Street JournalWebsite

Feel overwhelmed by the never-ending waves of technology news? Join The Wall Street Journal's technology columnists as they talk about the most important tech trends -- and why you should care.

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#42: Looking Back ... to the Future (of Everything)

August 16th, 2019


In a special encore presentation, a look back at the WSJ Future of Everything Festival, the three-day event filled with speakers, panels and demos showing us where the world is going-for better or worse. Lots of …

#41: Fancy Phones and Fancier Credit Cards

August 9th, 2019


David and Joanna discuss the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10, the phone for people who get stuff done. (Stuff. Not other words.) It has a new stylus and some new software and a bunch of new cameras. Later, WSJ reporter Liz …

#40: Where Are the Good Netflix Movies?

August 2nd, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher start by discussing the future of retail, which at least partly involves all those brands you see in Instagram ads …

#39: The Fight For Faster Internet

July 26th, 2019


This week, it's all about how to make the internet faster--and how the world changes when we do. David, Joanna and Christopher talk about Joanna's nationwide test of the new 5G network. Later, WSJ's Scott McCartney …

#38: How the Moon Landing Changed Tech Forever

July 19th, 2019


This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Even if you don't care about space travel, there's a good chance the work NASA …

#37: Why the Family Phone Plan Rules

July 12th, 2019


David and Christopher start the show by discussing a technology that drove decades of innovation: the spreadsheet. Dan Bricklin, creator of VisiCalc …

#36: How to Survive Holiday Travel

July 3rd, 2019


With Christopher on vacation (again), David and Joanna go through their best tips for surviving the coming July 4th travel craziness. They each bring …

#35: Google Maps to Nowhere

June 28th, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher unpack the coming fight between tech companies and regulators, and get into the messy meaning of an important term in …

#34: Call Him Mr. 'Fortnite'

June 21st, 2019


Joanna and David didn't want to talk about Facebook, but they had to: Facebook launched a new digital currency, Libra, that could upend the way we …

#33: Facebook's Potentially Problematic Privacy Practices: A Recap

June 14th, 2019


This week, WSJ broke news of internal Facebook Inc. emails that suggested the company lacked urgency to stop data leaks. With David out in Hong Kong at the Journal's Asia tech conference, Joanna and Christopher take you …

#32: The World According to Apple

June 7th, 2019


Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, was this week, and there's a lot of news that could impact you come the fall. David, Joanna and …

#31: My Way or the Huawei

May 31st, 2019


David and Christopher talk about Amazon's new strategy for winning the smart-home wars. Hint: It involves getting in with property managers and home …

#30: Dispatches From the Future (of Everything)

May 24th, 2019


We have a special episode for you this week. We just finished the WSJ Future of Everything Festival, a three-day event filled with speakers, panels and demos showing us where the world is going-for better or worse. Lots …

#29: Don't Face ID Me, Bro

May 17th, 2019


Now that Big Tech's two biggest privacy invaders can't stop talking about privacy, David, Joanna and Christopher won't stop talking about them. Google and Facebook, that is. Next, the team turns to WSJ reporter Asa …

#28: Uber for Everything and Everything for Uber

May 10th, 2019


To ring in the Uber IPO, David, Christopher and Joanna team up with WSJ reporter Eliot Brown to explore the vast scope of the newest publicly traded tech giant. Prior to that, they recap Google's I/O conference, and …

#27: The New New New Facebook

May 3rd, 2019


David, Christopher and Joanna attempt to explain TikTok, the hottest new thing in social media. It's like Vine meets Snapchat meets Instagram meets Spotify, sort of. Then, WSJ reporter Jeff Horwitz comes on to talk …

#26: All Netflix and No Chill

April 26th, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher talk about the bizarre non-launch and Joanna's non-review of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and what it means for the future …

#25: The Movies Come To You Now

April 19th, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher dive into the algorithms that determine everything from social media feeds to jail sentences, and try to figure out how to make them better and more transparent. Then Erich Schwartzel comes …

#24: The First Black Hole, The Worst Car Dashboards

April 12th, 2019


First, the Wall Street Journal's digital science editor Daniela Hernandez joins David, Joanna and Christopher with all details of the first-ever …

#23: How Amazon Changed Delivery and How Delivery Changes Everything

April 5th, 2019


This week, it's all about how we buy stuff and how that stuff gets to us. David, Joanna and Christopher bring on WSJ reporter Katie Bindley to talk about how to make sure you're getting the best deals on Amazon-and all …

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