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Get the latest in technology news for your weekday commute. The Wall Street Journal's reporters and editors highlight leading companies, new gadgets, consumer trends and cyber issues. From San Francisco to New York to the hottest conferences, our journalists help you stay plugged in..

    GM to Use Data on Your Driving to Sell Car Insurance

    GM to Use Data on Your Driving to Sell Car Insurance

    Connected cars are on the rise, and automakers are looking for ways to use the data they collect on how you use the vehicles. Now General Motors says it will offer car insurance that will determine customers' rates using data from its OnStar connected-car service. Reporter Mike Colias joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss.
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    • 12 min
    The Tech Behind the Leading Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates

    The Tech Behind the Leading Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates

    As coronavirus case counts continue to surge in the U.S., all eyes are on two promising vaccine candidates from drug companies Pfizer and Moderna. Both use a promising new gene-based technology called messenger RNA. Reporter Peter Loftus joins host Amanda Lewellyn for a look at how it works. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts.
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    • 13 min
    Apple Cuts Developer Fees for Smaller App Makers

    Apple Cuts Developer Fees for Smaller App Makers

    One of the biggest tech battles this year has been the fight over developer fees, the 30% cuts that Apple and Google take from transactions in their App Store. In the latest development, Apple says it will cut that fee in half for smaller developers. Reporter Tim Higgins explains how the action fits into the larger battle. Amanda Lewellyn hosts.
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    • 11 min
    Why Aren't Covid Tracking Apps More Effective?

    Why Aren't Covid Tracking Apps More Effective?

    Contact-tracing could help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Tech companies have been working to automate parts of the contact tracing process, but the technology is only helpful if people actually use it. As it turns out, not many people are. Reporter Rolfe Winkler joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain why that is.
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    • 14 min
    Fed Up With Facebook and Twitter, Some Conservatives Turn to Parler

    Fed Up With Facebook and Twitter, Some Conservatives Turn to Parler

    As mainstream social-media companies ramp up restrictions on hate speech and misinformation on their platforms, some complain that the measures unfairly restrict conservatives. Reporter Jeff Horwitz explains how the libertarian social-media app Parler is rising as an alternative. Amanda Lewellyn hosts.
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    • 11 min
    Tech Startups Look to Go Public Sooner

    Tech Startups Look to Go Public Sooner

    The stock market has become more bullish on tech stocks during the pandemic. Coupled with the reemergence of special-purpose acquisition companies, more tech startups are choosing to go public at a much earlier stage. WSJ Pro Venture Capital reporter Yuliya Chernova joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss.
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    • 10 min

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Incorrect Statistics

The show presented COVID trackers as having a 1% effectiveness by claiming that there’s a 10% chance that a person is wearing one, and the chances that two people would be wearing the tracker is 10% * 10% = 1%.
This simple approach is incorrect, as proven by the World Cup birthday paradox. To be clear: the maths says that the chances of a shared birthday in a group of 23 people is 50.7%. Just over half. According to your math, it would be 0.00075%.
Please get it right, as this error is going to get people thinking “oh well what’s the point of the trackers, they don’t even work because 1% blah blah blah”

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