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WSJ Tech News Briefing podcast

WSJ 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. Hosted by Zoe Thomas

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. Hosted by Zoe Thomas

 

#20

Covid Tests From Tech Startups Promise Accuracy Without the Wait

Health-tech startups have created lab-like molecular Covid-19 tests that you can use from the comfort of your own home. WSJ Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Julie Chang to explain how they work and whether their steep price tag is worth the buy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Jan 2022

13 MINS

13:29

28 Jan 2022


#19

Threat of Cyberwar in Ukraine Has Companies Preparing for Attacks

As diplomats try to convince Russia to pull troops back from Ukraine's border, companies are preparing for the possible fallout of cyberattacks against Ukraine. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the risks of cyber warfare and what companies are doing to shore up their defenses. Plus, Spotify and musician Neil Young come to a head over Joe Rogan. Dow Jones & Co – publisher of the Wall Street Journal – has a content partnership with Gimlet Media, a unit of Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Jan 2022

15 MINS

15:22

27 Jan 2022


#18

How Gen Z Is Reshaping Fintech

Generation Z has grown up with online banking, payment apps and digital investing platforms. Now as the generation comes of age, financial firms find themselves having to do a lot more to gain the business of these digital-native customers. WSJ contributor Svati Kirsten Narula joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what fintech firms are doing to attract young users. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jan 2022

15 MINS

15:35

26 Jan 2022


#17

Facebook’s Free Internet Programs Charged Users Millions of Dollars

To grow its user base in developing countries, Facebook offered free internet access. But internal company documents show users were charged fees by cellular providers that collectively added up to millions of dollars a month. WSJ reporter Justin Scheck joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how users ended up being charged and what it says about the challenges of growing in poorer countries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Jan 2022

15 MINS

15:53

25 Jan 2022


#16

Nanotech Promised to Change the World. It Already Has.

For decades, scientists have predicted that nanotechnology would change our world. It may already have. As microchips have gotten smaller, the machines used to scale them down have helped unlock nanotech’s possibilities. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how nanotech is being used right now and its potential for the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Jan 2022

13 MINS

13:23

24 Jan 2022


#15

Ancestry CEO on DNA Testing, Hybrid Work and Women in Tech

Deb Liu, CEO of genealogy company Ancestry.com, discusses the challenges women face rising in the tech industry, ways to get ahead and the sometimes difficult revelations brought by her company’s DNA testing. She spoke with WSJ live journalism news editor Ellie Austin at The Wall Street Journal’s recent Women In: The Tech Industry event. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Jan 2022

14 MINS

14:16

21 Jan 2022


#14

Bills to Rein In Big Tech Face Fierce Lobbying Ahead of Key Meeting

The Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting on Thursday to discuss two bills that could rein in the power of big tech, and both the tech giants and their detractors are spending big to lobby for or against them. WSJ reporter Brody Mullins joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what is in the bills and how the lobbying efforts are playing out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Jan 2022

14 MINS

14:09

20 Jan 2022


#13

Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard… and Its Troubles

Microsoft said it plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, the publisher of games such as World of Warcraft and Candy Crush. Since last year, Activision has been rocked by accusations that its workplace culture led to gender discrimination and sexual harassment. WSJ tech reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why Microsoft is interested in Activision and what the deal could mean for consolidation and cultural issues in the gaming industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Jan 2022

14 MINS

14:22

19 Jan 2022


#12

China’s Tech Sector Attracts Record Investment Despite Crackdown

China cracked down on its biggest tech companies last year, but that didn't stop investors from pouring record amounts of funding into the nation’s tech sector. Tech reporter Liza Lin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss which kinds of startups benefited the most, and what it tells us about Beijing’s long-term goals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Jan 2022

16 MINS

16:13

17 Jan 2022


#11

How Some TikTok Stars Out-Earn Top CEOs

The highest-earning TikTok star made more last year than the average CEO of an S&P 500 company. WSJ reporter Joseph Pisani joins host Julie Chang to explain how those influencers are raking in the bucks and how big brands are looking to incorporate them into their business strategies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Jan 2022

12 MINS

12:16

14 Jan 2022


#10

What Apple’s Texting App Tells Us About Its Strategy to Attract Users

The must-have social network for teens is… iMessage? Apple has created an ecosystem on its iPhone that attracts more than 70% of young smartphone users in the U.S. WSJ reporter Tim Higgins joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss Apple’s strategy in reaching this point, and why competitors and lawmakers aren’t too happy about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jan 2022

13 MINS

13:48

12 Jan 2022


#9

Tech Giants Battle for Metaverse Workers

Big tech companies have set their sights on building the metaverse as the next digital realm for work, play and shopping. But first they have to build it, and that is leading to intense competition for the top tech talent. Tech reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Jan 2022

13 MINS

13:56

11 Jan 2022


#8

Tech to Locate Any Object, Unlock Car Doors, and Eliminate Passwords

Location technology is getting better and better … and ultra-wideband could soon make it easier to unlock doors, turn on smart devices and even limit the need for passwords. But first the companies developing this technology need to get over privacy hurdles. WSJ Tech Columnist Christopher Mims speaks with Tech News Briefing’s Julie Chang about how UWB could reshape how we interact with our devices. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Jan 2022

14 MINS

14:08

11 Jan 2022


#7

How Trump’s Social Media Ban Impacted Him, Platforms

January 8th marked one year since Twitter permanently banned former president Donald Trump from its platform. Other social media companies soon followed suit. WSJ tech reporter Georgia Wells joins host Julie Chang for a look back at the past year and explains how the companies and even Trump benefited from the ban. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Jan 2022

14 MINS

14:27

09 Jan 2022


#6

The US Military's Battle Against Hobby Drones (Armed With Explosives)

The U.S. military’s newest and most-concerning tactical threat is cheap hobby drones rigged with explosives. WSJ’s Middle East correspondent Stephen Kalin joins host Julie Chang to explain why fighting back against the aerial gadgets has become a big battlefield problem, mostly in the Middle East, and a seemingly never ending cat-and-mouse game for troops. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Jan 2022

13 MINS

13:34

07 Jan 2022


#5

EVs Take Center Stage at CES Tech Show

General Motors, Chrysler and electronics giant Sony unveiled their visions for the future of electric cars at the tech conference CES. WSJ reporter Mike Colias joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the designs, why more tech companies are eying the auto industry and what it means for the broader EV market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Jan 2022

14 MINS

14:34

06 Jan 2022


#4

CES Kicks Off With Robot Tables, Smart Remotes And Self-Driving Boats

The annual consumer tech trade show CES opens to the public in Las Vegas on Wednesday. For decades, the event has been the place to reveal devices that may one day become staples in homes and offices. WSJ Personal Tech News Editor Shara Tibken joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the most exciting trends and gadgets being revealed at this year's event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Jan 2022

14 MINS

14:44

05 Jan 2022


#3

Theranos Founder Holmes Found Guilty on Four Counts in Fraud Trial

In a mixed verdict, Elizabeth Holmes, founder of defunct blood testing startup Theranos, has been found guilty of four of the 11 fraud and conspiracy charges against her. The verdict caps a remarkable fall for a darling of Silicon Valley investors. WSJ Reporter Sara Randazzo joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what the verdict means for Holmes and the tech sector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Jan 2022

10 MINS

10:52

04 Jan 2022


#2

The New Tech Trends For 2022!

As 2022 kicks off, how will technology shape the coming year? Will robots, cheaper electric vehicles and drone deliveries change our lives? WSJ’s Tech Columnist Christopher Mims, Personal Tech Columnist Nicole Nguyen, and Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern join host Zoe Thomas to discuss what new tech they are looking forward to getting their hands on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Jan 2022

17 MINS

17:33

03 Jan 2022


#1

Tonal CEO Bets on Fitness Personalization

Aly Orady, founder and CEO of fitness company Tonal, says artificial intelligence is better and safer than a human trainer. At the WSJ's Tech Live event, he spoke with host Zoe Thomas about personalized workouts, how the company uses customers' data and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Dec 2021

10 MINS

10:56

30 Dec 2021