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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.

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.

 

#20

Best Gadgets and Tech Gifts for the Holiday Shopping Season

The Wall Street Journal's personal tech team has compiled a list of their favorite gadgets to give as presents this year, beyond laptops, gaming devices and smartphones. Personal Tech Editor Wilson Rothman, Personal Tech Columnist Nicole Nguyen and Personal Tech Reporter Dalvin Brown join host Zoe Thomas to discuss the gear that stood out to them in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

26 Nov 2021

15 MINS

15:14

26 Nov 2021


#19

Venture Capitalist Sarah Guo on the New Challenges Facing Startups

Sarah Guo, a general partner at the venture-capital firm Greylock, speaks with host Zoe Thomas about diversity in Silicon Valley, cybersecurity and how the pandemic changed the environment for early-stage investing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

24 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:09

24 Nov 2021


#18

Hulu Caught in Crossfire as Streaming Wars Intensify

The Wall Street Journal reports exclusively that NBCUniversal is considering pulling its content from Hulu and keeping it solely on its own streaming platform, Peacock. Cable and media industry reporter Lillian Rizzo joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what it says about the current streaming landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:11

23 Nov 2021


#17

Crypto Thieves Target Small-Time Investors

As more people invest in cryptocurrencies, hackers are targeting retail investors, emptying their digital wallets and making off with their holdings. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the hack works and why regulators and cellphone providers are at odds on what to do about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:58

22 Nov 2021


#16

Inside the Secret Service's Training Lab for Cyber Crime Fighters

The U.S. Secret Service teaches law enforcement officers from across the country how to combat cybercriminals at a training center in Alabama. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter James Rundle visited it, and he joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the training has grown to encompass more complex scenarios as cyber threats have grown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

19 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:19

19 Nov 2021


#15

Roblox Sees Path to Metaverse Through Classrooms

Videogame platform Roblox is spending $10 million to help develop educational games. Reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the company is looking to get into classrooms and what it could mean for the company's ambitions in the metaverse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Nov 2021

11 MINS

11:46

18 Nov 2021


#14

Activision Boss Knew for Years About Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Employees at Activision Blizzard staged a walkout after a Wall Street Journal investigation found CEO Bobby Kotick knew for years about allegations of sexual harassment and miscoduct inside the company. Reporter Kirsten Grind joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the allegations, how the company reacted and what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

17 Nov 2021

13 MINS

13:52

17 Nov 2021


#13

Bitcoin's Mysterious Creator Could Be Uncovered by Florida Jury

A trial in Florida is seeking to determine the true identity of the mysterious creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, and who is entitled to a digital currency fortune of roughly $64 billion. Reporter Paul Vigna joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the trial came about and why the identity of bitcoin's creator remains crypto's biggest secret. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:21

16 Nov 2021


#12

In Holmes Trial, Ex-Theranos Workers Describe Secretive Culture

Prosecutors in the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes are likely to rest their case as soon as this week. In court testimony, some employees have described the company's work culture as one inundated with fear, intimidation and secrecy. Tech reporter Heather Somerville joins host Julie Chang to discuss how their testimony fits into the trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:29

15 Nov 2021


#11

Alibaba Looks to Grow 'Singles Day' Amid Mounting Pressures

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is facing a variety of hurdles, from increased regulation to supply-chain constraints. How have those affected the company's famed shopping holiday, Singles Day? Asia tech reporter Stephanie Yang joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the company is coping and what investors are watching for ahead of next week's earnings report. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Nov 2021

11 MINS

11:41

12 Nov 2021


#10

Infrastructure Bill Includes Big Wins for Tech

The nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill that's expected to be signed by President Biden contains money for various tech industries and could have a significant impact on connecting the country digitally as well as physically. WSJ Senior Washington Correspondent Jacob Schlesinger joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what's in the bill for the tech sector, and what happens next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

11 Nov 2021

15 MINS

15:54

11 Nov 2021


#9

Are Solar Cars Ready for Their Moment in the Sun?

Solar-powered cars could reduce a driver's carbon footprint without leaving them stranded far from a charging station. But when will the technology be ready for everyday use? Reporter Rebecca Elliot joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why some entrepreneurs think solar cars may soon be ready to shine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

10 Nov 2021

13 MINS

13:56

10 Nov 2021


#8

Your 'Facebook Files' Questions Answered

The Wall Street Journal's "Facebook Files" series brought to light many of the social-media giant's failings. WSJ reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Zoe Thomas to answer listeners' questions about the investigation, what Facebook knew and the implications for the company and society. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Nov 2021

16 MINS

16:13

09 Nov 2021


#7

Use Facebook Compulsively? So Do 360 Million Other People.

Facebook's internal surveys show a significant number of users report engaging in compulsive use of the platform. In the latest installment of "The Facebook Files," the WSJ's social-media reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the company reacted to those findings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:43

08 Nov 2021


#6

TikTok for TV: Is It as Fun as the Original?

TikTok is now available on Amazon Fire TV, but without some of the classic features of the smartphone app. So is this new format as appealing as the original? WSJ personal-tech reporter Dalvin Brown joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what TikTok for TV is like, and what the company hopes to get from the jump to bigger screens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Nov 2021

13 MINS

13:14

05 Nov 2021


#5

Yahoo Breaks Up With China After 20 Years

Yahoo has operated in China in some fashion for more than two decades. But this week the company decided to call it quits and cease offering its services there. The WSJ's China tech correspondent Liza Lin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why Yahoo and other tech companies are making this decision and the broader implications for China's internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Nov 2021

13 MINS

13:05

04 Nov 2021


#4

Crypto Mining Is Dirty Business. Can Renewable Energy Help?

The creation of digital currencies requires a lot of power. Now more crypto mining companies are trying to cut their carbon footprint by turning to renewable energy sources. But cutting their emissions isn't as easy as flipping a switch. Reporter Shane Shifflett joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how companies are making the switch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

03 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:00

03 Nov 2021


#3

What Uber and Lyft's Driver Woes Say About the Gig Economy

Uber and Lyft say their drivers aren't returning as fast as their customers, even as extended unemployment benefits expire. That's keeping the prices of ride hail trips high. WSJ reporter Preetika Rana joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why driver recruitment has stalled and what it says about the wider economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:13

02 Nov 2021


#2

Google's AI-Powered Camera Is Built to Better Convey Darker Skin Tones

Google's new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones come with AI technology, known as Real Image, that the company says is better at capturing photos of people with darker complexions. WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen put the camera to the test, and she joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how it stacks up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Nov 2021

14 MINS

14:34

01 Nov 2021


#1

Facebook Goes All-In on Metaverse With New Company Name

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his company will now be called Meta, in line with its goal to focus more on the metaverse. But the shift comes amid scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators, and it carries considerable risks. WSJ tech reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the changes and what's at stake for the company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:56

29 Oct 2021