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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

Why Amazon’s CEO Is Working to Undo A Bezos-Led Overexpansion

Andy Jassy [took over as Amazon CEO nearly a year ago] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/andy-jassy-amazon-bezos-overexpansion-11655383388?st=y37wjn9jjtgutak&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Since then the company’s stock price has fallen, online shopping demand has shrunk and the e-commerce giant has been left with excess warehouse space. As a result, Jassy has been forced to reverse course on some initiatives started by founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ reporter Dana Mattioli joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how Jassy handled his first year and what it means for Amazon’s future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

Yesterday

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13:40

Yesterday


#19

Why Many Rural Americans Are Still Waiting For Fast Internet

The federal government has set aside [billions of dollars] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/rural-broadband-internet-fcc-11655300008?st=n6zcgx8p4fcarug&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) aimed at improving internet speeds for rural Americans. But, despite multiple government programs designed to fix the problem, many in those communities are [still waiting for faster speeds] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/vegas-company-promised-fast-internet-rural-america-waitsand-waits-11655809200?st=vj7gx64shvu3wdl&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how communities are being impacted by slow internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Jun 2022

13 MINS

13:19

23 Jun 2022


#18

Crypto Volatility: Your Questions Answered

Crypto has been on a wild ride lately, [experiencing huge dips and volatility] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-crypto-party-is-over-11655524807?st=y14zr0rxtijw9ua&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) impacting investors and companies, and catching the eye of regulators. WSJ crypto reporter Paul Vigna joins host Zoe Thomas to answer your questions about how the market is supposed to work, how the government is responding and what the future could hold for the cryptocurrency space. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Jun 2022

14 MINS

14:13

22 Jun 2022


#17

How YouTube Shorts Became TikTok’s Biggest Rival

Short-form videos have become the latest big battleground for social-media platforms. TikTok is the most popular, but hot on its heels is Google’s [rival service YouTube Shorts] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/youtube-shorts-is-huge-in-india-now-its-going-after-tiktok-in-the-u-s-11655550000?st=hlkqtagrqcskqys&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how YouTube Shorts grew in popularity so quickly and the surprising audiences it is attracting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Jun 2022

12 MINS

12:50

21 Jun 2022


#16

Musk Tells Twitter Employees His Plans for the Company

In a [town hall meeting] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/elon-musk-answers-questions-from-twitter-employees-amid-takeover-saga-11655398252?st=3hq00gigxilpwiy&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) with rank-and-file Twitter employees, Elon Musk fielded questions on free speech, his plans for company leadership and returning to the office. WSJ tech reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what was learned at the meeting and what it means for the future of the billionaire’s $44 billion takeover bid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Jun 2022

13 MINS

13:55

17 Jun 2022


#15

Tesla Tops List of Suspected Driver-Assistance-Tech Crashes

U.S. traffic safety regulators have released a first-ever survey of [crashes suspected of involving advanced driver-assistance technology] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tesla-tops-u-s-agency-list-of-crashes-suspected-to-involve-driver-assistance-technology-11655299175?st=isbz68mq83nsgro&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . At the top of the list with the most crashes is Tesla. WSJ autos reporter Ryan Felton joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the limitations of the new data and what it could mean for developments in autonomous driving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Jun 2022

13 MINS

13:56

16 Jun 2022


#14

Microsoft Shuts Down Internet Explorer After 27 Years

The web browser that introduced many people to the internet [is being retired] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/sure-microsoft-internet-explorer-browser-had-its-faults-but-fans-are-mourning-its-death-anyway-11655226882?st=o0yeucltnwkg9p8&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) on Wednesday. WSJ reporter Alyssa Lukpat joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why Microsoft decided to shut down Internet Explorer and the impact the browser had on the online world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Jun 2022

12 MINS

12:03

15 Jun 2022


#13

Suspended Google Engineer Says AI Chatbot Is Sentient

A software engineer at Google claims the company has developed an artificial intelligence chatbot that is sentient. Google has dismissed the claims, and [suspended the engineer] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-suspends-engineer-who-claimed-its-ai-system-is-a-person-11655074917?st=gt6b4wooup52r0d&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . What made the employee believe this system has gained consciousness and deserves the same rights as humans? WSJ reporter Patrick Thomas joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what’s behind the assertion and what it means for AI development. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Jun 2022

13 MINS

13:24

14 Jun 2022


#12

Meta Investigates Sandberg’s Use of Facebook Corporate Resources

Lawyers for Facebook’s parent company Meta are investigating the extent to which outgoing Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg [used corporate resources] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/meta-scrutinizing-sheryl-sandbergs-use-of-facebook-resources-over-several-years-11654882829?st=z0893mi6sltft5o&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) for her personal projects. It hasn’t been uncommon for the company to pay for personal or security expenses for Sandberg, so what are investigators looking for now? WSJ reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the investigation and the possible fall out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Jun 2022

12 MINS

12:45

13 Jun 2022


#11

A Facebook User’s Oculus Odyssey to Reach Customer Service

Many social media users who have problems with their accounts quickly learn there is no one to call, write to, or chat with to fix the issues. Some Facebook users, in particular, have gone to extreme lengths to [reach a customer service representative] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/hello-hello-is-this-facebook-anybody-there-nope-11653316237?st=x693lk6b2cks7xg&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) to get help, including spending hundreds of dollars on devices. WSJ reporter Kirsten Grind joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why social media giants like Facebook have no customer service line, and what it means for users. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Jun 2022

14 MINS

14:32

10 Jun 2022


#10

Carbon Removal Tech Gets Billions In Funding. Can It Deliver?

Investors and businesses, including big tech, are pouring money into the [nascent carbon removal industry] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/carbon-removal-industry-draws-billions-to-fight-climate-change-11654640329?st=jjm8u8ac7cfurzc&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . The technology holds the promise of reducing the impacts of climate change. WSJ reporter Amrith Ramkumar joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what’s behind the billions in financing and whether this emerging tech sector is likely to deliver on investors' hopes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Jun 2022

14 MINS

14:05

09 Jun 2022


#9

WeWork Founder Looks For Next Chapter in Web3

Web3, built on blockchain technology, is seen by some as the future of the internet. In fact, some investors are so positive about the idea they are willing to overlook past mistakes by tech founders to get in on the ground floor. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the founder of WeWork, Adam Neumann, is [betting on a Web3 business] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/adam-neumanns-goddess-nature-token-is-the-future-of-cryptofor-better-or-worse-11654315241?st=i62r3jxvgpbg6i4&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) for his next venture, and what it says about the future of crypto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Jun 2022

14 MINS

14:01

08 Jun 2022


#8

Ransomware Groups Break Up Into Smaller Cells to Skirt Sanctions

Hacking groups with ties to Russia are [changing their approach to cyber attacks] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-linked-ransomware-groups-are-changing-tactics-to-dodge-crackdowns-11654178400?st=dhwr4h3frqdq9h8&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) amid an increase in sanctions and pressure from U.S. law enforcement. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the change in strategy is making it hard for hacking victims and Washington to say who is behind the attacks and how to stop them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Jun 2022

11 MINS

11:54

07 Jun 2022


#7

What’s Behind Sheryl Sandberg’s Departure From Facebook Parent Meta?

After 14 years of helping build Meta into an advertising powerhouse, Sheryl Sandberg is [leaving the company] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-sheryl-sandberg-quit-facebook-meta-11654215712?st=4y7qhhj1txbcbqq&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . As chief operating officer and the number-two executive at the company formerly known as Facebook, she also took heat for missteps on the social-media platform, including its role in election interference. So what’s behind her decision to leave and what will it mean for the company? WSJ reporter Emily Glazer joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Jun 2022

13 MINS

13:31

06 Jun 2022


#6

Space Cleanup: What Will It Take to Clear Out Space Junk From Orbit?

It’s no secret that the area just outside Earth’s atmosphere is filling up with dangerous space junk. Tech is under development to clean up all that debris, from satellites to spot where it is to magnet-wielding junk collectors. But how does the industry hope to develop when there are few rules in place to stop the creation of even more space junk? On the final episode of Tech News Briefing’s special series about the developing space economy, host Zoe Thomas looks at the nascent effort to stop space pollution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Jun 2022

19 MINS

19:54

03 Jun 2022


#5

Space Rules: Who’s in Charge in Space?

Outer space is like international waters, where rules are set by treaty and enforcement can be complicated. With a growing number of private companies and space-faring countries sending up missions, who decides, for example, who is responsible for space collisions or if a contract for moon dirt is legal? On the third episode of Tech News Briefing’s special series about the developing space economy, host Zoe Thomas dives into space law and what governments and businesses are doing to try and shape it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Jun 2022

16 MINS

16:30

02 Jun 2022


#4

Space Manufacturing: Building an Economy Beyond Earth

Private space companies have big plans, from setting up space hotels and factories to powering missions to distant planets. But to do those things, they first will need to figure out how to build in space to avoid the cost, difficulty and limitations of shipping parts up to space from Earth. On this episode of Tech News Briefing’s special series about the developing space economy, host Zoe Thomas explores the hurdles to building in space and the technologies being developed to overcome them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Jun 2022

17 MINS

17:05

01 Jun 2022


#3

Now Hiring: Industry Jobs for the New Space Age

The modern space race has taken off, thanks in large part to the growing role played by private companies. As businesses send up more missions, build their own space stations and even think about mining the moon, they will need to find and train new types of workers. On the first episode of Tech News Briefing’s special series about the developing space economy, host Zoe Thomas looks at space jobs that go beyond astronauts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

31 May 2022

17 MINS

17:52

31 May 2022


#2

What’s Next for the Space Economy?

A new era of human activity in space is taking shape, one increasingly defined by private companies rather than government agencies. This week on a special series of Tech News Briefing, we’ll examine some of the thorny questions raised by the privatization of the space industry: How will it get built? What technical hurdles stand in the way? And who gets a say in what its future looks like? Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 May 2022

02 MINS

02:54

30 May 2022


#1

Could the Next School Shooting Be Prevented With Tech?

Software that detects warning signs of violence could help teachers, principals and counselors identify possible [school shooters] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-happened-in-uvalde-texas-school-shooting-leaves-21-dead-including-19-children-11653485715?st=zx9fgwsjuilwtvk&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) before they act. But the technology comes with limitations and raises questions about students’ privacy. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss where this software is being used and how effective it can be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 May 2022

11 MINS

11:51

27 May 2022