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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

Debating the Metaverse: Can It Live Up to Its Mega Hype?

A lot has been made about the metaverse and its potential, but in many ways it has failed so far to live up to its hype. At the WSJ’s Tech Live conference, Phil Libin, co-founder and CEO of startups All Turtles and Mmhmm, and Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable Worlds, sat down with host Zoe Thomas to [debate the prospects and letdowns of the metaverse] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-insiders-debate-the-metaverse-11667138401?st=wnysmw81gandqnt&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Nov 2022

16 MINS

16:32

25 Nov 2022


#19

Holiday Tech Gifts That Are Actually Worth the Money

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, The Wall Street Journal’s personal tech team has come with a list of [tech gifts that are actually worth the money] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/best-tech-gifts-2022-our-guide-to-gadgets-this-holiday-shopping-season-11668650762?st=5yooeoywdashmv1&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen, personal tech reporter Dalvin Brown and personal tech reporting assistant Cordilia James join host Zoe Thomas to discuss the tech gadgets and gear that made this year’s list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Nov 2022

14 MINS

14:36

23 Nov 2022


#18

Apple AirPods Show Possible Future for Hearing-Aid Tech

The FDA says only one-fifth of Americans who would benefit from a hearing aid actually use one. But a recent study found Apple's latest AirPods Pro [could be an alternative for some people with mild to moderate hearing loss] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/airpods-pro-amplify-speech-as-well-as-some-hearing-aids-11668531282?st=xlzk8vghq7mi4x4&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ medical science reporter Dominique Mosbergen joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the study and its limits, and what it could mean for the future of hearing-aid tech and Apple’s ambitions in healthcare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Nov 2022

13 MINS

13:01

22 Nov 2022


#17

Meta Workers Hijacked User Accounts and Charged Bribes, Report Says

Meta disciplined or fired more than two dozen workers that it found allegedly misused an [internal system to hijack users’ accounts] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/meta-employees-security-guards-fired-for-hijacking-user-accounts-11668697213?st=nxeecppzuro9mrj&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . In some cases, Meta says the workers charged users bribes to [regain access to their profiles] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/worried-about-being-locked-out-of-facebook-or-instagram-here-are-options-11668697521?st=gdl4csjkk8snpjj&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , according to people familiar with the matter and internal documents. WSJ reporter Kirsten Grind joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how it happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Nov 2022

15 MINS

15:14

21 Nov 2022


#16

FTX’s Workers Are Angry and Financially Ruined

The collapse of FTX was a massive blow for its customers and the wider crypto industry. It was also [damaging for the exchange’s employees] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/ftxs-collapse-leaves-employees-sick-with-anger-11668603708?st=5ex51ye6gzljo93&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , many of whom believed in the company and its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. WSJ reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what happens to those workers now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Nov 2022

14 MINS

14:30

18 Nov 2022


#15

Russian Tech Workers’ Latest Exodus Hits Local IT Sector

After Moscow stepped up its military mobilization to support its war in Ukraine, [more of the country’s tech workers began to leave] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/departure-of-tech-workers-weighs-on-russian-economy-11668172429?st=zjr4b6hkcp93py8&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . That is making an already difficult economic situation worse for Russian startups and tech firms. WSJ reporter Yuliya Chernova joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the impact of the brain drain and what comes next for the workers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Nov 2022

13 MINS

13:58

17 Nov 2022


#14

To Prepare for Weather Extremes, U.N. Looks to Collect More Data

Scientists say climate change is leading to more extreme weather patterns, but many nations [lack systems to provide early warnings of possible weather disasters] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-climate-early-warning-system-aims-to-plug-weather-blind-spots-around-the-world-11668525799?st=dtyw186xrfeptpi&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . A United Nations effort is pushing to improve the data collection that is key to these systems. WSJ science and climate reporter Eric Niiler joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Nov 2022

12 MINS

12:57

16 Nov 2022


#13

FTX Collapse Sets Back Crypto’s Hopes for Light Regulatory Touch

The collapse of FTX has [dashed the crypto industry’s hopes for pushing its agenda in Washington] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/ftx-collapse-sets-back-crypto-agenda-in-washington-11668434402?st=su0ejd1eiwgq2pi&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . At the same time, financial regulators are expected to increase their oversight and investigations into crypto players. So what does the future of regulation for crypto look like? WSJ reporter Paul Kiernan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Nov 2022

13 MINS

13:57

15 Nov 2022


#12

For Tech Workers, Pink Slips and Anxiety Replace Perks and Parties

As more big tech firms announce layoffs, the [mood among tech workers is growing grim] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-workers-face-new-reality-talent-wars-layoffs-meta-twitter-11668167520?st=aulbqpv1zxeirp5&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . The industry once set the standard for perks and high pay, but that is changing as the economy cools. WSJ reporter Chip Cutter joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the feeling among tech workers right now and the future of employment in the sector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Nov 2022

13 MINS

13:54

14 Nov 2022


#11

The Downfall of FTX: Could It Signal a Long Crypto Winter?

Crypto exchange FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were some of the crypto industry’s brightest stars. But that changed this week when [FTX faced a liquidity crisis] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/crypto-exchange-binance-agrees-to-acquire-rival-ftx-11667924737?st=o5p9qplsgippzcg&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) and froze customer withdrawals. Now regulators and investors are raising questions about [financial practices at FTX and a sister firm] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/ftx-tapped-into-customer-accounts-to-fund-risky-bets-setting-up-its-downfall-11668093732?st=1zzsmjnceed0h1w&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , Alameda Research. WSJ crypto reporter Vicky Ge Huang joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what happened and what it could mean for the wider market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Nov 2022

15 MINS

15:44

11 Nov 2022


#10

We Tried Out Mastodon, an Alternative to Twitter. Should You?

More than half a million users have signed up for the microblogging site Mastodon since Twitter was purchased by Elon Musk. But what is it like to use the site? And could it be a real [alternative to Twitter] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/dont-have-44-billion-for-your-own-social-media-network-try-mastodon-11668002451?st=vira4cgxdne6zdl&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) ? WSJ Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how to sign up for and use Mastodon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Nov 2022

14 MINS

14:06

10 Nov 2022


#9

A Texting Scam Called ‘Pig Butchering’ Is Costing Victims Millions

Scammers are using friendship, fake cryptocurrencies and text messages to con millions of dollars out of unsuspecting victims. An [increasingly common scam known as “Pig Butchering”] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-text-scam-called-pig-butchering-cost-her-more-than-1-6-million-11666258201?st=y6dfu4oy0vc2fw6&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) is targeting professionals. WSJ cybersecurity reporter Robert McMillan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how it works and how to avoid it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Nov 2022

14 MINS

14:40

09 Nov 2022


#8

Why Tesla’s China Ties Could Be a Problem for Twitter

Elon Musk’s new ownership of Twitter could be affected by the ties one of his other companies, Tesla, has to China. The electric-vehicle company sources materials and builds and sells its cars there. But Beijing is often sensitive about what is said about it on social media. [Could this affect Mr. Musk’s plans for content moderation on Twitter] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/twitters-free-speech-problem-is-teslas-too-11667818396?st=jx3v6hp27zgh2kk&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) ? WSJ Heard on the Street Europe Editor Stephen Wilmot joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Nov 2022

13 MINS

13:42

08 Nov 2022


#7

Chip Glut Ripples Through Industry

After two years of a chip shortage, we are now finding ourselves in a chip glut. What does [a deepening oversupply of semiconductors] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/chip-makers-cut-costs-as-demand-slump-supplants-pandemics-chip-shortage-11667560050?st=8vjjzrzdpztbv6t&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) mean for the industry? WSJ semiconductors reporter Asa Fitch joins host Julie Chang to explain what led to this point and how the industry is looking ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Nov 2022

13 MINS

13:34

07 Nov 2022


#6

Tech Live: Microsoft Talks Activision Blizzard Deal, Mobile Gaming

Microsoft has been [expanding where and how its customers engage with its game offerings] (https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/wsj-tech-live-2022/card/microsoft-s-videogame-boss-seeks-to-break-the-duopoly-of-apple-google-TBnXLV0hqbDbzs0Txf6a) , looking to acquire video game company Activision Blizzard as part of that plan. Microsoft’s gaming chief Phil Spencer spoke with WSJ reporter Sarah Needleman about the deal and more at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference last week. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Nov 2022

14 MINS

14:18

04 Nov 2022


#5

Europe Pushes Cybersecurity Rules for Aviation Industry

Europe has [expanded its cybersecurity rules around airline flight safety] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/eu-expands-cyber-rules-for-airline-flight-safety-11667402005) . And for the first time, the requirements cover a range of companies in the aviation supply chain. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter Catherine Stupp joins host Julie Chang to discuss the new rules and how companies are responding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Nov 2022

12 MINS

12:39

03 Nov 2022


#4

YouTube Selling Other Companies’ Streaming Services

With streaming service fatigue on the rise, YouTube is becoming a [one-stop-shop selling the streaming services of other companies] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/youtube-launches-streaming-service-store-as-competition-intensifies-for-viewers-11667302512?st=p7r3fzuxmef5fy0&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , like Paramount+ and Showtime. The Google subsidiary launched the marketplace amid a slowdown in advertising. Reporter Miles Kruppa joins host Julie Chang to discuss the new feature and how it might shape the streaming landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Nov 2022

12 MINS

12:31

02 Nov 2022


#3

Self-Driving Truck Firm TuSimple Face Probes Over China Ties

U.S. government regulators are [investigating whether self-driving trucking company, TuSimple, defrauded investors by sharing its technology with a Chinese startup] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tusimple-probed-by-fbi-sec-over-its-ties-to-a-chinese-startup-11667159325) , according to people familiar with the matter. [And the company has fired its CEO as part of its own investigation.] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tusimple-fires-its-ceo-xiaodi-hou-11667228409?mod=hp_lead_pos4) WSJ tech reporter Heather Somerville joins Zoe Thomas to discuss the investigations and what it says about the global race to develop self-driving tech.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Nov 2022

12 MINS

12:55

01 Nov 2022


#2

Microsoft Struggles to Succeed in the Metaverse With HoloLens

Microsoft debuted its HoloLens augmented-reality headset seven years ago. But despite that head start, [it has struggled to succeed in the market for the metaverse] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-headsets-augmented-reality-hololens-metaverse-11666793622?st=y1h8wlfapfdaddy&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ tech reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why, and what it can teach other companies making a play for the new digital realm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

31 Oct 2022

14 MINS

14:08

31 Oct 2022


#1

Special Live Episode: Self-Driving Tech Falls Behind on Its Promises

Self-driving cars have advanced quite a bit, but [the technology isn't making it onto roads as fast] (https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/wsj-tech-live-2022/card/waymo-co-ceo-says-safety-and-partnerships-are-at-heart-of-autonomous-vehicle-evolution-hN7RmRPW3HodAP6yTKHG) as some executives and investors had predicted. WSJ reporter Tim Higgins joins host Zoe Thomas for a special episode at the WSJ’s Tech Live conference, recorded in front of a live audience. Plus, Elon Musk completes his acquisition of Twitter, immediately fires several top executives. And Sequoia Capital's Shaun Maguire talks quantum computing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Oct 2022

16 MINS

16:40

28 Oct 2022