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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

Netflix Wants to Play in the Gaming Industry

Netflix's aspirations in videogames are taking shape. But its dominance in streaming is no guarantee of success in the competitive field of gaming. Reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why Netflix is taking on this challenge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Jul 2021

10 MINS

10:23

23 Jul 2021


#19

How Does TikTok's Algorithm Know You So Well?

The algorithm TikTok uses to serve up engaging videos has been the source of much speculation. Now an investigation by The Wall Street Journal reveals how the technology behind the fastest-growing social-media platform works. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the findings and what they mean for users. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

13 MINS

13:35

22 Jul 2021


#18

Does Gallium Spell the End of Silicon?

The metal gallium is enabling a surprising array of new technologies, taking over for the old standby of silicon in some use cases. Tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the potential for this novel material to help transform our electrified world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

21 Jul 2021

10 MINS

10:41

21 Jul 2021


#17

As Jeff Bezos Takes Off, Where Is the Space Industry Headed?

Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is set to take a trip to the edge of space, making him the second billionaire to do so in less than two weeks. Reporter Micah Maidenberg joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the business models of the companies involved could shape the development of the private space industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

20 Jul 2021

13 MINS

13:19

20 Jul 2021


#16

Experimental Brain Implant Helps Man Who Can't Speak Communicate

A team of California scientists backed by Facebook say they successfully tested an experimental brain implant that turned brain signals into words on a computer screen. Tech reporter Rolfe Winkler joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how it worked and why private companies are so interested in the space. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

19 Jul 2021

13 MINS

13:21

19 Jul 2021


#15

Chip Shortage Prompts Fake Parts From Scammers

The global chip shortage has yet another consequence: a rash of fake semiconductors from scammers targeting manufacturers that are desperate for components. Reporter Stephanie Yang joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why companies are falling for the fakes, and what they're doing about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Jul 2021

12 MINS

12:31

16 Jul 2021


#14

Cleantech Startups Attract Fresh Wave of Cash

After some high-profile failures a decade ago, investors and governments soured on clean-technology companies. Now they're back, funding a new wave of green startups. Reporter Scott Patterson joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss whether this time will be different. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:42

15 Jul 2021


#13

Cyberbullying Takes a Toll. Could Insurance Help?

Bad actors online can take an emotional and, in some cases, financial toll on their victims. Now some insurance agencies are offering policies to protect against the impact of cyberbullying. Family & Tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how cyberbullying insurance works, plus ways of warding off bullies online in the first place Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

14 Jul 2021

12 MINS

12:04

14 Jul 2021


#12

WHO Panel Sets Gene-Editing Standards

A panel of experts assembled by the World Health Organization is recommending global standards for gene-editing technology. The proposed rules aim to prevent inequitable and potentially dangerous uses of techniques for altering DNA. Health reporter Amy Dockser Marcus joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the recommendations and how they aim to address various ethical dilemmas posed by the emerging tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

13 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:03

13 Jul 2021


#11

Ride-Hailing at a Crossroads: Uber, Lyft Woo Drivers as Prices Soar

Since their inception, Uber and Lyft have struggled to balance the pursuit of fast growth with demands for profitability. Now, as the cost of ride-hailing services soars amid a driver shortage, the companies are turning to some old strategies to attract and keep drivers and customers. Will they work this time? Reporter Preetika Rana joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the road ahead for ride-hailing companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:50

12 Jul 2021


#10

As Branson, Bezos Prepare to Lift Off, What's Next for Space Tourism?

This weekend, Richard Branson hopes to head to space on a flight with his company Virgin Galactic. Just over a week later, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to board one of his Blue Origin spacecraft. So what do the billionaires' trips mean for the burgeoning space-tourism sector, and when will the rest of us get a chance? Reporter Micah Maidenburg joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Jul 2021

12 MINS

12:34

09 Jul 2021


#9

Why YouTube Is Still Recommending Objectionable Videos

YouTube has made a lot of changes in the past year to limit the problematic videos it recommends to viewers. But a new study suggests the company's efforts have a way to go. Reporter Tripp Mickle joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the challenges YouTube and other social platforms face in weeding out harmful content without censoring diverse points of view. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Jul 2021

11 MINS

11:26

08 Jul 2021


#8

How the Kaseya Ransomware Attack Is Different From Other Recent Hacks

The Russian hacking group REvil is demanding $70 million to unlock computers that were swept up in a widespread ransomware attack affecting a program from enterprise software provider Kaseya. Cybersecurity reporter Dustin Volz joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the attack and what makes it different from some other recent high-profile attacks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:24

07 Jul 2021


#7

AI 'Ghosts': Digital Personas Promise a Kind of Immortality

What if Abraham Lincoln could address Congress today? Or if you could have dinner with your deceased ancestors? Researchers and entrepreneurs are exploring ways that artificial intelligence could create digital versions of people's personalities that would endure long after they themselves die. But the innovations come with potential pitfalls. Tech reporter Asa Fitch joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

06 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:20

06 Jul 2021


#6

Amazon Post-Bezos: What Comes Next?

Next week Jeff Bezos is set to step down as CEO of Amazon, the company he founded and built into a sprawling e-commerce juggernaut. So what does Amazon look like post-Bezos? WSJ's Amazon reporter, Dana Mattioli, joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the company's history and future. Production help this week came from Amanda Lewellyn. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Jul 2021

13 MINS

13:06

02 Jul 2021


#5

To Keep the Lights On, Electric Grids Beef Up Cyber Defenses

The White House says half of the country's highest-priority electric grid operators have taken steps to prevent cyberattacks, or will soon. The government hopes the sector's approach could act as a blueprint for protecting other critical infrastructure in the U.S. Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Jul 2021

13 MINS

13:25

01 Jul 2021


#4

What Facebook's Legal Victory Could Mean for Antitrust Efforts

A federal judge dismissed two antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, in a victory for the social-media giant even before the cases got off the ground. What does the ruling mean for the government's efforts to rein in Big Tech? Legal-affairs reporter Brent Kendall joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Jun 2021

11 MINS

11:29

30 Jun 2021


#3

AI Enlisted to Fight Wildfires

Wildfire season in the western U.S. is shaping up to be especially active this year, but some authorities are testing ways of using artificial intelligence to detect and respond to fires before they grow out of control. WSJ Pro Artificial Intelligence deputy editor John McCormick joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Jun 2021

08 MINS

08:50

29 Jun 2021


#2

App Taps Unwitting Users to Gather Intelligence

A network of gig workers around the world is unwittingly providing basic intelligence to the U.S. military, using a consumer smartphone app called Premise. Reporter Byron Tau joins host Amanda Lewellyn to discuss how the app works, and how it's one of a growing number of companies that take advantage of the proliferation of mobile phones. Plus, a note about a big change coming to Tech News Briefing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 Jun 2021

11 MINS

11:30

28 Jun 2021


#1

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Windows 11

Microsoft rolled out a new version of its Windows operating system yesterday. On today's show, a conversation between CEO and Chairman Satya Nadella and our Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern. Amanda Lewellyn hosts. Production help this week came from Zoe Thomas. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

25 Jun 2021

14 MINS

14:54

25 Jun 2021