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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

Celsius Founder Left a Trail of Unhappy Colleagues and Investors

Celsius founder Alex Mashinsky grew his company to be one of the biggest crypto lenders. Now the company has filed for bankruptcy protection, and investors and clients are asking how this could have happened. [This isn't the first time Mashinsky has taken a moonshot idea and ended up creating a trail of unhappy friends, colleagues and investors] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/before-crypto-lender-celsius-crashed-ceo-alex-mashinsky-was-known-for-big-ideas-and-battles-11659787202?st=66tmbvyy32fowrs&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ reporter Vicky Ge Huang joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss Mashinsky’s past and the possible future for Celsius’ customers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 hrs Ago

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20 hrs Ago


#19

More of China’s Social-Media Users Head to Under-the-Radar Platforms

To avoid harassment and greater oversight on social-media platforms, [some users in China are leaving the country's dominant sites for under-the-radar options] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-china-tightens-controls-on-social-media-some-users-seek-refuge-under-the-radar-11659551841?st=oerr5821c5t5sx1&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ China technology reporter Shen Lu joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what led them to this point and where they are moving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

Yesterday

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13:23

Yesterday


#18

Big Tech’s Western Values Help It Find Allies Abroad

Often short on friends at home, big U.S. tech companies are finding their size and commitment to openness are [viewed favorably in other parts of the world] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/big-tech-is-the-wests-surprise-weapon-in-competition-with-russia-china-11659535233?st=q2limqdpuipaflf&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how this dichotomy arose and what it could mean for combating the influence of China and Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Aug 2022

13 MINS

13:21

05 Aug 2022


#17

Protecting Your Privacy With (and From) Home Security Cameras

Home surveillance cameras, like those made by Ring, Nest and others, can protect your property or alert you when visitors or packages arrive. But police or hackers also could be interested in the data they gather. WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss [how to protect your privacy when using one of these devices] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-you-shouldor-shouldntbuy-a-home-security-camera-11659239201?st=wnpassnyp18nqfw&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Aug 2022

12 MINS

12:22

04 Aug 2022


#16

SoftBank’s Losses Mount as History Repeats Itself

The CEO of SoftBank, Masayoshi Son, promised to be more disciplined with his investing after billion-dollar losses piled up in the firm’s first Vision Fund. But as the market for tech stocks and startups turns downward, [the firm is now finding itself in a similar position] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/softbank-tech-downturn-startups-losses-vision-fund-masayoshi-son-11659456842?st=zvwtjlj44nmmpzg&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ reporter Eliot Brown joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why SoftBank may emerge as one of the biggest losers in the tech downturn, again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Aug 2022

14 MINS

14:25

03 Aug 2022


#15

Hacked Crypto Platforms Try New Strategy for Recovering Stolen Funds

The targets of crypto hacks are making an offer to the thieves: [Keep some and give back the rest] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/crypto-firms-make-thieving-hackers-an-offer-keep-a-little-give-back-the-rest-11658741404?mod=rss_Technology) . The strategy is raising concerns among ethical hackers and authorities trying to catch cybercriminals. But what impact is it having? WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Aug 2022

13 MINS

13:08

02 Aug 2022


#14

Microsoft Rallies Rivals to Crimp Amazon’s Government Cloud Dominance

Microsoft is [rallying support from other cloud providers] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-asks-google-oracle-to-help-crimp-amazons-u-s-government-cloud-leadership-11658926801?st=x6v7fdrekyklr61&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) to take aim at Amazon’s dominance in government cloud contracts. It wants Alphabet’s Google, Oracle and others to press Washington into adopting a multicloud approach, and spread contracts across providers. WSJ reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss Microsoft’s reasoning and how Amazon is reacting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Aug 2022

12 MINS

12:36

01 Aug 2022


#13

Facing Competition, Instagram and Facebook Revamp Hits Snags

Facebook parent Meta has been [revamping its platforms to make them more competitive] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-parent-metas-revamp-gains-urgency-amid-sales-retreat-11659013229?st=5t5undo3xgt3nts&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) with rivals like TikTok, and to keep advertisers. But users are expressing dissatisfaction with the changes on Facebook and Instagram, and advertising revenue is slipping amid rising inflation. WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how Meta, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, are handling the headwinds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Jul 2022

14 MINS

14:20

29 Jul 2022


#12

Early-Stage Startups Face Investment Slowdown

For years, competition and cheap money led venture-capital firms to invest heavily in early-stage startups. But now, as VCs tighten their belts amid economic worries, some of those startups are [facing a slowdown in funding] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-downturn-slows-early-stage-startup-funding-11658333146?st=b1udos37bduuiv2&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) and may have to show a clear path to profits. WSJ reporter Berber Jin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what’s behind the shift in Silicon Valley and what these young companies are doing to survive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Jul 2022

13 MINS

13:49

28 Jul 2022


#11

Tesla Looks to Open Its Charging Network to Competitors

Tesla is looking to take advantage of state and federal money aimed at expanding the nation's network of electric vehicle chargers, according to regulatory filings. The move would mean [Tesla would need to open up its supercharging network to competitors] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tesla-looks-to-open-its-ev-charging-network-11658656802?st=9js65lowknf2unx&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ reporter Jennifer Hiller joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what this move could mean for the landscape and demand for EVs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Jul 2022

14 MINS

14:40

27 Jul 2022


#10

New SIM Cards Could Make Your Phone Slimmer and More Flexible

U.S. cell phone carriers have long required SIM cards to let you use devices on their networks. Now, the traditional plastic SIM cards are being phased out [in favor of embedded versions called eSIMs] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/sim-cards-esim-replace-iphone-android-11657999211?st=3n2qyvsxf8bnv5d&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . The change could make switching carriers easier, and open up new possibilities for how phones are designed. WSJ personal tech reporter Dalvin Brown joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the change and why it’s taken so long for eSIMs to be embraced in the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jul 2022

12 MINS

12:47

26 Jul 2022


#9

To Disrupt Hacking, U.S. Officials Turn to New Techniques

U.S. officials say they were able to [disrupt a ransomware campaign from North Korean state sponsored hackers that targeted hospitals] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-disrupts-north-korean-ransomware-campaign-against-hospitals-11658245206?st=ij3ien82mafe3e4&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) - and were even able to claw back some of the ransom that had already been paid in cryptocurrency. WSJ reporter Dustin Volz joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the strategy U.S. law enforcement used and why they say the new approach could better protect Americans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Jul 2022

14 MINS

14:17

25 Jul 2022


#8

Amazon Makes Bigger Push Into Healthcare by Buying One Medical

Amazon is making a [renewed push into the healthcare space with a $3.9 billion deal to buy the company behind One Medical] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-to-buy-one-medical-for-3-9-billion-11658408934?st=4ooj8i0w9vuk5ch&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Purchasing the operator of primary care clinics across the country could strengthen the e-commerce giant's footprint in the medical sector, but Amazon has stumbled in this space before. WSJ reporter Sebastian Herrera joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the deal and why Amazon is spending big to get further into healthcare.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Jul 2022

13 MINS

13:47

22 Jul 2022


#7

DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub Change Tactics as Growth Slows

After years of rapid expansion, and a big boost from people staying home during the pandemic, food delivery giants in the U.S., like DoorDash and Uber Eats, [are seeing their growth slow] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/growth-cools-at-once-hot-food-delivery-apps-uber-eats-and-doordash-11658340167?st=yxh2121l9rk3n6c&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ reporter Preetika Rana joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how food delivery companies are adapting as they confront high inflation and a potential economic downturn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Jul 2022

12 MINS

12:58

21 Jul 2022


#6

Major Cyber Bug Poses ‘Endemic’ Risk, Despite Patch

A flaw discovered in a widely used piece of software, called Log4J, [poses an “endemic” risk] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/major-cyber-bug-in-log4j-to-persist-as-endemic-risk-for-years-to-come-u-s-government-board-finds-11657796400?st=zz5jw7qmgrd8ph1&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , according to a new government panel. In its inaugural report, the Cyber Safety Review Board said that, despite an available patch, the flaw in the software could expose computer systems to hackers for years to come. WSJ reporter Dustin Volz joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the risk remains and the goals of the new board behind the warning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Jul 2022

14 MINS

14:30

20 Jul 2022


#5

Christie’s Bets on Future of Art and Tech as Crypto Market Stumbles

Christie's, the world’s largest auction house, [has announced a new venture capital arm to invest in tech that helps art collectors] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/christies-venture-capital-nft-11657916141?st=aauxixqa8eesin7&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . The move comes at a time when more people are questioning the value of art connected to the blockchain, like nonfungible tokens - NFTs. WSJ reporter Kelly Crow joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why Christie’s is making this move now and what it means for the marriage of art and tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Jul 2022

13 MINS

13:59

19 Jul 2022


#4

How to Keep Your Phone From Sharing Too Much Personal Data

We have a lot of personal information on our phones. And [many apps may be collecting more information than you realize] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/worried-about-personal-data-leaks-heres-how-to-lock-down-your-phone-11656799748?st=mg0unk8mzxdd6l5&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , all of which could be used by advertisers, law enforcement or hackers. WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how to keep all that personal data safe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Jul 2022

12 MINS

12:30

18 Jul 2022


#3

Ukrainian Tech Bosses on the Sector’s Future

Ukraine’s tech sector was growing rapidly before Russia invaded earlier this year. How has Russia’s invasion changed the outlook? Two tech CEOs with Ukrainian workforces join host Zoe Thomas to discuss how they are coping and what they think the future of the sector could be after the fighting ends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Jul 2022

18 MINS

18:42

15 Jul 2022


#2

Crypto Downturn Spells Trouble for Web3 Startups

Businesses that staked their value on digital tokens and the future of Web3 technology are [struggling with the downturn in crypto] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/crypto-rout-deflates-some-web3-startups-buoyed-by-push-into-digital-tokens-11657359180?st=3if84ggpi99kxsc&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ startups and venture-capital reporter Berber Jin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how investors are re-evaluating their faith in startups that promised to be the future of the internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Jul 2022

14 MINS

14:21

14 Jul 2022


#1

SpaceX Battles Dish Over 5G Airwaves

SpaceX is lobbying telecom regulators [not to approve an expansion of the airwaves used for 5G] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/elon-musks-starlink-satellite-internet-service-battles-dish-over-airwaves-11657359181?st=qi641c8d6jiyywo&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) frequencies, saying the change would interfere with its Starlink internet satellites. But TV operator Dish wants the frequency expansion pushed through. WSJ telecoms reporter Drew FitzGerald joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the companies’ arguments and the impact the FCC’s decision could have on consumers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Jul 2022

14 MINS

14:12

13 Jul 2022