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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

Tech Industry Warns Remote Work Could Hurt U.S. Competitiveness

A lobbying group for the tech sector warns that remote work may mean highly skilled jobs are [headed out of the U.S.] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-industry-warns-that-more-remote-work-jobs-are-headed-out-of-u-s-11652175000?st=zku5p0tuqzyqo79&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) Host Zoe Thomas is joined by Jennifer Young, CEO of the Technology Councils of North America, to discuss the solution the industry would like to see, and WSJ reporter Julie Bykowicz to talk about how the message is being received in Washington. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 hrs Ago

14 MINS

14:58

19 hrs Ago


#19

Why Bitcoin, TerraUSD and Other Cryptos Are Plunging

The values of the most popular cryptocurrencies, and even some [stablecoins] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/crash-of-terrausd-shakes-crypto-there-was-a-run-on-the-bank-11652371839?st=oth6m4us54o4pax&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , have been nosediving, leading regulators to speak out about the lack of oversight in digital currencies. WSJ markets reporter Caitlin Ostroff joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what is behind the drop and what to expect next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 May 2022

14 MINS

14:38

13 May 2022


#18

Cyber Leaders on the Biggest Threats and How to Defend Against Them

How are [cyber leaders from the U.S. and U.K.] (https://www.wsj.com/video/events/the-cyber-challenges-for-the-uk-and-us/35FEF7CC-02A4-4F79-8BED-7F0DC5668593.html) tackling hacking and ransomware risks as the war in Ukraine continues? At The Wall Street Journal’s recent CEO Council Summit, WSJ Deputy Chief News Editor Gráinne McCarthy spoke with Lindy Cameron, head of the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Center, and Anne Neuberger, U.S. deputy national security adviser on cyber and emerging tech. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 May 2022

14 MINS

14:59

12 May 2022


#17

SoftBank’s $100 Billion Bet on the Tech Boom Falls Behind

Hailed by its leader as "a goose that lays golden eggs,” SoftBank's [Vision Fund] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/softbanks-100-billion-fund-lags-behind-after-five-years-of-investing-11652183519?st=en6rstsavpifp1f&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) launched in 2017 with the goal of funding a whole generation of future tech giants. But five years into its experiment in what was once seen as a bold and visionary investment style, the fund has fallen into an embarrassing position lagging behind the wider market. Reporter Eliot Brown joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 May 2022

14 MINS

14:35

11 May 2022


#16

Inside TikTok’s Stressful and Secretive Work Culture

TikTok has been adding users and growing rapidly. But employees say that growth is fueling an atmosphere of anxiety, stress and relentless pressure. WSJ reporter Georgia Wells joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the work culture at TikTok and what the company says it is doing to address it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

10 May 2022

14 MINS

14:11

10 May 2022


#15

Can Social Media Be Fixed? New Platforms Aim To Change How We Connect

Former employees from Facebook and WhatsApp are among those [developing new social media] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/social-media-startups-take-aim-at-facebook-and-elon-musk-11651656600?st=fiieiusaxhh2dqp&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) platforms aimed at improving online discourse. WSJ reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the different approaches those platforms are taking and how they hope to fix social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 May 2022

14 MINS

14:12

09 May 2022


#14

Facebook Caused Havoc to Influence Australian Law, Whistleblowers Say

Testimony from whistleblowers and internal documents from Facebook reveal that the company [deliberately caused havoc] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-deliberately-caused-havoc-in-australia-to-influence-new-law-whistleblowers-say-11651768302?st=aah8tr61bhsm682&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) in the leadup to the passing of a law in Australia that forces digital platforms to pay for news content. WSJ reporter Keach Hagey joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 May 2022

14 MINS

14:25

06 May 2022


#13

Smart Buildings Promise Happier Workplaces But Could Pose Cyber Risks

[Smart office buildings] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/smart-office-buildings-can-help-sniff-out-viruses-but-are-vulnerable-to-hacks-11651579200?st=3mpfp7yswqy8jp5&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) offer ways to reduce energy use, protect the health of employees and make going to work more pleasant. But once a building is essentially turned into a giant computer, what are the risks for personal privacy and cybersecurity? WSJ real-estate reporter Konrad Putzier joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the vulnerabilities created by these high-tech buildings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 May 2022

14 MINS

14:39

05 May 2022


#12

Why Meta’s E-Commerce Plans Have Stumbled

Facebook parent Meta hopes e-commerce will help the company offset revenue it lost after Apple started letting users share less of their data with app makers. But its [e-commerce push has struggled] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-struggles-with-e-commerce-as-meta-looks-to-revamp-its-ads-business-11651587691?st=d1tfdyl65bxeuh8&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) with operational challenges and the departure of some senior leadership figures. WSJ social-media business reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 May 2022

14 MINS

14:24

04 May 2022


#11

Grindr Users’ Data Could Be Purchased Through Ad Networks

The Wall Street Journal reports exclusively that the precise movements of millions of users of the gay-dating app Grindr were [collected from a digital advertising network] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/grindr-user-data-has-been-for-sale-for-years-11651492800?st=xkeit8ph2cjo1e9&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) and made available for sale for years, before the company cut off the data it shares with advertising partners. WSJ reporter Byron Tau joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the latest news and what it tells us about the wider risks of apps’ data-sharing practices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 May 2022

13 MINS

13:27

03 May 2022


#10

Open-Source Data Shows Possible War Crimes. Can It Be Used in Court?

Technology and social media have made it easy for everyday people in Ukraine to post images of potential war crimes. But that doesn’t mean the [videos and pictures will be admissible] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/citizens-images-of-potential-war-crimes-in-ukraine-flood-the-internet-but-might-not-hold-up-in-court-11651311001?st=563pzjhi6g6l4ss&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) in potential trials. WSJ reporter Ian Lovett joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the technology that is being used to verify the images’ authenticity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 May 2022

15 MINS

15:38

02 May 2022


#9

Why Autocorrect Sometimes Gets It Wrong

Autocorrect is a staple of our digital lives. But the software sometimes [picks the wrong word] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/autocorrect-explained-why-your-iphone-adds-annoying-typos-while-fixing-others-11651051891?st=b81xkeqyprgqhoh&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) or even inserts grammatical errors. WSJ Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what she learned when she dug into how the iPhone’s autocorrect system works (or doesn’t). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Apr 2022

15 MINS

15:30

29 Apr 2022


#8

Crypto Startups Keep Getting Hacked. Investors Keep Bailing Them Out.

Despite hackers pulling off massive heists and robbing crypto startups and their users of record amounts of money, [investors in those companies seem unfazed] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/hacked-crypto-startups-get-capital-infusions-from-investors-11651053602?st=5d6suikgo63bm3i&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why their faith hasn’t wavered and how they plan to keep others on the platforms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Apr 2022

14 MINS

14:44

28 Apr 2022


#7

What Will Musk’s Twitter Acquisition Mean for Its Users and Employees?

The news that [Elon Musk is buying Twitter] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/elon-musk-bets-twitter-users-will-like-a-more-freewheeling-platform-11650996453?st=5a4736vzc2qpbeg&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) has been met with joy from some and anger from others. But what will the deal mean for the platform's millions of users and its thousands of staff? WSJ social-media reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the changes that could be on the horizon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Apr 2022

14 MINS

14:35

27 Apr 2022


#6

How Crypto Thieves Are Scoring Bigger Hauls

Hackers are [stealing record amounts of cryptocurrency] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/crypto-thieves-get-bolder-by-the-heist-stealing-record-amounts-11650582598?st=gfgryemvkzhq9uh&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) this year, even though the number of attacks is on pace to match last year. WSJ crypto reporter Paul Vigna joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the heists are getting bigger and what attacks like the one targeting the algorithmic stablecoin project Beanstalk mean for the future of the crypto sector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Apr 2022

14 MINS

14:17

26 Apr 2022


#5

How BeReal Is Winning Over Gen Z With Authenticity

A social-media app with no filters and limits on how often you can post is gaining popularity with young users. [BeReal aims to appeal] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-bereal-a-social-media-app-with-no-photo-filters-is-attracting-gen-z-11650456491?st=hhtomrsf30bg8v5&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) to people who are overwhelmed by other social platforms. WSJ personal-tech reporter Dalvin Brown and personal-tech reporting assistant Cordilia James join host Zoe Thomas to discuss what the app is like and whether it could have staying power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Apr 2022

14 MINS

14:05

25 Apr 2022


#4

Sheryl Sandberg Pressured Daily Mail to Drop Story About Bobby Kotick

Exclusive reporting by The Wall Street Journal reveals Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was part of an effort to [push the U.K.’s Daily Mail to shelve] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/sandberg-facebook-kotick-activision-blizzard-daily-mail-11650549074?st=cfndjpk65rujf4n&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) a potentially damaging story about her then-boyfriend, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, in 2016 and 2019. WSJ West Coast Bureau Chief Ben Fritz joins host Zoe Thomas with the details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Apr 2022

12 MINS

12:53

22 Apr 2022


#3

Russia Pushes Its Homegrown Social-Media Alternatives

As part of its effort to control the narrative about the war in Ukraine, Russia is pushing its citizens to use [locally developed social-media platforms] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-youtube-to-rutube-inside-russias-influence-campaign-11650447002?st=05bfwalnqdgndgw&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . These apps adhere to Kremlin censorship while promising the same features as the Western versions that have been blocked there. WSJ tech reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss Moscow’s efforts and how the homegrown alternatives are going over with the Russian public. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Apr 2022

12 MINS

12:19

21 Apr 2022


#2

How Ukraine’s ‘Internet Army’ Is Pressuring Western Firms

Ukraine has recruited volunteers to mount [social-media pressure campaigns] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/ukraine-forms-internet-army-to-pressure-western-firms-in-russia-11650380704?st=2py3c0ofxghvbr3&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) aimed at getting Western companies like McDonald’s and Johnson & Johnson to pull out of Russia. WSJ reporter Patience Haggin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the campaign’s tactics and how successful they have been. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Apr 2022

13 MINS

13:48

20 Apr 2022


#1

Are Stablecoins Backed by Algorithms All That Stable?

Cryptocurrencies known as stablecoins are meant to give investors some reassurance of value in an otherwise volatile market. But critics say a more recent breed of stablecoins backed by financial engineering rather than real-world assets, known as [algorithmic stablecoins] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/cutting-edge-crypto-coins-tout-stability-critics-call-them-dangerous-11650226597?st=9h98orv6gjiyk5c&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , are creating risks for investors even as they grow in popularity. WSJ markets reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Apr 2022

15 MINS

15:19

19 Apr 2022