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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

Snap CEO on Kids Safety Online, Regulations and AR at WSJ Tech Live

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sat down with WSJ Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern at WSJ's Tech Live event this week to discuss how the company thinks about the impact of social media on young users, what role regulation plays and why it's betting on augmented reality over the metaverse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

15 MINS

15:05

22 Oct 2021


#19

Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Curbing Big Tech's Power at WSJ Tech Live

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says this is the year lawmakers will take action on the power of big tech companies. In a conversation with the host of The Journal podcast, Ryan Knutson, at the WSJ's Tech Live conference, Sen. Klobuchar discusses why she thinks new laws are needed to increase the liability of social-media platforms, protect users and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

14 MINS

14:13

20 Oct 2021


#18

Reddit CEO Discusses Meme Stocks and Moderation at Tech Live

At The Wall Street Journal's Tech Live conference, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman talked about the company's decision to leave discussions about GameStop untouched, why it took down the infamous subreddit r/The_Donald, and the company's growth plans with WSJ reporter Deepa Seetharaman. Tech Live runs through Oct. 20. Register and tune in at techlive.wsj.com/tlpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:42

20 Oct 2021


#17

Sundar Pichai Talks Cybersecurity, Innovation and More at Tech Live

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai discussed cybersecurity, tech innovation and government oversight with WSJ Editor in Chief Matt Murray at the WSJ's Tech Live conference. Register and tune in at techlive.wsj.com/tlpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

14 MINS

14:17

19 Oct 2021


#16

WSJ Tech Live: What to Expect

The Wall Street Journal's Tech Live conference, featuring some of the biggest names and most influential people in the tech world, starts Monday. The WSJ's live journalism editor Kim Last joins host Zoe Thomas to preview the big themes that will come up at this year's event. Register and tune in at techlive.wsj.com/tlpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:47

18 Oct 2021


#15

Introducing Bad Bets

Bad Bets is a new podcast series from The Wall Street Journal that unravels big-business dramas that have had a big impact on our world. This season, we're delving into Enron. In 2001, energy company Enron was at the height of its power. Then, out of the blue, CEO Jeffrey Skilling resigned-just six months after he took the reins of a company he had helped turn into an innovation machine. Why? In this episode, we dive into the first cracks in the Enron facade. John Emshwiller is the host of this season of Bad Bets. John and his Journal colleague Rebecca Smith did the original reporting on which this season is based. Bad Bets is a production of The Wall Street Journal. This season was produced in collaboration with Neon Hum Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Oct 2021

30 MINS

30:29

16 Oct 2021


#14

Climate Monitors Turn to Satellites to Spot Carbon Cheats

Satellites are emerging as powerful tools for combating climate change. WSJ energy policy reporter Tim Puko joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how governments, private companies and climate activists are using satellites to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, and why some people aren't thrilled about that kind of monitoring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:49

15 Oct 2021


#13

William Shatner Goes to Space With Blue Origin

The actor who played Captain Kirk on 'Star Trek' has gone to space in real life. William Shatner joined three other passengers on Blue Origin's second crewed space flight on Wednesday. Reporter Micah Maidenberg joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what this could signal about the future of space tourism, and whether high-profile passengers could move the industry forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:01

14 Oct 2021


#12

Why the U.S. Cyber Agency Doesn't Want to Be a Regulator

Some lawmakers want to force companies to report when they have been hacked. But the agency that would be tasked with enforcing those rules supports voluntary standards instead. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

12 MINS

12:40

13 Oct 2021


#11

5G Promised to Change Everything, Why Hasn't It Happened Yet?

The rollout out of superfast 5G networks were supposed to create the Internet of Things. But not much has been 5G enabled apart from cellphones, and many networks are still being built. WSJ tech reporter Meghan Bobrowsky joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss where progress on 5G stands and the promises it could hold when it takes off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

14 MINS

14:45

12 Oct 2021


#10

Twitch Hack Revealing Streamers' Earnings Isn't the Full Picture

The recent data breach at live-streaming video platform Twitch offered a rare glimpse into how much money streamers make from the site. But these payments don't paint a full picture of their earnings. Reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the live-streaming business works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

11 Oct 2021

12 MINS

12:44

11 Oct 2021


#9

AI May Be Voicing the Next Foreign Film You Watch

Artificial intelligence is being used to recreate actors' voices to dub their performances in foreign languages, or make them sound older or younger. Reporter Ellen Gamerman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the technology works and the controversy it is stirring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

14 MINS

14:04

08 Oct 2021


#8

Is Wearable Tech Finally Having Its Fashion Moment?

For years, wearable technology was bulky and unfashionable. Now a host of new accessories are blending form and function, offering wearers stylish looks that can track sleep and fitness, take pictures and play music. But are some common concerns about tech coming to clothing too? WSJ Men's Fashion Editor Jacob Gallagher joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how tech is disrupting fashion, and the drawbacks to wearing tech-enabled accessories all the time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 Oct 2021

14 MINS

14:02

07 Oct 2021


#7

Facebook Whistleblower Testifies Before Congress

The whistleblower who gathered documents on Facebook's internal research testified before Congress. Francis Haugen said the company builds its products to be addictive, and she called on lawmakers to take action. WSJ tech editor Jason Dean joins host Zoe Thomas to break down the testimony and how it could affect Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:08

06 Oct 2021


#6

How Apple's Scoring Big on Gaming

Apple doesn't make games, but it's making billions in profit from video gaming. It's earning that money by taking a cut from the sales of other game makers. Now challenges to the dominance of Apple's app store and changes to regulations in one of its biggest markets could threaten those earnings. WSJ reporter Tim Higgins joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how Apple has leveled up in the gaming world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

12 MINS

12:54

05 Oct 2021


#5

Ransomware Attack Led to a Baby's Death, Lawsuit Claims

A lawsuit in Alabama claims a ransomware attack on a hospital is partially to blame for the death of a baby. Reporter Kevin Poulsen joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how computer outages led to medical staff missing warning signs and how the hospital industry is dealing with the risks of cyberattacks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Oct 2021

16 MINS

16:14

04 Oct 2021


#4

Facebook Exec Grilled by Lawmakers On Toxic Impact of Instagram

On Thursday, senators grilled Facebook's Global Head of Safety on the possible negative impacts of the company's platforms, and what Facebook knew about potential harm of Instagram to young users. WSJ reporter Georgia Wells joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the hearing and what the bi-partisan pushback towards the social media giant could mean for the company's future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:25

01 Oct 2021


#3

Paramount Picks New Boss To Help It In The Streaming Wars

The new head of Paramount Pictures, Brian Robbins, has experience appealing to younger audiences. The movie studio is hoping that will help it sign up more subscribers to its steaming service, Paramount +. WSJ Entertainment and Media Reporter Joe Flint joins host Zoe Thomas to talk about the movie studio's plans and what they mean for audiences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Sep 2021

13 MINS

13:22

30 Sep 2021


#2

Theranos's Investors: Were They Duped or Did They Make a Bad Bet?

A key question in the criminal fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes relates to the defunct blood-testing startup's investors: Were they deceived or did they just make an unwise bet? Reporter Heather Somerville joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the prosecution and defense will use the knowledge and experience of Theranos's investors to make their cases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Sep 2021

13 MINS

13:37

29 Sep 2021


#1

Facebook Hits Pause on Instagram Kids

The head of Instagram says Facebook is pausing work on its plans for a version of the photo-sharing app geared at children younger than 13. The decision comes as the social-media giant faces criticism over its impact on young users' mental health. WSJ deputy tech editor Brad Reagan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the pressure Facebook is under and how this decision could affect its business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 Sep 2021

11 MINS

11:55

28 Sep 2021