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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

VPNs Can Be A Great Way To Protect Your Data… Sometimes.

Virtual Private Networks or VPNs, can keep your data from being collected by third-parties. But not all VPNs are equal. And sometimes they aren’t needed or can cause problems. WSJ personal tech reporter Dalvin Brown joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how VPNs work and the best times to use them Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#19

Robots Are Taking Over Chinese Factories

Chinese factories are [installing robots almost as fast as the rest of the world] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-factories-accelerate-robotics-push-as-workforce-shrinks-11663493405?st=7ntullo58rn0u40&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) combined. But China is still playing catchup to other industrial economies when it comes to automation. WSJ Asia economics reporter Jason Douglas joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why China is pivoting now and what the shift could mean for the global economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Sep 2022

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13:55

22 Sep 2022


#18

Spotify’s Audiobook Offering Pits It Against Amazon and Apple

Streaming giant [Spotify has entered the audiobook market] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/spotify-offers-audiobook-service-with-300-000-titles-11663674852?st=ynm4e05i0cl7a23&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) with a new platform. But growing in this space won’t be the same as disrupting music listening or gaining a foothold in podcasting. WSJ music reporter Anne Steele joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the pitfalls Spotify could face and the battles it is taking on by getting into audiobooks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Sep 2022

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21 Sep 2022


#17

Chinese Funding Pours Into Silicon Valley Despite Tensions With U.S.

Tensions are rising between Washington and Beijing, but Chinese investment into Silicon Valley venture-capital funds is still flowing. Some U.S. officials are [worried that Chinese investors could pass information back to their government] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-investment-flows-to-silicon-valley-venture-funds-11663234202?st=hnxw19zv0tgz96d&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ reporter Heather Somerville joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss a new report shedding light on the scope of the investments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Sep 2022

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20 Sep 2022


#16

Cybersecurity Officials on Edge Amid Trial of Former Uber Executive

The trial of Uber's former head of security is being closely watched by cybersecurity professionals, who worry it could set a precedent for [who is liable when a company is hacked] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/trial-of-former-uber-executive-has-security-officials-worried-about-liability-for-hacks-11662638107?st=brcm9att8wtsgcu&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ cybersecurity reporter Robert McMillan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the ins and outs of the trial and its wider ramifications. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Sep 2022

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19 Sep 2022


#15

Apple’s New iPhones and iOS 16: What to Expect

The new operating system for Apple’s iPhones, iOS 16, [includes a makeover for the home screen and new messaging functions] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/ios-16-apple-release-features-iphone-11663000852?st=agmwpio5n1sa2sr&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . But some updates are features that other smartphones have had for a while. Wall Street Journal Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to break down the changes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Sep 2022

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14:57

16 Sep 2022


#14

Nikola Founder Trevor Milton Faces Jury Over Electric-Truck Claims

Trevor Milton, the founder of electric-truck company Nikola, is [facing fraud charges in a New York court] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/nikola-founder-faces-securities-fraud-trial-over-promises-about-electric-trucks-11662894001?st=fkz5r5hpi2ptd89&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Prosecutors allege he lied to investors about the company’s technology, but his lawyers call it [a case of a founder voicing their hopes for the company] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/dueling-portraits-of-nikola-founder-trevor-milton-presented-at-securities-fraud-trial-11663092466?st=l09i2nohgmqkz8j&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . But the trial could have ramifications beyond Nikola and its founder. WSJ reporter Ben Foldy joins host Zoe Thomas to lay out the issues and why it could matter for startups looking to go public. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Sep 2022

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15 Sep 2022


#13

Twitter Whistleblower Testifies Before Senate on Data Privacy Failures

Twitter’s former head of security [testified before Congress] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/twitter-whistleblower-heads-to-congress-ahead-of-shareholder-vote-on-elon-musks-44-billion-takeover-bid-11663061403?st=5vmdr8jib1osc22&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) on Tuesday, telling a Senate committee the company had failed to protect users and had put profit ahead of data security. WSJ social-media reporter Alexa Corse joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how Peiter Zatko’s testimony could affect Twitter and legislative efforts to rein in social-media companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Sep 2022

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14 Sep 2022


#12

Instagram Struggles to Make Reels a Real Competitor to TikTok

Instagram’s short-form video feature Reels is [far behind its biggest rival] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/instagram-reels-tiktok-meta-facebook-documents-11662991777?st=lci3no72w7g2jxq&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , TikTok. Internal research reviewed by The Wall Street Journal shows Reels is struggling to get people to watch and create content for the platform. WSJ tech reporter Meghan Bobrowsky joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how Instagram parent company Meta is trying to close the gap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Sep 2022

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13 Sep 2022


#11

Robinhood’s New Index Gives Insight Into Younger Investors

Robinhood has [launched its own index] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/robinhood-unveils-index-to-track-customers-favored-stocks-11662748639?st=1go7fjmv82zf1jm&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , giving a peek into the most popular stocks among its largely young and small-time investor base. WSJ markets reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host Julie Chang to explain how the new index works, why the company decided to create it, and what it can tell us about how traders are using the app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Sep 2022

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12 Sep 2022


#10

What a VC Wants: Forerunner’s Kirsten Green on Investing in a Downturn

It’s a bumpy time for startups and their investors. But the economic uncertainty could present opportunities for venture capitalists, who may be able to push for more restraint from tech startups. Kirsten Green, founder and managing partner of Forerunner Ventures, joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how early-stage companies can approach the coming economic challenges and what areas she is looking at investing in next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Sep 2022

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09 Sep 2022


#9

Apple Surprises With New iPhones by Keeping Prices Steady

Apple has unveiled a new lineup of iPhones, smartwatches and wireless headphones. But the most surprising detail from the company’s annual September event may be that the company is [keeping most of its prices steady] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/iphone-14-lineup-apple-event-launch-11662500247?st=qzzt45c521pyw7n&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ personal-tech bureau chief Wilson Rothman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss Apple’s strategy and the new features it rolled out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Sep 2022

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08 Sep 2022


#8

Can Internet Algorithms Be Regulated? China Is Giving It a Shot.

Chinese regulators are taking unprecedented steps to [rein in the power of algorithms] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-blazes-hazy-new-trail-to-tame-internets-algorithms-11661866321?st=5okrtblmfvajxqy&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , the automated systems that shape the internet. But many of these systems learn from user behavior and adapt in unpredictable ways. So is regulating algorithms even possible? WSJ China tech reporter Karen Hao joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how Beijing is tackling the challenge and what other countries might learn from its efforts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Sep 2022

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07 Sep 2022


#7

Alert: Natural-Disaster Warnings Are Getting Better

With severe wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters becoming more commonplace, current technologies that alert people to impending danger sometimes fall short. WSJ reporter Jim Carlton joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the flaws in current alert systems and the efforts to [develop new tech] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/ai-gps-technology-could-help-save-lives-in-wildfires-and-floods-11661869998?st=zqj90eyx3gebkex&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) to warn people of danger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Sep 2022

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06 Sep 2022


#6

NFT Insider-Trading Trial Could Set Precedent Beyond Digital Assets

A case involving a man alleged to have engaged in [insider trading of non-fungible tokens] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/insider-trading-in-nfts-thats-not-a-crime-defense-lawyers-claim-11661938202?st=z6wnb54yw9j0inn&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) could push the bounds of fraud law. The WSJ's Risk & Compliance Journal reporter Richard Vanderford joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the case and why it could set precedent that goes beyond digital assets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Sep 2022

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02 Sep 2022


#5

California Bill Holds Social Media Responsible for Harm to Children

A bill aimed at [holding social-media platforms accountable for harm their apps may do to children] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/social-media-firms-would-have-to-consider-childrens-health-under-bill-passed-by-california-legislature-11661901669?st=1jvqjodpf34krgo&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) passed the California legislature unanimously this week. WSJ tech reporter Meghan Bobrowsky joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what is in the bill and whether other states could follow suit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Sep 2022

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01 Sep 2022


#4

The U.S. Needs Weather Data. Satellite Companies Aren’t Collecting It.

The U.S. government wants to collect more weather data from private companies’ satellites, with the goal of improving forecasting while cutting costs. But [not enough businesses are collecting the necessary data] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-government-effort-to-tap-private-weather-data-moves-along-slowly-11661335203?st=w8j28pnfich9hl7&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ Pro enterprise-technology reporter Isabelle Bousquette joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the government is struggling to find partners and what it means for our efforts to understand weather patterns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

31 Aug 2022

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31 Aug 2022


#3

Could New Storage Techniques Preserve the World’s Plethora of Data?

We’re storing more of our data than ever, but the [hard disk drives we rely on are reaching their physical limits] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/data-storage-is-reaching-the-limits-of-physics-11661435363?st=22d56ibst0ck8zk&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Now scientists are working on methods to increase capacity and find new ways to house our data. Dr. Brian Michael Murphy of Bennington College joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how we got here and the new methods that are being tested. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Aug 2022

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30 Aug 2022


#2

TikTok Is the New Google for Some Young People

More young people are [turning to TikTok for the kinds of answers] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tiktok-has-loads-of-useful-information-but-you-have-to-verify-sources-11659815953?st=qmj29dooljscfeq&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) they used to search for on Google. But while TikTok has loads of useful information, some of it may need to be verified. Cordilia James from the WSJ’s personal-tech team joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how people are using TikTok as a search engine and how to be sure you can trust the results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Aug 2022

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29 Aug 2022


#1

NASA’s Artemis I Mission Is First Step in Returning Humans to the Moon

NASA plans to [launch the uncrewed Artemis I flight] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/nasa-sets-sights-on-moon-with-high-stakes-artemis-mission-11661491533?st=8275lsq3j3h5vei&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday. WSJ space reporter Micah Maidenberg joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what NASA will be looking for from this test flight and how it aims to return humans to the lunar surface by 2025. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Aug 2022

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26 Aug 2022