WSJ Tech News Briefing

By The Wall Street Journal

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Subscribers: 3129
Reviews: 8


 May 25, 2021
interesting stories and excellent narration perspective is not always balanced


 Dec 7, 2020

john
 Oct 9, 2020
interesting viewpoint on tech

me
 Aug 2, 2019
not super in depth, but it's often worth the time

Owain
 May 15, 2019
Some of the news is interesting but there is a constant, boring stream of anti Tesla stories that owes more to the Murdoch ownership than anything like facts. Avoid.

Description

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

Episode Date
Cyber Insurers Consider: What Would a Catastrophic Hack Look Like?
819
Insurance firms that cover cyberattacks are working out what to do in the event of a catastrophic hack, one that takes down a systemically important company and possibly even the economy. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter James Rundle joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how insurers are modeling the fallout from such an attack and why this kind of catastrophe is so hard to prepare for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Facebook’s Top Posts Were Trash. Here’s What It Did to Fix Things.
860
Earlier this year Facebook parent Meta quietly formed a team to deal with an uncomfortable reality: the most popular posts on its platform were trash. WSJ tech reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the war room Meta convened to deal with the problem and why fixing it was so critical to the platform's future plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
Actor Ben McKenzie on His Turn to Crypto Skeptic
915
Actor Ben McKenzie, known for his roles in The O.C. and Gotham, is an outspoken critic of crypto and of celebrities who use their fame to promote it. At the WSJ’s recent Tech Live event, he spoke with WSJ reporter Erich Schwartzel about his own research into crypto and why he thinks ordinary investors can be hurt by it. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Debating the Metaverse: Can It Live Up to Its Mega Hype?
992
A lot has been made about the metaverse and its potential, but in many ways it has failed so far to live up to its hype. At the WSJ’s Tech Live conference, Phil Libin, co-founder and CEO of startups All Turtles and Mmhmm, and Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable Worlds, sat down with host Zoe Thomas to debate the prospects and letdowns of the metaverse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2022
Holiday Tech Gifts That Are Actually Worth the Money
876
As the holiday shopping season gets underway, The Wall Street Journal’s personal tech team has come with a list of tech gifts that are actually worth the money. WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen, personal tech reporter Dalvin Brown and personal tech reporting assistant Cordilia James join host Zoe Thomas to discuss the tech gadgets and gear that made this year’s list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
Apple AirPods Show Possible Future for Hearing-Aid Tech
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The FDA says only one-fifth of Americans who would benefit from a hearing aid actually use one. But a recent study found Apple's latest AirPods Pro could be an alternative for some people with mild to moderate hearing loss. WSJ medical science reporter Dominique Mosbergen joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the study and its limits, and what it could mean for the future of hearing-aid tech and Apple’s ambitions in healthcare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
Meta Workers Hijacked User Accounts and Charged Bribes, Report Says
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Meta disciplined or fired more than two dozen workers that it found allegedly misused an internal system to hijack users’ accounts. In some cases, Meta says the workers charged users bribes to regain access to their profiles, according to people familiar with the matter and internal documents. WSJ reporter Kirsten Grind joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how it happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
FTX’s Workers Are Angry and Financially Ruined
870
The collapse of FTX was a massive blow for its customers and the wider crypto industry. It was also damaging for the exchange’s employees, many of whom believed in the company and its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. WSJ reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what happens to those workers now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
Russian Tech Workers’ Latest Exodus Hits Local IT Sector
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After Moscow stepped up its military mobilization to support its war in Ukraine, more of the country’s tech workers began to leave. That is making an already difficult economic situation worse for Russian startups and tech firms. WSJ reporter Yuliya Chernova joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the impact of the brain drain and what comes next for the workers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
To Prepare for Weather Extremes, U.N. Looks to Collect More Data
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Scientists say climate change is leading to more extreme weather patterns, but many nations lack systems to provide early warnings of possible weather disasters. A United Nations effort is pushing to improve the data collection that is key to these systems. WSJ science and climate reporter Eric Niiler joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
FTX Collapse Sets Back Crypto’s Hopes for Light Regulatory Touch
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The collapse of FTX has dashed the crypto industry’s hopes for pushing its agenda in Washington. At the same time, financial regulators are expected to increase their oversight and investigations into crypto players. So what does the future of regulation for crypto look like? WSJ reporter Paul Kiernan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
For Tech Workers, Pink Slips and Anxiety Replace Perks and Parties
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As more big tech firms announce layoffs, the mood among tech workers is growing grim. The industry once set the standard for perks and high pay, but that is changing as the economy cools. WSJ reporter Chip Cutter joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the feeling among tech workers right now and the future of employment in the sector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
The Downfall of FTX: Could It Signal a Long Crypto Winter?
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Crypto exchange FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were some of the crypto industry’s brightest stars. But that changed this week when FTX faced a liquidity crisis and froze customer withdrawals. Now regulators and investors are raising questions about financial practices at FTX and a sister firm, Alameda Research. WSJ crypto reporter Vicky Ge Huang joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what happened and what it could mean for the wider market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
We Tried Out Mastodon, an Alternative to Twitter. Should You?
846
More than half a million users have signed up for the microblogging site Mastodon since Twitter was purchased by Elon Musk. But what is it like to use the site? And could it be a real alternative to Twitter? WSJ Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how to sign up for and use Mastodon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
A Texting Scam Called ‘Pig Butchering’ Is Costing Victims Millions
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Scammers are using friendship, fake cryptocurrencies and text messages to con millions of dollars out of unsuspecting victims. An increasingly common scam known as “Pig Butchering” is targeting professionals. WSJ cybersecurity reporter Robert McMillan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how it works and how to avoid it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Why Tesla’s China Ties Could Be a Problem for Twitter
822
Elon Musk’s new ownership of Twitter could be affected by the ties one of his other companies, Tesla, has to China. The electric-vehicle company sources materials and builds and sells its cars there. But Beijing is often sensitive about what is said about it on social media. Could this affect Mr. Musk’s plans for content moderation on Twitter? WSJ Heard on the Street Europe Editor Stephen Wilmot joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
Chip Glut Ripples Through Industry
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After two years of a chip shortage, we are now finding ourselves in a chip glut. What does a deepening oversupply of semiconductors mean for the industry? WSJ semiconductors reporter Asa Fitch joins host Julie Chang to explain what led to this point and how the industry is looking ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Tech Live: Microsoft Talks Activision Blizzard Deal, Mobile Gaming
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Microsoft has been expanding where and how its customers engage with its game offerings, looking to acquire video game company Activision Blizzard as part of that plan. Microsoft’s gaming chief Phil Spencer spoke with WSJ reporter Sarah Needleman about the deal and more at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference last week. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Europe Pushes Cybersecurity Rules for Aviation Industry
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Europe has expanded its cybersecurity rules around airline flight safety. And for the first time, the requirements cover a range of companies in the aviation supply chain. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter Catherine Stupp joins host Julie Chang to discuss the new rules and how companies are responding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
YouTube Selling Other Companies’ Streaming Services
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With streaming service fatigue on the rise, YouTube is becoming a one-stop-shop selling the streaming services of other companies, like Paramount+ and Showtime. The Google subsidiary launched the marketplace amid a slowdown in advertising. Reporter Miles Kruppa joins host Julie Chang to discuss the new feature and how it might shape the streaming landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022