WSJ Tech News Briefing

By The Wall Street Journal

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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.

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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

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Introducing: Hack Me If You Can
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Wall Street Journal reporter Robert McMillan has spent years trying to find a Russian hacker who would tell him their story. And then, he met Dmitry Smilyanets, the man who managed one of the most notorious hacking teams to come out of Russia.Dmitry’s story is the story of how a generation of hackers grew up in Russia. It follows the dramatic game of cat and mouse that America plays trying to catch cyber criminals like Dmitry. And in Dmitry’s case, it ends with him facing a choice: go to prison for decades, or help the U.S. government stop hackers like himself.This is a new series from The Wall Street Journal podcast The Journal – Hack Me If You Can – the story of a Russian cyber criminal who went to the other side. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2022
Will Twitter’s Data Dump Push Elon Musk Deal Forward?
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Elon Musk says he put his $40 billion acquisition of Twitter on hold over bots on the platform, and he demanded to see the social-media company’s data on fake or spam accounts. In recent weeks, Twitter complied, sending over a massive data dump. Now the billionaire and his team need to sort through it. WSJ tech reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Julie Chang to explain why that won’t be easy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
Celsius Said It Was Low Risk; Documents Show the Opposite
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Celsius, one of the largest crypto lenders, has been under pressure. And people active in the sector have been keeping a watchful eye. The lending giant promoted itself as lower risk but higher reward than traditional banks. But investor documents from last year show Celsius was actually built on risk. WSJ reporter Eliot Brown joins host Julie Chang to discuss the latest insights into Celsius’ business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
After Roe v. Wade Ruling, Period-Tracker Apps Look to Anonymize Data
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Apps that track menstrual cycles or fertility collect a trove of sensitive data about users. Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last Friday, striking down the constitutional right to an abortion, some of those app companies are moving to change how they handle that data. On today’s show, WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen joins host Julie Chang to discuss how that data is collected and shared, and what to look for if you want to keep your information private. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Do Kwon Tries Again After $40 Billion Crypto Crash
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Algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD was supposed to maintain its value at $1 with the help of its sister-crypto, Luna. But TerraUSD’s price collapsed to pennies in May, while Luna plunged by more than 99%, wiping out around $40 billion in value. Their creator Do Kwon has been attempting a comeback by relaunching Luna. WSJ markets reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host Julie Chang to explain the collapse of Do Kwon’s crypto empire and what his second try looks like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
VR Tech to Combat Social Isolation Among Seniors
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To tackle social isolation among seniors, some caregivers have turned to virtual reality. One company developing that technology is Rendever. At The Wall Street Journal's recent Future of Everything Festival, personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen spoke with Rendever’s co-founder and CEO about where this tech stands today and how it can be leveraged to transform the day-to-day lives of residents in senior communities. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Why Amazon’s CEO Is Working to Undo A Bezos-Led Overexpansion
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Andy Jassy took over as Amazon CEO nearly a year ago. Since then the company’s stock price has fallen, online shopping demand has shrunk and the e-commerce giant has been left with excess warehouse space. As a result, Jassy has been forced to reverse course on some initiatives started by founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ reporter Dana Mattioli joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how Jassy handled his first year and what it means for Amazon’s future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Why Many Rural Americans Are Still Waiting For Fast Internet
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The federal government has set aside billions of dollars aimed at improving internet speeds for rural Americans. But, despite multiple government programs designed to fix the problem, many in those communities are still waiting for faster speeds. WSJ reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how communities are being impacted by slow internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Crypto Volatility: Your Questions Answered
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Crypto has been on a wild ride lately, experiencing huge dips and volatility impacting investors and companies, and catching the eye of regulators. WSJ crypto reporter Paul Vigna joins host Zoe Thomas to answer your questions about how the market is supposed to work, how the government is responding and what the future could hold for the cryptocurrency space. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
How YouTube Shorts Became TikTok’s Biggest Rival
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Short-form videos have become the latest big battleground for social-media platforms. TikTok is the most popular, but hot on its heels is Google’s rival service YouTube Shorts. WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how YouTube Shorts grew in popularity so quickly and the surprising audiences it is attracting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Musk Tells Twitter Employees His Plans for the Company
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In a town hall meeting with rank-and-file Twitter employees, Elon Musk fielded questions on free speech, his plans for company leadership and returning to the office. WSJ tech reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what was learned at the meeting and what it means for the future of the billionaire’s $44 billion takeover bid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
Tesla Tops List of Suspected Driver-Assistance-Tech Crashes
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U.S. traffic safety regulators have released a first-ever survey of crashes suspected of involving advanced driver-assistance technology. At the top of the list with the most crashes is Tesla. WSJ autos reporter Ryan Felton joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the limitations of the new data and what it could mean for developments in autonomous driving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Microsoft Shuts Down Internet Explorer After 27 Years
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The web browser that introduced many people to the internet is being retired on Wednesday. WSJ reporter Alyssa Lukpat joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why Microsoft decided to shut down Internet Explorer and the impact the browser had on the online world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Suspended Google Engineer Says AI Chatbot Is Sentient
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A software engineer at Google claims the company has developed an artificial intelligence chatbot that is sentient. Google has dismissed the claims, and suspended the engineer. What made the employee believe this system has gained consciousness and deserves the same rights as humans? WSJ reporter Patrick Thomas joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what’s behind the assertion and what it means for AI development. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Meta Investigates Sandberg’s Use of Facebook Corporate Resources
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Lawyers for Facebook’s parent company Meta are investigating the extent to which outgoing Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg used corporate resources for her personal projects. It hasn’t been uncommon for the company to pay for personal or security expenses for Sandberg, so what are investigators looking for now? WSJ reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the investigation and the possible fall out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
A Facebook User’s Oculus Odyssey to Reach Customer Service
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Many social media users who have problems with their accounts quickly learn there is no one to call, write to, or chat with to fix the issues. Some Facebook users, in particular, have gone to extreme lengths to reach a customer service representative to get help, including spending hundreds of dollars on devices. WSJ reporter Kirsten Grind joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why social media giants like Facebook have no customer service line, and what it means for users. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
Carbon Removal Tech Gets Billions In Funding. Can It Deliver?
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Investors and businesses, including big tech, are pouring money into the nascent carbon removal industry. The technology holds the promise of reducing the impacts of climate change. WSJ reporter Amrith Ramkumar joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what’s behind the billions in financing and whether this emerging tech sector is likely to deliver on investors' hopes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
WeWork Founder Looks For Next Chapter in Web3
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Web3, built on blockchain technology, is seen by some as the future of the internet. In fact, some investors are so positive about the idea they are willing to overlook past mistakes by tech founders to get in on the ground floor. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the founder of WeWork, Adam Neumann, is betting on a Web3 business for his next venture, and what it says about the future of crypto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
Ransomware Groups Break Up Into Smaller Cells to Skirt Sanctions
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Hacking groups with ties to Russia are changing their approach to cyber attacks amid an increase in sanctions and pressure from U.S. law enforcement. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter David Uberti joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the change in strategy is making it hard for hacking victims and Washington to say who is behind the attacks and how to stop them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
What’s Behind Sheryl Sandberg’s Departure From Facebook Parent Meta?
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After 14 years of helping build Meta into an advertising powerhouse, Sheryl Sandberg is leaving the company. As chief operating officer and the number-two executive at the company formerly known as Facebook, she also took heat for missteps on the social-media platform, including its role in election interference. So what’s behind her decision to leave and what will it mean for the company? WSJ reporter Emily Glazer joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022