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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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New York, NY

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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

Twitter:

@WSJPodcasts

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English

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Episodes
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How Quantum Computing Could Help Optimize Logistics

5/22/2024
After a regulatory crackdown, the crypto industry is fighting for its life. WSJ Crypto reporter Caitlin Ostroff explains the industry’s latest strategy: spending big on elections. Plus, WSJ contributor Bob Henderson joins host Charlotte Gartenberg to discuss how technological advances are letting companies explore practical uses for quantum computers, such as optimizing airline gate assignments. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:31

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TNB Tech Minute: Sonos Breaks Into the Premium Headphones Market

5/21/2024
Plus, Samsung ousts its top semiconductor exec following AI missteps. And Pixar plans to cut 14% of its workforce. Charlotte Gartenberg hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:28

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What’s So Special About Microsoft’s New AI-Focused PCs? CEO Explains.

5/21/2024
Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tells WSJ senior personal technology columnist Joanna Stern about its new Windows platform optimized for artificial intelligence. Plus, why computer-science majors are having a harder time finding jobs. Zoe Thomas hosts. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:20

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TNB Tech Minute: Microsoft Unveils AI-Focused PC

5/20/2024
Plus, Neuralink got a green light for a second brain-chip implantation. And OpenAI pauses the use of an AI voice tool that sounds like Scarlett Johansson. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:29

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Should Smartphones Be Blamed for the Youth Mental-Health Crisis?

5/20/2024
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt blames tech for teen anxiety in his latest book. He also is confronting allegations of junk science. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss Haidt’s conclusions and the blowback. Plus, WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims explains what he got wrong in 10 years of tech predictions and what can be learned from those errors. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:37

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From Facebook to Meta: Zuckerberg's Big Bet—The Future

5/18/2024
Since Facebook became Meta in 2021, the company has invested billions of dollars to develop the metaverse to where it is today. But the competitive landscape is changing as companies like Apple come out with their own headsets. Plus, artificial intelligence is becoming a more important part of Meta’s business. What could this mean for Meta’s goal of creating a mature metaverse? And what will that mean for the company? Join host Alex Ossola on this final installment of our series to see how the metaverse could evolve in the future. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:19

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TNB Tech Minute: Microsoft Plans Major Shake-Up of Videogame Strategy

5/17/2024
Plus, AI cloud-computing startup raises one of the largest-ever private debt financings. And Elon Musk’s X completes its rebrand. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:34

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How AI Is Breaking the Hiring Process

5/17/2024
Job seekers and employers are deploying artificial intelligence bots to help in the application process. It's leading to a bot versus bot battle. WSJ reporter Lindsay Ellis tells host Zoe Thomas why both sides say it’s hurting the hiring process. Plus, what if your doctor could test a treatment on a digital version of your heart before surgery? WSJ senior special writer Stephanie Armour explains how the technology works and the ways it could improve medical treatment. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:52

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TNB Tech Minute: Microsoft Asks Some China Staff to Consider Moving

5/16/2024
Plus, bargain retail app Temu is under fire from European consumer groups. And Meta faces a European Union probe into its child-protection policies. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:38

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Why EV Startup Fisker Failed to Become the Next Tesla

5/16/2024
Famed car designer Henrik Fisker set out to build a company that could upend the auto industry. But, Fisker Inc. is struggling to keep its promise to investors and could be close to shutting down. WSJ reporter Sean McLain joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what happened. Plus, cybersecurity threats increased for businesses along with scrutiny of how they handle those attacks, according to a new WSJ survey. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:30

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TNB Tech Minute: Billionaire Plans Bid for TikTok’s U.S. Arm

5/15/2024
Plus, Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD launches a new pickup truck. And Microsoft imposes climate requirements on suppliers. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:29

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Behind Google’s Plans for AI-Powered Search Summaries

5/15/2024
Google plans to show artificial-intelligence-powered answers on its search engine starting this week in the U.S. WSJ reporter Miles Kruppa joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why the tech giant is making the change and how it could reshape the lucrative internet-search business. Plus, defense technology startups are seeing a surge in funding. But some of their Silicon Valley backers have deep ties to China. WSJ reporter Heather Somerville discusses investors’ conflicting strategies. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:16

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TNB Tech Minute: Google to Launch AI Search Summaries

5/14/2024
Plus, regulators probe Waymo after self-driving car incidents. And Amazon appoints a new head of its cloud-computing unit. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:39

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Temu Makes Global Push as U.S. Scrutiny of TikTok Grows

5/14/2024
Bargain app Temu, owned by Chinese e-commerce giant PDD, is working to reduce its reliance on American shoppers as growth slows and scrutiny of TikTok grows. WSJ reporter Shen Lu joins host Zoe Thomas to explain Temu’s strategy. Plus, some governments are scaling back commitments to electric vehicles, afraid they could add to problems like inflation, job losses and high public debt. We’ll explore why EVs need to help the economy as well as the environment. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:02

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TNB Tech Minute: OpenAI Unveils New AI Voice Assistant

5/13/2024
Plus: Squarespace plans to go private in a $6.6 billion deal. And France secures $16 billion in investment from tech giants. Zoe Thomas hosts. Correction: The firm taking Squarespace private is Permira. An earlier version of this podcast incorrectly said the firm was named Permia. (Corrected on May 14) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:37

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How an Ed-tech Giant Ended Up Fighting for Its Future

5/13/2024
Education tech company 2U set out to bridge the divide between for-profit online learning and highly reputable universities. Now it’s mired in debt and facing competition from former clients. WSJ higher education reporter Melissa Korn joins host Zoe Thomas to explain 2U’s long, steep fall. Plus, WSJ contributor Bart Ziegler shares strategies for getting the best answers from AI chatbots. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:06

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From Facebook to Meta: Zuckerberg's Big Bet—The Reality

5/11/2024
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out his vision in October 2021 for the metaverse as a futuristic, more connected internet. In the years after that, the company now known as Meta had to build it. On the second episode of our special series about the metaverse, host Alex Ossola talks to employees who worked on developing the metaverse, explores how the user experience has changed since those early days and digs into the financial headwinds that have threatened to throw Meta’s mission off course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:26

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TNB Tech Minute: Biden Administration to Raise Tariffs on Chinese EVs

5/10/2024
Plus: Tesla expands its Supercharger network. And Life360 could give new ad revenue guidance. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:17

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Why Binance Fired an Investigator Hired to Clean Up Its Crypto Exchange

5/10/2024
Binance, the world’s largest digital currency exchange, had been under scrutiny from regulators. To stay on the right side, Binance created a market-surveillance team to clean up its digital-currency exchange. But when investigators found a top client was manipulating markets, Binance kept the client... and fired its lead investigator. WSJ reporter Angus Berwick tells host Alex Ossola about the investigation, and what it means for the future of the company. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:36

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TNB Tech Minute: Neuralink’s First Implant Encounters a Problem

5/9/2024
Plus: AI startup Mistral is set to triple its valuation in six months. And T-Mobile and Verizon eye deals to carve up U.S. Cellular. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:19