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WSJ Tech News Briefing

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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

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

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@WSJPodcasts

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English

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Episodes

NASA Smashed a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid. Now What?

9/28/2022
A NASA mission that purposely crashed a satellite into an asteroid this week was the first test of planetary defense technology. Now scientists are working to figure out how successful it really was. WSJ science reporter Aylin Woodward joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the mission and what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:09

Does ‘Bossware’ Boost Worker Productivity? It’s Far From Clear

9/27/2022
More companies are turning to surveillance software to monitor white-collar workers. But this tech doesn’t always create the productivity boost that managers hope to see. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how monitoring software works and why it can fall short of its promises. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:43

Hackers Working With Russia to Coordinate Cyberattacks, Google Says

9/26/2022
The Russian military may be coordinating with hackers and online activists in cyberattacks, according to a new report from Google researchers. WSJ cybersecurity reporter Robert McMillan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the coordination is said to work, and why it is raising so much concern in the West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:41

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

9/23/2022
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

Duration:00:13:31

Robots Are Taking Over Chinese Factories

9/22/2022
Chinese factories are installing robots almost as fast as the rest of the world 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

Duration:00:13:19

Spotify’s Audiobook Offering Pits It Against Amazon and Apple

9/21/2022
Streaming giant Spotify has entered the audiobook market 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

Duration:00:13:31

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

9/20/2022
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. 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

Duration:00:13:11

Cybersecurity Officials on Edge Amid Trial of Former Uber Executive

9/19/2022
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. 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

Duration:00:13:52

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

9/16/2022
The new operating system for Apple’s iPhones, iOS 16, includes a makeover for the home screen and new messaging functions. 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

Duration:00:14:27

Nikola Founder Trevor Milton Faces Jury Over Electric-Truck Claims

9/15/2022
Trevor Milton, the founder of electric-truck company Nikola, is facing fraud charges in a New York court. 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. 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...

Duration:00:15:58

Twitter Whistleblower Testifies Before Senate on Data Privacy Failures

9/14/2022
Twitter’s former head of security testified before Congress 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

Duration:00:13:14

Instagram Struggles to Make Reels a Real Competitor to TikTok

9/13/2022
Instagram’s short-form video feature Reels is far behind its biggest rival, 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

Duration:00:13:47

Robinhood’s New Index Gives Insight Into Younger Investors

9/12/2022
Robinhood has launched its own index, 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

Duration:00:11:45

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

9/9/2022
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

Duration:00:14:49

Apple Surprises With New iPhones by Keeping Prices Steady

9/8/2022
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. 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

Duration:00:14:08

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

9/7/2022
Chinese regulators are taking unprecedented steps to rein in the power of algorithms, 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

Duration:00:14:22

Alert: Natural-Disaster Warnings Are Getting Better

9/6/2022
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 to warn people of danger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:33

NFT Insider-Trading Trial Could Set Precedent Beyond Digital Assets

9/2/2022
A case involving a man alleged to have engaged in insider trading of non-fungible tokens 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

Duration:00:11:20

California Bill Holds Social Media Responsible for Harm to Children

9/1/2022
A bill aimed at holding social-media platforms accountable for harm their apps may do to children 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

Duration:00:11:42

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

8/31/2022
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. 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

Duration:00:12:44