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

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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

Language:

English

Contact:

1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 212-416-2000


Episodes

AI Could be Key to Facebook Parent Meta’s Turnaround

1/31/2023
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, had one of its toughest years in 2022. It's facing fierce competition and a hit to its advertising business. But artificial intelligence that processes the company’s data to better pinpoint user interest could be about to turn that around. WSJ social-media reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:11:11

In Africa, FTX Promised Stability and Swag

1/30/2023
Across Africa FTX used brand ambassadors and glitzy events to attract new users . Many customers saw cryptocurrency as a way to protect against inflation in local currencies. But when the crypto exchange collapsed many lost their savings. WSJ reporter Alexandra Wexler joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how FTX grew in Africa and what happened to investors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:58

Tech to Block Scam Calls Still Defrauding Older Adults

1/27/2023
Phone scams may seem like a thing of the past, but nearly a quarter of older adults who reported losing money in a scam last year said it all started with a phone call. But, there is tech that can help prevent these criminals from tricking you or your loved one . WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what they are and how they work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:52

Apple Avoids Layoffs Hitting the Rest of Tech, for Now

1/26/2023
Apple has so far been able to avoid the huge layoffs other big tech firms have announced. What is the iPhone maker doing differently than its counterparts? WSJ Apple reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the business strategy that has set the company apart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:39

DOJ Slaps Google With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Its Digital Ad Business

1/25/2023
The Justice Department has sued Google seeking to break up its digital advertising business. Google has had a foothold in nearly every part of the online ad-market and earns billions in revenue from the business. WSJ Google reporter Miles Kruppa joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the case and its potential ramifications for online advertising. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:11:37

In the Battle Between Microsoft and Google, What Role Could AI Play?

1/24/2023
Microsoft is deepening its partnership with OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT and Dall-E. That has investors and analysts speculating whether Microsoft could challenge Google’s dominance in search. WSJ Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how AI could affect search and at what cost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:32

China’s Tech Crackdown Winds Up

1/23/2023
Beijing appears to be nearing the end of a two-year crackdown on the county’s big tech companies. Some of China's most well-known and influential internet companies have been forced to make significant changes. WSJ Asia tech reporter Liza Lin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the changes and whether authorities got the outcome they were hoping for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:03

Lasers Could Help Deflect Danger From Lightning Strikes

1/20/2023
A test of giant lasers shot from a mountaintop in Switzerland is helping scientists develop ways to guide lightning. It could be a first step in defending against dangerous strikes that lead to death and destruction. WSJ science reporter Aylin Woodward joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the tech works and when it could be ready for wider use. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:20

The 3-D Printing Revolution Is Quietly Under Way

1/19/2023
3-D manufacturing was once only suited for creating prototypes and models. Now advances in the tech are leading to changes in manufacturing and quietly upending global supply chains. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the developments and what they mean for the future of mass production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:25

TikTok Offers More Transparency to Win Over U.S. Regulators

1/18/2023
TikTok is trying a new tactic in its efforts to reach a deal with U.S. regulators that would allow it to keep operating in the county: more transparency. But what exactly is the social-media platform willing to reveal and how much will it help address U.S. concerns about its Chinese ownership? WSJ social-media reporter Georgia Wells joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:13

Space Industry Races to Increase Launches and Defense Capabilities

1/17/2023
This year the space sector is expected to focus less on human space travel and more on government defense and satellite launches. But that doesn't mean competition in the industry is getting less intense. WSJ aerospace reporter Micah Maidenberg joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what changes to expect in 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:56

How to Make 5G Feel Like Less of a Letdown

1/13/2023
Cellular carriers advertised 5G as a game changer for connectivity. But for many of us, the promised changes and improvements are hard to notice. WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why the newest network hasn’t changed how you use your phone and the ways you can still make the most of it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:57

Can Deepfakes Be Regulated? China Is Giving It a Shot

1/12/2023
China is implementing new rules aimed at limiting the production of deepfakes, or artificial-intelligence-generated video, audio and pictures that imitate real people. WSJ reporter Karen Hao joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why it won’t be easy and why other governments around the world will be watching. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:48

To Boost EVs, New York Has to Decide Where to Put the Chargers

1/10/2023
One of the biggest challenges to getting more electric vehicles on the road is giving drivers a place to charge them. New funding from the federal government, states and private entities is being put toward building charging infrastructure. But in urban areas like New York City, where do you put the chargers? WSJ energy reporter Jennifer Hiller joins host Zoe Thomas to talk about how the city is trying to solve the problem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:07

Tech Layoffs Pile Up as Bosses Reverse Course

1/9/2023
After a period of aggressive hiring to meet heightened demand for online services during the pandemic, tech companies are now laying off many of those workers. And tech bosses are saying “mea culpa” for the miscalculation. WSJ reporter Dana Mattioli joins host Zoe Thomas to talk through the shift and what it all means for the tech sector going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:03

How High-Tech Lobster Traps Could Help Save Whales

1/9/2023
Endangered whales in the Atlantic could be given a lifeline by the use of high-tech lobster traps that pose less risk to them. But getting the industry on board may not be easy. WSJ science reporter Eric Niiler joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the tech works and the efforts underway to convince lobstermen to use it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:27

Best of CES: What Gadgets Stood Out at This Year’s Big Tech Show?

1/6/2023
CES is known as a place where companies can show off boundary-pushing gadgets. This year, paperlike speakers, a robot pet and tools to keep us connected even in the desert were on display. WSJ news editor for personal tech Shara Tibken joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the gadgets and trends that stood out in Las Vegas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:35

How to Declutter Your Inbox and Devices in 2023

1/5/2023
For a New Year’s resolution, many of us would benefit from decluttering our digital lives. But all those emails, photos and more can be overwhelming to think about, much less tidy up. To help, WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Julie Chang with some tips on how to get started. Plus, Chinese electronics company TCL discusses the augmented-reality glasses it is showing off at CES. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:37

How Ukraine Digitized Its Forces on the Cheap

1/4/2023
Nearly a year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv’s fighting forces have managed to rapidly digitize, something the U.S. has spent decades and billions of dollars to do. WSJ Brussels bureau chief Dan Michaels joins host Julie Chang to discuss the shoestring tactics of Ukraine’s military and what the Pentagon can learn from them. Plus, assistive-tech company eSight showcases its next-generation eyewear for the visually impaired at CES. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:14:19

CES: How Will Gadget Startups Face Economic Challenges?

1/3/2023
The global trade show CES kicking off this week has been the place for startups to showcase their technologies to potential future partners and customers. But the show has been disrupted by the pandemic the past couple of years, and a looming economic downturn has taken a toll on tech companies big and small. WSJ personal tech reporter Dalvin Brown joins host Julie Chang for a glimpse of what we can expect at this year’s event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:50