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


Episodes

China Steps Up Internet Censorship in Response to Protests

12/5/2022
China clamps down on virtual private networks and pressures tech companies to boost censorship. The moves follow widespread protests in the country. WSJ Asia tech reporter Liza Lin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:07

Audio Tech in TVs Has Improved. So Why Do Shows Sound Muddled?

12/2/2022
If you’re having trouble hearing the dialogue on your TV, it may not be you. As audio technology develops and directors make more creative sound choices, it’s getting harder to distinguish what actors are saying. WSJ personal tech reporting assistant Cordilia James joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what’s going on and how to improve your TV listening experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:50

Sam Bankman-Fried Paid Little Heed to Risk, Say Ex-Staff

12/1/2022
Early staffers at Sam Bankman-Fried’s first company, Alameda Research, say they quit over his approach to risk, compliance and accounting. How similar were those issues to ones that arose at the crypto exchange FTX? Wall Street Journal special writer Gregory Zuckerman joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what happened at Alameda and how much it foreshadowed FTX’s downfall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:43

Cyber Insurers Consider: What Would a Catastrophic Hack Look Like?

11/30/2022
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

Duration:00:12:51

Facebook’s Top Posts Were Trash. Here’s What It Did to Fix Things.

11/29/2022
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

Duration:00:13:28

Actor Ben McKenzie on His Turn to Crypto Skeptic

11/28/2022
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

Duration:00:14:26

Debating the Metaverse: Can It Live Up to Its Mega Hype?

11/25/2022
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

Duration:00:16:16

Holiday Tech Gifts That Are Actually Worth the Money

11/23/2022
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

Duration:00:14:10

Apple AirPods Show Possible Future for Hearing-Aid Tech

11/22/2022
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

Duration:00:11:47

Meta Workers Hijacked User Accounts and Charged Bribes, Report Says

11/21/2022
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

Duration:00:14:48

FTX’s Workers Are Angry and Financially Ruined

11/18/2022
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

Duration:00:13:51

Russian Tech Workers’ Latest Exodus Hits Local IT Sector

11/17/2022
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

Duration:00:13:24

To Prepare for Weather Extremes, U.N. Looks to Collect More Data

11/16/2022
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

Duration:00:12:33

FTX Collapse Sets Back Crypto’s Hopes for Light Regulatory Touch

11/15/2022
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

Duration:00:13:33

For Tech Workers, Pink Slips and Anxiety Replace Perks and Parties

11/14/2022
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

Duration:00:13:29

The Downfall of FTX: Could It Signal a Long Crypto Winter?

11/11/2022
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...

Duration:00:14:48

We Tried Out Mastodon, an Alternative to Twitter. Should You?

11/10/2022
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

Duration:00:13:21

A Texting Scam Called ‘Pig Butchering’ Is Costing Victims Millions

11/9/2022
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

Duration:00:13:43

Why Tesla’s China Ties Could Be a Problem for Twitter

11/8/2022
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

Duration:00:12:42

Chip Glut Ripples Through Industry

11/7/2022
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

Duration:00:13:34