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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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Microsoft is positioning itself to be at the forefront of artificial intelligence, spending billions to invest in OpenAI. But how does it plan to incorporate programs from the creator of ChatGPT and Dall-E 2? And how are competitors reacting? WSJ Microsoft reporter Tom Dotan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Twitter’s “For You” feed has been showing a lot of users posts from one men’s fashion commentator. But it isn’t because they all suddenly care about streetwear and cowboy aesthetics. WSJ Twitter reporter Alexa Corse joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what tweaks to the platform's algorithm have meant for users' feeds and what they tell us about Elon Musk’s approach to content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Clifton Simon

Please take all the other losers from twitter to your platform. Jack White, Trent Renzor and other waste of time left wing celebrities. Think the world cares? Really think the whole world cares today?

Nov 22nd
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Hamid

This was an episode or an advertisementfor this VC??!!

Sep 14th
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Jr. Kruger

WSJ Tech News has a great format. Keeps things interesting.

Aug 29th
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Aamir Sait

wrong headline, where's the Amazon story?

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Aamir Sait

liked the introductory show

Oct 20th
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Racha Siddhu

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Jul 2nd
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Lynne McNamee

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May 10th
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Jiji Yu

i bet the recording is messed by zoom

Apr 3rd
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Francisco Perez

for what ever reason the audio is unsynchronized between the two speakers

Apr 3rd
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Sean Fontana

https://castbox.fm/vb/228695456 give this podcast a listen if you want to hear more on the Vaporfly trainer. Some really kool facts in here.

Feb 9th
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Jacob De Leon

Great, informative podcast.

Jan 30th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

First the guy mispronounces Data's name, giving him a soft "A" like in "thatta" (ex: Come on, man. Say it right. Thatta boy!) instead of a hard "A" like in "beta" (ex: Did you even run this by a single beta listener before posting?). Then the gal says Star "Track" and basically what I'm saying is that OBVIOUSLY neither of you are Trekkies / Trekkers so why are either of you reporting on this topic???

Jan 27th
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Elham Akhy

it was good, thank you.

Oct 11th
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Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings

Listeners of this podcast may find this relevant: Facebook's upcoming "cryptocurrency" should NOT be trusted. It goes against every fundamental value and function of cryptocurrency, and is In fact NOT a crypto at all! Instead of an open source product that anyone can audit and help to contribute to and help run the network, its closed source, is a CLOSED network, only made up of big banks, Visa, and shady corporations, and is a huge tracking network with your real identity tied to it being 100% mandatory, then all your transactions are sent to all of Facebook's partners, and of course the government will have full access to everything. Are you really going to trust a shady, lying spy company with your money?

Oct 7th
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Andre Bordokan

and then...

Jun 29th
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Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings

Google, Facebook, and Amazon. These 3 companies will destroy society within a handful of years. They have destroyed privacy already, spy on us (even Amazon; lookup "Rekognition" facial recognition made for police, which leads to false arrests, also used in their Amazon Go stores to track you), and have made us both addicted and helpless to consumerism and our phones. Do not give these companies a penny...vote with your dollars people.

Apr 24th
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Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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iTunes User

This report is quick, to the point, and gives very relevant headlines from the world of tech. I look forward to the the two 5-minute clips daily

Aug 30th
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