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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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Plus: Hackers gained access to 576,000 Roku accounts. And Elon Musk meets with Argentina’s president. Julie Chang hosts. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SpaceX's Starlink provides internet access to thousands of locations around the globe, including battlefields in Ukraine and Sudan. But there’s a black market that's delivering Starlink devices into the hands of American adversaries. WSJ correspondent Thomas Grove tells host Alex Ossola about how that black market works, and what it means for geopolitics. Plus, many teens are looking to foster a healthier relationship with social media. WSJ reporter Georgia Wells talks about a nonprofit called Half the Story that is teaching teens the tools while also pushing for policy change. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: Instagram will automatically detect and blur nude photos in an effort to protect teens. And Amazon’s CEO calls generative AI one of the largest technological transformations in decades. Danny Lewis hosts. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Online actors linked to the Chinese government are targeting voters in the U.S. and elsewhere with disinformation. Now, new research from Microsoft shows they’re using artificial intelligence tools in their campaigns. WSJ reporter Dustin Volz joins host Alex Ossola to discuss the operations and their goals. Plus, online-entertainment company Roblox is adding video advertising to its platform. WSJ reporter Sarah Needleman talks about what those new ads may look like and what they mean for the company’s future. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: Bang & Olufsen adjusts its investments in Europe and China. And Blizzard plans to bring its videogames back to China. Alex Ossola hosts. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From YouTube to search, Google operates some powerful tools. And the company needs powerful chips to make them work. Now, as the AI race heats up, Google is expanding its in-house chip making efforts to cut its reliance on outside vendors. WSJ reporter Miles Kruppa tells host Alex Ossola what this could mean for the future of Google’s business. Plus, if you feel unsafe walking around a city, technology could help. WSJ personal tech news editor Shara Tibken talks about the apps and tools to turn to. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: French IT company Atos strikes an interim financing deal. And China’s car sales rose in March. Alex Ossola hosts. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching t o a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Just days before Tesla was slated to head to court for one of the biggest tests of its driver-assistant Autopilot, the company settled with the family of a driver who died in a 2018 crash. WSJ reporter Ryan Felton tells host Alex Ossola what the outcome could mean for Tesla, and its Autopilot technology. Plus, three years ago, Tesla was on top of the world; now the picture is more complicated. WSJ reporter Rebecca Elliott talks about what happened, and why investors are divided about the company’s long term prospects. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: TSMC is getting up to $6.6 billion from the U.S. government to expand its Arizona chip factory. And Elon Musk vows to defy orders from a Brazilian judge to block some accounts on X. Alex Ossola hosts. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As U.S. tech companies seek to reduce their reliance on China, they’re pushing overseas partners, who make the technology that powers artificial intelligence, to shift more manufacturing to Mexico. WSJ deputy editor for Latin America Santiago Pérez tells host Alex Ossola which companies are making the move, and what impact that could have on Mexico. Plus, the batteries in electric vehicles could get much better in the next five years. WSJ technology columnist Christopher Mims talks about the game-changing battery tech that could make EVs more attractive for consumers. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: Foxconn reported higher March revenue. And Samsung plans to double its investment in Texas. Alex Ossola hosts. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Two years ago, carmaker Stellantis set out an ambitious goal: to make half of the company's U.S. sales volume all-electric by 2030. But while competitors have dialed back their EV ambitious, the company behind brands like Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge remains all-in. WSJ reporter Ryan Felton speaks with host Alex Ossola about Stellantis’ big EV bet. Plus, Amazon merchants say they regularly receive junk instead of returned purchases. WSJ reporter Sebastian Herrera explains how return fraud became a big problem for online retailers.  Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: Ford delays the launch of its latest electric vehicle. And Disney plans a crackdown on password sharing. Alex Ossola hosts. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apple is facing growing scrutiny from regulators and rivals over its integrated “walled garden” of hardware and services. Phil Schiller, an Apple executive, has become the face of the company in those fights. WSJ reporter Aaron Tilley tells host Alex Ossola what his leadership shows about where Apple’s legal battles might be headed. Plus, generative artificial intelligence is being used in white-collar jobs. WSJ reporter Chip Cutter tells Cordilia James how it’s fitting into the workplace. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: Ford reports a surge in electric vehicle sales. And Spotify plans to hike subscription prices. Danny Lewis hosts.  Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ex-workers say PDD, Temu’s Chinese parent company, is enforcing noncompete clauses in their contracts, bringing them to court and forcing them to pay exorbitant penalties. WSJ reporter Shen Lu tells host Alex Ossola what this reveals about China’s competitive e-commerce business. Plus, Yum Brands, the company behind popular fast-food chains like KFC and Pizza Hut, is going ‘AI-first.’ WSJ reporter Belle Lin tells us what that means for customers and the company’s operations. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: Chinese tech company Xiaomi unveils its first electric vehicle. And X names a new head of safety. Alex Ossola hosts.  Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As lobbyists have sought new ways to exert influence on politics, they’ve found a route that relies on voters doing the influencing for them. WSJ investigative reporter Brody Mullins tells host Alex Ossola why this strategy is particularly effective for big tech companies like Google. Plus, venture capital firms have funded artificial intelligence startups, but now, they’re finding new uses for it internally. WSJ Pro reporter Marc Vartabedian shares how AI could affect the future of VC investing. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Plus: BYD’s sales jumped in March. And shares of Donald Trump’s social media company fall. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas hotels and casinos were thrown into chaos last year after being hit with a ransomware attack that took its systems offline for six days. WSJ reporter Robert McMillan tells host Alex Ossola what happened, what we know about the hackers, and why the attack serves as a warning to other companies. Plus, why you might want to take some precautions the next time you use airplane Wi-Fi. Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (23)

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?

Jun 24th
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Jan 29th
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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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