WSJ Tech News Briefing

WSJ Tech News Briefing

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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July 19, 2024 2 mins
Plus, the Nasdaq falls, as do shares of CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity company behind the outage. And New York’s financial regulator hires two new leaders for its crypto unit. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Ohio Sen. JD Vance used his career in venture capital to promote tech startups in the Midwest. Despite efforts by him and other venture investors, the coasts still lead when it comes to startups’ ability to raise capital. WSJ Pro Venture Capital reporter Yuliya Chernova joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why. Plus, a surge in solar power is helping battery storage companies charge up on the cheap. Sign up for the WSJ's free Techno...
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Plus, Meta is in talks to buy a stake in eyewear company EssilorLuxottica. And  a federal judge dismisses part of the fraud case against SolarWinds over how it dealt with a 2020 cyber breach. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Elon Musk says he plans to donate $45 million a month to a pro-Donald Trump super PAC. It’s turbocharging Silicon Valley’s support for the former president. WSJ reporter Dana Mattioli joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what’s behind Musk and other tech leaders' support for the Republican presidential nominee. Plus, China is putting the power of the state behind Chinese companies’ AI efforts. But WSJ reporter and editor Liza Lin expl...
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Plus, chip-machinery maker ASML orders beat forecasts. And tech stocks fall pulling the Nasdaq to its worst day since 2022. Zoe Thomas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Disney spent years trying to attract new customers to its streaming services. Now it's making changes aimed at getting those customers to spend more time glued to the screen. WSJ reporter Robbie Whelan joins Tech News Briefing with more on how Disney is attempting to accomplish this by taking a page out of Netflix’s book. Plus, electric vehicles could help dealers rev up sales through faster replacement cycles and more frequent rep...
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Plus, U.K. regulators launch probe into Microsoft’s partnership with startup Inflection AI. And the Trump campaign raised $3 million in crypto. Zoe Thomas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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A four-year-old startup is close to landing the tech industry’s biggest exit in years. WSJ reporter Berber Jin joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why Google parent Alphabet is in advanced talks to buy cloud cybersecurity company Wiz for $23 billion. Plus, the bankruptcy of little-known fintech startup Synapse Financial Technologies has left thousands of consumers unable to access money they thought was safely deposited at banks. S...
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July 15, 2024 2 mins
An anonymous group says it obtained thousands of documents from the entertainment giant’s internal messaging system. Plus: Rite Aid says some customer data was breached. And AT&T and Verizon are feuding over plans to expand 5G access for emergency responders. Danny Lewis hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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When Linda Yaccarino became CEO of X, the social media company’s owner Elon Musk said the pair would divide responsibilities. But about a year into her tenure at the company she’s learning the pitfalls of sharing power with the billionaire. WSJ reporter Alexa Corse joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Plus, the top 100 national-security startups win few government contracts. We’ll explain what that means for companies and the venture-...
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Plus, Elon Musk’s social media company X has been hit by EU charges over content practices. And U.S. lawmakers are seeking a probe into Microsoft’s $1.5 billion investment in an Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence firm. Zoe Thomas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Scientist and entrepreneur Simon Hodson is planning a clean-energy revolution in a West Virginia coal-fired power plant. He's attracted the support of motivational speaker Tony Robbins and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. But some scientists are skeptical of his claims. WSJ reporter Scott Patterson joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Plus, NATO is funding startups that build technology to protect critical infrastructure from cyberatta...
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Plus, a judge dismisses a lawsuit against Elon Musk and his social-media company brought by former workers. And companies urge the U.S. government to rethink its rules for reporting cyberattacks. Zoe Thomas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Apple says it will introduce generative artificial intelligence features on its new iPhones. Rival Samsung has already rolled out many of the same features. WSJ personal tech news editor Shara Tibken joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how these features are being received and what Apple’s entry into the market could mean for sales of smartphones with AI capabilities. Plus, how China is making progress in the push to develop self-driv...
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Plus, Germany plans to remove Chinese-made components from its 5G mobile network. And Intuit plans layoffs and a hiring-spree as it pivots toward artificial intelligence. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Kernel is a new highly-automated restaurant chain from the founder and former CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Steve Ells. At the Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum on June 26, Ells told WSJ reporter Heather Haddon about how robots could improve the restaurant business model. Plus, internet browsers are getting a makeover for the workplace. Zoe Thomas hosts. Sign up for the WSJ's free Technology newsletter. Learn more about ...
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Plus, electric car makers Lucid and Fisker issue safety recalls. And French software maker Dassault Systemes cut its revenue guidance. Zoe Thomas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Companies are embracing the benefits of less powerful artificial intelligence models that cost less and are often designed for specific tasks. WSJ reporter Tom Dotan joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what the use of small or medium language models means for the evolution of AI. Plus, some old tricks to vet if someone is real online no longer work. We'll tell you what you can do to avoid falling for scams and the steps tech companies...
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Plus, the artificial intelligence boom is helping lift the pay packages of chief information officers. And Shanghai becomes the latest Chinese city allowing robotaxis to operate without safety supervisors present. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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China is outspending the U.S. in efforts to develop commercial fusion, a long-dreamed of clean energy source. The result is an increasing worry among American officials and scientists that an early U.S. lead is slipping away. WSJ reporter Jennifer Hiller joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the race for commercial fusion. Plus, we’ll tell you why companies are getting better at detecting when remote workers are faking computer activity...
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