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Get the latest in technology news for your weekday commute. The Wall Street Journal's reporters and editors highlight leading companies, new gadgets, consumer trends and cyber issues. From San Francisco to New York to the hottest conferences, our journalists help you stay plugged in..
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Considers Manufacturing in Indonesia

Plus: ASML posts lower-than-expected orders for the first quarter. And Tesla shareholders are once again set to vote on CEO Elon Musk’s pay package. 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
4/17/20242 minutes, 26 seconds
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What Does It Take to Start Your Own AI-Powered Content Farm? $105

Disinformation is rampant online, and generative artificial intelligence makes it all the more powerful. WSJ contributor Jack Brewster wanted to see just how easy it would be to make his own fully automated AI-generated news website. He tells host Alex Ossola about the experiment, and what it reveals about how disinformation is spread on the internet. Plus, China has for years wanted to wean its telecommunications systems off foreign-made chips. Now, it looks like that’s finally happening—and, as WSJ China tech editor Liza Lin discusses, it could have a big impact on American chip companies. 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
4/17/202412 minutes, 28 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: SpaceX Cracks Down on Starlink Access

Plus: Microsoft invests in an Abu Dhabi-based tech company. And Tesla delays shipments of its Cybertruck, according to buyers. 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
4/16/20242 minutes, 12 seconds
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Could Tesla’s Robotaxi Finally Be Coming?

For almost a decade, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been promising that fully driverless vehicles are coming soon. Now, Musk says he plans to reveal the company’s first robotaxi in August. WSJ columnist Tim Higgins tells host Alex Ossola why Musk says Tesla has an advantage over its competitors… and why some investors are skeptical. Plus, under pressure to become more efficient, the meatpacking industry is embracing—and investing in—automation. WSJ reporter Patrick Thomas talks about what more automation could mean for companies and workers. 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
4/16/202412 minutes, 53 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Tesla Will Lay Off More Than 10% of Workforce

Plus: The U.S. government grants Samsung $6.4 billion to expand its facilities in Texas. And Samsung overtakes Apple as the number one seller of smartphones worldwide. 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
4/15/20242 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Internet May Be Too Small for the AI Boom, Researchers Say

Powerful artificial intelligence systems require huge amounts of data. But some researchers and executives say the need for high-quality text data could exceed the supply within two years. WSJ reporter Deepa Seetharaman tells Alex Ossola how AI companies are preparing for the potential data shortage. Plus, the race is on to build new chip-making facilities. WSJ reporter Belle Lin explains why one Brooklyn-based startup is betting on smaller, modular chip plants that are designed to be shipped anywhere. 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
4/15/202413 minutes, 31 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: China to Phase Out Foreign Chips, Like Intel and AMD

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
4/12/20242 minutes, 41 seconds
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How Elon Musk’s Starlink Gets Into the Hands of U.S. Foes

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
4/12/202413 minutes, 15 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Spotify Wants to Let You Make Custom Remixes

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
4/11/20242 minutes, 25 seconds
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China Is Using AI to Mislead U.S. Voters Online

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
4/11/202412 minutes, 38 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: TSMC Revenue Beats Forecasts

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
4/10/20242 minutes, 9 seconds
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Google Expands Its Chip Efforts as the AI Race Heats Up

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
4/10/202411 minutes, 21 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Google Expands In-House Chip Operations

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
4/9/20242 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tesla Reaches Settlement Over Autopilot’s Involvement in Fatal Crash

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
4/9/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Alibaba Lowers Cloud Prices for International Customers

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
4/8/20242 minutes, 23 seconds
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Why Tech Manufacturing Is Moving to Mexico

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
4/8/202411 minutes, 36 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Lays Off More Than 600 Workers

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
4/5/20242 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why Stellantis Is Staying All-In on Electric Vehicles

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
4/5/202412 minutes, 29 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Elon Musk Boosts Pay for Tesla AI Engineers

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
4/4/20242 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Apple Executive Defending Its ‘Walled Garden’

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
4/4/202412 minutes, 39 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Amazon Plans Hundreds of Job Cuts in Cloud-Computing Business

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
4/3/20242 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why Temu’s Chinese Parent Company Is Suing Ex-Employees

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
4/3/202412 minutes, 13 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Tesla Deliveries Are Down

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
4/2/20242 minutes, 25 seconds
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Big Tech Lobbying Is All About Social Media

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
4/2/202412 minutes, 21 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Google Settles Over ‘Incognito’ Mode

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
4/1/20242 minutes, 49 seconds
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Behind the MGM Hack That Brought Chaos to Las Vegas

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
4/1/202412 minutes, 44 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Huawei’s Profit More Than Doubled

Plus: xAI releases the next generation of its generative AI model, Grok. And Tesla embraces advertising. 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
3/29/20242 minutes, 27 seconds
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How Prigozhin’s Troll Farms Are Still Peddling Disinformation

For years, Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin had been a central figure in Russia’s global disinformation operation. Now, months after his death, new cybersecurity research from Google shows that his troll farms are still active and continue to peddle disinformation, with a few subtle shifts. WSJ cybersecurity and intelligence reporter Dustin Volz tells host Alex Ossola how these online campaigns operate, and how they could influence opinions about the 2024 US election. 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
3/29/202413 minutes, 34 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Is Sentenced

Plus: Spotify is adding new features to promote University Music artists. And stock in software company MicroStrategy falls after a short seller said the company is overvalued. 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
3/28/20242 minutes, 10 seconds
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The FTX Reboot That Never Was

In November 2022, FTX, then one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, collapsed. The company filed for bankruptcy, and criminal cases were opened against its former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried. He was later convicted of fraud and conspiracy and is set to be sentenced today. But in the aftermath of the collapse, the lawyers and advisers running FTX’s bankruptcy explored the possibility of rebooting the company. WSJ reporter Alexander Osipovich tells host Alex Ossola why that reboot didn’t happen—and why some people say that’s a missed opportunity. 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
3/28/202412 minutes, 28 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Musk’s xAI to Make Chatbot Available to All Premium X Users

Plus: Amazon deepens its stake in AI startup Anthropic. And online gambling companies draw federal scrutiny over targeting big spenders. 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
3/27/20242 minutes, 15 seconds
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Behind Florida’s New Social-Media Ban

The biggest social-media platforms have tens of millions of teen users in the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center survey in October. But newly signed legislation in Florida prohibits people under the age of 14 from having social-media accounts, regardless of parental consent. It’s set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2025. WSJ reporter Sarah Needleman tells host Alex Ossola about how the new law would work and some of the challenges of implementing it. 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
3/27/202412 minutes, 30 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: South Korean Chip Maker Plans Facility in Indiana

Plus: Amazon expands its same-day pharmacy services to New York and Los Angeles. And Tesla is promoting its advanced driver-assistance technology. 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
3/26/20242 minutes, 27 seconds
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As EV Demand Slows, Startups Are at Risk

Back in 2018 and 2019, it looked like the electric vehicle boom had finally arrived. Sales of Tesla’s Model 3 sedan were taking off and a number of other startups were getting in on the action. Companies like Rivian and Lucid seemed poised to take on automotive giants like Ford and General Motors. Now, more than five years later, amid a slowdown in demand for EVs, the financial picture for these companies is less rosy. WSJ reporter Sean McLain tells host Alex Ossola how the once-buzzy companies are faring. 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
3/26/202412 minutes, 25 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple, Meta and Google Probed by EU

Plus: The U.S. government hits alleged Chinese hackers with sanctions and criminal charges. And EV maker Fisker says its talks with a large automaker have broken down. 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
3/25/20242 minutes, 22 seconds
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Testing a Revolutionary Brain-Computer Implant

It’s not just Neuralink—several companies are working on brain implants that can help patients communicate with computers using their thoughts. One, Precision Neuroscience, is developing implants to help patients with severe paralysis who can't use their hands or arms to operate a computer. But making an implant that can do this requires a lot of testing. WSJ science bureau chief Jo Craven McGinty recently saw one of those tests. She tells host Alex Ossola about the operation and when brain-computer interfaces might hit the market. 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
3/25/202412 minutes, 30 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Held Talks With China’s Baidu Over AI

Plus: Hyundai and Kia recall nearly 150,000 EVs over a charging issue. And shareholders approved a plan to take Truth Social public. 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
3/22/20242 minutes, 26 seconds
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Why the Justice Department Is Suing Apple

The Justice Department and more than a dozen states sued Apple on Thursday. The complaint alleges that the company blocked software developers and mobile gaming companies from offering better options on the iPhone, resulting in higher prices for consumers. WSJ tech editor Bradley Olson tells host Alex Ossola why the suit matters, and what it could mean for Apple’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
3/22/202413 minutes, 2 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Justice Department Sues Apple

Plus: Senator Elizabeth Warren calls on the SEC to investigate Tesla. And Reddit shares soar in long-awaited IPO. 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
3/21/20242 minutes, 14 seconds
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What to Watch as Reddit Goes Public

Since its founding in 2005, social-media platform Reddit has built a business as a free online hub where users talk about things that interest them within user-led communities. Now, as the company goes public, its leadership will see if investors are as enthusiastic as its users. WSJ reporters Sarah Needleman and Hannah Miao tell host Alex Ossola about Reddit’s background, what makes this IPO unique and what it could mean for the market.  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
3/21/202413 minutes, 34 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Meta, Microsoft, X and Match Take on Apple in Court

Plus: France fines Google 250 million euros, or about $270 million. And the Biden administration awards Intel up to $8.5 billion to build new U.S. chip plants. 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
3/20/20242 minutes, 13 seconds
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How Elon Musk Is Courting Creators on X

Since the early days of Elon Musk’s takeover of X, he has tried to recruit creators to post their content on the platform in an effort to rival TikTok and YouTube. Viral content engages users and could attract big advertisers. But so far, X’s efforts have fallen somewhat flat. WSJ reporter Alexa Corse tells host Alex Ossola what some creators are saying about X’s strategy, and what the company can do about it. 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
3/20/202412 minutes, 33 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Microsoft Hires DeepMind Co-founder to Head Consumer AI

Plus: Nvidia CEO says next generation of AI chips will be affordable. And crypto lender Genesis Global Capital pays to settle charges with federal regulators. 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
3/19/20242 minutes, 18 seconds
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Why TikTok’s User Growth Is Stagnating

More than half of Americans are on TikTok. But for the first time in the app’s history, its user growth is stagnating—just as TikTok finds itself mired in battles with U.S. lawmakers and the world’s biggest music company. Stalling growth could be bad news for the company, which relies on advertising for its revenue. WSJ technology reporter Meghan Bobrowsky tells host Alex Ossola what this means for TikTok’s business. 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
3/19/202411 minutes, 26 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Regulators Probe Ford’s Automated Driving Tech in Fatal Crash

Plus: EV maker Fisker pauses production for six weeks. And Don Lemon releases his interview with Elon Musk. 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
3/18/20242 minutes, 18 seconds
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Prosecutors Probing Meta for Role in Drug Sales

Meta may be in legal hot water again. U.S. prosecutors in Virginia have been serving subpoenas and asking questions in a criminal grand jury probe. The probe is looking into whether Meta’s social media platforms are facilitating and profiting from the illicit sale of drugs, according to documents and people familiar with the matter. WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez tells host Alex Ossola what might result from the probe, and what it could mean for Meta and its users.  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
3/18/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Netflix Considers Changing Its Corporate-Culture Memo

Plus: Apple pays nearly $500 million to settle a lawsuit with investors. And India cuts import tariffs in an effort to woo Tesla. Alex Ossola hosts.  Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. WSJ.com/tech/Google-Podcasts  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/20242 minutes, 29 seconds
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To Treat Disease, Doctors Can Now Edit Genes Inside the Body

Many conditions, such as sickle cell and heart disease, are caused by genetic mutations. Over the past few years, scientists have learned how to treat some of those conditions by introducing cells that have been edited with bioengineering tools like CRISPR. But in the future, doctors could treat those conditions by editing patients’ cells while they’re still in their bodies—an approach called in vivo gene editing. Cordilia James spoke with WSJ senior writer Betsy McKay about how the approach works and its potential risks. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202412 minutes, 34 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Steven Mnuchin Says He’s Interested in Buying TikTok

Plus: Meta plans to shut down a longstanding data tool. And SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft completed its longest test flight yet. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/20242 minutes, 15 seconds
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How OpenAI Made Sora, Its Text-to-Video AI Tool

Sora, OpenAI’s new text-to-video artificial intelligence model, can create highly realistic, detailed scenes. When its AI-generated video clips hit social media last month, people were blown away by the quality, though OpenAI won’t publicly release Sora until later this year. In an exclusive conversation, WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern sat down with OpenAI’s CTO Mira Murati to better understand how Sora works, and how it might change in the future. You can watch Joanna’s full video here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202412 minutes, 38 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: House Votes to Ban TikTok or Force Sale

Plus: European lawmakers pass sweeping rules for artificial intelligence. And Don Lemon says Elon Musk canceled Lemon’s show on X. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/20242 minutes, 39 seconds
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Nigeria Is in a Currency Crisis. Its Government Blames Crypto.

Amid an unstable economy, many Nigerians have turned to cryptocurrency. The country has the second-highest adoption of crypto in the world, after India, according to data provider Chainalysis. Now, in Nigeria’s current financial crisis—the inflation rate for its local currency, the naira, hit 30% in January—the government is blaming Binance, the world’s biggest crypto exchange. WSJ reporter Caitlin Ostroff tells host Alex Ossola about the situation, and what it could mean for the future of crypto in the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202412 minutes, 47 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple to Allow Third Party Downloads in Europe

Plus: OpenAI says Elon Musk’s claims are “often incoherent” in a legal filing. And Tesla and Ford receive “poor” grades in a study of their driver-assist technology. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/20242 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why BlackRock Went All In on Bitcoin

Back in 2017, Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, was critical of cryptocurrency. Now, just seven years later, the former skeptic is helping to take bitcoin mainstream as BlackRock rakes in billions of dollars selling bitcoin in a low-cost ETF. WSJ reporter Vicky Ge Huang tells host Alex Ossola about what BlackRock’s reversal means for the company, investors and crypto writ large.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Elon Musk Says His AI Startup Will Open-Source Its Chatbot

Plus: Reddit seeks up to $6.4 billion valuation in its upcoming IPO. And a group of authors is suing Nvidia for copyright infringement in AI training data. Danny Lewis hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/20242 minutes, 13 seconds
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How a TikTok Campaign Reignited Calls for a U.S. Ban

A House committee voted unanimously last week to pass a bill that would require TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance to either sell the app to an American owner or effectively face a ban in the U.S. President Biden has also backed the effort, and said he would sign the bill into law, accelerating the latest push to block the app’s Chinese owners from accessing U.S. users’ data. The House could vote on the legislation as soon as this week. WSJ reporter Stu Woo tells host Cordilia James what that could mean for TikTok and why it’s the most serious attempt to separate the app from its Chinese owner yet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202412 minutes, 14 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Reverses Ban on Fortnite-Maker’s in EU

Plus: Sam Altman’s Worldcoin appeals ban in Spain. And Microsoft says Russian state-sponsored hackers are using stolen information to access internal systems. Danny Lewis hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/20242 minutes, 30 seconds
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Why China Is Ramping Up Its Push to Get Rid of U.S. Tech

In 2022, the Chinese government issued a top secret directive called Document 79 that expanded the drive to push U.S. tech out of the country's state-owned companies. Some have referred to the effort as "Delete A" for "Delete America." WSJ China tech editor Liza Lin tells host Cordilia James what’s behind Beijing's push to sever the country’s relationship with American technology, and what it means for tech companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202412 minutes, 31 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Rivian Unveils Two, Lower-Priced Electric SUVs

Plus: Netflix announces boxing match between Mike Tyson and Jake Paul. And we exclusively report that Temu’s push into the U.S. market has meant big money for Meta and Google. Danny Lewis hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/20242 minutes, 23 seconds
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How Sam Altman and Elon Musk’s Partnership Turned Toxic

Elon Musk and Sam Altman co-founded OpenAI as a nonprofit research lab in 2015 with the mission of creating artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity. The two built an alliance to try to prevent Google from dominating the AI industry. A lot has changed since then. OpenAI has gone commercial, with billions of dollars of funding from Microsoft. And last week, Musk filed a lawsuit against Altman and OpenAI, alleging that he’d abandoned the startup’s core mission in pursuit of profit. WSJ reporter Keach Hagey tells host Cordilia James how the tech leaders’ bromance turned toxic and what their legal battle means for AI development. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202413 minutes, 8 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Microsoft Engineer Warns AI Tool Generates Violent and Sexual Images

Plus: U.S. charges Chinese national with stealing AI secrets from Google. And Epic Games says Apple terminated its developer account in their latest clash over tech competition. Danny Lewis hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/20242 minutes, 27 seconds
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Why Artists Are Playing Videogame Gigs

Music has long been a part of videogames. Now, a growing number of artists from Lady Gaga to Metallica are making videogames a priority. Artists are signing deals with game companies to debut new songs through interactive events and as background music for games themselves. In some cases, they're releasing new music in videogames before anywhere else and reaching millions of players. WSJ tech reporter Sarah Needleman tells host Cordilia James what's behind the shift and why videogames are becoming a powerful promotional tool for artists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202412 minutes, 9 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: AI Search Startup Perplexity Doubles Valuation to $1 Billion

Plus: Salesforce CEO donates $150 million to Hawaii hospitals. And Tesla plant in Germany halts production after suspected arson attack. Charlotte Gartenberg hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/20242 minutes, 29 seconds
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What a Trade-Secrets Case Shows About U.S. Efforts to Counter China

Micron Technology is the only U.S. company that makes a type of memory chip used to store data in everything from phones to laptops. Until recently, China did not have the capability to make these kinds of chips. So when some former Micron employees teamed up with a rival working with a Chinese government-owned company in Taiwan, U.S. prosecutors thought it would be a straightforward case of state-sponsored corporate theft. But last week, a federal judge in San Francisco disagreed. WSJ senior reporter Aruna Vishwanatha tells host Cordilia James why the verdict is being seen as a setback in efforts to contain Chinese corporate theft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202413 minutes
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Fined $2 Billion

Plus: Former Twitter executives sue Elon Musk over unpaid severance. And Nikola appoints Thomas Okray as CFO. Cordilia James hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/20242 minutes, 30 seconds
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What Elon Musk’s AI Startup Means for His Social-Media Company X

Elon Musk sued OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman last Thursday. Musk, who helped found OpenAI in 2015, alleges in the suit that the company broke its founding agreement by prioritizing profit over the benefits to humanity. Meanwhile, Musk launched his own artificial intelligence startup last year called xAI, which also overlaps heavily with his social-media company X, sharing technology, data and financial backers. WSJ reporter Alexa Corse tells host Alex Ossola what the relationship between xAI and X means for Musk’s AI ambitions and the future of both companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Elon Musk Sues Sam Altman and OpenAI

Plus: Reddit will seek a valuation of up to $6.5 billion in its upcoming IPO. And Meta won’t enter into new deals with news publishers in Australia and the U.S. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/20242 minutes, 22 seconds
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The U.S. Is Behind in Hypersonic Tech. Can Silicon Valley Help?

Hypersonic weapons and aircraft travel at five times the speed of sound or faster. Though Russia and China have these weapons, the U.S. military does not, despite investing billions of dollars over decades in their development. Now, some Silicon Valley startups are betting they can help the U.S. Defense Department catch up. WSJ tech reporter Heather Somerville tells host Alex Ossola why investors and startups are placing unlikely bets on superfast missile systems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202412 minutes, 48 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Biden Orders Probe Into Foreign Car Parts

Plus: AI robot startup Figure receives $675 million in funding from investors including Nvidia and Microsoft. And Canada’s antitrust watchdog expands its probe into Google. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/20242 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why Nvidia Is Now Tech’s Hottest Employer

As chip maker Nvidia rides the artificial intelligence boom to the top of its field and the stock market, it’s looking attractive to more than just investors and customers. Workers, from interns to PhDs, are increasingly seeking out roles at the company. Its intense culture and hefty pay packages only help to sweeten the deal. WSJ reporter Isabelle Bousquette tells host Alex Ossola about what makes Nvidia so appealing, and what the firm’s recruiters are looking for in applicants. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202411 minutes, 4 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Elon Musk Says Tesla Sports Car Coming Next Year

Plus: Axel Springer and other European media companies sue Google. And Stripe is allowing employees to cash out over $1 billion of stock. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/20242 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Microsoft-Backed AI Startup That’s Taking on Silicon Valley Giants

Paris-based startup Mistral makes artificial intelligence models similar to the ones that power AI tools like ChatGPT and Gemini. And even though it’s less than a year old, it’s already making big waves in the field. On Monday, Microsoft announced a partnership with Mistral, adding Mistral’s new model as an option for developers on its Azure cloud service. As part of the multiyear deal, Microsoft will take a small stake in the company. WSJ tech reporter Sam Schechner tells host Alex Ossola about what Mistral’s entry into the ecosystem means for the future of AI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202412 minutes, 6 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Ends Effort to Make Its Own Electric Car

Plus: OpenAI seeks to dismiss a lawsuit from The New York Times. And cable giant Cox buys software provider OpenGov. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/20242 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Slowing EV Sales Are Affecting the Lithium Boom

Metals like lithium and nickel are important components of lithium-ion batteries, which, among other things, power electric vehicles. But as momentum has slowed for EV sales, so has demand for the metals that make up its batteries. Now even metal producers used to price fluctuations are having to make tough choices about whether to slow their mining operations, or cancel projects altogether. WSJ reporter Rhiannon Hoyle joins host Alex Ossola to talk about the field of battery metals, and what it means for the future of EVs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202412 minutes, 3 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: The Supreme Court Considers Internet Free Speech

Plus: Investment firm KKR will buy Broadcom’s end-user computing division. And BYD unveils its most expensive electric vehicle yet. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/20242 minutes, 18 seconds
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How Meta’s Paid Subscription Tools Are Being Used to Exploit Children

Last year Meta began a broad rollout of tipping and paid subscription services on Facebook and Instagram. The services were meant to help influencers earn more money by selling exclusive content to subscribers. But an internal report from Meta found that the tools were being misused by adults seeking to profit from exploiting their own children. Meta didn’t follow recommendations from its safety staff, but says its programs are well monitored. WSJ reporter Katherine Blunt tells host Alex Ossola about the investigation and how Meta addressed the problems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202413 minutes, 47 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Nvidia Hits $2 Trillion

Plus: Change Healthcare is hit with a cyberattack. And internal reports from Meta finds that its paid subscription tools are being used to exploit children. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/20242 minutes, 14 seconds
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How SpaceX Is Deepening Its Ties With the U.S. Government

SpaceX has made a name for itself launching lots of big rockets. Shortly after Elon Musk founded the company in 2002, it won a launch contract with an undisclosed U.S. intelligence customer. Now, SpaceX is deepening its relationship with the U.S. intelligence and military agencies. In 2021, the company entered into a $1.8 billion classified contract with the U.S. government. WSJ reporter Drew FitzGerald tells host Alex Ossola about what that means for the future of SpaceX’s business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202412 minutes, 12 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Google Limits AI Image Generation on Gemin

Plus: Reddit files for an IPO. And Vice Media stops publishing content on vice.com. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/20242 minutes, 7 seconds
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Elon Musk Is Posting a Lot About Russia. That’s Got Experts Worried.

On the social-media platform X, owner Elon Musk has been making posts that some people see as pro-Russia, accusing him of being an apologist for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Musk has called these accusations "absurd.” WSJ columnist Tim Higgins tells host Alex Ossola why his comments are raising questions about how X will be used in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202412 minutes, 4 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Nvidia Sales Reach New Heights

Plus: Reddit plans to reserve shares for top users when it goes public next month. And EV startup Rivian plans to lay off 10% of staff. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/20242 minutes, 24 seconds
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Work

Artificial intelligence is already changing work across industries. Companies are looking to AI tools to help them operate more efficiently, and in some cases, increasing automation in their workforces. But as workers upskill and reskill how can they—and the companies that employ them—keep up with the pace of innovation? Andrew Ng, managing general partner of AI Fund, spoke with WSJ global tech editor Jason Dean at the WSJ CIO Network Summit about how AI will affect the labor force, and which companies are positioning themselves the best in the AI market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202412 minutes, 41 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: FuboTV Sues Over Sports-Streaming Service

Plus: Walmart buys TV maker Vizio. And a court orders a new trial for music labels suing internet provider Cox Communications. Alex Ossola hosts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/20242 minutes, 33 seconds
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What Happens When an AI Tutor Struggles With Basic Math

In March 2023, education nonprofit Khan Academy launched an AI-powered education chatbot known as Khanmigo. Some 65,000 kids in grades three and up, in schools across the country, are part of an ongoing pilot of the tool. It's supposed to serve as a personal tutor for students in whatever subject they might need help with. But as WSJ education reporter Matt Barnum found when he tested the bot, it sometimes struggled with basic math. He joins host Alex Ossola to talk about what that means for students. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202412 minutes, 19 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Tech Giants Sign Pact on AI Election Deception

Plus: Paramount Global and Comcast held talks over combining Paramount+ and Peacock streaming services. And why influential investor Cathie Wood is selling millions in Nvidia stock. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/20242 minutes, 30 seconds
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How Google Is Accelerating Its AI Push

Google recently launched Gemini, a new artificial-intelligence system it says is more powerful than any currently on the market, including technology developed by ChatGPT creator OpenAI. Eli Collins, vice president of product management at Google DeepMind, spoke with WSJ reporter Miles Kruppa about some of the early use cases for Gemini and how Google is accelerating its AI push. Their conversation was recorded at WSJ’s CIO Network Summit on February 13. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202412 minutes, 18 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Meta Escalates Its Feud With Apple

Plus: Two senators criticize the FDA for its guidance on prescription-drug promotion on social media. And OpenAI introduces a new text-to-video AI tool. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/20242 minutes, 24 seconds
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Could Geoengineering Cool the Planet?

Altering the ocean or atmosphere to mitigate the effects of climate change is an approach called geoengineering. For scientists, these techniques were long considered taboo. But now, that’s changing. Researchers and startups are launching three geoengineering field experiments in Israel, Australia and Massachusetts this year. But will they work and could there be unintended consequences? WSJ reporter Eric Niiler tells host Alex Ossola about these projects, and what they could mean for the future of the planet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202412 minutes, 18 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Self-Driving Car Company Waymo Issues Recall

Plus: New York City sues social-media companies. And Cisco plans to lay off 5% of staff. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/20242 minutes, 12 seconds
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Automakers Went All In on EVs. Buyers Are More Hesitant.

During the pandemic, automakers got the message that they needed to invest in electric vehicles. In an effort to meet surging demand, they came out with new models and devised ways to make their own batteries. And then, in the span of just six months, things changed. Potential EV buyers have proven more hesitant, forcing automakers to reconsider overzealous demand projections. WSJ reporter Mike Colias tells host Alex Ossola what happened, and how automakers are reacting. Plus, listen to The Future of Everything podcast episode on how biometrics could change security at work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202412 minutes, 27 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Ukraine Says Russia Is Using Elon Musk’s Starlink

Plus: Instacart is laying off 7% of staff. And Walmart is in talks to buy smart TV company Vizio. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/20242 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Strategy Behind Temu’s Rapid Rise

If you caught the Super Bowl over the weekend, chances are you saw at least one ad for Temu. Since the China-backed company launched in the U.S. in September 2022, it’s been pouring money into marketing—Temu was the fifth-largest digital advertising spender in the final three months of 2023. It’s trying to become the go-to place for Americans to buy cheap goods online. But can it overcome its more established rivals? WSJ reporter Shen Lu tells host Alex Ossola about Temu’s marketing strategy, and whether it’s paying off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202412 minutes, 3 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: President Biden Takes to TikTok

Plus: Digital freight startup CDL 1000 acquires competitor NEXT Trucking. And Gilead Sciences expands its portfolio to treat liver disease by acquiring biopharma company CymaBay Therapeutics. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/20242 minutes, 15 seconds
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Tech Millionaires Want to Fix San Francisco

The tech industry has had a big impact on San Francisco, but for years Silicon Valley leaders have largely stayed out of city politics. Now, that’s changing. In an effort to combat issues like crime and homelessness, Silicon Valley investors and executives are holding fundraising events for local candidates and using their influence to sway public opinion. WSJ technology reporter Preetika Rana tells host Alex Ossola why this involvement—particularly during an election year—could determine San Francisco’s future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202412 minutes, 22 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: X to Host Live Sports-Betting

Plus: Amazon Prime Video will stream its first NFL playoff game next season. And Nikola’s board rejects nominees from former Chairman and Founder Trevor Milton. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/20242 minutes, 20 seconds
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How Shein, TikTok and Temu Are Taking on Amazon

Amazon has long been the biggest online retailer in the U.S., offering customers low prices and quick delivery times. Now, competitors like Shein, TikTok and Temu are looking to beat Amazon at its own game. They’re building up their U.S. logistics operations. Shein and TikTok are even opening offices in Seattle in an effort to poach talent from Amazon. WSJ reporter Sebastian Herrera tells host Alex Ossola about these moves—and whether they could be enough to unseat Amazon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202412 minutes, 29 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Google Launches Gemini Advanced Subscription

Plus: The FCC outlaws robocalls made with AI voices. And Disney will bring the Magic Kingdom to “Fortnite.” Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/20242 minutes, 16 seconds
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What Elon Musk’s Ties to Some Board Members Mean for the Companies

Money and drugs tie Elon Musk to some Tesla directors, and some shareholders have questioned whether the board of directors is truly independent. Some board members have invested in Musk’s other companies, and, as The Wall Street Journal exclusively reports, they have deep personal ties to Musk, too. WSJ reporter Emily Glazer tells host Alex Ossola more about these personal and financial relationships, and how they could affect the companies’ business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202413 minutes, 42 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Uber Turns a Profit

Plus: The CEO of Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, steps down. And Alibaba posts lackluster sales growth. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/20242 minutes, 24 seconds
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How a State Law Could Block Social Media Algorithms for Teens

New York is one of the latest states attempting to rein in social media platforms in the wake of federal inaction. State officials are considering a proposal that would restrict the use of algorithms on platforms like Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and X for teen users. WSJ reporter Jimmy Vielkind tells host Alex Ossola how the law would work, and what effects it could have beyond New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202412 minutes, 20 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: DocuSign to Cut Staff as Tech Layoffs Continue

Plus: Fox, ESPN and Warner Brothers Discovery are teaming up to create a supersize sports-streaming service. And hybrid vehicle sales bring Toyota to new heights. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/20242 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why Wall Street Firms Are Embracing Crypto

Wall Street has tiptoed around crypto for years. But following the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of spot-bitcoin ETFs last month, some financial firms seeking a fresh source of revenue are now jumping in with both feet. Firms that have a reputation for being staid and reliable are even using language popular in the crypto community, which not long ago viewed Wall Street as an ideological enemy. WSJ reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host Alex Ossola to talk about how these firms are embracing crypto—and whether they’re taking a risk as they do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202412 minutes, 34 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Snap Plans Latest Round of Layoffs

Plus: Yandex sells its Russian assets. And SoftBank-backed Invitae prepares to file for bankruptcy. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/20242 minutes, 11 seconds
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Will Big Tech’s Bet on AI Pay Off?

Five of the biggest tech companies—Meta, Amazon, Alphabet, Apple and Microsoft—reported their most recent quarterly earnings last week. For all of them, the reports were favorable, with revenue and operating earnings beating analysts’ expectations. But there were also signs of potential challenges ahead as the companies invest in artificial intelligence. WSJ Heard on the Street Columnist Dan Gallagher tells host Alex Ossola what the earnings show about the state of big tech, and what the year ahead could bring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202411 minutes, 55 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Joe Rogan Gets New Spotify Deal

Plus: Tesla recalls more than 2 million vehicles over an issue with visual warnings. And the Justice Department charges three people who allegedly stole $400 million from FTX. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/20242 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why 23andMe, Once a Silicon Valley Darling, Is Struggling to Profit

23andMe was once one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. It was founded on the idea that genetic tests can help people understand their health, and the company’s test kits became popular gifts. But while CEO Anne Wojcicki has made some big bets, 23andMe’s inability to turn a profit means that it could run out of money before it can accomplish its most ambitious goals. WSJ reporter Rolfe Winkler joins host Alex Ossola to talk about 23andMe’s trajectory, and what it will take to turn the company around. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Meta’s Sales Are Up

Plus: Holiday shopping boosts Amazon’s revenue. And Apple’s iPhone sales grew. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20242 minutes, 15 seconds
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Apple’s Vision Pro Headset Offers a Glimpse of the Future

Apple’s Vision Pro headsets will be available in U.S. stores tomorrow. But what can you do with it—and, with its price tag of $3,499, who is it even for? WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern recently spent 24 hours wearing the Vision Pro, and she tells host Alex Ossola what you can (and probably shouldn’t do) with it on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202412 minutes, 39 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Chinese Hacking Operation Disrupted, U.S. Officials Say

Plus: EBay will pay the federal government to settle allegations that it sold pill presses on its marketplace. And Biogen pulls the plug on its controversial Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/20242 minutes, 4 seconds
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TikTok Is Struggling to Wall-Off U.S. User Data

In an effort to assure American lawmakers, social media platform TikTok promised to start keeping data from U.S. users separate from the company’s China-based parent, ByteDance. The stand-alone unit that oversees American data is code-named Project Texas. But we exclusively report that so far, TikTok has struggled to fulfill those promises. WSJ tech reporter Georgia Wells joins host Alex Ossola to talk about Project Texas, and what its success means for TikTok’s future in the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202412 minutes, 25 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Microsoft Gets Boost From the Cloud

Plus: Google sees a sales rebound. Digital payments company Block, parent of Square and Cash App, cuts jobs while Paypal plans layoffs. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/20242 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why X Blocked Searches for Taylor Swift

If you typed Taylor Swift's name into the search on X over the weekend, you may have been surprised to see an error message. Beginning Wednesday last week, X was flooded with explicit AI-generated images of the singer, causing the platform to ban searches for her name altogether. Though the ban has been lifted, WSJ reporter Alexa Corse tells host Alex Ossola why the incident is such a big deal for X, and what it means for the future of content moderation on the platform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202411 minutes, 41 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Amazon and iRobot End Their Deal

Plus: Some auto dealers are pushing General Motors to produce more hybrids. And Italy’s privacy authority files a complaint against OpenAI. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/20242 minutes, 22 seconds
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What the Apple Vision Pro Headset Means for the Metaverse

When the Apple Vision Pro headset hits U.S. stores on Friday, it will be the company’s first new product to go on sale since the Apple Watch in 2015. For Meta, which has been selling virtual reality headsets for 10 years, it also means a new competitor for dominance over the immersive internet. So why are Meta executives feeling optimistic? WSJ social media business reporter Salvador Rodriguez tells host Alex Ossola what Apple’s new headset means for the space, and for Meta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202411 minutes, 47 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Intel’s Stock Price Dips

Plus: Microsoft Teams suffers an outage. And the three biggest U.S. cell phone carriers report strong gains among a key cohort. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/20242 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why Internet Provider Charter Is Coming Under Federal Scrutiny

Charter Communications is one of the biggest internet providers in the U.S. It has also been one of the biggest recipients of funds from the Affordable Connectivity Program, intended to help more low-income Americans pay for internet service. WSJ tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy tells host Alex Ossola why Charter is now coming under scrutiny from federal regulators. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202412 minutes, 37 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Intel Gives Tepid Outlook

Plus: GM’s driverless car business confirms federal investigation into the handling of a pedestrian collision. And the FTC opens probe into top tech companies’ AI investments. Danny Lewis hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/20242 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why New EV Drivers May Look Beyond Tesla

For a growing number of consumers looking to drive an electric vehicle, leasing one is looking more appealing than buying one. Stephen Wilmot, an editor of WSJ’s Heard on the Street column, tells host Alex Ossola what this shift means for the broader EV market and Tesla. Plus, Apple users in Europe will soon be able to download apps outside of the iPhone’s closed ecosystem. But Apple’s new policies may mean developers will have to pay to put their apps elsewhere. WSJ reporter Aaron Tilley tells host Alex Ossola about what the change might mean for users and developers, and whether it could happen in the U.S., too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202412 minutes, 14 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Tesla’s Subdued Forecast for 2024

Plus: Microsoft briefly crosses the $3 trillion mark. And financial technology company EquiLend is hit by a cyberattack. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/20242 minutes, 2 seconds
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How Investors in China Keep Trading Crypto, Despite the Ban

In the early years of the cryptocurrency boom, China was a hub of activity. But starting in 2021, crypto trading was banned in the country. That hasn’t stopped people from finding creative workarounds—and trading tens of billions of dollars worth of crypto in the process. WSJ reporter Weilun Soon tells host Alex Ossola how Chinese traders are still operating, and what it might mean for regulators across the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202412 minutes, 10 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Netflix Reports Strong Earnings

Plus: France’s privacy regulator fines Amazon’s local warehouse management business. And Wayfair was more likely to lay off remote employees. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/20242 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why Palantir’s Biggest Client Is Seeking Out Its Competitors

Since its founding in 2003, software company Palantir Technologies has built a $36 billion dollar company. That’s in part due to its relationship with the U.S. government, which is its biggest client. But in recent months, Palantir’s revenue growth from U.S. government contracts has slowed. WSJ reporter Heather Somerville tells host Alex Ossola what this means for the company’s bottom line, and for its future prospects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202412 minutes, 16 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Rolls Out Stolen Device Protection

Plus: the U.S. seeks to shut down currency exchanges linked to Hamas. And Sony has called off a merger with Indian media company Zee Entertainment. Alex Ossola hosts.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/20242 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why Spotify Is Struggling to Make Money

Since it was founded in 2006, Spotify has changed the world of music streaming. It has nabbed millions of subscribers—and its 30% market share is twice that of its nearest competitor. But it’s still struggling to make money. WSJ music industry reporter Anne Steele tells host Alex Ossola about the bold new moves that Spotify is making as its leadership sets their sights on profitability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Tech Stocks Propel S&P 500 to New Heights

Plus: Apple will allow other companies’ apps in Europe to access mobile payments. And Wayfair will lay off 13% of its staff. Alex Ossola hosts.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/20242 minutes, 11 seconds
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Why Harvard Is Trying to Smooth Things Over with Silicon Valley

Elite universities have struggled with how to respond to the October 7 attacks on Israel. Critics say schools didn’t move quickly or forcefully enough to condemn Hamas and denounce antisemitism. Some criticized what they viewed as Harvard’s weak response under former President Claudine Gay. Some of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital investors are among those critics. WSJ venture capital reporter Berber Jin tells host Alex Ossola about why executives in charge of Harvard’s endowment recently visited Silicon Valley, and how the relationship between investors and the university might change in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202412 minutes, 6 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Chip Maker TSMC Faces New Delays at Arizona Site

Plus: Germany’s new car market fell dramatically in December, led by a dropoff in EV sales. And the European Union’s competition watchdog plans to block Amazon’s iRobot acquisition. Alex Ossola hosts.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/20242 minutes, 19 seconds
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What Shein’s Cybersecurity Probe Means for Its IPO Dreams

China’s powerful internet regulator has opened a cybersecurity review of fashion giant Shein. Though the company is based in Singapore and doesn’t sell its products in China, it has important connections to the country through its network of suppliers. The probe could be an important step ahead of Shein’s planned IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. WSJ China tech editor Liza Lin tells host Alex Ossola about the probe, and its potential impact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202411 minutes, 16 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Loses Attempt to Delay Smartwatch Ban

Plus: Software developers are outraged at Apple’s new App Store payment policies. And Hyundai Motor sells a factory in China. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/20242 minutes, 24 seconds
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Coinbase Faces Its First Big Legal Test

After a series of high-profile meltdowns at FTX and Binance, crypto exchange Coinbase is one of the last big digital-asset companies standing. Not just standing—expanding, as CEO Brian Armstrong has pushed into overseas markets and launched new products. Now, as Coinbase heads to court for its first big legal test, Brian Armstrong has become the new face of crypto. WSJ markets reporter Vicky Ge Huang tells host Alex Ossola what this could mean for the company, and for the crypto industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202412 minutes, 25 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: The Supreme Court Turns Down Apple’s Appeal

Plus: Uber is shutting down alcohol-delivery service Drizly. And Synopsys agrees to acquire Ansys in a $35 billion cash-and-stock deal. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/20242 minutes, 19 seconds
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In Factories, Robots Struggle to Do What Humans Do

You've heard it before: Robots are coming for our jobs. But are they really? It turns out that robots aren’t as common in U.S. factories as you might think. In 2019, only 11.1% of U.S. manufacturing plants reported that they used robots, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Part of the reason might be that it’s difficult to engineer robots to do the same things that humans do. WSJ reporter Lauren Weber visited the Alene Candles factory in New Albany, Ohio to get a glimpse of what automation really looks like, and whether it helps or hurts workers. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202412 minutes, 23 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Tesla Halts Production in Europe After Shipping Delays

Plus: Crypto brokerage firm Genesis Global Trading has agreed to pay $8 million to settle with New York financial regulator. And customers of financial software provider Carta are reaching out to its competitors. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/20242 minutes, 19 seconds
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The CES Gadgets Worth Knowing About

CES, the annual electronics trade show, comes to a close today. There were thousands of vendors—Google, GE and LG among them—showing off the latest gadgets. One big theme emerged: 2024 is the year of AI. WSJ Personal Tech news editor Shara Tibken joins host Alex Ossola to talk about what this year’s show tells us about tech trends, and which gadgets were the team’s favorites. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202412 minutes, 6 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Microsoft Briefly Dethrones Apple

Plus: EBay agrees to pay a $3 million criminal penalty after harassment of two critical bloggers. And Amazon missed a deadline to offer remedies to the European Union over its acquisition of Roomba maker iRobot. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/20242 minutes, 22 seconds
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A Biotech Startup Betting on a New Kind of Genetic Medicine

Biotech startup Moonwalk Biosciences has been operating quietly since 2022. It recently raised $57 million in venture capital. It’s one of a handful of companies focused on epigenetic medicine, a subset of genetic medicine that looks to treat disease by changing which genes are turned on and off. WSJ Pro VC reporter Brian Gormley joins host Alex Ossola to talk about the company, and the expanding field of epigenetic medicine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202412 minutes, 13 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Amazon Lays Off Hundreds at Prime and Twitch

Plus: SEC okays bitcoin ETFs for mainstream investors. German software company SAP will pay over $220 million to settle foreign bribery charges. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/20242 minutes, 18 seconds
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Chinese Customers Don’t Want Nvidia’s Lower-Powered Chips

After U.S. regulations barred Nvidia from selling its most advanced semiconductors in China, engineers at Nvidia quickly pivoted to making lower-powered chips to comply with the rules. But the Chinese cloud companies that are some of Nvidia’s biggest customers globally don’t want the downgraded chips. WSJ reporter Asa Fitch joins host Alex Ossola to talk about how the restrictions could affect Nvidia and the U.S. chip industry’s ability to compete in China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202412 minutes, 54 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: SEC Says X Account Was ‘Compromised’ After False Bitcoin Tweet

Plus: X announces three new shows coming to the platform. And NASA delays two crewed lunar missions. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/20242 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why Elon Musk Wants MrBeast’s Videos on X

Jimmy Donaldson, better known as MrBeast, is one of YouTube’s most popular creators. His videos rack up hundreds of millions of views. Elon Musk has encouraged Donaldson to post his videos on X, which would be a boon for the platform. But Donaldson has rebuffed him, saying that the math doesn’t work for him on X. WSJ columnist Tim Higgins joins host Alex Ossola to talk about why, what it means for the future of the platform and what it reveals about the creator economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202413 minutes, 47 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple’s Mixed-Reality Headset to Become Available Feb. 2

Plus: The Vulcan Centaur rocket blasts off for the first time, but moon lander runs into trouble. And chipmaker Nvidia’s stock closes at a record high. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/20242 minutes, 1 second
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Why the U.S. Says China Is Stealing AI Secrets to Turbocharge Spying

China and the U.S. have been locked in a battle for supremacy in artificial intelligence. U.S. government officials say hackers linked to the Chinese government have been stealing vast troves of data, including trade secrets from the U.S. Now, the FBI and other agencies believe China could use that data to create AI that could turbocharge hacking abilities. WSJ senior reporter Aruna Viswanatha joins host Alex Ossola to talk about how this could impact individual Americans and what’s being done about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/202412 minutes, 1 second
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TNB Tech Minute: Netflix Considers Monetizing Videogames

Plus: Design-software companies Synopsys and Ansys near $35 billion deal. And Tesla recalls 1.6 million vehicles in China. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/20242 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why OpenAI’s Customers Are Eyeing Its Competitors

Major companies like Walmart have already embraced AI tools and made them an important part of their business operations. And OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has been leading that field for a while. But after the turmoil inside the company late last year, some customers realized that being too reliant on any one company might be a mistake. Now, OpenAI competitors are moving in. WSJ tech reporter Tom Dotan joins host Alex Ossola to talk about what this means for OpenAI, and the AI industry at large. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202412 minutes, 44 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Startup Perplexity Challenges Google With AI Search

Plus: Peloton partners with TikTok. And EV maker Fisker abandons the direct-to-consumer sales model. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/20242 minutes, 32 seconds
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Making Chips Is No Longer Just Technical—It’s Political

AI is increasingly important to national security, and governments are paying more attention to the companies that make the chips behind AI. Dozens of partnerships between governments relating to chips have been created since 2021. WSJ reporter Asa Fitch joins host Alex Ossola to talk about whether the new closeness between chip makers and governments is good for business, and what it means for AI in the long run. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202413 minutes, 28 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: SpaceX Accused of Violating Labor Law

Plus: Beijing removes key videogame official. And Thermo Fisher Scientific says it no longer sells DNA-based human-identification products in Tibet. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/20242 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why the Plan for a Tech-Backed City Could Face Scrutiny

There’s a group of investors trying to create a new city just north of San Francisco. The project, known as California Forever, is backed by some of the biggest names in tech. It’s spent nearly $1 billion to become the biggest landowner in California’s Solano county. But until recently, very little was known about the project or who was running it. WSJ reporter Kate O’Keeffe joins host Alex Ossola to talk about what we now know about California Forever, and why local and federal officials have been asking questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202413 minutes, 30 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: BYD Beats Out Tesla in Quarterly EV Sales

Plus: Apple shares drop after an analyst downgrade. And the Dutch government blocks ASML from exporting some chip-making tools to China. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/20242 minutes, 15 seconds
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Who Is Yi He, the Queen of Binance?

Binance is still the world’s largest crypto exchange, but last year was anything but tranquil at the firm. A yearslong federal investigation into Changpeng Zhao, its co-founder and then-CEO, resulted in Binance paying billions of dollars in fines and Zhao stepping down as CEO. He pleaded guilty to violating anti-money laundering laws and now faces possible prison time. But remaining at the company is Yi He, who is Binance’s co-founder, one of its largest shareholders and Zhao’s romantic partner. WSJ reporter Patricia Kowsmann joins host Alex Ossola to talk about He’s background and management style, and what that could mean for the future of Binance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/202413 minutes, 29 seconds
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Tech in 2024: Apple Takes a Bite of Something New

This week we’re bringing you tech predictions for 2024. Apple has teed itself up for a big year. Its new mixed reality headset is expected to go on sale, while regulators have poked holes in its “walled garden” and pushed the company to adapt to standard messaging software and charging ports. Where will that leave Apple and consumers? WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern joins host Alex Ossola to talk about what 2024 has in store for Apple. Plus: what changes we could see around EV charging and identifying AI-generated content online. Predictions for 2024 will publish on wsj.com later this week. In the meantime, check out last year's predictions.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/29/202313 minutes, 8 seconds
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Tech in 2024: Wearable Devices Enter a New Era

This week we’re bringing you tech predictions for 2024. It’s been nearly 10 years since the Apple Watch came out, and the device can now track not just your heart rate and step count, but also your skin temperature for fertility and menstrual cycle predictions. Now, WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen says the Apple Watch, and other wearables like Fitbit, might be entering a new era by tracking one metric that many people have been waiting for: blood pressure. She joins host Alex Ossola to talk about this and other predictions for 2024. Predictions for 2024 will publish on wsj.com later this week. In the meantime, check out last year's predictions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/28/202311 minutes, 28 seconds
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Tech in 2024: Why AI Will Become ‘Unavoidable’

This week we’re bringing you tech predictions for 2024. And near the top of the list: artificial intelligence. 2023 saw big advances in AI for business and in our personal lives, as OpenAI, Google and Microsoft unveiled new technology built on AI. So what might we see next year? WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Alex Ossola to talk about developments in artificial intelligence. Plus: what we could see for green energy and self-driving cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/27/202312 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tech in 2024: How Big Tech Can Stay Resilient

This week we’re bringing you tech predictions for 2024. The tech industry faced some challenges in 2023 with layoffs across companies and efforts to regulate big tech companies including Google, Meta, and TikTok. So what might we see next year? WSJ global tech editor Jason Dean joins host Alex Ossola to discuss how these changes could affect the industry in 2024. Plus: How OpenAI’s competitors might shoulder in on the company’s turf, and what Cybertruck could mean for Tesla in 2024. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/26/202311 minutes, 44 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: China Regulator Proposes Curbs for Online Gaming

Plus: Activision Blizzard and a California regulator file paperwork to settle gender-discrimination claims. And people inside Meta warned of risks for encrypting Facebook direct messages, WSJ reports. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/20232 minutes, 29 seconds
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How TikTok Serves War Videos to Some of Its Youngest Users

More younger people are getting their news from TikTok. For information about conflicts like the Israel-Hamas war, some of the videos that the app’s algorithm serves users can be intense, polarizing or hard to verify. The Wall Street Journal recently conducted an experiment to see what kinds of war videos were served to accounts registered as 13-year-old users on the platform. WSJ technology reporter Sam Schechner joins host Alex Ossola to share more about the experiment, and what it means for the experiences of some of TikTok’s youngest users. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/202314 minutes, 10 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Blue Origin and Cerberus Bid on SpaceX Rival

Plus: Austin police officer charged in killing of tech entrepreneur. And Peacock bets fewer ads on NFL games will mean more long-term subscription money. Danny Lewis hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/20232 minutes, 25 seconds
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Behind the Buy Now, Pay Later Boom

Buy now, pay later services like Afterpay, Affirm and Klarna have been around for a while, but they exploded in popularity during the pandemic. Now, consumers are shifting more of their spending to buy now, pay later lenders. WSJ reporter Angel Au-Yeung joins host Alex Ossola to talk about how they work and why some consumer-advocacy groups say these services encourage shoppers to take on more debt than they can afford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/202311 minutes, 28 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Alibaba CEO Takes Control of Domestic E-Commerce

Plus: Electric scooter company Bird files for bankruptcy. And a settlement with the FTC bans Rite Aid from using facial recognition for five years. Alex Ossola hosts.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/20232 minutes, 10 seconds
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What Epic Games’ Legal Win Means for the Videogame Industry

Videogame company Epic Games has been waging a legal battle against Google and Apple, alleging that their app stores have monopolistic control over mobile game transactions. After a recent victory against Google, Epic and its founder and CEO Tim Sweeney are casting an eye towards the future. WSJ tech reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Alex Ossola to talk about Epic’s lawsuit and what these legal challenges mean for the videogame industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202312 minutes, 29 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Google Pays $700 Million to Settle Antitrust Suit

Plus: Comcast says nearly 36 million Xfinity accounts were compromised in a hack. And buy now pay later company Affirm expands its relationship with Walmart. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/20232 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why a Vietnamese EV Maker Is Building a U.S. Factory

VinFast, the Vietnamese EV startup, has ambitions to be come a major global carmaker. It started selling its vehicles in the U.S. in March, and its rollout has been troubled since, marked with vehicle recalls and negative reviews. Now, VinFast is taking a big gamble on a manufacturing facility in North Carolina. WSJ reporter Jon Emont joins host Alex Ossola to talk about how VinFast’s gamble might pay off for both the automaker and North Carolina. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202311 minutes, 21 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple to Halt Watch Sales to Comply With Import Ban

Plus: Elon Musk’s social media platform faces European probe over illegal content. And Nikola founder Trevor Milton gets four years in prison for fraud. Danny Lewis hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/20232 minutes, 51 seconds
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Can AI Combat Climate Change? Google’s CSO Thinks So.

Processing all of the data needed to run artificial intelligence can take a lot of energy. But according to Google Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt, AI can also be a tool to combat climate change by harnessing its ability to optimize and maximize efficiency. At WSJ’s Journal House at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 28, Brandt spoke with WSJ Paris bureau chief Stacy Meichtry about what AI can do to help the world meet its emissions goals. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/202312 minutes, 57 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Activision Blizzard Will Pay Millions to Settle Lawsuit

Plus: DocuSign explores a sale. And U.S. government researchers seek to identify hackers based on the code they use. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/20232 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Google’s AI Search Tool Threatens News Publishers

Where’s the latest place you might encounter generative AI? Google search. The company is experimenting with a search engine tool that offers an AI-generated summary to search queries. But that is threatening news publishers, who rely on link-forward Google searches for web traffic. WSJ reporter Keach Hagey talks with host Alex Ossola about what Google’s new AI tool could mean for the future of search, and the publishers who rely on it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/202313 minutes, 3 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Elon Musk Likely Has to Cooperate With SEC Probe, Judge Says

Plus: GM’s self-driving car company Cruise lays off 24% of its workforce. And Meta’s Threads goes live in Europe. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/20232 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why Chinese EV Makers Are Expanding Into ‘Asia’s Detroit’

China has become the world’s top electric vehicle market. And homegrown car companies like BYD have dominated. Now, as Chinese EV makers look to sell more cars globally, they’re setting up manufacturing facilities in Thailand, often called “Asia’s Detroit.” WSJ reporter Selina Cheng speaks with host Alex Ossola about why Chinese EV companies are turning to Thailand, and what it says about China’s ambitions for the global EV market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/202312 minutes, 12 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Tesla Recalls Millions of Vehicles Due to Autopilot

Plus: OpenAI reaches a deal to pay Axel Springer for use of its content. And Etsy plans to lay off 11% of its marketplace workforce amid a restructuring. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/20232 minutes, 39 seconds
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FTX Wants to Give Users a Cash Payout. Customers Aren’t Happy.

Crypto is rallying, but FTX customers aren’t reaping the benefits. As the crypto exchange moves through bankruptcy, customers are realizing there’s little chance they’ll recover their frozen assets. New management at FTX has a proposed plan to compensate customers for some of their lost funds. WSJ reporter Alexander Saeedy joins host Alex Ossola to talk about the plan, and why some customers are against it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202313 minutes, 42 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Apple Releases Setting to Protect User Data in Stolen iPhones

Plus: Microsoft looks to nuclear energy to power its artificial intelligence operations. And Netflix releases its first report on the full viewership on the platform. Alex Ossola hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/20232 minutes, 4 seconds
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Tesla’s Cybertruck Is Here. Some People Are Underwhelmed.

It’s a truck, it’s a sports car, it’s sci-fi inspired—Tesla’s long-awaited Cybertruck is finally here. But amid the hype, not all first impressions of the car lived up to Elon Musk’s promise of Tesla’s “best product ever.” WSJ columnist Tim Higgins spoke with host Alex Ossola about why this launch looked different from others, and whether we can expect to see Cybertrucks filling the streets anytime soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/202312 minutes, 8 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: ​​New York Joins IBM, Micron in $10 Billion Chip Facility

Plus: TikTok lands deal to re-enter Indonesian e-commerce market. And Oracle says revenue falls short of expectations. Danny Lewis hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/20232 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why Hackers Are Targeting Schools and Hospitals

You’ve seen the headlines. High-profile companies are hit by a cyberattack, and customer information is stolen. But some hacks don’t make headlines. These days, hackers are holding data hostage from public sector organizations like schools, hospitals and utilities. This means that local governments are spending big to clean up after these attacks and prevent new ones. It’s not just bad news for students and patients. Municipal bond holders can also take a hit. WSJ reporter Brenda León joins host Alex Ossola to talk about how municipalities are looking to protect themselves against future breaches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: World’s First Crispr Drug Approved by FDA

Plus: X eyes a partnership to bring Amazon businesses in as advertisers. And U.K. regulators examine the partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/20232 minutes, 23 seconds
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Apple Ramps Up iPhone Production in India

Since the early days of the iPhone, Apple has made most of them in one country: China. It has the skilled labor and a network of suppliers necessary for speedy production. But in the past few years, Apple’s heavy reliance on China has started to look more like a risk. Now the company and its suppliers are looking to India to produce a quarter of the world’s iPhones in the next few years. WSJ South Asia bureau chief Tripti Lahiri joins host Alex Ossola to talk about what the shift means for Apple, for India and for consumers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/202313 minutes, 48 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Blackstone, Digital Realty to Develop Data Centers

Plus: U.S. and U.K. governments jointly accuse Russian intelligence of a long-running global hacking campaign. And internet propagandists aligned with Russia tricked at least seven celebrities into making videos that support its online information war against Ukraine. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/20232 minutes, 28 seconds
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How Chinese Tech Giant Alibaba Lost Its Mojo

Nearly a decade ago, it seemed like the sky was the limit for Alibaba. Much more than an e-commerce company, Alibaba was a major player in digital payments, entertainment and cloud computing. But in 2020, Alibaba’s business started to turn. A regulatory crackdown, plus changing dynamics among Chinese consumers, meant Alibaba’s grip on the market was starting to slip. WSJ China tech editor Liza Lin joins host Alex Ossola to talk about what happened to Alibaba, and what it will take to right the ship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/202313 minutes, 59 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Google Announces New AI System Gemini

Plus: AMD rolls out new AI chips. And New Mexico alleges in a lawsuit that Facebook and Instagram steered apparent child predators to children. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/20231 minute, 41 seconds
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AI Is Already in Healthcare. Regulators Want More Transparency

Doctors and hospitals are using AI tools to communicate with patients and help make diagnoses. Except, the tools don’t always work as promised. They can introduce errors in patient notes or incorrectly predict which patients will be diagnosed with certain conditions. Now federal regulators are suggesting that AI tools come with a “nutrition label” to help healthcare providers decide how or whether to use them. WSJ tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy talks with host Alex Ossola about what such a label might include, and why not everyone thinks it’s a great idea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202312 minutes, 50 seconds
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TNB Tech Minute: Airbnb Appoints New CFO

Plus: SoftBank Corp. takes a majority stake in Irish software provider Cubic Telecom. And Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence startup has filed to raise up to $1 billion in equity. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/20231 minute, 28 seconds
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Behind Apple’s Split With Goldman Sachs

When Apple and Goldman Sachs teamed up to launch the Apple Card in 2019, it was a big deal for both companies. Apple was becoming a bigger player in the payments space, and Goldman was expanding into consumer lending. According to some, it’s been a troubled marriage. Apple recently sent a proposal to Goldman to exit from the contract. WSJ reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis joins host Alex Ossola to talk about what the dissolution of the partnership could mean for both companies’ futures, and for Apple Card users. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202314 minutes
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TNB Tech Minute: AT&T Drops Nokia for Ericsson in $14 Billion Deal

Plus: General Motors’ Cruise has been ordered to testify before the California Public Utilities Commission over an October incident in which a pedestrian was hit. And Spotify plans to lay off 17% of its staff. Alex Ossola hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/20231 minute, 34 seconds
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Why Meta Can’t Seem to Rid Its Platforms of Pedophiles

Five months ago, Meta created a child-safety task force following a WSJ investigation that found a network of pedophilic accounts on its Instagram platform. But when the Journal ran tests to see if and how the problem was being addressed, it discovered the company is struggling to remove those problematic accounts from its platforms. WSJ reporter Katherine Blunt joins host Julie Chang to discuss why Meta’s algorithms are still promoting such content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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Prompt Engineer: Talking to Chatbots Is Now a $200K Job

There’s a growing number of job postings for the role of prompt engineer, someone who writes prompts that go into generative AI chatbots to elicit the best responses. WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern applied for a prompt engineer position and joins host Julie Chang to discuss the interview process. Plus, the Telsa Cybertruck is here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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Singles Are Finding Love in Unusual Places Online

People are looking beyond dating apps to find love online. WSJ personal tech reporter Ann-Marie Alcántara joins host Julie Chang to discuss how singles are making connections in some unusual places. Plus, Heard on the Street tech reporter Dan Gallagher explains why device-makers are banking on generative AI in smartphones and laptops. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/202313 minutes, 48 seconds
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Holiday Shopping: Using AI for Gift Ideas

Holiday shopping is in full force, and one place you could turn to for gift ideas is generative AI chatbots. Cordilia James from the WSJ’s personal tech team joins host Julie Chang to discuss how to use AI to make your shopping list and why you should check it twice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202310 minutes, 35 seconds
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How Pet Data Could Help Speed Up Your Health Tests

Scientists are looking at animal data to improve the speed of some medical test results. They’re taking that data, building artificial intelligence tools and then using those tools to train diagnostic algorithms for humans. WSJ pharmaceuticals reporter Jared S. Hopkins joins host Julie Chang to explain how this tech works and which companies are involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/28/202313 minutes, 29 seconds
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How SpaceX Is Transforming a Corner of Texas

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is disrupting the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. And the company’s Starbase and rocket launches are dividing residents. WSJ space reporter Micah Maidenberg joins host Julie Chang to discuss his recent visit to the area and how residents are reacting to the changes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/27/202314 minutes, 40 seconds
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Wearable Devices That Can Read Your Brain And Enhance It

Wearable devices that can read your brain activity and then use that data to help improve your focus and productivity are on the horizon. Daniela Hernandez wrote about this for the Wall Street Journal and joins host Julie Chang to explain how these devices work. Plus, what using Instagram’s ad-free version in Europe is like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/202314 minutes, 8 seconds
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Holiday Shopping: Using AI to Revive Old Family Photos

The future of OpenAI remains up in the air, and investors continue to push for the return of former CEO Sam Altman. Plus, Cordilia James from our personal tech team joins host Julie Chang with some AI tools you can use to spruce up your old or damaged photographs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/202312 minutes, 34 seconds
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OpenAI’s Staff Threatens to Quit After Sam Altman Firing

The majority of OpenAI’s staff has threatened to quit after the board’s ousting of former CEO and co-founder Sam Altman. Plus, Amazon is offering free AI classes. WSJ reporter Sebastian Herrera joins host Julie Chang with more on why the e-commerce giant launched the new program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/21/202312 minutes, 39 seconds
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A Sextortion Scam Is Preying on Teenage Boys

A sextortion scam aimed at boys is causing emotional trauma. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Julie Chang to discuss what to do if your teen is targeted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/20/202312 minutes, 41 seconds
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How Israel Uses Battlefield Data to Fight Hamas in Gaza

Israel’s military has a technological nerve center near Gaza set up to receive thousands of data points directly from the battlefield. WSJ correspondent Dov Lieber joins host Julie Chang to discuss how that data is giving Israel a fuller, real-time picture of the war.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/202312 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Problem With EV Chargers

Out-of-order signs, payment errors and connection issues — these are some of the problems electric vehicle drivers encounter when trying to charge their EVs. WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern joins host Julie Chang to talk about her experience and why so many EV chargers were broken. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/16/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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Holiday Shopping: AI Edition

The Wall Street Journal’s personal tech team has put together a list of the best tech gifts of 2023. Reporter Cordilia James joins host Alex Ossola to discuss the gadgets with AI features. Plus, WSJ’s Dalvin Brown tells us why your iPhone’s Find My app might be nagging you about items you didn’t leave behind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/202310 minutes, 6 seconds
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Solar Power is Booming. Could a Glut of Cheap Parts Make It a Bust?

China has invested tens of billions of dollars in building its solar panel manufacturing industry. But too many cheap parts could spell trouble for growing markets elsewhere in the world. Wall Street Journal reporter Phred Dvorak joins to explain why. Danny Lewis hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/202311 minutes, 28 seconds
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Firefighters vs. EVs: Why EV Fires Are Harder to Put Out

Firefighters are finding out that fires caused by electric vehicles last longer and are more difficult to put out. WSJ reporter John Keilman joins host Julie Chang to explain why EV fires are trickier than those caused by their gas-powered counterparts and what’s being done in response. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/13/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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Can Congress Stop Celebrity Deepfakes on Social Media?

A growing number of celebrities like Tom Hanks and Gayle King say scammers are using AI deepfakes of their likeness to hawk sketchy items on social media. Wall Street Journal reporter Patrick Coffee joins Julie Chang to discuss how some politicians are taking on the issue. Danny Lewis hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why Diamonds Could Be the Key to Making Microchips Faster

Engineers are experimenting with some surprising materials to cool down microchips. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Julie Chang to explain why diamonds could be the key to beating the heat in chips and thereby making them faster. Plus, Cordilia James from the personal tech team tells us about folks who never update the software on their devices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/202312 minutes, 29 seconds
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Meta’s Approach to Protecting Teens Isn’t Working, Says Former Engineer

A former Meta employee says executives at the company are failing to protect minors on its platforms. WSJ reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Julie Chang to discuss what led him to testify on Capitol Hill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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AI Used to Spread Fake Nudes of Students at a New Jersey High School

The latest form of online harassment is powered by artificial intelligence. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Julie Chang to discuss how girls at one New Jersey high school found out that some classmates were sharing fake nude images of them in group chats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202311 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Global Hunt for Crypto’s Most Wanted Man

When cryptocurrencies TerraUSD and Luna collapsed, it wiped out $40 billion from the crypto market and set off investigations into the tokens’ founder that sparked an international manhunt. WSJ reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how he was eventually found. Plus, another former crypto boss Sam Bankman-Fried has been convicted of fraud, but that’s not the end of the saga. WSJ reporter Caitlin Ostroff explains and you can hear more on the trial on The Journal podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/6/202314 minutes, 37 seconds
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AI Risks Take Center Stage at Global Summit

World leaders and the executives from artificial intelligence companies met in the U.K. this week to discuss how to defend against the risks created by AI. WSJ reporter Sam Schechner joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what they discussed and what’s next. Plus, Sam Bankman-Fried has been convicted of fraud in the FTX collapse. For the latest on the trial, listen to The Journal podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/202313 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lidar Is Latest Tech in the Middle of U.S.-China Tensions

National security officials in the U.S. are raising concerns about a Chinese company that’s a key maker of laser sensor technology. WSJ reporter Heather Somerville joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how Hesai found itself and its tech at the center of geopolitical tensions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/2/202314 minutes, 26 seconds
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Toyota Tried to Create a Tech Startup. Things Went Wrong Fast.

Toyota, the world’s biggest carmaker, launched a startup to help it become a leader in software and other cutting-edge tech. But getting a startup mentality to mesh with a decades-old automaker proved challenging. WSJ reporter River Davis joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what went wrong and how Toyota is trying to correct course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/202312 minutes, 47 seconds
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Tech Testimony: Google CEO and FTX Founder Testify in Separate Cases

Google CEO Sundar Pichai defends deals that the government argues gave the company a monopoly in search. And prosecutors begin cross-examination of Sam Bankman-Fried. For more on the criminal trial of the FTX founder, check out The Journal podcast. Plus, are at-home tests that reveal your "biological age" useful? WSJ reporter Dominique Mosbergen joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss her experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/202313 minutes, 49 seconds
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Why Cruise Self-Driving Pause May Be Setback for Whole Industry

General Motors’ self-driving car unit Cruise has paused its U.S. operations after California regulators called its vehicles unsafe. WSJ reporter Ryan Felton explains what this decision means for the future of autonomous vehicles and rivals like Google’s self-driving unit Waymo. Plus, how testimony from former crypto boss Sam Bankman-Fried could impact his criminal trial this week. And for the latest on the FTX trial, listen to The Journal podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/30/202312 minutes, 9 seconds
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Why Cruise Self-Driving Pause May Be Setback for Whole Industry

General Motors’ self-driving car unit Cruise has paused its U.S. operations after California regulators called its vehicles unsafe. WSJ reporter Ryan Felton explains what this decision means for the future of autonomous vehicles and rivals like Google’s self-driving unit Waymo. Plus, how testimony from former crypto boss Sam Bankman-Fried could impact his criminal trial this week. And for the latest on the FTX trial, listen to The Journal podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/30/202313 minutes, 54 seconds
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Preserving Black Twitter’s Legacy and Future

An effort to archive Black Twitter is underway but recent changes at Twitter, now X, have led to some challenges. This special episode looks at the impact of Black Twitter, the effort to create a record of it, and where some users are moving to continue the community. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/27/202316 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why Apple Can’t Make iPhones Without This Chinese Company

Apple has been trying to reduce its dependence on China as geopolitical and economic pressures mount. But the iPhone makers’ ties to Chinese manufacturer Luxshare is making that tough to do. Tokyo bureau chief Peter Landers joins host Zoe Thomas to tell us more about this company, its founder, and how it became so crucial to Apple. Plus, for the latest on the FTX trial, listen to The Journal podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/202313 minutes, 20 seconds
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States Sue Meta Over Alleged Harm to Young Users

Facebook and Instagram parent Meta, is facing lawsuits from a group of more than 40 attorneys general. The lawsuits claim the social giant built its products with addictive features that harm young users. WSJ reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the allegations and the company’s response. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/202314 minutes, 7 seconds
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Does AI ‘Think’? We’re Still Figuring That Out

Generative artificial intelligence technology is still in the early stages of development. Some researchers are debating whether the tools that exist now arecoming up with their own conclusions or just repeating information. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims says this is one reason the approach to developing AI models will need to change. Zoe Thomas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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Tech’s New Rivalry: TikTok vs. Amazon

A new rivalry is forming between TikTok and Amazon. Both companies want to dominate the burgeoning market for “social shopping” in the U.S. WSJ reporter Meghan Bobrowsky joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the tech giants are stepping on each other's turf.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/23/202314 minutes, 1 second
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Tech Live 2023: Is Crypto Dead?

It's been a rough year for the crypto industry. But supporters say the sector is down not out. Financier Anthony Scaramucci and crypto-compliance advocate Charlie Shrem shared their thoughts on the opportunities and pitfalls facing the industry at the WSJ's Tech Live. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/20/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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Tech Live 2023: How Meta Plans to Connect You to AI Friends

Meta, known for its social-media platforms Facebook and Instagram, wants users to connect not just with friends but with artificial-intelligence chatbots. Chief Product Officer Chis Cox spoke about the company's plans at this week's WSJ Tech Live. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/202312 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tech Live 2023: What’s Next for OpenAI?

The company at the center of the generative artificial intelligence revolution took the stage at the WSJ’s Tech Live event. OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman and CTO Mira Murati sat down with WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern to talk about AGI, the capabilities of future GPT models and more. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/18/202313 minutes, 19 seconds
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Tech Live 2023: Roblox CEO Shares How the Gaming Platform Is Evolving

The gaming platform Roblox is working to expand its base of older users and is turning to artificial intelligence and traditional gaming consoles to do it. At WSJ’s Tech Live, Roblox CEO Dave Baszucki spoke with reporter Sarah Needleman about the company’s evolution and challenges. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/202315 minutes, 25 seconds
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AI Takes Center Stage at Tech Live 2023

WSJ’s Tech Live will feature some of the biggest names in artificial intelligence including the CEOs of OpenAI and Arm. WSJ Live Journalism news editor Sara Castellanos joins host Zoe Thomas with a preview of what to expect. And, WSJ reporter Patience Haggin explains how U.S. government agencies used commercially available cell phone data for intelligence operations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/16/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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New AI Tools Offer Path to Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Is the eye the window to Alzheimer’s? WSJ reporter Vipal Monga joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss some of the AI tools that are in the works to help detect signs of the disease and why they are giving researchers new hope for early detection. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/202312 minutes, 30 seconds
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AI Struggles to Generate Money, Despite Hype

The big tech companies behind new artificial intelligence tools are struggling to make money off them. WSJ reporter Tom Dotan joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the reasons why and how tech companies like Microsoft, Google and Adobe are changing their approach. Plus, one of the most important witnesses in the fraud trial of Sam Bankman-Fried took the stand. For more developments in that case, check out the The Journal podcast’s special series The Trial of Crypto's Golden Boy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/202314 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Adobe Plans to Stand Out From the AI Pack

Adobe’s SVP of Digital Media joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the company's new AI products and how it is handling issues of copyright and misinformation. Plus, the trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has resumed. You can follow along the big developments by listening to The Journal podcast’s special series The Trial of Crypto's Golden Boy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/202312 minutes, 12 seconds
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How War in Israel and Tensions With China Threaten the Tech Sector

As Israel goes on the offensive following deadly surprise attacks by Hamas militants over weekend, Israeli tech startups and their investors prepare for how the war could impact them. Plus, how tensions between China and the US could pull Big Tech in a potential war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/202312 minutes, 48 seconds
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AI and Work: AI for Jobs, Startups and Everywhere Else

Developments in artificial intelligence have some worried the technology could replace them in their jobs. But AI also offers the prospect of new jobs and even new ways to start businesses. In this all-AI episode focused on work, TNB looks at how generative AI is being used to launch startups, how it’s creating new professions, and why you won't be able to leave AI at work. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/202314 minutes, 7 seconds
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AI Matchmakers: Dating Apps for Hookups, Breakups and Date Planning

Artificial intelligence is being used to power new dating tools, helping people find love and understand what happens when it falls apart. In this romance-focused episode, host Zoe Thomas speaks with writer Rae Witte and WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon about several new AI-powered dating apps and how they could change the dating scene. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/202313 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rivian Is Burning Billions to Build the Ultimate EV Pickup

Rivian’s goal to sell the ultimate electric pickup truck attracted a lot of investors when the company went public. But it’s losing money on every EV it builds, raising questions about its future. WSJ reporter Sean McLain joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss Rivian’s plans to bring costs down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Secret Algorithm Amazon Used to Raise Prices

Amazon used a secret algorithm code-named “Project Nessie” to test how much it could raise prices and get competitors to follow. The plan is outlined in redacted portions of the government’s monopoly case against the e-commerce giant. WSJ reporter Dana Mattioli joins Zoe Thom as to explain how it worked. Plus, Meta wants to charge Europeans to use its apps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/202312 minutes, 26 seconds
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What to Expect From Sam Bankman-Fried’s Fraud Trial

The fraud trial of Sam Bankman-Fried starts today. The collapse of his exchange FTX was a massive blow to the crypto market and prosecutors allege it is one of the biggest financial-fraud cases in U.S. history. WSJ reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what to expect from the trial.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/202312 minutes, 29 seconds
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AI Can Help Fight Climate Change, But It Also Adds to It

Artificial intelligence could help reduce carbon emissions and water use. But AI itself uses a lot of energy to do that. Host Zoe Thomas speaks with Nuha Dolby about her reporting on how companies can reduce AI’s climate impact. Plus, TNB looks at whether it’s possible to have a modern career without a smartphone.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/2/202313 minutes, 52 seconds
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A New Effort to Rescue Men From Rage Rabbit Holes

Social media and other online spaces can lead some men down rage rabbit holes. But, one group is trying to use the same tactics that pull them into these spaces to help get them out. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what the group is doing to address young men’s anger online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/202314 minutes, 33 seconds
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Meta Unveils New Quest 3, Smart Glasses & AI Chatbots

Facebook parent Meta revealed its new Quest 3 headset and Ray-Ban smart glasses at its Meta Connect conference. WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez explains how the new devices could challenge Apple and its upcoming mixed reality headset. Plus, WSJ style reporter Chavie Lieber provides an inside look at the company turning kid YouTubers into million-dollar brands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/202313 minutes, 55 seconds
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Amazon Faces Monopoly Suit, Google Turns 25 & OpenAI’s New Valuation

The Federal Trade Commission has sued Amazon claiming its online marketplace is a monopoly. WSJ reporter Dana Mattioli explains the claims. Plus, Google faces its own antitrust suit over its search engine. WSJ reporter Miles Kruppa discusses how the tech giant, which turns 25 today, is dealing with recent challenges. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/202313 minutes, 3 seconds
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Meta Plans to Launch AI Chatbots With Personalities

Meta is adding chatbots with distinct personalities, as a way to get young people to spend more time on Facebook and Instagram. WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why adding this kind of artificial intelligence to its apps could be a risk.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202312 minutes, 43 seconds
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How Apple Failed to Build a Key Part for New iPhones

Apple wants to cut its ties with chip designer Qualcomm but despite years of work and billions of dollars, the company hasn’t been able to build a wireless chip in-house. WSJ reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Zoe Thomas to explain Apple’s spectacular failure in this effort.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/25/202312 minutes, 1 second
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TikTok Faces More Bans, This Time in Africa

TikTok is facing bans in several African countries but the reasons are different from the concerns in the U.S. and Europe. WSJ reporter Alexandra Wexler joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what TikTok is facing and how it’s pushing back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/202314 minutes, 51 seconds
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How Google’s DeepMind Is Using AI to Uncover the Causes of Diseases

A model from Google’s artificial intelligence unit has identified millions of genetic mutations that could cause illness. WSJ science bureau chief Jo Craven McGinty joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the data could be used to treat diseases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/21/202312 minutes, 7 seconds
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Amazon’s Next Big Hit Remains Elusive

First came online shopping, then Prime, followed by AWS. But when it comes to Amazon’s next big hit, the tech giant continues to fumble. WSJ reporter Sebastian Herrera joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the company’s yearslong search for its “fourth pillar.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/202313 minutes, 50 seconds
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Instacart IPO: Lessons and Losses for Investors

Instacart is set to go public at a valuation less than one quarter of its peak a few years ago. WSJ reporter Berber Jin joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why this spells losses for venture capital investors and what lessons VCs and startups are taking away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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FDA Weighs How to Regulate Artificial Wombs

Regulators this week will discuss how to conduct clinical trials of artificial wombs. This technology could save the lives of very premature babies, but raises ethical and practical questions for testing. WSJ reporter Liz Essley Whyte joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how some of these devices work and the concerns around them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/202313 minutes, 6 seconds
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How Arm Became the Biggest IPO of the Year

Arm has the year’s biggest IPO. Though it’s not a household name, its semiconductor designs live inside nearly all of the world's smartphones. WSJ semiconductors reporter Asa Fitch joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the company became so valuable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/15/202313 minutes, 4 seconds
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Can AI Help Make Fashion More Inclusive?

The fashion industry is turning to artificial intelligence to help expand the body types and backgrounds of models in ads. Katharine Zarrella, the Fashion Director of WSJ Off Duty, joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the fashion world is dressing up AI. Plus, tech leaders descended on Washington to share their thoughts on how AI should be regulated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/202313 minutes, 51 seconds
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Apple Event 2023: New Cord, Cost, and Camera Features

Apple’s latest product updates offer a glimpse at some of the challenges the iPhone maker is facing. In this all Apple episode, members from WSJ’s personal tech team will unpack the new features. Plus, we’ll explore the mystery behind how case makers always seem to know what the newest phones will look like. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/202312 minutes, 15 seconds
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Google Prepares to Defend Search Dominance in Landmark Case

A landmark antitrust case between the Justice Department and Google is set to get underway today. The legal team defending the search giant was instrumental in the 1990’s monopoly case against Microsoft. WSJ Google reporter Miles Kruppa joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why the lawyers say the situation this time is different and how their experience could impact the case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/202313 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Pentagon Plans to Build a Vast AI Fleet

The Pentagon plans to build a vast network of artificial-intelligence powered technology , drones, and autonomous systems. WSJ national security correspondent Nancy Youssef joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how it could help the U.S. keep pace with adversaries like China. Plus, why schools are facing mounting piles of e-waste .  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/11/202313 minutes, 52 seconds
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Elon Musk Is Running Twitter on His Impulses

When Elon Musk bought Twitter he promised to run the platform with fairness and transparency. But, Wall Street Journal reporting shows that, nearly a year into his ownership Musk is making a lot of choices based on impulses and the requests of friends. WSJ reporter Georgia Wells joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what that means for the platform and its future.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/8/202313 minutes, 3 seconds
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The High Cost of High-Speed Internet in Rural America

Officials are doling out billions to install high-speed internet in rural parts of the country. However, the high costs of laying down fiber optic cables have some questioning if there are better ways to spend the money. WSJ tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss their arguments.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/202312 minutes, 32 seconds
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How Worried Should You Be About an AI Apocalypse?

Leaders in artificial intelligence, including Sam Altman and Elon Musk, are debating what the biggest risks created by the technology are. Could it wipe out humanity or enforce dangerous biases? WSJ reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the threats and the divisions within the AI sector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/202312 minutes, 29 seconds
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The EV Boom: How China, the South and Investors Are Cashing In

In this EV-focused episode, we look at how the electric-vehicle boom is playing out across industries and continents —sparking investment in the American South and China, and in startups mining for the minerals that power the industry. Zoe Thom as hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/5/202313 minutes, 23 seconds
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Musk Makes Twitter X: The Deal, the Superfans & the 2024 Election

In this all-Twitter episode, Tech News Briefing discusses newly revealed details from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Elon Musk, examines the Twitter superfans that are rejecting the changes he has made as CEO, including renaming it X, and digs intothe platform’s role as a main stage for political dialogue in the 2024 election. Zoe Thomas hosts this special episode looking at Twitter’s transformation into X. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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Tech Added to an Epidemic of Myopia. Can It Help Fix It Too?

Screens and a lack of sunlight are harming children’s vision. Half the global population is expected to be nearsighted b y 2050, according to the World Health Organization. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the situation got so bad and one tech fix that could help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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Streamflation: Netflix, Disney and More Bet You’ll Pay Up

Have you noticed the cost of streaming services going up? Reporter Robbie Whelan explains what’s behind “streamflation.” Plus, scientists say natural disasters are getting worse. WSJ personal-tech reporter Cordilia James joins host Zoe Thomas with tips on how to prepare your smartphone and more before devastation strikes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/202312 minutes, 58 seconds
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EV Road Test: Picking the Best ‘Computer on Wheels’

Choosing an electric vehicle has become a lot like comparison shopping for the latest tech gadget. WSJ’s senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how she tested three EVs’ battery life, charging compatibility and more to pick her new “computer on wheels.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/29/202312 minutes, 40 seconds
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AI in Education Attracts Startups and Cash

If generative artificial intelligence is going to upend learning, then startups and investors want to be part of it. Varun Gulati, CEO of LitLab, describes how his company’s AI tool can make learning to read more personal. And Reach Capital’s Jennifer Carolan explains why the generative AI boom is different from edtech investment trends of the past. This is part three of our series Reading, Writing, and Algorithms. Click the links to listen to episode 1 and episode 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/28/202314 minutes, 32 seconds
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AI Jobs Are Paying Up to $900,000

Companies are willing to pay eye-watering salaries to fill artificial-intelligence roles. WSJ reporter Chip Cutter explains why businesses outside of tech are offering up to $900,000 a year to fill AI jobs. Plus, the battle to ban TikTok in Montana has one man at its center, state Attorney General Austin Knudsen. WSJ reporter Meghan Bobrowsky joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss his motivations and how a court battle over the law could play out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/25/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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AI’s Thorniest Issues Will Be Addressed in Court

Congress is discussing ways to regulate artificial intelligence. But while they debate the best approaches, courts may be the ones to decide some of the most important questions around AI development. WSJ reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Zoe Thomas with a breakdown of multiple lawsuits involving AI and how they could shape the landscape of this burgeoning industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/24/202313 minutes, 49 seconds
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Microsoft Offers Big Concession to Secure Activision Deal

Microsoft has offered new concessions to win over U.K. regulators as it tries to close its $75 billion deal for games publisher Activision Blizzard. WSJ Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what the tech giant is willing to give up and why this is a strategic long-term bet for Microsoft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/202312 minutes, 16 seconds
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Biden Administration Taps Wall Street to Help Revive Chips Industry

To bring semiconductors production back to the U.S. the Biden administration has tapped Wall Street insiders to help it allocate $39 billion in taxpayer-funded subsidies and incentives. WSJ reporter Yuka Hayashi joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why their expertise is valuable for one of the most significant acts of government intervention since World War II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/22/202313 minutes, 29 seconds
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Teachers Adapt to New AI Era

Teachers worry that generative AI programs may interfere with the way students learn. For the second installment of our special series Reading, Writing, and Algorithms, TNB producer Julie Chang spoke with some instructors about how they’re tackling student use of AI tools. Check out episode one of the series here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/202313 minutes, 39 seconds
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What It's Like Inside One of San Francisco’s Self-Driving Taxis?

More autonomous taxis are about to hit the roads of San Francisco. But will residents of the country’s tech capital be quick to hitch a ride in a driverless car? WSJ reporter Miles Kruppa rode around two autonomous vehicles and joins host Zoe Thomas to tell us about his experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/18/202314 minutes, 14 seconds
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How Pink Floyd Is Helping Scientists Hear People's Thoughts

Scientists have gotten one step closer to reading people’s minds using a combination of advanced computer models and a Pink Floyd song. WSJ reporter Daniela Hernandez joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how this could help patients with brain injuries regain the ability to communicate in a way that sounds more natural. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/202313 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why AI Is Botching Headshots

More people are using artificial intelligence image generators to produce professional looking headshots. But for some people of color, the results can backfire. WSJ reporter Katie Mogg joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why these botched results are a sign of a bigger problem for AI tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/202314 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why Many 911 Centers Struggle to Locate Cellphone Callers

Many 911 call centers throughout the country still rely on decades-old technology that uses landlines. That means dispatchers can have a hard time locating a caller and can’t receive texts or pictures. WSJ CIO Journal reporter Isabelle Bousquette joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how this happened and what can be done to modernize their communications infrastructure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/15/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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AI Joins the Classroom When Students Return

Students across the country are preparing to head back to class and many of them will likely use generative artificial intelligence to help with their school work. But not all educators consider that cheating. Part one of this special series, Reading, Writing, and Algorithms, looks at generative AI in education, the ways students use these tools, and where educators are drawing the line. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/14/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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AI Makes Hacking Easier, Even for Non-Hackers

Generative artificial intelligence tools, like ChatGPT, are opening up new avenues for cybercriminals, even ones without traditional hacking skills. WSJ reporter Robert McMillan joins host Zoe Thomas from Las Vegas, where those new techniques are on display. Plus, why more people are using celebrities to deliver bad news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/11/202313 minutes, 15 seconds
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ChatGPT Is Getting Dumber at Math. What Does It Mean For AI’s Future?

An updated version of ChatGPT has gotten worse at basic math, according to new research. The finding underlines a bigger problem for the development of artificial intelligence. WSJ “The Numbers” columnist Josh Zumbrun joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what’s going on. Plus, WSJ exclusive reporting on what led to a crash involving Tesla’s autopilot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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Your New Best Friend Is an AI Chatbot. What Are the Risks?

More people are forming relationships with generative artificial intelligence chatbots. A hospital security guard shares his story of developing an AI friendship. Plus, WSJ reporter Cordilia James joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the growing market for these bots and why some psychologists are worried. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/202312 minutes, 11 seconds
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Why Meta’s Ray-Ban Smart Glasses Aren’t Catching On

Facebook parent Meta has big plans for the metaverse. But it needs people to buy its hardware to help that become a reality. WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why Meta’s smart glasses aren’t taking off as hoped. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/8/202312 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Battle Over What Is Used to Teach AI Intensifies

Authors, artists, and internet publishers are increasingly demanding compensation from companies that make generative AI programs. They claim their content was used without permission to train systems like ChatGPT and Bard. WSJ reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what this fight could mean for the AI boom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/7/202312 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Much Is Too Much AI in Hollywood?

The use of artificial intelligence is one of the major sticking points in the biggest Hollywood strike in 60 years. Studios and the unions representing actors and writers have different ideas about how much of this tech is okay to use. WSJ media and entertainment editor Amol Sharma joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/4/202310 minutes, 52 seconds
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How President Biden Views AI

The White House is facing many challenges as it looks for ways to address the impacts of AI. WSJ White House reporter Sabrina Siddiqui joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the Biden Administration plans to impose guardrails around the technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/202312 minutes, 6 seconds
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Uber’s Green Goals Hit Roadblocks in London

Uber set an ambitious target to have all its London drivers in electric vehicles by 2025. But the company is running up against some surprising obstacles. WSJ’s European tech reporter Sam Schechner joins host Zoe Thomas to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/2/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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Apple Admits to Bug in Parental Controls

A bug in Apple’s Screen Time controls has some parents scrambling for new ways to set limits for kids. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what parents should know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202313 minutes, 26 seconds
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Smart Guns Are Coming. Will People Buy Them?

A gun that uses fingerprint and facial recognition to ensure it is only fired by an authorized user is set to hit the market. WSJ reporter Zusha Elinson joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how this venture-backed smart gun could impact gun safety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/31/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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Netflix Wants More Ads and It Has a New Plan to Get Them

Netflix is reworking its deal with Microsoft and changing its prices for advertisers in an effort to jump-start its ad-supported tier. WSJ deputy media editor Jessica Toonkel joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the shift. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/28/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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AI vs. the Drive-Through Customer

One of the best places to see how artificial intelligence is affecting our lives and jobs may be at a fast-food drive-through. WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern ordered from an AI-powered drive-though around 30 times to find out more. She joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what she learned. Plus, the Securities and Exchange Commission votes to propose new guardrails on trading apps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/27/202313 minutes, 27 seconds
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Why More Electric Trucks Aren’t Hitting the Roads

Commercial trucks are huge emitters of greenhouse gases. But battery-powered trucks face challenges that electric cars don’t. WSJ contributor Bart Ziegler joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the speedbumps on the road to mass electric truck adoption. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/26/202311 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Human Toll of Making ChatGPT Safe for Users

Generative AI programs rely on human workers to train them to filter out harmful content, including violent and sexual material. WSJ reporter Karen Hao traveled to Kenya to speak with some quality analysts, who say the work took a toll on their mental well-being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/25/202314 minutes, 42 seconds
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Google Co-Founder Returns to Help With AI Efforts

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is back in the company’s office working directly with members of the artificial intelligence team. WSJ reporter Miles Kruppa joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how his presence is being felt by the company’s leaders and its workforce. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/24/202312 minutes, 36 seconds
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How Apple Maps Found Its Way

Changes to Apple Maps have made some users love the once hated product. WSJ personal tech reporter Ann-Marie Alcántara joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what the iPhone maker has done and what this means for its rival in the navigation space, Google. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/21/202312 minutes, 36 seconds
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Why Some Tech Leaders Support Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for President

Tech leaders are among those supporting Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in his bid to be the Democratic presidential nominee. But Kennedy has voiced support for conspiracy theories and criticized big tech. WSJ reporter Angel Au-Yeung joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what made him popular among some in Silicon Valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/20/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Microsoft and Meta Team Up to Offer New AI Software

Microsoft announced a new artificial intelligence partnership and pricing for its AI-powered workplace software. WSJ Microsoft reporter Tom Dotan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the news and what it says about Microsoft's AI strategy. Plus, a look at digital mood trackers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/19/202312 minutes, 8 seconds
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AI and Streaming Play Leading Roles in Hollywood Strike

Actors and writers say artificial intelligence and streaming have upended the film and TV industry. WSJ media and entertainment reporter Joe Flint joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how negotiations over the use of these technologies led to both unions striking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/18/202313 minutes, 51 seconds
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Could Twitter Become Irrelevant?

Twitter is facing new challengers that threaten to take over the platform’s position as the global town square. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the rise of Threads could make Twitter less relevant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/17/202313 minutes, 34 seconds
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School Districts Are Experimenting With AI-Enabled Robots

ChatGPT is being investigated by federal regulators. Plus, more school districts are considering using robots to patrol campuses. WSJ reporter Megan Tagami joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how they could keep schools safe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/14/202311 minutes, 11 seconds
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The FTC Keeps Taking on Big Tech, and Losing

The Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan is taking on the world’s biggest tech companies and losing. WSJ reporter Dave Michaels joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why the agency’s approach hasn’t worked so far and what else it might try. Plus, hackers linked to China breached email accounts at some U.S. government agencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/13/202313 minutes, 18 seconds
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A Platform Popular With Gamers Adds Parental Oversight

Discord, the chat app favored by teen gamers, is introducing parental oversight tools. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the new rules and what they will mean for users and parents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/12/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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Why Lawmakers Might Ban the Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Massachusetts lawmakersare weighing a near total ban on the selling of location data from mobile devices . The proposed law would go further than any other state’s privacy laws and could upend a billion-dollar industry. WSJ reporter Byron Tau joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/11/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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How Meta Fell Behind in AI and How It Plans to Catch Up

Meta was a leader in artificial intelligence about a decade ago, but it’s lost its edge since then. WSJ social-media reporter Salvador Rodriguez explains how Meta fell behind in the AI race and what it’s doing to catch up. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/10/202310 minutes, 58 seconds
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Elon Musk and the $1 Billion ‘Bad Deal’ in Buffalo

New York spent nearly $1 billion on a new solar-panel factory in Buffalo, hoping Elon Musk and Tesla would use it to transform the local economy. But things haven’t worked out as planned, with a local lawmaker calling it a “bad deal.” WSJ reporter Ted Mann joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what went wrong. Plus, Meta’s Twitter competitor, Threads, has quickly attracted tens of millions of users. Ann-Marie Alcántara discusses what they like and don’t like about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/7/202314 minutes, 23 seconds
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Twitter’s Challenges Heat Up With Meta Copycat

Meta has launched a new microblogging app called Threads. WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why Meta could be Twitter’s biggest competitor. Plus, reporter Eliot Brown explains how one of the world's biggest startup investors missed out on much of the AI frenzy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/6/202313 minutes, 50 seconds
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Why Twitter’s Limit of Post Views Is a Bigger Risk Than You Think

Elon Musk is limiting how many posts Twitter users can read in a day, to stop artificial intelligence companies from scraping data off the platform. WSJ reporter Tim Higgins joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why the change is controversial and could hurt Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/5/202313 minutes, 23 seconds
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Euclid Space Telescope Has Launched to Study the Dark Universe

The European Space Agency has launched a new first-of-its-kind space telescope. The Euclid space telescope was designed to study dark matter and dark energy, giving scientists insight into the largely unexplored dark universe. WSJ science reporter Aylin Woodward joins host Julie Chang to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/202313 minutes, 11 seconds
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How AI Is Being Used to Help Scout Upcoming Baseball Players

The 2023 MLB Draft is around the corner, and scouts have a new artificial intelligence tool at their disposal. The tool is said to generate data that can detect players’ flaws, forecast their potential, and even flag their likelihood for injury. WSJ reporter Lindsey Adler joins host Julie Chang to explain how it works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/30/202312 minutes, 25 seconds
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Investors Warm-Up to Clean-Energy Stocks Again

Shares of clean-energy companies are rising after an 18-month downturn. Companies and investors are now watching to see if the rally will help sustain them until climate-law subsidies kick in. WSJ climate-finance reporter Amrith Ramkumar joins host Julie Chang to explain how Tesla is leading the surge.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/29/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Mushrooms. LSD. Ketamine. Psychedelics Are Powering Silicon Valley.

Drug use has long been a part of Silicon Valley. But recently, routine drug use has moved from an after-hours activity into corporate culture, with some tech executives and employees looking to psychedelics and other substances for business breakthroughs. WSJ reporter Katherine Bindley joins host Julie Chang to discuss the growing drug culture in the tech world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/28/202310 minutes, 51 seconds
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How TikTok Trends Are Disrupting American Companies

TikTok trends have been impacting businesses, from restaurant menu hacks to beauty product finds and fashion tips. But, going viral on the video-sharing platform can be a double-edged sword for companies. WSJ reporter Chavie Lieber joins host Julie Chang to discuss how businesses have been responding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/27/202312 minutes, 43 seconds
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Google’s Latest AI Flex: An Anti-Money-Laundering Tool for Banks

Google Cloud has a new artificial-intelligence tool that tackles money laundering for banks. But how does this product differ from those already on the market? WSJ reporter Dylan Tokar joins host Julie Chang to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/26/202311 minutes, 38 seconds
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AI Apps to Try for Work and Leisure

There are so many new AI-powered programs out there. Deciding which ones to try can be overwhelming. But worry not! WSJ personal-tech reporting assistant Cordilia James put together a list to get you started. She joins host Julie Chang for a quick rundown of the best AI apps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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AI Could Improve Ads on Social Media, Snap CEO Says

Snapchat launched an AI chatbot recently. And as users flooded to the feature, CEO Evan Spiegel says he discovered users’ embrace of AI could improve targeted advertising. Spiegel spoke at the WSJ’s Journal House during the Cannes Lions International Festival this week. We bring you highlights from that conversation. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/22/202312 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is America Ready for the EV Takeover?

More people are driving electric vehicles. But is the U.S. ready for an EV takeover? WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims says the answer is: No. He shares what he learned on a 1,000-mile road-trip in the longest-range EV on the market. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/21/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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The EU’s AI Act: What It Is and Where It Stands

The surge in artificial intelligence tools have led to increased calls for regulation. And one place where those rules are beginning to take shape is Europe. WSJ Brussels-based reporter Kim Mackrael sat down with Tech News Briefing’s Zoe Thomas to talk about the draft legislation pushed forward by the EU parliament. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/20/202311 minutes, 1 second
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Uber vs. Japan’s ‘Taxi Prince’

Uber aims to have all taxis worldwide registered on its app by 2025. But a man known as the ‘Taxi Prince’ is throwing off those plans. WSJ Tokyo-based reporter River Davis joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the battle for Japan’s roads. Plus, WSJ Twitter reporter Alexa Corse discusses why music publishers are suing Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Awkward Partnership Between Microsoft and OpenAI

The partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI is helping to lead the boom in artificial intelligence. But the pair doesn’t always have an easy relationship. WSJ reporter Tom Dotan joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how this unconventional tie-up can cause conflicts. Plus, SEC Chair Gary Gensler talks crypto with The Journal podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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Startups Wonder Where All the VC Went

After years of venture capital flowing freely into early-stage tech companies, investors are getting pickier. That’s forcing founders to make tough decisions and causing more of them to shut down. WSJ Pro Venture Capital reporter Yuliya Chernova joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the landscape for startup funding and what it's like to be a founder these days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202313 minutes, 24 seconds
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Microsoft Activision Deal Could Benefit From FTC's Move to Block It

The Federal Trade Commission has asked a judge for a temporary restraining order to stop Microsoft from clinching its $75 billion deal to buy Activision. WSJ financial enforcement reporter Dave Michaels joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the move could end up helping Microsoft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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What to Do if Dozens of Your Passwords Have Been Hacked

Password managers can inform you if your login credentials have been stolen. But what if you've used the same password for multiple sites? WSJ reporter Dalvin Brown joins host Zoe Thomas with tips on what to do. Plus, Meta’s plan to launch a new app to compete with Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202313 minutes, 4 seconds
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How the CEO of YouTube Plans to Win Over Anyone Watching TV

YouTube’s CEO Neal Mohan has a strategy to fill the platform with short videos and TV offerings, as the company faces a growing amount of competition. WSJ reporter Miles Kruppa, who covers YouTube, joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how Mohan goofs around with content creators and woos advertisers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/9/202314 minutes, 2 seconds
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How Instagram’s Algorithm Connects and Promotes Pedophile Network

Instagram, through its system of fostering communities with sets of narrow interests, has helped guide users to illegal child sex content. Instagram's parent company Meta has acknowledged the problem and vows to improve internal controls. WSJ social-media reporter Jeff Horwitz joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what makes Instagram different from other platforms when it comes to promoting this material. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/202313 minutes, 39 seconds
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Twitter Missed Dozens of Images of Child Sexual Abuse, Researchers Say

Researchers at Stanford University found dozens of images of known child sexual abuse material on Twitter during a two-month period earlier this year. The social-media platform told the team at Stanford it has improved its detection system. WSJ Twitter reporter Alexa Corse joins Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202311 minutes, 55 seconds
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What Makes Apple’s AR Headset Stand Out From Competitors

Apple unveiled its first major new product in a decade, an augmented-reality headset. The device launches Apple into a new market but it’s taking some familiar steps, like getting developers on board to build apps for the headset’s ecosystem. WSJ personal tech news editor Shara Tibken joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202313 minutes, 32 seconds
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Why Call of Duty Could Stand in the Way of a $75 Billion Deal

Global regulators are concerned that if Microsoft acquires games publisher Activision Blizzard it could have an unfair advantage in the videogame industry, partly due to the popularity of Call of Duty. WSJ tech reporter Sarah Needleman joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what makes the Call of Duty franchise so successful. Plus, WSJ Pro reporter Brian Gormley discusses why patches that can deliver vaccines are attracting more investors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202313 minutes, 17 seconds
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Code Written by AI May Be Too Much of a Good Thing

A growing number of Fortune 100 companies are using generative artificial intelligence to write computer code. But chief information officers worry all these new lines of code could create problems. WSJ enterprise technology reporter Isabelle Bousquette joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss their concerns. Plus, a chatbot designed to help people with eating disorders doled out weight-loss advice. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon explains what happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/2/202313 minutes, 37 seconds
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Big Tech Relies on Outsourcing. Lawsuits in Africa Could Upend That.

Facebook content moderators hired by a third-party contractor in Kenya are suing over working conditions. The contractor involved denies the allegations and Facebook parent Meta is arguing it shouldn’t be involved in the lawsuit. The outcome of this case and two others could have a profound impact on big tech and the industry’s outsourced workforce. WSJ South Africa-based business reporter Alexandra Wexler joins host Zoe Thomas to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/202314 minutes, 9 seconds
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While Some Warn About AI Extinction Risk, Nvidia Sees Valuation Soar

AI developers and tech executives are warning that artificial intelligence could threaten human life as we know it. WSJ AI reporter Deepa Seetharaman explains what they’ve said. Plus, investors are not pumping the breaks on AI. Nvidia, which makes chips for the industry, joined the $1 trillion club this week. WSJ semiconductors reporter Asa Fitch joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the company became a key player in the sector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202313 minutes, 52 seconds
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What Is the Future of Identity Verification?

The CEO of secure identity company Clear says in the future verifying your age, employment history, and even hotel booking will be much easier using biometrics. But that kind of tech, which can scan your face or fingerprint, raises lots of privacy questions. Clear CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker spoke with WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims at the WSJ’s Future of Everything Festival. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/202313 minutes, 14 seconds
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Schools and Learning in an AI-Enabled World

How will generative AI tools, like ChatGPT, change the education system? That’s the question on a lot of parents' and teachers’ minds. At this year’s Future of Everything festival, the founder of Code.org talked about how the next generation of students will live and learn in an AI-enabled world. We bring you highlights from that conversation. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/202311 minutes, 32 seconds
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Governments Want Kids Off Social Media. Why Aren't Platforms Doing It?

Local and national governments in the U.S. and Europe want social media companies to do more to keep children off their platforms. Efforts to require age verifications come as evidence shows companies aren’t effectively enforcing their own policies, limiting what children see and do on social media. WSJ reporter Sam Schechner joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the new laws and the challenges to implement them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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Elon Musk Opens Up About His Hopes and Challenges for Twitter

Elon Musk opened up about his goals for Twitter, balancing advertiser concerns with his desire to support free speech and interviewing presidential candidates. He spoke at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit with WSJ editor for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Thorold Barker. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202313 minutes, 28 seconds
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How an Antiabortion Group Used Cellphone Data to Send Targeted Ads

Until last year, an antiabortion group was using location data gathered from cellphones to send people who visited Planned Parenthood targeted advertising. WSJ reporter Byron Tau joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the group got the information, the legality of these steps, and more about the group behind the effort. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202313 minutes, 25 seconds
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It’s Gamers vs. Government in Hunt for Classified U.S. Documents

A global scavenger hunt for classified documents is underway and it's pitting the U.S. government against online gamers. WSJ national security reporter Jessica Donati joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the race to find secret military information began. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Executive Keeping Tesla Rolling Isn’t Elon Musk

Tesla’s CFO Zach Kirkhorn has a reputation for working quietly behind the scenes to execute Elon Musk’s vision for the electric carmaker. But as Musk’s attention gets pulled in several different directions, investors are focusing more on Kirkhorn and how he’s helping run the company. WSJ Tesla reporter Rebecca Elliott joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/202313 minutes, 37 seconds
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TikTok Still Fills Teens' Feeds With Dark Content

Montana’s Governor signed the county’s first statewide ban of TikTok on Tuesday. And calls are growing to ban the app nationwide. But a bigger worry for parents may be the dark content the app serves up to teens. TikTok says it has a content-moderation team of more than 40,000 people and removes posts that violate its community guidelines. However, a recent study shows teen users are still being shown a stream of content on self-harm, eating disorders, and suicide. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/202313 minutes, 30 seconds
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OpenAI Boss Calls for AI Safety Standards at Senate Hearing

 Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI the company behind ChatGPT, told lawmakers they should create licensing and safety standards for advanced artificial intelligence systems . But Congress has historically had a tough time when it comes to regulating technology. WSJ tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what happened during the Senate subcommittee hearing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202312 minutes, 58 seconds
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Elon Musk Is Running Twitter Like SpaceX. Will It Work?

Elon Musk is trying to run his social media company, Twitter, like his rocket company, SpaceX. WSJ aerospace reporter Micah Maidenberg joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the leadership structure and management choices at both operations. Plus, tech reporter Sarah Needleman discusses what the EU approval of Microsoft's plan to buy Activision Blizzard means for the deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202313 minutes, 1 second
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Apple Takes New Approach With Mixed-Reality Headset

Elon Musk has named a new CEO to replace him at Twitter. WSJ reporter Alexa Corse joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why he chose an advertising exec. Plus, WSJ reporter Aaron Tilley explains why Apple is breaking its own rules for product debuts with the launch of a new headset. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202312 minutes, 46 seconds
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Social-Media Shopping Scams Target Young People

A growing number of young people are being hit by online shopping scams that originated on social media. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what victims have gone through and how to protect yourself. Plus, WSJ gaming reporter Sarah Needleman explains why designing for avatars may be the next style trend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/12/202312 minutes, 51 seconds
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Google Takes On Rivals in AI and Foldable Devices

Google is making a show of force to its rivals in the hardware and artificial-intelligence sectors. At its developer conference, the company unveiled its new AI search feature and announced plans for other AI tools. WSJ Google reporter Miles Kruppa breaks down the announcements, and WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen discusses Google’s new Pixel Fold. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/202314 minutes, 24 seconds
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Virgin Galactic Struggles to Launch Its Space Tourism Business

Billionaire Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic nearly two decades ago. But despite sending him to the edge of space and selling tickets to would-be space tourists, the company has struggled to launch its commercial space flights. Now it says it's ready to do so. WSJ aerospace reporter Micah Maidenberg joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what’s behind the delay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202313 minutes, 13 seconds
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Will AI Gold Rush Lead Investors to Risky Bets?

The potential of generative artificial intelligence has venture capitalists racing to invest. But in their rush to get in on the ground floor, are investors making the mistakes of the past? WSJ startups reporter Berber Jin joins host Zoe Thomas to explain. Plus, reporter Miles Kruppa discusses Google’s new approach to presenting search results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202312 minutes, 4 seconds
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TikTok Users Who Watched Gay Content Put on List, Former Staff Says

For at least a year, some employees at TikTok were able to access what they described internally as a list of users who watched gay content on the app, according to former employees. TikTok says it's changed the way it handles this kind of data. But this is an unusual practice among tech companies and it's adding to questions about the company's handling of user information. WSJ social media reporter Georgia Wells joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what happened.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202316 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lawmakers Fight for Child Vloggers to Be Compensated

For children who appear in monetized content online, like vlogs and social media posts, there are currently no laws to protect them or ensure they get a cut of the money they help earn. Now, some state lawmakers are fighting to change that. Tech News Briefing producer Zoe Kuhlkin joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why Illinois may be the first state to cross the finish line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/202313 minutes, 19 seconds
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Meta Faces New Sanctions; Political Turmoil Hits Tech Hub

The FTC proposes barring Meta’s from earning money on the data it collects on young users. TikTok launches a new advertising product. Also, Israel’s tech sector says political turmoil in the country is making it hard to raise money. WSJ reporter Dov Lieber joins host Zoe Thomas from Tel Aviv to explain the impact the unrest is having on “startup nation.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202314 minutes
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Uber Picks Up More Riders; Bluesky Adds Users; AI for Daily Tasks

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Sunshine, says artificial intelligence can be used to help improve more mundane tasks. The former Yahoo boss spoke at this year’s WSJ Future of Everything Festival. Plus, why users are flocking to Bluesky Social as an alternative to Twitter. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202313 minutes, 5 seconds
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Your AI Clone Can Fool Family, Your Bank, But Not Your Video Meeting

You can pay companies to create video and audio versions of yourself using generative artificial intelligence. But how well does it work? WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what it was like to work with her AI clone, and why it has her worried.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Apple Partnership was “Kiss of Death” Smaller Rivals Claim

Smaller rivals say meeting with Apple ended with the tech giant releasing products that resemble their own. Some say Apple used the U.S. patent system to avoid having to pay for using their technology. Apple says it doesn’t steal technology and plays by the rules. WSJ Apple reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what’s going on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202314 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Secure Your Digital Life Before You Die

Your digital footprint lives on after you pass away. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the best way to pass on access to your emails, photos and online accounts. Plus, WSJ Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains what this week’s tech earnings say about the health of the sector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/202313 minutes, 46 seconds
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Regulator Blocks Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Deal

U.K. antitrust regulator rejects Microsoft’s $75 billion deal to buy game maker Activision Blizzard, saying it would hurt competition in videogame industry. WSJ reporter Kim Mackrael joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the regulator’s reasoning and what happens next.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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Lyft to Cut at Least 1,200 Jobs, Struggles to Keep Up with Rival Uber

Ride-hailing company Lyft plans to cut at least 30% of its workforce. It comes days after a new CEO officially took over. Can the changes and new leadership help Lyft compete with its biggest rival Uber? WSJ ride-hailing reporter Preetika Rana joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what’s going on inside Lyft. Correction: An earlier version of this podcast incorrectly stated that Lyft was planning to lay off 12,000 workers instead of 1200. (Corrected April 26.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202312 minutes, 53 seconds
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What’s Going on With Twitter’s Blue Check Marks?

Twitter is changing which users get blue check marks. Some celebrities have lost then regained them, despite claiming they aren’t paying for Twitter’s new subscription program. WSJ’s Twitter reporter Alexa Corse joins host Zoe Thomas. Plus, Apple scores a legal win and Lyft plans for more layoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202312 minutes, 6 seconds
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When AI Gets It Wrong, Who’s on the Hook?

Generative artificial-intelligence chatbots like ChatGPT are known to get things wrong sometimes, a process known as “hallucinating.” But can anyone be held liable if those incorrect responses are damaging in some way? Host Zoe Thomas talks to a legal expert and an AI ethicist to explore the legal landscape for generative AI technology, and the tactics companies are employing to improve their products. This is the fourth episode of Tech News Briefing’s special series on generative AI, “Artificially Minded.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202323 minutes, 21 seconds
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iPhone Security Feature Helps Criminals Lock Users Out of Accounts

Thieves in cities across the U.S. who steal iPhone passcodes along with the devices, are also using another Apple security feature to lock victims out of their accounts. The victims say they have no way to regain access to years of photos and other personal data. WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how this crime works and why it’s so devastating. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/202314 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why More People Are Pivoting to Help Influencers on Social Media

A growing number of people who once chased social media stardom are turning to new roles, helping others become influencers. And the opportunities for social media support staff may only just be taking off. Host Zoe Thomas speaks with one person who’s turned their supporting role into a six figure salary and to WSJ reporter Kailyn Rhone about why more people are choosing careers behind the camera. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/20/202313 minutes, 9 seconds
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To Become a Tech Hub, Tulsa Recruits Ukrainian Workers

Oklahoma businesses are recruiting Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. They hope the new workers will turn Tulsa into a regional tech hub. WSJ immigration reporter Alicia A. Caldwell joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how they are doing it and what it’s like for the new arrivals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Unexpected Reason iPhones Dominate the Market

Apple controls more than half of the U.S. smartphone market. One big reason for that dominance isn't the company’s marketing strategy or its cool factor among young people. Instead, it's got to do with how long iPhones hang around in the market. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202314 minutes, 40 seconds
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Artists Worry About Survival as AI Changes the Game for Creative Work

The threat that technology will replace workers is something more people are grappling with due to the introduction of new tools powered by generative artificial intelligence. Creative workers like artists, writers, and filmmakers are among those raising the loudest alarm. But is their concern warranted? And what impact could AI have on the future workforce? Join us for the third episode of our series “Artificially Minded” with host Zoe Thomas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202318 minutes, 45 seconds
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What’s Slowing Down Self-Driving Car Technology?

Car and tech companies have promised for years that fully self-driving cars were just around the corner. But experts say the technology is far from where it needs to be to fully replace drivers. Bart Ziegler, who wrote about self-driving tech for the WSJ's Journal Reports, joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what is pumping the brakes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202312 minutes, 45 seconds
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Virtual Reality Helps Trauma Patients Confront Fears

Virtual reality can help transport users to new worlds. But a growing number of doctors are using it to help patients confront trauma in therapy. WSJ health reporter Brianna Abbott joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how doctors are individualizing VR scenarios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/202314 minutes, 18 seconds
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Moms Push for New Laws Making Social Media Sites More Accountable

A group of mothers, who say their sons’ and daughters' lives were devastated by social media, is pushing for new laws that would hold the platforms accountable. But efforts to force social media companies to do more to protect minors from harm online have not made much progress in Congress. WSJ tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why this group thinks their efforts will make a difference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202312 minutes, 54 seconds
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Uber’s CEO Became a Driver and Learned a Lot

After five years leading Uber, the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi decided to get into the driver's seat last September. WSJ ride-hail and food delivery reporter Preetika Rana joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what Khosrowshahi learned and how it’s helping Uber win over drivers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202313 minutes, 23 seconds
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AI Hallucinations to Befriending Chatbots: Your Questions Answered

There is so much changing in artificial intelligence right now and generative AI is raising a lot of new questions. WSJ tech reporter Karen Hao joins host Zoe Thomas to answer listener questions on AI. This is the second episode of Tech News Briefing's series “Artificially Minded”. New episodes drop every Monday in April. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202318 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Hottest Tech Topics Among Older Adults

A retirement community in Lancaster, Pa., is integrating tech more and more into the lives of their residents, proving what experts on aging have been saying for years: Older adults are just as keen on new technologies as anyone else. WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Julie Chang to talk about what tech appeals most to older adults and why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/7/202311 minutes, 44 seconds
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How the CEO of OpenAI Is Navigating Development and Risk

Sam Altman, the CEO of startup OpenAI, is navigating the challenges of being at the forefront of the most buzzed about technologies in decades. WSJ tech reporter Berber Jin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how he’s balancing the speed of development with the risks raised by artificial intelligence technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/202312 minutes, 55 seconds
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Should Digital Devices Be Given Genders?

Is it a good idea to give robots traditionally male or female names and voices? Some researchers say that reinforces stereotypes. But a new paper explains there could be an upside to doing it. Chris Kornelis, who wrote about this for WSJ’s Journal Reports, joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the pros and cons of gendering machines.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/20239 minutes, 34 seconds
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Apple Tries to Improve Streaming for Classic Music Fans

Fans of classical music have long complained that streaming services don't make it easy to find their favorite pieces. Apple has set out to fix the issues. WSJ Science of Success columnist Ben Cohen joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the problem arose and what it means for the future of search. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202312 minutes, 7 seconds
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Artificial Intelligence 101: Why It’s Different This Time

There is so much being said about artificial intelligence these days. In order to understand this latest wave of AI, it is important to know how it works and why this moment is different from developments in the past. WSJ science reporter Eric Niiler joins host Zoe Thomas for the first installment of Tech News Briefing’s special series Artificially Minded. New episodes drop every Monday in April. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202315 minutes, 32 seconds
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U.S. Military Prepares for Space Warfare With New Tech

The Pentagon is gearing up for a future conflict in space. It comes as China and Russia deploy missiles and lasers that can take out satellites and disrupt military and civilian communications. WSJ aerospace and defense industry reporter Doug Cameron joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the U.S. military is preparing for potential threats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/202313 minutes, 7 seconds
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Hospital ‘Black Boxes’: the New Tech in Operating Rooms

Hospitals are turning to new technology that allows them to record everything going on in the operating room. These new surgical “black boxes” offer insight on how to improve medical outcomes but what are their downsides? Barbara Sadick, who wrote about this for the WSJ's Journal Reports, joins host Zoe Thomas to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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Samsung Is Betting on AI for Smartphone Innovation

Innovation and new technology are often driving factors to convince customers to upgrade their smartphones. Samsung is looking to artificial intelligence to help with its next wave of smartphones. Samsung EVP Patrick Chomet spoke with WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern at this year's MWC . Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202314 minutes, 11 seconds
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Uber Eats to Cut Thousands of Listings as It Moves to Declutter App

Uber Eats plans to take down thousands of listings for online-only brands. WSJ restaurants reporter Heather Haddon joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how so many of these brands emerged and how Uber’s decision could affect customers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202312 minutes, 43 seconds
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Online Publishers Want AI Chatbot Makers to Pay Up

A battle between the makers of artificial intelligence chatbots and publishers of online content is brewing. Publishers say they should be compensated by companies like Microsoft, Google and OpenAI for using their material to train chatbots. WSJ reporter Keach Hagey joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss each side of the argument. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202314 minutes, 1 second
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U.S. Lawmakers Grill TikTok CEO About China Ties and Security Risks

TikTok’s CEO Shou Zi Chew defended his company as U.S. lawmakers questioned whether the app’s ties to China made it a national security risk. WSJ tech policy reporter John McKinnon joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss Chew’s testimony and what it means for TikTok’s future in the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/202314 minutes
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Those Pesky Password Rules Are Actually a Security Risk, Experts Say

Cybersecurity researchers say systems that force users to change their passwords often actually could be creating security risks. But lots of companies and even government websites require this and other not-so-secure policies. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why security experts are concerned and the login strategies they suggest companies adopt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/202314 minutes, 29 seconds
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How European Regulators Are Thinking About Emerging Tech

As more new technologies like artificial intelligence and the metaverse become mainstream, how are European Union officials approaching regulation? Spain’s Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence Carme Artigas spoke about that with WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern at this year’s MWC. Julie Chang hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202314 minutes, 20 seconds
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Skilled Workers Shortage Threatens Biden’s Plans For U.S. Chipmaking

Chipmaker Micron will have to overcome a massive shortage of skilled workers in order to open its planned semiconductor-manufacturing campus in the suburbs of Syracuse, N.Y. WSJ reporter Joseph De Avila joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how the company is dealing with the shortage and what it says about the Biden administration's goal of increasing chipmaking in the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202311 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tech Execs and Lawmakers Build Anti-China Alliance

Silicon Valley leaders and Capitol Hill lawmakers are developing an unusual bicoastal alliance . The group is pushing against China's presence in the U.S. tech sector, and is meeting just days before TikTok's CEO is scheduled to testify before Congress. WSJ reporter Georgia Wells joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss who's leading the group and why they are concerned.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202312 minutes, 46 seconds
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Could ChatGPT Help Land Your Next Job?

More job seekers are turning to artificial-intelligence chatbot ChatGPT for help improving their resumes. But some bosses are trying to figure out how to assess candidates who use the tool. WSJ personal tech reporter Ann-Marie Alcántara joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what this means for the hiring process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/202313 minutes, 52 seconds
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For Chinese AI Chatbots, Politics Is Off-Limits

As companies all over the world race to develop their own versions of generative artificial intelligence chatbots, developers in China have a particular hurdle to overcome, Beijing’s censorship rules. WSJ reporter Shen Lu joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how Chinese developers are working to ensure their chatbots avoid subjects like politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/202314 minutes, 19 seconds
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TikTok’s New Hyper-Realistic Effect Sparks Beauty Debate

Two new effects on TikTok can give users sculpted cheekbones, plumped lips, or a younger look with the push of a button. But this hyper-realistic image-altering tech also spurs backlash. WSJ reporter Sara Ashley O'Brien joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how these filters work and why some experts say they could damage users' mental health. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202313 minutes, 56 seconds
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Startups Look to Change After Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has rattled the startup sector that was so reliant on it. Now venture investors are combing through the aftermath, working to change their banking practices. WSJ venture-capital reporter Berber Jin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Plus, do you have questions about generative AI? Leave us a voicemail at (415) 439-6482 or send us a voice recording at [email protected]. We’ll answer them on an upcoming episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202313 minutes, 33 seconds