Tech News Briefing

Tech News Briefing

Tech News Briefing is your guide to what people in tech are talking about. Every weekday, we’ll bring you breaking tech news and scoops from the pros at the Wall Street Journal, insight into new innovations and policy debates, tips from our personal tech team, and exclusive interviews with movers and shakers in the industry. Hosted by Zoe Thomas

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11/9/2022 3:00:00 AM

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

Scammers are using friendship, fake cryptocurrencies and text messages to con millions of dollars out of unsuspecting victims. An increasingly common scam known as “Pig Butchering” is targeting professionals. WSJ cybersecurity reporter Robert McMillan joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how it works and how to avoid it.

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11/8/2022 3:00:00 AM

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

Elon Musk’s new ownership of Twitter could be affected by the ties one of his other companies, Tesla, has to China. The electric-vehicle company sources materials and builds and sells its cars there. But Beijing is often sensitive about what is said about it on social media. Could this affect Mr. Musk’s plans for content moderation on Twitter? WSJ Heard on the Street Europe Editor Stephen Wilmot joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss.

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11/7/2022 3:00:00 AM

Chip Glut Ripples Through Industry

After two years of a chip shortage, we are now finding ourselves in a chip glut. What does a deepening oversupply of semiconductors mean for the industry? WSJ semiconductors reporter Asa Fitch joins host Julie Chang to explain what led to this point and how the industry is looking ahead.

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11/4/2022 3:00:00 AM

Tech Live: Microsoft Talks Activision Blizzard Deal, Mobile Gaming

Microsoft has been expanding where and how its customers engage with its game offerings, looking to acquire video game company Activision Blizzard as part of that plan. Microsoft’s gaming chief Phil Spencer spoke with WSJ reporter Sarah Needleman about the deal and more at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference last week. Julie Chang hosts.

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11/3/2022 3:00:00 AM

Europe Pushes Cybersecurity Rules for Aviation Industry

Europe has expanded its cybersecurity rules around airline flight safety. And for the first time, the requirements cover a range of companies in the aviation supply chain. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter Catherine Stupp joins host Julie Chang to discuss the new rules and how companies are responding.

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11/2/2022 3:00:00 AM

YouTube Selling Other Companies’ Streaming Services

With streaming service fatigue on the rise, YouTube is becoming a one-stop-shop selling the streaming services of other companies, like Paramount+ and Showtime. The Google subsidiary launched the marketplace amid a slowdown in advertising. Reporter Miles Kruppa joins host Julie Chang to discuss the new feature and how it might shape the streaming landscape.

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11/1/2022 3:00:00 AM

Self-Driving Truck Firm TuSimple Face Probes Over China Ties

U.S. government regulators are investigating whether self-driving trucking company, TuSimple, defrauded investors by sharing its technology with a Chinese startup , according to people familiar with the matter. And the company has fired its CEO as part of its own investigation. WSJ tech reporter Heather Somerville joins Zoe Thomas to discuss the investigations and what it says about the global race to develop self-driving tech. 

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10/31/2022 3:00:00 AM

Microsoft Struggles to Succeed in the Metaverse With HoloLens

Microsoft debuted its HoloLens augmented-reality headset seven years ago. But despite that head start,it has struggled to succeed in the market for the metaverse . WSJ tech reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss why, and what it can teach other companies making a play for the new digital realm.

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10/28/2022 3:00:00 AM

Special Live Episode: Self-Driving Tech Falls Behind on Its Promises

Self-driving cars have advanced quite a bit, but the technology isn't making it onto roads as fast as some executives and investors had predicted. WSJ reporter Tim Higgins joins host Zoe Thomas for a special episode at the WSJ’s Tech Live conference, recorded in front of a live audience. Plus, Elon Musk completes his acquisition of Twitter, immediately fires several top executives. And Sequoia Capital's Shaun Maguire talks quantum computing

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10/27/2022 3:00:00 AM

Tech Live: Inside Apple’s Thinking on Privacy, Charging Ports

Apple is at the center of two big shifts in tech: privacy rules that have shaken the digital ad market and Europe’s move toward a common charging standard for devices. At the WSJ’s Tech Live conference this week, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak spoke with WSJ Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern about those hot-button topics. Plus, Larissa May, founder of HalfTheStory, discusses tackling the downsides of social media. Zoe Thomas hosts.

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Zoe Thomas is the host of Tech News Briefing. Before joining The Wall Street Journal, she was a producer and reporter for BBC News. Zoe has covered business, economics and technology stories across North and South America and Asia. She has been based out of bureaus in San Francisco, Mumbai and her hometown of New York. When not at work, you can often find her searching for new culinary delights or food trends to test out.

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