WSJ Tech News Briefing

WSJ Tech News Briefing

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

TNB Tech Minute: CrowdStrike Identifies Flaw Behind Global Tech Outage
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 24, 202400:02:55

TNB Tech Minute: CrowdStrike Identifies Flaw Behind Global Tech Outage

Plus, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick launches a new artificial intelligence company. And Apple is under investigation by antitrust officials in Spain. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Why Amazon Isn’t Making Money Off Alexa
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 24, 202400:12:59

Why Amazon Isn’t Making Money Off Alexa

Amazon sells its Echo smart speakers and other devices at low prices, expecting them to generate income for other parts of the company once they are in people's homes. It hasn’t worked out. WSJ reporter Dana Mattioli tells host Zoe Thomas why. Plus, to bring 11,000 college football players to digita...

TNB Tech Minute: Tesla and Google Report Earnings
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 23, 202400:02:45

TNB Tech Minute: Tesla and Google Report Earnings

Plus, fintech company Revolut tagrets a valuation of $45 billion ahead of a possible IPO. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

CrowdStrike Outage Shows Risks of Automatic Updates
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 23, 202400:13:21

CrowdStrike Outage Shows Risks of Automatic Updates

The global tech outage set off by a defective code in a CrowdStrike update is highlighting the hazards of cloud software updates. WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reporter James Rundle joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how companies are approaching the practice in the wake of outages. Plus, to protect your phot...

TNB Tech Minute: Musk Says Tesla Will Use Humanoid Robots Next Year
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 22, 202400:02:53

TNB Tech Minute: Musk Says Tesla Will Use Humanoid Robots Next Year

Plus, Google is ending a plan to eliminate cookies in Chrome. And CrowdStrike warns customers about bad actors trying to exploit the tech outage caused by its software update last week. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Like the Battery Pack for Your Phone, Just in Your Stove
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 22, 202400:12:10

Like the Battery Pack for Your Phone, Just in Your Stove

There is a growing view that electricity is the best way to power everything from cooking to driving and that America’s infrastructure is inadequate to distribute that electricity. That has startups working on larger batteries to power appliances, homes and whole neighborhoods. WSJ tech columnist Ch...

TNB Tech Minute: Major Global IT Outage Touches Almost Every Industry
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 19, 202400:02:32

TNB Tech Minute: Major Global IT Outage Touches Almost Every Industry

Plus, the Nasdaq falls, as do shares of CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity company behind the outage. And New York’s financial regulator hires two new leaders for its crypto unit. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Vance Tried to Boost Midwest Startups. The Region Still Lags Behind the Coasts.
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 19, 202400:12:28

Vance Tried to Boost Midwest Startups. The Region Still Lags Behind the Coasts.

Ohio Sen. JD Vance used his career in venture capital to promote tech startups in the Midwest. Despite efforts by him and other venture investors, the coasts still lead when it comes to startups’ ability to raise capital. WSJ Pro Venture Capital reporter Yuliya Chernova joins host Zoe Thomas to expl...

TNB Tech Minute: OpenAI Releases a Smaller and Cheaper Model
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 18, 202400:02:38

TNB Tech Minute: OpenAI Releases a Smaller and Cheaper Model

Plus, Meta is in talks to buy a stake in eyewear company EssilorLuxottica. And a federal judge dismisses part of the fraud case against SolarWinds over how it dealt with a 2020 cyber breach. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Silicon Valley’s Swing Towards Trump
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 18, 202400:13:01

Silicon Valley’s Swing Towards Trump

Elon Musk says he plans to donate $45 million a month to a pro-Donald Trump super PAC. It’s turbocharging Silicon Valley’s support for the former president. WSJ reporter Dana Mattioli joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what’s behind Musk and other tech leaders' support for the Republican presidential ...

TNB Tech Minute: Musk’s AI Bot Struggles to Write Accurate News
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 17, 202400:02:42

TNB Tech Minute: Musk’s AI Bot Struggles to Write Accurate News

Plus, chip-machinery maker ASML orders beat forecasts. And tech stocks fall pulling the Nasdaq to its worst day since 2022. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

How Disney Is Using Tech to Catch Up to Netflix
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 17, 202400:13:04

How Disney Is Using Tech to Catch Up to Netflix

Disney spent years trying to attract new customers to its streaming services. Now it's making changes aimed at getting those customers to spend more time glued to the screen. WSJ reporter Robbie Whelan joins Tech News Briefing with more on how Disney is attempting to accomplish this by taking a page...

TNB Tech Minute: Musk Plans to Move X and SpaceX Headquarters to Texas
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 16, 202400:02:33

TNB Tech Minute: Musk Plans to Move X and SpaceX Headquarters to Texas

Plus, U.K. regulators launch probe into Microsoft’s partnership with startup Inflection AI. And the Trump campaign raised $3 million in crypto. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Behind Google’s $23 Billion Bid for Startup Wiz
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 16, 202400:13:00

Behind Google’s $23 Billion Bid for Startup Wiz

A four-year-old startup is close to landing the tech industry’s biggest exit in years. WSJ reporter Berber Jin joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why Google parent Alphabet is in advanced talks to buy cloud cybersecurity company Wiz for $23 billion. Plus, the bankruptcy of little-known fintech startup...

TNB Tech Minute: Disney Hacked
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 15, 202400:02:23

TNB Tech Minute: Disney Hacked

An anonymous group says it obtained thousands of documents from the entertainment giant’s internal messaging system. Plus: Rite Aid says some customer data was breached. And AT&T and Verizon are feuding over plans to expand 5G access for emergency responders. Danny Lewis hosts. Learn more about your...

Musk and Yaccarino Share Power at X, but There Are Tensions
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 15, 202400:12:14

Musk and Yaccarino Share Power at X, but There Are Tensions

When Linda Yaccarino became CEO of X, the social media company’s owner Elon Musk said the pair would divide responsibilities. But about a year into her tenure at the company she’s learning the pitfalls of sharing power with the billionaire. WSJ reporter Alexa Corse joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. ...

TNB Tech Minute: Nearly All AT&T Wireless Customers Impacted by Hack
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 12, 202400:02:44

TNB Tech Minute: Nearly All AT&T Wireless Customers Impacted by Hack

Plus, Elon Musk’s social media company X has been hit by EU charges over content practices. And U.S. lawmakers are seeking a probe into Microsoft’s $1.5 billion investment in an Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence firm. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...

A Startup Is Promising a Clean-Energy Revolution. Some Scientists Are Skeptical.
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 12, 202400:13:50

A Startup Is Promising a Clean-Energy Revolution. Some Scientists Are Skeptical.

Scientist and entrepreneur Simon Hodson is planning a clean-energy revolution in a West Virginia coal-fired power plant. He's attracted the support of motivational speaker Tony Robbins and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. But some scientists are skeptical of his claims. WSJ reporter Scott Patterson j...

TNB Tech Minute: Apple and EU Settle Mobile-Payments Probe
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 11, 202400:02:47

TNB Tech Minute: Apple and EU Settle Mobile-Payments Probe

Plus, a judge dismisses a lawsuit against Elon Musk and his social-media company brought by former workers. And companies urge the U.S. government to rethink its rules for reporting cyberattacks. Zoe Thomas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Samsung’s Experience With AI on Phones Offers Clues for Apple
WSJ Tech News BriefingJuly 11, 202400:12:48

Samsung’s Experience With AI on Phones Offers Clues for Apple

Apple says it will introduce generative artificial intelligence features on its new iPhones. Rival Samsung has already rolled out many of the same features. WSJ personal tech news editor Shara Tibken joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how these features are being received and what Apple’s entry into t...