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WSJ Tech News Briefing

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

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Tech to Block Scam Calls Still Defrauding Older Adults

Phone scams may seem like a thing of the past, but nearly a quarter of older adults who reported losing money in a scam last year said it all started with a phone call. But, there is tech that can help prevent these criminals from tricking you or your loved one . WSJ family and tech columnist Julie Jargon joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what they are and how they work.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13mins

27 Jan 2023

Rank #1

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Apple Avoids Layoffs Hitting the Rest of Tech, for Now

Apple has so far been able to avoid the huge layoffs other big tech firms have announced. What is the iPhone maker doing differently than its counterparts? WSJ Apple reporter Aaron Tilley joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the business strategy that has set the company apart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13mins

26 Jan 2023

Rank #2

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DOJ Slaps Google With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Its Digital Ad Business

The Justice Department has sued Google seeking to break up its digital advertising business. Google has had a foothold in nearly every part of the online ad-market and earns billions in revenue from the business. WSJ Google reporter Miles Kruppa joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the case and its potential ramifications for online advertising. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11mins

25 Jan 2023

Rank #3

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In the Battle Between Microsoft and Google, What Role Could AI Play?

Microsoft is deepening its partnership with OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT and Dall-E. That has investors and analysts speculating whether Microsoft could challenge Google’s dominance in search. WSJ Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss how AI could affect search and at what cost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14mins

24 Jan 2023

Rank #4

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China’s Tech Crackdown Winds Up

Beijing appears to be nearing the end of a two-year crackdown on the county’s big tech companies. Some of China's most well-known and influential internet companies have been forced to make significant changes. WSJ Asia tech reporter Liza Lin joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss the changes and whether authorities got the outcome they were hoping for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

15mins

23 Jan 2023

Rank #5

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Lasers Could Help Deflect Danger From Lightning Strikes

A test of giant lasers shot from a mountaintop in Switzerland is helping scientists develop ways to guide lightning. It could be a first step in defending against dangerous strikes that lead to death and destruction. WSJ science reporter Aylin Woodward joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the tech works and when it could be ready for wider use. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14mins

20 Jan 2023

Rank #6

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The 3-D Printing Revolution Is Quietly Under Way

3-D manufacturing was once only suited for creating prototypes and models. Now advances in the tech are leading to changes in manufacturing and quietly upending global supply chains. WSJ tech columnist Christopher Mims joins host Zoe Thomas to explain the developments and what they mean for the future of mass production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14mins

19 Jan 2023

Rank #7

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TikTok Offers More Transparency to Win Over U.S. Regulators

TikTok is trying a new tactic in its efforts to reach a deal with U.S. regulators that would allow it to keep operating in the county: more transparency. But what exactly is the social-media platform willing to reveal and how much will it help address U.S. concerns about its Chinese ownership? WSJ social-media reporter Georgia Wells joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13mins

18 Jan 2023

Rank #8

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Space Industry Races to Increase Launches and Defense Capabilities

This year the space sector is expected to focus less on human space travel and more on government defense and satellite launches. But that doesn't mean competition in the industry is getting less intense. WSJ aerospace reporter Micah Maidenberg joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what changes to expect in 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14mins

17 Jan 2023

Rank #9

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How to Make 5G Feel Like Less of a Letdown

Cellular carriers advertised 5G as a game changer for connectivity. But for many of us, the promised changes and improvements are hard to notice. WSJ senior personal tech columnist Joanna Stern joins host Zoe Thomas to explain why the newest network hasn’t changed how you use your phone and the ways you can still make the most of it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

15mins

13 Jan 2023

Rank #10