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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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  • Tap!wa
    A Podcast For Anyone Who Cares About Consumer Tech
    WSJ Tech News Briefing is a must-listen podcast for tech enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Host Zoe Thomas covers the latest news, scoops, tips and interviews with tech experts in short and engaging episodes. This podcast is informative, authoritative and entertaining. Five stars!
  • tnspr
    Repetitive Ads
    Enough with the repetitive ads for the Future of Everything podcast. Too much! Especially if you’re already a paying WSJ subscriber. The intro music and sound effects are also irritating. Try harder.
  • Definitely Displeased.
    Great show, sexist reviews
    Wow, lots of commenters with opinions about a woman’s voice. Grow up. Especially the one saying she is “high-pitched” compared to the MALE host of the Financial Times Briefing. I find this podcast super useful for work. I wish the production was less generic but I realize that’s the case for a lot of daily shows that need a basic format. I’m tired of royalty-free-sounding music playing while someone seemingly reads from a script on every informational podcast. Whatever consultant told y’all to do that lied.
  • incredulousdoctor
    Pacing awkward, analysis surface
    Frequently the pacing of guest reporters’ speech is bizarrely slow with toots of awkward pauses. Main host keeps analysis surface level. Would be great to hear something that sounds more like an actual conversation with thoughtful reporting than the current “robots reading cue cards” style - WSJ can do better.
  • issafaudi
    One of the few tech podcast that actually talks about tech love it
  • ritika kapadia
    Just perfect!
    Brilliant, to the point, concise, well researched and well presented. I love starting my day with Zoe. Many thanks!
  • misterbuzz
    Tech Review
    I found the review of Mastodon as a social network informative. I could have done without the author’s personal and political reasons for subscribing to the service. She should focus on the service and it’s attributes.
  • DM7586
    Good content, difficult listening experience.
    Longtime listener. Quality and interesting topics. Hosts should be clear speakers to make for a quality listening experience. Speech impediments such as a lisp are difficult to listen to. You would think that would be obvious for a podcast. WSJ poor discretion.
  • bay state 23
    Zoe asks relevant questions. Thumbs up!
  • ZuniThor
    Love it, but…
    Reporter presentation quality is definitely declining. Between the vocal fry and one sounding a bit stoned, some of these podcasts have been difficult to listen to. That said, the information and subject matter is outstanding.
  • Audionews
    Teenage reporters?
    Ok kids, time to grow up and use your grown up voice. Several of the reporters sound like they walked out of a high school podcast. Especially Isabelle B. There are enough phrases spoken like an adult that show you can turn it off, please do so while you are at work.
  • Paul_NY
    Fantastic Podcast!
    This podcast always has very timely technology news and events that I’m always interested in hearing. The host delivers it in a clear and concise manner and The length of each episode is really perfect.
  • amircolgate
    Informative & Brief
    An informative podcast with valuable content. My one critique is the voice of the “host,” the high pitch and the consistent uptick in the intonation at the end of every sentence is distracting. Additionally, when “interviews” are recorded it is clear conversations are pieced together to give the image of an interview, but it’s sounds just sown together. See also FT daily briefing for a model. The pitch of the host matters.
  • Papolvo
    Informative unbiased
    This is an excellent 15 minute Tech news podcast. It is very relevant and unbiased.
  • hcrobg
    what’s with the voice?
    the voice is hard to listen! Get a better host
  • Mojo5610
    For real?
    Is this podcast still sticking with the presenter with a speech impediment?
  • Luckmeister
    Bad host
    I can’t listen to Julie Chang and I’m not sure why anyone thought it was a good idea.
  • seekingnews
    The Crypto News Briefing
    If you are interested in the latest in business news about Crypto then this is for you. If you are interested in news in the tech industry then you won’t get it here.
  • Dr. Strangelove!
    My Daily Tech Podcast
    Not a deep dive on the subjects presented, but it’s great for previewing the daily macro tech events happening in business. I do wish that they’d talk less about Elon Musk.
  • Irving Super User
    Perfect podcast!
    I love that I came across this podcast. In 15 minutes, I can get a summary of the tech content I need right before work. Thanks for this podcast. And for your NPS score…I’m a solid 10 😅 Please keep it going!
  • gionieli
    Doordash shows need for speed episode
    Substandard reporting by the reporter in this episode.
  • midwestgirl19
    Tech refresh doesn’t look at facts
    WSJ supported by Soros is just a soft left wing outlet. It is full of NeverTrump “journalists”. To prove my point again it spreads information about MRNA shots. Look at increase in heart attacks and cancer rates in the last year. Also, ask some funeral home administrators about increase of young deaths.
  • Nepheir
    Zoe Thomas is very unprofessional!
    In one episode, Zoe Thomas said, “It’s hard being a teenage girl. Trust me, I’ve been one!” Very professional Zoe!
  • Bill9163
    Zoey Thomas, yuck!
    Who hired Zoey Thomas for this?!
  • zzmsb
    Zoey Thomas needs to go!
    Zoey Thomas is an incompetent host.
  • Art3mis Jon
    Zoey Thomas is not a professional sounding reporter. In addition, they don’t report on the most important stories.
  • no lisp please
    New presenter needs to fix lisps
    The content is OKAY if you are into stories that follow the left narrative but the lisp on the new presenter needs to be fixed ASAP
  • Andyroozer
    How many episodes are “hidden” paid ads
    I have really enjoyed this podcast, but over time it seems like more and more episodes are just news stories that are actually paid advertising. It’s becoming more and more frequent that I’m asking if what I’m hearing is a news piece or an ad. There’s also little space in this podcast’s format to pushback in interviews with CEO’s giving a nice sound bite for their company that is ignoring the question they were asked. However, overall it remains a nice podcast that does a decent job of keeping me up to date on certain things in the tech industry.
  • PhatMoby
    Musicians Turn to Data
    What about Spotify and all the data from this platform? Who gets that? I was surprised that you didn’t ask or comment on Spotify.
  • bob gingras
    Whoa, “Nellie”
    The shows in last couple couple of months continue to lose objectivity. Apply the same rigor to left leaning companies as you do to conservative stories. The most recent broadcast company conducted by Joanna Stern was well below journalistic standards. Ms. Stern has a biased point of view when asking questions to Elon Musk. She obviously believes that the legislation in Congress must pass and how could any company leader be against such legislation. Ms. Stern persisted in her line of biased questioning instead of eliciting more background on why Mr.Musk does not support government intervention in the free market. Disappointing and makes the listener more likely to pass on future segments where Ms. Stern is involved. Please strive to do better.
  • WorldCitizen007
    Tech News to listen everyday
    Love the bite sized daily news. Crispy, succinct and captivating!
  • susieberrie
    Need more diverse content
    We get it, you guys investigated the "Facebook files" but kind of tired of hearing about Meta and their internal research every. day.
  • joanlouise327
    Content is great, presenters are terrible
    The voices and pronunciation of the presenters made me turn off the podcast. Please teach them crisp diction! They are slurring and sound like they don’t know how to speak English.
  • PTL Express
    Super Woke & All About their #1 Advertiser: FB
    Unfortunately there’s way too much coverage of the fake whistleblower and fake investigations of Fakebook
  • Zigzag 0311
    Too much Facebook news
    I like the podcast, but it’s starting to become all “What’s wrong with Facebook”, which is getting very repetitive and boring TBH.
  • Roscoe1955
    WSJ Tech provides excellent reviews of relevant technology that impacts our lives. I have one grievance though. The female reporter, Megan has adopted the fashionable throaty voice of her generation. I doubt it is the natural tone of her voice. The gravel like voice is annoying to hear, muffles her prononciation and so some of what she says I could not understand what word she said. Ditto on raising the pitch of her voice at the end of sentences. It suggests some type of emphasis on the content of the sentence spoken needed to happen when in fact it was just another sentence providing objective content. Sorry Megan, I will turn you off in the future regardless of what you are reporting on. Lose the false voice and get real. I can hear your natural voice and you will sound just fine!
  • adefwebserver
    Awesome commercial voice
    I like your commercial voice and your podcast. Keep doing a good job and I’ll keep listening!
  • ЕФ
    Live the content but listening to how it is read aloud is painful
    Guys, you need to get trained to read. I really have to force myself to listen but I couldn’t. Take a look at what Gimlet does or Barrons.
  • njc1
    All the female hosts’ voices are FINE!
    In reading some of these reviews from male listeners, they seem to have a problem with ANY female host’s voice. 😆 Keep the female hosts, they are GREAT. The content is always timely and informative. 15 minutes per episode is the perfect length for me.
  • RScadro
    Change up your ads
    The repetition of the same ad is very tiresome. There must be a way you can write multiple sets of copy for the same advertiser to keep listeners engaged. Thank you
  • p0dcastl1st3ner
    Content is great but Lewellyn’s voice grates!
    The valley-girl vowel drift makes this unlistenable for me and I really liked it with the prior host. It sounds like Amanda Lewellyn is saying “tack” instead of “tech” and it ruins everything. Get a new host or a voice coach, please!
  • Jon V xyz123
    Amanda Luellen needs to stop voicing commercials
    I like your tech news briefing, but hearing your voice on commercials makes me want to claw my eyes out. Amanda Luellen, please stop doing commercials.
  • Micka_R
    Great content but hard to listen to
    Great content with headlines and deep dive into one topic per day. Losing a couple stars for the host’s and guest’s vocal fry, sibilance, and sometimes lower than average audio quality.
  • WyoGrad
    Worth the time
    Great quick bites of info with little fluff. In depth enough, but not overly verbose. Always informative!
  • ahscau
    I’ve been waiting for a show like this for years!!
  • 175727
    Can’t listen to it
    I want to love this - great content I’m interested in and I try every day but I cannot listen to the host’s (Lewellyn’s) vocal affectations. Really disappointing.
  • RMEinSC
    Great short topic summaries
    Always enjoy your fair reporting on tech topics even if they can be sometimes dumbed down
  • dan_jung
    Why does Cathy talk like she’s questioning everything
  • EMLRides
    Daily listen for me
    Amanda Lewellyn Tech News Briefing is on my short list of daily listens. About 15 minutes of always interesting briefs and commentary on a broad range of tech issues. Definitely recommend it!
  • sctsvejchdmsksu
    Great show, great host
    Such a good morning tech brief. I wouldn’t mind if it was longer but that’s fine. Love the host and the signature speed with which she says her name!
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