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A weekly podcast brought to you by The Information, a subscription tech news site doing deep dives and investigative looks at the tech and media industries. Each episode highlights some of the major happenings in tech business world, featuring the re...Show More
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The Information's 411 — Shadow Banning Theater

28:24 | May 17th

Ashley talks about Trump's social media bias survey and tech's tough week in DC. Aaron dives into Apple's relationship with Intel and Qualcomm over modems and the future of how it sources wireless components.
The Information's 411 — The Prophecy is Complete

27:29 | May 10th

Zoë talks about the allegations of harassment against the CEO of Intercom and what the culture of partying means for women in the tech industry. Jessica Lessin discusses Uber's underwhelming IPO and the implications of a Facebook co-founder suggestin...Show More
The Information's 411 — Ubermenschen

30:01 | May 3rd

Amir runs down the investors and firms who made the most money from Uber. Aaron talks about what 5G technology means for Apple.
The Information's 411 — Xanny Do

22:51 | Apr 26th

Jessica Toonkel talks about AT&T's struggles to turn its advertising unit, Xandr, into an advertising powerhouse capable of challenging the big digital companies. Kevin discusses Apple and how its scaled back its reliance on AWS.
The Information's 411 — Diversity and Capital

27:17 | Apr 19th

Chris joins to talk about the latest release of our venture capital diversity index. Matt breaks down what user information Lyft employees and contractors can access. Cory talks about Airbnb's technical challenges ahead of its IPO.
The Information's 411 — Eye of the Iger

27:34 | Apr 13th

Priya talks about Amazon's head of HR and how she manages the company's corporate culture. Beejoli and Tom discuss Disney's big day as it previewed its streaming service for investors.
The Information's 411 — Snapchat is Fun Again

23:29 | Apr 5th

Beejoli joins to talk about Snap's new products and new image, how Disney is approaching original content for its new streaming service and the Hollywood standoff between TV writers and agencies.
The Information's 411 — The Cleanup Crew

26:39 | Mar 29th

Ashley talks about the people in Facebook's policy and comms team. Jessica Lessin talks to Jerry Cuomo, IBM's VP of Blockchain Technology about how businesses are using the tech.
The Information's 411 —All We Hear is Media Gaga

24:00 | Mar 22nd

Jessica Toonkel and Beejoli Shah join to discuss all the goings on in media, including Apple's upcoming TV release, the turmoil at WarnerMedia and the outcome of Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets.
Tales from the Encrypt

24:46 | Mar 15th

Sarah talks about Google's ad business and executive departures at Facebook as it pivots to focus on private encrypted messaging. Cory describes the growing pains faced by scooter companies.
The Information's 411 — Heavy Lyfting

55:14 | Mar 8th

Cory and Amir walk us through Lyft's filing to go public. And they talk about how CEO Logan Green reconciles his idealist visions with the realities of running a taxi business.
The Information's 411 — David Leaving and Richard Plexit

22:27 | Mar 1st

Jessica Toonkel talks about the huge day at WarnerMedia where two top executives left as the company finally integrates with AT&T. Kevin explains the reasons that companies have major cost overages with cloud providers.
The Information's 411 — Privacy in the Swamp

24:42 | Feb 22nd

Ashely talks about how congress members are struggling to come up with sweeping privacy protection laws. Amir dives into Cruise, GM's self-driving technology division.
The Information's 411 — Sand Hill Crossroads

20:08 | Feb 15th

Zoë and Reed talk about Mamoon Hamid, the venture capitalist tasked with turning around Kleiner Perkins. Martin explains the math Disney and other media companies have to do as they go into the streaming business.
The Information's 411 — A Bumbling Ofo

28:31 | Feb 8th

Juro describes the rise of fall of Chinese bike rental company Ofo. Jessica speaks to IBM researcher Noam Slonim about the company's AI debate master in a preview of the IBM Think conference next week.
The Information's 411 — MouseFlix

23:43 | Feb 1st

Priya speaks with Tom about his breakdown of Disney's streaming organization. Nick talks about how Microsoft's CEO is staying away from the squabbles between Apple Facebook and Google over data privacy.
The Information's 411 — All That Jass

15:05 | Jan 25th

Kevin talks about his profile of AWS's CEO Andy Jassy
The Information's 411 — Quibis and Bits

16:24 | Jan 18th

Beejoli talks about whether Hollywood is on board with Jeffrey Katzenberg's new streaming service. Zoe gives her take on Slack and its finances in advance of the IPO.
The Information's 411 — Turning a CE-No into a CE-Yes

24:12 | Jan 11th

Cory returns from Vegas to give his take on the latest hardware trends at CES. Kevin talks about Amazon's plans to launch a game streaming service.
The Information’s 411 — A Bruised Apple

25:47 | Jan 5th

Aaron dissects Apple's warning that its first-quarter results will be lower than it expected. Priya discusses the hopes and prospects of the online grocery delivery startup Good Eggs against larger competitors.
The Information's 411 — Should Aulde Acquaintance Be Forgot?

29:49 | Dec 28th, 2018

Priya, Cory and Tom round out 2018 with the New Year's resolutions for tech's leaders and top companies.
The Information's 411 — The Ukraine Always Rings Twice

18:51 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Reed and Matt talk about why Ring has been sending videos and data from Ring customers out to their offices in Ukraine and what it means about privacy policies.
The Information's 411 — Uber, Take The Wheel

28:33 | Dec 14th, 2018

Amir explains how a whistleblower at Uber warned about the problems with their self-driving cars before the deadly collision in Arizona. Priya talks about how AWS's promise to use only renewable energy for its data centers has hit some speed bumps.
The Information's 411 — The Last Five Years

36:02 | Dec 7th, 2018

Jessica talks about how the business models for news have shifted since The Information launched in 2013. Juro gives us the context behind the recent arrest of Huawei's CFO and what the move means for relations between the US and China.
The Information's 411 — Charlie and the CFO Factory

20:00 | Dec 1st, 2018

Tom talks about Mic's firesale price to Bustle and what it means for digital media. Priya talks about how Amazon seeded CFOs across the tech industry.
The Information's 411 — Believing, On a Jet Plane

23:49 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Cory hosts this week and talks to Tom about Snap and how Evan Spiegel's longterm vision for the company is running up against its near-term realities. Aaron talks about how Apple is thinking about widening distribution for its TV service.
The Information's 411 — You're No Bitcoin Jesus

23:05 | Nov 16th, 2018

Jon joins to talk about the drama with Bitcoin Cash and why the SEC is stepping up its investigations of the sector. Aaron explains why Apple's margins on iPhones are going down even if the phone prices are going up.
The Information's 411 — Elon's Driving Ambitions

17:07 | Nov 9th, 2018

Amir talks about what Tesla's Autopilot can actually do, and whether the company's self-driving technology is well regarded in the industry.
The Information's 411 — The Feds Aren't Coming

21:33 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Matt Drange talks about why the Northern District US Attorney's office hasn't been bringing many cases against Silicon Valley firms. Priya explains how Amazon tells workers to deal with questions about Trump.
The Information's 411 — Scooternomics

27:24 | Oct 26th, 2018

Jessica explores why there hasn't been a bigger backlash in Silicon Valley over accepting Saudi money. Cory gives an update on the scooter business.
The Information's 411 — IPO or Cannabust

23:52 | Oct 19th, 2018

Juro talks about how apps with smaller audiences could reshape the social media landscape in China. Nick talks about PAX Labs and its plans to make the public markets comfortable with its business of selling cannabis vaping devices.
The Information's 411 — "Wrappers Delight"

26:23 | Oct 12th, 2018

Wayne delves in to the world of fraudsters in China that exploit Apple's warrantee. Kevin explains Amazon's plans to build picking robots in its warehouses.
The Information’s 411 — Terms and Conditions Probably Apply

24:05 | Oct 5th, 2018

Amir dissects the report about China using hidden chips to hack American hardware. Alfred describes the terms Softbank sets when it makes big investments in startups.
The Information’s 411 — Unfriending Facebook

27:32 | Sep 28th, 2018

Jessica Toonkel talks about her profile of BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti. Sarah analyzes Facebook's problems.
The Information’s 411 — Anti-Social, Pro-Capital

27:50 | Sep 21st, 2018

Reed talks about his interview with Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya. Amir describes the new power dynamics at Uber.
The Information’s 411 — Walmart's Soldiers

21:34 | Sep 14th, 2018

Cory talks about how Airbnb and other tech companies try to circumvent local regulation by lobbying statehouses. Priya outlines how Walmart is trying to match up against Amazon.
The Information’s 411 — A Job You Could Do in Your Sleep

23:05 | Sep 7th, 2018

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The Information's 411 — Zuck's Army

24:03 | Aug 31st, 2018

Sarah joins to talk about Facebook's organization and why so many executives have been exiting the campus (or plan to). Kevin reveals why Alibaba has temporarily backed off on its ambitions to dominate the cloud market in the US.
The Information's 411 — Gadzoox!

32:05 | Aug 24th, 2018

Cory discusses his reporting on the troubles at construction startup Katerra. He also explains why Airbnb's rental inventory has been shifting toward year-round rentals. Amir talks about the drama at Zoox, which recently ousted its CEO.
The Information's 411 — Tencent's Unquiet Riot

22:37 | Aug 17th, 2018

Wayne talks about his feature on the culture clashes between Riot Games and its owner Tencent. Matt explains why government agencies are doing a poor job tracking accident data involving self-driving technology.
The Information's 411 — Amazon and the Case of the Stolen GoPros

24:20 | Aug 10th, 2018

Reed talks about how stolen items sold on Amazon cause havoc in the retail world. Priya explains why almost nobody is using their Echoes to buy things online.
The Information's 411 — The Rent is Too Damn High

25:02 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Priya talks to Cory about why the Bay Area's high cost of living is pushing tech companies out of the area. Tom checks in with Jon Victor about the Information's new crypto newsletter.
The Information's 411 — The Jobs Tapes

32:33 | Jul 27th, 2018

Sarah and Martin explain why Facebook and Twitter's earnings set off a panic from investors, even if it wasn't warranted. Nick reflects on his interview with Steve Jobs, which took place a decade ago at the dawn of the app store.
The Information's 411 — Slowed Boat to China

27:41 | Jul 20th, 2018

Priya talks about the incremental movements toward an antitrust case against Amazon. Also we discuss why Walmart is thinking about building a competitors to Amazon Prime Video. Matt Pressberg dives into the stalled negotiations between Hollywood and ...Show More
The Information's 411 — The Best Never Vest

27:20 | Jul 13th, 2018

Jessica checks in from Sun Valley to give an inside look at what media moguls are talking about. Amir explains why self-driving truck technology is back in fashion. Alfred talks about why companies' delaying their IPOs could come back to haunt employ...Show More
The Information’s 411 — Amazon Falls Out of Fashion

17:02 | Jul 6th, 2018

Sarah Kuranda talks about how you may soon be talking to Google's Duplex when you dial a call center. Then Priya explains why new retail brands are choosing Instagram over Amazon and how Instagram could become a bigger player in ecommerce.
The Information's 411 — Apple's Bundles and Grumbles

15:05 | Jun 29th, 2018

Jessica Toonkel talks about Apple's plans to create a super bundle of its content and whether that will be appealing to most people. Then she and Tom talk about Snap's plans to launch a gaming platform.
The Information's 411 — I Can See for Last Miles and Miles

19:40 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Amir talks about scooter mania and why the scooter share startups face a tougher regulatory climate than ride hailing companies did. Then he discusses the debate at Uber about whether equal pay guidelines have hurt its recruiting efforts.
The Information's 411 — TV on the Radio

20:29 | Jun 15th, 2018

Jessica Toonkel talks about what the media landscape will look like after ATT won a decisive victory over the DOJ and has officially acquired Time Warner. Priya recaps her interview with the CEO of Poshmark and why its built up an online fashion mark...Show More
The Information's 411 — You're So Vein

40:06 | Jun 8th, 2018

Tom interviews John Carreyrou about his new book Bad Blood, an expose about Elizabeth Holmes and her blood testing startup Theranos.
The Information's 411 — Org is the New Black

16:16 | Jun 1st, 2018

Priya grills Tom on the Netflix's org chart, who makes up the company's top R-Staff and how it distributes big decisions like greenlighting new shows across the company.
The Information's 411 — Oracles and Bad Omens

20:55 | May 25th, 2018

Kevin talks about how Oracle uses the specter of software audits to sell its cloud services to customers. Martin explains why Comcast's all-cash bid to buy Fox doesn't make sense.
The Information's 411 — Social to the Left of Me, Media to the Right

28:35 | May 18th, 2018

Tom and Cory talk about how Evan Spiegel rammed through Snap's disastrous redesign and the state the company is in now. Also Cory dives into the role tech money is playing in the San Francisco mayoral race.
The Information's 411 — Uber's Got 99 Problems

24:04 | May 11th, 2018

Juro talks about his story about how the ride-hailing market in Brazil turned into a proxy war between Didi and Uber. Alfred explores the bank in San Diego that's at the center of the cryptocurrency market.
The Information's 411 — Lyfted Expectations

26:11 | May 4th, 2018

On an all ride-hailing episode, Amir talks about Lyft's missed opportunities to win share from Uber. Reed discusses why neither Uber and Lyft monitor whether their drivers have dealt with recall notices.
The Information's 411 — Fulfilled by Amazon

24:06 | Apr 27th, 2018

Priya talks about Amazon's earnings quarter and her story on the private equity firms buying up Amazon sellers. Cory discusses the discussions between Uber and Lyft and cities over public transit.
The Information's 411 — A DeepMind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

24:57 | Apr 20th, 2018

Kevin talks about the challenges for DeepMind as it integrated into Alphabet and the conflicts it had with Google's other AI team, Google Brain. Amir dives into the electric scooter frenzy and why these devices are running straight into a regulatory ...Show More
The Information's 411 —Zuck Between a Swamp and a Hard Place

30:32 | Apr 13th, 2018

Jessica and Cory talk about Facebook's big week as Mark Zuckerberg faced questions from Congress. Sarah explained how a conman tricked a cybersecurity company to hire him as a top human resources executive.
The Information's 411 — The Future of Hollywood (Live from LA!)

52:53 | Apr 6th, 2018

At the Pack Theater in Hollywood, we talked to journalist Richard Rushfield about his industry newsletter The Ankler and whether it is better or worse to work in Hollywood now than a few decades ago. We also spoke with Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, ...Show More
The Information's 411 — Bez Blows Top

20:22 | Mar 30th, 2018

Priya and Tom talk about their profile of Jeff Blackburn, one of Amazon's top executives and the one who oversees the embattled Studios division.
The Information's 411 — Ich Bin Ein Facebook Reporter

27:01 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Jessica talks about how Facebook's 2007 decision to launch an open platform led to the current crisis. Serena reflects on her conversation with Shawn Carolan of Menlo Ventures and why it was a rare candid interview in Silicon Valley.
The Information's 411 — Why Does Siri Suck?

31:07 | Mar 16th, 2018

Aaron talks about the ballad of Siri within Apple and why it fell so far behind Google and Amazon. Amir talks about why self driving car technology is a long way away from being able to navigate cities.
The Information's 411 — Clear Eyes, Whole Foods, Can't Lose

27:43 | Mar 9th, 2018

Jessica runs down the reasons why media companies are investing less in tech. Priya talks about the battle between Amazon and Instacart over grocery deliveries. Tom analyzes Evan Spiegel's quixotic mission to make Snap break even.
The Information's 411 — Google's Apartment Plex

21:46 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Cory talks about Google's efforts to build housing in the South Bay as it grows like a weed. Tom explains how Handy survived the on demand die off of 2015 and turned into a profitable business.
The Information's 411 — Berkeley Unblockchained

19:22 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Sarah talks about UC Berkeley's student blockchain group. Priya and Aaron talk about Amazon's Alexa fund and why some startups are wary of taking money from the company.
The Information's 411 — Snap Decisions

27:40 | Feb 16th, 2018

Aaron explains about why Amazon is developing its own AI chips for Echoes and data centers. Billy Gallagher talks about his new book on Snap's messy origins and whether Evan has grown as a CEO.
The Information's 411 — WeChat Because WeCare

29:53 | Feb 9th, 2018

Hans Tung and Zara Zhang of GGV Capital join to talk about how China's tech industry is influencing Silicon Valley. Juro talks about how WeChat is embracing (and resisting) change to their business, including more advertising. Subscribe to GGV's pod...Show More
The Information's 411 — Jane's (Tech) Addiction

18:39 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Jessica talks about the logic of comparing the tech industry to the tobacco companies. And Tom talks about why BuzzFeed News might raise money from an outside investor.
The Information's 411 — Infinite Horizons

30:32 | Jan 26th, 2018

Cory talks about his profile of Airbnb's CFO Laurence Tosi and his stylistic clashes with Brian Chesky. Priya talks about Amazon Go and whether Prime has a chance to take off in India.
The Information's 411 — Men Overboard

18:24 | Jan 19th, 2018

Kevin talks about why AWS is planning to build "no-code" capabilities into its services to attract a different type of customer. Alfred calls in to talk about the problem of investors that serve on too many boards. For more information and to RSVP f...Show More
The Information's 411 — CE Mess

36:44 | Jan 12th, 2018

Amir and Aaron check in from CES. Jessica talks about Facebook's revamp of News Feed and why IPOs are less important in tech then they used to be. Juro explains how the deal between AT&T and Huawei fell apart.
The Information's 411 — It Gets the Red Out

20:47 | Jan 5th, 2018

In the first podcast of the new year, Kevin talks about how Amazon and Salesforce have been quietly making moves to get off Oracle. Sarah Kuranda makes her podcast debut along with Aaron Tilley to talk about the serious security flaw in Intel's chips...Show More
The Information's 411 — Why Are They Mad at Tech (Live from PianoFight)

59:59 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Tom talks to the editorial team at The Information about the biggest stories of the year: sexual harassment, Uber, and political scrutiny. Plus Cory interviews Airbnb's head of policy Chris Lehane.
The Information's 411 — Nextdoor's New Money

32:09 | Dec 16th, 2017

Cory and Serena talk about Steve Cohen's fintech investments and what Nextdoor's exit plan is after its latest round. Martin breaks down the Disney acquisition of Fox.
The Information's 411 — The Many Jeffs of Amazon

25:31 | Dec 8th, 2017

Kevin and Aaron talk about Clarifai and how the promising startup and young founder have struggled to retain executives. And Priya explains how she tackled the Amazon org chart.
The Information's 411 — We'll Do It Live

24:21 | Dec 1st, 2017

Reed discusses the culture at Google and how several top executives freely engaged in romantic relationships with their subordinates. Also Cory joins to announce our first ever live podcast taping Dec. 18 in San Francisco.
The Information's 411 — Meg's Work is (Finally) Done

27:22 | Nov 24th, 2017

Priya explains how Walmart and Amazon try to manage inventory in retails stores and what that means for Whole Foods. Kevin talks about the legacy of Meg Whitman at HP. Tom talks about how Snap's product changes will affect influencers and publishers.
The Information's 411 — Who is Ironman

28:10 | Nov 17th, 2017

Cory talks about Airbnb's cultural shift as it prepares the business for an eventual IPO. Kevin explains why Amazon Web Services is pushing into AI with "Ironman."
The Information's 411 — Combating the Harassment

25:26 | Nov 10th, 2017

Jessica talks about why a Mad Men writer left the industry after a single comment shattered her confidence. And Tom talks about Snap's third straight bad earnings and how the company moves forward.
The Information's 411 — Tech in the Swamp

31:22 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Cory talks about Facebook, Twitter and Google's hearings on Capitol Hill, and why this is a big moment for tech. Priya and Tom talk about the new top programmer at Amazon Studios.
The Information's 411 — A Sad Spectacle

23:27 | Oct 27th, 2017

Reed and Tom explain how Snap way overshot their expectations for Spectacles sales. Serena talks about board rooms avoiding discussions around sexual harassment and the investigation within DFJ.
The Information's 411 — Containers are Commoditized

19:32 | Oct 20th, 2017

Kevin talks about why Docker is finally jumping on board the hottest trend in cloud technology and Cory discusses the internal deliberations at Sidewalk Labs about which city it should use as its test bed.
The Information's 411 — What Happens After Weinstein?

22:38 | Oct 13th, 2017

Jessica talks about the similarities in the power dynamics in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, leading to sexual harassment scandals in both industries. Serena breaks down the latest hurdles in the Softbank-Uber deal.
The Information's 411 — Turning the Page on Travis

29:44 | Oct 6th, 2017

Amir explains what Waymo is doing with self-driving cars in Chandler, Arizona. Cory and Reed break down the Facebook backlash as the company nears its day on Capitol Hill.
The Information's 411 — Masa's Comeback

27:50 | Sep 29th, 2017

Priya talks about why some Echo developers are upset with Amazon. Juro explains how Masa's financial wizardry and charm has made him the most powerful investor in tech.
The Information's 411 — Facebook Goes to Washington

30:05 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Cory phones in from the east coast to talk about how regulators are preparing for the effect autonomous cars have on city streets. And why DC has turned against Facebook and Google.
The Information's 411 — Peak Bodega

35:35 | Sep 15th, 2017

Kevin talks about his profile of Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and the future of the company. Amir and Tom discuss Waymo, the new Apple products and the furor around Bodega.
The Information's 411 — Amazon's Prime Locations

16:12 | Sep 8th, 2017

Priya talks about Amazon's open competition over where it will locate its second headquarters. Then Cory and Kevin discuss the future of meal delivery companies and why, in the battle over data center operating systems, Mesosphere surrendered to Kube...Show More
The Information's 411 — Uber, schöner Götterfunken

26:56 | Sep 1st, 2017

Amir explains all about the election of Uber's new CEO. And also lays out why fixing a brewing controversy regarding employee compensation will be his first order of business.
The Information's 411 — Quantum Leaps of Logic

21:58 | Aug 25th, 2017

Kevin talks about how quantum computing poses a threat to encryption. Cory dives into Opendoor and how it aims to shake up the process of selling a home.
The Information's 411 — Tech CEOs Seeking Councils

29:00 | Aug 18th, 2017

Amir and Tom talk about why some tech CEOs were late to leave Trump's business councils. Also how Lyft has gained marketshare from Uber in some cities and how Softbank's mad spending has upended tech.
The Information's 411 — Trouble In The Nap Pods

21:01 | Aug 11th, 2017

Cory talks to Serena and Reed about the two biggest dramas of the week in Silicon Valley: Benchmark vs. Kalanick and Google's culture war.
The Information's 411 — Depressing Share Prices

18:16 | Aug 4th, 2017

Alfred and Tom explain how Snap's sinking share price has a few early employees seeing big returns on their equity, while the vast majority are not. Then they talk about how online lending startup Prosper saw its valuation tumble over the last year.
The Information's 411 — Facebook's Appointment Viewing

22:13 | Jul 28th, 2017

Amir explains why Softbank's big spending on Grab could force another Uber truce. Tom and Cory talk about whether Facebook's new original video initiative will succeed.
The Information's 411 — Tell Me About Kubernetes

26:54 | Jul 21st, 2017

Kevin talks about AWS and its new potential partnerships. Tom and Reed lay out the future of AR and how the tech giants are approaching the technology.
The Information’s 411 — Throwing Shade in Sun Valley

26:22 | Jul 14th, 2017

Kevin explains how Amazon's Echo is catching up to Google Home. Jon talks about why VCs are investing in crypto currency. Plus, Amir and Tom detail what they have seen and heard in Sun Valley.
The Information's 411 — Liquidations and Lobsters

25:44 | Jul 7th, 2017

Reed talks about why Jawbone went under. Plus, Hannah discusses how VCs are trying to create more accountability in the industry and Amir breaks down how Uber is trying to fill its executive holes.
The Information's 411 — Going on the Record

23:49 | Jun 30th, 2017

Jessica and Reed discuss how the Justin Caldbeck story changed the discussion of sexual harassment in Silicon Valley.
The Information's 411 — Where Does Uber go from Here

27:45 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Amir explains how Travis' flaws as a manager led to his undoing. Tom talks about Snapchat's latest map feature.
The Information's 411 — Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

27:31 | Jun 16th, 2017

Cory talks about Airbnb's customer service cost cutting. Also we play a segment of our subscriber conference call about Uber's culture crisis, led by Jessica and Amir.
The Information's 411 — Monetizing the Peace and Quiet

23:51 | Jun 9th, 2017

Sam talks about the near-term, realistic expectations for AR and VR. Kevin talks about the future of HPE.
The Information's 411 — "You Can't Ignore Washington"

26:49 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Jessica talks about whether tech is effective at all in influencing the Trump administration. Amir dives into Uber's finances department and the fight for control.
The Information's 411 — "Softbank at the Bazaar"

32:30 | May 26th, 2017

Cory and Tom talk about Snap's growth strategy and what Mark Zuckerberg said at the Harvard commencement. Shai joins the podcast for the first time to go deep on Softbank's big spending.
The Information's 411 — "Airbnb in China"

20:36 | May 19th, 2017

Alfred talks about Spotify's losses and its unusual path to going public. Juro explains how Airbnb is coming up against cultural challenges in China.
The Information's 411 — "Snap Analogies and Judgements"

27:17 | May 12th, 2017

Amir talks about Uber's legal team turnover and he and Tom discuss Snap's earnings call. Plus Martin offers an analogy of what Evan's Yahoo-Facebook analogy reminded him of.
The Information's 411 — Hopping from Bubble to Bubble

25:16 | May 5th, 2017

Jessica returns to the podcast to talk about the (non) relationship between Silicon Valley and DC. And Kevin talks about Google's moves in Southeast Asia and Tom's story about the future of sports media.
The Information's 411 — "News is the News"

25:14 | Apr 28th, 2017

Eugene talks about Dropbox's enterprise ambitions. Cory and Tom recap the New York subscriber summit.
The Information's 411 — "F8 of the Furious App Developers"

29:23 | Apr 21st, 2017

Alfred talks about the rise and implication of "Mini IPOs." Cory shares his thoughts from this year's Facebook developer conference.
The Information's 411 — Facebook's Teen Teams

28:30 | Apr 14th, 2017

Reed talks about the lax sexual harassment rules covering VC relationships with entrepreneurs. Cory and Tom discuss the Facebook and Snapchat feature wars.
The Information's 411 — "Facebook's Opening Kimono"

24:17 | Apr 7th, 2017

Cory and Tom talk about Facebook's decision to give advertisers a little more data on campaigns. Then they discuss whether digital media companies are overvalued and what their exit strategies are.
The Information's 411 — "Uber's a Declawed Bear"

26:56 | Mar 31st, 2017

Amir breaks down all the problems at Uber, including the Waymo lawsuit and employee's lack of confidence in Travis. Juro discusses why Baidu is faltering.
The Information's 411 — Airbnb's Tiny Homes

20:56 | Mar 24th, 2017

Cory talks about Airbnb and Alphabet's ideas about investing in prefab homes. Kevin explores the most popular skills for the Amazon Echo.
The Information's 411 — "Burnt out Shadows"

21:07 | Mar 17th, 2017

Eugene makes his debut on the show to talk about Jeff Bezos' new shadow. And Reed explores why Google asks employees to waive their right to sue about workplace pornography.
The Information's 411 — "The Softer Side of Facebook"

26:40 | Mar 10th, 2017

Alfred talks about why some early investors in Fitbit held too long after it went public and what that could foretell with Snap. Cory explains how Facebook is trying to fix Instant Articles to get publishers back on board. Plus, Sam plugs his new pod...Show More
The Information's 411 — Alexa's Call Centers

21:56 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Reed talks with Kevin about Amazon's plans to use Alexa to manage call centers. Tom phones in to give his thoughts on the Snap IPO.
The Information's 411 — "The Bots Aren't Good"

24:34 | Feb 24th, 2017

Cory talks about why Facebook is betting on a new scaled-down version of M for Messenger. And Tom gives details on the private high school in Mountain View that's gonna cash in on the Snap IPO.
The Information's 411 — "What is Watson?"

22:03 | Feb 17th, 2017

Kevin explains how IBM uses Watson's consumer brand to sell to enterprises. Juro makes his first appearance on the podcast to discuss the big funding plans for Alibaba's Ant Financial as well as Huawei's narrowing profits on smartphones.
The Information's 411 — Trump is an Influencer

30:23 | Feb 10th, 2017

Amir and Tom talk about why Google bends over backwards for Snap, what transportation startups are on the rise and why Trump doesn't help Twitter.
The Information's 411 — "Snap's Lumpiness"

25:23 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Tom and Reed go deep on Snap's IPO filing and debate whether it has a growth problem, why it's pitching itself as a camera company, and if it makes sense to keep pursuing hardware.
The Information's 411 "Outsider Boards"

21:47 | Jan 27th, 2017

Reed and Tom discuss what Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy could be doing at Apple. And explain why it's significant that Snap's board is dominated by people outside tech.
The Information's 411 — "Full Stack Travel"

23:40 | Jan 20th, 2017

Cory and Tom talk about Airbnb's organizational structure and what's really behind Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook PR push.
The Information's 411 — "On the Contrary"

29:21 | Jan 13th, 2017

Cory discusses Peter Thiel's contrarianism. Amir and Tom talk about Lyft's losses, Washio's folly and the future of on demand companies.
The Information's 411 — "Choir Preaching"

24:17 | Jan 6th, 2017

Reed gives his thoughts so far from CES. Jessica explains why some in tech say they've lost faith in the ad business—but she argues they haven't embraced the obvious solution.
The Information's 411 — "2016: Deal or No Deal"

37:34 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Jessica, Tom and Reed wrap up 2016 with their take on why Evan Spiegel won our Person of 2017 vote, what Peter Thiel's grand plans are, whether Twitter will finally sell next year, and more.
The Information's 411 — "Naughty or Nice"

29:45 | Dec 16th, 2016

Jessica gives her take on tech's disappointing response to our diversity survey. Amir explains why Google scaled back its self-driving cars ambitions. And Cory and Tom give their naughty and nice list for tech CEOs.
The Information's 411 — "A Magic Leap"

28:29 | Dec 9th, 2016

Reed goes deep into his investigative look at mixed reality startup Magic Leap and explains why it's worth being very skeptical about the company's chances, despite all the funding.
The Information's 411 — "A Vacuum Problem"

29:48 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Alfred talks about why investors can't buy Snap shares on the secondary market. Reed and Tom discuss which VR headsets have sold the most this year and why VCs have avoided investing in conservative sites.
The Information's 411 — "The Underground Is No Longer The Underground"

26:55 | Nov 25th, 2016

Sam and Tom debate whether easy distribution has created a monoculture of information and ideas. Cory explains Airbnb's new trips service and how the company is going to expand in China.
The Information's 411 — "A Totally New Ballgame"

28:36 | Nov 18th, 2016

Kevin talks about how Amazon is courting developers for the Echo. Amir and Tom debate the Facebook fake news controversy and discuss Lyft's plans to deliver packages.
The Information's 411 — "A Cat and Mouse Game"

23:14 | Nov 11th, 2016

Reed and Amir discuss what a Trump presidency could mean for tech, from immigration to jobs to influence in Washington. Then Jessica argues why Facebook shouldn't step in to stop the spread of fake news articles.
The Information's 411 — "VR Is the Killer App"

27:13 | Nov 4th, 2016

Reed and Tom talk about the community of indie VR developers and dive into Snap's internal org chart. Also we play a clip from our subscriber conference call about the most likely tech acquirers.
The Information's 411 — "Satya's Coming After You"

25:20 | Oct 28th, 2016

Martin explains why the AT&T-Time Warner deal makes no sense. Stephen delves into Oracle's offer for Netsuite and what the future of the enterprise software landscape holds.
The Information's 411 — "Inefficiencies are Rampant"

22:07 | Oct 22nd, 2016

Amir talks about his profile of Ed Baker, the man behind Uber's growth efforts. Then Amir and Tom talk about the possibility of Amazon offering broadband in Europe and its growing ambitions with Prime Video.
The Information's 411 — "Judgment Calls"

23:45 | Oct 14th, 2016

Jessica explains how the media whipped up the Twitter acquisition frenzy. Kevin talks about Google enterprise chief Diane Greene and how she's trying to compete with Amazon and Microsoft.
The Information's 411 — "Judgement Calls"

23:45 | Oct 14th, 2016

Jessica explains how the media whipped up the Twitter acquisition frenzy. Kevin talks about Google enterprise chief Diane Greene and how she's trying to compete with Amazon and Microsoft.
The Information's 411 "We Wants It"

28:16 | Oct 7th, 2016

Cory, Kevin and Tom talk about Facebook's Oculus event and Google's new Pixel phones. Then we make predictions about the 2016 baseball playoffs.
The Information's 411—"Take a Chance on Hardware"

26:14 | Sep 30th, 2016

Jessica argues that Twitter's live video rights strategy won't save it. Reed and Tom talk about smart locks and Snap's Spectacles.
The Information's 411 — "The Millennial Pied Piper"

26:14 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Stephen makes the case for Salesforce buying Twitter. Cory and Tom talk about tech involvement in local politics, Ken Lerer and the tug-of-war for news sites between fast web pages and more ad money.
The Information's 411 "The Mazuma Was Just Rolling In"

23:57 | Sep 16th, 2016

Stephen and Tom talk about the Dropbox transition to enterprise and data that shows people aren't viewing most Facebook ads.
The Information's 411 "Transit of Last Resort"

22:23 | Sep 9th, 2016

Stephen and Tom talk about Ford buying Chariot, push notifications on Amazon Echo and give at 2017 IPO preview.
"Snapchat is definitely, I think, near the front of the line."

00:43 | Sep 9th, 2016

Excerpts from The Information's Subscriber Conference Call: "2017 IPO Preview"
Jessica Lessin discusses the market: "2017 could be the top tech IPO year ever"

00:59 | Sep 9th, 2016

Excerpts from The Information's Subscriber Conference Call: "2017 IPO Preview"
"Enterprise is going to be very, very interesting in 2017."

01:54 | Sep 9th, 2016

Excerpts from The Information's Subscriber Conference Call: "2017 IPO Preview"
The Information's 411 "Outrunning the Bear"

28:40 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Tom and Amir talk about Lyft's future, the Uber-Alphabet drama and Uber's org chart. And Tom explains why food videos took over BuzzFeed.
The Information's 411 "The Anniversary"

26:30 | Aug 26th, 2016

Kevin and Jessica talk about the difficulties facing Google Fiber and why its made cutbacks. Also, Jessica argues why the Uber vs Lyft storyline doesn't make sense anymore. And Tom reflects on year one of the podcast.
The Information's 411 — "Funny Money"

24:44 | Aug 19th, 2016

Jessica, Reed and Tom talk about why journalists are not the ones responsible for invasions of privacy, despite what Peter Thiel claims. They also discuss Snapchat's acquisition of Vurb and the role of eye-tracking technology in VR. Plus: the tech an...Show More
The Information's 411 — "Happy Ecosystem"

24:01 | Aug 12th, 2016

Amir dives deep on LeEco to explains how the Chinese company works and what its plans are. Kevin makes his first appearance on the show to talk about Meg Whitman and the future of HPE.
The Information’s 411 — August, 5 2016 "Crush Them With Cash"

21:30 | Aug 6th, 2016

In this week’s podcast, Amir talks about the implications for the global ride-sharing market of Didi Chuxing purchase of Uber’s Chinese operations. Yunan discusses the rude awakening that Uber’s roughly 800 employees in China got when they came to wo...Show More
The Information's 411 — "Camera as a Platform"

26:34 | Jul 29th, 2016

Jessica explains why Yahoo can't be turned around, even within Verizon and under Tim Armstrong. Cory talks about why some media companies are disillusioned with live video on Facebook. Tom explains why Snapchat's camera section is its future.
The Information's 411 — "Package Deal"

21:16 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Amir talks about the three brothers at Apple helping to build the software in its self-driving car. Zara explains why WeChat is different—and can do more—than any app Americans are familiar with.
The Information's 411 — "False Prophets"

28:53 | Jul 15th, 2016

Jessica explains why she's not sold on the augmented reality in Pokemon GO, or smartphones generally. Cory and Yunan delve into the headwinds for WeWork both in the US and in China. And Alfred lays out the trends in private tech financing.
The Information’s 411 — Fully Vested

20:15 | Jul 8th, 2016

In this week’s podcast, Zara talks about her exclusive interview with Didi Chuxing’s first angel investor. Tom and Amir share what they’ve learned at Allen & Co’s annual media and tech retreat in Sun Valley.
The Information's 411 — "Bury Them with Benjamins"

28:53 | Jul 1st, 2016

Cory explains why sharing is down on Instagram. Steve discusses why Salesforce is in a tough place after Microsoft bought LinkedIn. Then a lightening round on the bull or bear cases tech companies.
The Information’s 411 — 6/24/2016 "Nerd Jesus"

23:52 | Jun 24th, 2016

In this week’s podcast, Reed unpacks the proposal by Elon “Nerd Jesus” Musk to combine Tesla Motors and SolarCity. Cory explains why Facebook’s Live Video platform is being dominated by celebrities rather than news outlets and how the social networki...Show More
The Information’s 411 — Stolen Thunder

23:00 | Jun 17th, 2016

Amir discusses Apple’s performance at its annual World Wide Developer Conference and Amazon’s ambitious plans for its Echo voice-activated speaker. Steve mulls why Microsoft might have a tough time adding LinkedIn to its professional network. And Cor...Show More
The Information's 411 — "Moonlighting"

27:55 | Jun 10th, 2016

Jessica talks about Larry Page's flying car side projects and why they should live inside Alphabet. Zara Zhang, our summer intern, makes her podcast debut to talk about China's live streaming market. Reed discusses the future of Nest post Tony Fadell...Show More
The Information's 411 — "Whistleblowers"

23:39 | Jun 3rd, 2016

Reed talks about Google's employee policies that prevent workers from talking to the media. Cory explains the promise and disappointment of buy buttons on social networks
The Information's 411 — "Tech-Media Overlords"

28:12 | May 27th, 2016

Amir and Reed debate the uproar over Peter Thiel bankrolling the Gawker lawsuit. Also we discuss the self-driving car startup ecosystem and Apple's decision to open up Siri and develop an Amazon Echo competitor.
The Information's 411 — "Allo Like Guv'nor"

24:52 | May 20th, 2016

Jessica and Tom talk about the difficulty in writing about machine learning, a profile of Chinese investor Jenny Zeng and why Snapchat isn't rushing into India.
The Information's 411 — "Trust Our Machines"

29:33 | May 13th, 2016

Cory, Stephen and Tom talk about Apple's investment in Didi Chuxing, Uber's cloud infrastructure, bots and privacy and the costs of getting on Snapchat Discover.
The Information's 411 — "Bear Case"

27:09 | May 6th, 2016

Stephen and Martin talk about their conversation with Janus Global Technology Fund and why they think the private tech markets are overpriced. Then Tom and Martin argue about whether there's consumer demand for more digital video.
The Information's 411 — "Infosphere"

28:47 | Apr 29th, 2016

Sam argues that most TV shows should be edited way down. Cory discusses WhatsApp monetization and Tom explains why HBO might be in trouble.
The Information's 411 — "Flights of Fantasy"

25:30 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Jessica explains why Silicon Valley isn't doomed like some media reports suggest. Stephen talks about the infighting in Apple's cloud division as well as Microsoft's earnings.
The Information's 411 — "Drunk on Bots"

22:03 | Apr 15th, 2016

Stephen discusses the needed product fixes for Slack. Cory, Amir and Tom reflect on F8, bots and the social media wars.
The Information's 411 — "Talking Our Books"

21:20 | Apr 8th, 2016

We're in New York this week, recording from the offices of Gimlet Media. Tom talks to Gimlet's co-founder Matt Lieber about scaling podcasts. Plus an excerpt of Jessica's conference call about China.
The Information's 411 — "Symmetrical Players"

21:18 | Apr 1st, 2016

Stephen guest hosts this week and talks to Amir about commerce in Facebook Messenger, the obstacles for Workday and how AT&T may snub Google.
The Information's 411 — "Many Hats"

24:39 | Mar 26th, 2016

Reed Albergotti discusses Nest and its struggles and what that says about the broader hardware industry.
The Information's 411 — "Moral Hazards"

22:19 | Mar 18th, 2016

Cory joins as co-host and we talk about why people in San Francisco's city government are addicted to encrypted messaging app Telegram. Tom explains why Snapchat's vesting schedule isn't exactly employee friendly.
The Information's 411 — Hazing

30:37 | Mar 11th, 2016

Stephen on Slack's funding round. Cory on Facebook's ad tech about face. And Tom plays an outtake of his interview with podcaster Marc Maron.
The Information's 411 — "Low Hanging Fruit"

25:08 | Mar 4th, 2016

Jessica Lessin explains what’s wrong with most mergers. Then Cory Weinberg and Jessica discuss what’s coming at F8, Facebook’s developer conference (e commerce in messenger).
The Information's 411 — "That's the Vibe"

24:01 | Feb 26th, 2016

Stephen came back from Seattle to talk about the wonders of Amazon's retail store and how it serves its data gathering needs. Tom delves into Verizon's big spending ways for go90 and the company's hopes of succeeding with it.
The Information's 411 — "Multiples"

24:31 | Feb 19th, 2016

Steve explains how the tanking of subscription software companies on the public markets has caused investors to reexamine private company valuations. Cory talks about Mobile World Congress. And we all talk Apple's privacy stance.
The Information's 411 — "Hype Smoothie"

22:58 | Feb 12th, 2016

Alfred sheds some light on how mutual funds and other big investors really come up with their valuations for private tech companies. And Cory talks about the shift in Silicon Valley talent away from startups and toward the behemoths like Facebook and...Show More
The Information's 411 - "Enviable Titles"

24:04 | Feb 5th, 2016

Stephen talks about Github and the internal fight between people pushing for more enterprise clients and those loyal to the developer-centric mindset. Amir talks about what works and what doesn't in Twitter's ad business.
The Information's 411 - "Shrinking Pies"

23:48 | Jan 29th, 2016

Jessica talks about down rounds and why even an "employee friendly" one is still bad news for employees with equity. Tom talks about Snapchat's app install ads, and Reed discusses the "ticking time bomb" of 409A valuations.
The Information's 411 - "Heartstrings"

22:18 | Jan 22nd, 2016

The Information's 411 - "Heartstrings" by The Information
The Information's 411 - "Bad Week"

21:58 | Jan 15th, 2016

It was a bad week for the markets. and tech stocks were hurt in particular. Reed joined to run down what Twitter's tanking stock really means. Amir delved into Uber's race for second in China and Cory makes his solo podcast debut to talk about how Fa...Show More
The Information's 411 - 1/8 "War Games"

26:06 | Jan 8th, 2016

First podcast after the break brings on Jessica to talk about the gender diversity problem in tech (and beyond). Reed talks about our Insider List and the widespread nature of executive investments in tech. And Amir goes deep into the war games the F...Show More
The Information's 411 - 12/31 "Run for the Exits"

38:56 | Dec 31st, 2015

The Information looks ahead at 2016 and makes predictions about Snapchat, Microsoft and Google. We also lay out our big questions for tech in the coming year.
The Information's 411 - 12/18 "Downside Protections"

20:38 | Dec 18th, 2015

Alfred and Reed go deep into how tech investors are structuring deals to protect themselves against underwhelming exits. Stephen talks about Salesforce's discussions about buying Steelbrick
The Information's 411 - 12/11 "Greek Dramas"

23:35 | Dec 11th, 2015

Jessica explains why even after Marissa Mayer leaves Yahoo, we won't have seen the last of her. Tom dives into why Buzzfeed's rise in video ads will be difficult. Then the two predict the future of online media companies.
The Information's 411 - 12/4 "Bezos v Kalanick"

26:49 | Dec 4th, 2015

Amir Reed and Tom get into it debating who should have one The Information's Person of the 2016 selection. Amir made the case for Travis Kalanick, Tom and Reed argued for Jeff Bezos.
The Information's 411 - 11/20 "The Pop"

23:06 | Nov 20th, 2015

Was the Square IPO a bust or a big hit? Depends on whom you ask. Jessica and Stocktwits CEO Howard Lindzon argue both sides. Then Amir talks the parking app war in San Francisco.
The Information's 411-11/13 "Bedlam"

20:57 | Nov 13th, 2015

Stephen, Reed and Tom talk about the dark days ahead for unicorns who've raised too much money. Then Jessica joins to add some sense into the chatter about mutual fund markdowns.
The Information's 411-11/6 "Ad Stars"

22:04 | Nov 6th, 2015

Tom and Stephen chat about the star ad sellers in Silicon Valley and how they're helping move big money offline to online. Amir comes on next to talk the future of Android.
The Information's 411-10/30 "Supervoting"

21:58 | Oct 30th, 2015

Stephen Nellis talks about our latest subscriber survey and why Information readers aren't big adopters of the Internet of Things. Then Alfred Lee calls in to talk about supervotes and how founders and insiders at private tech companies demand nearl...Show More
The Information's 411-10/23 "Blood Feuds"

22:02 | Oct 23rd, 2015

Reed discusses SolarCity and whether the company's decades-long agreements for solar panels makes sense. Jessica wades into the controversy surrounding biotech firm Theranos and its prominent CEO Elizabeth Holmes,
The Information's 411-10/16 "Righting Ships"

20:49 | Oct 16th, 2015

Stephen Nellis takes over hosting duties for the week. He talks to intern Sam Lessin about why it's so hard for tech companies to rebound from major struggles. Then Amir joins to talk about the future of Android phones as well as Square's S-1.
The Informations 411-10/9 "Fleet Week"

30:11 | Oct 10th, 2015

Pete Schultz, an Information engineer, makes his debut on the podcast to talk about the Future List and our story about investor diversity in tech. Then Amir joins to talk about his interview with the founders of Airbnb and Zenefits, as well as a dis...Show More
The Information's 411-10/2 "The Coronation"

22:13 | Oct 2nd, 2015

It's a Twitter and Snapchat double-feature as Jessica Lessin, The Information's editor-in-chief, sits down to talk about Jack Dorsey's soon to be official announcement as "permanent" Twitter CEO. Then she asks Tom about Snapchat's Chief Strategy Offi...Show More
The Information's 411-9/25 "Ethical Browsing"

20:35 | Sep 25th, 2015

Amir Efrati drops by the studio to talk about his deep look at Thuan Pham, the CTO of Uber and how he's trying to shape up the engineering team there, which is faced with serious technical problems. Also the ethics of ad blocking
The Information's 411—9/18 "Some Dreamers of the Dreamforce Dream

22:28 | Sep 18th, 2015

Ace enterprise reporter Stephen Nellis joins in as co-host to talk about Dreamforce and the future of Salesforce. Why does the company care about the Internet of Things? Will Salesforce build more products internally? Then the roles switch up as Step...Show More
The Information's 411-9/11 "What are Those?"

25:17 | Sep 11th, 2015

We go long on two segments this week. The first is a debate between Jessica Lessin and Frank Shaw who heads up communications at Microsoft over the nature of on background conversations. Jessica said companies demand it too frequently, Frank says bac...Show More
The Information's 411-9/4 "The Silly Summer"

21:39 | Sep 4th, 2015

A podcast by tech and digital media news site, The Information, featuring the site's reporters talking about the news of the week. This episode Is about co-working space provider WeWork, the company's ambitious revenue projections to investors and wh...Show More
The Information's 411—8/28 "The Inauguration"

21:03 | Aug 28th, 2015

First episode of The Information's 411. A podcast by tech and digital media news site, The Information, featuring the site's reporters talking about the news they covered during the week. This episode we talk about private market volatility, "Input z...Show More