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Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood


Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood helps listeners understand the business behind the technology that's rewiring our lives. From how tech is changing the nature of work to the unknowns of venture capital to the economics of outer space, this weekday sh...Show More
How will the tech IPO boom change Bay Area real estate?

06:11 | May 2nd

Perhaps you have heard that tech IPOs are blooming like wildflowers this spring, almost all of them headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. A lot of early employees of these companies are about to make a bunch of money on their stock options. In...Show More
In the novel "Delta-v," asteroid mining gets us to move to space

06:46 | Apr 24th

On our show we've been looking into the still very new economy of space. But while the space economy might be new to us, science fiction has explored it in great detail. Host Molly Wood talked with Daniel Suarez, the author of near-future sci-fi book...Show More
Is 'Fortnite' any more addictive than Facebook?

06:53 | Apr 23rd

Recently none other than Prince Harry waded into the debate about whether video games are addictive. He said he thought "Fortnite" “shouldn't be allowed” and that it's designed to keep kids in front of a computer as long as possible. Last year, the W...Show More
Sometimes it takes a big prize to solve big tech problems

07:49 | Apr 22nd

It's been called "'American Idol' for science geeks." The George Barley Water Prize will award $10 million to the team that develops the most promising technology to remove excess phosphorus from freshwater lakes and streams. Phosphorus pollution fro...Show More
What does it mean to be "employed" in the gig economy?

04:47 | Apr 19th

This week the European Parliament passed a law establishing basic rights for workers in the gig economy. It could apply to some 3 million people, everyone from Uber drivers to couriers for the United Kingdom's Deliveroo. The law requires companies to...Show More
Big Tech is prepping for California's tough new privacy law

07:35 | Apr 18th

Last year, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act, which requires companies to be more careful in the way they handle consumer data. It doesn't go into effect until next year, and it's still a work in progress. Host Molly Wood checked ...Show More
Your side hustle may not look so great come tax time

05:35 | Apr 11th

Depending on which research you read, somewhere between 30% and 35% of American workers are part of the gig economy, many of them working through digital apps. Or as tax professionals put it, they're self-employed. That means they're responsible for ...Show More
Who knew a space agency could go viral?

08:00 | Apr 10th

NASA communicates directly with the public more than ever. Veronica McGregor directs news and social media at the agency's Jet Propulsion Lab. Host Molly Wood visited JPL to talk about how social media fits into NASA's public mission. And she got the...Show More
You might put things online to make them permanent, but internet archives can disappear

08:06 | Apr 9th

Here's a list of things that exited the internet in just the past few weeks: The social network Google Plus shut down, taking all its archives with it. That included the profile pages of Google's founders, removing access to insights about the compan...Show More
Social media, elections and fake news: India edition

05:23 | Apr 5th

India holds its national elections next week. As voters get ready to head to the polls, they're being targeted with false and misleading information. The platform of choice? WhatsApp, the messaging service owned by Facebook that allows users to send ...Show More
Homework is much harder when you can't get online at home

04:19 | Apr 4th

Homework is a big part of any child's education. Today, that means getting online to watch a video the teacher assigned, do research or fill out forms and worksheets. But Pew Research says almost a quarter of students from low-income families often s...Show More
Creators build audiences online, but an algorithm can wipe it out in an instant

05:32 | Apr 3rd

People who try to build a career as creators on YouTube may put all their creativity and time and identity into the platform. On the other end of the screen, an algorithm can take away their ability to make money by what's called demonetizing videos,...Show More
The FTC has no chief technologist as it weighs big tech investigations

07:06 | Apr 2nd

The Federal Trade Commission is the agency that can fine or prosecute tech companies over unfair or anti-competitive consumer practices. The current FTC Chair Joseph Simons has said he will set up a task force to address tech issues. But there is one...Show More
What role does government play in innovation?

04:54 | Apr 1st

You can think of innovation as a ladder of sorts. It might start with imitation and then progress to adaptation, like tweaking a foreign idea to develop it for a local market. Finally, hopefully, you reach invention, perhaps even big, industry-changi...Show More
Lyft IPO makes it the ridesharing star, at least for today

05:33 | Mar 29th

The ride-hailing platform Lyft goes public today ahead of Uber, which is expected to list in the coming weeks. Drivers from both companies went on strike in Southern California earlier this week to protest changes in how their pay is calculated. Lyft...Show More
Rocky past in tow, Fisker promises a new electric SUV

05:12 | Mar 28th

Hot on the heels of Tesla's Model Y announcement came the news that carmaker Fisker Inc. also wants to make an electric SUV at about the same price of $40,000. But it would take a whole lot going right for the Fisker SUV announcement to mark any kind...Show More
Norway sees a future in giant subterranean data centers

05:19 | Mar 27th

If you're a tech company that wants to look good, you want to locate your energy-intensive data centers in places with lots of cheap renewable energy. That's why Norway is making a big push to get companies to build data centers there. Marketplace’s ...Show More
Tech is helping house cleaners get benefits

05:08 | Mar 26th

Some might consider domestic employees the original gig workers. There are a lot of similarities, like intermittent income and no real safety net. It's a problem that affects millions of workers like nannies, caregivers and house cleaners, and the Na...Show More
You can tidy up your digital life, too

05:03 | Mar 25th

Since digital storage space is so cheap, it's easy to keep amassing files. But that can take a toll on our work and our well-being. Marketplace's Jed Kim talks to Deb Lee, a digital productivity coach who helps people weed out the virtual messes they...Show More
Just what is Apple going to unveil Monday?

05:21 | Mar 22nd

On Monday, Apple is holding a special event tagged with the line "It's showtime!" That's led to wide speculation the company will finally reveal its streaming service. But it may not be the Apple-takes-on-Netflix battle some were hoping for. Marketpl...Show More
What if social media treated extremist content like junk mail?

07:56 | Mar 21st

What can the biggest social media platforms in the world do to radicalization online? Host Molly Wood talked with Dipayan Ghosh, who used to work on global privacy and public policy issues at Facebook. Now he's a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy Sch...Show More
How internet 'echo chambers' lead to faster radicalization

05:56 | Mar 20th

Host Molly Wood talks with Fathali Moghaddam, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University, about how a troll becomes a terrorist. He says radicalization isn't new, but the internet can make it faster and easier. Today's show is sponsored by P...Show More
More extremists are getting radicalized online. Whose responsibility is that?

07:42 | Mar 19th

The man accused of killing at least 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week seems to be, in many ways, the ultimate example of online radicalization. Researchers and social media experts have warned for years that there is a pla...Show More
If Tesla makes a less fancy SUV... can it make it faster?

05:06 | Mar 18th

Elon Musk has unveiled Tesla's newest vehicle, the Model Y, essentially an SUV version of the Model 3. Marketplace's Jed Kim talks with Jack Stewart, Marketplace's transportation reporter, who was at the unveiling. Stewart says the Y is really simila...Show More
There's net neutrality legislation in Congress… but don't get too excited

05:44 | Mar 8th

On Wednesday, Democrats in Congress introduced a bill that would bring back the 2015 net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission threw out in 2017. The rules prevented internet service providers from discriminating against certain...Show More
Data brokers are in the business of selling your online information

07:26 | Mar 7th

Whether it's Facebook or Google or smart speakers that may be overhearing every word you say, there are lots of companies that you know are a risk to your privacy. But then there are the hundreds of companies you haven't heard of making billions of d...Show More
A basic question missing from the tech startup cycle: 'Should this exist?'

07:44 | Feb 26th

When it comes to tech, companies, investors and entrepreneurs mostly talk about what it can do instead of what it should do. For example, should health and wellness apps funnel detailed personal information about their users directly to Facebook with...Show More
Why can’t you pay for more things with a wave of your mobile phone?

05:23 | Feb 25th

The big telecom show Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona this week. Expect a lot of talk about phones and the things you can do with them. After reports last week that Apple and Goldman Sachs might launch a credit card potentially tied to th...Show More
California's governor wants to pay residents a data dividend

06:00 | Feb 22nd

Earlier this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed that perhaps tech companies that make lots of money collecting and monetizing our personal information should share that wealth. He said that people who live in California should get paid a da...Show More
LA homeless advocates have a new tech tool for affordable housing

05:07 | Feb 21st

If you need a ride somewhere, Uber or Lyft will match you up with a car and a driver. If you're a landlord renting a house, you post it on Zillow and renters can find you. Tech has made it really easy for most of us to get matched up with what we nee...Show More
Amazon knows what we buy, and it's turning that into a huge ad business

05:44 | Feb 20th

You know how there's this sense that if Amazon gets into your line of work, you're in trouble? Well, hello, digital advertising. Amazon has been slowly building up its ad business, letting brands target ads to people on Amazon.com and its other sites...Show More
Targeted ads aren't just online, they're on TV

03:43 | Feb 19th

By now, if we’re doing our job right, you should kind of get how digital advertising works. Companies collect information about you — like where you live, your age, what you buy online, what websites you visit and much more. And they use that informa...Show More
Before facial recognition tech can be fair, it needs to be diverse

04:03 | Feb 18th

As facial recognition software spreads, it brings the challenge of diversity along with it. So far, programs identify male, white faces far more accurately than they do black women, for example. A new IBM project aims to change that. Diversity in Fac...Show More
What internet search is like behind China's Great Firewall

03:44 | Feb 15th

This week, activist shareholders in Alphabet, the parent company of Google, spoke out against development of Google's Dragonfly. That's the internal code name for a project reportedly working on a censored search engine for China. We hear a lot abou...Show More
A major trade sticking point between the U.S. and China has deep roots

04:06 | Feb 14th

This week, trade talks continue between the United States and China. U.S. officials complain that China has long failed to protect U.S. intellectual property rights, a charge China rejects. The U.S. wants China to put an end to what's known as "force...Show More
In the golden age of streaming, does film history have a place?

04:43 | Feb 13th

It's Oscar season, a time when we celebrate the history of film. But what if you want to sit down and watch some classics? That was the selling point of one streaming service, FilmStruck, that AT&T recently shuttered. FilmStruck showcased directors l...Show More
Expect a boom in the business of supersonic flight

03:55 | Feb 12th

Can we agree that flying these days is kind of the worst? It feels like the changes airlines have made are rarely in our favor. Take smaller seats, narrower aisles and baggage restrictions. Plus, consumers have lost some technological ground. When th...Show More
And the Oscar goes to ... innovations in movie tech

06:08 | Feb 11th

Over the weekend in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its annual Scientific and Technical Oscars ceremony. These awards, handed out two weeks ahead of that "other" Oscars broadcast, are specifically for s...Show More
Costs are falling for renewable energy stored in batteries

03:43 | Jan 29th

One of the major challenges of using renewable energy like wind or solar is that there's overproduction. The sun shines and the wind blows mostly during the day but then drops off at night — when people tend to use the most power. Batteries can help ...Show More
Your social media posts are likely way more predictable than you think

03:52 | Jan 28th

Social media was invented to keep up with friends, but if you're fed up with data leaks and privacy concerns, you might decide to quit. It turns out social media may not even need you to know you, because your friends and their posts are pretty good ...Show More
An American's quest to track down his digital data... in the UK

03:54 | Jan 25th

Many people are still active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram despite digital privacy concerns. But even if you set out to truly understand all the information tech companies have about you, it's close to impossible to get your hands on all of the ...Show More
Self-driving cars still need our help, and that might be a problem (Replay)

03:57 | Dec 26th, 2018

Self-driving cars will probably save a lot of lives in the future. But right now the tech is new, and most of it requires human intervention. Experts refer to several levels, one through five, of automation in cars. A fifth-level car would have no st...Show More
This former political operative now helps tech companies wrangle government (Replay)

08:33 | Dec 25th, 2018

It used to be that stories of tech companies breaking all the rules and fighting city hall were considered sexy. But right now we’re having conversations with more suspicion about things like unproven driverless technology, online advertising, unstop...Show More
Automation could change the economy. Is the U.S. prepared? (Replay)

04:02 | Dec 24th, 2018

Robots are coming for all our jobs, right? It can be hard not to feel that way given the pace of automation. But if it really is inevitable, are we doing anything to prepare for it? Enter the Automation Readiness Index, a research project put togethe...Show More
Amazon tried out a new product this holiday season: real Christmas trees

04:27 | Dec 21st, 2018

Time is pretty much up for you to do your last-minute Christmas shopping if you're buying through Amazon. You could still go to a store, but who does that anymore? It is not a stretch to say that Amazon is trying to take over all things holiday. It t...Show More
Teaching civics 2018 style: Check the 'gram, kids

06:56 | Dec 20th, 2018

Teachers have a tough job, and usually, social media is more of a classroom distraction than a help. But recently Molly took a field trip to Madison Park Academy, a public high school in East Oakland, CA, where she visited  Jacob Levy, a social studi...Show More
News is a hard business. Now add millennials and Facebook. Yikes?

04:57 | Dec 19th, 2018

There's only one digital-first news organization on Twitter's top 10 most-tweeted-about news outlets. It's NowThis News, a media company delivering news mostly to millennials, mostly via video on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and other platf...Show More
Palantir may go public, but can it turn a profit?

05:18 | Nov 16th, 2018

The data analytics company Palantir is reportedly considering going public. Palantir is the company co-founded by controversial Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, formerly of PayPal. It's named after an all-seeing artifact in the Lord of the Rin...Show More
Meet the company training up more diverse startup founders

05:21 | Nov 15th, 2018

Only about 1 percent of venture capital-backed startup founders are black, according to CB Insights data. Even fewer are black women or Latino. There's not a lot of age diversity and geographic diversity, and underrepresented founders don't always ha...Show More
A young digital media company sees an opportunity in black millennials

05:31 | Nov 14th, 2018

Black millennials are tech savvy, influential and spending about a $162 billion a year, according to a 2016 Nielsen study. And yet, black people are incredibly underrepresented in tech and media. Enter Blavity, a digital lifestyle brand for millennia...Show More
What if the weakest link in election security is ... confidence?

05:38 | Oct 25th, 2018

This week, we've been looking at election security. We talked about how voting machines are vulnerable to hacking, but an even easier target is voter registration databases. They’ve got the names, addresses and voting histories on all kinds of people...Show More
A long quest in Texas for a better voting machine

05:44 | Oct 24th, 2018

This week, we're talking election security and technology. Today's show is focused on old tech: paper. Remember the 2000 presidential election fiasco and the hanging chads, those tiny bits of paper that stuck to paper ballots? They confused vote coun...Show More
Voting machines are totally hackable. But who's going to pay to fix them?

05:36 | Oct 23rd, 2018

The midterm elections are here. Early voting is already happening in some places. We’re spending the rest of the week on election security and technology, starting with voting machines. Candice Hoke, founding co-director of the Center for Cybersecuri...Show More
A new wind turbine inspired by a palm tree, big as the Empire State Building

03:41 | Oct 22nd, 2018

The Energy Information Administration says the U.S. got about 11 percent of its energy from renewable sources last year. Climate scientists say that's going to have to go up a lot to ward off the worst effects of climate change. The Department of Ene...Show More
The local, national, and global fight over 5G infrastructure

05:40 | Oct 11th, 2018

The whole multitrillion dollar promise of 5G and its millions of jobs and new businesses is just a pipe dream without infrastructure. Unlike 4G, which can be delivered through a relatively small number of tall towers, 5G wireless service relies on lo...Show More
Americans are using less social media, including tech insiders

03:48 | Aug 17th, 2018

Engagement is a key measure of health for social media platforms. It's measureed not only by how much time users spend there, but also how often they upload, share, comment and "like." Investors want to know that these platforms are integrated into u...Show More
What "Armageddon" got right about space drilling, and what it (mostly) didn't

04:30 | Aug 16th, 2018

This summer, Marketplace Tech is exploring tech in movies. Today, we’re looking at the Bruce Willis classic “Armageddon,” which was the highest-grossing film of 1998. Willis’ character, Harry Stamper, is a "deep core" oil driller sent into space to d...Show More
Slow internet? Fast internet? You might be paying the same price

03:39 | Aug 15th, 2018

How much do you pay for internet service each month? And what do you get for that price? The National Digital Inclusion Alliance found that lots of customers are paying about $60 a month for their internet packages. And, some get super slow internet ...Show More
Why advertising is no longer the holy grail of tech revenue

04:21 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Four of the biggest companies in the world — Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Apple — all reported earnings over the last two weeks. These companies either sell gadgets, services or ads — or maybe a combination of the three. And for a long time, it loo...Show More
Is security fatigue keeping companies from being secure?

06:28 | Aug 2nd, 2018

This weekend in Las Vegas, the huge cybersecurity event Black Hat USA kicks off, followed immediately by the other big cybersecurity event of the year, Def Con.  There are always some big hacker stunts at these events — hackers already broke into a v...Show More
Does free lunch at tech companies hurt local business?

04:48 | Aug 1st, 2018

Free food is a legendary perk of working at a tech company. The cafeterias at Apple, Google, and Facebook are almost like a tourist attraction. But cities in the San Francisco Bay Area are saying that the free lunches are killing local business, and ...Show More
Is there a right kind of screen time?

10:54 | Jul 27th, 2018

In the last installment of our series on the trade-offs of technology, a discussion about screen time. How much is too much? And is there a right kind of screen time and a wrong kind? To answer that, we kind of need to know: What are screens doing to...Show More
Designing tech for the most vulnerable users

04:50 | Jul 25th, 2018

This week we're looking at the grand bargain of technology with the next generation of users in mind. Today we're looking at how kids deal with the complexity of digital life and how companies could make things easier or safer. Danah Boyd is a princi...Show More
Hey, kids! Robots aren't people

04:25 | Jul 24th, 2018

As part of our series on the grand bargain of tech and what it means for kids, we are taking a look at what happens when children form a bond with the robotic toys and digital assistants in their lives. MIT researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying ...Show More
Tech, data, privacy and time: It's a trade-off, but are we giving too much?

09:15 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Between social media, election meddling, privacy concerns and fears of internet addiction, we are at a time when we are re-evaluating the grand bargain that we have made with technology. We've gotten used to trading personal information for tailored ...Show More
Facebook, it might be time to face facts. You're a publisher.

05:46 | Jul 20th, 2018

This week, representatives from Google, Twitter and Facebook all spoke at a congressional hearing about how they present news and opinions on their platforms. The next day, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg told the Recode podcast that Facebook shouldn't ov...Show More
Is Watson enough to carry IBM?

05:08 | Jul 19th, 2018

IBM reported earnings Wednesday. The company has been on a long turnaround path, focusing its business on cloud services, security and data analytics. It’s also investing in artificial intelligence, mostly under the brand of the "Jeopardy"-winning su...Show More
Twitter is in a big game of "bot or not"

07:50 | Jul 13th, 2018

This week, Twitter announced that it's removing locked accounts from its platform. That's in an effort to clean up its bot problem. Bots are fake Twitter accounts that spread propaganda and intimidate people. A New York Times story in January suggest...Show More
Why streaming services sail in to save TV's castaways

05:44 | Jul 2nd, 2018

These days, when a show gets canceled on TV, there's still one last shred of hope: streaming services. It’s possible that Netflix, Amazon or Hulu will ride in to save the day and pick up the show after a social media hash tag campaign. Recently, Amaz...Show More
Melinda Gates: "Nobody actually collects good data about women's lives."

10:11 | Jun 7th, 2018

Melinda Gates is most well known as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But the longtime philanthropist is also the founder of a for-profit organization called Pivotal Ventures. Through her for-profit enterprise, Gates is trying to...Show More
How LeBron's breakup with Miami started an Instagram craze

07:57 | Jun 6th, 2018

Steph Curry’s buzzer-beating three-pointer from Game 2 of the NBA Finals has been relived millions of times on Instagram. But not on the Golden State Warriors official account. Or ESPN’s. Or TNT’s for that matter. Instead, the clip blew up on the acc...Show More
Apple's WWDC: Lots of new features, little talk of privacy

04:56 | Jun 5th, 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook hasn’t been shy in recent weeks about taking shots at Facebook over user privacy. So it was reasonable to think that privacy and social responsibility might be selling points at its Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in San Jo...Show More
New novel imagines tech industry "solving" childbirth

05:03 | Jun 4th, 2018

Sometimes it seems like there's nothing that tech companies won't try to disrupt. The new novel "Mother of Invention" by Caeli Wolfson Widger takes that idea all the way to the womb. The book tells the story of a biotech startup that shortens pregnan...Show More
Are we trading security for ... emoji?

05:32 | Jun 1st, 2018

Venmo has been a major player in the peer-to-peer payment scene the past few years. If you’re not familiar with the PayPal-owned app, one popular feature is its public news feed. That’s where people post their payments, often with emoji to describe t...Show More
Are traders messing with the price of bitcoin? And why should you care?

05:00 | May 31st, 2018

Bitcoin’s wildly fluctuating price may not be the result of free market forces. The Department of Justice has reportedly opened an investigation into whether traders are manipulating the price of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Marketplace Tech...Show More
Diverse startups could get traction from a chip giant

05:17 | May 30th, 2018

Intel Capital is the venture capital arm of the chip giant Intel. It's invested over $12 billion since it was started in 1991. Lately, it's focused on big data, artificial intelligence, robotics and diversity. In 2015, it announced the $125 million I...Show More
The Craig behind the internet's most famous list

04:43 | May 29th, 2018

There’s a lot of focus right now on the tech industry and its big personalities, as well as what they’re doing to help (or possibly hurt) society. However, one tech founder is trying to be a smaller personality while still leaving a big footprint on ...Show More
John Doerr on the virtues (and perils) of goal setting

09:30 | May 28th, 2018

John Doerr is a legend in Silicon Valley and the venture capital world. He’s the chairman of the VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, at which he has funded companies like Google, Amazon and Netscape. Doerr has also mentored many of their founde...Show More
What's the risk when a company is identified with its CEO?

10:29 | May 25th, 2018

Tech founders and CEOs often become household names. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs are just a few examples. So is Elon Musk, who cut off an analyst for asking boring supply chain questions in a recent earnings call. This week, Musk attac...Show More
The problem of governments using facial recognition software

04:38 | May 24th, 2018

This week, Amazon is facing backlash for selling facial recognition tools to police. The American Civil Liberties Union says the company was powering a government surveillance infrastructure. Amazon says its services can be used for anything from fin...Show More
Should a machine have to tell you if it's a machine?

04:39 | May 23rd, 2018

This week Microsoft bought a company called Semantic Machines which works on something called "conversational AI" - that means computers that sound and respond like humans. Mostly it's for digital assistants like Microsoft's Cortana, Apple's Siri, Am...Show More
Why privacy settings can't keep your location secret

04:46 | May 22nd, 2018

Phone carriers collect a minute-by-minute record of everywhere you go. If you use GPS on your phone, that may be obvious. But carriers are also selling that information to companies that don’t do much to keep it secure. One of those companies, Securu...Show More
Uber makes moves to disrupt bikes, too

05:03 | May 21st, 2018

Uber is looking beyond cars in its bid to control the future of mobility. The company recently acquired electric bike share startup Jump. That means in select cities, Uber users can opt for a bike instead of a driver to help them get around. But the ...Show More
The Senate voted to reinstate net neutrality ... now what?

04:37 | May 18th, 2018

The Senate voted earlier this week to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to roll back net neutrality rules. But in order for the FCC’s decision to be reversed, a similar vote would have to pass the house and be signed by the pr...Show More
What will Europe's new data protection law cost businesses?

04:35 | May 17th, 2018

Europe’s new data regulations apply to companies large and small, but do tech’s little fish have a big disadvantage? The General Data Protection Regulation has already taken effect and will start being enforced later this month. Some big companies ha...Show More
Tech has helped oil drillers make more money ... with fewer workers

04:21 | May 16th, 2018

The current wave of automation is sometimes described as the fourth industrial revolution. And almost every industry is affected, including oil and gas. Almost 40 percent of oil and gas workers are in Texas. With the price of crude oil at $70 a barre...Show More
Will Reddit's new makeover make it more accessible?

05:34 | May 15th, 2018

Reddit is rolling out its biggest redesign in a decade. The site has a reputation for being very text heavy and sometimes hosting conversations that can get kind of rough. The redesign comes at the heels of a long effort to clean up those conversatio...Show More
05/14/2018: Amazon and the Rooney Rule for diversity: If not that, then what?

04:32 | May 14th, 2018

Later this month, Amazon shareholders will vote on whether the company should implement the Rooney Rule when appointing new members to its board of directors. The Rooney Rule stems from an NFL policy that requires at least one minority candidate be i...Show More
05/11/2018: Is the cryptocurrency boom a threat to Silicon Valley's elite?

04:37 | May 11th, 2018

Cryptocurrency may have its disruptive eye cast toward venture capital. The initial coin offering is a type of crypto-crowdfunding that startups can use to raise cash quickly without kissing the Silicon Valley ring. But do ICOs really have the potent...Show More
05/10/2018: Vimeo pivots from a place for watching, to tools for making video

04:34 | May 10th, 2018

The online video company Vimeo is switching gears, moving from being a place to watch videos … to being a place that helps people create videos. The company’s new CEO, Anjali Sud, was the person behind the pivot. She speaks with Marketplace Tech host...Show More
05/09/2018: When a government agency meets politics, what happens to tech?

04:24 | May 9th, 2018

Mignon Clyburn has been a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission for nine years — which is forever if you think of how technology has changed in that period.  During her tenure, she’s been a staunch advocate for consumers, backing net ...Show More
05/08/2018: Should we be getting paid for providing data?

04:34 | May 8th, 2018

Facebook may be considering an ad-free subscription model that would let you pay to opt out of sharing your habits and personal information. But that raises the question: Why should we pay Facebook not to take our information instead of the other way...Show More
05/07/2018: Dealing with bumps in the road ... literally

04:40 | May 7th, 2018

Lots of companies are working on self-driving car technology, and whoever gets there first will be positioned to make billions. But as the recent fatal accident in Arizona involving an Uber autonomous vehicle made clear, the technology is still fault...Show More
05/04/2018: Here's why you're getting those "terms of service" updates

04:54 | May 4th, 2018

You may have noticed a trend in your inbox lately. A lot of “we’re changing our terms of service” emails. It’s no coincidence. Lots of companies are rewriting these agreements ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation rollout in Europe. That’s ...Show More
05/03/2018: Are universities targets for spying?

05:05 | May 3rd, 2018

Should universities worry about spying? That’s what some people in the White House may think. The Trump administration is reportedly thinking about measures to prevent Chinese citizens from conducting sensitive research at American universities. The ...Show More
05/02/2018: Self-driving cars still need our help and that might be a problem

04:47 | May 2nd, 2018

Self-driving cars will probably save a lot of lives in the future. But right now, the tech is new, and most of it requires human intervention. Experts refer to several levels, 1 through 5, of automation in cars. A 5th level car would have no steering...Show More
05/01/2018: Sprint and T-Mobile plan to woo regulators with the promise of 5G

04:24 | May 1st, 2018

T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to merge. Now they’ll have to convince the government to let the deal move forward, which may not be easy. The companies have tried to work out a deal twice in the past and failed, partly over disagreements in terms, b...Show More
04/30/2018: Some Puerto Ricans still have limited access to communications

04:49 | Apr 30th, 2018

Seven months ago, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Since then, people on the island have had deal with lots of uncertainty, including spotty electricity and an island-wide blackout earlier this month. Cell phone and internet access are often u...Show More
04/27/2018: The Cybersecurity Tech Accord explained

05:09 | Apr 27th, 2018

Last week 34 tech companies signed the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, saying they won't help any government, including the U.S., carry out cyber-attacks. That came amid warnings from the U.S. and the U.K. about the Russian government's global attempts to...Show More
04/26/2018: The Supreme Court is going to decide the fate of online sales tax

04:40 | Apr 26th, 2018

Will online business be forced to collect state sales taxes? That question will go before the Supreme Court sometime in June. Traditionally, businesses only need to collect sales taxes in states where they have a physical presence. But South Dakota r...Show More
04/25/2018: What do local political campaigns know about you?

05:11 | Apr 25th, 2018

Political campaigns want your data. At least that’s what the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal taught us. But data isn’t just a factor in presidential politics. Local campaigns collect lots of data as well, and that data needs to be secured. M...Show More
04/24/2018: Can states regulate the internet?

04:36 | Apr 24th, 2018

The days are numbered for federal net neutrality regulations. In response, some states are working on their own versions to prevent internet service providers (ISP) from blocking, slowing or charging more for some web traffic. Oregon, Washington and ...Show More
04/23/2018: Automation could change the economy. Is the U.S. prepared?

04:20 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Robots are coming for all our jobs, right? It can be hard not to feel that way given the pace of automation. But if it really is inevitable, are we doing anything to prepare for it? Enter the Automation Readiness Index, a research project put togethe...Show More
04/20/2018: Feeling "privacy fatigue" yet?

05:31 | Apr 20th, 2018

This week, Facebook revealed more about the way it collects data on just about everyone. The company disclosed how much data it collects when users aren’t logged in to Facebook and are just surfing the web. The company even tracks people who don’t ha...Show More
04/19/2018: How cable became the backbone of the internet

05:00 | Apr 19th, 2018

Many Americans rely on a cable provider to connect them to broadband internet, and streaming and other tech trends are changing the way we watch television. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood spoke with Amanda Lotz about her new book, "We Now Disrupt T...Show More
04/18/2018: What rights do we have over photos of our faces?

04:58 | Apr 18th, 2018

We’re all being photographed, a lot — by each other, and by cameras in public and private spaces.  As our images become more widespread, there’s also more facial recognition technology that’s used to identify us. This week, a federal judge said Faceb...Show More
04/17/2018: The gig economy for accountants

04:59 | Apr 17th, 2018

It's Tax Day, and if you are one of the 50 million people who prepared their taxes online, you might have seen an option to talk to a real accountant through video chat. That’s because accountants are now part of the gig economy — and many certified ...Show More
02/23/2018: Can Silicon Valley solve tech addiction?

04:38 | Feb 23rd, 2018

The tech industry has a bit of a PR problem. From tech addiction to online bullying and foreign influence over elections, consumers are getting skeptical about tech’s impact on our lives. There’s even a push from within Silicon Valley to find solutio...Show More
02/22/2018: What Trump's budget proposal means for NASA

04:53 | Feb 22nd, 2018

The Trump administration wants more privatization in space — specifically, the International Space Station. The administration’s latest budget proposal would see the ISS funded and run by private industry instead of the U.S. government. Marketplace T...Show More
02/21/2018: Watching the Olympics in 4K is almost as hard as winning a gold medal

04:47 | Feb 21st, 2018

Watching the Olympics on your phone is great and all, but if you’ve spent a pretty penny on an ultra-high-definition TV, an iPhone probably won’t cut it. How, then, does one watch the winter games in glorious 4K? Well, it’s complicated. NBC is delive...Show More
02/20/2018: Using augmented reality to sell everything from couches to cocktails

04:56 | Feb 20th, 2018

In the tech world, we talk a lot about the applications for virtual reality, when you’re immersed in a totally different world.  But there may be more business applications for AUGMENTED  reality, where you add something to the scene around you.  Mar...Show More
02/19/2018: A conversation with Oath CEO Tim Armstrong

04:46 | Feb 19th, 2018

Less than a year ago, Yahoo and AOL officially merged after AOL’s parent company, Verizon, bought Yahoo for more than $4 billion. Since then, former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has moved on to an unannounced venture. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has had the job...Show More
02/16/2018: How Black Twitter is influencing America

04:42 | Feb 16th, 2018

Twitter has the power to shape global conversation. And it’s become a way for marginalized communities to garner attention for the issues that matter to them. Case in point: Black Twitter. According to Pew Research, young black Americans use Twitter ...Show More
02/15/2018: Ads are annoying. But they can also be invasive.

04:41 | Feb 15th, 2018

Google Chrome’s built-in ad blocker is set to start blocking some of the most annoying ads — pop ups, automatic players and the like. But while ads can be irritating, ad-tracking software might actually be worse. To get a closer look at this kind of ...Show More
02/14/2018: Stitch Fix's Katrina Lake talks Silicon Valley and sexism

04:43 | Feb 14th, 2018

Tech, like a lot of other industries, is dominated by men. Women get $3 in venture capital for every $4 that men do, according to tech site Crunchbase. And only 17 percent of startups have a woman as their CEO. Katrina Lake, the founder and CEO of St...Show More
02/13/2018: Are computers racist? No, but people still are.

04:40 | Feb 13th, 2018

Facial recognition software has made huge advancements in accuracy, but it has a long way to go — specifically when it comes to recognizing people of color. Commercially available software can tell the gender of a person using a photograph. According...Show More
02/12/2018: Bitcoin might be getting easier to use ... or at least faster

04:27 | Feb 12th, 2018

Buying and selling things with cryptocurrencies is hard. Every time you make any transaction, it's recorded in the blockchain, a digital ledger. That takes up a ton of resources, such as hard drive space. But a new technology called the Lightning Net...Show More
02/09/2018: Can we blame algorithms for market volatility?

04:35 | Feb 9th, 2018

When the markets are extremely volatile, it is common to want to find a scapegoat. And you might be thinking: It’s got to be the algorithms, right? Two kinds are used in Wall Street trading: those that optimize trades that humans make and those that ...Show More
02/08/2018: Why you don't want to be too clever with your URL

05:33 | Feb 8th, 2018

At the heart of every new business is its name — domain name, in fact. We might be a mobile internet kind of world, but the website is still king, and your URL still matters.  Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Jen Sale, a domain broker for ...Show More
02/07/2018: What will make a great phone five years from now?

04:38 | Feb 7th, 2018

In the future, what will make us choose one product over another? It probably won’t be things like screen size or brightness. It’ll be more subtle attributes, like which phone is “smarter” than another. Apple is a company that's known for making grea...Show More
02/06/2018: Who's responsible for regulating Equifax?

04:40 | Feb 6th, 2018

When hackers broke into the credit reporting agency Equifax last year, they stole the Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers of over 140 million people. There was speculation that the Consumer Financial Protectio...Show More
02/05/2018: Why fewer tech companies are going public

04:49 | Feb 5th, 2018

Market volatility aside, why does a company decide to go public?  Is it just to repay investors, or is it about scaling the product, or is it about having a big branding event? Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with venture capitalist Annie Lamo...Show More
02/02/2018: Why does Amazon think it can solve health care?

04:44 | Feb 2nd, 2018

This week, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan decided they want to get into the health care business, forming a nonprofit that could provide insurance for their employees. This made us wonder: why does Amazon, which began as a retailer, think ...Show More
02/01/2018: Sometimes you just want to watch a live football game while in a knitting store. Why can't you?

04:51 | Feb 1st, 2018

We're looking at the media streaming landscape for live events. Why is it possible to watch television on some devices but not all? Why can some of us watch NFL games while out in the world, but not all of us? Because, hey, you might happen to be in ...Show More
01/31/2018: Companies say they're working on it. So what is holding up 5G?

04:45 | Jan 31st, 2018

The next generation of wireless infrastructure is known as 5G. And it could have implications for not just how fast our phones get data, but also for driverless car infrastructure, and our ability to communicate in virtual reality. How close are we t...Show More
01/30/2018: If two people start a company in a garage, one should be a patent lawyer

04:43 | Jan 30th, 2018

Jury selection starts tomorrow in the Uber and Waymo case. (Reminder: Waymo is the child company of Alphabet; the little sister company of Google.) That’s the lawsuit over whether a former Waymo engineer stole self-driving car technology from Google ...Show More
01/29/2018: Can a doctor's visit work just as well through a video screen?

04:15 | Jan 29th, 2018

Wait times in ERs are often extremely high, partly because so many people use the emergency room as their regular doctor’s office. At New York-Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan, at least 30 percent of ER visitors are there for nonurgent medical issu...Show More
01/26/2018: Can the crowd be trusted to find trustworthy news?

04:54 | Jan 26th, 2018

Facebook is asking its users what news sources they consider trustworthy. They’re asking two questions: Do you know this website, and how much do you trust it? On Marketplace Tech, our the two questions are: Will that yield useful information, and is...Show More
01/25/2018: The YouTube cycle of stunts, views and revenue

04:48 | Jan 25th, 2018

People have been posting increasingly controversial videos to YouTube. YouTube star Logan Paul posted a video showing the body of a suicide victim. Other videos show teenagers eating detergent-filled Tide Pods. In the wake of these incidents, YouTube...Show More
01/24/2018: That banana knows if you picked it up

04:38 | Jan 24th, 2018

Amazon just opened its first automated convenience store with no lines and no checkouts. The company uses computer vision and sensors to monitor what people are taking. But in order to avoid the lines, people are giving up their ability to shop witho...Show More
12/08/2017: Is the U.S. losing power in the race to create a new battery?

05:15 | Dec 8th, 2017

Building a better battery is hard and takes lots of funding. President Donald Trump has proposed major budget cuts to research on advanced energy technology. And taking away that funding could give other countries a competitive edge to create a bette...Show More
12/07/2017: Why battery technology is so hard to perfect

05:29 | Dec 7th, 2017

Battery technology is hard. We need batteries that last longer, charge faster and take up less space. And that’s important when it comes to not just our devices, but also renewable energy, electric cars and electrical grids. Marketplace Tech host Mol...Show More
12/06/2017: Do 6-year-olds need to be on Facebook?

05:01 | Dec 6th, 2017

Facebook released its new Messenger Kids app this week. It allows parents to monitor exactly who their children are communicating with on the app. It's aimed at kids ages 6 to 12.  (Under federal law, kids under 13 aren't allowed to have Facebook acc...Show More
12/05/2017: Why only the wealthy may be able to avoid death

05:25 | Dec 5th, 2017

Some of tech’s most powerful players are investing money in life-extension technologies. The founders of Amazon, Oracle, and Google are just some of the elite looking to live forever. That has some people wondering, will only the rich be able to esca...Show More
12/04/2017: Don't people still want to pinch the peaches in an era of shopping online?

05:25 | Dec 4th, 2017

Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods is making a lot of grocery chains rethink their strategies. Albertsons, the country's second-largest grocer (after Walmart), just announced a partnership with the on-demand grocery delivery company Instacart. Kroge...Show More
12/01/2017: In China, even panhandlers accept digital donations

05:31 | Dec 1st, 2017

Cash is becoming a thing of the past. More than one-third of Americans don’t carry it anymore, according to a recent survey by the bank ING. The U.S. hasn’t totally embraced a truly cashless society, but China has. People use WeChat to pay for taxis,...Show More
11/30/2017: How an Olympic luger and commercial pilot invests in travel tech

05:39 | Nov 30th, 2017

An increasing number of big companies are starting their own investment branches. One of them was formed just last year — JetBlue Technology Ventures. It’s led by Bonny Simi, who was an Olympic luger and TV sportscaster, as well as a commercial pilot...Show More
11/29/2017: Your phone tracks your whereabouts. Who's entitled to that information?

08:23 | Nov 29th, 2017

You take your cell phone everywhere you go. And the whole time, it’s keeping a digital record of your location. Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case about whether law enforcement needs a warrant to access that information. Meanwhil...Show More
11/28/2017: Why welding might be a required skill on the moon

07:13 | Nov 28th, 2017

As we get closer to sending humans to Mars, there’s been more talk about the technology and money it will take to colonize the planet. But science fiction writers have been pondering this for some time. Andy Weir is author of “The Martian,” which sho...Show More
11/27/2017: Turning the data about where you drive into cash

05:28 | Nov 27th, 2017

Americans spend 293 hours driving each year, according to AAA. That’s more than 12 days worth of data on where we go, what we listen to, and where we stop for lunch. And make no mistake, our cars are “watching” us. John Ellis, a former global technol...Show More
11/24/2017: Is it OK to be mean to your digital assistant?

07:10 | Nov 24th, 2017

Digital home assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google are becoming more common. eMarketer estimates the number of people using virtual assistants will grow nearly 25 percent this year. With all these new talking machines around, does it matter how ...Show More
11/23/2017: How smartphones help get cranberries from the bog to your turkey dinner

05:22 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Americans eat and drink about 400 million pounds of cranberries each year. Twenty percent of that is during Thanksgiving. The technology that goes into growing, harvesting, and selecting cranberries has changed significantly in the last handful of ye...Show More
11/22/2017: Bringing out the digital elements in board games

05:41 | Nov 22nd, 2017

For a lot of folks, Thanksgiving means family time. And for some folks, family time means board games. AdWeek reports sales of board games are up 28 percent in the last year. We might think of that industry as being very separate from technology. But...Show More
11/21/2017: Retail tech, from the good to the gimmicky

04:52 | Nov 21st, 2017

The National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers will spend around $680 billion this holiday season, up 4 percent from last year.  In an effort to compete with online shopping, brick-and-mortar stores are trying to figure out what tech they can...Show More
11/20/2017: Planning for the 2028 Olympics

04:25 | Nov 20th, 2017

Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympics in 2028. That gives the city more than a decade to plan the international event. But how do you do that if no one knows what technology will look like in 2028, and how it will affect the way athletes compete,...Show More
11/17/2017: The $10 billion deal that could reshape Uber

06:15 | Nov 17th, 2017

Earlier this week, Uber announced progress toward a massive investment from the Japanese conglomeration SoftBank. If the deal goes through, it will be worth about $10 billion. But that’s not all. The deal would require changes to the board that would...Show More
11/16/2017: Smart cities are collecting your data

05:34 | Nov 16th, 2017

Smart-city technology is becoming more common, from Singapore to San Jose. The latest city to incorporate this technology into its infrastructure is Toronto. It recently partnered with Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs to redevelop a section of city ...Show More
11/15/2017: Ellen Pao and the bad apples of venture

07:21 | Nov 15th, 2017

This week, venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson left that firm following allegations of inappropriate behavior and an internal investigation. The company said he left by mutual agreement. Ellen Pao is a venture capitalist who...Show More
11/14/2017: Should tech investors be chasing zebras instead of unicorns?

04:12 | Nov 14th, 2017

In the tech world, the word “unicorn” refers to a startup company that investors value at more than $1 billion. Unicorns include companies like Uber, Airbnb and Pinterest. But a group of women founders said venture capitalists are too focused on the ...Show More
11/13/2017: Hair extensions — an overlooked, billion-dollar market

03:40 | Nov 13th, 2017

Businesses founded by women and people of color aren't just likely to have a diverse pool of employees — they might also be able to fill a gap in the market. Take Mayvenn, an e-commerce platform that allows hairstylists to sell hair extensions direct...Show More
11/10/2017: How to get venture capital into the hands of minority startups

05:31 | Nov 10th, 2017

It’s no secret that the tech industry has a diversity problem. According to data from the Project Diane data initiative, less than 1 percent of venture funding goes to companies founded by African-American women, for example. Marketplace’s Amy Scott ...Show More
11/09/2017: The dollar value of a character

04:04 | Nov 9th, 2017

As of this week, Twitter is doubling its character limit to 280 characters for nearly all users. The rationale: New users might find it easier to start tweeting and might stick around. Japanese, Korean and Chinese-language tweets will keep the origin...Show More
11/08/2017: Will AI relegate metal keys to the junk drawer?

05:33 | Nov 8th, 2017

Today, Amazon started shipping its Amazon Key, a smart lock and camera device that lets delivery workers leave packages inside your home. Smart locks aren't a brand-new invention, but this made us wonder: Will we someday abandon physical keys altoget...Show More
08/31/2017: Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana are on speaking terms

06:52 | Aug 31st, 2017

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly approached Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about a partnership between their two voice assistants. This could be great for consumers, but what's in it for the two tech giants? James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Jam...Show More
08/30/2017: Texting 911 for help

06:35 | Aug 30th, 2017

In the event of a natural disaster, sometimes a text can be one of the best ways to reach out for help. On today's show, we'll chat with Trey Forgety from the National Emergency Number Association about the future of emergency dispatch technology. Af...Show More
08/29/2017: From DVD sleeves to millions of subscribers

06:41 | Aug 29th, 2017

It's Netflix's 20th birthday today. With about 100 million subscribers around the world, the streaming giant has come a long way from the days of mailing DVDs to customers. Gina Keating, author of "Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs," ...Show More
08/28/2017: Why one internet service provider is not a fan of net neutrality

06:36 | Aug 28th, 2017

This Wednesday marks the end of a public comment period that allows people to tell the Federal Communications Commissions exactly how they feel about net neutrality. On today's show, we'll revisit our conversation with former FCC Commissioner Tom Whe...Show More
08/25/2017: Going to the movies just got cheaper

06:34 | Aug 25th, 2017

The app MoviePass allows subscribers to see an unlimited number of films in local theaters for just $10. But is it too good to be true? We'll take a look at whether a business model like this is actually sustainable. Afterwards, we'll play this week'...Show More
08/24/2017: Befriending the person who hacked your Instagram

06:28 | Aug 24th, 2017

Female tech employees have been speaking out about sexual harassment, which has led to public apologies and pledges to fix things. And now, there's actually a piece of legislation that could make a difference. California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jac...Show More
08/23/2017: The threat of killer robots

06:43 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Elon Musk and a hundred others wrote a letter to the UN stating that it would be a colossal mistake if unregulated artificial intelligence were allowed to take the life of a human. We looked at the threats A.I. could pose to humanity on our Codebreak...Show More
08/22/2017: The voice of Mario looks back on his audition

06:27 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Samsung is scheduled to announce a new phone this week, which is expected to have wireless charging. The process known as inductive charging isn't new though — it's been around for years. So, um, why isn't everywhere? Rahul Mangharam, an associate pr...Show More
08/21/2017: Checking out the eclipse on your Twitter feed

06:34 | Aug 21st, 2017

As you might have heard, there's a solar eclipse happening today. But even if you're not in the so-called path of "totality," you can stream it on Twitter thanks to its partnership with the Weather Channel. Neil Katz, editor in chief of The Weather C...Show More
08/18/2017: Where do white supremacist groups go from here?

06:32 | Aug 18th, 2017

A wave of tech companies have condemned white supremacist organizations and websites, like the Daily Stormer. But will their online presence eventually fade away, or just find another outlet? It turns out that the Daily Stormer has moved its operatio...Show More
08/17/2017: What tech companies should do about white supremacist groups

06:41 | Aug 17th, 2017

Two of the world's biggest tech companies, Alibaba and Tencent, are from China. With both having either recently released their quarterly earnings or preparing to, we'll take a look at how they're trying to expand their growth. Afterwards, we'll chat...Show More
08/16/2017: The Justice Department and a web hosting company battle over user data

06:33 | Aug 16th, 2017

The Department of Justice has asked DreamHost for 1.3 million IP addresses connected to a site that organized protests around President Trump's inauguration. On today's show, we'll look at whether there's a historical precedent for such a request, an...Show More
08/15/2017: GoDaddy cuts ties with neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer

06:38 | Aug 15th, 2017

Daily Stormer, which describes itself as "The World's Most Genocidal Republican Website," has been let go from the domain GoDaddy after posting personal attacks about Heather Heyer, one of the Charlottesville victims. On today's show, we'll look at t...Show More
08/14/2017: Weaponized audio technology

06:38 | Aug 14th, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has developed a Spaceborne computer that'll be tested at the International Space Station to see if it can withstand trips to Mars. Mark Fernandez, lead developer for the NASA project, joined us to talk about the technology ...Show More
08/11/2017: Is taking a moral stand good for business?

06:55 | Aug 11th, 2017

Tech companies have had to grapple with some big moral issues as of late. Recently, Airbnb reportedly deactivated the accounts of users planning to attend a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Virginia. On today's show, we'll chat with Univer...Show More
08/10/2017: Hacking the Air Force when you're still in high school

07:05 | Aug 10th, 2017

Facebook and Instagram have replicated many of Snap's features, from face filters to disappearing messages, and that hasn't been great for business on Snap's end. Does it still have some creative power going for it right now? Business Insider senior ...Show More
08/09/2017: Navigating Google's diversity challenges

06:50 | Aug 9th, 2017

A Google engineer named James Damore recently penned a memo blaming tech's gender gap on biological differences between men and women, which then led to his firing. Nicole Sanchez, CEO and founder of Vaya Consulting, joined us to talk about what Goog...Show More
08/08/2017: A new generation of phones

06:54 | Aug 8th, 2017

With Samsung and Apple getting ready to launch new phones, we'll take a look at what we can expect from these new devices. Afterwards, we'll discuss Netflix's decision to buy Millarworld, the publishing company of comic book writer Mark Millar.
08/07/2017: Drones may join Trump's personal security team

06:52 | Aug 7th, 2017

President Trump is scheduled to spend 17 days of working vacation at Trump National Golf Club this month. And near the fairway, the Secret Service will be testing one or more drones. Missy Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at D...Show More
08/04/2017: Man who stopped one malware may have created other malware

06:28 | Aug 4th, 2017

U.K.-based hacker Marcus Hutchins has been hailed in the hacking community for inadvertently undermining the massive Wannacry malware. But on his way out of Nevada where two hacker gatherings were taking place, he was arrested for allegedly creating ...Show More
07/19/2017: A chipmaker's challenges

06:31 | Jul 19th, 2017

Qualcomm may not be a household name, but its chips are inside a household item: your phone. On today's show, we'll look at the company's ubiquity, along with the struggles it's been facing as smartphone makers decide to find solutions in-house. Afte...Show More
07/18/2017: It's a supercomputer that may not be pulling in enough money for IBM

06:45 | Jul 18th, 2017

What is Watson? As IBM prepares to announce earnings this afternoon, investors are claiming that the artificial intelligence — which has made appearances on Jeopardy and even has its own cookbook — isn't raking in as much as it should be. Jefferies a...Show More
07/17/2017: A streetcar not named desire

06:48 | Jul 17th, 2017

That's right: today is world emoji day. And there are plenty of companies that are trying to turn these symbols into a business, like Inmoji. On today's show, we'll chat with the company's CTO, Jarrod Mclean, and head of engineering, Chris Nagle, abo...Show More
07/14/2017: What to do when a continent gets a completely new coastline

06:33 | Jul 14th, 2017

A trillion-ton iceberg broke off the western coast of Antarctica this week. The news raised questions like: Will the chunk disrupt shipping routes? But aside from the physical consequences, there are also digital ones: like the changes mapping servic...Show More
07/13/2017: Let's travel in a vacuum tube

06:35 | Jul 13th, 2017

We're getting closer and closer to ultra-fast travel. Hyperloop One recently completed a test that sent a vehicle down a vacuum track at 70 miles per hour. On today's show, we'll talk to the company's co-founders about their goals and what this techn...Show More
07/12/2017: A net neutrality debate

06:25 | Jul 12th, 2017

Several tech giants are coming together today to protest a roll back of net neutrality rules. Advocates for net neutrality support the idea that internet service providers should treat all websites the same — without favoring or blocking certain ones...Show More
07/11/2017: How pizza can explain the big net neutrality debate

06:56 | Jul 11th, 2017

We are now officially in the midst of Amazon Prime Day, the company's invented online shopping holiday. A lot of people who are buying electronics from the retail giant may not know how to immediately install them, which is why Amazon has started a s...Show More
07/10/2017: Like a freeway with a special lane for Hondas, but not Toyotas

06:48 | Jul 10th, 2017

It's Christmas in July for Amazon. The retail giant is kicking off its summer online shopping sale this week: Prime Day. (Which you've probably seen the advertisements for.) But how sweet will the deals actually be? Adam Burakowski, deals editor at T...Show More
07/07/2017: Combating sexual harassment in the workplace

07:07 | Jul 7th, 2017

The tech industry has been rocked yet again by revelations about a culture of sexual harassment and unwanted advances. Sarah Kunst, founder and the CEO of the sports media company Proday, joined us to talk about these issues and what companies can do...Show More