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Marketplace Tech is a daily radio segment and podcast produced by Marketplace from American Public Media exploring the world of technology and the Internet.
||04-22-14 Marketplace Tech - Funny math||Who would have guessed that the title of America's Funniest City would be determined with the help of a humorless algorithm? Researchers at the University of Colorado's Humor Research Lab pulled data on comedy club locations, birthplaces of famous comedians and where funny people live. And Chicago took the cake. But can an algorithm really identify what's funny...even crack a joke? Plus, how OpenSSL became one of the internet's most important building blocks.||4/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-21-14 Marketplace Tech - Netflixing||Netflix is the latest tech company to announce earnings today. And the streaming juggernaut has had an interesting quarter. Plus, when a government agency auctions off radio spectrum so one giant company can own it instead of another, it can have a huge impact on consumers, how we use our mobile devices now, how we might use them in the future, and how we will pay for it. All this will depend in part on upcoming spectrum auctions being put together by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015.||4/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-18-14 Marketplace Tech - Aereo's battle||The Supreme Court hears arguments next week in a case that pits traditional broadcasters against a new service that makes over-the-air TV available on your phone, tablet or computer. We explain the legal arguments and what's at stake. Plus, Will Oremus, tech blogger at Slate, joins us to talk about Yahoo's attempt to become the default search engine on Safari for iPhones. Plus, Ben plays Silicon Tally with Quartz corporate reporter John McDuling.||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-17-14 Marketplace Tech - VCs and Weibo||China's version of Twitter goes public, but there are big concerns over censorship. Nine percent of China's microblogging traffic disappeared last year due to "big brother" concerns. Plus, Aaron Smith, a senior researcher at Pew’s Internet Project, joins us to talk about American attitudes toward future technologies. Before a company sells for billions of dollars, it starts as an entrepreneur's big idea, with venture capitalists stepping in somewhere in between. A new study shows VCs are more likely to back companies if the founders are the same ethnicity as the investors.||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-16-14 Marketplace Tech - Toxic chips||This week a bunch of big tech companies are announcing earnings. Yahoo rallied yesterday on a good report. Google and IBM announce earnings today. But in the last few weeks there has been a discussion brewing about the tech bubble. With companies and stocks being over-valued, are we in one? Will it pop? Plus, a closer look at environmental damage stemming from the tech industry in Silicon Valley.||4/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-15-14 Marketplace Tech - Glass for sale||Heartbleed is going to cost us a lot of money. A quarter of internet users have stopped or cut way back on online purchases because they're worried about their data being exposed and IT overtime alone is costing businesses millions right as they desperately attempt to update code and reassure consumers. Plus, why Google bought a company that makes solar powered drones. Also, Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of reviews at CNET, talks about the price of Google Glass and why the company is opening up sales to the public for one day.||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-14-14 Marketplace Tech - Reverse heartbleed||Matthew Green, an assistant research professor at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, joins us to talk about reverse heartbleed, and why the flaw in OpenSSL is bigger than we thought. Plus, could we use Bitcoin to organize the internet?||4/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-11-14 Marketplace Tech - Tech faith||With Passover approaching, we talk with Rabbi Josh Franklin from Temple Beth Elohim about using technology to elevate worship. Plus a look at tech companies and the stock market. Finally, Nitasha Tiku, co-editor of Valleywag, stops by to play Silicon Tally, our weekly wrap up the week in tech news.||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-10-14 Marketplace Tech - Bitcoin taxes||With the Energy Committee meeting to discuss the reliability and security of the electric grid, University of Alaska Physics Professor David Newman joins us to talk about his study on right-sizing the power grid to prevent regional blackouts. We also take a look at how Bitcoin users should file their taxes. Plus, more on why the OpenSSL security flaw is called Heartbleed and why we should be shoring up software infrastructure||4/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-09-14 Marketplace Tech - Dolphin chat||On Wednesday, lawmakers in Washington will consider the massive $45 billion deal to merge Comcast and Time Warner Cable. It is the beginning of a long regulatory road for the country's two largest cable providers. If the deal goes through, it could have a big impact on everyone from startup founders to low income citizens who want access to the internet. Plus, It might be time to get excited about what new technology – from computers to algorithms that recognize patterns in raw data – can do for the study of our fellow members of the animal kingdom. Denise Herzing is the director of the Wild Dolphin Project, which is using a new device to study dolphin interaction called a Cetacean Hearing Telemetry Device, or CHAT.||4/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-08-14 Marketplace Tech - Last great OS||Windows XP support dies today. And we've been talking about the popular Microsoft operating system for weeks. The number of cash machines that run on it. The number of home computers it lives on. And the business that won't let it go. But do we really need giant operating systems anymore? Plus, the HBO show that has tech people talking is Silicon Valley. The new series takes aim at the financial highs and socially awkward lows of the Tech Industry. One of the show's creators, Alec Berg, joins us to talk about finding humor in Silicon Valley's startup culture.||4/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-07-14 Marketplace Tech - Bundes Cloud||Over the last few months, there has been growing evidence that online surveillance conducted by the U.S. government is impacting the tech industry. One area in particular? Cloud Storage. Tech companies have started to move some of their facilities overseas under pressure from foreign governments. And some of those governments have considered building their own infrastructure, so that their citizens information won't be stored in the U.S. Germany's talking about a so-called Bundes Cloud. But our friend at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Jonathan Zittrain, says all this stuff is wrong-headed.||4/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-05-14 Marketplace Tech - Grubby||Will Oremus, tech blogger at Slate joins us to play this week’s Silicon Tally. Plus, the online food delivery service - GrubHub -- begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company could raise around $176 million. In fact, the pre-IPO price has moved higher over the past few months, even before it started trading on Wall Street. Why is it so attractive to investors?||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-03-14 Marketplace Tech - Build||Julie Angwin, ProPublica reporter and author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance, talks about why privacy is a luxury. Plus: Molly Wood, tech columnist for the New York Times on Amazon’s new video streaming device, Fire TV. We take a look at what separates this gadget from an already crowded market. And later, Americans spent 70 billion dollars on gift cards last year, but nearly $8 billion worth of those purchased gift cards go unused. The parent company of coin-counting kiosk Coinstar and DVD rental service Redbox launched a new service to turn those old gift cards in your wallet to cash.||4/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-02-14 Marketplace Tech - Build||Microsoft is feeling pretty good at the moment -- new CEO, its stock is up, and there's even Office for iPad. Microsoft will now unveil its version of a Siri device. Why has it taken so long? And what does this signal about how Microsoft is positioning itself? Plus: April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer, Collaborative Lab, talks about Airbnb’s decision to collect hotel taxes for rentals in San Francisco. After, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez joins Ben for a conversation about data security and consumer protection ahead of a Homeland Security hearing on the topic Wednesday morning.||4/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||04-01-14 Marketplace Tech - DARPA 2.0||If you know about the history of the Internet, you know that -- while Al Gore might be most famous for supposedly inventing it -- it is the Department of Defense that can probably lay claim in earnest. The Advanced Research Projects Agency began building the networks that would become the Internet in the 1960s. And today the current form of that organization, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is launching an office that will focus on biological technology -- making synthetic tissues, quickly developing vaccines and connecting the brains of wounded soldiers to new prosthesis.||4/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-31-14 Marketplace Tech - Build||This week Microsoft's Build conference kicks off in San Francisco. Build is an event designed to get developers excited about making things for its windows operating system, for mobile devices and PCs. And that's been a challenge, because as app ecosystems go, Microsoft's hasn't been particularly vibrant in comparison to those of Apple and Android. There may be some light poking through the clouds though. Plus: Studies have been done on the effectiveness of treating addiction with smartphones, and the reviews are mixed. But there's a new program at the University of Wisconsin that aims to support addicts after they leave a residential program. And it seems to be helping people stay sober.||3/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-28-14 Marketplace Tech - Surfacing||Microsoft has now released versions of its Office software for the iPad. That news came in CEO Satya Nadella's first press conference as the company head. Analysts say it's been a long time coming -- prevented by the company's hope that Office could be used to boost sales of tablets based on the Windows operating system. Plus, play along with Marketplace Tech’s Friday numbers game: Silicon Tally.||3/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-27-14 Marketplace Tech - Networked teens||Microsoft's Satya Nadella will host his first press conference as CEO of the company. As its new leader, Nadella has his work cut out for him -- while Microsoft's business and cloud computing products have surged, hardware like its Surface tablet have not done so well. The new CEO might be about to announce that Microsoft Office software can now run on more devices. And it's Spring Break. That means a lot of families are spending more time together than usual. And teens have a lot of extra time on their hands to overuse technology. But parents should remember: Those living in glass houses shouldn't throw smart phones.||3/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-26-14 Marketplace Tech - Traffic robots||King, the company that makes the wildly addictive mobile game Candy Crush, has its initial public offering today. The company's been valued at as much as $7.6 billion. But like so many 80s bands you've heard and never heard of, King might be a bit of a one hit wonder. Beyond the company's big game are the lesser knowns worth the dollar bills? Plus, the story behind the eight foot tall robots directing traffic in Kinshasa.||3/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
A great public-radio tech podcast. A would-be five stars, but with one anoying problem: A five minute show with aproximately O:35 seconds of ads! It's okay to plug a sponsor, but two "underwriters" is pushing it and 0:15 seconds a piece, I'll skip the ads (always the same length) and go to the show. Otherwise, I love it.
Consistently delivers interesting and informative content. A staple of my podcast subscriptions.
Succinct, information packed, and well-produced, the Future Tense series is a podcast I always listen to--and find there's always something within each episode that's new to me or that I understand better after I've listened. Well done!