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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.
||03-11-14 Marketplace Tech - SXSW keeping on||We're only a couple days into the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival, but Marketplace Tech has already been hard at work covering the most important panels and interviewing the biggest names in the tech industry. One of the other themes of this year's conference is surveillance. But some of the biggest speakers on that topic – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and NSA leaker Edward Snowden – didn’t show up in person. That’s because if they came into the country, they'd almost certainly be arrested. Plus, a conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson about the cosmos, conversations with aliens, and what will happen to this radio broadcast when it reaches the edge of the universe.||3/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-10-14 Marketplace Tech - Alien Technology||Marketplace Tech is broadcasting from South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, this week. Two of the big themes are data and privacy. One of the big guests over the weekend addressed a sold-out crowd here from outside of the U.S. border. Julian Assange Skyped in from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Plus, a conversation with Guy Kawasaki the best-selling author who brought the first Macintosh to the masses in 1984.||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-07-14 Marketplace Tech - Gear up for SXSW||Louis Black, Co-founder of SXSW, talks about the growth of SXSW Interactive, why technology matters for film and music, and Austin’s growing tech scene. It's supposed to be a meeting of the minds and the money when it comes to media and tech innovation. And what better way to get a preview than to talk to one of the guys who started it all. Plus, Nathan Bernier, host and reporter at KUT in Austin, joins us to play Silicon Tally.||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-06-14 Marketplace Tech - Just another cryptocurrency||The crisis in Ukraine continues, this time with reports of cyber attacks from both sides of the conflict. Plus, ArsTechnica gets in the cryptocurrency game. Last but not least, hear from a passenger on the StartUp Bus whose team is developing an app that reveals what the internet knows about you.||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-05-14 Marketplace Tech - Coffee Monopoly||The battle for coffee domination is heating up, with Keurig accused of developing preventative technology that bars other companies from producing cheaper, competitive pods to be used in Keurig coffee makers. And no, it's not an episode of Punk'd - Ashton Kutcher is working with Lenovo to design a line of cellphones. Plus, check in with the StartUp Bus as they continue to make their way to SXSW, one startup at a time.||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-04-14 Marketplace Tech - Social Media Activism||The rise of social media has been a game changer, especially for activists looking for an uncensored outlet to spread their message. Hear how some Ukranian citizens are taking to social media to combat the agenda in Russian news coverage. And take a ride on the NYC StartupBus: a group of designers, engineers, and tech enthusiasts that are building companies from the ground up as they make their way from New York to SXSW.||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-03-14 Marketplace Tech - Surging!||You've heard of Uber and Lyft and the burgeoning market in alternative taxi cabs. But what would it be like to be an Uber driver? Look behind-the-scenes at what life is like for these drivers: the conversations, the pay, and the lifestyle. Is the job of an 'Uber driver' the new bartender? And the Bitcoin world is still digesting the reported bankruptcy and theft at the trading exchange Mt. Gox. But Bitcoin advocates say the controversy may only serve to make the crypto-currency more secure.||3/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-28-14 Marketplace Tech - Young Money||Season 2 of the Netflix series "House of Cards" is a massive hit in China. It airs on Sohu, the popular streaming video site there. The political drama is now its most-watched American series. Marketplace China Correspondent Rob Schmitz joins us from Shanghai to explain. Plus, play along with Marketplace Tech’s Friday numbers game: Silicon Tally.||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-27-14 Marketplace Tech - Dot com for murder||The Oscars are this weekend and we thought it was a good chance to talk about technology in the movies, and how the movies often get it wrong when depicting the future or even the present. Plus, this week the House of Representatives passed a cell phone unlocking bill that would let mobile customers take their phones to other countries or other carriers.||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-26-14 Marketplace Tech - The Dave ratio||There's an urban legend in the tech community that goes like this: The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University used to keep track of how many of their undergraduates were men named Dave versus how many were women. And it was considered an accomplishment when they got the ratio down to one Dave per woman. Today we're starting a new series about the tech industry's diversity challenges, called "I am not a Dave." In the first installment we take a look at a group called Lesbians who Tech, which holds its first summit this weekend in San Francisco. Plus, Taser International, the company that makes the famous weapon, is transitioning into offering new law enforcement tools in the digital space.||2/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-25-14 Marketplace Tech - Hola, tech!||Protests in Venezuela have been peaking in recent weeks. Students and other citizens calling attention to the scarcity of basic goods and other issues in the country have been clashing with government forces. Many of the protestors have been organizing on the internet. But, with a government that controls the airwaves, internet can be hard to come by. Plus, Samsung has unveiled its latest and greatest gadget at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-24-14 Marketplace Tech - Móvil||Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona this week: the massive tech conference is always full of exhibitions and big announcements from technology companies, and this year's event might see new phone announcement from Samsung. But a big theme in Barcelona will also be messaging apps. Seperately, we've had a bit of a winter break from our regular Techsplainer segment, but we're back: our friend at Harvard, Jonathan Zittrain, helps to answer a simple question: Who owns the internet?||2/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-21-14 Marketplace Tech - Cloud forms||What better way to wrap up the week than a round of Silicon Tally? Also, tech industry big wigs are always talking about doing stuff in the cloud. So are companies. When they're selling you products... or selling each other products. This week Microsoft gave it's service a makeover... the company's Cloud storage offering is now called OneDrive. But when it comes to storing all of our data online... to be accessible from anywhere... whose servers should we be storing that information on?||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-20-14 Marketplace Tech - WhatsApp?||Facebook announced it is buying WhatsApp, the messaging smartphone service, for $19 billion. WhatsApp lets users text free of charge. Facebook paid $16 billion for WhatsApp, plus an additional $3 billion in restricted stock that will be paid out to WhatsApp employees over the next four years. Venture capitalists have been eyeing instant messaging technologies like WhatsApp as one of the most promising growth sectors for 2014. Think back to Facebook's $3 billion offer for Snapchat (the one they turned down).||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||2-29-14 Marketplace Tech - Le Internet?||German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to meet with French President Francois Hollande. On the agenda will be the question of whether or not Europe should build its own internet. Seriously. Plus, think of some of the companies and services we talk about often on this show: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat. These are companies worth billions of dollars. But where does that value actually come from? As the saying goes: When the service is free, the user is the product. Whether that product can be sold is the topic of a new documentary, "Generation Like," airing on Frontline this week.||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-18-14 Marketplace Tech - Uber in China||Countries like China represent huge potential markets for U.S. tech companies, but homegrown options pose stiff competition for upstart American entrants. That's exactly the challenge facing the taxi hailing app Uber as it launches in China. Crowdfunding website Kickstarter was hacked over the weekend and Microsoft has partnered with the company DocuSign to make electronic signatures easier in their Office software. Both of these headlines point to a still-growing challenge of the Internet age: proper authentication.||2/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-17-14 Marketplace Tech - Celebrating social media||Fashion week is done here in New York. But social media week is just starting. It involves 2,500 events in 25 cities. As events get underway we wanted to talk a little bit about the state of social media. Plus, why 2014 has been such a rough year for Bitcoin.||2/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-14-14 Marketplace Tech - Operating efficiencies||If the U.S. government allows a $45 billion merger deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, many changes could be coming, and not just when it comes to the logo that sits on top of some 30 million monthly cable bills. There could be new departments, new restructuring and improving so-called "operational efficiencies" -- otherwise known as job cuts. Plus, Brendan Francis Newnam from APM's The Dinner Party Download joins us this week to play Marketplace Tech's Friday numbers game: Silicon Tally.||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-13-14 Marketplace Tech - Suing the NSA||Senator Rand Paul files a class action law suit against the National Security Agency. The Kentucky Republican has long been known for Libertarian politics, but going up against the National Security Agency is by some measurements a bold move. Also, we check in on a story we've covered about growing tensions in and around Silicon Valley, where ideas about class and even tradition are being disrupted. And where there are plenty of accusations that the tech industry in northern California is way too insular.||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-12-2014 Marketplace Tech - Paranoia||If there was a Net Neutrality Paranoia Index, it would be way up this week. There's a new quarterly report from video streaming company Netflix. It looks at how well Netflix's content streams on different internet service providers. And there's been an interesting pattern. Both Verizon and Comcast's performance on this report have been dropping for several months.||2/11/14||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!