Marketplace Tech®

with Ben Johnson

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Hosted by Ben Johnson, this daily "journal of the Digital Age" airs during broadcasts of Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition.

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Marketplace Tech for Monday, June 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the effects of Brexit on the tech world; examine how much Brexit news is appearing in social media feeds; and look at who, exactly, a self-driving car should protect in the event of an accident — passengers or people in the vehicle's path?

(06/27/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, June 24, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Twilio's first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Plus, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Katie Notopoulos, a senior editor at Buzzfeed.  (06/24/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, June 23, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Tumblr's launch of live video; companies purchasing fake followers; and transparency when it comes to a company's supply chain. (06/23/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 22, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about new drone guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration; look at the recent hack against digital currency Ethereum; and interview the band Son Lux, which just released a new EP called "Stranger Forms."    (06/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, June 21, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the Federal Communication Commission's plans to open the U.S. to the next generation of mobile networks; look at Apple's decision to start making some money from user data; and  interview engineer Erica Baker about diversity in tech.  (06/21/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, June 20, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about tech company Twilio's plans to hold its initial public offering this week; interview Nancy Lublin, the founder and CEO of of Crisis Text Line; and look at Conde Nast's acquisition of Backchannel, a blog that will be a part of the Wired group.   (06/20/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, June 17, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Magic Leap, a company that promises to augment our reality by putting holographic images in front of our eyes; play this week's Silicon Tally with Wired's Cade Metz; and look at Facebook's plan to try and make a better version of email.  (06/17/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, June 16, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about online radicalization in the aftermath of the Orlando, Florida shooting; look at possible changes to WEAs (Wireless Emergency Alerts); and examine the kinds of personal information that presidential campaigns are able to collect. (06/16/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 15, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a new federal court ruling that will allow the Federal Communications Commission to define high-speed internet as a utility; look at highlights from this year's E3; and chat with CNET Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine about kitchen technology. (06/15/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, June 14, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about technology used to alert people in emergency situations; key highlights from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, including the company's announcement that it will open Siri up to third-party app developers; and Microsoft's $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn. (06/14/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, June 13, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Mark Zuckerberg's plans to do a live Q & A on Tuesday with folks from around the world; interview author Arun Sundararajan about his new book "The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism"; and look at the military's relationship with GPS. (06/13/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, June 10, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Larry Page's investment in flying cars; look at the legacy that Tom Perkins, a pioneer in the venture capital world, left behind amid news of his death; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Selena Larson, a reporter from The Daily Dot. (06/10/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, June 9, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference; whether virtual reality will go mainstream; and the issues over-the-air updates have created for vehicles. (06/09/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 8, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Wells Fargo's plans to stop small businesses from giving their banking credentials to third parties; rumors that Samsung may release two phones with bendable screens; and Snapchat's redesign.  (06/08/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, June 7, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a piece of legislation in the U.K. that could change the way the government monitors its citizens; an algorithm that may allow us to see a black hole; and how illegal drug dealers are utilizing Uber. (06/07/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, June 6, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the GOP's plans to work with tech lobbyists to define its platform ahead of the 2016 Republican National Convention; look at India's energy infrastructure; and visit North Carolina's American Underground — part collaborative space, part startup accelerator. (06/06/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, June 3, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about reports that Snapchat has 150 million daily users, a number that surpasses Twitter's user base; look at the trickiness behind an anti-hate speech agreement signed onto by Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Google and the European Commission; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Marketplace's very own Lewis Wallace. (06/03/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, June 2, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about apps geared toward people with disabilities; interview author Manu Saadia about his new book "Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek"; and look at Uber's $3.5 billion cash infusion from Saudi Arabia. (06/02/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 1, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a new microchip from Qualcomm that's "low end"; the use of automated and computerized systems to fight storm surge and other forms of flooding; and Google's "Magenta," a project that aims to see if machines are capable of creating art. (06/01/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, May 31, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Volkswagen's deal with ride-sharing company Gett; chat with author Alex Moazed about his new book "Modern Monopolies," which discusses the success of platform businesses; and interview Gadi Amit, the designer of Fitbit and head of NewDealDesign. (05/31/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, May 30, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the nonprofit VetTechTrek, a startup that helps veterans acquire jobs at tech companies; a Silicon Valley slowdown after last year's tech boom; and how social media is becoming the news outlet of choice for an increasing amount of Americans.  (05/30/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, May 27, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the court battle between Google and Oracle over APIs; play this week's Silicon Tally with New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo; and dive into the news that Microsoft and Facebook are joining forces to build the highest-capacity subsea internet cable ever.   (05/27/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, May 26, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about needed tech updates for the government; the news that billionaire Peter Thiel has been funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker for publishing a sex tape featuring Hogan; and self-repairing material.  (05/26/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, May 25, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Pebble's foray into Kickstarter; a startup that pairs Syrian refugees with people around the world who want to speak Arabic; and Twitter's changes to its 140-character limit.  (05/25/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, May 24, 2016
On today's show, we'll check in to see how restructuring efforts at Hewlett Packard and IBM have affected each company; interview author Thomas Davenport about his new book "Only Humans Need Apply," which argues that the future of business success will require machine-human collaboration; and meet the man behind Google Doodle, Ryan Germick.  (05/24/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, May 23, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a possible vote from European regulators to make video streaming more like broadcast television; North Carolina's startup scene; and auditory invisible cloaks.  (05/23/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, May 20, 2016
On today's show, we're coming to you from the music, art and technology festival Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina. We'll talk about Google's I/O developer conference, where the company has announced its plans to tackle everything from messaging services to home assistants; listen to the complexity of video game music; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Pierce Freelon, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (05/20/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, May 19, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Google's new messaging app, Allo; a study from Pew Research on the gig economy that reveals Uber and the like aren't as ubiquitous as you might think; and a movie about Tetris that has secured $80 million in funding. (05/19/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, May 18, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about efforts from Apple to expand its products in India; interview the president of Lyft, John Zimmer, about background checks for drivers and the company's push for self-driving vehicles; and take a look at a tiny robot that could one day perform surgical procedures.  (05/18/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, May 17, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the launch of Otto, a startup that's in the game of self-driving vehicles; how to increase diversity in the tech industry; and the latest smart tech for your garden.   (05/17/2016)

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