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 Friday, April 29, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Amazon's revenue growth; interview Matthew Prince, the CEO of CloudFlare, about the company's dust-up with the TOR project; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Bridget Carey, senior editor at CNET.

(04/29/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, April 28, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the evolution of Facebook; chat with Philip Rosedale, founder of the virtual reality platforms "Second Life" and "High Fidelity"; and examine Germany's new flashing red LEDs to protect distracted pedestrians. 

(04/28/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's quarterly sales drop;  a powerful coalition that's lobbying for autonomous vehicles; and a drone program that delivers health care supplies.

(04/27/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about online campaign fundraising with BuzzFeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro; America's industrial technology landscape; and Twitter earnings. 

(04/26/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, April 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the success of Apple's apps; chat with the CEO of SecureWorks, the first tech IPO of the year; and look at Prince's protected legacy in the digital space.

(04/25/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, April 22, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a strong earnings report from Advanced Micro Devices; chat with Julie Ann Crommett, Google's entertainment industry educator-in-chief; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Aaron Henkin, the producer of the Baltimore documentary series "Out of the Blocks."  (04/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, April 21, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Alphabet vs. the European Union; Intel's 12,000-worker layoff; and the death of the Xbox 360.  (04/21/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, April 20, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Amazon's move into the education space; chip-and-PIN transactions; and the debut of the film "For the Love of Spock" at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. (04/20/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, April 19, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about changes to Amazon's Prime membership service; discuss 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio from YouTube; and chat with Uri Minkoff — the CEO of the women's fashion line Rebecca Minkoff — about the influence of tech on his company. (04/19/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, April 18, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Netflix's dive into the international market; virtual reality at the Tribeca Film Festival; and the miscommunication that can arise with emojis.  (04/18/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, April 15, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk with Matthew Keys about his two-year prison sentence in the LA Times hacking case, and play this week's Silicon Tally with entrepreneur Cindy Gallop, founder of the startup company Make Love Not Porn.      (04/15/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, April 14, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the ongoing Verizon strike, in which 36,000 workers are protesting the company's labor practices; theaters' attempts to use gadgetry to attract audiences; and the sentencing of Matthew Keys, a former Reuters journalist who was accused of giving hacker group Anonymous access to the LA Times' website.  (04/14/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, April 13, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Facebook's F8 developer conference where they announced their focus on bots and unveiled a 360-degree camera; tax fraud season; and the idea for a fleet of tiny spacecraft that would travel to our closest star system, Alpha Centauri. (04/13/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, April 12, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the rise of bots; a tech company that has secured the digital rights to create a Notorious B.I.G. hologram; and a pair of glasses from VSP Global, a vision insurance company, that'll track your health.  (04/12/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, April 11, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Amazon's plans to introduce a new Kindle e-reader; the government's ongoing battle with Apple over iPhone access; and our visit to the New York International Auto Show where we took a Toyota Mirai for a spin. (04/11/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, April 8, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the upcoming G7 summit where countries will discuss an unprecedented data sharing plan; take a look at Google's possible bid for Yahoo; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Nicholas Carson, editor-in-chief of the website Insider.   (04/08/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, April 7, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the new P9 and P9 Plus smartphones from Chinese company Huawei; Reddit's updated blocking feature; and a no-click ordering app from Domino's. (04/07/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, April 6, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about AltspaceVR's plans for a shared virtual reality experience; Apple's fight to sell used iPhones in India; and the expansion of Amazon's Payments program. (04/06/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, April 5, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Hewlett Packard's plan to release the thinnest laptop on the market; chat with self-help author Gretchen Rubin about how she uses an online community to research topics; and discover the online advertising methods used by human smugglers. (04/05/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, April 4, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the FCC's approval of a subsidy that could help low-income households gain internet access; voice-command technology; and personal data policies around the world.  (04/04/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, April 1, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about BlackBerry's future growth plan; discuss the growing fears businesses have over hacking threats; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Ars Technica business editor Cyrus Farivar.  (04/01/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, March 31, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the unveiling of Tesla's long-anticipated Model 3 car; discuss the latest news coming from Microsoft's Build conference with the company's Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices, Yusuf Mehdi; and look at a new matchmaking service from eHarmony that'll set you up with...workplaces. (03/31/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, March 30, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Microsoft's annual software developer conference where the company will announce what it has in store for the year; SoundCloud's new $10-a-month subscription service; and key changes happening with Snapchat.  (03/30/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, March 29, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the FBI's announcement that it has unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers; chat with Compaq co-founder Rod Canion about the computer company's history; and look at the pros of Instagram's new algorithm that'll show you what it thinks you want to see.  (03/29/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, March 28, 2016
On today's show, it's all about virtual reality. We'll talk about the long-awaited virtual reality headset from Oculus; chat with the New York Times' Toni Cruthirds about upcoming VR products; and visit New York Public Library Labs to learn more about its Space/Time Directory, which aims to create a "time-traveling" service from archived material.  (03/28/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, March 25, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Sony's foray into the mobile game industry; discuss a teenage chatbot gone rogue; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Marketplace reporter Sabri Ben-Achour.  (03/25/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, March 24, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about financial disappointment in the world of wearables; Pinterest's efforts to diversify its workforce; and March Madness algorithms. (03/24/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, March 23, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the role of social media in the aftermath of yesterday's Brussels terrorist attacks; the government's plans to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters; and the success of Nintendo's first smartphone game.  (03/23/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, March 22, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the Justice Department's announcement that it may be able to unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino attacker without Apple's help; and discuss Adobe's past, present and future with its CEO, Shantanu Narayen.  (03/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, March 21, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's expected plans to unveil a new iPhone and iPad at its upcoming launch event, and the challenges Stripe — an internet commerce company — will face in Cuba as it prepares to do business there.  (03/21/2016)

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