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 Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Facebook's future in the video space; look at what Verizon learned from the strike its workers went on in the spring; and interview Andy Walshe, a performance consultant who helps athletes win big.

(07/27/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, July 26, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's anticipated earnings report; the possibility that Russia may have been behind the hack on the Democratic National Committee; and a rise in the number of young travelers. 

(07/26/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, July 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a Yahoo-Verizon deal; interview author David Sheff about his book "Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World"; and speak to people who are still fond of VCRs.

(07/25/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, July 22, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the murder of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch by her brother, along with similar cases happening in the country. Plus, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Erika Bergman, the co-founder of Global Engineering and Exploration Counselors.  (07/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, July 21, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Peter Thiel's decision to back Donald Trump; whether tech makes people more politically active; and the amount of electricity that Google's data centers use. (07/21/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, July 20, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about BuzzFeed's plans to unleash one of its newest reporters at the Republican National Convention: a journalist bot. We'll look at anti-plagiarism software following Melania Trump's speech on Monday night, and the revelation that it shared similarities with Michelle Obama's convention speech from 2008. Plus, we'll learn about a rewritable storage device that uses chlorine atoms and a tiny metal surface. (07/20/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, July 19, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the Monday release of Yahoo's earnings report — which may be the company's last; shifts in the way news about this year's presidential election is delivered and consumed compared to the 2012 election; and the non-lethal tools that are available in terrorist attacks.  (07/19/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, July 18, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Netflix's popularity — and the company's growing competition; an uptick in the livestreaming of political conventions, which may lead to more memes and attract younger viewers; and similarities between disruption at tech companies and disruption in the underground economy. (07/18/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, July 15, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about visual effects in the "Ghostbusters" franchise; play this week's Silicon Tally with Backchannel's editorial director, Jessi Hempel; and the use of emojis in Venmo payments. (07/15/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, July 14, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the communication app Line, which may be the biggest IPO of 2016; tracking people using stingrays, devices that mimic cell phone towers; and the servers that power such games as Pokemon Go. (07/14/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, July 13, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about an agreement between the U.S. and the European Union on new guidelines for sharing data across the Atlantic Ocean; Facebook's new "Secret Conversations" feature, which uses end-to-end encryption; and National Geographic Magazine's editing standards for photos. (07/13/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, July 12, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the use of bomb-diffusing robots to target criminal suspects  — new territory for law enforcement; look at why Nintendo's Pokémon Go has become such a phenomenon; and interview people on the street about the Pokémon Go app. (07/12/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, July 11, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the psychology of online shopping; Twitter's plans to live stream Thursday night NFL games, along with its efforts to secure the digital rights to other sports events; and your hopes for the future of tech.  (07/11/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, July 8, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about when social media sites like Facebook should — or shouldn’t — remove user content; play this week's Silicon Tally with Bloomberg News reporter Alex Barinka; and look at a new report that shows education and teaching are among the fields least likely to be "automated." (07/08/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, July 7, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a case concerning the constitutionality of government monitoring; ISIS' use of app ads to sell and trade women and girls; and new screening technology that may decrease travelers' wait time. (07/07/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, July 6, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the discontinuation of the Blackberry Classic phone; our sun's life expectancy; and the growing vocation of the robot maintenance worker. (07/06/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, July 5, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the safety of self-driving vehicles on the heels of a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S; whether sifting through people's social media accounts can really prevent terrorist attacks; and a new fashion tech company with clothing that could help you foil paparazzi.  (07/05/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, July 4, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Lebron James in virtual reality format; a mission to Jupiter's orbit; and controlling fireworks through your cell phone. (07/04/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, July 1, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a program that will track the movements of Uber drivers with the aim of trying to increase safety and efficiency; play this week's Silicon Tally with Shane Frykholm, one of the founding engineers of the job-search startup Jobr; and look at the sweet, crowd-sourced name of Google's latest operating system.    (07/01/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, June 30, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 10; the battle between Yahoo's leadership and investors about the company's future; and the benefits of...asteroids.  (06/30/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 29, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Clinton's speech on using technology to help grow the U.S. economy; a hack on Mark Zuckerberg, Channing Tatum and Sundar Pichai by the group Our Mine;  and Apple's new patent that would disable photo and video recording capabilities in specific places.  (06/29/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, June 28, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the effects of Brexit on London's startup scene; the rise in Bitcoin's value; and how some tech companies are trying to prevent online radicalization.  (06/28/2016)

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)

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