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, 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)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, May 16, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about more relaxed investment rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission; what the ongoing Verizon strike tells us about the changing telecom landscape; and Google's developer's conference, where the tech company is expected to unveil a competitor to Amazon Echo. (05/16/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, May 13, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about online astroturfing, the practice of leaving fake positive feedback for consumer products; look at Facebook's decision to publish its editorial guidelines and the danger of biased algorithms; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Mita Carriman, the CEO of tech startup Adventurely.  (05/13/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, May 12, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about increasing rates of sextortion — a form of online abuse where hackers try to blackmail others into sending them adult content. We'll also chat with actor Martin Starr, who plays Bertram Gilfoyle on the HBO series "Silicon Valley." (05/12/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, May 11, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the launch of Amazon Video Direct and how content creators can reap financial benefits from the platform; how tension among co-workers can lead to success; and Uber's plans for a drivers' guild in New York.  (05/11/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, May 10, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about plans for IBM's Watson to tackle cybersecurity; discuss the unveiling of Viv, a digital assistant; and interview the CEO of Periscope, Kayvon Beykpour. (05/10/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, May 9, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about usability issues with Apple Music; look at a proposal in Germany for a fleet of self-driving vehicles; and interview entrepreneur Chet Kanojia about his new company Starry, which creates products that aim to improve your internet experience.  (05/09/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, May 6, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Gemini's Ether currency; recap the latest development in the strange saga over Bitcoin's inventor; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Erica Berger, the founder and CEO of content discovery network Catchpool.   (05/06/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, May 5, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about NewFronts, a series of events where digital media players vie for ad money. Plus, we also interview Pinterest's CEO and chief creative officer about the photo-sharing site's global expansion.  (05/05/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, May 4, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Tesla's place in the automotive world; look at the brief WhatsApp ban in Brazil; and interview the CEO of Vimeo about the company's evolution. (05/04/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, May 3, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Craig Wright's claim that he created Bitcoin. Plus, we interview the head of the Met Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, about the new Manus x Machina exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  (05/03/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, May 2, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the financial state of Alibaba; the new futuristic Family Hub fridge from Samsung; and Chevrolet's Teen Driver system, aimed at encouraging safe driving habits.  (05/02/2016)

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)

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