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, August 26, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about technology's presence at Burning Man, a Nevada festival of art and self-expression; play this week's Silicon Tally with Tricia Berry, director of the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Austin; and look at how Nextdoor, the social network for neighborhoods, is aiming to get neighbors to do less racial profiling. 

(08/26/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, August 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Uber's partnership with Betterment to give its drivers saving-for-retirement options; increased efforts from employers to retain good workers; and Japan's plans to use e-waste in the creation of its Olympic medals for the 2020 games.

(08/25/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the aftermath of Hewlett-Packard's decision to split into two companies; a project in Baltimore where aircraft used cameras to watch citizens and help police solve crimes; and changes to Google's search rankings that are aimed at burying sites with distracting mobile advertising.

(08/24/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the decision from Tekserve, a store that repaired Apple devices, to close up shop; look at Sony's plans to offer two different versions of the PlayStation 4; and interview Bryan Johnson, the founder of OS Fund and Braintree.

(08/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, August 22, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about how Best Buy is aging in the era of online retail; Uber's venture into the world of autonomous driving; and an experiment that looked at the better predictor of people's moods based on Instagram photos: humans or algorithms? 

(08/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, August 19, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about cheaper price plans from the big four U.S. wireless carriers; look at technology used to determine the winners in Olympics' events; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Lindsay Michael, co-host and senior producer of the CBC radio show "Podcast Playlist." (08/19/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, August 18, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Intel's new virtual-reality headset, Project Alloy; Cisco's decision to cut 7 percent of its global workforce; a Stanford University study that looks at whether machines might be better than humans in predicting types of lung cancer; and milestones that the Mars Curiosity Rover has reached.  (08/18/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 17, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Ford's announcement that it will have an autonomous car ready by 2021;  Intel's plans to launch a virtual-reality headset; and Google's new video-calling app, Duo. (08/17/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, August 16, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about  Google Fiber's potential shift to wireless technology; the possibility of a new operating system from Google; and an algorithm that'll help judges set bail.  (08/16/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, August 15, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the start of the eGames, a pop-up video game competition; the Huffington Post's impact on digital media; and the rise of Pokemon Go travel tours. (08/15/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, August 12, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the future of public high-speed internet access; play this week's Silicon Tally with Matt Marr, a comedian and host of the "Dear Mattie Show" podcast; and look at criticism Twitter is getting on how it handles abuse that happens on its platform. (08/12/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, August 11, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about why the International Olympic Committee is trying to ban gifs from this year's games; criticism about a Snapchat filter that some users have said reduces them to racist Asian caricatures; and the new sci-fi exploration video game "No Man's Sky." (08/11/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 10, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the possibility of a second Apple Watch; steps Facebook is taking to make it harder for ad blocking software to work on the site; a data breach against the credit card payment management system MICROS; and malware that could affect 900 million Android devices.  (08/10/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, August 9, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Hulu's decision to start charging users for access to its content; the possibility that the Obama Administration will move the Pentagon's Cyber Command to become the sixth branch of the military; and the $100 million case against Comcast over a customer protection plan.  (08/09/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, August 8, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Getty's venture into virtual reality images for the Summer Olympics; hacks related to the country's election process; and Airbnb's involvement in a building project in a small Japanese town.  (08/08/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, August 5, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the second annual drone racing championships in New York; look at the the DEF CON hacking conference taking place in Las Vegas; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Ini Augustine, the president of the Iowa Black Business Coalition. (08/05/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, August 4, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the possibility that Wal-Mart may purchase Jet.com — an e-commerce company — for $3 billion; a new report that says an increasing number of people are buying goods without a bank account; and the death of Seymour Papert, a mathematician and educational theorist who co-created the programming language LOGO.  (08/04/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 3, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Instagram's new "Stories" feature, which will allow you to share photos and videos that disappear from your feed after 24 hours; the change to Apple's pistol emoji from a real looking gun to a water gun; and a virtual reality-infused Olympics.  (08/03/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, August 2, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the merger between SolarCity and Tesla; big tech companies who have been experimenting with posting videos aimed at deterring would-be terrorists; and the possibility that Facebook might owe the IRS $5 billion in back taxes.  (08/02/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, August 1, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the launch of Microsoft's Xbox One S; interview Talend CEO Mike Tuchen about the company's recent decision to go public; and chat with Michael D. Smith about digital disruption in the film and television industries compared to the music industry. (08/01/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, July 29, 2016
On today's show, we'll interview Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler about the economic impact of his crowdfunding site; chat with an attendee at the Democratic National Convention who crowfunded her way to the event; and look at why Airbnb is at the DNC.  (07/29/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, July 28, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a new biometric, fingerprint-activated credit card that's aimed at decreasing credit card fraud; Amazon's plans to test delivery drones in the U.K.; and new imaging technology that could help doctors get a more detailed view of patients' brains.  (07/28/2016)

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)

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