Marketplace Tech Report

Marketplace Tech is a daily 4-minute show exploring how technology is shaping our lives.

Recent Episodes

02-26-2015 Marketplace Tech - How safe are biometrics?

Airing on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015: Today, the FCC will vote on net neutrality. We speak with Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, who coined the term “network neutrality,” ahead of the vote this evening. And, for this week's edition of Back to Back to the Future Part II, we are joined by  Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist at Center for Democracy & Technology -  he talks with Ben about fingerprint scanning technology. 


02-25-2015 Marketplace Tech - Vote for your Book

Airing on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk about a sex discrimination suit in Silicon Valley involving the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins which opens another window on complaints that women are treated unequally in the tech world. We'll also talk to Amanda Lotz, Associate Professor of Communications Studies at the University of Michigan, about why cable companies aren’t worried about cord cutters. And Steve Gannon, one of the authors selected for the Kindle Scouts program, talks about being an author on Amazon.


02-24-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Backdoor Key

Airing on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015: Comcast, the country's  largest cable operator reports its earnings today. But the merger with Time Warner is still hanging in the balance? We'll talk about how that's going. Next, we have Nitasha Tikku, senior writer at The Verge, on the Unicorn Startup Explosion, how it affects us and where companies could fail. And then we speak with Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain about his open letter to Prime Minister Cameron explaining why banning encrypted messaging apps is a bad idea. 

02-23-2015 Marketplace Tech - YouTube for kids

Airing on Monday, February 23, 2015: YouTube is launching a “YouTube for kids” app. In part, it’s a response to parents who want to be able to let their kids surf YouTube’s video content safely. But it’s also an enormous money making opportunity. We take a look at the market for kid-friendly media platforms. Next up is Chris Schlitt, a Pebble app developer, to talk about what features he’d like to see in the new Pebble smartwatch, which is rumored to be launching on Tuesday. We also speak with Will Oremus, senior tech writer for Slate, about why Snapchat’s user interface is so hard to use. 


02-20-2015 Marketplace Tech - Rethinking Hollwyood

Airing on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015: Cyber crime has been in the news a lot lately. It's become a big enough problem that the White House is hosting summits on it, and even establishing a brand new agency to fight it. Today, we speak with Maria Tcherni, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven, about the rise of cybercrime compared to other types of property theft. Next up is our segment from our series on Hollywood vs Silicon Valley - we talk with Todd Wagner, co-founder of and co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, about rethinking the Hollywood distribution model. For this week's Silicon Tally, we have Janet Vertesi, a sociologist and historian of science and technology at Princeton. 



02-19-2015 Marketplace Tech - Cinemas of the Future

Airing on Thursday, February 19, 2015: The Apple Watch is almost here. It's expected to be released in April. We speak with Ryan Martin, a wearable technology analyst for 451 Research, on the watch's looming launch. Today, on our Hollywood vs Silicon Valley coverage - we talk with Charles Forman, co-founder of the gaming company OMGPOP, about bringing tech to the screenwriting process and whether or not the balance is tipping in favor of Silicon Valley, and we also talk with VidCon founder and YouTube star Hank Green about the difference between being Internet-famous and Hollywood-famous.