Marketplace Tech Report

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

Recent Episodes

03-31-2015 Marketplace Tech - Meet Tidal, JAY-Z's new music streaming service

Airing on Tuesday, March 31, 2015: First up, we take a look at Jay Z new music streaming site, Tidal, which was just re-launched. We're joined by Ian Sherr, Executive Editor of CNET News, to talk about whether the rap mogul can compete with Spotify, Apple etc. Next, we turn to Reddit's "dark net markets," which have become a hot bed of activity for online drug sales. We'll speak with Wired’s Andy Greenberg about federal attempts to find criminals on Reddit. And we'll take a look at a recent finding by economists that Silicon Valley has the highest rate of economic mobility in the US. People at the bottom of the income ladder have a roughly 12 percent chance of climbing up into the top fifth of the income ladder. The downside? That leaves 88 percent of the economy who aren't making that climb and all those people that did make the leap have caused the cost of living to climb ever higher. 

03-30-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Kleiner Perkins trial

Airing on Monday, March 30, 2015: First up, we talk with Marisa Kendall, reporter for The Recorder, about the Kleiner Perkins trial. Next, we take a look at Northeastern University's plan to launch a series of educational hubs embedded directly in select companies across the Bay area – starting with Silicon Valley. The Boston college says the program takes a unique hybrid approach - part online, part face-to-face instruction - and aims to draw in more women and minorities to the STEM field. How does it plan to do that? Also, Marketplace’s Tobin Low brings us an audio postcard from the maker of MiMu Gloves, a gestural instrument that works like a wearable theremin.

03-27-2015 Marketplace Tech - EU vs Silicon Valley 2.0

Airing on Friday, March 27, 2015:  We take a look at the European Union's upcoming investigation into how e-commerce sites like Amazon operate in its twenty-eight countries. There’s a concern that these companies are violating the EU’s antitrust laws by blocking cross border trade. Next, we talk with Pai-Ling Yin, a Social Science Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, about the proliferation of livestreaming services. And Ben Richmond, contributing editor to Vice’s Motherboard, joins us for this week's Silicon Tally! 



03-26-2015 Marketplace Tech - On Swatting and Doxxing

Airing on Thursday, March 26, 2015: First up, we talk with William McGeveran, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, about selling customer data in the RadioShack auction. Next, we take a look at Microsoft new policy that all (U.S.) vendors with 50 employees or more must offer their employees 10 days paid vacation and 5 days sick leave, or some combination thereof.  What impact might this have, and beyond publicity, what’s in it for Microsoft? And we'll also speak with Sarah Jeong, a tech policy journalist, about doxxing and swatting. 

03-25-2015 Marketplace Tech - It's Complicated: Tech in Saudi Arabia

Airing on Wednesday, March 25, 2015: First up, we talk with Molly Wood, Tech Columnist for the New York Times, about the expansion of Facebook Messenger. Next, Ben talks with Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family, about retail training for Saudi women and why social media can be a complicated tool in Saudi Arabia.


03-24-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Smart Yard Is Here

Airing on Tuesday, March 24, 2015: First up is Nidhi Kalra, Information scientist at the RAND Corporation, to talk about autonomous vehicles. Next, we ask why Big tobacco wants us to know that E-cigarettes are bad for us. What’s driving this public health message? Also, Ben speaks with Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of, about the Internet of things in your yard.