Marketplace Tech Report

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

Recent Episodes

11-21-14 Marketplace Tech - Butterball tech

First up, we talk to Jeanette Hill, founder and CEO of Spot On Sciences, a company that makes at home blood sample kits. And just in time for Thanskgiving, it's a special food-themed edition of Silicon Tally. Marty Van Ness, Supervisor of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, takes on Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson in this week's quiz. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

11-20-14 Marketplace Tech - Keepsake passwords

First up, Marketplace LearningCurve’s Adriene Hill joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to talk about a new report on student data spending at the state level, and why states are beginning to make bigger investments in student data systems and training. Then, Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, talks about “keepsake passwords” – the passwords we encode with meaning to remind or motivate us as we do our daily login.

11-19-14 Marketplace Tech - Spam nation

On today's show: the Carnival Corp, which owns Carnival and Princess cruises, among others, wants to move beyond an image tarnished most recently by a norovirus outbreak, and it wants the public’s help, through a social media and crowd sourced campaign. Sound risky? Well it is. Plus, Brian Krebs joins us to talk about his new book, Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door.


11-18-14 Marketplace Tech - "V" is for "vape"

On today's show: Samsung will again provide the majority of chips for Apple iPhones and iPads. It may come as a surprise to consumers who think of the companies as competitors, but it reveals that a big part of Samsung’s business is the guts inside electronics. Plus, Jeremy Kees, Associate Professor of Marketing at Villanova University, stops by to talk about the Oxford English Dicitonary’s 2014 word of the year—“vape”—and the health risks that come with the growing e-cigarette industry. And Editor-In-Chief of Reviews at CNET Lindsey Turrentine talks about three gadgets—low-end, mid-range, and high-end—to consider giving as gifts this year.


11-17-14 Marketplace Tech - Go fish, but do it legally

Josh Dzieza, editor at The Verge, talks about using satellite data and algorithms to track illegal fishing. And Jonathan Zittrain, law professor and co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, stops by to talk about what’s next for the FCC.

11-14-14 Marketplace Tech - Why weather?

First up, Will Oremus, Senior Technology Writer at Slate, stops by to talk about Facebook’s new privacy tools. Plus, back in September, hackers believed to be from China infiltrated the federal weather network. But why weather? And how well have you kept up with the week in tech news? Host Ben Johnson takes on David Banks, co-editor of the blog Cyborgology, for this week's Silicon Tally.