Marketplace Tech Report

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

Recent Episodes

09-22-14 Marketplace Tech - Must-binge television

Apple’s new iOS8 operating system and the one coming from Google both provide privacy from some surveillance. Which should make users happy and law enforcement authorities unhappy. What will the features actually do? Plus, we talk to Matt Zoller Seitz, TV critic for New York Magazine, about binge watching, why it feels so good, and why it’s driving people to make creative, experimental TV shows.

09-19-14 Marketplace Tech - Larry Ellison's side step

First up, there's news that multinational computer company Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison has stepped down. Or stepped sideways, really. He'll now be the chairman, replaced by two CO-CEOs, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd. Plus, the anticipation has been building for weeks over Alibaba's IPO, from a massive road show, to price changes, to plenty of speculation on what's looking like the largest IPO ever. The Chinese Online Retail Giant's adventures on the market today represent complicated seas for adventurous investors, but also some potential big changes for another tech company that is already invested...we're talking about Yahoo. Santosh Rao is head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, and joins us to discuss. And how well have you kept up with the week in tech news? It's time for Silicon Tally! This week, host Ben Johnson takes on Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director of "Code For America," and recent Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the United States Government.

09-18-14 Marketplace Tech - Detroit tech

First up, Molly Wood, Technology columnist for the New York Times, stops by to talk about the new iPhone and iOS8. Plus, Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, on Detroit’s startup community and how tech is changing the auto industry.

09-17-14 Marketplace Tech - Yelp gets litigious

A state law signed by California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law that stops restaurants from pursuing legal action against customers who give them negative reviews. Why is this law necessary, and how will it impact businesses and the Yelp community at large? And Twitch CEO and Co-Founder Emmett Shear talks about selling to Amazon, and how mobile games are catching up with the company’s ambitions.

09-16-14 Marketplace Tech - A conversation with Mark Cuban

First up, Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of Reviews at CNET, talks about Microsoft buying the maker of Minecraft – Mojang – and why the user base is worth so much to the company. Plus, our coverage of TechCrunch Disrupt continues with a conversation with investor and Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban about investing in a startup scene that’s changing and growing.

09-15-14 Marketplace Tech - HBO GO ditches cable

HBO, home of "Sex in the City," "The Wire," "True Detective" and "True Blood," is said to be considering whether to allow customers access to their streaming video service -- "HBO-GO" -- without having a cable subscription. That move would not only shake up the television industry, it would put HBO in direct competition with services like Netflix. And Cary Coglianese, a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about how public comments will shape the FCC’s position on net neutrality when the public comment period closes. Plus, a conversation with founders at TechCrunch about what they’re looking for at this year's conference.