Marketplace Tech Report

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

Recent Episodes

05-22-2015 Marketplace Tech - 'Leap second'

Airing on Friday, May 22, 2015: First up on today's show, Neil MacDonald, Vice President and Analyst at Gartner research, talks about Hewlett-Packard’s quarterly earnings. Plus, a ‘leap second’ will be added to global timekeeping on June 30th, and while it's not quite Y2K, it’s causing a stir. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission wants exchanges to submit a plan of action by tomorrow. But globally, exchanges are taking different approaches to dealing with this extra second, which is potentially problematic. 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 Dan Lyons, a tech journalist and writer for season 2 of HBO’s Silicon Valley.

05-21-2015 Marketplace Tech - Spotify podcasts and video

Airing on Thursday, May 21, 2015: First up, we'll talk with Marketplace Tech Producer Meg Cramer about Spotify’s foray into video streaming and podcasts. Plus, Dave Sullivan, Auto Industry Analyst with Auto Pacific, talks about why a black market for Prius batteries is springing up in California.

05-20-2015 Marketplace Tech - Generation Z

Airing on Wednesday, May 20, 2015: First up, we'll talk with Harley Geiger, Senior Counsel & Advocacy Director at the Center for Democracy & Technology, about upcoming deadlines for the USA Freedom Act. We'll also speak with Karen North, Professor of Communication and Director of the Digital Social Media Program at USC Annenberg, about ad companies targeting “Generatin Z” consumers by using words like “bae” and “fleek” on social media. And Rich McCormick, a writer for The Verge, joins us to talk about how gamers create “mods,” and why the gaming company Valve is trying to monetize them.

05-19-2015 Marketplace Tech - Bitcoin's history in cypherpunk

Airing on Tuesday, May 19, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk to Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of, about why Chinese electronics company Xiaomi is opening a very limited online store for customers in North America and Europe. Plus, Dale Kunkel, Professor Emeritus of Communication for the University of Arizona, talks about why consumer groups are filing a complaint with the FTC about inappropriate content on Google’s YouTube Kids app. Also joining us is Nathaniel Popper, author of "Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money," about Bitcoin’s origins in the Cypherpunk community, and how the cryptocurrency’s underlying technology might be adopted by Wall Street.

05-18-2015 Marketplace Tech - #RoseCeremony

Airing on Monday, May 18, 2015: First up on today's show, Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, joins to to talk about giving people the choice to opt out of being recorded in public on livestreaming apps like Meerkat and Periscope. Plus, Ryan Calo, Assistant Law Professor at the University of Washington and an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, talks about testing Google’s driverless cars. And we'll talk with Martha Sorren, TV Editor at Bustle, about using social media to predict who will win this season of The Bachelorette. 

05-15-2015 Marketplace Tech - Restricting drones

Airing on Friday, May 15, 2015: First up on today's show, we talk with Brendan Schulman, head of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice at the law firm Kramer Levin, about keeping drones from flying in restricted areas. We'll also speak with Marketplace’s Adriene Hill about what parents say about how their kids use tech in the classroom. 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 Kristen Bellstrom, senior editor at Fortune Magazine, where she writes The Broadsheet – a daily newsletter about the world’s most powerful women.