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Foundering is an award-winning, serialized podcast from the journalists at Bloomberg Technology. Each season, Foundering brings you inside a different high-stakes drama from the technology industry, where its companies are wielding unprecedented capital and power. 

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Foundering is an award-winning, serialized podcast from the journalists at Bloomberg Technology. Each season, Foundering brings you inside a different high-stakes drama from the technology industry, where its companies are wielding unprecedented capital and power. 

    Introducing: Breakthrough

    Introducing: Breakthrough

    On Breakthrough, a new series from the Prognosis podcast, we explore how the pandemic is changing our understanding of healthcare and medicine. We start with an examination of long Covid, a mysterious new illness that has stumped doctors attempting to treat symptoms that last for months and potentially years. It has changed the way hospitals work and forced healthcare officials to prepare for the next pandemic. Covid has also opened the door to revolutionary technology: messenger RNA vaccines. It’s a technology that never could have been proven so quickly outside the crucible of that first pandemic year, 2020, and it holds big implications for the future of medicine. Breakthrough launches on Oct. 19. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 3 min
    TikTok Part 6: The Showdown

    TikTok Part 6: The Showdown

    In the summer of 2020, amid a pandemic, historic unemployment and racial unrest, President Donald Trump developed a bizarre obsession with TikTok. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo and her colleagues take you aboard Air Force One and into the surreal tit-for-tat fight between TikTok and one of the most powerful men in the world.

    Updated May 27, 2021 to reflect ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming's decision to step down.
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    • 43 min
    TikTok Part 5: Should We Be Worried About Our Data?

    TikTok Part 5: Should We Be Worried About Our Data?

    After Donald Trump is elected president, tensions between the United States and China escalate. Several American politicians, security experts and even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg turn their attention toward TikTok. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo looks into the fundamental question facing TikTok: What user data does TikTok collect, and can that information wind up in the hands of the Chinese government?
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    • 42 min
    TikTok Part 4: Are The Kids All Right?

    TikTok Part 4: Are The Kids All Right?

    While TikTok is known primarily as a breeding ground for funny memes, dance routines and lip-synching videos, there’s a dark side to TikTok that starts with the young children who populate the app. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo looks into the consequences of TikTok’s failure to safeguard its adolescent user base. Warning: This episode contains difficult and disturbing reporting, including stories about the sexual exploitation of minors.
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    • 34 min
    TikTok Part 3: ‘I’ll Be Making Bank! Hopefully.’

    TikTok Part 3: ‘I’ll Be Making Bank! Hopefully.’

    TikTok has redefined American pop culture and upended the music industry, advertising and the economics of fame. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo examines TikTok’s hands-on approach with its creators and artists, minting a new generation of social media stars and positioning TikTok’s parent company as the first Chinese tech giant to come out with a truly global consumer app.
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    • 41 min
    TikTok Part 2: The Silent Force from China

    TikTok Part 2: The Silent Force from China

    TikTok is powered by sophisticated artificial intelligence that predicts what users want to see next. This technology was developed at ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company and the most valuable startup in the world. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo explains how ByteDance founder and CEO Zhang Yiming fundamentally changed how a generation consumes media on their phones.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

sankanator ,

Love the pivot!

Decrypted felt somewhat redundant to NYT's The Daily and WSJ's The Journal... I really like this pivot to focusing on 1 big story! Only ask I have is to focus on a story for season 2 that hasn't been all over the news...

aidgas ,

Pretty dull

For all the money and leverage Bloomberg has this is pretty weak. Maybe it will get better over time..

Nutherun ,

Redundant. Check out WECRASHED instead

Unfortunately everything in this podcast felt really redundant. Wondery produced a podcast on this same topic, and did a MUCH better job of it.

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