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Decoder is a new show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

Decoder with Nilay Patel The Verge

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Decoder is a new show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

    How F*ck You Pay Me is empowering creators

    How F*ck You Pay Me is empowering creators

    We talk a lot about the creator economy here on Decoder and one thing we’ve learned from all those conversations is that the creator economy is a market just like any other, with supply and demand, but that it’s also a market that is absolutely starved of information. So today I’m talking to Lindsey Lee Lugrin, the co-founder and CEO of a new platform called Fuck You Pay Me, which is an all-time great company name. FYPM is an app for creators to review and compare brand deals: what brands are paying, what it’s like to work with them, and whether people would work with them again. It’s kind of like Glassdoor or Yelp for influencers.

    Links
    The quirks and features of YouTube car reviews with Doug DeMuro https://www.theverge.com/22637871/doug-demuro-car-reviews-youtube-decoder-interview

    Advertising is complicated, but Melissa Grady is very good at it https://www.theverge.com/22174582/decoder-podcast-interview-cadillac-cmo-melissa-grady-advertising

    YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan on the algorithm, monetization, and the future for creators https://www.theverge.com/22606296/youtube-shorts-fund-neal-mohan-decoder-interview

    The App With the Unprintable Name That Wants to Give Power to Creators https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/02/technology/fypm-creators-app-pay.html

    Introduction to smart contracts 
    https://ethereum.org/en/developers/docs/smart-contracts/

    The golden age of YouTube is over 
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/5/18287318/youtube-logan-paul-pewdiepie-demonetization-adpocalypse-premium-influencers-creators


    Transcript
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22448278
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    It's brutal out here: Olivia Rodrigo and how the music business makes songwriters fight over credits

    It's brutal out here: Olivia Rodrigo and how the music business makes songwriters fight over credits

    This week on Decoder we are doing something a little different. We're talking with Charlie Harding, co-host of the podcast Switched on Pop a podcast about pop music, about the state of the music industry particularly as it relates to copyright. The conversation is framed around Olivia Rodrigo's debut album Sour and why she keeps handing out songwriting credits months after the album was released. This is kind of a hybrid between an episode of Decoder and an episode of Switched on Pop. We play a lot of music throughout the episode and in case you want to go back and listen to full songs we've made playlists for both Spotify and Apple Music.

    Spotify - https://spoti.fi/3nuMTt7
    Apple Music - https://apple.co/3986hUw

    Links
    Olivia Rodrigo Studied All the Right Moves 
    https://www.vulture.com/2021/05/olivia-rodrigo-sour-album-review

    Why Taylor Swift is rerecording all her old songs https://www.vox.com/culture/22278732/taylor-swift-re-recording-fearless-love-story-master-rights-scooter-braun

    Olivia Rodrigo Gives Taylor Swift Songwriting Credit on Second ‘Sour’ Song, ‘Deja Vu’ https://variety.com/2021/music/news/olivia-rodrigo-taylor-swift-songwriting-credit-deja-vu-1235015769/

    Olivia Rodrigo Adds Paramore to Songwriting Credits on ‘Good 4 U’
    https://variety.com/2021/music/news/olivia-rodrigo-paramore-good-4-u-misery-business-1235048791/

    ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Suit Against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ends in $5M Judgment https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/robin-thicke-pharrell-williams-blurred-lines-copyright-suit-final-5-million-dollar-judgment-768508/
     
    Katy Perry Wins Appeal in ‘Dark Horse’ Infringement Case https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/katy-perry-dark-horse-copyright-win-appeal-969009/
     
    Led Zeppelin Wins Long ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/05/arts/music/stairway-to-heaven-led-zeppelin-lawsuit.html
     
    Isley Feels Vindicated In Bolton Case https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/78775/isley-feels-vindicated-in-bolton-case

    Transcript - https://www.theverge.com/e/22436745

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    This episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, Alexander Charles Adams, and Andrew Marino. We were edited by Callie Wright. And our music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    How Slack changed Apple’s employee culture, with Zoë Schiffer

    How Slack changed Apple’s employee culture, with Zoë Schiffer

    Apple has had a lot going on lately: we did a whole episode about the controversial child protection photo scanning features, which have now been delayed. A law in South Korea might force the company to change how App Store payments work; the company settled a Japanese case about the App Store recently, as well as a class-action lawsuit in this country. The verdict in the Epic trial will arrive and there are renewed questions about Apple’s relationship with the Chinese government. And, of course, it’s September — the month when new iPhones usually come out.
    But in the background, Verge senior reporter Zoë Schiffer has spent the past few months publishing story after story about unhappy Apple employees, who are starting to talk to the press more and more about what working at Apple is like, and how they’d like it to change. Nilay Patel talks to Zoë about the work she's been doing and what the future holds.

    Links:
    Here’s why Apple’s new child safety features are so controversial https://bit.ly/3n9E07W

    Apple delays controversial child protection features after privacy outcry https://bit.ly/38QdWX2

    Apple and Google must allow developers to use other payment systems, new Korean law declares https://bit.ly/3BQeXeb

    Apple concedes to let apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle link to the web to sign up https://bit.ly/3kT88Sg

    Epic Games v. Apple: the fight for the future of the App Store https://bit.ly/3ySf873

    Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on competing with Microsoft, the future of work, and managing all those notifications https://bit.ly/2VqBZck

    Apple employees circulate petition demanding investigation into “misogynistic” new hire https://bit.ly/3h4Sqm4

    “Misogynistic” Apple hire is out hours after employees call for investigation https://bit.ly/3naaL5c

    Apple asks staff to return to office three days a week starting in early September https://bit.ly/3yNcUWn
    Apple employees push back against returning to the office in internal letter https://bit.ly/3BJYSXy

    Apple delays mandatory return to office until January 2022, citing COVID-19 surge https://bit.ly/3l433H5

    Apple places female engineering program manager on administrative leave after tweeting about sexism in the office https://bit.ly/3jNwuO0

    Google fires prominent AI ethicist Timnit Gebru https://bit.ly/3toFXhZ

    Apple Shareholders Show Their Support for Tim Cook https://nyti.ms/3tkAn01

    Apple says all US employees now receive equal pay for equal work https://bit.ly/3zSbpYj

    Apple keeps shutting down employee-run surveys on pay equity -- and labor lawyers say it’s illegal https://bit.ly/3BNa85E

    Apple says it has pay equity, but an informal employee survey suggests otherwise https://bit.ly/3zSJYh0

    Apple just banned a pay equity Slack channel but lets fun dogs channel lie https://bit.ly/3hbiyvB

    Apple employees are organizing, now under the banner #AppleToo https://bit.ly/3hazJNP

    Here’s what we know about the Google union so far https://bit.ly/2WWNfNK
    Google employees push back after mishandled sexual harassment revelations https://bit.ly/3DUVv23

    Apple cares about privacy, unless you work at Apple https://www.theverge.com/22648265/apple-employee-privacy-icloud-id

    Black women say Pinterest created a den of discromination -- despite its image as the nicest company in tech https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/07/03/pinterest-race-bias-black-employees/

    Apple ordered to pay California store workers for time spent waiting for bag searches https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/3/21419729/apple-california-pay-workers-class-action-bag-searches

    Read the transcript here:
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22423538
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Everything you need to know about the global chip shortage

    Everything you need to know about the global chip shortage

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, the demand for microchips has far exceeded supply, causing problems in every industry that relies on computers. And if you’re a Decoder listener, you know that that is every industry. Right now, major automakers have unfinished cars sitting in parking lots waiting for chips to be installed. Game consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X are impossible to find. And even things like microwaves and refrigerators are impacted, because they contain simple controller chips. 
    So we realized it was time to figure out what caused the chip shortage, why that happened, and how we are going to get out of it. 
    My guest today is Dr. Willy Shih. He’s the professor of management practices at Harvard Business School. He’s an expert on chips and semiconductors — he spent years working at companies like IBM and Silicon Graphics. And he’s also an expert in supply chains — how things go from raw materials to finished products in stores. Willy’s the guy that grocery stores and paper companies called in March 2020 when there was a run on toilet paper. If anyone’s going to explain this thing, it’s going to be Willy.

    Links:
    What toilet paper can teach us about supply chains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihd7XJMzdG4

    The latest in the global semiconductor shortage https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/2/22363232/global-semiconductor-chip-shortage-pandemic-consoles-cpus-graphics-cards-cars

    Ford to build some F-150 trucks without certain parts due to global chip shortage https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/18/ford-to-build-some-f-150-trucks-without-certain-parts-due-to-global-chip-shortage/

    Situation regarding semiconductor plant fire and product supply https://www.akm.com/us/en/about-us/news/information/20210122-information/

    Samsung forced to halt chip production in Austin due to power outages https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/17/22287054/samsung-chip-production-halted-austin-winter-storm-uri-power-blackouts
     
    About that White House meeting to discuss the semiconductor supply chain https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyshih/2021/04/12/about-that-white-house-meeting-to-discuss-the-semiconductor-supply-chain/?sh=63b7f65b1641
     
    Ford CEO Jim Farley on building the electric F-150 -- and reinventing Ford https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/20/22444294/ford-f150-lightning-pickup-truck-jim-farley-interview
     
    Senate approves billions for US semiconductor manufacturing https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/8/22457293/semiconductor-chip-shortage-funding-frontier-china-competition-act
     
    Intel invests $20 billion into new factories, will produce chips for other companies https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/23/22347250/intel-new-factories-arizona-20-billion-chips-outsourcing-foundry-services-manufacturing
     
    Apple supplier TSMC confirms it’s building an Arizona chip plant https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/14/21259094/apple-tsmc-factory-chips-arizona-a-series
     
    Biden-⁠Harris Administration announces Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to address short-term supply chain discontinuities https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/06/08/fact-sheet-biden-harris-administration-announces-supply-chain-disruptions-task-force-to-address-short-term-supply-chain-discontinuities/
     
    Water shortages loom over future semiconductor fabs in Arizona https://www.theverge.com/22628925/water-semiconductor-shortage-arizona-drought

    Transcript
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22412413
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The quirks and features of YouTube car reviews with Doug DeMuro

    The quirks and features of YouTube car reviews with Doug DeMuro

    Nilay Patel talks with Doug DeMuro, who reviews cars on YouTube for almost 10 years. Nilay and Doug talk about the economics of YouTube, how Doug feels about the platform, and about the new company he co-founded called Cars and Bids.
    Read the transcript: https://www.theverge.com/e/22401912
    Decoder is produced by Creighton DeSimone, Alexander Charles Adams and Andrew Marino. We are edited by Callie Wright. Our music is by Breakmaster Cylinder.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Meet the self-driving brains working with Ford and Volkswagen

    Meet the self-driving brains working with Ford and Volkswagen

    Today I'm talking to Bryan Salesky, the cofounder and CEO of Argo AI, a startup that's trying to build the tech stack for self-driving cars. Argo just launched a small fleet of robotaxis in Miami and Austin in partnership with Lyft. I wanted to talk to Bryan about his partnership with Lyft, but I also wanted to know if the pandemic accelerated any of his investment or development the way we have seen in other industries. After all, the proposition of having a taxi all to yourself is pretty enticing in the COVID era, and lots of people moving away from offices to work from home might love having a car that gets them to and from a central office a couple days a week.
    Of course, I also had to ask about 5G. Is 5G enabling any of Argo's current self-driving technology? Does he see 5G as a benefit in the future? His answer might surprise you… unless you're a regular listener of this show. Then it won't surprise you one bit.
    Read the transcript: https://www.theverge.com/e/22391888
    Decoder is produced by Creighton DeSimone, Alexander Charles Adams and Andrew Marino. And we are edited by Callie Wright. Our music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. 
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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69 Ratings

69 Ratings

olli16 ,

Ist Gut

Sehr informativer Tech-Podcast. Leider hat Kara Swisher die Angewohnheit, Ihre Gesprächspartner häufig zu unterbrechen.

BenX1982 ,

Sehr gut

Einfach hilfreich und tiefe Insights in die Tech-Welt.

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Podcast w/ Sam Harris

I always liked this podcast, but on the episode with Sam Harris the host Kara Swisher is just irritating. She doesn‘t want to understand simple things Harris says and she interrupts him just so often (and often arrogant). She just does very bad in this episode ...

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