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A weekly podcast brought to you by The Information, a subscription tech news site doing deep dives and investigative looks at the tech and media industries. Each episode highlights some of the major happenings in tech business world, featuring the reporters at The Information. It's interviews, analysis, and wrap-ups to help give you insights into what the biggest companies in the industry are thinking.

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A weekly podcast brought to you by The Information, a subscription tech news site doing deep dives and investigative looks at the tech and media industries. Each episode highlights some of the major happenings in tech business world, featuring the reporters at The Information. It's interviews, analysis, and wrap-ups to help give you insights into what the biggest companies in the industry are thinking.

    Mind Your Zs and Qs

    Mind Your Zs and Qs

    Zoe breaks down the new strange world of video conference etiquette. We discuss how the new remote lifestyle has raised a handful of questions about the proper way to interact over video chat. And she explains why an etiquette coach said you technically don't have to wear pants when you're on a Zoom conference (or any video conference for that matter). 

    Background Reading

    Etiquette in the Age of Zoom

    • 14 min
    Apple's Remote Control

    Apple's Remote Control

    Nick Bastone dives into the way Apple has tried to manage the work-from-home era, where employees have to keep the secret products under wraps while working in a non secretive location

    Background Reading

    How Apple is Working From Home

    • 13 min
    Are You There, Pod? It's Me, Spotify

    Are You There, Pod? It's Me, Spotify

    Jessica Toonkel talks about why Spotify decided to go on a spending spree to get into the podcasting space. We discuss how this can actually pay off for the company and how long it could take to show results. 

    • 15 min
    Is Amazon Too Essential?

    Is Amazon Too Essential?

    Priya dives into how Amazon has become one of the central pieces holding things together as large swaths of the country remains under stay-at-home orders. We also discuss whether Amazon's increasing role as a utility servicing the nation will change the way people view the company—and what it means for regulatory efforts.

    Background Reading

    Amazon’s Retail Power Could Grow During Pandemic

    • 14 min
    There's Hope, There's Hope, There's Light

    There's Hope, There's Hope, There's Light

    We talk to Shai Oster, our Hong Kong bureau chief, about his experience leaving the country as the coronavirus began threatening from China. Then returning to Hong Kong once the US started seeing the effects. He gives us a look at what life looks like after the quarantining ends and people attempt to return to normal. 

    • 19 min
    Gimme Shelter

    Gimme Shelter

    The first of our special midweek podcasts during the COVID-19 pandemic looks at Airbnb. Cory explores the company's decision to give guests full refunds on trips that had to be cancelled because of travel restrictions during the crisis.

    Please reach out to tom@theinformation.com if this situation has happened to you if you have any thoughts as a guest or host.

    Background Reading:

    Airbnb’s Longstanding Ties to Hosts Frayed by Crisis

    • 17 min

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