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Big tech is transforming every aspect of our world. But how? And at what cost? In the latest season of Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption, Recode senior reporter Shirin Ghaffary and The Verge deputy editor Alex Heath bring us inside the company that’s determined how the world interacts and communicates online. How has Meta shaped our relationships, and what’s in store for us as the company undergoes an unprecedented transition? New episodes every Wednesday starting July 13th.
From Recode, The Verge and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • 4.7 • 168 Ratings

Big tech is transforming every aspect of our world. But how? And at what cost? In the latest season of Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption, Recode senior reporter Shirin Ghaffary and The Verge deputy editor Alex Heath bring us inside the company that’s determined how the world interacts and communicates online. How has Meta shaped our relationships, and what’s in store for us as the company undergoes an unprecedented transition? New episodes every Wednesday starting July 13th.
From Recode, The Verge and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    "Facebook Gets A Facelift"

    "Facebook Gets A Facelift"

    Long before Mark Zuckerberg renamed Facebook Meta and made an unprecedented pivot into the metaverse, he invented a feature that turned Facebook into a social network behemoth. The News Feed, which put your friends’ status updates onto your homepage, changed the way we interact online. It was a strong statement of Zuckerberg’s values: that connecting, and sharing, at scale would be de-facto good for the world. It was also his first public controversy.

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    • 27 min
    Don't Be Afraid To Break Things

    Don't Be Afraid To Break Things

    If our first episode brought you into the beginning of Zuckerberg’s vision for connecting at scale, this story is about the consequences of pursuing that vision at full speed. In the 2000s, Facebook made a big bet to become a platform for developers – and all social activity across the web. It would bring us FarmVille and “Log In With Facebook.” But years later, it would lead the company into one of its biggest scandals: Cambridge Analytica.

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    • 37 min
    Why Instagram Broke Its Square

    Why Instagram Broke Its Square

    When Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram in 2012, he promised he would be hands-off with the company’s curated aesthetic and simple features. But as Facebook scaled the startup into a social media juggernaut, tensions flared. Instagram’s founders would leave, and it’s now a very different app than when it first started. But are the changes setting the company up to compete in the future? Or is Instagram losing the magic that made it great in the first place? 

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    • 36 min
    The Facebook Election

    The Facebook Election

    Facebook used to brag about how its tools helped politicians swing elections. Now, the platform’s relationship to politics is much more complicated. Today: the story of how one politician again and again forced Zuckerberg to confront his own role in democracy.

    This episode hosted by Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    • 32 min
    The Facebook / Meta Disruption

    The Facebook / Meta Disruption

    Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption explores how the social media juggernaut has arrived at this unprecedented moment of transition. Senior reporters Shirin Ghaffary of Recode and Alex Heath of The Verge speak with top Meta executives and some of its biggest critics and ask how the company has shaped our lives, and what lies ahead. New episodes begin Wednesday, July 13th. 
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    • 3 min
    This Changes Everything

    This Changes Everything

    In 2007 Steve Jobs took the stage and introduced something that would change our lives forever -- a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communicator...aka, the iPhone.  
    Now we live in a world that Apple has completely reshaped. The iPhone created entirely new industries, wiped out giant competitors, and changed the way all of us live. Here’s how Apple did it.

    Hosted by Peter Kafka (@pkafka)

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

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Yet another brilliant episode from Land of the Giants.
These deep dives into the tech giants are podcasting at its best giving listeners the long view of how these giants developed over the past 2 decades.

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Boring

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Excellent work but…

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