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Facebook. Apple. Amazon. Netflix. Google. These five tech giants have changed the world. But how? And at what cost? Google’s dominance in everything from search and online advertising to YouTube and Android gives it tremendous power and responsibility. In season three, The Google Empire, Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary and Big Technology's Alex Kantrowitz explore how Google became one of the most powerful companies in the world and whether it has become too big for our own good. New episodes every Tuesday.
From Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • Technology
    • 4.6 • 32 Ratings

Facebook. Apple. Amazon. Netflix. Google. These five tech giants have changed the world. But how? And at what cost? Google’s dominance in everything from search and online advertising to YouTube and Android gives it tremendous power and responsibility. In season three, The Google Empire, Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary and Big Technology's Alex Kantrowitz explore how Google became one of the most powerful companies in the world and whether it has become too big for our own good. New episodes every Tuesday.
From Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Should We Break Up Google?

    Should We Break Up Google?

    Google is now facing antitrust scrutiny at a level it's never experienced before, from both sides of the political aisle. Which means we’re in an unprecedented moment that could define the company, our economy, and our daily lives for years to come. In our season finale, we explore the arguments for and against breaking up or regulating Google. And we explain why it’s virtually impossible to go online now without dropping a coin into Google’s pocket.

    Hosts: Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Kantrowitz (@kantrowitz)

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    • 46 min
    Googlers vs. Google

    Googlers vs. Google

    On December 2nd, 2020, Dr. Timnit Gebru - co-lead of Google’s Ethical AI team - got an email that said Google had accepted her resignation. A resignation she didn’t think she made. Her exit is just the latest sign of the crisis unfolding within Google — a loss of trust between many of its employees and leadership. This week, what led to Gebru’s exit - and what it means for us, Google’s users. Because when enough people who work inside Google don't even trust each other -- how can we?

    Hosts: Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Kantrowitz (@kantrowitz)

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    • 48 min
    A Military Contract Tests Google's Open Culture

    A Military Contract Tests Google's Open Culture

    One of Google’s long points of pride was its open, collaborative, and transparent company culture. But many Googlers feel like that's slipping away. Over our next two episodes, we’ll tell the story of a breakdown of trust inside Google — between management and employees. Starting with a covert contract Google made with the Department of Defense.

    Hosts: Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Kantrowitz (@kantrowitz)

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    • 41 min
    The Moonshot Factory

    The Moonshot Factory

    Since they were Stanford grad students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have had big ideas for technologies that could change the world. Only now, they have Google's nearly limitless resources to turn those ideas into reality. Some of Google's projects seem like a vision from the future. Others have crashed and burned. This is the story of two moonshots, and the world we might live in someday.

    Hosts: Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Kantrowitz (@kantrowitz)

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    • 37 min
    Planet YouTube

    Planet YouTube

    When Google bought YouTube, it went from being a company that helps users search the Internet, to a company that shapes the Internet itself. With 2 billion users, YouTube generates its own gravitational pull on society and culture worldwide. And as an open platform that allows anyone to upload videos, it's a force that even Google can't quite control.

    Hosts: Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Kantrowitz (@kantrowitz)

    Guest co-host: Peter Kafka (@peterkafka)

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    • 49 min
    Chrome and the Android Wars

    Chrome and the Android Wars

    Today, nearly all of the world's smartphones are powered by Android. Which means Google is the gatekeeper to the Internet for billions of people. The story of Android is the story of how Google became so big. And it started with an existential threat. With Google in survivalist mode.

    Hosts: Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Kantrowitz (@kantrowitz)

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

ks arun ,

Deep dive into a company

A-z of amazon, great work waiting for more content 👍

Haaris Iqubal ,

Best behind the scenes perspective of giants

I love to listen to this podcast, it has in-depth information about the giants taking away competition and creating monopoly across the world with their bad practices.

ukmnaidu ,

Full dive into BigTech

Love the show and how the BigTech is doing monopoly of the ecommerce industry(amazon), i can clearly see the ad space buying in the amazon by diffrent products even when i'm looking for a diffrent product. Pls do one more episode of how the blackfriday and cybermonday deals come for such a low price on amazon compared to others.

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