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Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily show uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world.

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    • 4.6, 810 Ratings

Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily show uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world.

    Europe’s data-privacy law turns 2. Has it actually made our information safer?

    Europe’s data-privacy law turns 2. Has it actually made our information safer?

    This week marks two years since Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect. Companies spent millions of dollars on GDPR compliance, and people expected fines so big they’d put Big Tech out of business. That didn’t exactly happen, but what has the GDPR meant for consumer privacy? Host Molly Wood speaks with Jessica Lee, a partner with the law firm Loeb & Loeb who specializes in privacy.

    • 7 min
    Some people are making bread in quarantine. Others are making TikToks

    Some people are making bread in quarantine. Others are making TikToks

    TikTok has been in the news for its new CEO, who was poached from Disney, and for the record labels who think the service should pay more to publishers and artists for song rights. And there have been calls to ban it in the U.S. over its Chinese ownership and security fears. But its popularity keeps growing.

    • 4 min
    Restaurants and apps are fighting over fees. Is delivery too cheap to support both?

    Restaurants and apps are fighting over fees. Is delivery too cheap to support both?

    Most restaurants right now are open for delivery or pickup only, and that means a lot of them are relying on third-party delivery services like Grubhub, DoorDash or Uber Eats. Those services can charge significant fees to restaurants, and some restaurants complain those fees are unsustainable. Some cities have capped those fees and now the delivery companies say the caps are unsustainable. Host Molly Wood speaks with Venessa Wong, a senior reporter at BuzzFeed News.

    • 7 min
    When ventilators break, iFixit can help

    When ventilators break, iFixit can help

    Ventilators, dialysis machines and mechanical beds are more important than ever. That equipment, of course, breaks down. And some manufacturers restrict access to repair information, so hospital technicians can’t just fix things themselves. Molly Wood speaks with iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens, who just launched a public database of medical-equipment repair manuals.

    • 6 min
    Antitrust regulators have an eye on Big Tech’s spending spree

    Antitrust regulators have an eye on Big Tech’s spending spree

    Uber looking to buy Grubhub. Facebook buying Giphy. Apple nabbing NextVR.  Host Molly Wood speaks with Mark Lemley, who teaches antitrust and internet law at Stanford University, about whether regulators will take action against any of these deals. He says Facebook buying Giphy, for example, may not be any worse than its purchase of Instagram. But the combined weight of so many acquisitions could prompt regulators to wade in. 

    • 5 min
    A new strategy for 5G without Huawei

    A new strategy for 5G without Huawei

    The Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei sells a lot of the complex hardware needed for 5G. But what if there were a way to build the networks that didn’t depend on Huawei? A group of 31 companies are pushing for devices that let software do most of the heavy lifting. Host Molly Wood speaks with Doug Brake, director of broadband and spectrum policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
810 Ratings

810 Ratings

Marvin072560 ,

Concise Tech News

I wake up to Marketplace Tech every weekday early morning on KPCC in Los Angeles. The content is timely and rich. Molly does an excellent job analyzing what can often be complex issues. I especially love when she paraphrases articles or documents and gets right to the point. Awesome!

Sirilbrinack ,

What Happened!?

The show is good but every other episode promotes censorship and control of the internet.

ElimiNathan ,

A great place for news on what's new

I love hearing about what's new in the tech world. The stories are always interesting!

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