Cover image of Decrypted
(375)
Technology
News
Tech News

Decrypted

Updated 8 days ago

Technology
News
Tech News
Read more

The global technology industry is a powerful engine of innovation that drives the economy. It's also a collection of insular communities full of hidden projects, quiet rivalries, and uncomfortable truths. Join Bloomberg Technology's Brad Stone each week as he and the team's reporters uncover what actually happens behind closed doors.

Read more

The global technology industry is a powerful engine of innovation that drives the economy. It's also a collection of insular communities full of hidden projects, quiet rivalries, and uncomfortable truths. Join Bloomberg Technology's Brad Stone each week as he and the team's reporters uncover what actually happens behind closed doors.

iTunes Ratings

375 Ratings
Average Ratings
278
51
12
16
18

Excellent

By DN4486 - Nov 14 2019
Read more
Fantastic podcast. A thorough, entertaining history.

Well done!

By Geest vF - Jun 18 2019
Read more
Decrypted blends quality production values, interesting topics and insightful reporting.

iTunes Ratings

375 Ratings
Average Ratings
278
51
12
16
18

Excellent

By DN4486 - Nov 14 2019
Read more
Fantastic podcast. A thorough, entertaining history.

Well done!

By Geest vF - Jun 18 2019
Read more
Decrypted blends quality production values, interesting topics and insightful reporting.

Listen to:

Cover image of Decrypted

Decrypted

Updated 8 days ago

Read more

The global technology industry is a powerful engine of innovation that drives the economy. It's also a collection of insular communities full of hidden projects, quiet rivalries, and uncomfortable truths. Join Bloomberg Technology's Brad Stone each week as he and the team's reporters uncover what actually happens behind closed doors.

A Hacker's Redemption (Part 1)

Podcast cover
Read more

By the time he was 27, Hector Monsegur had become one of the most notorious hackers on the internet. With the vigilante group Anonymous and its offshoot LulzSec, he launched attacks against multibillion-dollar companies and governments around the world. But then he got caught. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Aki Ito and Brad Stone bring you his story in its entirety, in two episodes. Part 1 recounts Hector's childhood as he fell in love with the internet, and gradually descended into the world of cybercrime. Part 2 traces his complicated journey to rebuild his life.

Mar 06 2018

32mins

Play

The Fake Reviews and Counterfeits That Amazon's Trying to Quash

Podcast cover
Read more

(Bloomberg) -- Now that the holidays are approaching, chances are you'll be doing at least some of your gift shopping on Amazon.com. But before you click "buy" on the first favorably-reviewed item you find, take a minute to learn about how you can avoid getting duped by the site's fake reviews and phony products. This week, Bloomberg Technology's Brad Stone and Spencer Soper report on the extreme tactics some vendors are using to get an edge on the competition, and what Amazon is doing to crack down on those people who are gaming the system. As we do more of our shopping on the internet, the stakes are only getting higher.

Nov 25 2016

30mins

Play

Apple's $50 Billion Dilemma in China

Podcast cover
Read more

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have ensnared a number of companies, including one U.S. company that has the most to lose in China: Apple Inc. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Alistair Barr breaks down the iPhone maker's controversial decision to reject an app built to aid Hong Kong residents living through the protests, and discusses what's at stake for Apple both at home and abroad. 

Oct 22 2019

16mins

Play

Inside WeWork's IPO Disaster

Podcast cover
Read more

Over the last few weeks, WeWork's parent company has lurched from one crisis to the next as it scrambled to keep its IPO alive⁠—resulting in founder Adam Neumann leaving his job as CEO. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Ellen Huet traces We Co.'s meteoric rise to a $47 billion giant and dissects the chaos of the last few weeks. 

Sep 25 2019

25mins

Play

How Fasting Turned Into Silicon Valley's Latest Obsession

Podcast cover
Read more

Fasting is taking off in Silicon Valley, with everyone from entrepreneurs to established executives touting the health and productivity benefits. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Tom Giles and Selina Wang try it themselves to see what the hype is all about. They also speak to others in the tech community to understand why fasting has become so popular in the industry, and they examine a couple businesses that are hoping to capitalize on the trend.

Apr 24 2018

25mins

Play

A Hacker's Redemption (Part 2)

Podcast cover
Read more

By the time he was 27, Hector Monsegur had become one of the most notorious hackers on the internet. With the vigilante group Anonymous and its offshoot LulzSec, he launched attacks against multibillion-dollar companies and governments around the world. But then he got caught. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Aki Ito and Brad Stone bring you his story in its entirety, in two episodes. Part 1 recounts Hector's childhood as he fell in love with the internet, and gradually descended into the world of cybercrime. Part 2 traces his complicated journey to rebuild his life.

Mar 06 2018

28mins

Play

The Secrets Hidden in Our Google Location Data

Podcast cover
Read more

When Theo Patt was 15 he built a software program that displayed his Google location data on a map online. For the teenager, it was a sentimental keepsake. But since then, hundreds of thousands of people have used it -- often in ways Theo never intended. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Alistair Barr and Pia Gadkari explore the myriad secrets that our location data can reveal and some of the ways it can be used against us.

Dec 04 2018

25mins

Play

WWDC Preview: A Conversation With Apple’s Former App Approval Chief

Podcast cover
Read more

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is an annual pilgrimage for software developers whose businesses are built on the App Store. This week, Bloomberg Technology's Mark Gurman speaks to Phillip Shoemaker, the former head of app review at Apple who played a role in past WWDC conferences. They discuss the early days of the App Store and its place at the heart of Apple's nearly $50 billion-a-year services business. 

May 28 2019

40mins

Play

The Decrypted Gift Guide

Podcast cover
Read more

'Tis the season to give your loved ones the latest and greatest tech gadgets. The only problem: a lot of them are now listening, watching and tracking us. As part of Decrypted's exploration of the unintended consequences of technology, this week Pia Gadkari and Mark Gurman look at the potential dark sides of your holiday generosity.

Dec 11 2018

20mins

Play

Why Juul's Co-Inventor Is Making a New E-Cigarette

Podcast cover
Read more

Oct 15 2019

25mins

Play

As Amazon Gets Bigger, Sellers Feel the Squeeze

Podcast cover
Read more

Jason Boyce built a successful business selling sports equipment on Amazon. As the platform has grown, Amazon has pushed sellers to lower prices, shorten delivery times and compete harder for every sale. This week on Decrypted, we explore whether entrepreneurs like Jason have reached a breaking point. They now face a competitor who's potentially unbeatable: Amazon itself. 

Apr 23 2019

25mins

Play

Here's One Big Reason Tesla Still Doesn't Dominate Our Roads

Podcast cover
Read more

Despite tremendous advances over the last decade, electric cars have yet to go mainstream. Even once Tesla ramps up production of its Model 3 cars, one obstacle will remain: a lack of infrastructure lining America's roads. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Pia Gadkari dives deep into the companies, led by Tesla, that are trying to tackle this problem -- by pouring millions of dollars into building a network of charging stations. 

Sep 14 2017

25mins

Play

Why Drugs Are Still for Sale on Instagram

Podcast cover
Read more

Instagram is full of vacation pics, brand campaigns and celebrity posts. But it's also a place where people go to find counterfeit prescription drugs and illegal street drugs. This week on Decrypted, we follow the story of Eileen Carey, who has tried for years to bring this troubling issue to Instagram's attention. Thanks in part to her efforts, Instagram has taken some steps to curbing drug-related content. But the problem still has not been contained.

Apr 02 2019

28mins

Play

Making Sense of Tesla's Deepening Crisis

Podcast cover
Read more

For years, Elon Musk had been testing the limits of acceptable decorum for a public company CEO. This summer, he may have finally gone too far. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Brad Stone and Dana Hull trace how the two words "funding secured" helped trigger a more than 20 percent decline of Tesla's stock price, and led the government to open two separate investigations into the company. Musk has never seemed to care much about consequences, but now that strategy could have big implications for the future of Tesla.

Sep 25 2018

23mins

Play

My Quest to Get My Data Back From Facebook, OkCupid and More

Podcast cover
Read more

Last month, the world's most far-reaching data privacy regulation took effect in Europe. Consumers there can now not only ask companies to delete or hand over their data, but they can also sell that data to other businesses. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Nate Lanxon sets out to get his data back from several businesses and see whether anyone will pay him for his personal 

information.

Jun 26 2018

29mins

Play

Coming Soon: Travel Genius Season 2

Podcast cover
Read more

Bloomberg's Travel Genius podcast is back! After clocking another hundred-thousand miles in the sky, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood have a whole new series of flight hacking, restaurant sleuthing, and hotel booking tips to inspire your own getaways—along with a who's who roster of itinerant pros ready to spill their own travel secrets. From a special episode on Disney to a master class on packing, we'll go high, low, east, west, and everywhere in between. The new season starts Nov. 6.

Oct 25 2019

2mins

Play

The Nuclear Tech Breakthrough That Could Make Oil Obsolete 

Podcast cover
Read more

We hear a lot about the approaching end of the fossil fuel era. But as various companies work on wind and solar, there's a group of scientists quietly working on another method of generating electricity, in the lab that once created the atomic bomb. This week, Bloomberg Technology's Jing Cao visits the researchers who are smashing hydrogen atoms together in a process called nuclear fusion. They say they're on the brink of a major milestone, but they face an age-old problem: not enough funding.

Aug 22 2017

27mins

Play

For Police, Social Media Is Now Part of the Job

Podcast cover
Read more

When police officer David Gomez was first stationed at a school in rural Idaho, he thought he’d spend his time breaking up fights in bathrooms and scanning the hallways for weed. Instead, he found that almost every problem was either happening on social media or started there. This week on Decrypted, reporter Shelly Banjo explores how age-old dangers like drugs, child predators and school shooters have shifted onto new platforms, and how one school has tried to adapt.

Jun 25 2019

20mins

Play

How a Crisis Almost Derailed the Original iPhone 

Podcast cover
Read more

The year is 2005, the company is Apple. The iPod is a smash hit, but then-CEO Steve Jobs decides it's time to cannibalize the company's star product with a gamble: a smartphone. A decade after those phones reached the hands of the first consumers and changed the history of computing, Bloomberg Technology's Mark Gurman goes deep behind the scenes with the people who raced to get that original iPhone ready. On the eve of the product's unveiling, a crisis almost derailed the entire project. Mark and Brad also discuss the various features that people can expect from the iPhone 8, which Apple's set to announce next month.

Aug 29 2017

32mins

Play

How Experts Traced the DNC Hack to Russian Spies

Podcast cover
Read more

Donald Trump insists that we don't know who was behind the cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee. Is he right? Bloomberg Technology's Jordan Robertson talks to Mike Buratowski, who oversaw the investigation into malicious code that spied on emails sent by DNC officials and others. After examining the hints left behind, they tackle the big issue: If hackers backed by Russia really were the perpetrators, what more could they do to mess with Americans' votes and U.S. democracy?

Oct 24 2016

21mins

Play

The Last Decrypted

Podcast cover
Read more

This week on Decrypted, hosts Aki and Brad get together one last time for an announcement: This will be the very last episode of Decrypted. They also look back at some of their favorite episodes from the show, with updates on where those stories are today. (But don't unsubscribe from this feed because we'll be announcing a new show next spring!)

For a list of episodes Aki and Brad will be discussing:

Dec 10 2019

24mins

Play

Can AI Compose Good Music?

Podcast cover
Read more

Computers can now drive cars, identify faces and transcribe speech, but many experts said that it would take much longer for AI to tackle creative endeavors. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Natalia Drozdiak meets three composers using artificial intelligence to make music, and she and host Aki Ito dissect their robo-generated songs.

Nov 26 2019

27mins

Play

The YouTube Whisperer Guiding Creators Through Perilous Times

Podcast cover
Read more

Under pressure from users, advertisers and government regulators, YouTube has implemented sweeping changes to its service over the last three years to minimize the spread of harmful and misleading content. But those changes have made it harder for many of its creators to make a living off of the platform. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Mark Bergen visits YouTube whisperer Tim Schmoyer, who advises other YouTube creators on how to adapt to the changing platform.

Nov 19 2019

21mins

Play

The Amazon Seller Caught in the Middle of a Trade War

Podcast cover
Read more

The U.S.-China trade war has dragged on for more than a year now, harming the livelihoods of people around the world who depend on the two superpowers getting along. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Shelly Banjo profiles one such person: Michael Michelini, an American who moved to China a decade ago to build out his e-commerce business. At the time, Michelini believed that the internet was making the world a more open and interconnected place. Recent tensions between the world's two largest economies have put that faith in doubt. 

Nov 12 2019

23mins

Play

Warehouses Watching Every Move Workers Make

Podcast cover
Read more

Warehouse workers suffer from an unusually high rate of injury. Now, at some facilities, workers can wear a sensor on their chest, which buzzes when they’re at risk of getting hurt. But this tracking device also gathers detailed information about the employee’s movements – and sends this data to their employer. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Joshua Brustein looks at a new technology, whose proponents say will make workplaces safer, but also inspires concern about workplace surveillance.

Nov 05 2019

20mins

Play

Elon Musk’s Quest to Control Computers With Our Thoughts 

Podcast cover
Read more

Over the summer, Elon Musk unveiled the details of his secretive startup Neuralink. Its goal, he said, is to place electrodes in our brains so we can control a computer with our thoughts. Its experiments have so far been limited to rodents and monkeys, but Neuralink builds on strides already made in medicine, where doctors have successfully placed implants into human brains to treat a variety of illnesses. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Sarah McBride visits the primate lab that’s been carrying out Neuralink’s research, and meets the doctors and the patients at the forefront of this emerging field. 

Oct 29 2019

25mins

Play

Coming Soon: Travel Genius Season 2

Podcast cover
Read more

Bloomberg's Travel Genius podcast is back! After clocking another hundred-thousand miles in the sky, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood have a whole new series of flight hacking, restaurant sleuthing, and hotel booking tips to inspire your own getaways—along with a who's who roster of itinerant pros ready to spill their own travel secrets. From a special episode on Disney to a master class on packing, we'll go high, low, east, west, and everywhere in between. The new season starts Nov. 6.

Oct 25 2019

2mins

Play

Apple's $50 Billion Dilemma in China

Podcast cover
Read more

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have ensnared a number of companies, including one U.S. company that has the most to lose in China: Apple Inc. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Alistair Barr breaks down the iPhone maker's controversial decision to reject an app built to aid Hong Kong residents living through the protests, and discusses what's at stake for Apple both at home and abroad. 

Oct 22 2019

16mins

Play

Why Juul's Co-Inventor Is Making a New E-Cigarette

Podcast cover
Read more

Oct 15 2019

25mins

Play

Dismantling Big Tech: A User's Manual

Podcast cover
Read more

Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and state governments across the U.S. are investigating the tech giants for anti-competitive behavior. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Eric Newcomer walks us through those investigations, and outlines how a Democratic president may take it even further in 2021. 

Oct 09 2019

25mins

Play

Update: How Your DNA Test Could Solve a Murder

Podcast cover
Read more

This week on Decrypted, we're re-airing our story about CeCe Moore, who helps law enforcement track down killers by combing through databases of consumer DNA test results. At the end of the episode, host Aki Ito catches up with reporter Kristen V. Brown to see what's new in this emerging field. 

Oct 01 2019

29mins

Play

Inside WeWork's IPO Disaster

Podcast cover
Read more

Over the last few weeks, WeWork's parent company has lurched from one crisis to the next as it scrambled to keep its IPO alive⁠—resulting in founder Adam Neumann leaving his job as CEO. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Ellen Huet traces We Co.'s meteoric rise to a $47 billion giant and dissects the chaos of the last few weeks. 

Sep 25 2019

25mins

Play

Will We Be Safe From Election Hacking in 2020?

Podcast cover
Read more

Ahead of the 2016 elections, Illinois' voter database was infiltrated by Russia's state-backed hackers. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Kartikay Mehrotra investigates what Illinois has done since to prepare for the next presidential election, and whether states and counties across the country are ready for 2020.  

Sep 17 2019

21mins

Play

Is Your Amazon Habit Wrecking the Planet?

Podcast cover
Read more

For years, critics have accused Amazon.com for not doing enough to curb its impact on the environment—and recently, a group of Amazon employees joined in to try to force the issue by filing a shareholder resolution. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Spencer Soper takes us inside the uprising. And he'll also ask which is worse for the planet: driving to the store ourselves, or having everything delivered to us? 

Sep 10 2019

24mins

Play

The New iPhones and Apple’s Future: A Preview

Podcast cover
Read more

On Sept. 10, Apple will be unveiling its new products for the year. Ahead of the event, Bloomberg Technology’s Mark Gurman previews the changes Apple’s planning for its three versions of the iPhone, as well as the company’s other products. Will these upgrades help Apple out of its recent funk? Also: our own announcement at the start of the show. 

Sep 03 2019

21mins

Play

Introducing Prognosis Season 3: Superbugs

Podcast cover
Read more

On this new season of Prognosis, we look at the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. You're probably more likely to have heard of these as superbugs. Their rise has been described as a silent tsunami of catastrophic proportions. We travel to countries on the frontline of the crisis, and explore how hospitals and doctors around the world are fighting back. Prognosis’ new season launches Sept. 5. 

Aug 27 2019

3mins

Play

For Police, Social Media Is Now Part of the Job

Podcast cover
Read more

When police officer David Gomez was first stationed at a school in rural Idaho, he thought he’d spend his time breaking up fights in bathrooms and scanning the hallways for weed. Instead, he found that almost every problem was either happening on social media or started there. This week on Decrypted, reporter Shelly Banjo explores how age-old dangers like drugs, child predators and school shooters have shifted onto new platforms, and how one school has tried to adapt.

Jun 25 2019

20mins

Play

Why Silicon Valley Is Hiring Bird Experts

Podcast cover
Read more

A few years ago, reporter Sarah McBride noticed that a top engineer at Twitter was also an expert on the brains of birds. Then, more and more, she started seeing that many top tech companies have bird brain experts in their highest ranks⁠—that includes Apple, Google, Intel and a secretive startup founded by Elon Musk. This week on Decrypted, Sarah and fellow reporter Ashlee Vance set out to understand why Silicon Valley is so interested in avian minds, and what they could tell us about tech’s ability to influence our own.

Jun 18 2019

28mins

Play

Google Workers Rise Up: Inside the Protests

Podcast cover
Read more

Google has long had a special relationship with staff, encouraging employee input on all sorts of internal matters. For the last two decades, this approach has worked well. But after a series of controversies and protests in the last two years, some workers are openly at war with Google. This week on Decrypted, editor Alistair Barr speaks to Irene Knapp, a senior software engineer who has had a front-row seat during the tumult inside the company.

Jun 11 2019

25mins

Play

The Science of Resurrecting Extinct Species

Podcast cover
Read more

Northern White Rhinos are functionally extinct: The two remaining females have no males to breed with. But an ambitious plan is underway to save the species. This week on Decrypted, reporter Kristen V. Brown meets the scientists using cutting edge stem cell science to create a rhino embryo in a San Diego lab.

Jun 04 2019

22mins

Play