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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.

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41 Ratings
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Great Interviews, Fix Sound Quality

By AHumbleAmoeba - Oct 14 2019
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Great interviews and content, but for the love of god please teach the sound editor how to adjust the levels of people speaking. Constantly adjusting because one person is much louder than the other. If you fix this then it’s definitely 5 stars.

Smart Tech Discussion

By Shvarts149 - Apr 15 2019
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Good discussion of big tech news in a casual and at the same time to the point way.

iTunes Ratings

41 Ratings
Average Ratings
27
5
2
2
5

Great Interviews, Fix Sound Quality

By AHumbleAmoeba - Oct 14 2019
Read more
Great interviews and content, but for the love of god please teach the sound editor how to adjust the levels of people speaking. Constantly adjusting because one person is much louder than the other. If you fix this then it’s definitely 5 stars.

Smart Tech Discussion

By Shvarts149 - Apr 15 2019
Read more
Good discussion of big tech news in a casual and at the same time to the point way.
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The Information's 411

Latest release on May 29, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 13 days ago

Rank #1: Self-Driving for Dollars

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Amir talks about the companies that have invested the most in self-driving car technology in the past decade. Kate explains why Sequoia is doubling down on seed investing and why that category is getting more competitive.

Feb 07 2020

23mins

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Rank #2: Tangled Up In Azure

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Kevin talks about the problems that Azure has had providing service to its customers. It's cropped up before the pandemic, but the surge in use during the work-from-home era has made things even more complicated.

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Outbreak Strains Microsoft’s Cloud, but Issues Began Earlier for Customers

Apr 11 2020

12mins

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Rank #3: Apple's Remote Control

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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

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How Apple is Working From Home

Apr 02 2020

13mins

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Rank #4: When the VCs Start to Worry

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Kate talks about the messages that investors are giving to their portfolio companies about the coronavirus and how to prepare for an economic downturn.

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VCs Brace for Fundraising Delays Amid Outbreak

Mar 06 2020

12mins

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Rank #5: [BONUS EPISODE] The Information's 411 — Why IPOs Aren't One-Size-Fits-All

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Cory Weinberg talked to Lauren Cummings of Morgan Stanley, Will Connolly of Goldman Sachs and Scott Stanford of Acme about the future of the IPO, why direct listings make sense for some companies and whether Softbank will stick with companies it has backed as they go public. This on-stage interview took place at our annual Subscriber Summit at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park on October 17, 2019.

Oct 24 2019

45mins

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Rank #6: How Viruses Affect Hosts

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Cory joins to talk about the major layoffs at Opendoor. We also discuss how Brian Chesky is leading Airbnb through this bleak period in the company's business and if it stands a chance of going public this year.

Apr 16 2020

21mins

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Rank #7: Little Boxes Made of Ticky Tack

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Cory interviews New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty about his new book on the California housing crisis and the role tech has played in causing it (and trying to solve it). Then Jessica Lessin talks to Robin Murdoch of Accenture about autonomous vehicles as part of our sponsored series with the firm. 

Feb 21 2020

32mins

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Rank #8: [BONUS EPISODE] The Information's 411 — Why Instacart's Apoorva Mehta is Leaning in on Advertising

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Jessica Lessin spoke to Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta about the company's growing ad business, potential regulations on gig-workers, and how he discovered that Amazon had bought its biggest customer Whole Foods. This on-stage interview took place at our annual Subscriber Summit at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park on October 17, 2019.

Oct 23 2019

27mins

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Rank #9: Old Time Roku Roll

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Jessica and Tom discuss Roku and whether its hard-nosed negotiation tactics with media companies will work. Cory dives into Softbank and its troubles since the WeWork collapse.

Feb 14 2020

23mins

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Rank #10: Is Amazon Too Essential?

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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.

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Amazon’s Retail Power Could Grow During Pandemic

Mar 25 2020

14mins

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Rank #11: Bear Market Necessities

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Martin talks about the effects of the market downturn in response to the global pandemic. And we discuss which companies are the most affected and how long it will take for investors to regain confidence in the markets again.

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Market Crash Pressures Softbank's High-Risk Investment Strategy

As Prices Fall, Private Equity's Deal Appetite Could Grow

Mar 13 2020

15mins

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Rank #12: The Information's 411 — Trump's Secret Trade Crackdown

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Matt Drange joins to talk about how the Trump administration has cracked down on the volume of sensitive US technology that it allows to be exported around the world. 

Oct 18 2019

11mins

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Rank #13: The Information’s 411 — God-Zillow

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Nick recaps his conversation with Rich Barton and explains why the Zillow CEO is embracing ecommerce despite the heavy investments. He also discusses whether Microsoft's commitment to the surface has paid off. And why Apple's reliance on China may heavily influence its reaction to the protests in Hong Kong.

Oct 15 2019

26mins

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Rank #14: [BONUS EPISODE] The Information's 411 — Fidji Simo

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Jessica Lessin spoke to Facebook executive Fidji Simo about the future of the Facebook app, its slowing growth and the struggle to protect users while maintaining principles of free speech. This on-stage interview took place at our annual Subscriber Summit at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park on October 17, 2019. 

Oct 22 2019

39mins

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Rank #15: Facebook and the Republocrats

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Chris Stern joins from Washington DC to talk about how Republicans have become Facebook's biggest supporters on the Hill in the face of increasingly antagonistic Democrats. Kevin discusses the legacy of Ginni Rometty the outgoing CEO of IBM.

Jan 31 2020

22mins

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Rank #16: Drummond's Base

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Nick Bastone and Jessica Lessin talk about David Drummond's tense relationship with Google Venture and his lasting legacy at Alphabet.

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Drummond Departure Puts Spotlight on Google Venture Arm

Google Reckoning With History of Interoffice Romance by Top Execs 

Jan 18 2020

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Rank #17: Uber Drowning in the Pool

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This week, we talked about Amir's exclusive story that outlined Uber's many business problems, including UberPool, and Amazon's Twitch, which is grappling with a declining user base and falling short of advertising revenue goals.

Jan 10 2020

30mins

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Rank #18: When God Opens a Streaming Door He Closes a Theatrical Window

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Jessica Toonkel makes her prediction about how streaming services will affects the theater and movie industries. Kevin discusses AWS and its relationship with the open-source community. 

Dec 27 2019

21mins

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Rank #19: The Information's 411 — The Florida Project

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Amir joins to talk about DoorDash's money-losing business and Uber's report on sexual assaults. Alex Heath talks about his investigation of Magic Leap's business and the disappointing sales for its AR headsets.


Story links: Doordash https://www.theinformation.com/articles/with-public-debut-looming-doordash-projected-450m-2019-loss

Magic Leap https://www.theinformation.com/articles/dented-reality-magic-leap-sees-slow-sales-steep-losses

Dec 06 2019

33mins

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Rank #20: The Information's 411 — A Bundle of Nerves

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Beejoli talks about the future of cable channels during the streaming era and what it's like working for the "old" part of the business. Cory gives the latest on Airbnb, including a scoop on its money-losing second quarter and its departing chief operating officer. 

Nov 23 2019

22mins

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