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The Information's 411

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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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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

36 Ratings
Average Ratings
25
4
1
2
4

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

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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.

Rank #1: The Information's 411-9/11 "What are Those?"

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We go long on two segments this week. The first is a debate between Jessica Lessin and Frank Shaw who heads up communications at Microsoft over the nature of on background conversations. Jessica said companies demand it too frequently, Frank says background is important and companies should have access to it the same as anonymous sources do. And Reed Albergotti walks through the turmoil, struggles, and potential hope for hardware maker Jawbone.

Sep 11 2015

25mins

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Rank #2: The Information's 411 — Where Does Uber go from Here

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Amir explains how Travis' flaws as a manager led to his undoing. Tom talks about Snapchat's latest map feature.

Jun 23 2017

27mins

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Rank #3: The Information's 411 — "Snap Analogies and Judgements"

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Amir talks about Uber's legal team turnover and he and Tom discuss Snap's earnings call. Plus Martin offers an analogy of what Evan's Yahoo-Facebook analogy reminded him of.

May 12 2017

27mins

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Rank #4: The Information's 411 — You're So Vein

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Tom interviews John Carreyrou about his new book Bad Blood, an expose about Elizabeth Holmes and her blood testing startup Theranos.

Jun 08 2018

40mins

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Rank #5: The Information's 411 — Facebook's Teen Teams

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Reed talks about the lax sexual harassment rules covering VC relationships with entrepreneurs. Cory and Tom discuss the Facebook and Snapchat feature wars.

Apr 14 2017

28mins

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Rank #6: The Information's 411 — Liquidations and Lobsters

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Reed talks about why Jawbone went under. Plus, Hannah discusses how VCs are trying to create more accountability in the industry and Amir breaks down how Uber is trying to fill its executive holes.

Jul 07 2017

25mins

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Rank #7: The Information's 411 — Facebook's Appointment Viewing

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Amir explains why Softbank's big spending on Grab could force another Uber truce. Tom and Cory talk about whether Facebook's new original video initiative will succeed.

Jul 28 2017

22mins

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Rank #8: The Information's 411 — "Softbank at the Bazaar"

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Cory and Tom talk about Snap's growth strategy and what Mark Zuckerberg said at the Harvard commencement. Shai joins the podcast for the first time to go deep on Softbank's big spending.

May 26 2017

32mins

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Rank #9: The Information's 411 — Monetizing the Peace and Quiet

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Sam talks about the near-term, realistic expectations for AR and VR. Kevin talks about the future of HPE.

Jun 09 2017

23mins

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Rank #10: Why Cheddar Had to Sell

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Bonus episode: The Information's founder and CEO Jessica Lessin interviewed Jon Steinberg, who founded and sold Cheddar to the cable news company Altice USA, at our media business bootcamp in New York last Friday.

Sep 17 2019

48mins

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Rank #11: The Information's 411 — Quantum Leaps of Logic

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Kevin talks about how quantum computing poses a threat to encryption. Cory dives into Opendoor and how it aims to shake up the process of selling a home.

Aug 25 2017

21mins

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Rank #12: The Information's 411 — Infinite Horizons

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Cory talks about his profile of Airbnb's CFO Laurence Tosi and his stylistic clashes with Brian Chesky. Priya talks about Amazon Go and whether Prime has a chance to take off in India.

Jan 26 2018

30mins

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Rank #13: The Information's 411 — Snap Decisions

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Aaron explains about why Amazon is developing its own AI chips for Echoes and data centers. Billy Gallagher talks about his new book on Snap's messy origins and whether Evan has grown as a CEO.

Feb 16 2018

27mins

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Rank #14: The Information's 411 — It Gets the Red Out

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In the first podcast of the new year, Kevin talks about how Amazon and Salesforce have been quietly making moves to get off Oracle. Sarah Kuranda makes her podcast debut along with Aaron Tilley to talk about the serious security flaw in Intel's chips that has affected hardware devices. And whether this reaches all the way to Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich.

Jan 05 2018

20mins

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Rank #15: The Information's 411 — Amazon's Prime Locations

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Priya talks about Amazon's open competition over where it will locate its second headquarters. Then Cory and Kevin discuss the future of meal delivery companies and why, in the battle over data center operating systems, Mesosphere surrendered to Kubernetes.

Sep 08 2017

16mins

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Rank #16: The Information's 411 — The Last Five Years

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Jessica talks about how the business models for news have shifted since The Information launched in 2013. Juro gives us the context behind the recent arrest of Huawei's CFO and what the move means for relations between the US and China.

Dec 07 2018

36mins

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Rank #17: The Information's 411 — Peak Bodega

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Kevin talks about his profile of Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and the future of the company. Amir and Tom discuss Waymo, the new Apple products and the furor around Bodega.

Sep 15 2017

35mins

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Rank #18: The Information's 411 — Bez Blows Top

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Priya and Tom talk about their profile of Jeff Blackburn, one of Amazon's top executives and the one who oversees the embattled Studios division.

Mar 30 2018

20mins

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Rank #19: The Information's 411 — Facebook Goes to Washington

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Cory phones in from the east coast to talk about how regulators are preparing for the effect autonomous cars have on city streets. And why DC has turned against Facebook and Google.

Sep 22 2017

30mins

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Rank #20: The Information's 411 — Zuck's Army

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Sarah joins to talk about Facebook's organization and why so many executives have been exiting the campus (or plan to). Kevin reveals why Alibaba has temporarily backed off on its ambitions to dominate the cloud market in the US.

Aug 31 2018

24mins

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