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Decoder with Nilay Patel

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Decoder is a show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

Decoder is a show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

 

#656

How Bose compete with AirPods — and why it’s in more cars than ever, with CEO Lila Snyder

Bose is one of the most recognizable audio brands in the world: it was famous for the Wave radio in the 80s, it invented noise cancellation, you can see its logo on NFL sidelines every Sunday, and of course there are the popular consumer products like the QuietComfort headphones that reviewers like Chris Welch here at The Verge rate as some of the best in the game. Bose is in tons of cars as well: audio systems in GM, Honda, Hyundai, Porsche, and more are developed and tuned by Bose. Bose was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar Bose, who donated a majority of the shares of the company to MIT, where he was a professor. That means to this day, Bose is a private company with no pressure to go public. However, Bose still has to compete against big tech in talent, products, and compatibility. So today I’m talking to Bose CEO Lila Snyder about Bose’s dependence on platform vendors like Apple and Google, how she thinks about standards like Bluetooth, and where she thinks she can compete and win against AirPods and other products that get preferential treatment on phones. Links: [Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II review: noise cancellation domination] (https://www.theverge.com/23353777/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds-2-review) [How Amar Bose used research to build better speakers] (https://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/24/how-amar-bose-used-research-to-build-better-speakers.html) [List of Bose shelf stereos] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bose_shelf_stereos) [Hearing Aids | FDA] (https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/consumer-products/hearing-aids) [Digital signal processor] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_signal_processor) [Functional organization] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_organization) [Bose names its first female CEO as wait continues for new products] (https://www.cnet.com/news/bose-names-its-first-female-ceo-as-wait-continues-for-new-products/) [Amar Bose ’51 makes stock donation to MIT] (https://news.mit.edu/2011/bose-gift) [Meta announces huge job cuts affecting 11,000 employees] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/9/23448926/meta-layoffs-2022) [Amazon mass layoffs will reportedly ax 10,000 people this week] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/14/23458097/amazon-layoffs-expected-10000-employees) [Elon Musk demands Twitter employees commit to ‘extremely hardcore’ culture or leave] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/16/23462026/elon-musk-twitter-email-hardcore-or-severance) [The iPhone 7 has no headphone jack] (https://www.theverge.com/2016/9/7/12823596/apple-iphone-7-no-headphone-jack-lightning-earbuds) [Bluetooth Special Interest Group] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_Special_Interest_Group) [Qualcomm Partners with Meta and Bose] (https://www.ubergizmo.com/2022/09/qualcomm-partners-with-meta-and-bose/) [Bose gets into hearing aid business with new FDA-cleared SoundControl hearing aids] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/11/22430485/bose-soundcontrol-hearing-aid-fda-cleared) [Over-the-counter hearing aids could blur the line with headphones] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/16/23307974/hearing-aids-over-counter-fda-apple-bose) [New Bose-Lexie Hearing Aid to Enter the Over-the-Counter Market] (https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/new-bose-lexi-hearing-device-entering-over-the-counter-hearing-aid-market/) [Lexie Partners with Bose to Offer Lexie B1 Powered by Bose Hearing Aids] (https://www.hearingtracker.com/news/lexie-partners-with-bose-to-offer-lexie-b1-powered-by-bose-hearing-aids) [Bose Frames Tempo review: the specs to beat] (https://www.theverge.com/22351451/bose-frames-tempo-audio-sunglasses-review-features) [Bose discontinues its niche Sport Open Earbuds] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/25/23413646/bose-sport-open-earbuds-discontinued-sale) [BMW starts selling heated seat subscriptions for $18 a month] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/12/23204950/bmw-subscriptions-microtransactions-heated-seats-feature) [Seven CEOs and one secretary of transportation on the future of cars] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/25/22898999/decoder-podcast-ford-waymo-volkswagen-jeep-tesla-autonomous-driving-ceo) [Why Amazon VP Steve Boom just made the entire music catalog free with Prime] (https://www.theverge.com/23433343/amazon-music-prime-steve-boom-taylor-swift-midnights-spotify-apple-streaming-podcasts-decoder)                   Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23246668] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23246668)   Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. It was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright.  The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Editorial Director is Brooke Minters and our Executive Director is Eleanor Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

Yesterday

1 HR 18 MINS

1:18:52

Yesterday


#655

On with Kara Swisher: Can Chris Licht Turn CNN Around?

Chris Licht faces an uphill battle at CNN. He got the CEO gig in the midst of a prickly merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery and right after the shocking exit of beloved long-time boss, Jeff Zucker. In his first six months, he’s shut down CNN+, ousted Brian Stelter, and shuffled anchors around, including Don Lemon and Jake Tapper. This week, the network chief held an internal town hall meeting where he faced a staff of thousands and discussed upcoming layoffs. Shortly afterwards, he sat down with Kara — who grilled him, of course. She asks Licht whether he has any real actual power or if he’s simply executing orders from Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav — who is in search of cuts, as the company stares down the barrel at $50 billion in debt — and billionaire board member, John Malone, who has said he’d like to see more “centrist” programming from CNN. They discuss Licht’s vision for the newsroom, his plan to build trust with journalists who fear losing jobs, and how CNN will cover Donald Trump during the 2024 election. Before the interview, Kara and Nayeema discuss the challenges facing journalism in an era of disinformation. Stay tuned for Kara’s closing rant on “citizen journalism” and Elon’s latest broadside against the press. You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter @karaswisher and @nayeema. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Nov 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:22

22 Nov 2022


#654

Phil Spencer really wants you to know that native Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation

Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, is in charge of Xbox and all the game studios that Microsoft has [acquired] (https://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6151477/microsoft-minecraft-mojang-acquisition) [over] (https://www.theverge.com/21449178/microsoft-xbox-bethesda-zenimax-media-acquisition-xbox-game-pass) [the] (https://news.microsoft.com/2002/09/24/microsoft-acquires-video-game-powerhouse-rare-ltd/) [years] (https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/10/17446914/microsoft-studios-the-initiative-undead-labs-playground-games-ninja-theory-compulsion-games-xbox-e3) . Phil came to talk to us hours before the European Commission announced an in-depth investigation into Microsoft’s proposed [68.7 billion dollar acquisition of Activision Blizzard] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/18/22889258/microsoft-activision-blizzard-xbox-acquisition-call-of-duty-overwatch) , which makes the enormous Call of Duty series, as well as Candy Crush on phones.  So I had the chance to ask Phil: Will he make the concessions that regulators want in order to close this deal? And is the deal really just about Call of Duty, or something else? Is Microsoft committed to keep Call of Duty available on Playstation? Phil’s a candid guy. He’s been [ on Decoder before] (https://www.theverge.com/21611412/microsoft-phil-spencer-interview-xbox-series-x-launch-decoder-podcast) . I always enjoy talking to him, and this was a fun one. Links: [Microsoft’s Phil Spencer on the new Xbox launch - The Verge] (https://www.theverge.com/21611412/microsoft-phil-spencer-interview-xbox-series-x-launch-decoder-podcast) [Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion - The Verge] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/18/22889258/microsoft-activision-blizzard-xbox-acquisition-call-of-duty-overwatch) [Why Microsoft bought Bethesda for $7.5 billion] (https://www.theverge.com/21449178/microsoft-xbox-bethesda-zenimax-media-acquisition-xbox-game-pass) [Microsoft announces big, multistudio push to create more Xbox exclusives] (https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/10/17446914/microsoft-studios-the-initiative-undead-labs-playground-games-ninja-theory-compulsion-games-xbox-e3) [Bethesda’s Starfield and Redfall have been delayed to 2023] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/12/23068378/starfield-bethesda-redfall-delay-2023-pc-xbox) [Tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan will officially lead the FTC] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/15/22527709/lina-khan-ftc-commissioner-competition-facebook-amazon-google-apple) [Sony says Microsoft’s Call of Duty offer was ‘inadequate on many levels’] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/7/23341487/sony-microsoft-call-of-duty-offer-jim-ryan-statement-activision-blizzard) [Microsoft: Xbox game streaming console is ‘years awa] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/27/23426512/microsoft-xbox-game-streaming-console-years-away) y' [This is Microsoft’s Xbox game streaming device] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/10/23396891/microsoft-xbox-keystone-game-streaming-box) [Google is shutting down Stadia in January 2023 - The Verge] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/29/23378713/google-stadia-shutting-down-game-streaming-january-2023) [Razer’s Edge is one sharp-looking cloud gaming Android handheld] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/15/23392481/razer-edge-android-cloud-gaming-tablet-qualcomm-price-release-date-specs) [Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld review: terminally online] (https://www.theverge.com/23405040/logitech-g-cloud-gaming-handheld-review-game-streaming-android-xbox-nvidia-geforce-now) [Steam Deck review: it’s not ready] (https://www.theverge.com/22950371/valve-steam-deck-review) [Steam Deck, one month later] (https://www.theverge.com/22960536/steam-deck-faq-valve-one-month-later) [Tech Leaders Discuss the Metaverse’s Future | WSJ Tech Live 2022] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yl0cW4t8kE&t=72s) [Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the business of Windows] (https://www.theverge.com/22549385/microsoft-satya-nadella-interview-windows-11-decoder) [Microsoft partners with Meta to bring Teams, Office, Windows, and Xbox to VR] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/11/23397251/meta-microsoft-partnership-quest-teams-office-windows-features-vr) [EU opens ‘in-depth investigation’ into Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/8/23447483/microsoft-activision-blizzard-acquisition-eu-investigation) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23223230] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23223230) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. It was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Editorial Director is Brooke Minters and our Executive Director is Eleanor Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Nov 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:19

15 Nov 2022


#653

Why Figma is selling to Adobe for $20 billion, with CEO Dylan Field

Dylan Field is the co-founder and CEO of Figma, which makes a very popular design tool that allows designers and their collaborators to all work together right in a web browser. You know how multiple people can edit together in Google Docs? Figma is that for design work. We just redesigned The Verge; we used Figma extensively throughout that process. So for years, people have been waiting on the inevitable Figma vs. Adobe standoff since Figma was such a clear upstart competitor to Photoshop and Illustrator and the rest. Well, buckle up because in September, Adobe announced that it was buying Figma for $20 billion. Figma is going to remain independent inside Adobe, but you know, it’s a little weird. So I wanted to talk to Dylan about the deal, why he’s doing it, how he made the decision to sell, and what things he can do as part of Adobe that he couldn’t do as an independent company. Dylan’s also a pretty expansive thinker, so after we talked about his company getting the “fuck you” money from Adobe, we talked about making VR Figma for the metaverse and AGI, which is artificial general intelligence, or the kind of AI that can fully think for itself. This episode takes a turn. I think you’re going to like it. Okay, Dylan Field, CEO of Figma. Here we go. Links: [Welcome to the new Verge] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/13/23349876/the-verge-website-redesign-new-newsfeed-blogs-logo) [Adobe to acquire Figma in a deal worth $20 billion] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/15/23354532/adobe-figma-acquisition-20-billion-official) [A New Collaboration with Adobe] (https://www.figma.com/blog/a-new-collaboration-with-adobe/) [Designers worry Adobe won't let Figma flourish] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/21/23363188/adobe-destroy-figma-designers-ux-ui-creative-cloud) [WebGL - Wikipedia] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebGL) [How big companies kill ideas — and how to fight back, with Tony Fadell - Decoder] (https://www.theverge.com/23053632/tony-fadell-build-decoder-apple-iphone-google-alphabet-steve-jobs) [Dylan Field on Twitter: "Our goal is to be Figma not Adobe"] (https://twitter.com/zoink/status/1355173534390075394) [College Dropout Turns Thiel Fellowship Into a $2 Billion Figma Fortune] (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-16/college-dropout-turns-thiel-fellowship-into-a-2-billion-fortune) [Generative adversarial network (GAN) - Wikipedia] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generative_adversarial_network)        [GPT-3 - Wikipedia] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPT-3) [Is VR the next frontier in fitness? - Decoder] (https://www.theverge.com/22379859/vr-virtual-reality-fitness-work-out-supernatural-chris-milk-interview) [Artificial general intelligence - Wikipedia] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_general_intelligence)    Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23209862] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23209862) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. It was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Jackson Bierfeldt. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Editorial Director is Brooke Minters and our Executive Director is Eleanor Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Nov 2022

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:15

08 Nov 2022


#652

The mystery of Biden’s deadlocked FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently short a commissioner, and the Biden Administration and Senate Democrats just can't seem to get that seat filled despite having nominated an amazingly qualified person. Her name is Gigi Sohn. The inability to get Gigi confirmed at the FCC has left the commission deadlocked with two Democrats and two Republicans. That means the commission in charge of regulating all telecom in the United States, including how you get your internet service, is unable to get much done. The Biden administration can't accomplish some of its biggest policy priorities like rural broadband and restoring net neutrality. President Biden first nominated Gigi Sohn to the FCC over a year ago, but the full Senate vote to confirm her just hasn't happened. We’ve been digging into the story for a few months now, trying to figure out what's going on here, and we found a simple but really frustrating answer… Links: [Gigi Sohn Author Profile - The Verge ] (https://www.theverge.com/authors/gigi-sohn) [Comcast trying to “torpedo” Biden FCC pick Gigi Sohn, advocacy group says] (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/01/comcast-trying-to-torpedo-biden-fcc-pick-gigi-sohn-advocacy-group-says/) [The Slime Machine Targeting Dozens of Biden Nominees] (https://www.newyorker.com/news/a-reporter-at-large/the-slime-machine-targeting-dozens-of-biden-nominees) [Attempted acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attempted_acquisition_of_Tribune_Media_by_Sinclair_Broadcast_Group) [The Vergecast: Net neutrality was repealed a year ago. Gigi Sohn explains what’s happened since ] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/net-neutrality-was-repealed-year-ago-gigi-sohn-explains/id430333725?i=1000444044690) [Confirmation Hearing for FCC and Commerce Department Nominees] (https://www.c-span.org/video/?516336-1/confirmation-hearing-fcc-commerce-department-nominees) [Biden signs $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/9/23298147/biden-chips-act-semiconductors-subsidies-ohio-arizona-plant-china)   [Biden Signs Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/10/us/politics/biden-burn-pits.html) [With the Inflation Reduction Act, the US brings climate goals within reach] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/12/23302050/inflation-reduction-act-house-vote-climate-change-clean-energy)   [Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation ] (https://www.oyez.org/cases/1977/77-528) [Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation ] (https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/113/federal-communications-commission-v-pacifica-foundation#:~:text=In%20Federal%20Communications%20Commission%20v,than%20other%20forms%20of%20media) [A Media Censor for the FCC? ] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-media-censor-for-the-fcc-gigi-sohn-joe-biden-nominee-11636408804) [Hyperpartisan Gigi Sohn Doesn’t Belong at the FCC] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/hyperpartisan-gigi-sohn-doesnt-belong-at-the-fcc-politicization-tweets-11638309404) [Gigi Sohn and the Police] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/gigi-sohn-and-the-police-federal-communications-commission-joe-biden-senate-democrats-11651695805) [Gigi Sohn Facebook Tweet] (https://twitter.com/gigibsohn/status/1321456221740847106?lang=en) [Tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan will officially lead the FTC] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/15/22527709/lina-khan-ftc-commissioner-competition-facebook-amazon-google-apple) [Confirmation Hearing For FCC Nominee] (https://www.c-span.org/video/?517735-1/confirmation-hearing-fcc-nominee) [FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on staying connected during a pandemic] (https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/17/21183201/fcc-commissioner-coronavirus-pandemic-connectivity-homework-gap-vergecast) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23201559] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23201559) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was written and reported by Jackie McDermott. It was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. Additional mixing by Andrew Marino. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Editorial Director is Brooke Minters and our Executive Director is Eleanor Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Nov 2022

41 MINS

41:14

03 Nov 2022


#651

Why Amazon VP Steve Boom just made the entire music catalog free with Prime

I love covering the music industry, but over the past 10 years I’ve found that it’s one of the most challenging things to make accessible to a wide audience. See, my theory is that the music industry is like five years ahead of everything else when it comes to being disrupted by tech: whatever happens to the music industry because of technology eventually happens to everything else. Today I'm talking to Steve Boom, the VP of Amazon Music. Amazon just announced that they are upgrading the music service that Prime members get as part of their subscription. Starting today, one of the benefits for Amazon Prime members is that you now get access to the entire Amazon Music catalog, about 100 million songs, to play in shuffle mode. That service used to only contain 2 million songs. And they are removing ads from a large selection of podcasts including the entire Wondery catalog. I wanted to ask Steve: what’s it like to negotiate with the record labels for a service like this? What can streaming services do to make artists more money? And where do podcasts fit into the overall strategy? Amazon and Spotify both spend a lot of money buying podcast studios. Is it paying off? Links: [Amazon buys Wondery, setting itself up to compete against Spotify for podcast domination] (https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/30/22098312/amazon-music-wondery-acquire-buy-podcast-industry) [Apple’s Anti-Competitive Behavior Hurts Everyone—Including Audiobook Listeners, Publishers, and Authors] (https://newsroom.spotify.com/2022-10-25/apples-anti-competitive-behavior-hurts-everyone-including-audiobook-listeners-publishers-and-authors/) [Why Rdio died] (https://www.theverge.com/2015/11/17/9750890/rdio-shutdown-pandora) [Why it makes sense for Amazon to buy Twitch] (https://www.theverge.com/2014/8/25/6066509/why-it-makes-sense-for-amazon-to-buy-twitch) [Amazon Launches Audio App Amp Combining Music and Live Conversation ] (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-08/amazon-launches-audio-app-combining-music-and-live-conversation) [The days of cheap music streaming may be numbered] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/25/23423173/apple-music-price-spotify-platinum-earnings-taylor-swift) [Why did Jack Dorsey’s Square buy Tidal, Jay-Z’s failed music service?] (https://www.vox.com/recode/22313268/tidal-square-jay-z-jack-dorsey-nft-explainer) [Amazon Music rolls out a lossless streaming tier that Spotify and Apple can’t match] (https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/17/20869526/amazon-music-hd-lossless-flac-tier-spotify-apple) [How Amazon runs Alexa, with Dave Limp] (https://www.theverge.com/22719945/amazon-alexa-dave-limp-interview-ambient-computing-ring-eero-decoder) [Apple’s new podcast charts show Amazon at the top] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/18/23311290/apple-top-subscription-podcast-charts-amazon-wondery-smartless) [Spotify gets serious about podcasts with two acquisitions] (https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/6/18213462/spotify-podcasts-gimlet-anchor-acquisition)   [Vox Media acquires Cafe Studios, Preet Bharara’s podcast-first company] (https://www.voxmedia.com/2021/4/11/22378924/vox-media-acquires-cafe-studios-preet-bhararas-podcast-first-media-company) [Vox Media Acquires Criminal Productions, Leading Narrative Podcast Studio] (https://www.voxmedia.com/2021/11/16/22785197/vox-media-acquires-criminal-productions-leading-narrative-podcast-studio) [Time to Play Fair - Spotify] (https://www.timetoplayfair.com/) [Apple’s New App Store Rules a Big Boon for Netflix, Hulu & Co.] (https://variety.com/2016/digital/news/appleapp-store-subscription-fees-1201791582/) [MusiCares] (https://www.musicares.org/) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23197384] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23197384) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Nov 2022

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:22

01 Nov 2022


#650

Never pay the ransom — a cybersecurity CEO explains why

Steve Cagle is the CEO of Clearwater Compliance, which is a cybersecurity firm focused on the healthcare industry. Basically, they lock down hospital computer systems, which contain a huge amount of personal data, and are so mission critical that ransomware attackers know that hospitals are more likely to just pay up. If the cryptocurrency explosion has accomplished anything, it’s making ransomware attacks easier and more lucrative for bad guys. Steve told me there’s so much personal information in a hospital system that a single patient’s record can sell for a huge premium over somthing like a credit card number. And we talked about amount of regulation needed to secure that data and that some insurance providers require hospitals to have a minimum level of security, or they won't be covered. It's a fascinating one. Links: [Cyber Security Week 2022] (https://www.theverge.com/23365380/cybersecurity-week-series-phishing-encryption-device-security) [Penetration test ] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penetration_test) [Cyberattack delays patient care at major US hospital chain] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/11/23398707/cyberattack-hospital-system-patient-care-issues) [Average Healthcare Data Breach Costs Surpass $10M, IBM Finds] (https://healthitsecurity.com/news/average-healthcare-data-breach-costs-surpass-10m-ibm-finds) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23175031] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23175031) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. It was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott. Research by Liz Lian and it was edited by Jackson Bierfeldt. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Oct 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:11

27 Oct 2022


#649

The people who make your apps go to Stack Overflow for answers – here's how it works

Today I'm talking to Prashanth Chandrasekar the CEO of Stack Overflow – a highly specialized kind of social network, with a really unique business model. If you don't know Stack Overflow is a major part of the modern software development landscape: it’s where developers come together, ask questions, and get answers about how to build software, including actual code they can use in their own projects. It’s basically a huge question and answer forum. More than 100 million people visit Stack Overflow every single month. The company also sells Stack Overflow as an internal forum tool that big companies can use for their own teams: Microsoft, Google, Logitech—you name it, they’re using Stack Overflow to coordinate conversations between their engineers. The platform has a long reputation of elitism; Prashanth himself is a developer and he told me his own first experience on Stack Overflow was a negative one. In fact, he took over as CEO about three years ago, after a pretty serious moderation controversy that saw several longtime Stack Overflow moderators quit. I wanted to talk to Prashanth about how it works, how the company makes money, and how to grow such a specialized user base while still being welcoming to new people. Links: [Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)] (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/software-as-a-service-saas.asp) [Stack Overflow Sold to Tech Giant Prosus for $1.8 Billion] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/software-developer-community-stack-overflow-sold-to-tech-giant-prosus-for-1-8-billion-11622648400) [Stack Overflow helps millions of developers do their jobs every single day. Its new CEO says the next stage of its growth is selling to businesses.] (https://www.businessinsider.com/stack-overflow-ceo-prashanth-chandrasekar-2019-10) [Big Tech's hiring freeze unlocks rich talent pool for U.S. startups] (https://www.reuters.com/technology/big-techs-hiring-freeze-unlocks-rich-talent-pool-us-startups-2022-10-13/) [Stack Overflow raises $85M in Series E funding to further accelerate SaaS business] (https://stackoverflow.co/company/press/archive/series-e) [Chris Dixon thinks web3 is the future of the internet — is it?] (https://www.theverge.com/23020727/decoder-chris-dixon-web3-crypto-a16z-vc-silicon-valley-investing-podcast-interview) [Stack Overflow Has a New Code of Conduct: You Must 'Be Nice'] (https://insights.dice.com/2018/08/10/stack-overflow-new-code-conduct/) [Code of Conduct - Stack Overflow] (https://stackoverflow.com/conduct?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=code%20of%20conduct%20launch) [Eight great sites that offer online classes] (https://www.theverge.com/21227892/online-classes-free-college-skill-coursera-udemy-edx-harvard-skillshare) [The other side of Stack Overflow content moderation] (https://medium.com/@sotiriosdelimanolis/the-other-side-of-stack-overflow-content-moderation-2a5d4fbe9c17) [Everything you need to know about Section 230] (https://www.theverge.com/21273768/section-230-explained-internet-speech-law-definition-guide-free-moderation) Transcript:  [https://www.theverge.com/e/23185361] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23185361) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Oct 2022

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:15

25 Oct 2022


#648

Why Signal won’t compromise on encryption, with president Meredith Whittaker

Meredith Whittaker is the president of Signal, the popular messaging app that offers encrypted communication. You might recognize Meredith’s name from 2018 when she was an AI researcher at Google and one of the organizers of the Google walkout. Now she’s at Signal, which is a little different than the usual tech company: it’s operated by a nonprofit foundation and prides itself on collecting as little data as possible. But messaging apps are a complicated business. Governments around the world really dislike encrypted messaging and often push companies to put in backdoors for surveillance and law enforcement because criminals use encrypted messaging for all sorts of deeply evil things. But there’s no half step to breaking encryption, so companies like Signal often find themselves in the difficult position of refusing to help governments. You might recall that Apple has often refused to help the government break into iPhones, for example. I wanted to know how that tradeoff plays out at Signal’s much smaller and more idealistic scale. This is a good one, with lots of Decoder themes in the mix. We have to start doing checklists or something. Okay, Meredith Whittaker, president of Signal. Here we go. Links: [The battle inside Signal] (https://www.platformer.news/p/-the-battle-inside-signal) [Yes, even Signal is doing stories now] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/7/23392560/signal-stories-beta-now-available) [Here’s why Apple’s new child safety features are so controversial] (https://www.theverge.com/22617554/apple-csam-child-safety-features-jen-king-riana-pfefferkorn-interview-decoder) [Signal is ‘starting to phase out SMS support’ from its Android app] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/12/23400896/signal-sms-support-ending-android-simplification) [A very brief history of every Google messaging app] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/21/22538240/google-chat-allo-hangouts-talk-messaging-mess-timeline) [RCS: What it is and why you might want it] (https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/12/18137937/rcs-rich-communication-service-messaging-explainer-what-is-google-chat) [Let’s chat about RCS] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/16/22783220/vergecast-podcast-rcs-explainer-google) [WhatsApp is now entirely end-to-end encrypted] (https://www.theverge.com/2016/4/5/11370106/whatsapp-messenger-end-to-end-encryption-open-whisper) [Moxie Marlinspike has stepped down as CEO of Signal] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/10/22876891/signal-ceo-steps-down-moxie-marlinspike-encryption-cryptocurrency) [Meredith Whittaker Tweet] (https://twitter.com/mer__edith/status/1580568389747372032?s=20&t=amusohS-7OZ3cSU_4YH3Lw) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23173757] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23173757) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Jackson Bierfeldt. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Oct 2022

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:31

18 Oct 2022


#647

Mark Zuckerberg on the Quest Pro, future of the metaverse, and more

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined The Verge’s deputy editor Alex Heath for an in-depth conversation about the company’s new high-end, mixed reality headset, the $1,499 Quest Pro, and why he isn’t backing down from building the metaverse. Zuckerberg and Heath also talked about the future of social media, why he enjoys “being doubted,” and the growing concerns about TikTok’s Chinese ownership. Links: [The Meta Quest Pro is a cutting-edge headset looking for an audience] (https://www.theverge.com/23393115/meta-quest-pro-vr-headset-hands-on-specs-price) [Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to the Meta Quest] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/11/23390448/xbox-cloud-gaming-meta-quest-vr-partnership) ​​ [Apple’s mixed reality headset will reportedly come with an M2 chip] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/6/26/23183777/apple-mixed-reality-headset-m2-chip-rumors-virtual-reality-ar) [We finally got our hands and eyes on the PlayStation VR2] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/14/23351946/playstation-vr-psvr-2-hands-on-impressions-horizon-call-of-the-mountain-sony) [Apple’s app tracking policy reportedly cost social media platforms nearly $10 billion ] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/31/22756135/apple-app-tracking-transparency-policy-snapchat-facebook-twitter-youtube-lose-10-billion) [Mark Zuckerberg took on China in a speech defending free expression] (https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/17/20919464/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-china-free-speech-georgetown-tiktok-bytedance) [Why BeReal is breaking out] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/20/23271184/bereal-app-popularity-memes-tiktok-time-to) [Elon Musk is buying Twitter, probably?] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/7/23391646/elon-musk-twitter-filings-acquisition-deposition-schedule) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23161228] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23161228) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, Vjeran Pavic, and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Oct 2022

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:50

11 Oct 2022


#646

Pat Gelsinger came back to turn Intel around – here’s how it’s going

Today I'm talking to Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of Intel. I’ve been excited to have this conversation for a very long time – ever since Pat took over as CEO a little over a year and a half ago. After all. Intel is a very important company with a huge series of challenges in front of it. It’s still the largest chip manufacturer by revenue, and makes more chips than any other company in the United States. In fact there are basically only three major chip manufacturers: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, which is in Taiwan, Samsung, based in South Korea. And Intel, here in the United States. The Intel Pat took over was struggling, and was losing ground to in a variety of markets. But in the past year and a half, Pat’s restructured the company, turned over almost all of its leadership positions, opened a new line of business that would compete with TSMC and make chips for other companies including Intel’s competitors, and generally tried to reset Intel’s famous engineering culture around engineering. Glossary: IFS - Intel Foundry Service. Raptor Lake - codename for intel's Gen 13 processors that were just the day before we had our conversation. Sapphire Rapids - the codename for Intel's 4th generation Xeon server processors. 20A and 18A - 20A is a rebranding of what was intel's 5nm process scheduled to debut in 2024 and 18A is a rebranding of Intels 5nm+ node due out in 2025. Packaging - integrated circuit packaging is the last step of semiconductor fabrication. It's where a block of semiconductor material is put into a case. The case, is known as a "package" and that is what allows you put a circuit on a board. Wafers - When a processor is made they make processors you make hundreds of them at once on a giant wafer.  EUV - is Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography. It's the most advanced way to make chips.  ASML - Is the company that makes the machines that lets you make chips. They are the only company that makes EUV machines. RibbonFET - A new transistor technology that Intel developed. ISV - Independent Software Vendors. PDK - Process Design Kit is a set of files that have data and algorithms that explain the manufacturing parameters for a given silicon process. EDA tools - stands for Electronic Design Automation tools. Basically software tools that are used to design and validate the semiconductor manufacturing process. Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore - the founders of Intel. Andy Grove - employee #3 who went on to become one of their most successful CEOs. Links: [Moore's Law] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law) [Intel is replacing its CEO in February] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/13/22228702/intel-ceo-bob-swan-pat-gelsinger-technical-financial) [Intel has to be better than ‘lifestyle company’ Apple at making CPUs, says new CEO] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/15/22232554/intel-ceo-apple-lifestyle-company-cpus-comment) [Apple is switching Macs to its own processors starting later this year] (https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/22/21295475/apple-mac-processors-arm-silicon-chips-wwdc-2020) [Apple MacBook Air with M1 review: new chip, no problem ] (https://www.theverge.com/21569603/apple-macbook-air-m1-review-price-specs-features-arm-silicon) [What we know about Intel’s $20 billion bet on Ohio] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/22/22895447/intel-ohio-chip-fab-manufacturing-cpu-processor-explained) [Intel is building a new €17 billion semiconductor manufacturing hub in Germany] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/15/22978954/intel-semiconductor-manufacturing-hub-germany-fab-europe-investment) [Intel delays ceremony for Ohio factory over lack of government funding] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/6/25/23182727/intel-groundbreaking-ceremony-delayed-government-funding-chips-act) [Intel needs 7,000 workers to build its $20 billion chip plant in Ohio] (https://www.theverge.com/tech/2022/8/22/23317182/intel-chip-plant-ohio-workers) [Biden signs $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/9/23298147/biden-chips-act-semiconductors-subsidies-ohio-arizona-plant-china) [President Joe Biden speaks after groundbreaking for Intel’s $20 billion semiconductor plant] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/9/23344834/semiconductor-joe-biden-ohio-intel-gelsinger-chips-science-subsidies) [Intel’s top Arc A770 GPU is priced at $329, available October 12th] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/27/23374988/intel-arc-a770-price-release-date) [Intel’s 13th Gen processors arrive October 20th with $589 flagship Core i9-13900K] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/27/23374386/intel-13th-gen-processors-release-date-price-raptor-lake) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23149693] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23149693) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Oct 2022

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:33

04 Oct 2022


#645

How Arm conquered the chip market without making a single chip, with CEO Rene Haas

One of the more interesting quirks of the modern tech world is that there’s a really important company at the center of it all that doesn’t make anything. But its work is in your phone, in your TV, your car and maybe even your laptop. I’m talking about ARM, a chip design company that’s been through quite a lot these past few years, and I'm talking to Arm CEO Rene Haas. Arm designs the instruction sets for modern chips: Qualcomm’s chips are Arm chips. Apple’s chips are Arm chips. Samsung’s chips are Arm chips. It’s the heart of modern computing. Arm licenses the instruction set to those companies, who then go off and actually make chips with all sorts of customizations. Basically every smartphone runs an Arm processor, Apple’s Macs now run arm processors, and everything from cars to coffee machines are showing up with more and more arm processors in them. We want to know what you think about Decoder. Take our [listener survey] (http://www.vox.com/podsurvey) ! Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23137412] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23137412) Links: [The Vergecast: The HDMI Holiday Spec-tacular on Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-hdmi-holiday-spec-tacular/id430333725?i=1000503389914)   [Biden signs $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/9/23298147/biden-chips-act-semiconductors-subsidies-ohio-arizona-plant-china) [Intel needs 7,000 workers to build its $20 billion chip plant in Ohio - The Verge] (https://www.theverge.com/tech/2022/8/22/23317182/intel-chip-plant-ohio-workers) [What comes after the smartphone, with Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon - The Verge] (https://www.theverge.com/22876511/qualcomm-ceo-cristiano-amon-interview-decoder-podcast) [Why the global chip shortage is making it so hard to buy a PS5] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/8/31/22648372/willy-shih-chip-shortage-tsmc-samsung-ps5-decoder-interview) [Nvidia’s huge Arm deal has just been scrapped] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/7/22922731/nvidia-no-longer-buying-acquiring-arm-reportedly) [What is a SoC] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_on_a_chip) ? [What is an ECU] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_control_unit) ? Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino. Our Editorial Director is Brooke Minters. And our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Sep 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:44

27 Sep 2022


#644

Can software simplify the supply chain? Ryan Petersen thinks so

Ryan Petersen, is the CEO of Flexport, ac ompany that builds software that integrates all the different shipping vendor systems you might run into as you try to get a product from a factory in China to a consumer in Idaho: rail, sea, truck. We’ve talked about the supply chain and inventory management on Decoder with a lot of our guests — the chip shortage seems to affect every company, and sorting out how to get products made and delivered on time is a pretty universal problem. But we haven’t really talked about how products get from one place to another around the world. So I wanted to talk to Ryan, figure out what Flexport’s role in all this is, what his bigger supply chain solutions would be, and why he’s leaving his job as CEO to be executive chairman and handing the reins to Dave Clark, who used to work at Amazon. Links: [Dave Clark to Join Flexport As Our New CEO] (https://www.flexport.com/blog/dave-clark-to-join-flexport-as-new-ceo/) [Flexport Wants to Be Uber of the Oceans] (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-11/flexport-wants-to-be-uber-of-the-oceans) [At Google, Eric Schmidt Wrote the Book on Adult Supervision] (https://www.wired.com/story/at-google-eric-schmidt-wrote-the-book-on-adult-supervision/) [The real story behind a tech founder’s ‘tweetstorm that saves Christmas’] (https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-10-28/the-real-story-behind-a-tech-founders-tweetstorm-that-saved-christmas) [Ryan's twitter thread] (https://twitter.com/typesfast/status/1451543776992845834) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23126062] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23126062) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino. Our Editorial Director is Brooke Minters. And our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Sep 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:52

20 Sep 2022


#643

Everyone knows what YouTube is. Few know how it really works.

Today, I’m talking to Mark Bergen, a reporter at Bloomberg and the author of a new book about YouTube called. Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination. YouTube has always been fascinating to me because it’s such a black box: everyone feels like they know how the platform works, but very few people have a real understanding of the internal politics and tradeoffs that actually drive YouTube’s decision. Mark’s book is one of the best of its kind I’ve read: not only does he take you inside the company, but he connects the decisions made inside YouTube to the creators who use the platform and the effects it has on them. This was a fun one – keep in mind that for as little as we might know about YouTube, we might know even less about TikTok, which is driving all sorts of platforms, even YouTube, into competing with it. Transcript: https://www.theverge.com/e/23113078  Links: [YouTube Partner Program] (https://www.youtube.com/howyoutubeworks/policies/monetization-policies/) [Hank Green on Decoder] (https://www.theverge.com/23287496/hank-green-youtube-tiktok-creator-economy-vlogbrothers-socialmedia) [iJustine] (https://www.youtube.com/c/iJustine) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino. Our Editorial Director is Brooke Minters. And our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Sep 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:20

13 Sep 2022


#642

Rewind: How big companies kill ideas — and how to fight back, with Tony Fadell

This episode was originally published on May 3rd, 2022. Tony Fadell was instrumental in the development of the iPod and iPhone at Apple and then co-founded Nest Labs, which kicked off the consumer smart home market with its smart thermostat in 2011. Tony sold Nest to Google for $3.2 billion in 2014 and eventually left Google. He now runs an investment company called Future Shape.  Links: [Inside the Nest: iPod creator Tony Fadell wants to reinvent the thermostat] (https://www.theverge.com/2011/11/14/2559567/tony-fadell-nest-learning-thermostat) [General Magic - Trailer] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTdyb-RWNKo) [Inside Facebook’s metaverse for work] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/8/19/22629942/facebook-workrooms-horizon-oculus-vr) [Silicon Graphics] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Graphics) [Google is reorganizing and Sundar Pichai will become new CEO] (https://www.theverge.com/2015/8/10/9128083/sundar-pichai-ceo-google-larry-page-sergey-brin) [Fire drill: can Tony Fadell and Nest build a better smoke detector?] (https://www.theverge.com/2013/10/8/4790896/nest-protect-smoke-detector) [Google purchases Nest for $3.2 billion] (https://www.theverge.com/2014/1/13/5305282/google-purchases-nest-for-3-2-billion) [Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/25/23028323/elon-musk-twitter-offer-buyout-hostile-takeover-ownership) [Nest is rejoining Google to better compete with Amazon and Apple] (https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/7/16987002/nest-google-alphabet-smart-home-competition-amazon-alexa-apple) [Apple Music Event 2005 - Motorola Rokr E1 / iTunes Phone] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWwDrBdfnH8) [Activision Blizzard hit with another sexual harassment lawsuit] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/24/22995291/activision-blizzard-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-lisa-boom-jane-doe) [Nest buying video-monitoring startup Dropcam for $555 million] (https://www.theverge.com/2014/6/20/5829126/nest-and-google-acquire-home-monitoring-company-dropcam) [What matters about Matter, the new smart home standard] (https://www.theverge.com/22832127/matter-smart-home-products-thread-wifi-explainer) [ZIGBEE ON MARS!] (https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/20/22445330/zigbee-on-mars-ingenuity-helicopter-perseverance-rover) Directory: Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel Pat Gelsinger, current CEO of Intel Sundar Pichai, current CEO of Alphabet Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company Jeff Williams, COO of Apple Matt Rogers, Nest co-founder Jeff Robbin, VP of consumer applications at Apple Steve Hoteling, former CEO gesture recognition company Finger Works Jon Rubinstein, senior VP of the iPod division at Apple Steve Sakomen, hardware engineer and executive at Apple  Avie Tavanian, chief software technology officer at Apple Scott Forstall, senior VP of iOS software, Apple Jony Ive, chief design officer, Apple Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/22817673] (https://www.theverge.com/e/22817673) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Sep 2022

1 HR 18 MINS

1:18:29

06 Sep 2022


#641

How the head of Facebook plans to compete with TikTok and win back Gen Z

We’ve got a special episode of Decoder today – an interview between Verge deputy editor Alex Heath and Meta’s Tom Alison, the head of Facebook. Alex is the co-host of the newest season of Vox Media’s podcast Land of the Giants. This season is about Facebook and Meta. The season finale comes out tomorrow. Alex has been reporting for Land of the Giants for many months, and along the way he interviewed Tom. Facebook has a lot of challenges, but it seems like the biggest problem is TikTok: Facebook's problem is that it spent years – you spent years – building out a social graph that, it turns out, is less interesting than just being shown content that the company thinks you might like. Alison has been at Facebook for more than a decade and previously ran engineering for the News Feed, so he knows more than almost anyone about the history of feeds and where they are going. Links: [Land of the Giants] (https://www.vox.com/land-of-the-giants-podcast) [Facebook is changing its algorithm to take on TikTok, leaked memo reveals] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/6/15/23168887/facebook-discovery-engine-redesign-tiktok) [Facebook is revamping its home feed to feel more like TikTok] (https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/21/23272536/facebook-home-feeds-tab-tiktok-algorithmic-content-recommendations) Transcript: [https://www.theverge.com/e/23092319] (https://www.theverge.com/e/23092319) Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright. The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino. Our Editorial Director is Brooke Minters. And our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Aug 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:06

30 Aug 2022