The Tech Playlist: Nov. 8, 2019

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How Airbnb plans to keep guests safer following a deadly shooting in California and Bill Gates offers advice on accelerating innovation. Plus, what happens when your favorite startup gets acquired by Big Tech and why is the U.S. government using facial recognition? Check out these 10 podcasts from this week.

The Tech Playlist: Nov. 8, 2019
    After a deadly shooting, how is Airbnb going to keep its guests safer?

    After a deadly shooting, how is Airbnb going to keep its guests safer? - By Recode

    Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the recent mass shooting at an Airbnb in Orinda, Calif., how the company is changing its policies to keep guests safer, and what Chesky wishes he had done differently when Airbnb was smaller. They also discuss Airbnb's first brush with notoriety in 2011 and how Chesky "bungled" his response at the time, the importance of meeting with people who hate you, and why Silicon Valley execs should ...

    The Fight Over TikTok

    The Fight Over TikTok - By Axios

    Earlier this week, TikTok faced scrutiny in a congressional hearing and Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn called TikTok “China’s best detective” in a letter to its CEO. Dan digs in to TikTok and data privacy with Senator Blackburn. Plus: Facebook and Google consider new political ad rules and big money for former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

    Bill Gates — How to accelerate history

    Bill Gates — How to accelerate history - By WaitWhat

    How did Bill Gates scale BOTH a global business and a global philanthropy? He spotted an inflection point in history — and accelerated it. What does that take? A great idea, great timing and also: Great partners. Because even Bill Gates doesn’t go it alone. In part one of this special two-part episode, Bill reflects with Reid on the founding and growth of Microsoft — how he not only spotted an inflection point (hello first personal computers) but accelerated it ...

    Every startup is a bank--or wants to be

    Every startup is a bank--or wants to be - By TechCrunch

    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.This week we did something just a little bit new. Kate was in studio at TechCrunch's SF HQ. Alex was in his dork cave in Providence. And we had a guest in the studio as well. We've done similar setups before, but never with video all around. So, welcome to a slightly new chapter in Equity's production history (all praise to Chris for ...

    When Big Tech Buys Your Darlings

    When Big Tech Buys Your Darlings - By WIRED

    Given all the criticism, mistrust, and investigations that have been levied at Facebook in the past couple years, one might think that they would do their best to lie low for a while. Instead, Facebook has decided to rebrand to be as prominent as possible across the various apps it owns. In a similar flex of brand might, Google recently bought health tracking company Fitbit, in a bid to expand its reach into wearable tech. But what happens to the customers of these ...

    The government has your face

    The government has your face - By Recode

    The U.S. government won’t release information about how it’s using facial recognition technology — so the ACLU is suing.Links to resources discussed:Electronic Frontier Foundation report on Facial Recognition technologyACLU Press releaseFacial Recognition technology explainer video from The Verge/Russell BrandomFeaturing:@lynch_jen@russellbrandomHosts:Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of ResetAbout Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you ...

    Microgrids can help us be more energy resilient

    Microgrids can help us be more energy resilient - By Marketplace

    PG&E has said it could take a decade to upgrade its infrastructure so it’s less likely to spark deadly fires. On Thursday, the utility reported a $1.6 billion loss in the third quarter related to fire charges. A group of California mayors think PG&E should be turned into a publicly owned cooperative utility. Is the answer here just to get off the grid or for utilities to split up into lots of smaller microgrids?

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella - By GeekWire

    A lot has changed in the world, the tech industry, and Microsoft since Satya Nadella published his book, "Hit Refresh," two years ago. One of the changes: Microsoft reclaimed the title of world's most valuable company in 2018, two decades since it last held that status. But the company didn't celebrate the milestone. "Success is important, but you have to remember that your success has to have come from some sense of purpose," the Microsoft CEO said in an interview with ...

    Warehouses Watching Every Move Workers Make

    Warehouses Watching Every Move Workers Make - By Bloomberg

    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 ...

    Apple AirPods Pro, Google Pixelbook Go, and LG G8x ThinQ Dual Screen with YouTube Creator Karl Conrad

    Apple AirPods Pro, Google Pixelbook Go, and LG G8x ThinQ Dual Screen with YouTube Creator Karl Conrad - By / Gorilla Voice Media

    Welcome to episode 135 of the Mobile Tech Podcast with guest and YouTube Creator Karl Conrad — brought to you by Audible. In today’s episode, we discuss Apple’s AirPods Pro, and review Google’s Pixelbook Go plus LG’s G8x ThinQ Dual Screen smartphone (ugh, that name…) We then cover a bunch of news from Moto, Samsung, Honor, and Red! And if that’s not enough, how about an AirPods Pro *GIVEAWAY*? Episode Links:Support the podcast with Audible: ...

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