What are the most important technology stories right now? From products and companies to services and trends, Download’s weekly panel of experts analyzes the biggest topics in tech … and a few you may have missed.

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#61: Someone Else Call 911

June 28th, 2018 · 49 minutes

Companies love buying other companies; Disney and Amazon are making big moves this week, while Apple is getting serious about midterm election news coverage and nerds get to play with beta software all summer.

#60: Evil Spreadsheets

June 21st, 2018 · 54 minutes

Tech finds itself in the middle of a U.S.-China trade war and discovers that taking on governmental clients might make employees uncomfortable. Also, Instagram dives into longform video.

#59: Infinite Hyde Park Corner

June 14th, 2018 · 43 minutes

We list our favorite game announcements from E3, ponder the industry trend toward consolidation, watch as Twitter continues to rearrange deckchairs, celebrate Tennesseean supercomputers, and then Jason tries to mend the hearts he broke during last week's Fuzzy Puppy Update.

#58: Focus on our Most Profitable Children

June 7th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Live from Apple's developer conference in San Jose, we're joined by some Apple experts to discuss iOS and macOS announcements. Plus Amazon and Sonos make some home theater announcements.

#57: Extra Letters!

May 31st, 2018 · 50 minutes

Google's struggle with AI and military projects, Plex expands to podcasting, and we talk the joys of mechanical keyboards with one of the editors from The Wirecutter.

#56: President of Netflix

May 24th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Elon Musk reacts badly to media criticism of Tesla's products and labor practices; The Obamas get a production deal with Netflix; Comcast tries to snipe Disney in a bid for Fox; and cities move to tax their local tech giants. This week's Download is totally GDPR compliant.

#55: Tachy Goes to Coventry

May 17th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Microsoft has a Surface so big you can hang it on a wall, and is making one small enough to take on Chromebooks and iPads. Meanwhile, Twitter tries to fight trolls with algorithms and continues to tighten the screws on third-party Twitter apps.

#54: Give Me All the Nannies

May 10th, 2018 · 57 minutes

This week brought developer conferences from Google and Microsoft, and with them came a lot of news. We discuss Google's commitment to "digital well-being", updates to Google Assistant, an unnerving phone call from a robot, Microsoft's snuggling up to your iPhones and Android devices, and there's potential fraud in the land of fuzzy puppies.

#53: Horizontal Integration of Relationships

May 3rd, 2018 · 57 minutes

T-Mobile and Sprint take another run at merging together; Facebook releases its standalone VR headset, gets into the dating game, and offers some data opt outs; and the gig economy takes a body blow.

#52: Danger Bubble

April 26th, 2018 · 65 minutes

Google fails to get the message about texting privacy, Amazon's got home robots and is now letting people open your car, and on this podcast's first birthday we consider some trends we've noticed over the past year.