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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#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.

#51: Planet Netflix

April 19th, 2018 · 49 minutes

The U.S. takes on ZTE, Russia takes on Telegram, San Francisco takes on scooters, and video-streaming services take on your wallet.

#50: I Ran Out of Metaphor

April 12th, 2018 · 49 minutes

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington, Apple goes all in on renewable energy, Hulu and Spotify rebuild the bundle, Snap gives it a second try, and Google releases its own fuzzy-puppy update.

#49: Good Plus

April 5th, 2018 · 59 minutes

Intel unveils new mobile chips, Apple dumps Intel, Google loses its AI chief to Apple, and Microsoft reorgs Windows. All that, plus scooters litter the streets of San Francisco, drones are crashing all around us, oh the humanity!

#48: I Brought Services, You Brought a Crayon

March 29th, 2018 · 64 minutes

Apple goes back to school, but will it make any difference in its battle with Chromebooks? Microsoft unveils a game subscription service, because we live in the era of subscription services. And Facebook has another bad week.

#47: Put the Toothpaste Back in the Cat

March 22nd, 2018 · 60 minutes

Facebook made us all think about the power of social media and the value of our personal data this week, but was Mark Zuckerberg's response enough? In equally heavy news, the first autonomous vehicle fatality happened this week. And finally, Apple's retargeting the education market.

#46: Count the Ms

March 15th, 2018 · 49 minutes

The U.S. government kills the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger, Apple buys a magazine subscription service, and Facebook and YouTube take stands of a sort against questionable posts on the Internet.

#45: Android Pop Rocks

March 8th, 2018 · 57 minutes

Into a somewhat boring smartphone market comes our first glance at Android P, MoviePass gets caught tracking its users, iPhone app development turns 10, and is that a creepy laugh coming from the Amazon Echo?

#44: They Went With the Chicken

March 1st, 2018 · 48 minutes

This week we analyze many of the phone announcements from Mobile World Congress, including a new Samsung Galaxy and the return of a phone you may remember from a film made in the previous century. Plus, Amazon is knocking on Google's door by acquiring all the Internet doorbell companies.