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Technology doesn’t need to be confusing, though too often it is. Do you have tech questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask? Kara Swisher of Re/code and Lauren Goode of The Verge have the answers. Tune in to their podcast every Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.

Technology doesn’t need to be confusing, though too often it is. Do you have tech questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask? Kara Swisher of Re/code and Lauren Goode of The Verge have the answers. Tune in to their podcast every Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.
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Technology doesn’t need to be confusing, though too often it is. Do you have tech questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask? Kara Swisher of Re/code and Lauren Goode of The Verge have the answers. Tune in to their podcast every Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.

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Episodes

Uber's IPO and, more importantly, Game of Thrones

4/19/2019
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Kara and Scott talk about Disney breaking into the content streaming business, the Uber IPO and, yes, Game of Thrones. Facebook actually gets a win this week for bringing on their first African American woman as a board member (but will she hold Zuckerberg to account?). YouTube very failed at getting accurate information on the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral. Prediction: the unicorn-class is the big loser of this year...

Duration:00:40:53

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington ... again

4/12/2019
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Kara and Scott talk about Congressional hearings on tech platforms responsibility for spreading white nationalism and other hate speech. New Zealand, Australia and the EU are so far ahead of the US in regulations ... when will we catch up? They also discuss the Pinterest IPO and AirBnB reversing their decision to pull out of the West Bank. MacKenzie Bezos becoming the 3rd richest woman in the world is a win. And Scott has some predictions for 2020.

Duration:00:37:38

"It's not a meritocracy, it's a mirror-tocracy"

4/5/2019
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Kara and Scott talk about the avalanche of recent Facebook news -- including Zuckerberg's new professed want for regulations. They also talk about YouTube and how the company actively seems to be overlooking all the toxic things that end up on the platform. We reached out to Managing Editor of AfroTech, John Ketchum, to talk about the late-Nipsey Hussle's contributions to tech and entrepreneurship as a way to uplift his community. It's part of a broader trend of affluent black celebrities...

Duration:00:34:12

Will the rising tide of ride sharing Lyft all boats?

3/29/2019
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Scott and Kara are skeptical of Lyft's IPO. What exactly is the network effect of ride shares? Also, Facebook says it's banning white nationalist posts. Cool, it's about time. Will anyone follow? Scott and Kara also talk about what Apple TV even is, the EU hitting Google with more antitrust fines and AOC continuing to win the heart of the internet.

Duration:00:35:05

Does social media cause terrorism?

3/22/2019
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Kara and Scott talk about terrorism against the Muslim community in New Zealand and how social media may be exacerbating this type of violence. They talk about admissions scandal and how colleges are harming the middle class with their exclusivity. Of course, Scott shouts out his man-crush Beto. His prediction is a white man becomes the 2020 Democratic nominee for president.

Duration:00:29:59

LIVE! From SXSW it's Kara and Scott

3/15/2019
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Kara and Scott are live in Austin, Texas for SXSW. They talk antitrust, the breakdown of big tech and take audience questions and predictions.

Duration:00:50:25

Facebook says it’s all about privacy now. OK, sure.

3/8/2019
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Kara and Scott are back! They talk about Zuckerberg's supposed shift towards more privacy on Facebook and, well, we'll believe it when we see it. Meanwhile Congress is ramping up its efforts on shaking up how we think of antitrust and big tech companies. They get into what they expect to talk and hear about at South by Southwest this week. If you're looking to learn more about all things Facebook check out our friend Casey Newton's newsletter The Interface.

Duration:00:36:13

News flash: Facebook’s contractors are people

3/1/2019
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Kara brings on her former co-host, Wired senior staff writer and Gadget Lab co-host, Lauren Goode. They talk about the moderating content on Facebook -- and the working conditions of the people who are tasked with looking at the gruesome videos.

Duration:00:41:44

DC is old news. “The universe revolves around Silicon Valley”

2/22/2019
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Kara brings on co-host, legendary NYTimes journalist, Maureen Dowd. They talk about how Silicon Valley has eclipsed Washington, DC as the country's true seat of power.

Duration:00:36:16

Hot Take: Amazon HQ2 breaks up with NYC

2/15/2019
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Kara and Scott pop back into the studio to give their hot takes on Amazon pulling out of their HQ2 deal with New York City.

Duration:00:09:49

Is this the year big tech gets regulated? (Probably not.)

2/15/2019
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Scott blusters in from his breakfast with Congress on how to regulate big tech — so Kara and Scott get into whether Congress will ever be regulating tech (seems not so likely). Kara sums up her twitter showdown with Jack Dorsey. Also more shade thrown on media outlets doing a bad job — like Esquire Magazine featuring a cover story about being a white boy in America and more generally Tucker Carlson,

Duration:00:30:41

Hot Take: Scott Galloway on Bezos vs. AMI [BOOM!]

2/8/2019
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BONUS episode: Scott couldn't wait to tell Pivot listeners what he thinks about Bezos' post accusing the National Inquirer of extortion.

Duration:00:04:52

Happy(ish) birthday, Facebook.

2/8/2019
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Kara and Scott (sort of) celebrate Facebook's 15th birthday. With pop-ins and hot takes from a couple friends, including Congressman Ro Khanna and podcast Queen Aminatou Sow, they get into how they REALLY feel about the platform. Scott and Kara also talk about the moniker "people of wealth", the future of podcasting, and clap backs from Nancy Pelosi.

Duration:00:39:04

Cook vs. Zuckerberg vs. consumer privacy

2/1/2019
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Kara and Scott talk about Apple and Facebook's latest gaffes and how Apple might be the only force left regulating Facebook. There's a-latte to say about Howard Schultz's presidential ambitions. Nancy Pelosi was a big winner this week (and Scott for predicting the shutdown would end on last week's episode!) We also hear from a historian who told the Davos crowd that a top-marginal tax has historically worked in the United States.

Duration:00:34:57

MAGA teens, Fyre Fest and Twitter wars

1/25/2019
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Kara and Scott talk about how Twitter duped us all again. Scott is fresh off a conference where both he and Sheryl Sandberg talked about the future of Facebook (spoiler alert: they have very different takes on how the company should move forward). Kara gets caught up in the Covington Catholic video drama. Now she's going head-to-head with Tucker Carlson (hey Tucker, want to come on our podcast?). Meanwhile, in another Twitter feud this week, Cardi B is a big winner after saying she'd "dog...

Duration:00:37:12

"Woke" is the 2019 business strategy

1/18/2019
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Kara and Scott are back together again! This week they catch up on Jeff Bezos' divorce and his not so hot texting skills (hey alive girls!). We're pretty sure Gillette listens to Pivot because they took Scott up on one of his predictions; they used a social justice trend in their latest marketing campaign. Meanwhile, during this weeks senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee William Barr got a surprising amount of questions -- from both sides of the aisle -- about enforcing...

Duration:00:37:47

Tech addiction and how it might be ruining Gen Z

1/11/2019
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Scott brings on a guest-host, his NYU colleague and bestselling author Jonathan Haidt.

Duration:00:35:46

Why the “Fakakta Shutdown” is slowing tech regulation even further

1/4/2019
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Kara brings on guest host Jon Lovett (Pod Save America) to talk about the government shut down, the new Congress and how it all might shake out for big tech.

Duration:00:43:58

2018's biggest stories and 2019 predictions

12/28/2018
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Kara and Scott talk about some of the biggest stories in tech and business of the past year. They also make some big predictions for 2019.

Duration:00:33:07

Facebook’s latest scandal and the "tyranny of technology"

12/21/2018
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Kara and Scott breakdown yet another Facebook scandal. This time, it turns out Facebook was passing on private user message data to partners like Netflix and Spotify.

Duration:00:28:29