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Working in a data mine, going down down.

07/26/10 06:00 AM

Will privacy one day be just a blip in history? A quaint notion from another time? It’s easy to think that way if you spend any time looking at the issue of data mining. Here’s the deal: we as a society have struck a bargain. We want our high tech lovely things, we enjoy our mobile phones, our social media, our interconnectivity. But we pay for that brave new world with our data. We’re constantly giving over all sorts of information about ourselves through web browsers, cell phones, even when we use those little discount cards at the supermarket. Stacey Vanek-Smith of our sister program Marketplace has been looking into the world of data mining and we mine her data to see what she’s learned.  We also talk with Andreas Weigend is former chief scientist at He now consults with businesses on data issues. He says we’re serving it up on a platter.

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Future Tense becomes Marketplace Tech Report

09/17/10 06:12 PM

Hi everyone. John Moe here. Starting Monday, September 20th, Future Tense will be going by the name Marketplace Tech Report.

Producer Larissa Anderson and I have been working closely with the folks at Marketplace ever since we took over Future Tense in May. It’s worked out great. We’ve helped them, they’ve helped us, and together we’ll find more stories you’ll want to hear. Basically, we loved Marketplace so much we married them. And kind of took their name too. Is it creepy to compare two radio shows to a married couple? Sorry about that.

As part of the Marketplace portfolio of programs (along with Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, and Marketplace Money), Marketplace Tech Report will keep bringing you stories that explain news and trends and technology and what it all means to you. We’ll be moving to a new simpler URL:, which will go live over the weekend. We’ll be bringing our entire archive of past shows and blog posts with us but in the meantime, we’re leaving up so you can access the show archives from there as well.

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