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Your guide to the most interesting and important tech and business news of the day. Learn how our digital world is changing — and changing us — five days a week. Produced by Recode and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Kashmir’s internet has been shut down for 5 months
The Indian government shut the internet down in Kashmir in August last year: what this means for Kashmiris living without the internet - and what it says about the world’s largest democracy.
22 min
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The internet, from SpaceX
Starlink, a constellation of satellites launched by Space X, has the ambitious goal of bringing internet connectivity to the globe.
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The YouTubers are freaked
YouTube is finally being forced to follow a decades-old rule that protects kids’ privacy online. What does this mean for content creators?
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Facebook's fake deepfake problem
The dark origins of deepfake videos and Facebook’s new policy explained.
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Mind the Gap
The secret group coordinating Silicon Valley's political donations.
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The legal battle over who counts as an employee
California’s landmark new gig work law, AB5, explained. And, the broader trend of states stepping in to regulate tech companies.
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The other Iranian threat: cyberwarfare
How much should we worry about Iranian hackers?
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What California's new data privacy law means fo...
The country's strongest data privacy law just went into effect in California.
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How to get a treatment for your toddler’s rare ...
Start calling scientists.
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10 years of Elon Musk
Elon Musk: a look at the tech billionaire who wants to start a colony on Mars, build a machine to control computers with just your brain, and who thinks we probably live in a simulation.
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Can Artificial Intelligence teach you to write ...
Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But can an algorithm really know how to write?
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WeWork, China, and Silicon Valley activism: thi...
Reset’s end of year tech wrap-up episode, featuring the former Verge superstar, Adrianne Jeffries, and the current executive editor of The Verge, TC Sottek.
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Quantum Supremacy, WTF?
Google says it's reached "quantum supremacy." We break down what that means for computing and why IBM is pushing back.
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Robot priests: the rise of A.I. in religion
As new technology enters the religious domain, how might artificial intelligence play a role?
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When Big Tech calls 911
In this episode, two stories on one theme: how tech companies interact with communities they're located in, and their impact on emergency services.
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Maybe don't put a Ring on it?
Amazon’s Ring has some safety issues. How secure are these home security systems?
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Genealogists love DNA and so do the police
The genetic genealogy website used to find the Golden State Killer has been sold to a DNA forensics company.
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How can I watch you today?
When we shop online, we tend to think of it as a solitary experience free of sales associates and watchful eyes. But it turns out, some companies can see every move you make in their online stores, in realtime.
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How safe is Uber?
Uber released its first-ever safety report. How should we feel about its numbers and what do they tell us about safety and sexual misconduct in the gig economy?
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Did An Anti-Sex Trafficking Internet Law Put Ev...
A law called FOSTA-SESTA, and it's unintended consequences.
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Don't curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs o...
TikTok, the video sharing app that has taken the tweens and 2019 by storm, is now facing still competition, concerns over censorship, and a federal investigation.
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You Are Being Microtargeted
Why you should know about microtargeting, and how it works in political advertising
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What the truck, Tesla?!
Is Elon Musk's Cybertruck the future of electric vehicles?
24 min
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The tech behind ankle monitors
Electronic monitoring, often in the form of ankle bands, is on the rise within the criminal justice system—it’s viewed by some as a simple alternative to incarceration, but what impact does this tech really have on people's lives?
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Sharenting: how much should you share about you...
What's at risk when we share photos, videos or other kid content on social media? Arielle talks with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway about when and how they share their personal family life online. Plus, Leah Plunkett, author of a new book on the subject "Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online."
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Amazon's Middlewomen
Why so many Amazon packages take a pitstop in the small town of Roundup, Montana
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Yes, a government can shut down the internet
Iran's government shut down the internet, after widespread protests over the cost of fuel - how is that possible, and what does that mean for its people?
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Why Google Has Your Health Records
Google has partnered with one of America's large hospital networks and gained access to millions of health records. CNBC's Christina Farr explains what it's doing with them.
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The Birds and the Bees ... and the bot
A sex education chat bot answers questions from teens about sex and puberty.
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The Airbnb Scam
An Airbnb scam exposed, and why Silicon Valley’s culture of growth-at-all-costs means safeguards are an afterthought. Links to resources discussed: I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb Brian Chesky on the Recode Decode podcast Super Pumped  Featuring: @allie_conti @MikeIsaac Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About Recode by Vox: Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us: Newsletter: Recode Daily  Twitter: @Recode
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Thank you, Text
SMS texting is a mess, but it still matters - so what's the fix?
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Can tech save California from wildfires?
As climate change makes fires more intense, one solution is to put the forest under surveillance.
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The government has your face
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 Brandom Featuring: @lynch_jen @russellbrandom Hosts: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About Recode by Vox: Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us: Newsletter: Recode Daily  Twitter: @Recode
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Twitter gets rid of political ads
The impact of Twitter's ban on political ads on the platform.
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If the shoe fits ... ban it?
Eliud Kipchoge made history when he ran 26.22 miles in under 2 hours - a record breaking 'sub-two' run. He ran in Nike Vaporflies, a high-tech shoe that's helping runners break records, and causing debate over its use in races. Links Alex Hutchinson's book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance Nike Says Its $250 Running Shoes Will Make You Run Much Faster. What if That’s Actually True? A Tale of Two Marathon Records and Nike's Magic Shoes Featuring: @sweatscience @nxthompson Hosts: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About Recode by Vox: Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us: Newsletter: Recode Daily  Twitter: @Recode
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The Google walkout, one year later
A year ago, a reported 20,000 Google employees walked off the job in protest. Has employee activism changed one of the biggest companies in tech?
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Quantum Supremacy, WTF?
Google says it's reached "quantum supremacy." We break down what that means for computing and why IBM is pushing back
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Inside Instagram's Nipple Ban
Instagram censors almost all photographs of 'female nipples' on its platform. The impact of this policy is much larger than you might think, affecting both art and identity.
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Move Fast and Break Currency
Facebook wants to start a currency. Congress has questions.
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iSurrender
Apple removed an app from its store that had been used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. Turns out that has broad implications for democracy globally.
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Can AI Teach You To Write Better?
Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write? If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Reset for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get new episodes every week. Links to resources discussed: Flawed Algorithms Are Grading Millions of Students’ Essays How I’m using AI to write my next novel Featuring: @SigalSamuel @ToddFeathers Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About Recode by Vox: Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us: Newsletter: Recode Daily  Twitter: @Recode
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Hey Google: scan my race
Google tried to make its Pixel 4 phone better at seeing black faces. Ruha Benjamin explains why the company's means didn't justify the ends.
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Biohacking: Rules of Engagement
Biohacker Josiah Zayner is famous for experimenting on himself using the gene editing tool CRISPR. But when such powerful technology exists that can alter human biology, should we also have a code of conduct for biohacking?
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